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

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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.

Abbey VS Newsletter – Mon 4th April

Jason Quigley Visits the Abbey Vocational School

On Thursday the 4th of April the Abbey Vocational School welcomed Sporting Hero Jason Quigley. Jason gave a motivational talk to 5th year students. Students of the Abbey Vocational School found Jason’s talk inspiring, uplifting and motivational.

Jason had an extremely promising amateur career, which saw him rise to number one in both the International Boxing Association of Europe and World amateur rankings.

In 2009, Quigley participated in the European Youth Championships in Szezecin in Poland, defeating Emil Ahmadov of Azerbaijan 6-1 in the 69 kg final, to take home gold.

Quigley won gold at the 2011 Multi-Nations tournament in Helsinki Finland, defeating English fighter Anthony Ogogo 14-5 with an acclaimed performance in the final.

In June 2011 he won gold again in the Europen Amatuer Boxing Championship in Minsk. Quigley beat world number one Evhen Khytrov, before defeating Bogdan Juratoni in the middleweight final.

Quigley’s final amateur medal came in October, when he claimed silver at the World Amateur Boxing Championships  in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

In April 2014, it was announced that Quigley was turning professional. Former Professional Boxer Oscar De La Hoya said “Jason Quigley is part of the next generation of European boxers who are about to make their mark on the international stage. It also doesn’t hurt that he has the great nation of Ireland behind him, and I know they will support him wherever he goes”. Jason then moved to LA where he training with Golden Boy Gym. In 2018 Jason moved back to Europe and his base training camp is now in Sheffield where he still boxes under Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boys. Jason recently got is his 16 TKO during his British debut after defeating Angel Moreno.

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Career Guidance

We were delighted to welcome Vincent Kenney and Fiona Kelly from the Donegal ICT/FinTech cluster group to the school last Friday to meet with our TYs. They delivered an excellent information seminar on studying and working in the ICT/FinTech sector in Donegal.

 

  • Leaving Certs should at this stage be researching all relevant Scholarship This information has been covered in their career guidance classes.  Their Guidance Counsellor is available to answer any scholarship related questions.
  • The SUSI Grant application process for 2019-20 will be covered over the coming weeks during Leaving Cert Career Guidance classes.
  • 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 AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

 

Abbey’s Got Talent- finally here !

On the 11th of April 2019, the Abbey Vocational School Hosts the final of Abbey’s Got Talent in the Abbey Hotel in Donegal Town.This show promises to be a fantastic night of high quality entertainment with MC Noel Cunningham and judges such as Conal Gallan and Martin Mc Ginley as well as other exciting acts. Rumour has it that staff members are featuring also !!

The Students are very excited about the forthcoming show and are a testament to the talent that is in abundance in the Abbey Vocational School! Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter page in the lead up to the show. @AbbeyVS and Abbey’s Got Talent 2019. The finalists of the ‘Abbey’s Got Talent’ are: Gavan Tanham and Joseph Hearty, Bree Hanna, Anna Mitchell and Erin Ryder, Rachel Reid and Eadaoin Rush, Luke Kelly, Oisin O’Donnell, Marie McGirr, Joseph Edwards, Robyn Harvey-Moulding, Conor McAllister and Gabriella Byrne, Matthew and Davy Byrne, Luke O’Sullivan, India Kennedy , Eamon Devlin.

IMTA Irish Junior Mathematics Competition

On Thursday the 28th of March the Students who came out top in our own local competition from the AVS took part in the IMTA Irish Junior Mathematics Competition. The competition is a multiple choice test for 1st Year students. The First Round is held in each participating school in March and based on results Students are invited to participate in the Regional Finals held throughout the county.The Students from the AVS included Colm McDermott, Lana Murphy, Meabh McNamara and Hugh McShane. Congratulations to Hugh McShane who won the competition and Lana Murphy who came fourth!

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!

