AVS Newsletter – Monday 16th Sept 2019

Staff In-Service Day:

Staff will be attending In-service on the new Junior Cycle on Wednesday 18th September so there will be no school for students on this day.

First Year Information Evening

An important Information Evening for parents of first year students will take place on  Thursday 3rd October at 7 pm .

Study Skills Sessions for Students

This week the Abbey Vocational School welcomed the team from Amazing Brains for our Junior Students and Supergeneration for our 6th years. .The Amazing Brains approach is to engage and empower young people by teaching them about the power of having a positive mindset, brain plasticity and effective, evidenced-based study strategies. In each session students participated in memory games, math games and shown effective methods of studying.

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This was a very worthwhile and enjoyable experience for all attending. All students came away with some great tips and advice to help them in the coming academic year.

Numeracy

Chess Club

With the beginning of a new academic year, we are delighted to announce our Chess Club will be resuming on Tuesdays in room 3 and all new members are welcome! Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard with 64 squares arranged in an 8×8 grid. The game is played by millions of people worldwide.  Chess is believed to be derived from the Indian game chaturanga some time before the 7th century. If you have an interest in joining our Chess Club please come along to our meetings as everyone is welcome!

Irish Conversation Club 

If you have a love of the Irish Language please come along to our Irish Conversation Club on Wednesday’s in Room 26. Go raibh maith agat!

Science Club

The Science Club provides exciting, engaging, experimental practical, interactive STEM experiences, professionally delivered in a Structured, Safe, Supervised, Educational and Fun environment. Please join us on Mondays in room 47 with Ms Furey!

The Maths Club

The Abbey Vocational School Maths Club meets on Fridays at lunchtime in Room 30. The Maths Club runs an enrichment programme that focuses on having fun with mathematics and learning! Everyone is welcome!

Environmental Initiatives  As part of the School’s environmental initiative, and with a view to reducing the amount of plastic waste generated within the school, we will provide each student with a personal, reusable water bottle. These bottles are designed in the School colours – a red bottle emblazoned with the School crest and will be distributed to students in the coming weeks. Work is also ongoing to upgrade the provision of drinking water within the School. A number of new drinking fountains will be installed in various locations in the building which will provide fresh, cooled water.

Art Department

Congratulations to 6th year AVS Art student Sarah McGrory who was awarded a certificate of commendation in this year’s Texaco Art Competition. Sarah’s work reached the final stages of the judging process fo  this  year’s competition.

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Teaching & Learning

One of our School Improvement targets for 2019 – 2020 is sharing of Learning Intentions with our students. So what are learning intentions? A learning intention for a lesson or series of lessons is a statement, created by the teacher, that describes clearly what the teacher wants the students to know, understand, and be able to do as a result of learning and teaching activities. In Junior Cycle learning intentions are always linked to one or more learning outcomes in the subject specification. Research shows that students who regularly receive this information in the classroom are more focused for longer periods of time, more motivated and active in their learning & better able to take responsibility for their own learning.

Literacy

Reading Club

The Reading Club will be beginning this term with Ms. O’Donnell at lunchtime on Wednesdays in Room 9. If you have a love of reading, join our book club! It is a reading group for Students who love to read and talk about books, if that is you then join our Club!

Drama Club

The AVS Drama Club will now be commencing on Thursdays at lunchtime in room 9, if you have a love of drama and enjoy treading the boards then please come along! All newcomers are welcome!

Music Department

Musical News

Every TY student has been auditioned for the musical.  The directors have found some great talent.  The difficult task of casting the main parts and overall cast will be finalised with 2nd and 3rd rounds of call-backs.

Pit Singer auditions took place.  Out of 16 excellent singers,  8 have been chosen from 2nd to 6th year. Thank you to Rachel O’Connor who is directing the show, West Side Story.

Music Activities

Traditional Group (Friday) and  Choir (Tuesday) are up and running.  All new members welcome.

Student Voice

Over 40 6th Year students who applied to be prefect were interviewed this week.  Prefects will be announced soon and will begin their duties.

TY Mentors to the first years have been assigned lunchtime duties in order to keep  a close eye on and be a support to the first year students.

The Student Council election will take place at the end of the month.  Nomination forms are in the office for students to nominate candidates for election.  There will be 2 representatives from each year group on the Student Council.

Class Captains were selected during tutor class this week, two per class.

Lunchtime choir rehearsal will be on Tuesdays at 1.30 in room 16. All are welcome to attend.

Level 2 Learning Programme

Students partaking in our Level 2 programme can now enjoy the Abbey Vocational’s School new Lunchtime Activity Plan; Mondays- Art Classes, Tuesday- Choir, Wednesday- Zumba, Thursday- Drama, Friday- Social Club.

Miss Universe Ireland 2019

Congratulations to Abbey Vocational School Teacher Ms.Holly Mc Crea who took part in Miss Universe Ireland 2019. The event was held at the stunning historical Round Room at the Mansion House in Dublin.

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Healthy Schools

The Active School flag is a whole school initiative to motivate and promote physical activity in the Abbey Vocational School. The aim of the Active School Flag team is to reinforce the importance of health, well-being and the academic benefits of being physical. Ms O’Mahony highlights our Active School Map which can be enjoyed by the Abbey Vocational School Community engaging in physical activity throughout the school day and terms ahead!

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Guidance

  1. Leaving Certs: 1-1 appointments are available; speak to your Guidance Counsellor for booking an instruction.
  2. Career talks for Leaving Certs taking place in the library over the coming weeks:
  • University of Ulster25 Sept. 2019 @ 10.20 – 11.00
  • NUI Galway:30 Sept. 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35
  • LYIT:02 Oct. 2019 @ 10.20 – 11.00
  • IT Sligo:09 Oct. 2019 @ 10.20 – 11.00
  • Maynooth University:10 Oct. 2019 @ 2.00 – 2.40
  1. Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to www.AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

Transition Year

Sliabh Liag

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On Thursday 12th September, a large group of TY students traveled to Sliabh Liag. Thankfully the inclement weather of the morning gave way to clear skies and mild temperatures which made perfect conditions for the climb.

Sliabh Liag sits facing the Atlantic Sea off the coast of County Donegal. At 596 metres (1,955 ft), it has some of the highest sea cliffs on the island of Ireland. Although less famous than,  Sliabh Liag’s cliffs reach almost three times higher than, the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare

Students enjoyed an adventurous climb along the Donegal Coast and made Transition Year memories!

Transition Year Workshop with Alan Devine

image014The Abbey Vocational School is looking forward to welcoming Alan Devine to the school in the coming weeks. Alan Devine has enjoyed a rewarding career of acting in both film and on the stage, where his credits include numerous stage roles, including various works of Shakespeare.  Devine appeared in Glenroe during the 1990s as Ray O’Driscoll and He subsequently appeared in the Irish soap opera ‘Fair City’ as Louie Gleeson.

Transition Year Students will engage in roleplay, public speaking and hear motivational words from Mr. Devine, helping Students improve their key skills.

Mental Health Workshops

As our school has been an Ambassador School for Cycle Against Suicide for the past three years, this programme will continue this year. This year  Cycle Against Suicide has merged its Ambassador School Programme  with the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s HEADSTRONG programme to create a very strong evidence based mental health education programme available to secondary schools. This new programme, HEADSTRONG supports mental health education in schools, reduces stigma and promotes resilience.

Donegal Comhairle na nÓg – “Minding Your Mental Health”

Donegal County Council in partnership with Foróige and Health Promotion Donegal, are hosting Donegal Comhairle na nÓg – “Minding Your Mental Health” for the students of Donegal. The event will take place on 23rd October in the Clanree Letterkenny. 6 students from our school will be attending the event, along with our Donegal Youth Council members. The day will consist of a series of facilitated workshops to discuss themes relevant to young people.


Careers Focus by Chloe Montgomery.

This term Transition Year Students are investigating career paths of interest. Sports Career paths: If you have an interest in a Sporting Career path then sports therapy college courses in Portobello institute Dublin could be of interest. Students can now specialise across 4 distinct disciplines from BSc (Hons) in Performance Analysis, Physical Education & Coaching and Psychology. These degrees have been specifically developed and will be positioned alongside current BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy.

Course Options are BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy – Full Time.

Are you interested in becoming a professionally qualified sports therapist with a BSc in Sports Therapy? Or perhaps Physiotherapy is your ultimate career goal – with this degree, you can access a direct path of progression to a Masters in Physiotherapy.  During this three year BSc honours degree, you will develop a knowledge and understanding of Sports Therapy through an integrated programme of lectures, tutorials, seminars and laboratory based practical sessions.

If you are interested in working with athletes to support the prevention of injury and rehabilitate them back to peak fitness, then a role in Sports Therapy will be of interest to you. When working in this particular aspect of healthcare, you will support athletes to return to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of their age and ability.

Studying this degree, you will have career opportunities as a Sports Therapist working with teams, in a clinic or as a self-employed practitioner. You will also have the option, like some of our past pupils, to use this qualification as a route to study a Masters in Physiotherapy.

Upon completing this degree you will hold a BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy awarded by London Metropolitan University (LMU). When you begin your second year of this course you are invited to become registered as a student member of The Society of Sports Therapists. You may become a full member of the society when you complete your degree.  Members of the Society of Sports Therapy are eligible for Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance.

Written by Chloe Montgomery.


 TY Upcoming Events:

Over the next few months our TY students will take part in many activities, a sample of some of these activities are listed below:

  • College taster day
  • Cardiac First Response Course
  • Balmoral Shows
  • CSI Workshop
  • Make up workshop
  • Personal Presentation Workshop
  • Young Social Innovators competitions and attendance at event
  • Zeeko (internet Safety Workshop)
  • Law Course
  • Road Safety Roadshow
  • Personal Development Workshop
  • College open days
  • TY Overnight Bonding (Delphi)

Sports

Basketball: Our u16 boys start their league campaign this Monday when they travel to Our’s Lady Castleblayney for the first league game in division A. Good luck to all the boys and their coaches.

Training for U16 and U19 boys takes place every Monday from 4-5:45. 1st and 2nd year boys training will start in the coming weeks.

U16 and U19 girls training will be every Wednesday after school in the school gym.

1st and 2nd year girls training will be every Thursday after school from 3:20 – 4:30 in the school gym.

Athletics: Well done to our athletics team who competed at the Ulster Schools Multi Events in Antrim last Thursday. They participated against the best athletes from Ulster in a multi-discipline competition consisting of running, jumping, hurdling and throwing events.

In the U17 Boys competition Eoin Sharkey won gold and Shane Breslin finished fourth. In the U17 Girls competition Laoise Mc Gonagle won bronze and Rachel Gallagher finished fourth.

Cross-country: The first cross country event of the season will take place at the Holmes Rugby grounds in the coming weeks. Training is on every Thursday at lunchtime. Everyone is welcome.

Running club:  Running club is on every Thursday on the school track. This club is open to all students wanting to improve their fitness and run in a non competitive environment. It’s a great way to meet new friends and is suitable for students of varying abilities. Most students in the group come along just to keep up a reasonable level of fitness, although some use it as part of their training.

Zumba club:  Zumba is every Wednesday at lunchtime in the school library. This club is open to all students wanting to get active in a fun and energetic environment.  Classes are geared for all fitness levels.

TY Coaching: A large number of transition years have volunteered to coach athletics on Thursday evenings. They will gain valuable experience coaching primary school age children for the year. They will also be responsible for organising various athletic events throughout the year.

Athletics

Well done to our athletics team who competed at the Ulster Schools Multi Events in Antrim last Thursday. They participated against the best athletes from Ulster in a multi-discipline competition consisting of running, jumping, hurdling and throwing events. In the U17 Boys competition Eoin Sharkey won gold and Shane Breslin finished fourth. In the U17 Girls competition Laoise Mc Gonagle won bronze and Rachel Gallagher finished fourth

image016Eoin came second in the 100m Hurdles, Shot put and Long Jump with a jump of 5 meters 75 cm! Eoin also came first in the 200m Sprint, second in the 800m and first overall!

Shane Breslin came fourth in the 100m hurdles and Long jump. In the 200m Shane came third in his heat. Shane came first with the Shot putt with 11 meters 48. Shane also came sixth in the 800m.

Weather conditions were poor in the morning but improved as the morning wore on. The team warmed up and did stretches and hurdle jumps to warm up the muscles before their events.  Congratulations to all who took part!


LUNCHTIME SPORTS FOR ALL

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AFTER-SCHOOL SPORTS CLUBS

The following staff members will be coaching our sports teams this year. Training times for each team will be posted on sports boards this week. Thank you to the many coaches and staff members who give their time to extra curricular at the AVS.

