9th March 2018

CCA’S High School Musical 

This year’s Coláiste Chraobh Abhann’s musical ‘High School Musical’ took place in the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray from the 7th to the 9th of March. The annual school musical is one of the biggest events in the CCA school calendar and this is the eleventh CCA production.

Students, family, friends and staff were all there to enjoy a wonderfully staged production of ‘High School Musical’ with the leads being played by Ciarán Crimes (Troy) from TY, and Rebecca Gillan (Gabriella) who is a student in second year.

All the famous songs were sung with great gusto, including ‘We’re all in this Together’ and ‘Get’cha Head in the Game.’

Students from 1st, 2nd, TY and 5th year all participated in this year’s musical and it was clear that everyone had lots of fun, both on stage and in the audience.

This event is a whole school collaboration with so many people involved and thanks to everyone who supported by helping backstage or going to see the show. A special thanks to the director of the show Siobhán Gallagher and the choreographer Yvonne Prendergast for all their hard work and commitment. To Ms Egan for organising the rehearsal schedules, selling tickets, and liaising with our advertising and sponsorships. To the Parents’ Council for all their support and fundraising they did to make the show possible. To Mr Kennedy (TY Co-ordinator), who also ensured that all the tickets were sold and who worked tirelessly backstage to ensure the performers remained calm and well organised. To all the local companies who supported us and finally to the Mermaid Arts Centre for the use of their wonderful venue.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Coláiste Chraobh Abhann are celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge from Monday 12th to Friday 16th of March with an extensive week of activities, competitions, musical performances and theatre.

The musician Enda Reilly will be visiting the school on Monday to perform a number of songs from his acclaimed album Nua Amhrán i nGaeilge. He will discuss the art of song writing with the 1st and 2nd year students who are studying some of his songs as part of the new Irish Junior Cert cycle.

There will be treasure hunts, quizzes, and competitions for all year groups, along with a seomra caidreamh at lunchtime, where teachers and students can practise their Irish in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. There will also be a ceilí and a musical performance organised by senior students, as well as an all Irish Gaelic football match being played at lunchtime.

Make sure to practise your own cúpla focal during Seachtain na Gaeilge. 

Newtown/ CCA Irish Drama Production

For the past number of months, TY (Transition Year) students from Coláiste Chraobh Abhann have been working with Ms McGillycuddy’s fourth class from Newtownmountkennedy Primary School on their annual school production of the all Irish play Labhraidh Loingseach.

The play will take place in the Newtownmountkennedy Senior Primary School on the 15th of March as part of our celebration of Seachtain na Gaeilge.

For the past six years, Coláiste Chraobh Abhann and Newtown Primary School have worked on this exciting cross-schools Irish drama project, where TY students work on props, music and costumes, while the primary students act in an original Irish play based on an Irish myth or legend.

This year’s play is about the fearful king Labhraidh Loingseach, who treats the people of his kingdom very badly. But Labhraidh has a very big secret that he wants no one to find out about, and on the day of his yearly haircut, the king’s secret is finally revealed.

Ms McGillycuddy, Mr Rice, Ms Doran and Mr Ó Súilleabháin were very pleased with all the work that the primary and secondary students put in to make this year’s show a great success, with the audience enjoying all the great performances. Many thanks to Ms Buckley and Ms Dempsey for their continued support with this very rewarding cross-school initiative. 

Global Issues Fortnight

CCA ran its annual Global Issues Fortnight from 26th February to 9th March.

The aim of the fortnight is to raise awareness in the school community about a variety of global issues.

TY students organised debates with all 1st and 2nd year classes, covering topics such as climate change, plastic waste, homelessness, and gender equality. TY students have also designed posters and stickers which were placed around the school to raise awareness.

There were events to celebrate International Womens’ Day, and on Friday 6th, Fairtrade bananas and chocolate were given out to students and staff to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight, which coincided with Global Issues fortnight this year. There was also music performed in the GP Area related to world affairs, including a rewrite of Bob Geldof’s Great Song of Indifference.

This event was subsidised by World Wise Global Schools, a subsidiary of Irish Aid. Many thanks to Mr Healy for organising this event.  

Emmanuel Concert 

Students from Coláiste Chraobh Abhann were some of the two and a half thousand teenagers from all over Leinster who took part in the annual Emmanuel concert which was performed in the Helix between Feb 26th and March 1st

The Emmanuel project is run by the Archdiocese of Dublin and is a concert series that is unique in the Irish Church – with students between the ages of 12 and 17 singing in front of a large audience. Each evening performance is almost entirely student led, with soloists chosen from participating schools to sing live, musicians performing from the student body and student presenters acting as MC’s each night. 

The soloist students from Coláiste Chraobh Abhann were Colm Roche, April Keaveney, Stefan Glavanescu and Brianna Morris, and their music teacher Ms Armstrong said she was delighted with each music student, with every performance reaching very high standard.   

Junior Cert Orals 

Congratulations to all the Junior Cert students who sat their French and Irish Oral exams. We hope all the hard work paid off and we are sure that everyone did their best. 

Thanks to all the Irish and French teachers who prepared their students to such a high standard in both languages. 

Equestrian Interschools’ Ireland 

Rachel Grant from 5KRE represented Coláiste Chraobh Abhann last week in the Equestrian Interschools Show Jumping competition in Boswell Equestrian Centre. 

Rachel was riding her horse Sparrow and she managed to jump 80cm, which was enough to see her claim 3rd overall in the Individual's category. 

Well done Rachel on your great achievement and doing your school so proud. 

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