Saturday 16 December 2017

Students take part in Dublin walking tour

Colaiste Chraobh Abhann Sports Day: Jack O'Connor in the poc fada
Colaiste Chraobh Abhann Sports Day: Jack O'Connor in the poc fada

Coláiste Chill Mhantáin


On Wednesday April 30th our Third Year History students travelled to Dublin to participate in a walking tour of revolutionary Dublin in the morning, visiting sites such as the GPO, Liberty Hall and Dublin Castle. Afterwards the group visited Glasnevin cemetery and museum.

Our guide detailed the backgrounds of the most famous historical figures buried there culminating with a re-enactment of Padraig Pearse's famous oration at the graveside of Diarmuid O'Donovan Rossa, thought to have inspired the 1916 rising. Students were then presented with souvenirs of their visit. Students thoroughly enjoyed the experience which will be of great benefit to them in their study of Irish history.


Well done to seven of our First Year students performed a rap song at Poetry Ireland's Wrapparound rap/poetry event in the National Library, Dublin on Thursday last. The students have been involved in the Wrapparound workshops held in the library for the last six weeks. These workshops have helped the students to explore their creativity through poems and rap music.

The students performed their song in front of students from twenty other participating schools which were very impressed by their level of co – ordination and talent.


On Tuesday last our Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) 1 students visited St. Patricks, Wicklow and St. Joseph's Church, Rathnew as part of the module Our Religious Story. Students gathered photos and information from both Churches. When completed this information will be placed on a slideshow which will be placed on the Wicklow parish website for viewing of features in both St. Patricks and St. Joseph's Churches. This project was done in partnership with Fr. Donal and the Pastoral Council. Well done to all involved and we would like to thank Fr. Donal and the Pastoral Council for their continued support.


Wicklow Rotary Club hosted a celebratory dinner on Monday April 28th in the Grand Hotel, Wicklow. During the event finalists in the Rotary Youth Leadership Competition and the Rotary Young Chef Competition were awarded certificates and cheques. The participating schools were also awarded cheques. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Rotary Club for their generosity towards our students and for affording them these wonderful opportunities to develop their talents.


Interviews for the position of Head Boy, Head Girl and Senior Prefects for the academic year (2014 – 2015) are currently taking place in Coláiste Chill Mhantáin. The position of Senior Prefect is highly respected in the school and they provide an important liaison between students, teachers and school management. Characteristics of a Senior Prefect are leadership, team work and responsibility and their endeavours reflect the ethos of our school at all times.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Cllr. Irene Winters, Mr. O'Hagan (Chairperson of the Parents' Association) and Mr. McInerney (co – ordinator of our Senior Prefect Programme), for taking the time to conduct the interviews and give our students the opportunity to contribute to life in our school.

Coláiste Chraobh Abhann


Maciej Goszczycki recently competed in the Google 'Call to Code' competition. He came fourth overall though there were 4000 initial entries. Maciej was also one of the younger entrants in the senior category. Minister Eamon Gilmore was at the closing ceremony and spoke about the importance of STEM subjects and preparing students for the world they will be working in. During the day, all entrants were given a tour of Google headquarters and had a talk from two senior software engineers. Many thanks to Ms. O Connell who accompanied Maciej on the day. Well done Maciej!


Our annual school sports day took place last Thursday, with a huge variety of events and activities taking place for students. There were 14 separate events taking place, 3 team events and 11 for individuals, ranging from the long puc, the three legged race, high jump, penalty kick, basketball shoot to the 100m, 400m and 1500m race.

All events have separate junior and senior categories, and medals and trophies were awarded to the winners. This was a great day for the whole school community to spend outdoors, enjoying the sports facilities and spending time together as a group. Many thanks to Ms Connolly for her organisation of the day, and to the staff and parents who worked tirelessly on the day to ensure its success.


Well done to the many Third and Sixth year students who completed practical exams recently. LCVP, Art, Engineering, Home Economics and Metalwork were some of the exams completed at CCA. Many thanks to the teachers of these and other practical subjects who have spent so much time helping their students prepare for these important exams.


We are all looking forward to our annual prize day, on Friday 16th May. This day is always a highlight of our school calendar, and this year will be no different. On this day, 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.

We are always delighted to welcome members of our Board of Management and local community to what is an important reminder of the commitment and talents of the students at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann. Preparations for the day are now well underway.


The return leg of the German exchange has just taken place in the school, which saw students from CCA travelling to Wurzburg. This is the sixth exchange to take place between CCA and Wurzburg. Many thanks to Ms.Hudson and Mr. Kennedy who accompanied the the students on the trip.


CCA students have had some recent success in the East Leinster Track and Field Competition in Irishtown. Troy Scully, a first year student, and Isobel O Grady, a fifth year student, were successful in receiving a medal in their respective disciplines.


The TY Social Justice class held a Global Citizenship and Awareness Day in the school last Friday. Their aim was to raise awareness about issues which are taking place around the globe and to highlight the importance of social justice for all.


A reminder to students that the school will be closed on Monday May 12th due to a staff inservice.

