13th October 2017


The Student Council would like to thank all the students and staff of Coláiste Chraobh Abhann who contributed to the non-uniform day that took place on the 10th of October in aid of St Catherine’s Hospital in Newcastle and Pieta House. St Catherine’s is a non-profit organisation that offers education, training, respite, or residential care for people with have intellectual or other disabilities.  Pieta House is a Suicide and Self Harm Self-Service Centre who offer a free of charge counselling service for anyone who may be affected by these issues. Over €1500 was raised to help support the great work done by both organisations. Thanks to everyone who was involved.


The Transition Year students and the Irish Department of Coláiste Chraobh Abhann are looking forward to once again working with the teachers and students of Newtown Primary School on the Gaeilge Schools’ Project. This Irish language promotion initiative was set up between the two schools back in 2011, where TY students collaborate on a weekly basis with the Newtown Primary students in preparation for the annual performance of an all-Irish language play. This year’s play will be performed in Newtown Primary School during Seachtain na Gaeilge and will take place in March 2018. This year’s play is Labhraidh Loinseach and will be accompanied by a celebration of Irish music and a céilí with staff and students of both the primary and secondary schools participating. Bígí linn.


What a great way to start off the U15 boys Leinster Cup campaign with a win against a very tricky Woodbrook side. CCA went two goals down quiet early in the first half, but kept composure and fought their way back to progress to the next round. Although it was a solid team performance, there are a couple players that deserve a special mention. Adam Farrell who took charge of the back four all game and dealt with everything Woodbrook threw at them. Jamie Murray, whose outstanding level of skill and hard work led to him scoring all three goals within this game. A fantastic start to the season and great preparation for the first league game of the year against CCM on Monday 16th October.

Final Score: CCA 3, Woodbrook 2


U16: The U16 got their league off to a fantastic start with a win over East Glendalough School at home. From a team who have never played an organised game of basketball together, these students managed to score 8 baskets within the first quarter. As the game progressed, EGS clawed their way back and as they approached the end of the third quarter, CCA were only in front by two points. As a result of great team play and some impact substitutions, CCA were able to run away with the fourth quarter to finish the game victorious.

Final Score: CCA (57) EGS (36).

U19: The U19 boys faced a much more experienced EGS team and unfortunately started the game a little unorganised. After the second quarter CCA started to get back into the game through some very positive possession. However, EGS's experience proved too much to handle and despite CCA's best efforts EGS came out on top.

Final Score: CCA (18) EGS (31)


This week is Study Skills Week at CCA. The theme is 'get carried away with learning' and every classroom teacher will take time to demonstrate study tips on how best to study each subject. Class tutors will work on study timetables with students. Particular focus this year will be on note making, outcomes verbs and target setting and results.


We would like to wish Miss Siobhán Connolly all the best as she sets off on her new adventure. Siobhán began teaching PE and Science in Coláiste Chraobh Abhann back in 2004, when the school was only in its second year. Over the years, she held positions such as Health and Safety Officer and Green Schools’ coordinator, as well as training the Cross Country running team. She also organised one of the most anticipated events in the school calendar, the annual Sport’s Day. In her spare time she enjoys travelling and horse riding in her native County Down. We wish her all the success for the future. Thanks for the memories Siobhán.


The CCA Drama club would like to thank everyone who auditioned for this year’s CCA Players production of 12 Angry Jurors. There was huge interest in being part of this year’s play which has been adapted from Reginald Rose’s original classic 12 Angry Men. The cast list was announced on Friday the 13th and we hope this will not turn out to be an unlucky omen. Anyone interested in being involved in the production or promotion of the play should speak to Mr Ó Súilleabháin or Ms Hennessy.

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