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Abbey V.S. Newsletter – 9th Sept 2019

Welcome Back!

We would like to take the opportunity to give a warm welcome back all Staff and Students to the Abbey Vocational School. A special welcome goes out to all our new Students, particularly our First Years!  Finally, a wonderful welcome to all new Staff Members who have joined us for this Academic Year. We look forward to a rewarding and successful year!

Leaving Cert Results

Congratulations to our many Leaving Certificate Students on outstanding leaving Cert Results. Our students received beyond expectations and performed exceptionally well. We are very proud of each and every one of them. Congratulations to you all.

Optum Scholarships: Wonderful News for students in the Abbey Vocational School !

We are delighted to announce that two students from Abbey Vocational School, Shaneen Graham and Charlotte Timony have been awarded an Optum Regional Healthcare Scholarship to support them in their studies in NUI Galway. The scholarship scheme is designed to support students from County Donegal who are studying healthcare and technology-related courses in the region. The six Optum Healthcare Scholars selected will formally receive their award at an Awards Ceremony in the Autumn hosted by Optum Ireland. This is a wonderful achievement for our students. Optum Ireland is a Health Services and Innovation company based in Letterkenny with over 1000 employees and aims to support the enhancement of the healthcare system in the Northwest region and invest in a health workforce that meets the needs of the future. Optum have developed a scholarship scheme to particularly support young people in County Donegal, in order to give access to third-level education and to allow successful candidates to fully participate in college life The scholarship is open to students resident in Donegal for the last two years at least,  applying to selected courses through the CAO.

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First Year Information Evening

An important Information Evening for the parents of first year students will take place on Thursday 3rd October at 7 pm.

Staff Training Day

There will be no school for students on Wed 18th September as Staff will be on In-service for the New Junior Cycle

LCA1 Parents Information Session for parents

This session will take place Tuesday Sept 10th at 12 o clock in the school

Retirement of valued Staff Members from the Abbey Vocational School

The Abbey Vocational School staff and students came together on Thursday the 5th of September to celebrate the retirement of six of its valued members of Staff, Celine Markey, Brid Duane, Michael Lafferty, Mary Keeney, Miriam Bennett and Ann Marie McCormick. The honorary guests were greeted by their former students, a guard of honour, tributes and musical treats from their colleagues and students. The retiring Staff Members dedicated years of service to the betterment of the Students. Their continuous commitment to hard work helped enrich the lives of both Staff and Students. According to Principal Geraldine Diver “We will never forget their dedication, passion and commitment to the school and the  immense contribution they have all made to the school”.

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First Year Transition Programme:

In AVS we recognise the significance and importance of transitioning from primary to post primary school. It is a major life event for students and as a result we strive to facilitate a smooth transition. During their welcome week, First years were given time to familiarise themselves with the school, the school norms and to meet new friends & teachers.

All First-year classes has have own Tutor.  The class Tutor acts in a pastoral position and supports & assists students with any matters that arise.  First years meet with their class Tutor every day and these Tutors are the  first point of contact to support students.

Students were given locker training, help on the area of organisation skills and advice for classroom prep during this welcome week also. Fun games and team building activities were included in welcome week to encourage bonding and new friendships.  Games were inclusive and welcoming. Other important areas that were addressed were internet safety by Zeeko and NGRT activities.

Assemblies were held to assist 1st years with the school journal and the processes around absences. A big thank you to our TY Mentors who were at hand to help and guide our new first years during their first days in AVS.

Student Voice

September is a busy time for all students getting settled into school, particularly 1st years who had 2 days of timetabled classes, tutor classes and bonding activities on their own in the school before the main school body arrived. Thank you to our TY mentors and Mr Monaghan who came in for 2 days training over the summer and have assisted in making the 1st years feel safe, happy and welcome. Over the next few weeks, we will select Class Captains from each year group. They will represent the voice of the class and link people for important school business relating to classes.

6th year students have completed their applications for the positions of Senior and Junior Prefects. The main duty of prefects is to maintain an atmosphere of friendly cooperation, peace, discipline and unity in the School as well as being supportive to other students and showing good example academically and in behavior. Interviews will take place during September. The Student Council of the Abbey Vocational School is a representative structure for students only, through which they can become involved in the affairs of the school, working in partnership with school management, staff and parents for the benefit of the school and its students.

Elections to form our 2019-20 Council will be organised by a 3rd year CSPE class group.

Our representatives on the Donegal Youth Council met during the summer and will continue in their role for another academic year.  Thank you to all our outgoing Captains, Prefects and Student Council who did marvellous work last year.

Teaching & Learning

For our new Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle Students, organisation is key for success and well-being. Student study planning apps are becoming increasingly popular.

As well as saving on paper, many student planner apps also send reminders and alerts straight to your phone or device. Two such apps include ‘Timetable’ and “iStudiez”.

‘Timetable’ is an intuitive app on Google Play for managing your study planning. Students can save their timetable and all tasks from homework to exams. You only need to enter them once, because Timetable syncs across all your Android devices. 

iStudiez allows students not only to create a study timetable but also tracking of daily tasks, upcoming homework assignments and project deadlines. It is available for iOS, Android and Windows platforms.

Links to both apps:

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Numeracy

Chess Club

With the beginning of a new academic year, we are delighted to announce our Chess Club will be resuming on Tuesdays in room 3 and all new members are welcome! Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard with 64 squares arranged in an 8×8 grid. The game is played by millions of people worldwide.  Chess is believed to be derived from the Indian game chaturanga sometime before the 7th century. If you have an interest in joining our Chess Club please come along to our meetings as everyone is welcome!

The Maths Club

The Abbey Vocational School Maths Club meets on Fridays at lunchtime in room 30. The Maths Club runs an enrichment programme that focuses on having fun with mathematics and learning! Everyone is welcome!

Literacy

Reading Club

The Reading Club will be beginning this term with Ms. O’Donnell at lunchtime on Wednesdays in room 9. If you have a love of reading, join our book club!. It is a reading group for Students who love to read and talk about books, if that is you then join our Club!

Music Department

TYs went to the Abbey Centre in Ballyshannon to watch the film West Side story in preparation for auditions that will begin next week… All TYs are invited to audition.

The choir, traditional group, and many soloists performed for our retired staff function on Thursday.

Lunchtime choir rehearsal will be on Tuesdays at 1.30 in room 16. All are welcome to attend.

Lunchtime traditional group will meet on Fridays at 12.50 in Room 13 all are welcome to attend. Please bring your own instrument if possible.

Congratulations to all of our students who recently took part in the Bosco Productions performance of High School Musical.

Transition Year

Extreme Adventure Centre Trip

Extreme Adventure Centre Letterkenny was delighted to host Transition Year Students from the Abbey Vocational School on Tuesday the 3rd of September!

Transition Years enjoyed a funny, muddy, dirty day, bonding as a Group starting their Transition Year Journey in a lively, exciting way.

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An account of the mud run by Transition Year student Dermot Slevin;

“On Tuesday the 3rd of September, the TY class from the AVS went to Letterkenny Adventure Centre for a day full of activities. We left the school at around 9.30am and returned at around 3pm. When we arrived at the adventure centre we went straight to the water slide, where we went down the slide on an inflatable ring, it was brilliant fun! This was a fantastic first trip for Transition Years and I am so looking forward to the year ahead!”.

West Side Story Trip

On Wednesday the 9th of September TY students went to see ‘West Side Story’ in the Abbey Arts & Cultural Centre in Ballyshannon. The Abbey Arts & Cultural Centre opened its doors in 1959 and was originally a cinema. It has a rich programme of theatre, music, comedy, dance, visual arts and film. ‘Westside Story’ is the romantic musical which the Abbey Vocational School will be producing in November.  West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical drama about two rival gangs in a New York neighbourhood.

TY Leisure Activities

Our TY Leisure programme is running every Tuesday afternoon. Students get the opportunity to try a variety of activities during the year. Thank you to all the local coaches and clubs for accommodating us.

Classes are participating in the following activities this week:

  • 4A: Surfing
  • 4B: Pilates & Rowing
  • 4C: Pilates & Rowing
  • 4D: Fitness training with DT Fitness
  • 4E: Aqua-aerobics

TY Coaching

A large number of transition years have volunteered to coach athletics on Thursday evenings. They will gain valuable experience coaching primary school age children for the year. They will also be responsible for organising various athletic events throughout the year.

TY Upcoming Eents:

Over the next few months our TY students will take part in many activities, a sample of some of these activities are listed below:

  • College taster day
  • First Response Course
  • Balmoral Shows
  • CSI Workshop
  • Make up workshop
  • Personal Presentation Workshop
  • Young Social Innovators competitions and attendance at event
  • Zeeko (internet Safety Workshop)
  • Law Course
  • Road Safety Roadshow
  • Personal Development Workshop
  • College open days
  • TY Overnight Bonding (Delphi)
  • Musical (West Side Story)

Guidance Department

  1. Leaving Certs: 1-1 appointments are available throughout the week; speak to your Guidance Counsellor for booking instruction
  2. Career talks for Leaving Certs taking place in the library over the coming weeks:
  • University of Ulster: 25 Sept. 2019 @ 10.20 – 11.00
  • NUI Galway: 30 Sept. 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35
  • LYIT: 02 Oct. 2019 @ 10.20 – 11.00
  • IT Sligo: 09 Oct. 2019 @ 10.20 – 11.00
  • Maynooth University: 10 Oct. 2019 @ 2.00 – 2.40

3. Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to http://www.AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo

Study Skills

Junior Cycle – Amazing Brains

The Amazing Brains workshop is coming to the school this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. All 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students will get the chance to take part in this workshop. The Amazing Brains approach is to engage and empower young people by teaching them about the power of having a positive mindset, brain plasticity and effective, evidenced-based study strategies.  This hopes to be a very worthwhile and enjoyable experience for all attending.  All students will come away with some great tips and advice to help them in the coming academic year.

Leaving Cert – Super Generation

All our leaving cert students will get the opportunity to take part in a learning and study skills seminars next Thursday. This study skills programme is designed to support students at Senior Cycle to prepare for the Leaving Certificate examination.  Along with motivating students to engage fully in their study, they look at how to cope better with stress and develop resilience. The students are also brought through the super generations unique study system – POKER. To reinforce the learning after the seminar and assist students in organising their study, each student receives a copy of our Senior Cycle Study Journal.

Mental Health Workshops

As our school has been an Ambassador School for Cycle Against Suicide for the past three years, a number of our TY students will travel to Dublin in the coming weeks and they will receive a training day with Cycle Against Suicide School Programme – Headstrong. Cycle Against Suicide has merged its Ambassador School Programme with the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s HEADSTRONG programme to create a very strong evidence based mental health education programme available to secondary schools. This new programme, HEADSTRONG supports mental health education in schools reduces stigma and promotes resilience.

Donegal Comhairle na nÓg – “Minding Your Mental Health”

Donegal County Council in partnership with Foróige and Health Promotion Donegal, are hosting Donegal Comhairle na nÓg – “Minding Your Mental Health” for the students of Donegal. The event will take place on 23rd October in the Clanree Letterkenny. 6 students from our school will be attending the event, along with our Donegal Youth Council members. The day will consist of a series of facilitated workshops to discuss themes relevant to young people.

Lunchtime Activities

Our lunchtime SPORTS FOR ALL programme is running every day. There will be at least two activities on each day, indoors in the sports hall and outdoors on the tennis courts.

ALL students are encouraged to come out and get active during their lunch break. We hope to offer a variety of activities throughout the year. The activities schedule is posted on the sports notice board in the school and gym. 

Students can participate in their uniform but must wear proper footwear/runners. 

Special word of thanks to all the teachers who have volunteered to help run such a large programme.

Activities for this term are as follows:

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After School Sports Clubs

The following staff members will be coaching our sports teams this year. Training times for each team will be posted on sports boards this week. Thank you to the many coaches and staff members who give their time to extracurricular at the AVS.

