12th May 2017


Many thanks to students who participated in and contributed to the recent non-uniform day in aid of The Martin Family Trust.  The amount raised was €1400 which will now be presented to the Martin Family. 


Well done to the group of first, second and third year students who exhibited projects at SciFest in DCU on Friday, May 5th.  Congratulations to Lucy Toomey who won the DCU Best Junior Life Sciences Project, and to Sam Ireland, Dylan Symes and Oisín Cullen who won the DCU Best Overall Group. 


Well done to the CCA Players and to the Junior Drama group on their fantastic productions of ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ and extracts from ‘The Lonesome West’ in Newcastle last week.  The students displayed wonderful acting talent and both nights were thoroughly enjoyed by the audiences. 


A fantastic sports day took place last Wednesday at school.  It was a really enjoyable day and there was a super participation rate by students in the many events that took place on the day.  Many thanks to Rob, Eoghan and Daniel for the excellent organisation of the event and their infectious enthusiasm for all things sport and fun!  Check out some photos on @ccakilcoole Twitter account, which is also available from the school homepage, and @ccakilcoole Instagram account. 


A group of Transition year students participated in a German Exchange with the Riemenschneider School in Wurzburg, Germany.  Students participated in many activities during their stay and they also attended classes and prepared a presentation on the German Irish Exchange.  Many thanks to Ms Egan and Mr Kennedy for organising and accompanying the students on what was a most enjoyable trip.  


As part of the 1st year work, students in Coláiste Chraobh Abhann had to devise and present a five minute talk on a subject of their choice.  The students put effort into their presentations and the chosen topics were both interesting and varied ranging from the Kings of Ancient Egypt to Safety around Houses.  The presentations were judged by Councillor Nicola Lawless.  After intense deliberation the winner was Megan McDonald with her presentation on ‘The History of the Circus in Ireland’.  Runners up were Ryan Hayden who researched the early life of Donald Trump and Callum Farrelly for his work on Darth Vader.  Well done to all students. 


Prize Day takes place this Thursday and Friday, May 18th and 19th.  The whole school community and invited guests will take time to recognise the hard work and great efforts of our students over the past academic year in many categories including academic, sporting, leadership, entrepreneurship, civic, cultural, musical and artistic.  Students will be awarded academic prizes in each subject area, with a number of Sixth year students receiving perpetual awards for subjects studied in their Leaving Certificate year.  Sporting awards covering team and individual efforts from Camogie, soccer and hurling to basketball and athletics will also be presented. 


Next Thursday evening, 25th May, sixth year students will bid an emotional farewell to Coláiste Chraobh Abhann at their final graduation ceremony. There will be speeches from students and staff and a series of songs sung by the students.  Mr Farrell, year head, will give the ‘Rogha na Bliana’ award to the most outstanding boy and girl of the year, along with other prizes.  Staff, parents and local clergy will be in attendance for what promises to be a memorable evening. 


Staff, students and parents look forward to an exciting and varied evening on Tuesday 30th May at the TY exhibition evening.  This is an evening where parents can really appreciate the personal development and teamwork that marks out TY as such an important year for many students.  There will be exhibits covering entrepreneurship, music, drama, art and many more.  Many thanks to all the staff who are helping prepare students for this important evening. 


Paula Tunney of Community Awareness of Drugs will host a Parents’ Information Evening on drugs and alcohol in the school on Wednesday May 17th at 7.30pm. 

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