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Drama Club

Drama club continuing Wednesdays – great turnout – please join us Wednesday after school in library – still need volunteers for short film project if you would like some acting for camera experience. Congratulations to Mr Donegan as his play “The Importance of Being Earnest” qualifies for the all-Ireland Drama Finals in Athlone this May.

 

English Theatre Trip

On Monday the 1st April two 3rd year English classes went to the Merchant session. This is a production by Cyclone. The Merchant Session is an entertaining and informative synthesis of analysis and performance that has the primary goal of helping Junior Cert learners in their understanding of Merchant of Venice while at the same time highlighting what a fine comedy it is. This abridged version of the play contains an entertaining scholarly review that clarifies the main themes and topics as well as an invitation for discussion.

 

Transition Year

Transition Year Sports Leadership Training Program

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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Drama Workshop

Drama Students in the Abbey Vocational School have been engaging in drama workshops for several weeks with Conor Carney and have focused on the theme of the Homeless. This production will now take plae next Friday from 11 to 1 pm 

Fintech Talk

On Friday the 29th of March Fiona Kelly from Letterkenny Institute of Technology and AVS past pupil Vincent Kennedy from SITA spoke to Transition Year Students in the Abbey Vocational School.

Fiona highlighted the merits of Letterkenny Institute of Technology with it’s130 programmes across four schools of Business, Tourism, Engineering and Science, with diverse courses that range from one to four years; combining academic theory with practical skills development.

Vincent explained to Students the work of SITA which stands for Societe Internationale de Telecommunications Aeronautiques. SITA is one of the world’s leading specialists in air transport communications and IT solutions. Their ethos is to look after the air transport from landing to take off, landside and airside.Transition Year Students enjoyed a very informative talk on the opportunities available in the technology sector.

Art Department

Transition Year students are organising a school photography competition which will be open to all age groups. Details will be posted on the school website and around the school in the coming days.

TY students are continuing their work on signs for the ‘Path to Nationhood’ project.

Also, congratulations to AVS student Sarah McGrory who’s painting titled ‘Imperfection’ has been shortlisted in this year’s Jigsaw Donegal Art competition

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Science CSI Workshops

image006Transition Year Students enjoyed Science CSI Workshops on Wednesday the 3rd of April. CSI stands for Crime Scene Investigation and examines the entire process of conducting forensic science from the collection of evidence at the crime scene, through the examination of that evidence, to the presentation of how the evidence is processed.

Transition Year Students were immersed in the world of crime scene investigation and were given valuable clues and evidence to solve the sinister crime!

 

 

 

PAL Law Course

On Friday the 5th of April three Barristers from the P.A.L. programme visited Transition Year Students in the Abbey Vocational School.

The Public Access to Law (P.A.L) programme, now entering its 20th year, has become one of the most successful and unique initiatives in Irish Education. The P.A.L. programme strives to demystify the world of law and to incorporate in this Law Module many principles of Transition Year including thinking on one’s feet, research, presentation skills and teamwork.

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‘Growth’ Enterprise

Cormac, Aodhan and Luke are preparing for the Enterprise Finals in Dublin on Wednesday the 10th of April. Cormac is displaying the ‘Growth’ Enterprise Product.

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The Mini Company ‘Growth’ 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.

Spanish Trip to The Model in Sligo

On Thursday 4th of April Students from the AVS enjoyed a trip to the movies at The Model in Sligo. Entitled ‘Pasos De Héroe’or Hero Steps.

It is a Spanish film with English subtitles which tells the story of a young boy who overcomes what seems like insurmountable difficulties but never loses sight of his dreams. Eduardo is the victim of the brutal Colombian war. He has lost his leg due to a landmine explosion and is sent to a school that can cater for his disability. Despite Eduardo’s accident, he has big dreams, to enter and play in a football tournament.