  • Athletics: Mrs M Gallagher
  • Cross Country: Mrs M Gallagher
  • Basketball 1st & 2nd Year Boys: Mr. P Mc Devitt, Mr. S Carty
  • Basketball Senior & U16 Boys: Ms P Rooney, Mr. S Carty
  • Basketball 1st & 2nd Year Girls: Mrs. E O’ Mahony, Ms V Lockhart
  • Basketball Senior & U16 Girls: Mr. D Russell, Mrs. S Mogan
  • Camogie: Ms. G Creane, Mrs. R Myers
  • Gaelic Girls U14 & U16: Mr. P Rooney, Mrs. A Sweeney
  • Gaelic Girls Senior: Mrs M Crawford Ms. G Creane
  • Gaelic Boys U14: Mr. L McLoone, Mr. C Monahan
  • Gaelic Boys U16: Mr P O’Donnell, Mr. S Mc Fadden
  • Gaelic Boys Senior: Mr. B Carty, Mr. C Herron
  • Girls Active: Mrs. PA Gavigan, Mrs. R Myers
  • Golf: Mr. O Plunkett
  • Hurling: Mr C Herron, Mr. S O’Neill
  • Soccer Boys U14: Mr. I O’Mahony, Mr. L Gallagher
  • Soccer Boys  U17: Mr S Devlin
  • Soccer Boys Senior: Mr. G Gorman

Abbey V.S. Newsletter – Mon 27th May

House Exams

House exams begin for 5th year students on Friday the 24th of May and commence for 1st and 2nd Year Students on Tuesday 28th of May. We remind all students to ensure they are prepared and continue their efforts with their study. The exam timetable is available on the school website. All students should study their timetable carefully. We also remind The Abbey Vocational School Community that all Students must be present for the entire day during the examinations.

In addition please be mindful of the following:

  • All students must be in their designated labelled seat before the second bell each morning irrespective of the start time of the examination. This is to ensure the room has the correct number of papers.
  • Students must have the proper equipment for all examinations as borrowing or sharing of equipment (calculators, rulers, pens, etc) is not permitted.
  • Mobile Phones must be switched off completely (not simply silenced) and not visible during the examination sessions. They must not be used as a calculator.
  • Students should bring study materials with them to revise during non-exam sessions.
  • All students are required to wear their full uniform for the duration of the summer House examinations.

Leaving Certificate Ecumenical Service

The Leaving Cert Ecumenical Service was held on a sunny evening on Wednesday the 22nd of May.  It was a very special event for our Students leaving the Abbey Vocational School.

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The theme of the evening was ‘follow your dreams’ as Students prepared to leave their AVS home and move forward in their chosen career pathways. Parents and Guardians joined the Leaving Cert Students to celebrate the evening, enjoying a beautifully prepared meal and ecumenical service.

Many thanks must go to Father Brady, Reverend Huss and Reverend Richmond for officiating the service. Also thanks must go to Ms Eileen Carr and Ms Claire Breslin for the music arrangements. The evening could not have proceeded without the help of Ms Mulrain, Ms Dillon and our SNAs.  This was a very special service as we see our Students move on to the next chapter in their educational careers. Lastly, to the class of 2019 wish you luck and from the Staff of the AVS it has been a pleasure to teach you over the last six years, we hope you achieve all your hopes and dreams for the future!

The reflection from the end of the Ecumenical Service:

  ‘Believe in yourself and in your dream,

  Though impossible things may seem

  Someday, somehow you’ll get through

  To the goal you have in view

  Mountains fall and seas divide

  Before the one who in his stride

  Takes a hard road day by day

  Sweeping obstacles away

  Believe in yourself and in your plan

  Say not- I cannot – But, I can

  The prizes of life we fail to win

 Because we doubt the power within.’


Leaving Certificate Graduating Classes of 2019

Class 1F – 2019

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AVS graduating Class 1E – 2019

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AVS graduating Class 1D – 2019

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AVS graduating Class 1C – 2019

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AVS graduating Class 1B – 2019

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AVS graduating Class 1A – 2019

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Examinations Timetable

The Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate State Examination Timetable can be accessed on our School Website or on the links below;

The State Examination Timetable can be accessed on these links;


Lurgybrack Open Farm Excursion

Students from the Abbey Vocational School spent a wonderful day out at Lurgybrack Open Farm on Wednesday the 22nd of May.

Lurgybrack Open Farm is a magical place where Students spent the day enjoying the many activities the farm has to offer. The centuries old farm building is home to a range of friendly farm animals that the Students came face to face with. They also loved the water slide, bouncy castle and the large zip line!


Leaving Certificate Applied H.C.T. Assessment

On Monday the 20th of May the Leaving Cert Applied Students of the Abbey Vocational School completed their H.C.T. Assessment under the guidance of Ms Steward from the Home Economics Department.

The Hotel, Catering and Tourism course reflects the overall philosophy of the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme by helping students develop competencies of a broad personal and vocational nature. Emphasis is placed on social inclusion, teamwork, quality consciousness, interpersonal skills, creativity and dexterity. Progression opportunities for interested AVS Students to the Hotel Catering & Tourism industry are available through a number of routes e.g. Post-Leaving Certificate Courses, CERT Basic Skills, full-time training programmes or directly into local employment opportunities.

L.C.A. Graduating Class 2019

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Transition Year

On Tuesday the 21st of May the Transition Year Showcase took place in the presence of their Parents and Guardians in the assembly area of the AVS. Congratulations to the Transition Year Students for finishing off an action-packed year on a high note with a magical night as TY students worked in coordination with Ms Rooney and Ms O’Donnell to create the Showcase. The Showcase highlighted the events, talks, activities, trips and outings the TY’s ventured on this year!

Our MCs on the night were Frank Duffy and Hannah Crawford and the One Voice Choir kicked off the night with ‘One Call Away’. Students presented talks on the many topics covered in TY such as the E-portfolio, Work Experience, College Open Day visits and the ‘Path to Nationhood’ Project.

The Sports Department featured heavily with presentations on the many sporting activities experienced which included Zumba, self-defence, surfing, B Fit, DT Fitness, rowing and table tennis. Transition Years also enjoyed the Sports Leaders Programme, Healthy Lifestyle Programme, 20×20 and GAA Future Leaders.

The Business department were well represented with topics such as the TY Business Academy, Enterprise Day, Mini Companies, Dragons Den, TY Yearbooks and the Enterprise Award.

The Transition Years were very busy partaking in workshops as diverse as Public Speaking, Human Trafficking, to Law and Makeup. Health and Safety featured on the night with speeches regarding R.S.E., Sea Safety, Healthy Schools, Webwise Internet Safety and the Active Schools Programme.

Of course the night could not be completed without highlighting the many school trips the Students went on such as the Ploughing Championships, Balmoral Show, Dunlewey Centre, Croke Park, Barcelona and many more!

As the evening came to a close the Students were presented with their certificates having completed Transition Year and also accepted certificates for the many workshops and courses they completed!

A huge thank you must go to Ms Carr and Ms Breslin who worked tirelessly with TY’s to perfect their musical acts on the night. The audience were delighted to hear a beautiful rendition of our TY Musical ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and finished the night by raising the roof with ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’!

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‘Path to Nationhood’ Project

The ‘Path to Nationhood’ Project celebrates the momentous journey Ireland’s Irish Free State has taken and was completed by the Transition Year History Committee of 2019 in collaboration with the History Department of the Abbey Vocational School.

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‘Path to Nationhood’

Guidance

  1. Ms Mc Morrow & Ms Faherty will be available to Leaving Cert student’s right up until Friday, 31 May. Students and/or parents are very welcome to call in and discuss any questions they may have. An appointment is not required.
  2. The SUSI Grant application process for 2019-20 opened on 25 April 2019. Eligible Leaving Cert students are encouraged to start their application as soon as possible. 
  3. Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to http://www.AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

 

Art Department

Congratulations go to Mia Mc McCalmont who has won a Special Merit Award in Category A of the 65th Texaco Children’s Art Competition with an entry entitled ‘13 Years Ago’. Mia was invited to this year’s Awards Ceremony which was held at the Johnston Estate in Enfield, Co. Meath on the afternoon of Wednesday 22nd of May.

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Many congratulations on your achievement!

Transition Year Art Competition

1st place winner in this year’s AVS TY photography competition was Eleanor Romilly in 5th year!

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2nd place winner in this year’s AVS TY photography competition was Sarah Donovan in 2nd year!

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3rd place winner in this year’s AVS TY photography competition was Kiernan Degnan McDevitt in 2nd year!

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Sport

The Leaving Certificate Students took on the might of the AVS School Staff on Tuesday the 21st of May in the Frisbee clash of the year with the Teachers coming out victorious!

Athletics

A great day at the Ulster schools final in Antrim this week. The results are; Mia McCalmont -3rd in 1500m, Shane Breslin – 5th in shot putt, Diarmiud O’Donnell-6th in discus, Alex Anderson – 5th in shot putt, Relay team – 5th – Rachel Gallagher, Gwenaelle Ní Dhonnabhain, Niamh Moohan, Savannah Timoney.

Well done to the following athletes who  made it to the All-Ireland Schools Track and Field final 2019; Mia McCalmont, Niamh Moohan, Alex Anderson, Kitty McNulty, Anna Riebeling.

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Leaving Certificate Sports Day

Leaving Cert Students from the Abbey Vocational School enjoyed a fun-filled, action packed afternoon of sports on Tuesday 21st of May. According to the Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. “Physical activity is so important for our overall wellbeing, not just our physical fitness but for our mental health too. Participation in sports is also fantastic for developing a person’s confidence and team work skills”. Congratulations to the Leaving Cert Students of 6A who were victorious on the day! Pictured below are Leaving Cert Students enjoying the sports afternoon on their last day at second level education!

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Abbey VS Newsletter – Mon 20th May 2019

History Department

This week the History Department and the Abbey Vocational School celebrated the launch of the ‘Path to Nationhood ‘ Project on Monday the 13th of May.  Members of the Abbey Vocational School Community gathered pay tribute to the historic, unique tribute to the Men and Women of Ireland who played an indelible role in forming the future of our country. The ‘Path to Nationhood’ initiative was coordinated by Mr Michael Lafferty with the aid of ten Transition Year Students; Mikaela Mc Connon, Katelyn Duffy, Cathleen Gallagher, Thomas White, Annabell O’Donnell, Ciara Joyce, Kevin Canny, Tom Daly, Aoife Greene, Lucy Clinton and Sophie Kee.

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The project could not have been completed without the help and support of Michael Lafferty, Martin Gallagher, John Daly and the Caretaker Sean Boyle. The project displays images of Iconic Irish Figures from our historical past, hence the name ‘Path to Nationhood’. Iconic Irish Figures included are Revolutionary Leader Theobald Wolfe Tone, Eamon De Valera and Padraig Pearse. The ‘Path to Nationhood’ Project is a reminder to us all of how much our ancestors endured and achieved so that we could have a better, brighter future!

AVS Awards Night!

On Wednesday the 15th May the Abbey Vocational School hosted an awards evening to celebrate the academic achievement and involvement in extracurricular activities of Students in the AVS Community.

Teachers nominated Students from the Abbey Vocational School across a variety of categories earlier in the school year.  Students nominated were sent invitations home welcoming the nominee and their Parents and Guardians to the Awards Ceremony. Congratulations to all our outstanding students!

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Leaving Certificate Ecumenical Service

The  Leaving  Cert  Ecumenical  Service  will  take  place  on  Wednesday  22th  May at 7pm.

Parents and Guardians of our Leaving Cert students are most welcome.  This  is  a  very  special  service  as  we  see  our  students  move  on  to the  next  chapter in their educational careers.  The  students  are  invited  to  a  meal  prior  to  the service  with all of our staff to celebrate  their end of journey in the Abbey Vocational School!

LCCS Workshop

‘The  Leaving  Certificate  Computer  Science specification  is  designed  for  all  students’ according to the Professional Development Service for Teachers and ‘It  applies  to  many  aspects  of  students’ lives  and  is  therefore  relevant  to  a  wide range  of  student  interests’.

Students from the Abbey Vocational School engaged in a Leaving Certificate Computer Science Workshop with Keith Quill on Tuesday the 14th of May. Computer science is the study of computing and algorithmic processes. Leaving Certificate Computer Science includes how programming and computational thinking can be applied to the solution of problems, and how computing technology impacts the world around us.

The specification of Leaving Certificate Computer Science was explained Leaving Cert Students and how it is constructed into 3 strands: practices and principles, core concepts and computer science in practice. The workshop highlighted characteristics of the course, programming languages and how to read, write, test and modify computer programs and also the ethical, historical, environmental and technological aspects of computer science, and how it impacts the social and economic development of society.

Students learn programming by solving problems through computational thinking processes and through practical applications such as applied learning tasks. Leaving Certs agreed the Computer Science Workshop was educational and enlightening.

AVS PA Golf Classic

The AVS Parents’ Association hosted their AVS PA Golf Classic on Wednesday 15th May at Donegal Golf Club, Murvagh. This event is hosted every 2 years and the beautiful weather on the day added to a very successful event.

The Parents’ Association would like to take this opportunity to thank Donegal Golf Club members for their support and participation in the event and to all the businesses and people who sponsored teams, prizes and tees and whose contribution was very much appreciated by all!

