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Coláiste Chraobh Ab­hann COUN­CIL ELEC­TIONS

Well done to all the stu­dents who ran for the Stu­dent Coun­cil Elec­tions 2017-2018 on Mon­day, Septem­ber 4. Ac­cord­ing to the count­ing com­mit­tee, the elec­tion was very close for the num­ber of seats avail­able. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the fol­low­ing stu­dents who were suc­cess­fully elected onto the coun­cil.

First Year: Evan Burke and Mia Long­more. Sec­ond year: Shane Collins and Ais­ling Goff. Third Year: Lucy Short and Seán Dou­glas. TY: Mag­gie May Ryan and Kian Mar­rah. Fifth Year: Ais­ling Dalby and Lee Tim­mons. Sixth Year: Ynonne Ka­vanagh and Ro­nan O’Kelly.

The fo­cus of the fist coun­cil meet­ing will look at the area of di­ver­sity within the school. The SC co­or­di­na­tor Mr Rice is look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the new coun­cil and we wish all in­volved the very best for the up­com­ing year.

HEALTH PRO­MO­TION

Coláiste Chraobh Ab­hann will be awarded a HPS (Health Pro­mo­tion Schools) Flag on Oc­to­ber 4 This is a joint ini­tia­tive by the HSE and the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion to pro­mote ‘Health and Well Be­ing’in our school com­mu­nity.

This flag recog­nises the hard work of a 14-per­son com­mit­tee, made up of stu­dents, par­ents and teach­ers led by Ms Stephanie Egan. The com­mit­tee worked on this project over a two-year pe­riod, striv­ing to pro­mote a pos­i­tive men­tal health aware­ness in both our school lives and our home lives. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all in­volved.

BOARD OF MAN­AGE­MENT

The board of man­age­ment meet­ing will take place on Mon­day, Septem­ber 11, from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. in Coláiste Chraobh Ab­hann.

OPEN NIGHT

Coláíste Chraobh Ab­hann’s Open Night will take place on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 21, from 6.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come meet our staff and stu­dents and get a flavour of what makes Coláiste Chraobh Ab­hann so spe­cial.

Take a tour around the school and see the won­der­ful fa­cil­i­ties in use by stu­dents from all years. Speak with our ex­pe­ri­enced teach­ers about the broad sub­ject choices in our Ju­nior Cert, Tran­si­tion Year, Leav­ing Cert and Leav­ing Cert Ap­plied pro­gramme. Also sam­ple what our ex­tracur­ric­u­lar pro­gramme has to of­fer, in­clud­ing the school mu­si­cal, sport clubs, school choir, drama club, stu­dent coun­cil and much much more.

FOOT­BALL

The Tro­phy Match be­tween the CCA un­der-17s and CCA un­der-19s team took place on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 6, in St An­thony’s. It was a hard fought match with the un­der-17s edg­ing it 4-3 with two mag­nif­i­cent goals by Jack El­liott. The un­der-17s Man­ager, Mr Sweeny, was ‘de­lighted’ with his team’s vic­tory. Mr Hughes, the man­ager of the un­der-19s team, was un­for­tu­nately un­avail­able for com­ment.

WEL­COME BACK

Wel­come back to all our stu­dents we hope that a good sum­mer break was had by all and we look for­ward to an­other suc­cess­ful year in DCW. A big ‘cead mile failte’ is ex­tended to all our in­ter­na­tional stu­dents who have now ar­rived and set­tled into life in DCW. Some of the girls are here for just five weeks, oth­ers a full term while some will stay with us for the full year. We hope that they will learn plenty of English and have a great ex­pe­ri­ence here in Wick­low.

FIRST Y EARS

A very spe­cial wel­come is ex­tended to all our new first year stu­dents who ar­rived in on Au­gust 25 from all the lo­cal schools. The first year In­duc­tion Day was a great suc­cess. Pre­fects, men­tors and em­ber lead­ers helped or­gan­ise and run the day. First years con­tin­ued their fun with a bond­ing day on Mon­day the 28th a great day was had by all bowl­ing and with lots of group ac­tiv­i­ties. Many thanks to all the stu­dents and staff in­volved.

NEW STAFF

We would like to wel­come our new staff mem­bers our new Deputy Prin­ci­pal Mr Neal Martin, Mr Glen Doyle (Busi­ness, CSPE) and Mr Philip Ber­gin (English, Ge­og­ra­phy). We wish them all well here in DCW.

LEAV­ING CER­TIFI­CATE

Con­grat­u­la­tions to all our Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate stu­dents who re­ceived their long awaited re­sults on Au­gust 16 you did us proud. Well done and we wish you all ev­ery suc­cess in your cho­sen paths. You are al­ways wel­come to drop into us for ad­vice or just to let us know how you are get­ting on best of luck girls.

DEBS BALL

Con­grat­u­la­tions also to the class of 2017 who had their Debs Ball on Mon­day, Au­gust 21. The girls in all their fin­ery started their evening with a re­cep­tion in Fa­tima Hall. They then headed off to Kil­dare for a fun filled evening. Word has it that a very good night was had by all.