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Tourism Training Programme

Well done to our TY students who received their certs on Monday last  after completing a 4-week course in the College of Tourism LYIT/Killybegs. Thank you to LYIT and Donegal County Council for this opportunity

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Fifteen TY students have completed a four day training programme with the School of Tourism. The programme was delivered by the School of Tourism’s experienced lecturers on the LYIT Killybegs Campus. There was many guest speakers from the tourism/hospitality industry also involved in the delivery of the programme. The areas that were covered throughout the weeks were as follows:

(a) ​Introduction to the Hospitality industry

(b) ​Tourism in Co. Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way

(c)​Customer care

(d) ​Introduction to food hygiene and food handling and

(e) ​Restaurant service.

Programme Delivery

The programme culminate in a live lunch service by the students to invited guests and a presentation of Certificates of Completion to all participants, last Monday in the LYIT Killybegs campus.

 

Sport

U14 Girls GAA

On Friday 5th April our U14 girls played in an Ulster quarter final.The girls had to travel to play Colaiste Dun An Ri  in Cavan. Abbey VS started off strong by getting a goal in the first minute. This form continued with a point from Holly Roarty. The Cavan girls started to come back into the match by getting three points in a row. Both teams were very well matched and it was a tough battle for both sets of players. The Cavan girls managed to get two goals within a few minutes of each other just before half time. The second half saw much of the same as the first, each team scoring some fantastic points, especially Roisin Lynch, Holly Roartry and Emma Sweeney for Abbey VS. Unfortunately the girls from  Abbey VS were not able to make up the difference of the two goals in the first half and were defeated by 6 points at the end of the game. Well done to all the girls for their hard work throughout the year.

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Second Year Girls Basketball

AVS second year girls competed in all Ireland basketball play offs in Navan this week. The girls played a really tough game against a strong Ballina team. With only a 4 point margin in it for the majority of the game the Ballina side took control of the game in the last 3 minutes and won by 8.

 

The girls had a fantastic game against Portarlington leading 22 – 2 after the first quarter. They went on to win this game easy with some great scores from all onbthe panel. Last game of the day was again the hosts Navan. Unfortunately Ballina had already won all 3 matches which meant the second years couldn’t qualify. Despite this they put on great performance again and won comfortably by 16 points. The girls have had an outstanding school season
They have shown great commitment and teamwork throughout. A talented team that will definitely get an another opportunity at this level.

 

Second Year Boys Basketball Team

On Tuesday the 2nd of April our 2nd yr boys basketball team travelled to Castleknock in Dublin to play in the All Ireland Playoff. On the day the boys faced, Castleknock Community College, Colaiste Bhaile Chlair and Cnoc Mhuire Granard. The first game the boys were up against Colaiste Bhaile Chlair. It was a slow start to the game for both teams, but eventually at the end of the first quarter Abbey got on the scoreboard with scores from,Niall Prendville, Jake Graham, Conor Gillispie Ben McNeely and Leo McGowan. Thankfully the scoring at the end of the first quarter continued for the rest of the match and the boys came out convincing winners. Final score AVS 65 Colaiste Bhaile Chlair 42

 

Next up was the host Castleknock Community College, the boys started this game as they finished the first game back getting into a 10 point  lead in the first quarter. In the second quarter the boys from Castleknock tried to get back into the game but for every score Castleknock scores, Abbey scored two. This continued for the rest of the game. There was some brilliant scores during the game from Niall Prendville, Daniel Quinn, Jack Kenny and Jake Graham. Final score AVS 49 CCC 26.

Going into the final game against Cnoc Mhuire Granard, it was the winner takes all as both teams where on the same points. Abbey started off strong with some fantastic individuals score by Niall Prendville and Daniel Quinn. Granard started to fight back but Abbey’s defence was just too strong. The start of the second quarter Abbey extended their lead  into a 20 point lead and finished out the game in this manner. Final score AVS 55 Granard.