The staff and management of the AVS would like to take this opportunity to thank the PA for their trojan work in organising this event

Birthday Celebrations in the Hub!

We recently had two special birthdays in the Abbey Vocational School with Ava Harold celebrating her 17th birthday and Aine McBrearty turning 18!

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Art Department

Here are some of the entries from this year’s Transition Year Student photography competition!

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LCPE Workshop

On Tuesday 14th of May Senior Cycle Students from the Abbey Vocational School engaged in a Leaving Certificate Physical Education Workshop with Owen Mooney. The ethos of Physical Education in the Senior Cycle is to develop the Student’s capacity to participate in physical education and physical activity in a confident and informed way.

The workshop aimed to highlight the theory of LCPE which is to develop the Student’s capacity to become an informed, skilled, self-directed and reflective performer in physical education and physical activity in senior cycle and in their future life!

Students learn to apply knowledge and understanding about physical activity to inform how they prepare for, participate and perform in physical activity. Through participation and performance in physical activity, students learn about being personally effective as individual performers but also as part of a team or group. They develop different social skills and competences as they work in collaboration with others towards a common goal. Students learn about the importance of physical activity as part of a fulfilling and healthy lifestyle!

Drama Club

The Drama Club will meet as normal on Wednesday this week – in the library straight after school……all welcome. Mr Donegan will be facilitating this session and is delighted to have the chance to get back to work with the club after being busy lately with his tour of “The Importance of Being Ernest”. The play featured at the All Ireland Drama Finals in Athlone last Wednesday and was warmly received by a full-house of 450 people who never stopped laughing from the first line of the play. The adjudicator on the night Imelda McDonagh, said lots of good things about the show in her feedback afterwards.

We received four nominations: Best Stage Setting, Best Stage Management, Best Actress for Rachel O’Connor our School Musical Director and Mr Donegan was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

Pictured are Abbey Vocational School SNA Terence McEneaney and our School Musical Director of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Rachel O’Connor and members of the Ballyshannon Drama Society!

Second Year Environmental Initiative

On Friday the 17th May Second Year Students under the mentorship of Mr Clarke highlighted the issue of plastic bottles and the damage they do to the environment. The bottled water industry has grown rapidly over the past few years. Today, the convenience of disposable water bottles means that we can find bottled water almost everywhere we go.

It’s no question that plastic bottles are bad for the environment. Not only do they require a lot of energy to manufacture, but they pollute the environment as well. Biodegrading is when an object gets broken down (digested) by living organisms. This means that the object can be naturally recycled (by decomposers like bacteria and fungi) into new organic molecules and new life. On the other hand, degrading is just the process of breaking down into smaller pieces.

Plastic cannot be recycled by living organisms. Instead, a combination of the sun’s energy and environmental factors like rain will continue to degrade plastic down into smaller and smaller pieces. These pieces of plastic (also known as microplastics) will always remain on Earth as plastic. With that being said, it can take up to 1000 years for a plastic bottle to degrade. However, plastic bottles do not biodegrade, so they will remain in our environment forever!

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Wellbeing

Students from the Abbey Vocational School participate in Active Schools Initiatives taking active breaks in the School day to concentrate on mental health and wellbeing!

Lunchtime football engages the Students in activities which raises the heartbeat and keeps our Students active!

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Transition from TY to Fifth Year Talk

Transition Years from the Abbey Vocational School engaged in a workshop with Guest Speaker Sean McGee who explained that there is reliable evidence that Students who partake in TY achieve higher performances in the Leaving Certificate.

Sean elaborated that possible contributors may include self-regulatory or organisational skills learned by TY participants. Also, Students are motivated by being exposed to a variety of subjects, work environments, and other experiences which helps students to acquire more focused goals and aspirations for the senior cycle or post-school life.

By working with Teachers during the Transition Year, Students perceive stronger relationships with Teachers and are more likely to ask for help, which supports subject content knowledge and broader learning strategies. Most importantly, Students make better informed subject choices going into fifth year, helped by TY sampling and work experience placements.

Transition Year Showcase

Preparation for the Transition Year Showcase on Tuesday the 21st of May is well under way! TY Students are actively working in collaboration with Ms Rooney, Ms O Donnell and Mr Donegan preparing for the night. The showcase focuses on all the events, talks, activities, trips and outings the TY’s ventured on this year. It promises to be fun filled highlighting the TY year!

Third Year ‘Other Areas of Learning’ Workshop

On Monday the 13th of May Junior Cycle Students took part in the ‘Other Areas of Learning’ Workshop. ‘Other Areas of Learning’ is an indelible part of the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement.

What is the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA)?  As part of the Framework for Junior Cycle the reporting process at junior cycle culminates in the award of the JCPA to students. The School will report on Student achievement across a broad range of areas of learning in junior cycle and will offer Students, Teachers, Parents/Guardians a clear, broad picture of a child’s learning journey over the three years of junior cycle.

How should a school decide what aspects of a students’ “Other Areas of Learning” should be reported on in the JCPA?  This section of the JCPA has a limit of 150 words and should focus on recognising learning achieved (skills and knowledge) rather than on activities.

For example if students have participated in the BT Young Scientist Competition, or an enterprise project, the school could ask students to identify the learning that had taken place (skills, including key skills and knowledge) and this could be included in this section of the JCPA. Teachers could maintain a record of students’ significant learning experiences during junior cycle and could decide in conjunction with the student which experiences should be included in the JCPA

Transition Year

Transition Year YSI Homeless Project

On Monday the 13th of May Transition Year Students Halim and Eoin handed over homeless care packs produced by Transition Year Students as part of their Young Social Innovators Project to Collette Ferguson from the North West Simon Community to distribute to homeless people in the region.

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Students from the Abbey Vocational School took part in the Young Social Innovators Event in the Clayton Hotel in March. The Y.S.I. Event aimed to highlight innovative initiatives developed by Students. Students and Young Innovators were challenged to look at the world around them and to identify and explore issues affecting us, our friends, our community and wider society. More than just coming up with a solution, Young Innovators were asked to put that idea into action and to create change. Gaining real experience working in a team and developing skills in leadership, communication and project planning and management.

The Abbey Vocational School project is called ‘AVS Homeless Campaign’, the aim of the project is to make a care park that can be handed out to homeless people to give them a little comfort during a difficult time.

The YSI Students decided on their project in class and felt it is a very serious issue in Ireland and wanted to try and do something that may make someone a little bit more comfortable while they are experiencing homeless.

In November 2018, the official rough sleeping count confirmed 156 people sleeping rough in Dublin, with an additional number in the Night Café, without a place to sleep.

After doing research, AVS Students found out that there are 12 people officially homeless in Co Donegal so this is where they will distribute their first homeless care packs. After this they will look to work with other charities around Ireland.

When making the packs, the Students contacted Peter McVerry trust to ask their advice on what could be included in the packs. After receiving a list they then sourced the items, from local shops and organizations.

Transition Year Balmoral Show

On Wednesday the 15th of May Transition Year Students enjoyed a day trip to the Balmoral Show in Belfast. The Main Area of the Show was packed with many exhilarating attractions over four days of the show. It is home to the International Show Jumping classes as well as the stunning Cattle Parade which showcases winners and breeds.

Transition Year Students had the opportunity to see top quality livestock, competing for prized red rosettes at the prestigious Balmoral Championship titles. With 3,500 animals entered displayed the excellence and variety of livestock classes in Northern Ireland farm animal from cattle, sheep, pigs and goats to poultry and rabbits.

The SPAR Arena was a dedicated area for entertainment and fun. The Students were educated and entertained with a variety of acts including circus workshops, cooking demonstrations, petting zoo and jiving competitions! Country and Western Singer Derrick Ryan hosted a jiving competition in which TY Students Annie McGroary and Annie McFadden were victorious!

Transition Year Interviews

Transition Year Interviews were held this week as a form of an assessment, in culmination of a busy interactive year.

According to the Department of Education and skills and ‘The Transition Year Experience’ Student’s experience was of TY is “unique when it comes to  second-level education;  it provides  the opportunity for students and schools to  innovate and to be creative with their learning methods, as well as giving  students the chance to develop numerous  skills”.

As the Students of the Abbey Vocational School prepare for their TY Showcase and come to the end of their Transition Year Journey, we wish them well in their future endeavours!

SPORT

U14 Ulster Final Champions!

Congratulations to the Abbey Vocational School U13.5 boys on becoming Ulster Champions on Tuesday 14th May and lifting the Faul Cup.

Full time score AVS 4-10 and Stranraer 4-8.

A huge thanks has to be given to Coach Leo McLoone Michael Lafferty and Pauric O Donnell who were part of the coaching and management of this team.

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First Year Boys Soccer

Abbey Vocational School v Scoil Mhuire

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Our first years boys travelled to Letterkenny Community Centre to play their Semi final soccer fixture against Scoil Mhuire Buncrana. Both teams qualifying from respective league groups. With ideal weather conditions on a new 3G playing surface it always promised to be a exciting fixture. AVS opened the scoring with a great individual goal from Ruairi McLoughlin after 10mins. Scoil Mhuire equalised shortly after. This set the tone for a tight encounter in which both teams went tit for tat throughout the match. AVS took the lead on 3 more occasions only for Scoil Mhuire to equalise each time. The score was 3-3 at the end of normal time, a hat trick from, an in form Ruairi. Extra time saw a Senan Carr strike from outside the box. 4- 3 up in extra time. In the 2mins additional time of extra time AVS conceded a free outside the box and a Scoil Mhuire strike found the back of the net. It had to take penalties to separate these two sides. In total 9 penalties were taken to separate them. Peadar Shallow with some fine saves keeping AVS in the running. Unfortunately the lottery that penalties are saw AVS lose out ultimately. A superb performance that school and clubs can be very proud of. There is great potential for these boys going forward and they will no doubt learn from the experience. Many of the players have a taste for victory with their basketball and Gaelic football spoils and will no doubt bring winning ways to their future football encounters.

AVS team in no particular order: Callum McCrea, Ruairi McLaughlin, Shea Byrne, Daniel McIntyre, Matthew Byrne, David McGettigan, Ryan Kennedy, John Anderson, Caolan Sweeney, Donal Gallagher, Daniel Coughlin, Seanan Carr, David Monaghan, Conor Meehan, Peadar Shallow, James Boyd, Cormac Carr, John Bell, Callum McCafferty, Calum Dunnion, & Oisin Moogan

Athletics

A fantastic day at the Ulster E Districts Track and Field yesterday. Our Students came home with 6 golds, 4 silver and 2 bronze. Medal winners: Mia McCalmont, Shane Breslin, Alex Anderson, Niamh Moohan, Rachel Gallagher, Savannah Timoney, Kitty McNulty, Diarmuid O’Donnell.

These results are an excellent achievement for these athletic students and it promotes and encourage others to participate in track and field athletics and cross country running in secondary schools. Well done to all on these outstanding results!

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Abbey VS Newsletter – Tues 13th May 2019

Tayto Park School Tour!

On Friday the 10th of May 2019 First Year students from the Abbey Vocational School enjoyed a trip to ‘Tayto Park’.

Tayto Park Theme Park is based on the Irish potato crisp brand Tayto and is located in the townland of Kilbrew, in County Meath. The park was opened in November 2010.

 The Students got to enjoy Ireland’s first roller coaster and Europe’s largest wooden roller coaster with an inversion, the Cú Chulainn Coaster, which opened in 2015.  Teachers, SNAs and Students had great fun in the Viking village with five replica Viking ships splashing in the latest addition to Ireland’s favourite theme park and zoo!

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Active Schools flag UL visit

The Active School Flag is awarded to schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community, aiming to get more schools, more active, more often.

The Abbey Vocational School is one of only three post primary schools in Ireland to be currently collaborating with a research team from the University of Limerick and ASF to co-design a new ASF process for the post primary sector.

University of Limerick had their final visit to AVS for this academic year. Senior, junior and staff focus groups reviewed the active school flag process and how’s it’s been in our school this year.  Active pals activity monitors were collected and specific pupils tool a hand grip test also. 

The whole school completed a survey to review activity levels and how they may compare prior to the programme being introduced to the school.

Class 4C made an impressive presentation to the Active school flag accreditor Ger Boyle on Friday morning.  The active school flag representative complimented the students on their hard work throughout the year and also their confidence and leadership skills displayed during the presentation.

AVS has been quoted to be “a trailblazer ” for the active school flag programme.

Pupils and staff are very excited about year two which will focus on making community links to enhance activity levels for our students. 

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Award Winning Enterprise Winners!