HIGHER OP­TIONS

Se­nior stu­dents will at­tend the Higher Op­tions Con­fer­ence held in Sim­mon­scourt, RDS, Dublin on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 14. Higher Op­tions is an an­nual event that aims to pro­vide a fo­rum where sec­ond level stu­dents are helped in mak­ing de­ci­sions about their stud­ies by meet­ing di­rectly with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from uni­ver­si­ties, col­leges and ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions from Ire­land, the UK, Europe and be­yond.

Y OUNG SCI­EN­TIST

Call­ing all young sci­en­tists. Do you want to get in­volved in some­thing you will re­mem­ber for the rest of your lives? Head­ing into its 54th year the BT Young Sci­en­tist and Technology Ex­hi­bi­tion is much more than a com­pe­ti­tion, it is an un­for­getable ex­pe­ri­ence for all those in­volved.

This year’s BT Young Sci­en­tist and Technology Ex­hi­bi­tion takes place on Jan­uary 10 till the 13th. Do­mini­can Col­lege Wick­low hopes to have record break­ing num­bers of stu­dents qual­ify for the ex­hi­bi­tion yet again. This time of the year all in­ter­ested stu­dents must reg­is­ter their in­ter­est with Mr O’Brien. Any ideas for projects from stu­dents, par­ents, grand­par­ents (or any­one re­ally) can be emailed to Mr O’Brien at johno­brien@do­mini­can­wick­low.com all sug­ges­tions grate­fully re­ceived.

SPORTS

All sport­ing ac­tivites are now up and run­ning. Hockey and bas­ket­ball train­ing will re­sume next week and is avail­able to all years. Please see Ms Carthy or Ms Kelly for de­tails on any of our sport­ing op­tions. A run­ning club will be start­ing shortly af­ter school for all years with Ms Wad­den. This club is to pre­pare for the cross coun­try com­pe­ti­tions. The club is look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a suc­cess­ful year to fol­low on from their last year suc­cesses.

PAR­ENTS AS­SO­CI­A­TION

The par­ents’ as­so­ci­a­tion AGM will be held on Tues­day, Septem­ber 19, at 7.30 p.m. All par­ents of stu­dents in the school are en­cour­aged to at­tend. The par­ents’ as­so­ci­a­tion car­ries out valu­able work for the school in­clud­ing fundrais­ing which is much ap­pre­ci­ated by all.

JU­NIOR CER­TIFI­CATE

Best of luck to all our TY stu­dents with their Ju­nior Cert. re­sults on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 13.

HOSPICE COF­FEE

The TY an­nual Hospice cof­fee morn­ing fundraiser will take place on Fri­day, Septem­ber 15, in Fa­tima Hall. All par­ents and friends of DCW are in­vited to drop in from 11 a.m. And en­joy the fine ar­ray of baked goods and have a cuppa.

BI­OL­OGY FIELD­TRIPS

On Thurs­day and Fri­day, Septem­ber 7 and eight, the sixth year bi­ol­ogy stu­dents went to Glen­dalough Na­tional Park to carry out their ecol­ogy field study. The field study is a manda­tory part of the course and is al­ways one that the stu­dents al­ways en­joy. The girls got to study the plants, an­i­mals and fac­tors af­fect­ing their study sites in Glen­dalough. They car­ried out both fre­quency sur­veys and per­cent­age cover sur­veys and will get to an­a­lyse their re­sults back in the class­room.

TRAN­SI­TION Y EAR NEWS

Tran­si­tion year stu­dents started their year with a ‘bond­ing day’ in Glen­dalough Na­tional Park on Au­gust 30 the girls had a great hike around the park, en­joy­ing a pic­nic on route. A fun day was had by all. It was a great way to start the year.

The TY stu­dents are now fully im­mersed in all their sub­jects in­clud­ing some new sub­jects this year in­clud­ing ‘Driver’s Ed’, Man­darin, Pho­tog­ra­phy and First Aid’.

TY’s are busy de­sign­ing their out­fits for this ‘Junk Kou­ture’ fash­ion com­pe­ti­tion to be held in Jan­uary 2018.

The TY En­ter­prise stu­dents have set up a ‘tuck shop’ which will be open at break time and lunchtime for the du­ra­tion of the can­teen be­ing closed.

MU­SI­CAL

Re­hearsals have started for this year’s TY mu­si­cal pro­duc­tion of ‘Beauty and the Beast’. Belle is be­ing played by Kate Keaney and the ‘Beast’ is be­ing played by Emily Bate­man. The mu­si­cal will be on in Fa­tima Hall from 14th to De­cem­ber 16.

EastGlen­dalough School LEAV­ING CERT RE­SULTS

The class of 2017 re­ceived their Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate re­sults in Au­gust. The re­sults were ex­cel­lent, and more im­por­tantly the stu­dents have over­whelm­ingly achieved their goals and gone to col­lege where they wanted.