The Abbey boys were the winners of the overall tournament. Winning all games by 20 plus points. There was some great individual and team displays throughout all three games. The boys now go on to the All Ireland semi final on the st of May in The National Basketball Arena in Dublin. If the boys are successful in the semi final, they will then play the All Ireland Final on the same day. Good luck to all the boys and their management team.
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1st Year boys Soccer

A much anticipated final fixture in the Donegal league. As both teams have previously qualified for semi final positions it was a chance for both teams to have a look at the full squad. Abbey boys lost 4 – 2 on this occasion. The first half was an evenly matched high standard of good football. Both teams creating chances. Slightly against the run of play St. Columba’s scored the opening goal. A short time later Ruairi McLaughlin hammered home a shot from outside the box in off the crossbar. A much deserved equaliser. 1-1 at half time a good reflection of play.

The second half allowed managers to introduce fresh legs to the game on both sides. Donal Gallagher and James Boyd came on for Daniel McIntyre and Callum McCrea. St. Columbas went ahead only for Ruairi McLaughlin to convert a long range free with another superb strike. 2 – 2 with 10 minutes to play. Excellent performances from Senan Carr, Caolan Sweeney in mid field kept the team searching for a winner. Equally a man of the match performance from Ryan Kennedy at full back denied Columba’s on numerous occasions.

With both benches emptied it was St.Columba’s who found the net twice more to seal the win. Abbey will take much confidence from their game and will have no fear if chance allows for a further encounter.

We now await notification from Ollie Horgan the league organiser for our Semi Final opponents, date and venue.

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Abbey V.S. Newsletter – Mon 1st April 2019

IMTA Irish Junior Mathematics Competition

On Thursday the 28th of March Students from the AVS took part in the IMTA Irish Junior Mathematics Competition. The competition is a multiple choice test for 1st Year students. The First Round is held in each participating school in March and based on results Students are invited to participate in the Regional Finals held throughout the county. The Students from the AVS included Colm McDermott, Lana Murphy, Meabh McNamara and Hugh McShane. Congratulations to Hugh McShane who won the competition and Lana Murphy who came fourth.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!

Safer Internet Dream Space Awards 2019

On Thursday 28th March winners of the Webwise Safer Internet Winners travelled to Dublin to the amazing  Microsoft Dreamspace for the Eir Business Cyber Secure Roadshow. The Webwise Safer Internet Winners were Jack Lennox, Brandon Billingsley, Jessica Given, Kevin Canny, Frank Duffy, Katelyn Duffy, Emma Coulter, Chris Darby, Ciara Joyce and Hannah Crawford.

Business and enterprise have never operated in a time of greater cyber security. Their teacher Ms Cunningham and Mr Clarke travelled with the students on the day where students received their award for best cyber bullying video. The students enjoyed a gig with band – chasing Abbey and were delighted to recieve this award for their work.

Career Guidance

  1. Leaving Certs should at this stage be researching all relevant Scholarship This information has been covered in their career guidance classes.  The student’s Guidance Counsellor is available to answer any scholarship related questions.
  2. The SUSI Grant application process will open in early April 2019. Further information will be provided by the student’s Guidance Counsellor during Career Guidance class.
  3. 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.
  4. GMIT will present to Leaving Certs on Thursday, 04 April @ 55 – 12.35 in the library.
  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 AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

 

The Music Department

Leaving Certificate Music Practical Examinations were held on Wednesday the 27th, Thursday the 28th and Friday the 29th of March. The students were busy perfecting their performance programmes. Junior Cert Practical Examinations are also on for three days starting Monday 31st March.

As well as vocal soloists and groups, many instrumental players were examined… Everything from guitar, drumkit, piano, saxophone, fiddle accordion, banjo to bagpipes. All were happy with their exams which are worth 50% of their overall grade.

Forty four Junior cert music students will also be examined next week with the Junior Cert Practical Examinations on for three days starting Monday 31st March.

Preparations are busy for the school talent show. Finalists are working on songs for promotion as well as for on the night.  It promises to be a great night!

