Coláiste Craobh Abhann
Further success for Luke Byrne in Transition Year, who won the Innovation Award at the recent PDST ‘Get Up and Go’ National Final, with his product ‘Headphone Helpers’. Well done, Luke!
Best wishes to the CCA players who are taking to the stage in the Rook’s Tower in Newcastle tonight (Wednesday), Thursday and Friday with this year’s production of ‘Sive’. This Year the CCA players will take you back to a time when love was bought and sold. ‘Sive’ tells the story of a beautiful girl and her wicked step aunt – Mena, who is trying to force her niece into marriage. Will Mena get her wish or will justice prevail? Performances run from the Tickets are five Euro and are available from the school.
Well done to Laoise Cullen in Transition Year who won first prize in the Hammer and Discus at a recent sporting event. Laoise is now through to the Leinster competition on May 14. Best of luck Laoise.
Congratulations to Troy Scully in third year who one a bronze medal in the 3,000m race last week. Troy will be competing again on May 14.
Well done to everyone who took part in Sports Day. Thankfully the rain held off to allow us to enjoy a fun-filled day of sport and other activities. This day is one of the highlights of the school calendar. There were a huge variety of events and activities taking place for students, from the long puc, the three legged race, tag rugby, high jump, penalty kick and a basketball shoot-out to soccer sixes and athletics and a very hotly-contested 100m, 400m and 1500m race. The whole school community really enjoyed the chance to spend the day together as a group. Many thanks to the PE Department and all the teachers, staff and parents who helped out on the day.
As part of the Health Promotion Programme in the school, the HPS team are currently highlighting to both staff and students the importance of wellbeing in the school. Each week, a positive quote is sent to all tutor groups followed by a short breathing exercise that focusses on a particular aspect of wellbeing. The PE hall is open every Wednesday morning at 8.40 a.m. and on Thursday mornings the Meditation Room will be open for sixth years at 8.45 a.m. The PE Hall is open every lunchtime and all activities are open for staff and students.
Parents in the school have recently begun a community based Alcohol and Drug programme, which will run for 6 weeks.
During these sessions, parents will get new information, learn new skills, use practical solutions, talk to other parents and Community Awareness of Drugs (CAD) tutors and acquire skills to teach children to make healthy choices.
The next few weeks are a busy time of year at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, with many important end-of-year events taking place, including on Friday, May 20, the annual Junior and Senior Prize giving ceremonies. The whole school community and invited guests will take time to recognise the hard work and great efforts of our students. Senior and junior students are recognised for their contributions to the school and our community in a wide variety of prizes, including academic, sporting, leadership, entrepreneurship, civic, cultural, musical and artistic categories. Students will be awarded academic prizes in each subject area, with a number of Sixth year students receiving perpetual awards for subjects studied in their Leaving Certificate year. Sporting awards will cover many team and individual efforts from camogie, soccer and hurling to basketball and athletics.
A group of our TY students enjoyed a unique cultural experience last week as they travelled to Wurzburg, Germany, with two of their teachers, to visit our partner school, the Reimschneider Gymnasium. Students spent time with their German counterparts, attending school and also visiting Wurzburg and its surrounding area on this social and cultural exchange. The German teachers and students visited our school last term. Many thanks to Mr Kennedy and Ms Buckley for their work in coordinating the exchange and accompanying the students on the trip.
Students are revising and preparing for the end of year house examinations, which will start on Monday, May 30. We wish all our first, second, TY and fifth year students well in their exams. Thanks to them and their teachers for their hard work this term and throughout the year.