1st December 2017


Last week saw the celebration of entrepreneurship and business in CCA, with numerous events taking place during ‘The Spirit of Enterprise Week.’ This year, the theme of the week was 'Sharing the Light.' There were numerous activities taking place across the five days, with entrepreneurs from First Year and Transition Year students, who displayed and sold their products in the GP Area. There were interesting talks on entrepreneurship from local businesses in the area and Dr. Therese Moylan from IADT spoke with the Second Year students regarding design challenges for their products. There was also a CCA's weakest link competition and a Wicklow Inter-schools’ Business Quiz which was won by a team from St David’s. Well done to all the students who took part and a big thank you to the Business Department for organising an amazing week.  


It was great to see the huge turnout of parents and students for the 2nd Year Parent, Teacher, Student Meetings that took place on Thursday the 30th of November in CCA.  This was a great opportunity to discuss each students’ progress in detail and to share the wonderful work that is being accomplished by the students in this year. 


6THN will be fundraising for Focus Ireland on Wednesday the 6th of December. They are baking cookies and making hot chocolate which will be on sale at break time. We hope the students and teachers will support the worthy cause as all proceeds will be going towards Focus Ireland who support people struggling with homelessness.

6THN are also organising the SVP food appeal this year. Lists of food items will be displayed around the school and a daily announcement will be to remind students of what they can contribute. 6THN will collect the items every morning from Class tutor groups (Friday, the 1st of December to Wednesday, the 13th December). A box will be left in the staff room for staff to contribute to the appeal. Thanks to 6THN and Ms Cowap for organising this event.    


The Junior Girls’ Football team travelled to Dunlavin on Thursday the 30th of November, where they had a very convincing win against Dunlavin in the league. There were outstanding performances from the whole team. There was absolutely no stopping Lara Harrison and Kerryann Hamilton, who played excellently in the forwards, whilst Eve Lacey and Úna Power controlled midfield throughout the match. The backs were exceptional with Katelyn O' Toole and Ciara McLeavey displaying brilliant performances. It was a great team effort and hopefully the girls will keep this up for their next match. 


Another impressive victory for the U16 CCA Boys’ basketball team who beat St. David’s 44-23 last week in the Wicklow League. Dylan Radzius and Markas Isajevas were two players who drove both teams to victory on the day, while Cian Cahill and Cian Doyle were mentioned by Mr Craven as showing huge improvement. It was a much closer affair with the U19s match, as St David’s pushed CCA all the way, however CCA managed to pull away in the final quarter to win the game by 47-38. 


The U19 Boys’ soccer team beat Woodbrook College, Bray by one goal to nil on Friday the 24th of November in Greystones. Ronan O'Kelly scored the only goal of the game and the Man of the Match was awarded to Charley Delaney Byrne. Unfortunately, this is the final game for many of the Sixth Year players, who have been great servants to the school over the last five to six years. Mr Hughes would like to wish these students the best of luck with their future sporting endeavours and thank them for all their efforts. 


A big congratulations to CCA Second Year student Catherine Devlin Pluck, who was awarded first place in the 14s’ category of the National Twirling Competition that took place last week.   


The First Year CCA team took on Avondale in the Wicklow League on Thursday the 30th of November, in the Kilcoole GGA grounds. The conditions on the day were perfect and the game lived up to expectation, with some fine performances from Craig Davis and Luke Breen. Mr Mullen said that CCA team were on top for most of the match, but an exceptional performance by Avondale’s number eight in midfield saw the two sides ending honours even at the final whistle. The result ended 3-7 all. 


The CCA U16s Football team took on a strong Avondale side in the Wicklow League last week in a competitive match, which saw CCA going in at half time ahead. However the second half saw Avondale increase the intensity of their play, and despite some valiant defending by CCA, Avondale ended the match as comfortable winners. Mr Halpin noted Oisín Cullen as the player of the team for CCA. 


Twelve CCA students from across every year group competed in the Wicklow Schools’ Invitational Cross Country in Avondale Forest Park, Rathdrum on Tuesday the 28th of November. Despite the cold and muddy conditions, CCA brought home ten medals in total, with outstanding runs from Eve Leacy in second year and Stevie Stokes in third year. This is the final competition of the season, with the East Leinster Championships starting up in January.

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