Abbey VS Newsletter – Mon 13th Jan

Abbey Vocational School January 6th- 12th January 2020

BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2020

Innovative Abbey Vocational School Students attend the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in the RDS in Dublin 2020! The Abbey Vocational School Community are so proud of our Science Students who are exhibiting their inventive, cutting- edge displays @ the Royal Dublin Society, better known as the RDS!

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Jane  Faulkner, Ciara Friel, Erin Brittion, Shane Harvey, Ella Doherty, Ailbhe Loughney and Eadaoin Murphy at BTYS 2020 in the RDS.

Can an education programme reduce the use of single use plastics?

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In a sample of 291 students we compared the results of students’ opinions and attitudes to the use of single-use plastics. 147 of these students became the test group in our survey and they completed an education programme about the use of single-use plastics. The remaining 114 students formed our control group and did not take part in the tailored education programme. We then carried out a survey with 101 members of the test group after they completed the education programme to see if they had altered their attitudes to the use of single-use plastics. We found that our education programme increased student awareness of the impact of single-use plastics, encouraged better use of the school provided hydro flasks and discouraged the use of single-use plastic bottles and plastic cutlery and although the percentage differences were not statistically significant, in terms of actual reduced use of single-use plastics, the education programme proved effective. The girls were also delighted that their project got a mention in the Irish Independent on Friday.

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Antimicrobial Seaweeds 

This project investigated the antimicrobial properties of native seaweeds on different bacterial cultures using an aseptic laboratory technique and equipment provided by the Microbiology Laboratory at Letterkenny Hospital. We found that our test seaweed extracts only proved effective on the gram-positive bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus. The seaweed extract proved ineffective on the other test gram-positive bacteria Enterococcus faecalis and on both test gram-negative bacteria, Esheresia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa and all effective seaweed extracts showed statistically significant antimicrobial activity on Staphylococcus aureus.

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Flax as an alternative to heavy-duty plastic strapping 

Polypropylene is used in a variety of applications including in packaging for consumer products, in plastic parts and in textiles but this plastic has a toxic effect on the environment due to its manufacturing process and its non-biodegradability.  We created a more eco-friendly alternative from flax fibres because of their high tensile strength and durability and we found that flax is a comparable alternative to polypropylene plastic strapping. We tested flax and polypropylene plastic strapping automatically at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) and we also conducted manual strength tests of flax, polypropylene plastic strapping and of linen, another biodegradable material made from flax. We used CES 2019 Edupack software to compare the properties of flax fibres, polypropylene plastic and carbon steel and we found that flax has a greater tensile strength than polypropylene and carbon steel. This is in agreement with our automatic testing results which showed that flax fibres have a tensile strength of 5443.11 kg and polypropylene plastic has a tensile strength of 1810.11 kg. We also found that, flax with a greater Young’s Modulus, would be more easily reused for the same purpose, as the flax fibers will not stretch out of shape. In conclusion we feel that flax is a viable alternative to plastic strapping. 

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Second year students Jane  Faulkner, Ciara Friel, Erin Brittion, Shane Harvey, Ella Doherty with Minister for Education and Skills, Joe Mc Hugh

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TY students Ella Doherty and Ailbhe Loughney with Professor Niall Moyna.

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Micheál Ó Gioúin príomhoide Coláiste Ailigh, Geraldine Diver principal of the AVS, Micheál Martin and Donna Furey Teacher at the AVS at the BTYS 2020 exhibition in the RDS, Dublin.

Caith Amach É Irish Orals Show

On Friday the 10th of January Abbey Vocational School Leaving Cert Students attended the ‘Caith Amach É’ smash hit comedy. The Leaving Cert Irish Orals Workshop is based on the Leaving Cert Irish Oral picture sequences. It’s a fast-paced, physical, comic sketch show covering each of the 20 picture sequences for the 2020 Leaving Cert.

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AVS Teachers Stuart McFadden and Patrick McDevitt.