Drama Club

The Drama Club is continuing this week with a tutorial after school on Wednesday and also at lunchtime on Thursday. If you are interested in joining an innovative and engaging group to improve acting and performance skills and have lots of fun then come along to the Drama Club!

There is a short-film project in the process of being produced by creative, inspiring and determined fifth year Students with members of the Drama Club playing the roles in this short educational film to raise awareness around the issue of anxiety.

If you are interested in getting actively involved please contact Robyn Harvey-Moulding and Emily Erskine.

English Department

The English Department would like to congratulate Mr Sean Donegan on his win for Best Supporting Actor at the Strabane Drama Festival on Saturday the 23rd of March. The Ballyshannon Drama Club are now through to the RTE All Ireland Drama finals in Athlone. Well done Mr. Donegan!

Art Department

The TY National School Art Competition concluded this week. Winners were – 1st place – Rosie Mae Weir (Scoil Aodh Rua agus Nuala), 2nd place – Millie Hughes (St. Eunan’s N.S., Laghey), 3rd place Holly Towey (Scoil Aodh Rua agus Nuala). Well done to all those students who participated. A selection of entries from each school can be viewed on the AVS school website.

TY students are currently painting signs as part of Mr. Lafferty’s ‘Path to Nationhood’ history project which is now entering its final stages.

AVS Environmental

2nd Year Wellbeing classes have been studying Environmental Awareness over the past term. Students were asked to choose a pressing environmental issue for further research. Students have been busy completing research and compiling their projects over the last few weeks. Students will have to present their findings in the coming weeks. Some groups of students have been engaged in very interesting projects such as the impact of plastic on the oceans, ways to reduce plastic pollution, the effects of plastic on animals and one group have investigated how many plastic bottles are used each day in the school.

Science Club

The Science Club was in action again this week. First year students gained the opportunity to further develop their microscopy and investigation skills through a series of short challenges.

Students examined the prepared slides distributed and were then set to task to investigate whether the samples provided originated from a living or non living source.

It was an enjoyable meeting once again. Well done to all the attending students who are fully availing of this chance to further their knowledge and interest here through the club. Thank you to Ms. McGuinness and Mr. Monahan for facilitating and fostering our students interests in this area.

Science Club is on every Wed at lunchtime in room 33. All welcome!

Abbeys Got Talent Finalist
On the 11th of April 2019, the Abbey Vocational School Hosts the final of Abbey’s Got Talent in the Abbey Hotel in Donegal Town.

This show promises to be a fantastic night of high quality entertainment with MC Noel Cunningham and judges such as Conal Gallan and Martin Mc Ginley as well as other exciting acts. Rumour has it that staff members are featuring also!!

Well done to our finalists:

  • Gavan Tanham and Joseph Hearty
  • Bree Hanna, Anna Mitchell and Erin Ryder
  • Rachel Reid and Eadaoin Rush
  • Luke Kelly
  • Oisin O’Donnell
  • Marie McGirr
  • Joseph Edwards
  • Robyn Harvey-Moulding
  • Conor McAllister and Gabriella Byrne
  • Matthew and Davy Byrne
  • Luke O’Sullivan
  • India Kennedy
  • Eamon Devlin

The Students are very excited about the forthcoming show and are a testament to the talent that is in abundance in the Abbey Vocational School! Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter page in the lead up to the show. @AbbeyVS and Abbey’s Got Talent 2019.

Active Schools Flag

As part of the Active Schools flag initiative, Students are encouraged to take part in more activities to improve their mental health and wellbeing. Using the Drop everything and walk methodology Students enjoy the lovely sunshine in Donegal!

Fintech Visit the AVS:

Vincent Kennedy a member of the Donegal ICT/FinTech working group which was established last year to promote studying and working in ICT/FinTech in Donegal visited our Tys on Friday last.

