Bray People - - Schools Report -


The Ju­nior Rugby team have got­ten off to a great start to the sea­son with three wins from three.

First up was Huntspier­point Col­lege from Eng­land. This match was played in Uni­ver­sity of Lim­er­ick as part of our an­nual pre-sea­son tour.

Against strong op­po­si­tion, we stamped our au­thor­ity on the game with an early Cil­lean Gui­hen try.

Fur­ther scores from amongst oth­ers, Dean Red­mond, Kenneth Mur­phy, Cameron Higgs and Conor Gui­hen.

The English side came back strong to­wards the end but the Pres de­fence held strong leav­ing the fi­nal score Pres 44 Huntspier­point Col­lege 0.

On Satur­day, we had our first home match of the sea­son, played in Pres in front of a big home sup­port. Play­ing last year’s Le­in­ster Rugby School of the year CBC Monkstown, we knew we were fac­ing strong op­po­si­tion. CBC got off to a great start, when in the 5th minute, they ran the ball from in­side their own 22 to score a fan­tas­tic try.

Pres bat­tled back strongly and play­ing into a strong wind, we man­aged to main­tain pos­ses­sion for long pe­ri­ods of the game. Cil­lean Gui­hen equalised with a well taken try and right on half time his brother Conor gave a won­der­ful pass for Dean Red­mond to score in the cor­ner.

Cap­tain Phillip Haughton kicked the con­ver­sion to leave the score 12-5 at the break.

With the wind at our back in the sec­ond half, we be­gan to dom­i­nate the game with Phillip Haughton kick­ing the cor­ners bril­liantly.

Our pack took full ad­van­tage of this and props Kenneth Mur­phy and Cameron Higgs both got over for con­verted tries.

Cil­lean Gui­hen scored two more and Conor also got over for a well de­served try.

All were con­verted by Haughton and sub­sti­tute Diar­muid Master­son to leave the fi­nal score Pres 45 CBC 5.


Last Wed­nes­day we trav­elled to St An­drews for an­other friendly. We con­tin­ued our winning ways with a 38-5 win. Cil­lean Gui­hen got the team off to a great start with a try in the first minute. This was fol­lowed up with scores from Cor­mac O Donoghue and Rob­bie Bren­nan, two of which were con­verted by Phillip Haughton. At half time the score was 19-0. In the sec­ond half, we im­proved greatly and good work from Jeff Toolan set up Dean Red­mond for a great score, just af­ter the break.

Winger Sam Doyle crossed the line for a well de­served try be­fore Ja­son Cur­ran scored from a quick tap penalty.

St An­drews got in for a late try af­ter some good work from their pack. Pres were de­serv­ing win­ners on the day.

Next up is St Ger­ard’s to­day (Wed­nes­day) in St Ger­ard’s fol­lowed by our fi­nal friendly with St Michael’s on Satur­day be­fore the league be­gins the fol­low­ing week.


TY stu­dent Ian Flood from Bray, Co Wick­low caught a crack­ing tope off Grey­stones last week. The 16 year old stu­dent was fish­ing with his fa­ther Gerry close to the Moulditch Buoy when the big preda­tor struck.

The duo had only started to fish their whole mack­erel baits in the tide rip close to the Buoy when the tope grabbed Ian’s of­fer­ing. I

an soon got the up­per hand, landed and mea­sured the tope which was 60.5 inches with a girth of 27.5 inches and quickly re­turned the tope to fight an­other day. Well done Ian.

The staff and stu­dents at Coláiste Chraobh Ab­hann ex­tend a warm wel­come to 20 Span­ish stu­dents and their leader, who will be spending two weeks at our school. The stu­dents are aged be­tween 16 and 18 years old and are at­tend­ing classes in var­i­ous sub­ject ar­eas, with the aim of gain­ing an in­sight into the Ir­ish ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.


The Au­tumn term of our Adult and Com­mu­nity Ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme re­sumed on Mon­day Septem­ber 15. A wide range of classes are on of­fer, in­clud­ing Yoga, Com­put­ers, Golf, English as a For­eign Lan­guage and Paint­ing with Wa­ter­colours. En­rol­ments still be made by vis­it­ing the school in per­son, or by phone or post. The brochure is avail­able to down­load from our web­site at­lais­ and our tele­phone num­ber is 01-2870198.


Our fifth year stu­dents will be at­tend­ing the Higher Op­tions Con­fer­ence in Dublin to­day, Septem­ber 17th. Stu­dents will get the op­por­tu­nity to talk to rep­re­sen­ta­tives from var­i­ous colleges and cour­ses, which in turn will help them de­cide on which ca­reer path they may like to take in the fu­ture.


The pro­gramme of ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties is up and run­ning in the school. All stu­dents are en­cour­aged to get in­volved in at least one ac­tiv­ity, ei­ther sport­ing or non-sport­ing. Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude Camogie, Soc­cer, Gaelic foot­ball for boys and girls, De­bat­ing, Fish­ing and a whole lot more!!


The Tran­si­tion Year stu­dents are cur­rently com­plet­ing a First Aid course. This course is pro­vided by the Ir­ish Red Cross and fa­cil­i­tated by Mr. John Kee­gan.


Con­grat­u­la­tions to our stu­dents who re­ceived their Ju­nior Cer­tifi­cate re­sults last Wed­nes­day. Stu­dents did very well in all sub­jects across the board. Well done!


There will be an In­for­ma­tion Evening for par­ents of first year stu­dents this Thurs­day, Septem­ber 18th at 8p.m. This meet­ing will be fol­lowed by the Par­ents’ As­so­ci­a­tion AGM at 9p.m.


A re­minder to all that classes will fin­ish at 12.35p.m. on Tues­day next, Septem­ber 23. Trans­port is not guar­an­teed at this time.


Coláiste Chraobh Ab­hann were de­lighted to wel­come a group of Swedish vis­i­tors yes­ter­day, Tues­day Septem­ber 16th. The group were given pre­sen­ta­tions on var­i­ous as­pects of the school and were also brought on a tour of the school, stop­ping off at ar­eas of in­ter­est to their visit and/or sub­ject ar­eas, in­clud­ing com­put­ers, wood­work, met­al­work, art and home eco­nomics.


Con­grat­u­la­tions to Pa­trick Costello and Seán Ry­der who had a very suc­cess­ful sum­mer on the ath­let­ics scene. Pa­trick came sec­ond in the 100m at All-Ire­land club level. As part of the Ir­ish Celtic team, he went on to come third in the 100m re­lay in Stir­ling. Seán won gold in the Javelin at club level. He then won gold in Javelin on the Schools Le­in­ster team. He then par­tic­i­pated in Bed­ford on the Ir­ish Schools Team and came sixth at In­ter­na­tional level.


This week the Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate Ap­plied 6th year group re­ceived their re­sults for Ses­sion 2 of their course. Stu­dents scored very well with a num­ber of stu­dents scor­ing full marks in their in­ter­view as­sessed tasks. On Thurs­day last, 5th year LCA stu­dents and par­ents were in­vited to an in­for­ma­tion evening at the school out­lin­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties for the year ahead. Such ac­tiv­i­ties will in­clude a cof­fee morn­ing in aid of a char­ity of the stu­dents’ choice and a trip away to an ad­ven­ture cen­tre next month.

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