Information Evening for 6th Class Parents

14th January 2020: Information Evening for 6th Class Parents in the AVS.(7.00pm – 8.00pm). A variety of talks will be given, some of which will assist you in supporting your son or daughter in making their subject choices for the year ahead. Talks will be given on the school’s mission and vision and ethos as well as the day to day practicalities of school life in the AVS. Parents can meet with Ms Diver Principal, Deputy Principals, SEN staff and Guidance Staff  to discuss any concerns they might have going forward. 

Return of Subject Choice Form for incoming 6th class students: 

  • 31st January 2020: Return of Subject Choice Form to Abbey Vocational School office please.

Bakesale in aid of Australian Red Cross 

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This week innovative TY Students held a bake sale in aid of the Australian Red Cross. Pictured are Eoin Rooney and SNA Mary Doogan supporting the TY Bake Sale in aid of the Australian Red Cross.

Drama Class 

Auditions were held in the Library during lunchtime this week for the Drama Schools Festival 2020 held in Ballybofey at the end of February. The enthusiasm and talent of the Students auditioning was immense and we look forward to entering the festival with AVS Talent!

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Drama classes are continuing after school, with excellent work from a group of dedicated students and Mr Donegan. All pupils welcome.

Computer Science

Congratulations goes to Emily Erskine, Daithi Mullaney, Joe Reid and Eamon Devlin who participated in the promotional video in collaboration with NCCA and the PDST, for Computer Science.

The Professional Development Service for Teachers or PDST is the country’s largest single support service offering professional learning opportunities to teachers and school leaders in a range of pedagogical, curricular and educational areas. 

The PDST was established in September 2010 as a generic, integrated and cross-sectoral support service for schools. The establishment of the organisation was synonymous with the amalgamation and restructuring of a number of stand-alone services which now operate under the PDST providing their services to schools in the context of PDST’s overall vision and mission. 

The work of the PDST contributes to school improvement by fostering reflective practice through the school self-evaluation process and through the ongoing development of teachers and school leaders through a range of CPD models. Students from the AVS were privileged to work and such a progressive project!

Numeracy

Chess Club The Chess Club has resumed on Mondays in room 3 and all new members are welcome! The game of chess is played by millions of people worldwide.  Chess is believed to be derived from the Indian game chaturanga some time before the 7th century. If you have an interest in joining our Chess Club please come along to our meetings as everyone is welcome!

The Maths Club The Abbey Vocational School Maths Club meets on Fridays at lunchtime in Room 30. The Maths Club runs an enrichment programme that focuses on helping Students with Maths.

French Department Bonne année et bonne santé ! En France, on célèbre la nouvelle année en famille ou entre amis. Peu de temps après, on fête l’Epiphanie avec la galette des rois, un gâteau avec de la crème et de la pâte feuilletée. Une fève est cachée dans le gâteau. La tradition veut que le plus jeune de la tablée aille sous la table pour distribuer les parts. Celui ou celle qui trouve la fève est sacré(e) roi ou reine pour la journée.

Guidance

  1. LYIT will host two Information Evenings in January 2020: Letterkenny and Killybegs Campuses:  5 – 8 pm on Wednesday, 15 January and the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town: 5 – 8 pm on Tuesday, 21 January.
  2. Career talks for Leaving Certs taking place in the school in the new year: Donegal ETB Further Education & Training (FET): 20 Jan. @ 2.00 – 2.40. Work-Based Degree in Mechatronic Systems Engineering – IT Sligo: 29 Jan. @ 10.20
  3. Leaving Cert students should be working on their DARE & HEAR applications. All online requirements must be completed by 01 March 2020 @ 5.15 p.m. and all paperwork must reach CAO by 15 March 2020 @ 5.15 p.m.
  4. Keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to http://www.AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance Guidance button.

Student Council The council met on Friday the 10th of January for their first meeting of this decade! They finalised the recycling survey which will go out online to all tutor groups.  They are working with the environment committee and will consult caretaking staff this week with a view to bringing in recycling bins, some of which will be painted large boxes that have been used to deliver goods to the school. 

They also discussed issues relating to wearing our school uniform with respect and pride.

Best wishes to our five Donegal Youth Council members whose first meeting takes place next Saturday with  guest speaker, Majella O Donnell addressing the group in relation to positive mental health.