Congratulations to Mini Companies ‘Growth’ and ‘Tweedelicious’ who won a Special Merit Award and Third Place overall respectively in Dublin at the  National Finals of the ‘Student Enterprise of the Year’ Awards.

The Student Enterprise Programme, an initiative run by the Network of Local Enterprise Offices of Ireland, is Ireland’s largest and most successful student enterprise programme with over 23,000 second level students taking part each year.

Students from 1st year to 6th year get to set up and run their own business and find out what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur by taking part in this eight month long enterprise education learning programme.At the end of the Programme in May, one student business from each region gets to compete at the National Final in Dublin for the ‘Student Enterprise of the Year’.

 Winning a Special Merit Award the Company ‘Growth ’ is spearheaded by Aodhan, Luke and Cormac and is dedicated to promoting greener and more environmentally friendly garden products.

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The three Students are environmentalists by nature and wanted to come up with a business idea that involved recycling. They have a working wormery that produces miracle grow liquid fertiliser and compost from food waste. Studies have proven that these products will boost plant growth by a factor of three. They also sell the complete wormery kits to community groups/schools/households where they supply the vermiculture equipment, set it up and give advice on how best to care for the worms etc.  Later in the growing season they will have several nettle composters that will produce bottles of nutrient rich nettle tea fertiliser.

Winning third place overall are “Tweedelicious”  a hard working group of first year girls – Sorcha Walsh, Summer Mae Kerr, Aoife Cox, Lucy Campbell, Amy McGroary and Christina Gysling.  The company uses cutoffs of tweed from both Magees and Hanna Hats factories and upcycles plain coasters to produce a unique and useful tweed product. They wanted to give something that was destined for the waste bin a new lease of life.   Congratulations to the AVS Students and Staff, their Companies and to the hard work and support of their Teacher Ms Lucy Gordon.

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Coding Club

The Coding Club provides Students with the know-how to develop their own websites, apps and computer software, coding or computer programming is the act of using languages to instruct a computer to perform functions.

The Coding Club runs in room 47 on Mondays at lunchtime with Mr Harvey. Here in the Abbey Vocational School we welcome and celebrate coding and computer programming and if you are interested joining our club, please talk to Mr Harvey. All welcome!

The History Department

The History Department worked diligently this week on preparations for the launch of the ‘Path to Nationhood’ project Monday the 13th of May. Under the mentorship of their History Teacher Mr. Lafferty, ten Transition Year Students worked on the ‘Path to Nationhood’ initiative. These were; Mikaela Mc Connon, Katelyn Duffy, Cathleen Gallagher, Thomas White, Annabell O’Donnell, Ciara Joyce, Kevin Canny, Tom Daly, Aoife Greene, Lucy Clinton and Sophie Kee.

Working as a team, the Students had to put together a plan to execute the history project. Each Student took on various roles in the group; calculating, researching and studying, choosing photos and quotes and getting materials. The project could not have been completed without the help and support of  Michael Lafferty,Martin Gallagher, John Daly and the Caretaker Sean Boyle. The project displays images of Iconic Irish Figures from our historical past, hence the name ‘Path to Nationhood’.

One of these Iconic Irish Figures include Revolutionary Leader  Theobald Wolfe Tone, posthumously known as Wolfe Tone who was one of the founding members of the United Irishmen, and leader of the 1798 Irish Rebellion.

The initiative also includes Eamon De Valera who served as Taoiseach on 3 occasions; from 1937 to 1948, from 1951 to 1954 and finally from 1957 to 1959. He remains the longest serving Taoiseach and became President of Ireland in 1959.

Also, an image will be displayed of Padraig Pearse an Irish teacher, barrister, poet, writer, nationalist, political activist and revolutionary who was one of the leaders of the Easter Rising in 1916. The ‘Path to Nationhood’ Project is a reminder to us all of how much our ancestors endured and achieved so that we could have a better, brighter future!

LYIT Computer Tasting Day

A fantastic day was spent in the LYIT by the Abbey Vocational School Fifth Year Computer Science Class. LYIT Computing facilitated an excellent discussion and workshop on Data Analytics and gave Students an in-depth insight into a very prominent Computer Science Field.

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With Ireland the world’s largest exporter of computer software, employment opportunities for Students are abundant . Whether Students choose a career as a software developer, data analyst or developing apps, the opportunities are endless.

Science Club

The Science Club is the place for Students who are interested in science to learn about all scopes of science from medicine to chemistry to physics to the environment. We discuss how to use this conceptual basis for applications in the real world.

The Science Club meets every Wednesday in room 33 during lunch break. All welcome!

Art Department

Congratulations go to Mia Mc McAlmont who has won a Special Merit Award in Category A of the 65th Texaco Children’s Art Competition with an entry entitled ‘13 Years Ago’. Mia has been invited to this year’s Awards Ceremony which will be held at the Johnston Estate in Enfield, Co. Meath on the afternoon of Wednesday 22nd of May.

Many congratulations on your achievement!

Drama Club

The Drama Club continues it’s ventures every Wednesday after school. Come join our exciting, innovative and creative class where new members are always welcome!

Also, congratulations to Mr Sean Donegan, Terence McEneaney and  their award-winning play – “The Importance of Being Earnest” which competed in the RTE All-Ireland Drama Finals on the 8th May in Athlone!

First Year History Tour

On Tuesday the 7th of May, First Year Students enjoyed a tour of Donegal Castle.

Donegal Castle is situated in the centre of Donegal Town and was fully restored to its former glory in the early 1990s after many years in ruin.

The castle consists of a 15th-century rectangular keep with a Jacobean style wing and is surrounded by a 17th-century boundary wall.

The First Years enjoyed a walk around the small gatehouse which mirrors  the design of the keep. Most of the stonework was constructed from locally sourced limestone with some sandstone. The Castle was the stronghold of the O’Donnell Clan, one of the most powerful Gaelic families in Ireland from the 5th to the 16th centuries. The tour was interesting and informative and the First Years of AVS had a great day!

 

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Numeracy

The Chess Club meets on Tuesdays at lunchtime in room 3. If you are interested in joining    please come along to our meetings as everyone is welcome!

The Abbey Vocational School Maths Club meets on Fridays at lunchtime in room 30. The Maths Club runs an enrichment program that focuses on having fun with mathematics and learning! Everyone is welcome!

Career Guidance

  1. The SUSI Grant application process for 2019-20 opened on 25 April 2019. Eligible Leaving Cert students are encouraged to start their application as soon as possible. Their Guidance Counsellor is always available to answer questions.
  2. A Google Classroom for Apprenticeships & Traineeships is regularly updated. The classroom is available to all students interested in this excellent further education route. The classroom code is available from Ms Faherty.
  3. All senior cycle students (6th, LCA & 5th years) are welcome to book a 1:1 appointment with their Guidance Counsellor.
  4. Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

Transition Year

S.E.A.I. Workshop

TYC and TYD attended the Climate Champions Workshop given by the S.E.A.I. Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland is Ireland’s national energy authority, working with householders, businesses, communities and government to create a cleaner energy future. During this workshop students learned the impact of climate change on the environment and strategies to reduce human impact on the environment. S.E.A.I. also explained that their core objective is to establish more rational debate around low-carbon energy technologies and our collective energy future. S.E.A.I.  connect to Irish society,Schools and Students through their programmes and activities, wanting to continue to improve and deepen the level of research, data sets and modelling tools to support Government in its decision making, and to enhance the quality of all energy debates.  Students learned that a central part of Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland’s role is as a leader of change, engaging,collaborating, empowering and raising awareness.

Foroige Leadership Course

This year Transition Year Students enrolled in the 2019 Foundation Certificate in Youth Leadership and Community Action Program.

The 2019 Foundation Certificate in Youth Leadership and Community Action will be awarded to young people who have completed all three modules of Foróige’s Leadership.The development of young people as leaders is core to the work of Foróige. Foróige’s Leadership for Life is an exciting programme that enables young people to develop the skills and qualities necessary to be effective leaders, as well as challenging them to use these skills for the betterment of society.

The Leadership for Life programme sets out to empower young people to make a positive difference to their community through practical actions and projects. Throughout the course of the programme, young people learn the core concepts of leadership and gain skills such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, self-awareness etc. The programme sets about developing the leadership capabilities and potential of young people and gives them an opportunity to harness their skills and attributes to contribute to their society in a fun and encouraging environment.

Transition Year Showcase

This week Transition Year Students have been busy preparing for their Transition Year Showcase which is on Tuesday the 21st of May. The Showcase is an evening where TY Students honour

Bothar Talk

Transition Year Students were enamoured by the charity work of Bothar on Friday the 10th of May. Bothar is an Irish Charity which produces Irish Cows, sheep, pigs and honey bees to donate to developing countries. Bothar has developed dairy cow and goat projects,with farmers pledging the highest quality animals and with breeding sow and chick projects, they source the highest quality animals.  Students learned that prior to receiving an animal, recipient farming families will undergo a rigorous training programme to ensure they can look after their animal properly. Veterinary support and back-up is provided for 3 years after the gift is made to ensure the animal enjoys good health and produces favourable yields. Once an animal is established and yielding in their new home, an update is sent to the donating farmer to keep them up to date on how their animal is doing. As part of the Bóthar programme, each family must “pass-on” their first born female to another family in their community to ensure multiple families benefit from the original gift, and over time, the entire community benefits. Students found the talk both inspiring and educational on the work of Bothar!

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Prameria

AVS Students were very privileged to attend Pramerica on 2nd of May. Reward for the students’ efforts in showing their appreciation to an initiative rolled out by Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure and Pramerica. This initiative saw all schools in Donegal receive free sports equipment as part in the promotion of more active schools and students. #sportsrock asked in return for students to think of creative and inventive ways to use this equipment.  The students had to then document these thoughts in the form of a video that would be posted online.

AVS students from class 4D combined their physical education and coding classes to gather footage and edit videos. Their efforts were rewarded in being selected as the winning school and were then invited to view the pramerica Rock Campus and listen to speakers Michael Murphy and Lee Gooch. A very informative and positive experience for students. Class reps Meabh Morrow Herbert and Aaron Pearson accepted the trophy and Echo Beam on behalf of the class and school.

Another proud day for the school in celebrating student success!

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TY Assessment

Students will be formatively assessed this coming week. All TY students had to keep an eportfolio of their work completed during the year. They are now very busy working on completing their eportfolios
which is due 14th May. “Transition Year allows students to become more independent and reflective learners. The Transition Year eportfolio is designed specifically to support this form of learning” Each student
is asked to have at least three pieces of work per subject uploaded onto their eportfolio by the end of the school year.  The student is responsible for choosing the pieces of work. Subject teachers will
assist students in choosing appropriate pieces. Students are also asked to include all trips, talk, workshops, project and events that they were involved in throughout the year.
TY students will complete an interview on Friday 17th May. The interview is marked and directed by the student’s tutor teacher.

TY Showcase

Rehearsals for the TY showcase has commenced. The showcase which will take place on Tuesday 21st  May highlights the work, trips, talks and events that TYs attended and were involved in this year. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend the event which is a delightful way to showcase their hard work and involvement in activities throughout the year to their family and friends.

Sports

Athletics – Success at Ulster E District Event.
On Friday 10th May the AVS athletics track and field team travelled to the Antrim Forum for the Ulsters E District. Our students performed exceptionally well on the day.  Congratulations to Mia McCalmont who won gold in 3000 and 1500, Shane Breslin who also won gold in hurdles and shot. Alex Anderson won silver in the shot putt. Diarmiud O’Donnell won bronze in the discus. Niamh Moohan won gold in the long jump and hurdles. Rachel Gallagher won silver in triple jump and bronze in the hurdles. Savannah Timoney won silver in the 3000 and Kitty Mc Nulty won silver in the 1500 steeple chase. These students now progress to the Ulster final. These results are an excellent achievement for these athletes’ students and it promotes and encourage others to participate in track and field athletics and cross country running in secondary schools. Well done to all on these outstanding results.

U13 Boys Gaelic Football Ulster Final

After a very comprehensive win in the Ulster semi final, our u13 boys GAA team are now preparing for an Ulster final against St Columba’s College Stranorlar. The final will take place in Glenties GAA grounds on Tuesday 14th May at 11am. Good luck to all the lads and their management team of Mr McLoone and Mr Lafferty and Mr O Donnell

Abbey VS Newsletter – Tues 7th May 2019

Junior Boys ALL IRELAND BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS 2019!

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Wednesday the 1st May was historic day for Students from the Abbey Vocational School as the Junior  Year Boys Team came home with the trophy and title of All Ireland Champions!