Loreto Secondary School


The Transition Years of Loreto Bray had the chance to take the wheel on Tuesday, 29th March as they visited the renowned Rosemary Smith's School of Driving, which has been providing driving education for Fourth Years for twelve years.

The students were given the opportunity to drive a car and practice the basics of steering, reversing and parking for the day, all with the assistance of an instructor.

The teenagers also learned some simple theoretical facts and rules necessary to drive. The day sparked an avid interest for driving in many of the students and was a beneficial day for all.


After weeks of practising and line learning, the TY's took to the stage once more after their success with their previous production of "Flapper". With the guiding hand of Iris Keogh and Sean Leahy, the girls did a great job of portraying the very different characters.From nuns to mentally tried directors to beloved boy band members, the TY plays had it all. The two nights went along without a hitch for all seven plays staged. Everyone who attended enjoyed a great night's entertainment.


Congratulations to Niamh O'Brien from fifth year who recently won a Bronze medal at the National Indoor Archery Competition.


Two Tag rugby teams from Loreto Bray played against two teams from Crumlin. Both Loreto Bray teams beat Crumlin. Well done girls.


Sophie Connolly from 5th year and Roisin Martin from 2nd year spoke at a Public Speaking competition in Loreto , St Stephen's Green. Sophie spoke on the motion of "This is my Life" and Roisin's motion was "Reasons to be happy". Seven Loreto schools took part in the competition. Well done to both students for participating in this competition which was won by Loreto on the Green.

St Kilian's Community School


The St Kilian's book club members went on a great trip on Wednesday 16th April to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre to see the very popular War Horse. The show was definitely worth every cent and all the students were enthralled by the spectacular nature of the production. Many thanks to the librarian Chris Stokes, Ms. Dodd and Ms. Garvey for organising this memorable theatrical experience.


Classes 2V and 2J enjoyed an outing to Sharpeshill Animal Sanctuary in Rathdrum on Wednesday 30th April. The trip was part of their CSPE course as the students are undertaking to write an action project on animal cruelty and neglect. The students found the trip to be both informative and enjoyable.

The guide at the sanctuary gave a 20 minute introductory talk about the work carried out at the sanctuary and showed the students some horrible images of neglect and cruelty to animals. Thereafter, the students were given a guided tour around the sanctuary and met the animals face to face! Thanks to Linda, our guide, for an informative presentation and to Ms. Ni Mhuricu, Ms. Murray and Mr. Kelly for organising the outing.


On Tuesday 29th April, two gardai from the Bray Community Policing Unit spoke to the three Transition Year groups about the dangers and consequences of cyber-bullying. Garda Stephen Heffernan and Garda Suzanne Byrne presented the information in a very forthright and student-friendly manner, and the students were engaged and shocked by aspects of the presentation.

The gardai invited many questions from the audience, and the students obliged with many interesting queries, which were answered clearly and without equivocation. The students and teachers who attended thoroughly enjoyed the talk and found it to be a valuable experience. Thanks to Garda Heffernan and Garda Byrne for their lively and interesting presentation of the facts on cyber-bullying. Thanks also to Ms. Sinnott, our chaplain, for organising the talk.


On Tuesday 29th April, Class 2J had a fantastic morning cooking with Head Chef Paul Kavanagh from The Garden Shop in Malahide. Paul arrived with a huge fresh hake, the likes we had never seen before! We saw how to fillet and prepare the fish for cooking. It is fantastic to watch a professional at work, he made it look so easy!

Paul worked with the students on three fantastic dishes, including Pan Fried Hake with a Moroccan Three Bean Cassoulet, Creamy Italian Chicken Pasta and a delicious Stewed Plum with Chantilly Cream and Hazelnut Praline. We had everything ready for lunch. Mr. Murphy and Ms. Bools were first in the door for a taste of the finished dishes and they licked their plates clean! In fact, lunch was a slightly quiet affair with everyone eating and enjoying the food and there was nothing left over, a sure sign of success!

Students all said they would be making one or more of the dishes for their families and really enjoyed the experience of working and learning with Paul. We look forward to more visits from Paul and wish him continued success in Malahide. A huge thank you to Mrs. Farrell, Chris Stokes and Mrs. Dodd for organising the event.


Well done to 5th Year Leaving Cert Applied class, who organised an Easter egg raffle for the Five Loaves charity in Bray. This fundraiser was a component of their Religious Education course. Students worked very hard in making the raffle a great success and managed to raise 115 euro. A big thank you to all those who supported our Easter egg raffle. In particular, thank you to Mr. Murphy and Ms. Bools. Thank you also to Claire from Five Loaves for coming to St. Kilian's to promote the event and speak to the class about the charity's work in the community.


Best wishes to the under-19 soccer squad who face Colaiste Eanna from Dublin in the Leinster final on Friday May 9th. It has been over 20 years since a senior soccer team from the school has reached the provincial final, so the team have performed excellently to reach this stage. We encourage all parents and supporters to attend the final, which is likely to be held in Wayside Celtic grounds.

Bray People

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