10th November 2017


On Monday the 8th of November the TY students attended a very moving and inspiring talk given by Fionnbar Walsh, the father of Donal Walsh who fought a tremendously brave battle against cancer. Donal kept a video diary of his experiences as he went through treatment, and Fionnbar told both funny and heart-breaking stories of how Donal lived his life, regardless of the challenges that he faced. We would like to thank Fionnbar for coming into the school and sharing his cherished memories of Donal with us. Thanks to Mr Blake also for organising this event. 


The CCA Transition Year students attended the Laughter Lounge in Dublin on Thursday the 9th of November to see Ger Carey’s one man show of ‘A comic journey into the teenager’s mind.’ This is one of the highlights of the TY calendar and everyone thoroughly enjoyed Ger’s energetic and hilarious performance. 


The rehearsals for the school musical High School Musical are now up and running, with the cast doing a script and song run through on Tuesday the 7th of November. The musical team were very happy with the commitment and attitude of this year’s cast. We are sure it will be a great show. 


The Student Council will be organising an LGBT week which takes place on the 22nd of November. There will be activities, talks and educational presentations throughout the week to highlight and promote tolerance, open mindedness and respect within our school. These are three key areas that are central to the identity of Coláiste Chraobh Abhann. 


Coláiste Chraobh Abhann had great success in a number of races in the Wicklow Schools’ Cross Country Race that took place on Tuesday the 7th of November in St Gerrard’s in Bray. All races were 1.6km or a mile run. Congratulations to Eve Leacy who won the Second Year race. In the TY race CCA took all the honours with Oisín Cullen taking first place, Sam Ireland second and Dylan Symes third. In the Senior Race, Troy Scully just lost out on first place on the last sprint to the line, coming in a close second. Sarah Hayes won the Senior Girls’ race with a very impressive race with a fantastic performance by Stevie Stokes who took third. Well done to everyone involved. We are very proud of all your performances. 


The 5th and 6th year Art students enjoyed a trip to the National Art Gallery of Ireland on Tuesday the 7th of November to study the new exhibition that is currently displaying the works of the Irish artist Frederic William Burton.      Burton, who was born in County Wicklow, was a Victorian watercolour artist and his famous painting Meeting on Turret Stairs (1864) was voted Ireland’s favourite painting in a public vote by RTÉ in 2012. 


Ms Ní Chleirigh would like to thank all the junior students who began rehearsals on the play The Magic Finger this week. This promises to be a brilliant show with a great cast. The play has been adapted from Roald Dahl’s famous children’s book of the same name and will be staged in April next year. 


Rehearsals for the CCA Players’ performance of 12 Angry Jurors began this week with our first full read through taking place on Wednesday the 8th of November. Ms Hennessy and Mr Ó Súilleabháin were delighted with how the rehearsal went and are very happy with the commitment shown by the students. This large cast will be performing the play in April and we are greatly looking forward to the production. You can follow the weekly progress of the rehearsals on Facebook CCA Players. 


A fantastic performance from a very confident CCA side saw the team go one nil up early in the first half through a Josh Odlum goal. CCA got a second just before half time, with a penalty that was again converted by Josh Odlum. It was a great display of teamwork and determination that saw was this young CCA team beat Woodbrook College by two goals. Hopefully the team will now progress to the latter stages of the competition. 


CCA Science Week will run all next week from the 13th to the 17th of November with quizzes, games, presentations and art work all promoting the importance of science, not just as a school subject, but highlighting how it influences our everyday lives. From Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Agriculture Science and Astronomy there will be something fascinating to learn no matter where your interest lies.

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