The Students left the Abbey Vocational School on two buses early on Wednesday morning to make the long journey to the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght. The National Basketball Arena is a Sporting and Event Facility situated in Tallaght with a capacity to hold up to 3,000 people.

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Both semi-finals were to be held at 12 O’Clock with the Abbey playing St.Aiden’s CBS, Dublin on Court 1 and Mercy Ballymahon versus Colaiste Ide & Iosef, Abbeyfeale on Court 2 with the winning teams playing in the final at 3 O’Clock.

Tensions were high as the Abbey Lads took to the court at 12 O’Clock with support for the team coming from first and second year Basketball Students making the journey to Dublin as well as Parents and Family. When the final buzzer sounded for the end of the fourth quarter and the end of the semi final, the Abbey Lads were victorious winning by twenty two points!

The Abbey VS Team and Supporters were exhilarated, emotional and triumphant in their victory but held themselves together in intrepidation for the All Ireland Final at 3 O’Clock. The match began ahead of schedule at 2.45pm with the Abbey Lads facing the might of the Mercy Ballymahon from Longford. Both teams had fought a gruelling Semi- Final to get there and both were excited, nervous and determined.

In a match which displayed astounding performances in basketball both teams, fought to gain control of the scoreboard. However, with three minutes left the third quarter the Abbey the Lads went ahead Abbey 25 Mercy 24 and they never looked back! Hearts were racing in the final quarter as the Mercy tried to close the gap on the scoreboard as with two minutes 39 seconds to go the Abbey lead by eight points, the Mercy closed this gap to Abbey 42 Mercy 38 with ten seconds to go. As time ticked down Coaches, Supporters, Family and Friends held their breath until the final buzzer sounded and the AVS Students were officially heralded All Ireland Champions of 2019!

The Abbey Vocational School, which had been receiving live updates throughout both matches, waited with bated breath to hear the news that the Junior Students of the School were All Ireland Basketball Champions and set about organising a homecoming fit for Kings!

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On arriving home to Donegal Town, the winning team were met by a police escort and enjoyed a cavalcade through the town. A lone piper playing the bagpipes escorted the team from the bus when they reached the school, as many Dignitaries, Parents, Families and Supporters cheered the triumphant team!

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The Principal, Ms Diver, members of the Parents Association, Board of Management, The Second Year Head, The Chairperson of Donegal Town Basketball Club, The Mayor and many more showed their support and pride for the young team! Much thanks has to be given to all those who helped organise the homecoming which was a night which the Second Year All Ireland Basketball Champions 2019 will never forget!

A full match report is available in the sports section.


Award Winning National Enterprise Winners!

Congratulations to Mini Companies ‘ ‘Tweedelicious’ who won third place in the Naional finals of the enterprise awards in Dublin.  Tweedelicious company are Sorcha Walsh, Summer Kerr, Christina Gysling, Lucy Campbell, Aoife Cox, Amy Mc Groary (1st year students)

Well done to  GROWTH who won a Special Merit Award in Dublin at the  National Finals of the ‘Student Enterprise of the Year’ Awards on Friday the 3rd of May.  They won silverware, a cash prize and a business bootcamp to delphi for three days ! Well done Aodhán Mc Crudden, Luke Kelly, Cormac Mac Suibhne.

The Student Enterprise Programme, an initiative run by the Network of Local Enterprise Offices of Ireland, is Ireland’s largest and most successful student enterprise programme with over 23,000 second level students taking part each year.

Students from 1st year to 6th year get to set up and run their own business and find out what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur by taking part in this eight month long enterprise education learning programme.At the end of the Programme in May, one student business from each region gets to compete at the National Final in Dublin for the ‘Student Enterprise of the Year’.

This event was held in Croke park and was a superb day for all.

image005 Winning a Special Merit Award the Company ‘Growth ’ is spearheaded by Aodhan, Luke and Cormac and is dedicated to promoting greener and more environmentally friendly garden products. The three Students are environmentalists by nature and wanted to come up with a business idea that involved recycling. They have a working wormery that produces miracle grow liquid fertiliser and compost from food waste. Studies have proven that these products will boost plant growth by a factor of three.

They also sell the complete wormery kits to community groups/schools/households where they supply the vermiculture equipment, set it up and give advice on how best to care for the worms etc.

Later in the growing season they will have several nettle composters that will produce bottles of nutrient rich nettle tea fertiliser.

Winning third place overall are “Tweedelicious”  a hard working group of first year girls – Sorcha Walsh, Summer Mae Kerr, Aoife Cox, Lucy Campbell, Amy McGroary and Christina Gysling.

image006The company uses cutoffs of tweed from both Magees and Hanna Hats factories and upcycles plain coasters to produce a unique and useful tweed product. They wanted to give something that was destined for the waste bin a new lease of life. 

 

 

Congratulations to the AVS Students and Staff, their Companies and to the hard work and support of their Teacher Ms Lucy Gordon.

Pramerica Award winners !

AVS Students were very privileged to attend Pramerica on 2nd of May. Reward for the students’ efforts in showing their appreciation to an initiative rolled out by Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure and Pramerica. This initiative saw all schools in Donegal receive free sports equipment as part in the promotion of more active schools and students. #sportsrock asked in return for students to think of creative and inventive ways to use this equipment.  They then had to document these thoughts in the form of a video that would be posted online.

AVS students from class 4D combined their physical education and coding classes to gather footage and edit videos. Their efforts were rewarded in being selected as the winning school and were then invited to view the pramerica Rock Campus and listen to speakers Michael Murphy and Lee Gooch. A very informative and positive experience for students. Class reps Meabh Morrow Herbert and Aaron Pearson accepted the trophy and Echo Beam on behalf of the class and school.

Another proud day for the school in celebrating student success!

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Second Year Irish Trip to Dunlewey

Second year Students from the Abbey Vocational School enjoyed a trip to The Dunlewey Centre on Monday the 30th of April. The Centre sits on the edge of Glenveagh National Park and the landscape has remained untouched with mountains,hills, bogs and lakes. Students were immersed in the history of Dunlewey, the Ferry family and introduced to the craft of carding, spinning and weaving. The Students enjoyed a tour around the home of the Ferry family and world renowned Weaver Manus Ferry, whilst listening to stories of times gone by from the tour guide!

Student Council

The Student Council are continuing work in the areas of Inclusion and making Children’s Rights Real. They invited some students who are making Ramadan to address their recent meeting.  They learned a lot about how important this is for our students in the school of Muslim faith and are working on ways to be more supportive and aware especially at break times in the school.

Children’s Rights – This week they will open discussion on UN rights for Children by putting sticky labels on every student locker with a different right sticker.  The entire student body will be asked to share/discuss their right with classmates in order to create awareness of their importance and also how lucky we are to have our rights catered for so well in this country and in this school.

History Trip to Derry

On Tuesday 30th April TYB and TYD accompanied by their teachers Ms. Markey and Mr. Clarke travelled to Derry as part of their studies on Northern Ireland and the Troubles.

Students had a guided tour of the Walls of Derry, which was highly informative and interesting, as the guides detailed the history of the city from its foundation during the Plantations in the 16th century to the difficult years of the Troubles. Along the ways various landmarks were brought to their attention such as St. Columb’s Cathedral, the Fergie Gate, the Free Derry Corner Memorial, the War Memorial, the Brandywell and Celtic Park GAA grounds.

Later students visited the Museum of Free Derry in the Bogside area of the city. Here they had a talk given by those whose relatives were killed on Bloody Sunday and had a tour of the museum which explains the story of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s as well at the events of Bloody Sunday itself.

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Guidance

  1. Thank you to the parents & guardians of incoming 2nd Year students who attended our Subject Choices presentation last Tuesday evening.
  2. The SUSI Grant application process for 2019-20 opened on 25 April 2019. Eligible Leaving Cert students are encouraged to start their application as soon as possible.  Their Guidance Counsellor is always available to answer any questions.
  3. LYIT are hosting an Open Evening in their Letterkenny & Killybegs campuses on Thursday, 09 May between 3 & 7 p.m.
  4. A Google Classroom for Apprenticeships & Traineeships is regularly updated. The classroom is available to all students interested in this excellent further education route. The classroom code is available from Ms Faherty.
  5. All senior cycle students (6th, LCA & 5th years) are welcome to book a 1:1 appointment with their Guidance Counsellor.
  6. Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to http://www.AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

Drama Club

The Drama Club continues it’s ventures every Wednesday after school. Come join our exciting, innovative and creative class where new members are always welcome!

Also, Mr Donegan’s award-winning play – “The Importance of Being Earnest” goes to Athlone to compete in the RTE All-Ireland Drama Finals on the 8th May. Wishing Mr Donegan all the best with his show there.

Art Department

Congratulations to AVS Art student Mia Mccalmont who was a prizewinner in this year’s Texaco Art competition with her piece entitled ’13 years ago.

Also Congratulations to AVS Art student Sarah McGrory receiving her prize at the Jigsaw Donegal Art competition awards in Letterkenny.

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TRANSITION YEAR

RNLI Sea Safety Workshop.

image010On Wednesday TY students took part in Sea Safety workshops given by Killian O’Kelly, Education Officer, Bundoran RNLI. Students learned about work of the #RNLI, rip currents, cold water shock, importance of wearing life jackets and the RNLI’s  #FloatToLive initiative.

RNLI lifeboat crews provide a 24 hour search and rescue service to hundreds of communities around Ireland & the UK. Bundoran RNLI provide search and rescue cover for all of Donegal Bay along with their colleagues in Killybegs Coast Guard and the ‘Rescue 118’ helicopter based at Sligo.

The RNLI has 237 lifeboat stations and operates 444 Lifeboats. Crews rescue,on average, 22 people per day. The Institution also operates Flood Rescue Teams (FRT) nationally and internationally (iFRT), the latter prepared to travel to emergencies overseas at short notice.

Considerable effort is put into training and education by the Institution, particularly for young people; more than 6,000 Students a week are spoken to by education volunteers about sea and beach safety, and over 800 Students a week receive training. The Institution has saved some 140,000 lives since its foundation, at a cost of more than 600 lives lost in service.

Transition Year students at Abbey Vocational School were able to gain insight into the energy, time and dedication that is needed to be a member of the RNLI.

Smart  Futures Workshop:

On Monday the 30th April Transition Year Students in the Abbey Vocational School enjoyed a talk from Smart Futures. Smart Futures aim to help Students discover suitable STEM subjects and careers. STEM stands for the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Physical and Mathematical Sciences ia a broad sector, with many potential career paths for Students from the Abbey Vocational School including medical work, engineering, teaching, finance and technology. Students may also be interested in a career as a Research Scientist, a Physicist or in Environmental Science or Software Engineering

ICT is also another field that Students can enter on leaving school. With eight of the top ten global software companies and nine of the top ten US Tech Companies choosing to locate here, Ireland has become a hotbed for ICT innovation. The digital age revolutionizes the way we live and how we do business in Ireland. Students have the opportunity to become part of the huge advances made in technology which drives this fast paced and ever-changing world.

Wellbeing

Active schools flag work is now entering its final phase for year one. The University of Limerick made the return visit to collect some final data from AVS pupils, fitting 130 active pals to register activity levels over the course of 7 days.

All pupils completed a survey and next week the entire staff and students from AVS will also complete a survey. 

On May 13th class 4C will present all the work and events that have been completed over the academic year to gain accreditation from the Active Scholl Flag organisation.

An active and valuable year for all the pupils and staff of AVS

Girls Active Acti-Fest

On Friday the 3rd of May Students from the Abbey Vocational School’s Girls Active Group travelled to Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre for the Acti-Festival. Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre has been providing courses and training in adventure activities since 1988 and is set on the shores of Lough Gartan in County Donegal fifteen minutes from Letterkenny.

The Girls Active Group from the AVS enjoyed a day of Orienteering, nightline, rock climbing and archery in an action packed day filled with thrills and excitement!

Active Schools Flag UL visit

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Fintech

On Tuesday AVS Transition Years welcomed Vincent Kennedy and representatives from LYIT to the School. LYIT has 130 programmes across four schools of Business, Tourism, Engineering and Science.

LYIT offers a higher diploma in Business in Finance & Technology which is a conversion course into the Finance Services Industry, designed to equip Students with the core knowledge, skills and competencies to pursue a successful career as a Financial Technology Professional in the Financial Services Industry.

Transition Year Students discovered that Graduate Students can gain employment in Finance & Technology, Management, Trading, Insurance and Banking. Students gained an insight into the opportunities available to them and possible future careers!  

