25th November 2016


Bon retour to the Transition Year and fifth year students who have returned from the French exchange to Lycée Thomas Corneille in Barentin, near Rouen.  During their stay, the students will spent some time in class, experiencing what French school life is like.  They also went on a day trip to Rouen, seeing the many tourist sites in this beautiful city.  Students were also brought to Paris and Versailles with their host families and enjoyed an evening of bowling and ice-skating in Rouen.  A big thank you to Ms O Brien and Ms Phillips who accompanied the students on the trip, which is both academically and culturally enriching.  


Thanks to the science teachers for all their work last week in organising the annual Science Week.  Students really enjoyed the opportunity to take a look at science from a more fun perspective.  The theme for this year is ‘Science Rising’.  There was a poster competition, a Chemistry display in the GP area at lunchtime and a question of the day competition for tutor time. 


Last week saw the annual LGBT week taking place in the school.  The main aims of the week were to make students aware of the local LGBT support groups and online services available to students, while being mindful of the effect homophobic comments can have on an LGBT student in the school.  The Student Council encouraged all students, both male and female, to paint their nails in different colours during the week, a past pupil visit assembly groups and SPHE teachers and tutors discussed LGBT with the students. 


We had a great day last Wednesday when we hosted our annual visit from students at Newtownmountkennedy Primary school, St Laurence O’Toole National School in Roundwood, St Francis National School in Newcastle and Kilcoole Primary school.  The pupils spent the day at CCA experiencing student life at the school.  They visited Metalwork, Woodwork, Art, Home Economics, PE, French, Spanish, and Science and were also given a tour of the school.  


‘Spirit of Enterprise’ week is currently taking place in the school.  This year’s theme is ‘Find Your Lightbulb Moment’.  All students are encouraged to be creative and to develop their inner entrepreneur.  A number of activities are taking place in the school, including guest speakers for second year and sixth year students and a Transition Year interschool quiz.  The school bank will be up and running very soon.  First years held their mini company exhibition on Monday, which was attended by parents and guests who judged their products.  Transition Year students will be showcasing their companies on Friday, with special guests judging them in a ‘Dragons Den’ competition.   


Well done to the students who took part in the Wicklow County Council Environmental debates recently.  Congratulations to Hyrum Scott, Sophie Heaton and Lucy Short who are progressing to round 2, which will take place after Christmas.  


Congratulations to the TY Debating team from 4RLS who won the interclass debate last week.  They were Demi Cush, Abbie Dutton and Jack Hudson.  Commiserations to the students in 4SOY who were very narrowly beaten, Niamh Dillon, Megan Rea and Aoife Lynskey-McWatt.  The motion debated was ‘That animal rights are as important as human rights’. 


Congratulations to the first year boys’ soccer team on their win against Athlone Community College recently.  CCA took the lead early on with a goal from Josh Kavanagh Odlum.  However, Athlone responded well and were leading 2-1 until five minutes from the end when Josh converted from the penalty spot inside the last five minutes to take the game to extra time.  Oisín Taggart scored the winner in extra time to take CCA through to the second round of the FAI Cup.  It was a fantastic performance from the whole team, notably Luke Dease, Sam Bishop, Matt Nolan and John Paul Nolan. 


Well done to the following students who won the Minor B Hurling championship with the North Wicklow Gaels team recently: Conor Murphy Toole, Luke Evans, Ryan Heffernan, Joe McDonald, Killian Hannon, Oisín Curry, Glenn Dunne, Brandon Scully and Dylan Doyle. 


A reminder to parents and guardians of Second Year students that the annual Parent Teacher Student meeting takes place tomorrow evening, Thursday, December 1st from 4.15pm until 6.45pm.  Classes will finish at 3.30pm to facilitate this. 


Best wishes to the Leaving Certificate Applied Year 1 class who are currently on two weeks’ work experience.

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