8th December 2017


Congratulations to Róisín Connaughton who was a finalist in the Poetry Aloud Competition that took place on Friday, the 1st of December in The National Library of Ireland. 

The two poems that Róisín read in the final were State Funeral by Thomas McCarthy and Letting Go by Vivienne McKechnie. She was highly commended on her outstanding performance and was presented with her certificate by Dr Sandra Collins, Director of the National Library. Thanks and well done to Ms O’ Driscoll for all the hard work and support she gave Róisín and to all the CCA students who competed in the Poetry Aloud event this year. 


CCA cemented their place in the final of the Wicklow Schools’ Basketball Cup with a 56-30 win over Woodbrook College on Wednesday the 6th of December.

A strong defensive performance from CCA in the first quarter saw them secure a 16-4 lead at the end of the first interval. This set the tone for the remainder of the game. Sean Leacy was the stand out performer, giving an exhibition in rebounding. Jason Gallagher and Markas Isajevas linked up well offensively and proved too difficult for the Woodbrook side to handle. 


The second half continued with Cian Doyle and Dylan Radzuis showing fantastic defensive and offensive displays respectfully. Daniel Murray impressed on his debut registering 6 points. CCA ran out worthy winners in what can only be described as great team performance that sees them into the final, which will be played in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght this week.   


CCA’s First Year Boy’s Soccer team were unlucky to be beaten in the Leinster Cup by Coláiste Phobail Setanta, Conlee after extra time. It was a very tight game for the entire match, following a fantastic equalising goal by Luke Breen.

Jamie Grehan gave a man of the match master-class performance in defence. The game ended one all at the end of full time. 

Unfortunately, in extra-time, CCA were unlucky to go down by two quick fire goals by Clonee and despite CCA’s best efforts, were unable to break down their opponents. Despite the loss, Mr Rice was upbeat and extremely pleased with the team’s performance. He said that this young team are growing in confidence and are now very much looking forward to the upcoming league games in January.  


The Student Council held their annual Christmas jumper non-uniform day on Friday the 8th of December. Students and staff of CCA joined in the festive spirit by dusting off their finest Christmas jumpers to raise money for St Vincent de Paul and Focus Ireland, who work tirelessly to support the homeless community and families who are struggling at this time of year. The Student Council would like to thank everyone for their generous contribution and wish everyone a very merry and peaceful Christmas.  


6THN would like to thank everyone who was involved in making the Focus Ireland Fundraising Day such a great success. Students from 6THN sold hot chocolate and cookies at break time last week, with all proceeds going towards Focus Ireland, who work so hard to highlight and support the struggle of homelessness in Ireland.  

The sum total of this event will be combined with the Student Council’s Christmas Jumper fundraiser and will be presented to Focus Ireland on behalf of 6THN, the Student Council and all the staff and students of CCA. 

6THN also organised the annual St Vincent de Paul food hamper which was presented to the charity on Tuesday the 12th of December. Thanks to Ms Mc Cormack, Ms Cowap, Ms Madden and Mr Rice who all helped organise these very worthy fundraisers.  


John Lonergan- former Governor of Mountjoy Prison, kindly visited CCA on Thursday the 30th of November to speak with all our 6th Year students. This very interesting talk covered a wide range of areas relating to lifestyle choices and the risk taking years. Thanks to 6th Year student Rachel Crimes who organised this talk.  


Two speakers from Eco UNESCO delivered an interactive workshop to our Transition Year students on Monday the 4th of December. The talk and workshop focused on how we all can improve our efforts at living sustainably in a global context. 

The speakers also encouraged our students to become aware of their own values regarding the environment and ways in which they can decrease their own personal carbon footprint. Thanks to UNESCO and to Mr Healy for organising this interesting and engaging event. 


Every Christmas, the CCA Remembrance Tree is placed in the GP area to remind us of our past family members and friends. 

TY students made white star decorations, on which the name of the person to be remembered is written and then hung on the tree. People are invited to make a donation, with all funds going towards the Wicklow Hospice. Thanks to Ms Clusky and the TY students who set up this event.  


Well done to all the music students who were involved in the Feel Good Factor that helped celebrateMental Health Awareness Week in November. 

Last Friday, a Carol Service was held by all the music students for the 1st year classes and on Thursday the 14th of December, the choir will be joined by the CCA ukulele group, who will perform a number of festive songs to get us all ready for the Christmas holidays. The CCA ukulele group will also be hosting aUkulele Hooley in Dundrum on the 19th of December, while the TY Choir will be performing for a local nursing home. Thanks to Ms Armstrong and all the music students for their hard work on all of these events.  


We would like to wish all our students the very best of luck with the Christmas Exams that begin on Friday the 15th of December.  We would also like to wish all the members of our school community Nollaig Shona faoi shéan is faoi mhaise dhaoibh go léir.

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