Transition Year School Tour

During the Easter Break Transition Year Students from the Abbey Vocational School enjoyed their School Tour to Barcelona, Spain. A magical time was had by Students and Staff as they enjoyed the ambience and atmosphere that Barcelona had to offer!

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SPORT

Second Year Basketball Semi Final

On Wednesday the 1st of May the Abbey’s Boys Basketball Team sought to gain victory against St. Aiden’s CBS, Dublin in the Second Year All Ireland Semi Finals in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, Dublin.

In the opening seconds of the Semi Final St. Aiden’s CBS opened the score. The Abbey’s Daniel Quinn scored a fine basket in response and the match was on!

Niall Prendville was fouled and given two free shots which saw the score at Abbey 4 St.Aidens 3.

In retaliation St.Aiden’s score again. However, Daniel is fouled in the second minute but failed to capitalise on it. On the break Niall worked hard in the middle of the court to go on and score singlehandedly with three minutes to go leaving the score at Abbey 6 St Aiden’s  5.

Niall Prendville scores after a timeout Abbey 8 St Aiden’s  5. On the break Daniel was fouled but failed to convert. St.Aiden’s fought to score again which resulted in Abbey 8 St Aiden’s  7 with 2 minutes 24 seconds  to go.

Both teams fight for the lead with St Aiden’s scoring again with Abbey 8 St Aiden’s   9. Several attempts to score resulted in two penalty shots for Niall who converted one with the score at Abbey 9 St.Aiden’s 9. With both teams level, St.Aiden’s pushed ahead and scored. In response Niall magically broke free and scored.Ben McNeely continued the hard work leaving the first quarter at Abbey 13 St. Aiden’s 11.

Second Quarter-At the start of the second quarter Leo McGown fought hard to gain possession with Jake scoring from great passing around the box in the first minute Abbey 15 St. Aiden’s  11.

Great attempts by Ethan Kenny, Timon and Jake to score with Jake being successful Abbey 17 St. Aiden’s 11 in the third minute.

Great defensive work stopped St.Aiden’s from scoring. A great block by Oisin halted the opposition in their tracks but a foul saw the score move to Abbey 17 St Aiden’s 12. Fighting back St.Aiden’s win another basket leaving Abbey 17 St.Aiden’s 14 in the fifth minute.

Working diligently as a team Ethan scores a basket followed by a magical score by Leo McGown no.14 at the end of the fifth minute Abbey 21 St.Aiden’s 14. St.Aiden’s  failed to capitalise on a foul putting immense pressure on the Abbey Lads in the second quarter with St. Aiden’s having another two attempts on basket and failing to score. The second quarter finished with the Abbey holding onto a lead of seven points going into the third quarter.

Third Quarter- The third quarter opened in dramatic style with Ben, Niall, Jake and Ethan all working hard as St.Aiden’s attempt to narrow the lead as Ben makes a wonderful move to gain possession, passing to Jake who is unable to complete the basket and in retaliation St.Aiden’s score Abbey 21 St.Aiden’s 18 in the third minute of the third quarter.

Abbey gain possession and Oisin, Jake and Niall work hard in the box, fighting to score, in the process Niall is fouled Abbey 23 St.Aiden’s 18 at the end of the third minute. Handball at the start of the fourth minute by the opposition leave the Abbey in control but they fail to capitalise.Daniel is fouled on attempting to make a basket and timeout is called. Daniel scores from play and repeats his success in the dying moments of the fifth minute to leave the score Abbey 27 St.Aiden’s 18. With the score widening the Abbey work hard to defend their lead as St. Aiden’s struggle to put another score on the board. In the mire Leo is fouled and successfully scores two baskets Abbey 29 St.Aiden’s 18. With great teamwork the Abbey Lads hold on to their lead with Daniel scoring, Leo having another attempt at the basket and Jake completing the basket Abbey 33 St.Aiden’s 18. St.Aiden’s are fouled and reply with two shots and in response Niall wins a basket Abbey 35 St.Aiden’s 20.

Fourth Quarter- the quarter opens with St. Aidens trying to gain control and scrape back points on the scoreboard. As a result, St. Aiden’s are fouled but fail to score with a great block by Niall during play. Leo scores Abbey 37 St. Aidan’s 20. Ben is fouled but does not convert. Daniel scores in the third minute AVS 39 St.Aiden’s 20. St.Aiden’s respond with a basket and as tension mounts Jake scores Abbey 41 St. Aiden’s 22. The Abbey Lads increase their score as they confidently pass the ball around the box and Niall scores the basket. They push their lead ahead with Oisin scoring Abbey 45 St.Aiden’s 22 in the second last minute of the game. St. Aiden’s are fouled Abbey 45 St.Aiden’s 24. During play St.Aiden’s score Abbey 45 St.Aiden’s 26. In a fight to the bitter end,Daniel scores and St. Aiden’s respond Abbey 47 St.Aiden’s 28. In dying minutes of the final quarter Daniel is fouled and scores leaving a victorious and thrilled Abbey side winning Abbey 50 St.Aiden’s 28. Much to the delight of Supporters, Family and Friends.

Second Year Boys All Ireland Finals

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At 2.45pm, fifteen minutes ahead of schedule, the Abbey Lads took on the might of Longford, The Mercy Ballymahon.

First Quarter- the first break saw the Abbey miss the chance to go ahead and Mercy from Longford responded with a basket in the opening 30 seconds of the match.

Daniel was fouled and won a basket leaving the score at Abbey 1 Mercy 2.

In skillful play Daniel scored bringing the score to Abbey 3 Mercy 2. A timeout was called 1 minute into the game.

Mercy score in the start of the second minute Abbey 3 Mercy 4.

From play Mercy are fouled and fail to score from the penalty shots. Mercy continue to put pressure, resulting in another basket at the end of the third minute. Keeping the pressure on, Mercy score in the opening seconds of the 4th minute, Abbey 3 Mercy 8, when timeout is called.

After strategic tactics are discussed on the sideline by the coach Stephen Carty and Frank Cornyn, Daniel scores in the opening seconds after several failed attempts by his valiant team mates.

In the break Mercy are fouled and gain one basket. Mercy score from play which the Abbey Lads and Daniel respond to with a basket just before five minutes are up. Abbey 7 Mercy 11.

Mercy are fouled at the end of the sixth minute and are awarded two baskets which they score. Niall responds with a basket showing the determination of his team, winning another basket just seconds later.

Mercy fight back putting pressure on the Abbey’s defense and are awarded a foul.Abbey 11 Mercy 14.

Second Quarter- Mercy start strong but fail to hit the basket.With the sides evenly matched and in a tense quarter both sides attempt to score Mercy win a basket from a loose ball,scoring twice in twenty seconds, two and a half minutes into the quarter. Timeout is called. Frustratingly for Jake he misses the basket twice in brave efforts by the Abbey Lads to score when play in resumed.

With great effort Oisin attempts to score. However, Jake wins a basket after much effort from his team Abbey 13 Mercy 18.

Mercy score with two minutes twelve seconds to go in the second quarter. Leo is fouled in a brave attempt to win a basket and converts Abbey 14 Mercy 20. In a very evenly matched final both teams again fought to score with Mercy being fouled in the fifth minute but failing to capitalise. Great work by Leo sees him score in the dying seconds of the second quarter  Abbey 18 Mercy 20.

Third Quarter-Mercy put the pressure on in the opening seconds of the third quarter. Niall in fouled in a strong display but fails to convert. Mercy retaliate with a basket and with both teams neck in neck Leo scores from play in the second minute Abbey 20 Mercy 22.

As tension rises, in a very evenly matched quarter both teams fight to put points on the score board with Mercy scoring in the third minute Abbey 20 Mercy 24. In a great team effort Niall scores, is fouled and converts a basket two and a half minutes into the third quarter Abbey 23 Mercy 24. Struggling to put the Abbey ahead, the team put pressure on Mercy and Niall scores, Abbey 25 Mercy 24 with three minutes left in the third quarter. Gaining momentum, the Abbey is fouled at the end of the forth minute in the third quarter and score Abbey 27 Mercy 24. The Abbey begin to break away from the clutches of Mercy with a basket from Niall bringing the score to Abbey 29 Mercy 24. With one minute forty seconds to go on the clock in the third quarter Daniel scores to put the Abbey seven points ahead of Mercy. With the dying seconds of the third quarter competition was fierce on the court with the Abbey Lads keeping the pressure on Mercy and Matthew wins a basket Abbey 33 Mercy 24.

Fourth Quarter- In the final quarter of the exhilarating basketball match Mercy score twice in the opening seconds of the game putting pressure on the Abbey Lads Abbey 33 Mercy 28. In a hard fought game, Daniel is fouled and scores to leave the score at Abbey 34 Mercy 28. Mercy are fouled but fail to capitalise on it. As tension rises, Daniel scores at the end of the second minute. Mercy score in the opening of the fourth minute and timeout is called Abbey 36 Mercy 30. Mercy try to claw back some points in the dying seconds of the fourth minute. However, Daniel scores with two minutes thirty nine seconds to go Abbey 38 Mercy 30. As we reach the last few minutes of the highly skilled, hard fought match , Daniel scores with two minutes to go. Mercy fight back but fail to score.

Timeout is called with one minute thirty two seconds to go as the scoreboard stands at Abbey 41 Mercy 30. Mercy score one basket from a foul Abbey 41 Mercy 31.

As hearts are racing in the stands, on the sideline and on the court and with thirty seconds to go Daniel scores one basket from a foul and Mercy retaliate with two baskets leaving the score at Abbey 42 Mercy 36. With ten seconds to go Mercy score again as the gap closes to four points. Abbey 42 Mercy 38.

Nobody can breathe in the Tallaght Arena as timeout is called with eight seconds to go. As play resumes and the clock is ticking down, Daniel is fouled and fails to convert but it does not matter as the buzzer sounds and the Abbey Vocational Lads are All Ireland Champions 2019!

Many thanks has to be given to the hard work and dedication of the AVS Coaching Team, Stephen Carty, Patrice Rooney, Frank Cornyn and Leo Gallagher!

Team: Taiwan Sanlrat, Ben McNeely, Daniel Quinn, Seamus Og Caldwell, Conor Gillespie. Oisin Mogan, Leo McGowan, Jake Graham, Fiachra O’Donnell, Ethan Kenny, Niall Prendivile, Jack Kenny, Patrick Lyons, Brian Bonner, Barry Burke, Martin Mc Donagh, John Paul Mc Donagh.

AthleticsNumerous Medal Winners For The AVS

A number of athletes took part in the Ulster School Athletics Meet on Wednesday 1st May at Lifford Athletics Stadium.

The sun shone throughout the day, and all the Abbey athletes competed very well against lots of other schools from throughout the region.

Highlights of the meet were Niamh Moohan claiming three gold medals in the long jump, high jump and the 300m with a silver in the 4×100 relay too for the third year girls. Rachael Gallagher finished second to Niamh in the long jump and 300m, an Abbey 1-2 in those two events, and also gained a silver medal for the 4×100 relay.

Tori Murchan won gold in the 1st year girls high jump and Alex Anderson won gold in the 2nd year boys shot.

Shane Breslin won silver in the 3rd year boys 100m and silver in the shot with Leo Carey-McDermott winning a bronze medal in the shot.

James Hughes won silver in the 2nd year boys javelin as did Diarmiud O’Donnell in the 3rd year boys javelin.

Ava Campbell won bronze in the high jump and bronze in the 100m as well as silver in the 4×100 relay, Emily McNulty was the fourth member of that relay team to win silver.

Gwenelle Ni Donnabhainn won bronze in the senior girls high jump and Catriona Moohan won bronze in the 1st year girls long jump.

Congratulations to all the athletes who took part. We look forward to the Ulster District Athletics at Antrim a week on Friday.

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AVS U13 Boys Gaelic Football – Ulster Final Here we come!

On Thursday the 2nd of May the Abbey Vocational School’s U13s took on the might of Carndonagh in O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny. In a tremendous match the Abbey Lads won by 17 points. The final score of the Ulster semi final was 8 – 12 to 4 -7. The Abbey are now through to Ulster U13 final! Well done coaches Leo Mcloone and Michael Lafferty!

 

Abbey VS Newsletter – 15th April 2019

Upcoming Events for your Diary

  • Tuesday April 30th 7pm:

A Subject Choices presentation for the parents & guardians of incoming 2nd Year students (i.e. present 1st years) will take place in the school on Tuesday, 30 April between 7 & 9 p.m

  • May 21st 7pm – TY Showcase

TY Showcase. This is for parents of TY students where the Years work is showcased in the school and all parents are welcome.