Vincent explained the ICT/FinTech sector, the opportunities it provides, and how to secure a career in one of the associated fields.

The session was highly informative and interactive for pupils with technology based audience participation. Students learnt or the whole world or opportunities that are available to them in this sector and it really opened up so many doors to many. We are very appreciate of Vincent coming to us on this day.

N.F.T.E.“Growth” Mini Company Winners!

Aodhan McCrudden,Cormac MacSuibhne and Luke Kelly, Students from the Abbey Vocational School, were winners of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship in Letterkenny with their Mini Company ‘Growth’ on Wednesday the 13th of March. In advance of the finals in Dublin the Students are now working on their branding and marketing, producing business cards and flyers.

Aodhan McCrudden gave his reaction to winning the coveted N.F.T.E. Title;

“I was shocked when I realised we had won, I am nervous and excited about heading to Dublin and think we have a good product”.

The Mini Company ‘Growth’ 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.

TRANSITION YEAR

Energia Renewable Energy

image001Transition Year Students from the Abbey Vocational School were immersed in the world of renewable energy this week.

Representatives from Learn Renewables, Paul and Gerry, explained to Transition Year Students that 25% of Ireland’s wind power is provided through Energia via self owned wind farms or from power purchase agreements. Renewable Energy and wind energy in particular is inherently sustainable; i.e. using it does not have an ongoing negative impact on life in the future.

It has a number of key advantages over conventional means of electricity generation:

  • It involves very low emissions of “greenhouse gases”
  • The fuel supplies will not run out
  • The fuel is free and indigenous- it is not subject to fuel price variations and does not have to be imported

Learn Renewables were invited to the Abbey Vocational School to give a 40-50 minute workshop on wind energy, exploring energy in the student’s lives and then exploring where that energy comes from. Having identified that electricity is critical to modern life, the question was asked “How we can make electricity in Ireland?” From here Students tasked with building their own turbine rotors from simple materials and seeing how much electricity they can make, and how much their classmates can make. This interactive workshop was aimed a complementing classroom learning in energy and environmental issues while being interactive and entertaining

Transition Year Sports Leadership Training Program

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.

Transition Year Students will be enlightened on security solutions which are aimed at protecting business revenue and safeguarding their reputation.

Tourism Training Programme

Fifteen TY students have completed a four day training programme with the School of Tourism. The programme was delivered by the School of Tourism’s experienced lecturers on the LYIT Killybegs Campus. There was many guest speakers from the tourism/hospitality industry also involved in the delivery of the programme. The areas that were covered throughout the weeks were as follows:

(a) ​Introduction to the Hospitality industry

(b) ​Tourism in Co. Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way

(c)​ Customer care

(d) ​Introduction to food hygiene and food handling and

(e) ​Restaurant service.

Programme Delivery

The programme will culminate in a live lunch service by the students to invited guests and a presentation of Certificates of Completion to all participants, this Monday in the LYIT Killybegs campus.

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A.W.A.R.E. Workshops

On Friday the 29th march, students from TY D took part in an Aware workshop. Aware aim is to create a society where people affected by stress, depression, bipolar disorder and mood related conditions are understood, supported, free from stigma, and are encouraged to access appropriate therapies. Thank you to Maggie for delivering a very informative and worthwhile session. The objectives of the workshop was:

  • To inform and educate on the nature, extent and consequences of depression
  • To provide emotional and practical support to those affected by depression, bipolar and related disorders
  • To provide positive mental health and resilience training
  • To support research into the development and treatment of depression and related issue

SPORTS

First Year Boys Soccer:

The AVS 1st year boys arrived in Maghery on Friday morning, ready to build on recent wins when they met the Rosses Community School of Dungloe. Playing against the wind in the first half, Seanán Carr set the pace early having hit the crossbar in the opening minutes. The boys settled into a well organised passing game, for which they were rewarded just ten minutes in with Ruairi McLaughlin finding the back of the net. The boys continued to control throughout the half, with Ruari scoring his second of the game 25 minutes in. As halftime neared, the Rosses scored on the break cutting Abbey’s lead back to one. However, reflecting the drive shown throughout the first half, AVS was quick to restart. The ball was pushed forward, allowing Ruairi to complete his hat trick just seconds after the restart. At halftime the Abbey lead 3-1.

