8th April 2016


Second year students had a really enjoyable four days in Paris on the annual school trip, which took place from Tuesday March 15th to Friday March 18th.  Students visited a host of famous Paris sights including the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre museum.  One of the highlights of the trip was a tour of the Stade de France and, of course, a day at Disneyland Paris on St. Patrick’s Day!  Many thanks to Mr Halpin for organising this year’s trip and Mr Maher as Year Head who, with his tutors, accompanied the students on the trip. 


We were delighted to welcome for the eighth consecutive year the German exchange students from Wurzburg, who spent the week at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann and with their host students and families who so generously looked after them.  The students spent several days at CCA shadowing their host student, along with many other activities: a cliff way in Bray, a bowling evening, a team-building evening at the school, a walking tour of Dublin city and more.  Many thanks to Ms Buckley and Mr Kennedy for welcoming the exchange partners. 


Best of luck to the 6th year students who are currently completing their Leaving Certificate Irish oral exams this week.  Next week they will complete their French oral exams.  Many thanks to the teachers who took so much extra time to help students to prepare for this very important component of the exam. 


As part of Global Money Week, an initiative by Child and Youth Finance International, stock exchanges around the world opened their doors to a select number of invited students to ring the bell and launch the Irish Stock Exchange (ISE).  Coláiste Chraobh Abhann in Kilcoole were the selected students in Ireland and they travelled to the stock exchange before the Easter break to participate in the day’s activities. They launched the trading and got to see first-hand the daily business in the stock exchange. They met with staff and learned about the history of the stock market in Ireland.  They were addressed by Ms Deirdre Somers, the CEO of the ISE.  The school were honoured to participate in the events to mark Global Money Week and for the opportunity to expose the students to the stock exchange. 


Well done to Troy Scully in third year who won a gold medal in Athletics last week. 


Best wishes to Sinéad Conway, Lauryn Coughlan and Róisín Belton in Transition Year who are competing in the National Final of the Junk Kouture competition tomorrow (Thursday) with their dress ‘Solas’.  


Rehearsals are in full swing for this year’s production of 'Sive'.  This Year the CCA players will take you back to a time when love was bought and sold.  'Sive' tells the story of a beautiful girl and her wicked step aunt - Mena, who is trying to force her niece into marriage.  Will Mena get her wish or will justice prevail?  Performances run from the May 10th to 12th at the Castle Inn Theatre in Newcastle.  Tickets are five Euro and are available from the school. 

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