Coláiste Chraobh Ab­hann

Bray People - - SCHOOLS REPORT -


Our stu­dents en­joyed a re­ally fes­tive se­ries of mu­si­cal events last week, as part of our cel­e­bra­tions of Christ­mas at at Coláiste Chraobh Ab­hann. The fes­tive spirit came out in full on Thurs­day, when all First year stu­dents took part in a carol ser­vice, com­plete with lots Christ­mas jumpers and Santa hats out in force! Ms Arm­strong and the CCA choir brought stu­dents through a se­ries of great Christ­mas songs and a lot of fun was had. On Fri­day at break time, there were car­ols for ev­ery­one in the GP area, led by the ju­nior and se­nior mu­sic classes. Many thanks to Ms Arm­strong and her singers, who have put a huge amount of prepa­ra­tion into en­sur­ing that our school has been alive with mu­sic and Christ­mas singing this week.


Con­grat­u­la­tions to our ju­nior camogie team who re­tained their Ju­nior B Wick­low ti­tle, beat­ing Scoil Chonglais, Balt­in­glass last Wed­nes­day by 14–4 to 1 point. The team played bril­liantly to­gether, well done to all and many thanks to Ms Doyle for men­tor­ing the team.


Many thanks to all the stu­dents from Tran­si­tion Year, 5th and 6th year who par­tic­i­pated in the joint carol ser­vice with Kil­coole Pri­mary School last week. Par­tic­u­lar thanks are due to the soloists who per­formed a se­ries of beau­ti­ful pieces for the as­sem­bled par­ents, stu­dents, staff, friends and mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity. They were: Tom Brady, April Nyakudya, Cil­lian Mol­loy, Amy Cowan Hedges and Shauna O Con­nor. Our tal­ented stu­dent mu­si­cians were Saoirse Yuan, An­drew Con­naughton, Tom Brady and Kalvin Townsend-Smyth.

Many thanks to Ms Arm­strong for her tire­less com­mit­ment to the many mu­si­cal events we have en­joyed this term.


Our 3rd year stu­dents un­der­took a day of ap­ti­tude test­ing last Fri­day. The tests, known as Dif­fer­en­tial Ap­ti­tude Tests (DATS), are a test of abil­ity in the ar­eas of ver­bal and nu­mer­i­cal rea­son­ing, dif­fer­ent to the Ju­nior Cer­tifi­cate exam in that they mea­sure ba­sic abil­ity, where the exams mea­sure per­for­mance and achieve­ment. The tests are run so that stu­dents can iden­tify where their abil­i­ties and strengths are, and set ca­reer and ed­u­ca­tional goals to match.


Our an­nual house exams take place this week. Best of luck to our stu­dents who have worked so hard this term, sup­ported by par­ents and staff.


Sev­eral groups of stu­dents took part in Christ­mas out­ings this week. The Stu­dent Coun­cil–Rachel Dut­ton Mer­ri­man, Ciaran Crimes, Aoife Murtagh, Charley Delaney Byrne, Jade Byrne, Cameron Cos­grave, Holly Martin, Conor Toole, Conor Eivers and Rowena Ga­han went on a day trip with Mr O Suil­leab­hain. The CCA home­work club also took part in an out­ing with Ms Cluskey, and the peer men­tors en­joyed a day trip ac­com­pa­nied by Mr Far­rell. Thanks to th­ese stu­dents for all their hard work and com­mit­ment to our school this term.


The 5th year Higher level his­tory class took part in a visit to the Na­tional Li­brary on Kil­dare Street last week, as part of their Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate his­tory course. Stu­dents got the chance to ap­pre­ci­ate and gain an un­der­stand­ing of the very ex­ten­sive his­tor­i­cal, ge­nealog­i­cal and lit­er­ary re­sources avail­able at the li­brary.


The mu­sic out­reach pro­gramme will be tak­ing en­rol­ments for term 2 at present. The new term will start in Jan­uary. Stu­dents can ac­cess pi­ano, singing and gui­tar lessons. Please con­tact Ms Mitchell for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion an­ne­mitchell@ wick­

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