The match proved to be a game of two halves however, with the Abbey struggling to show the dominance they brought in the first. Highlights included a couple of well taken free kicks from Daniel McIntyre and a great opportunity to add a fourth early with the keeper for the Rosses making back to back saves, denying Matthew Byrne. A penalty halfway through the half saw Rosses pull a goal back before a controversial third goal levelled the match just before the full-time whistle was blown, ending the match at three a piece.

Many of the players put in a great display, but with three goals to his name on the day, Ruairi McLaughlin was the coaches choice for Man of the Match.

U14 Girls GAA

On Tuesday the 26th March our U14 girls took part in an Ulster knock out blitz. On the day the schools had to play four 20min games, first up was Holy Cross. The girls were playing into a very strong wind during the first half, but they managed to get the first score on the board, but after this Holy cross made the most of the wind advantage by scoring 1-4 without any reply from Abbey. Once the second half started Abbey came out fighting and pulled back the score to make it a drew game with 2 minutes to go but Holy Cross managed to get a goal, there only score of the second half, straight away Abbey went back up the pitch and Holly Roarty put the ball over the bar but it was too late as the ref blow the final whistle.

Next up for Abbey was the Rosses. The girls came out fighting as they finished the first match, with a score straight away from Ciara Gillespie Cassidy, followed by scores from, Holly Roarty, Orlagh Green, Chloe Shovlin and Caoimhe Green. The girls from the Rosses tried to fight back but Abbey held on to win the match.

The 3rd game saw the girls from AVS face Bundoran, as before the girls got off to a great start with scores from Aoife Cox, Ciara Gillespie Cassidy and Rosin Lynch.  Abbey didn’t let the girls from Bundoran near their half of the pitch throughout the game and finished the game as convincing winners.

After 3 games in a row, the girls faced St Columbus in the final game, which was a must win game to progress to the next stage of Ulster. The first half saw very little scores from either team, Columbus managed to get a goal just before half time. In the second half with the wind at their backs abbey came out strong with 3 points in a row by Holly Roarty, Aoife Cox, and Ciara Gillespie Cassidy, but St Columbus managed to sneak a point just before the ref blow the final whistle. St Columbus won the game by one point and progressed to the next stage of Ulster.

Team: Rachel Boyle, Roisin Lynch, Holly Roarty, Kayleigh Boyle , Aoife Cox , Zoe gallagher , Laura Sweeney, Meadbh Gallagher, Emma Meehan , Caoimhe Greene, Victoria Bradley, Ella McKinney , Jessica Gallagher, Niamh McCauley, Katie Gillespie, Sórcha Walsh, Chloe Shovlin, Ciara Gillespie Cassidy, Christine Gysling, Orlagh Green

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Basketball

2nd yr Boys Basketball

Good luck to our 2nd year boys who  are playing in the All Ireland Playoff next Tuesday in Dublin. The boys go to the playoff as North West Regional winners. On the day, they will play Colaiste Bhaile Chláir, Castleknock CC  and Cnoc Mhuire Granard. Good luck boys!

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1st year girls Basketball

Good luck to our 1st year girls who head to Portlaoise   for the All Ireland Playoff on the 9th of April . The girls had a very successful campaign so far, winning the North West Regional League. Well done the team adn coach Ms O  Mahoney.

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2nd year girls basketball

Good luck to our Minor girls who head to navan for the All Ireland Playoff on the 3rd  of April . The girls had a superb campaign so far, winning the North West Regional League. Congratulations to the team and coach Ms O Mahoney

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