95% of the year group have gone on to third Level, with 75% go­ing straight into de­gree cour­ses. We wish them and their fam­i­lies all the very best for the fu­ture.

It was lovely to spend some time with the stu­dents at the Grand Ho­tel on Au­gust 24 as they headed off to their debs.

NEW STAFF AND STU­DENTS

It has been our plea­sure to wel­come sev­eral new staff to the School in re­cent weeks – Ms Flynn, Ms Roberts, Ms O’Donovan and Mr Martin have all taken up teach­ing po­si­tions in the School. Sim­i­larly, it has been great to wel­come our new stu­dents – 60 first Years and a hand­ful of older stu­dents – to the School. Their ex­cite­ment and en­thu­si­asm is in­fec­tious.

BUILD­ING WORKS

Over the course of the sum­mer, the School has un­der­taken re­me­dial works on the roof to fix some of the leaks over the class­rooms. The long-over­due staffroom ex­ten­sion has also been on­go­ing, and is now near­ing com­ple­tion: fi­nally the School will have a room all of the staff can oc­cupy at the same time.

TRAN­SI­TION Y EARS

A note to say that the TY group are ea­gerly await­ing their JC re­sults this Wed­nes­day, they’ll be go­ing on a hill walk the fol­low­ing day to cel­e­brate and next Tues­day, 19th, they are go­ing to the Plough­ing Cham­pi­onships. All mod­ules are up and run­ning and ev­ery­one has made a very pos­i­tive start.

EGS HOCKEY

Train­ing Times 2017/18: Mon­day 4.15-5.30 for boys first sixth year; Tues­day 4.15-5.30 for girls mi­nor first and sec­ond year; Wed­nes­day 1.30-3.00 for girls ju­nior third year and se­nior fourth sixth year.

RUGBY

Luke Thomp­son was given the hon­our of cap­tain of the Le­in­ster youths to face Ul­ster last week­end with Paddy Macken­zie start­ing at out half and Harry Noonan part of the squad. EGS would like to con­grat­u­late all on their se­lec­tion.

Gle­nart Col­lege WARM WEL­COME

A new school year and it was won­der­ful to wel­come over 90 first year stu­dents to the school. We also ex­tend a warm wel­come to new stu­dents’ in other year groups and to stu­dents vis­it­ing from other coun­tries for the year.

We would also like to wel­come our new deputy Prin­ci­pal Mr Cloney with a wealthy of ex­pe­ri­ence in ed­u­ca­tion and look for­ward to work­ing with him in the years ahead. We are also very ex­cited to of­fer new ad­di­tional sub­jects in­clud­ing Span­ish, mu­sic and re­li­gion (as an exam sub­ject).

FIRST Y EAR IN­DUC­TION

As part of the ex­ten­sive first year in­duc­tion pro­gramme a meet­ing took place for the par­ents and guardians of the first year stu­dents last week. A large group of en­thu­si­as­tic par­ents at­tended and were given in­for­ma­tion to help them sup­port their son or daugh­ter as they trans­fer from pri­mary to sec­ondary school.

Also as part of this pro­gramme the first year stu­dents en­joyed a Friend­ship Bond­ing Day on Fri­day. This gave the stu­dents a chance to get to know each other and help re­duce anx­i­ety in the move. The stu­dents got in­volved in a num­ber of team build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. The feed­back was very pos­i­tive and the stu­dents thor­oughly en­joyed the day.

CLASS OF 2017

Con­grat­u­la­tions to our past sixth year stu­dents on their great achieve­ments in their Leav­ing Cert. We wish them well and suc­cess as they take their place in col­lege or in em­ploy­ment.

EX­TRA-CUR­RIC­U­LAR

The fol­low­ing ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties and clubs are avail­able in the school this year. De­bat­ing, hurl­ing, soc­cer, gaelic foot­ball, com­puter club, stu­dent coun­cil, chess, drama, gui­tar, ta­ble ten­nis, mu­sic, camogie, bas­ket­ball, bad­minton, tag rugby, Green Schools, Yel­low Flag and Healthy Life­style. Par­ents and Guardians please en­cour­age your son or daugh­ter to par­tic­i­pate in some of the ac­tiv­i­ties.

NIGHT CLASSES

Gle­nart Col­lege is ex­cited to an­nounce that there will be a va­ri­ety of night classes on of­fer in the school on Mon­day and Tues­day evenings. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion see our Face­book page, web­site or email gle­nart­night­classes@kwetb.ie. We look for­ward to build­ing our night classes over the com­ing years and pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion, fur­ther train­ing and hobby cour­ses for our com­mu­nity and its en­vi­rons.

Kelly Ann Healy, Conor Duffy, Noah Tiv­nan, Harry Gal­braith and friend, Chloe Keelyey and Jade Nor­ton at the Bless­ing­ton Com­mu­nity Col­lege debs.

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