Coláiste Chraobh Ab­hann



Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Girls’ Ju­nior Foot­ball team who beat Gael­choláiste na Mara last Thurs­day on a score­line of 3-8 to 2-7. The girls played into a strong wind in the first half and af­ter a very brave de­fen­sive per­for­mance, they went in three points up at half-time. Ark­low came back stronger in the sec­ond half and were win­ning by two points with 15 min­utes to go. Thanks to Tay­lor Bran­don’s fan­tas­tic per­for­mance in goals, the girls fin­ished strong to win by four points.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the whole panel who con­tinue to show great char­ac­ter and de­ter­mi­na­tion through­out the com­pe­ti­tion.


Com­mis­er­a­tions to the un­der-15 boys’ team who lost to a very good Gorey Com­mu­nity School side in the Wicklow/Wex­ford soc­cer fi­nal last Thurs­day. Well done to the boys for a great sea­son. Man of the match for CCA was Jack El­liott.


CCA were de­lighted to wel­come our two ath­lete men­tors – Ir­ish 400m run­ner Brian Gree­gan and Ir­ish basketball player Aoife McDer­mott who vis­ited the school to work with a group of sec­ond year stu­dents. The aim of the pro­gramme is to de­velop con­fi­dence and mo­ti­va­tion in stu­dents through the medium of sport.


Well Done to Luke Byrne, who was a spe­cial guest at the Ir­ish Small Firms As­so­ci­a­tion Busi­ness Show­case in the RDS last Wed­nes­day. The event was to cel­e­brate the suc­cess of the best small busi­nesses in the coun­try and Luke was the only stu­dent en­tre­pre­neur in the coun­try who was in­vited to par­tic­i­pate. Luke show­cased his busi­ness ‘Head­phone Helpers’ and met with Min­is­ter for En­ter­prise Mary Mitchell O’Connor, who com­pli­mented his en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills when of­fi­cially launch­ing the show­case.


The Tran­si­tion Year school bank is cur­rently in op­er­a­tion un­der the lead­er­ship and man­age­ment of Rachel Kin­sella in fourth year. All stu­dents are wel­come to come and open an ac­count, lodge money or get some fi­nan­cial ad­vice ev­ery Thurs­day at lunchtime in F17. Many thanks to Mary and Denise in Bank of Ire­land Grey­stones for their sup­port.


The cast and crew of this year’s CCA mu­si­cal are hard at work re­hears­ing for the show, which takes place in March. Please con­tact the Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre to en­quire about tick­ets at 01 272 4030 for the show, which will run from Wed­nes­day, March 8, to Fri­day, March 10, in­clu­sive.


A re­minder to all par­ents and guardians of Tran­si­tion Year stu­dents that the Par­ent-Teacher-Stu­dent meet­ing takes place on Tues­day next, Fe­bru­ary 14, from 4.15 p.m. to 6.45 p.m. Classes will fin­ish at 3.30 p.m. to fa­cil­i­tate this meet­ing.


Best wishes to third and sixth year stu­dents who started their mock ex­ams on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 14. The ex­ams will con­tinue for two weeks, up to the start of the Fe­bru­ary mid-term break. Stu­dents have al­ready been busy with mock prac­ti­cal ex­ams and mock orals.


Next year’s first year stu­dents at­tended their en­trance as­sess­ment on Satur­day, Jan­uary 28. On Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 9, at 7.30 p.m., we will also host our in­com­ing First years and their par­ents and guardians for an In­for­ma­tion Evening. We look for­ward to our new stu­dents start­ing in the au­tumn.

Last Fri­day evening Third Year stu­dent, Cil­lian Scott, ap­peared in the En­ter­prise Sec­tion of the Late Late Show with his highly orig­i­nal and in­no­va­tive En­gine Ta­bles. Cil­lian re­sponded to an ad­ver­tise­ment on the Late Late Face­book page and was se­lected to ap­pear in the En­ter­prise fea­ture. Cil­lian takes old car en­gines and up­cy­cles them into cof­fee ta­bles in a ven­ture that is both cre­ative and kind to the en­vi­ron­ment.

To date, his en­deav­our has proven very suc­cess­ful and he counts celebrity Baz Ash­mawy among one of his happy cus­tomers. Cil­lian’s project has now been en­tered in the Ju­nior Sec­tion of the Wicklow Stu­dent En­ter­prise Awards. We wish him ev­ery suc­cess in the Fi­nals which take place in March and in his flour­ish­ing En­gi­neer­ing ca­reer.


COLÁISTE CHILL MHANTÁIN 20 AVON­DALE COM­MU­NITY COL­LEGE 28: Coláiste Chill Mhantáin were hosts to Avon­dale Commu- Hard luck to both the First and Sec­ond Year Boys’ Basketball Con­grat­u­la­tions to the nine DCW swim­mers who took part in the friendly In­ter­school Gala hosted by Gaelscoil na Mara yesterday. Although we were small in num­ber the girls did very well and came sec­ond over­all. The high­point of the day was when the girls all swam to­gether to win the ever ex­cit­ing canon re­lay. Great fun was had and we look for­ward to next year’s event.


On Thur­day ninth af­ter­noon (1.15 to 3.15 p.m.) all present TY stu­dents and their par­ents are in­vited to the school to find out more about the sub­jects on of­fer for Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate. The talk will com­mence in Th. 2 and three at 1.15 p.m.

You can keep up to date with all our events in St Ger­ard’s School on our web­site stger­ and on Twit­ter @StGer­ards Sch.

First Year stu­dents from Coláiste Chill Mhantáin com­pet­ing in an ‘Ul­ti­mate Cake Off’ in Cake Dec­o­rat­ing Club.

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