24th November 2017


Coláiste Chraobh Abhann is very proud of past student Catherine Noble who was awarded a UCD Entrance Scholar Award at an awards ceremony in UCD last week. Entrance Scholar awards are presented to first year college students who achieve 560 points or more in their Leaving Certificate. The award recognises students who have reached a high-achieving academic result, which is also recorded on their transcripts. Congratulations Catherine on achieving this very prestigious accolade. 


Congratulations to the Coláiste Chraobh Abhann students who took part in the Poetry Aloud semi-final in the National Library on Friday. Roisín Connaughton and Sophie Heaton delivered wonderful performances of their poems. A special congratulations to Roisín, who was chosen to proceed to the final of the competition which will take place on December the 1st in the National Library. A big thanks to Ms O’Driscoll for supporting and mentoring all the students who took part in this poetry competition. 


A big thank you to all the students who were involved in the Christmas Shoebox appeal for Team Hope. Through the generosity of our staff and students, children from the poorest countries in the world will receive a Christmas gift this year. Team Hope will send the shoeboxes to street children, orphans, children in hospitals and victims of war from a wide range of countries, including Kosova, Albania, Malawi and Rwanda. It’s not too late to support this very worthy charity this Christmas by making your donation on teamhope.ie. 


The 4th and 5th Year French exchange students thoroughly enjoyed the time they spent with the students from Thomas Corneille School in Rouen, France. The students benefited greatly from the opportunity to make new friends and improve upon their spoken French. Thanks to all the French Department who organised this exchange, and especially to Ms O’Brien and Ms O’Reilly who accompanied the students on the trip. 


Primary students from Roundwood, Newcastle and Kilcoole visited CCA for the annual Primary School Transition Day on Wednesday the 21st of November. Our prospective students toured the school and were given an insight into all the subjects and extra-curricular opportunities on offer.  Students visited each optional subject classroom on their guided tour, where our students and staff explained and demonstrated the subject’s course outline and project work. The primary students were also entertained during lunch by the CCA music students. Thanks to Mr Farrell and all the staff for this very well run day.


CCA celebrated LGBT week from Monday the 20th to Friday the 24th of November, with some fun activities and lunchtime events taking place, including face and nail paining and other fundraising activities. There were some excellent talks organised for students in the Viewing Gallery, as well as a brilliantly designed art display in the GP Area. Thanks to Ms Walsh and the Student Council for all the work that was put into this great event. 


Building on the success of last year’s spirit of enterprise week with 'Find your light bulb moment', this year CCA are 'Sharing the Light' as the theme for Enterprise Week. There will be a number of activities taking place, with our entrepreneurs from First Year and Transition Year students displaying their products in the GP Area. There will also be interesting talks on entrepreneurship from Niall Mullen from Nikafit studios, and Dr. Therese Moylan from IADT will be meeting the Second Year students to do some design thinking challenges. CCA's weakest link competition takes place along with the Wicklow Inter-schools’ Business Quiz on Wednesday.  


2nd Year Parent, Teacher, Student Meetings will take place on Thursday the 30th of November in CCA. Classes will end at 3.40pm and the meetings will begin at 4.15pm and end at 6.45pm. We are looking forward to discussing your child’s progress with us and to see how we can support your child going forward. 


Both the U16 and the U19 CCA Boys’ basketball teams were victorious in their games, when they came up against CCM on Thursday the 22nd of November in the Wicklow Wexford Basketball league. The U16s had a convincing ending in a 56-36 win. The stand out players in this game were Third year students Jason Gallagher and Dylan Radzius. The U19s won their game 31-18, with Fifth Year students Luke Mascarhenhas and TY student Adam Gallagher putting in notable performances. Mr Craig is delighted with the progression both teams are making.

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