  • May 22nd –  The Leaving Cert Graduation Ecumenical Service

The Leaving Cert Graduation Ecumenical Service celebrating the students’ years in the school & wishing them success in the time ahead – takes place on Wed May 22nd at 6:30pm . There is a meal for the students at 5 pm and parents/guardians are invited to join us at 6.30 pm for the Service.

Active Schools Week

A hugely successful and enjoyable week for staff and students alike. A reinforcement of the benefits to being physically active. AVS is very proud to be one of 3 post primary schools selected to pilot the Active School Flag (ASF). As part of the process the staff in consultation with students put an active week timetable in place. All year group were given additional opportunities to be physically active alongside existing PE lessons and extra/co curricular timetable. This ranged from the new – Kinball and Pickleball, to some of the traditional – Mile Challenge, Cycling, Games, Skipping etc. The new ASF walkway was  showcased this week with the majority of staff and students enjoying the 1.47km signposted tour of the school grounds. Notable events were Zumba and the staff vs 6th year students volleyball match (photo attached). The week finished with 1st years participating in a fundraiser skipathon. Students were given sponsor cards prior to the event and monies received will now be put toward a permanent bike rack for students in the school. A fantastic way to mark their fundraising efforts. Thanks to all those who supported this cause.

For a full range of photos from the week please check out our Twitter sports feed. @AVSsport

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2nd Yr Rowing

On Tuesday second years engaged in a workshop introducing rowing. The instructor was Patrick Brady from Donegal Town Rowing Club. Promoting active schools and wellbeing.

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Staff v. Students Volleyball Challenge!

As part of the Abbey Vocational School’s wellbeing activities this week , Staff from the Abbey Vocational School were challenged to a game of Volleyball by Students!

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Sports Leaders Assessment

18 outstanding students from TY gained their Sports Leaders award this week. TY Students planned and led a short physical activity session for the Glebe primary school pupils. The pupils  got to enjoy a variety of sports such as badminton,hockey, rugby, basketball, skipping and ultimate frisbee. Well done and congratulations to all our confident leaders.

Michael Murphy/Pramerica Winning Video

All post primary schools received free PE and Sports equipment as part of an initiative called #sportsrock. This was a partnership between Michael Murphy sports and leisure shop and Pramerica in Letterkenny. This is a great way to incentivise students to be more active more often. The partnership requested that schools submit an online video of how their school could creatively use the provided equipment. AVS students and PE teachers worked collaboratively in bringing ideas and concepts to life online. iMovie was used to edit footage and share via the @AVSsport Twitter handle. To much delight we were informed as a school during our active school week that we had been selected as the winners of this competition. Congratulations to all students and teachers involved in the participation of the events and class 4D in editing the footage as part of their coding classes.

Abbey’s Got Talent

Thursday the 11th April was an unforgettable night in the Abbey Hotel for Abbey’s Got Talent. This was an entertaining and show stopping event! Noel Cunningham kept the mood alive all night as he introduced and welcomed our contestants to the stage. His witty commentary kept the crowd and performers on their toes. It was extraordinary to see how much effort all the contestants put into their performance and the outstanding talent was commented on by our judges all evening. Our judges Martin Mc Ginley, Niamh Currid and Conal Gallen spoke of the high quality of all of the acts and the excellent siprit of the audience and of the wonderful school commiunity of which we should all be proud.

A big well  done to each one of the contestants; Joseph Edwards, Gavan Tanham and Joseph Hearty, Marie McGirr ,Oisin O’Donnell, Rachel Reid and Eadaoin Rush, Conor McAllister and Gabriella Byrne, Luke Kelly, Matthew and David Byrne, Erin Ryder, Bree Hanna and Anna Mitchell, India Kennedy, Eamonn Devlin, Robyn Harvey – Moulding and Luke O’Sullivan.

The top three on the night were, 3rd – Luke Kelly, 2nd Rachel Reid and Eadaoin and 1st place and the winner of a recording session, a cash prize and the winners cup was Luke O’Sullivan.

Congratulations to our thirteen young acts they showed huge determination and courage to compete. In addition, thank you to AVS choir who performer Dreams by the cranberries and This is me from The Greatest Showman, the audience was also treated with a surprise as our very own Ms Breslin and Mr Donegan performed Shallow from A star is born and they were accompanied by the choir and Ms Carr on the piano.

The Abbey Vocational School would like to thank the local businesses who kindly sponsored our contestants and our judges on the night: Conal Gallen, Niamh Currid and Martin McGinley. Furthermore, the Abbey Hotel were more than accommodating on the night therefore thank you to all the staff who worked tremendously hard during the fundraiser.

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TY Interviews

Third year students interested in completing the TY programme for 2019-2020 were interviewed over the past two weeks. The process was based on the students TY application form and applicants were interviewed for 10 minutes to determine their suitability to the programme.

Guidance Notes

A Subject Choices presentation for the parents & guardians of incoming 2nd Year students (i.e. present 1st years) will take place in the school on Tuesday, 30 April between 7 & 9 p.m.

The SUSI Grant application process for 2019-20 will open on 25 April 2019. SUSI will be covered in all Career Guidance classes from after the Easter break.

A Google Classroom for Apprenticeships & Traineeships is regularly updated. The classroom is available to all students interested in this further education route. The classroom code is available from Ms Faherty

All senior cycle students (6th, LCA & 5th years) are welcome to book a 1:1 appointment with their Guidance Counsellor.

Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to http://www.AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

School Tour Abroad

The highly anticipated School Tour takes place this Monday 15th April until Thursday 18th April. Students involved in the Tour will head to Spain and stay in Barcelona, they will “discover the six worlds of one of Europe’s most iconic theme parks, Portaventura, in the Costa Dorada, one of Spain’s most popular tourist areas; and just one hour from Barcelona. In addition, those involved in sport will have a field day as they get to visit Nou Camp and live through the emotion of entering the field, discover and interact with the history of the museum and trophy areas. We hope our students enjoy some mild and sunny weather on their trip away. When we return from the Easter break we will have a full update on the tour and the activities the students participated; we hope our students have a wonderful trip.

Health Promoting Schools

On Tuesday the 9th April the work of the Abbey Vocational School’s Health Promoting Schools Committee was recognised.

The aim of the Healthy Schools Initiative is to foster the healthy development of the whole school community. Also, to support the planning, implementation and evaluation of health-related activities under school    self-evaluation, school development and planning processes and enhance the links between schools and their communities.

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National Workplace Wellbeing Day

Friday the 12th April was National Workplace Wellbeing Day.  Each staff member received and a personalised thank you message from their Tutor class as well as an Easter egg.

At break there was a selection of snacks in the staff room for example, overnight oats, protein balls, ‪smoothies, tray bakes and many more nice treats..
We had a nurse in doing a mini health check on any staff member that wished to avail of the service

L.C.A. Mini Company

On Tuesday Leaving Cert Applied Students were promoting healthy eating by selling healthy cereals and fruit at break time in assembly as part of the L.C.A. programme.

The fundamental goal of the Leaving Certificate Applied is to prepare Leaving Certificate participants for transition from the world of the school/centre to that of adult and working life. This transition is complex as qualities, aptitudes and personal skills required in the workplace have changed, participants are remaining longer in formal education and in training than heretofore and the period of transition is also more lengthy. In addition to the challenges in relation to education, training and jobs, Students are also faced with related, social, personal and cultural issues.

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Computer Science Leaving Certificate trip to Google

Twenty five Computer Science Leaving Certificate Students from the Abbey Vocational School travelled to Google Headquarters in Dublin on Wednesday the 10th of April. 

Leaving Certificate Computer science is the study of computing and algorithmic processes. Leaving Certificate Computer Science includes how programming and computational thinking can be applied to the solution of problems, and how computing technology impacts the world around us.

Art Department

TY students are continuing their work on signs for the ‘Path to Nationhood’ project. Congratulations to AVS student Sarah McGrory who’s painting titled ‘Imperfection’ has been shortlisted in this year’s Jigsaw Donegal Art competition.

Numeracy -Well Done Maths teams!

On Wednesday several maths teams from the school travelled to a maths competition to compete with over twenty other teams. Congratulations to all of the teams from our school including two who finished in the top six.The Chess Club meets on Tuesdays at lunchtime in room 3. The Abbey Vocational School Maths Club meets on Fridays at lunchtime in room 30. The Maths Club runs an enrichment program that focuses on having fun with mathematics and learning! Everyone is welcome

TRANSITION YEAR

Transition Year GDD Sports Leadership Training Programme

Students of the Abbey Vocational School are participating in the “Future Leaders Transition Year Programme” which is a joint initiative from the GAA and the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It is a cross-curricular programme comprising of eight modules, each designed to encourage maturity, initiative, responsibility and leadership skills in pupils. The Programme gives pupils the knowledge and skills to support all roles required in the effective staging of Gaelic Games. As part of the programme pupils are challenged to organise and run a GAA Super Games Blitz or set up a Super Games Centre for younger students and/or support coaching of younger players in their school or community.

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R.S.E. Talk

On Monday the 8th of April Transition Year Students were enlightened with a talk on Relationships & Sexuality Education.

Building on the work done in primary school, Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) at post-primary level seeks to provide opportunities for young people to learn about relationships and sexuality in ways that will enable them to think and act in a moral, caring and responsible way.

RSE aims and objectives are to help young people understand and develop friendships and relationships, to promote a positive attitude to one’s own sexuality and in one’s relationship with others, to promote knowledge of and respect for reproduction and to enable young people to develop attitudes and values towards their sexuality in a moral, spiritual and social framework.

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Transition Year Business Academy

The Transition Year Academy is held over three days in six locations throughout the country. Five Students representing the Abbey Vocational School attended the Academy in Letterkenny this week.

Students worked on a business problem with Students from other Schools. Over the course of the three days, they explored the areas of enterprise and innovation and learnt how to pitch their proposals in a “Dragon’s Den” environment. Students are provided with the tools necessary to generate their business plan and launch their idea. Students  also learnt how to build a website or develop an app.

Enterprise – NFTE last 8

On Wednesday the 10th April the boys from Growth, Aodhan Mc Fadden, Corma Mac Suibhne and Luke Kelly made the trip to Dublin to take part in the NFTE semi finals, the boys had to do a 20 minute pitch to the judges. Later this week the wonderful  news came through to the school that the boys are now in hte final eight companies in the country in the NFTE mini company competitionWell done boys!

Homeless Play Production

On Friday the 12th April a number of TY students put on a play that they have been practicing for over the past few months. The play was based around the area of Homelessness and they aim was to make people aware of the issue that is homelessness within Ireland and throughout the world. The group performed the show for all students in first year. Thank you to Conor Carney who wrote the play and also for coming into the school over the past few months to rehearse with the students.

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SPORTS

First Year Girls Basketball

Our first year girls made the long journey to Portlaoise on Tuesday to take part in the all Ireland basketball play-offs. The girls played an outstanding first game against Coliaste Iognaid Galway leading by 20 points after the first quarter. AVS managed to keep this lead the entire game boosting the girls confidence before the next game against hosts Criost Ri. The first 3 quarters were very close but the girls found their stride in the final quarter and won the game by 16points.

The last game of the day seen AVS against Eureka Kells.  This was to be the decider to qualify for an All Ireland semi final.  AVS trailed by only one basket after the first quarter.  With some great defensive play by Holly Roarty, Ella McCalmont and Aoife Cox the girls fought really hard to close the gap. Kells made some skilful outside shots in the second half taking the lead by 14 points after the 3rd quarter. The team gave it everything they had left in them but it was Kells that took the honours on the day. Well done to the girls for a great season. The girls displayed fantastic commitment and teamwork throughout.

Second Year Boys Basketball All Ireland Finals Day

Over the easter holidays our second year boys basketball team will be training hard in preparation for the All Ireland Finals day in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, Dublin on the 1st May. The boys will play St Aidan’s CBS from Whitehall Dublin at 12am. The winners of this game will progress onto the All Ireland Final that day were they will play either Mercy College Ballymahon Co Longford or Colaiste Ide agus losef, Abbeyfeale Co Limerick at 3m.

U14 Boys Gaelic

On Wednesday the 10th April, Mr McLoone, Mr O’Donnell and there U14 boys GAA team traveled to Cavan to play in the Ulster quarter final.The boys from the AVS started off strong and this form continued for the rest of the game. AVS won the game comfortable in the end and nw progress to the Ulster semi final on the 2nd of May. Best on the day for AVS were Full forward Seanan Carr, half forwards Aaron McGroary and Adam Lyons, Midfielder John Bell and half backs Callum McCrea and Leo McGowan and cornerback Oisin Mogan. Well done to Mr McLoone, Mr O’Donnell and the boys.