Zumba

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Students enjoying lunchtime Zumba in the library with Ms Kelly.

The Well-Read Award

The English Department has been working with The PDST ‘Well Read National Award’. This is a national initiative designed and organised by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It aims to create heightened awareness about the importance of creating a culture of reading in school communities for students as part of their personal and academic development.

Wellbeing

Leaving Cert Mentoring Programme: 

Leaving Cert Students from the Abbey Vocational School will be completing their Mock Examinations in a few weeks. Each Leaving Cert Student has an individual Mentor who had been working with them around the challenges of the Leaving Cert exam and how they individually need to be supported. Thanks to all of the staff in the school who give of their time to become a mentor and to offer such invaluable support to our students at this very challenging time. Mentors will link in with students to see what each student now needs to address in order to be in the best possible place for the exams. Year Head Ms Dillon will be offering ongoing support to all students in her year group also.

Transition Year

This week the AVS Transition Year Students engaged in the fascinating Law Education for Schools Workshop with Barrister James T Fahy.

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Barrister James T Fahy enlightening AVS Students on the Irish Justice System.

The Public Access to Law Programme(PAL) strives to make the workings of the legal system more accessible to the public. Since 1997 PAL’s large panel of practising barristers have presented the PAL visiting law module (with follow up exam) to Transition Year classes throughout the length and breadth of Ireland. This module also prepares teams interested in partaking in the PAL annual mock trials competition. Over 150,000 pupils have partaken in this law programme since its inception. For the past 19 consecutive years (with the invaluable assistance of the Courts Service and members of the Judiciary), PAL organises the transition year national mock trials competition. This is the most popular team competition in transition year. Each year PAL nominates 4 Irish schools to partake in the annual mock trials world championships held in New York.

PAL has also compiled and presented a law programme for Irish male and female prisoners. At a graduation ceremony held in Mountjoy Prison, the late Mr. Justice Carney presented parchments to the prisoners who passed the PAL written law exam. AVS Transition Year Students relished the opportunity to question Mr Fahy about the Civil and Criminal Justice System in Ireland.

BOI Build a Bank

AIB have introduced their Build-A-Bank programme to the Abbey Vocational School. This programme challenges a group of 6 students to create, market & run a bank within their school in conjunction with AIB. The competing team of Aoibheann Gallagher, Emily McNulty, Savannah Timony, Catherine Whiteside, Eilish McGroary & Darcy Neil will be travelling to the National Final in the RDS in March where they will experience an amazing day out, meet other school bank teams, receive proper and professional feedback on their hard work and ultimately be in with the chance of being crowned Build A Bank Champions and win €5,000 for their school. 

The bank is required to have a creative & unique theme. The theme chosen by our team is Chitty Chitty Bankers & will revolve around saving up for your first car, driving lessons & paying for insurance. The bank will be open twice per week where students can open accounts, lodge money (the money will be stored in AIB for safety reasons) & withdraw from their account. Our hopes for this service will be to inspire young people to take more control over their finances & begin to save for their future!

Transition Year Bakesale

Enterprising Transition Year Students Olivia Garczarek, Holly Quigley and Laura Kelly organised a Bake Sale in aid of the Australian Red Cross.

TY upcoming events:

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

  • Public Access To Law course
  • Killybegs Tourism College taster day
  • Tourism Training Programme 
  • First Response Course 
  • Healthy Life Programme 
  • Balmoral Shows
  • Lough Key Maths Trip 
  • Make up workshop 
  • Personal Presentation Workshop 
  • Ambulance crew visit and defib overview
  • Internet Safety video production workshops 
  • Basketball table officiating course and Basketball coaching course 
  • Architect in school programme
  • Homeless workshop
  • Young Social Innovators competitions and attendance at event 
  • PE Expo 
  • ETB Awards 
  • Sports Leaders 
  • GAA Future Leaders 
  • Drama Production

Sport

U16 Basketball

Three of our basketball teams will be competing in the All Ireland School playoffs in their categories over the next week.

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On Friday 10th of January our U16 Girls Team, managed by Ms O’Mahony and assisted by Stephen Carty hosted the All Ireland Schools playoffs in the gym. It was a great privilege for our school to host this competition. Well done to the team as they won both of their games against Carrick on Shannon and against Carrickmacross. They now progress to the All Ireland League quarter final . They are also preparing for the ALl Ireland Cup final. 

On Sunday the 12th of January          Mr Russell and our U16 Boys team travel to NUI, Galway for their playoffs. This again is a superb achievement as they represent our province and play at a very high level of competition. Good luck to all involved.

Finally, next weekend our U19 Girls will compete in their playoffs in Dundalk. This is a superb achievement for the girls teams. Well done to all involved. 

Well done and best of luck to all three teams!

All Ireland Cup Final

On Monday 20th of January our U16 Girls Team will play in the All Ireland Cup Final in the National Arena, Tallaght, Dublin. This team has had an outstanding season so far and have represented our school with great attitude. It is a fantastic achievement to get to compete at this high level.

In other Sport!

Good Luck to Mr Devlin and his 1st-year boy’s soccer team who will play against Rosses Community School, Dungloe on Monday.

Good luck to our senior Boy’s Gaelic Team and Management, Mr Carty and Mr Herron who will play against St. Mary’s, Belfast on Wednesday in Garvaghey, Co. Tyrone.

Donegal Sports Star Awards

image017Congratulations to Niamh Moohan and Shane Breslin who have been nominated for the Donegal Sports Star Awards in the Secondary School Categories. 

Both students have represented the school at the national and international level in athletics in the past year. The winners will be announced at the banquet on the 31st of January. They are both fantastic ambassadors for sport at the AVS and we are very proud of all their achievements. Good Luck on the night!

 

 

 

Lunchtime Activities:

Our lunchtime SPORTS FOR ALL programme is running every day. Thank you to all the teachers who have volunteered to help run such a large programme. 

There are at least two activities on each day, indoors in the sports hall and outdoors on the tennis courts. The timetable is posted on the notice boards around the school. ALL students are encouraged to come out and get active during their lunch break. Students can participate in their uniform but must wear proper footwear/runners.  Please see Mrs. Gallagher if you have any questions.

Abbey VS Newsletter – Mon 23rd Dec

Abbey Vocational School 16th- 20th December 2019

Nollaig Shona Daoibh

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our students, their families and the members of the school community a very happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year. We thank you all for your continued support throughout the year in making our school a positive learning environment for all. Thank you.

Incoming First years 2020.

Important Dates & Deadlines:

  • 16th December 2019:  Deadline for Application for Admission 2020/2021
  • 14th January 2020: Information Evening for 6th Class Parents in the AVS (7.00pm – 8.00pm)
  • 31st January 2020: Return of Subject Choice Form to ASV School office

Annual Carol Service

The annual Abbey Vocational Student Carol Service took place on Wednesday the 18th of December. The Music Department and all of the music students in the school performed what can only be described as an outstanding musical celebration of Christmas. The musicians were exceptional as were the vocal artists. Thanks to all those who performed on the night in the very atmospheric Church of Ireland Church. Thank you to all of those who came on the night and to those who contributed to our chosen charity this year – the Irish Kidney Association. €400 was collected on the night. Thank you to all of those who made this event so special- to the students, the music teachers – Ms Carr, Ms Mc Carthy and Ms ‘Doherty for all of their work in the planning of this event.

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Christmas Concert

The final day of term saw the entire school community gather together for the annual Christmas concert organised by the sixth year music students .

The concert featured students from all year groups who performed a variety of arrangements. The staff performed a lively number as did the leaving Cert boys! This event is one the students and staff look forward to each year and showcases so many of our talented artists.

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St Vincent De Paul Collection:

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Comórtas Cártaí na Nollag

Bhí Comórtas Cártaí na Nollag ar siúl sa scoil leis na daltaí sa Chéad Bhliain. Dhear siad cártaí Nollag.

Seo na buaiteoirí:

  • An chéad áit – Millie Hughes 1C
  • An dara háit – Gabriella Jose Irwin 1F
  • An tríú háit – Seoda Wang 1B
  • Maith sibh!! Comhghairdeas

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First-Year Peer Mentors:

Ty Peer Mentors ran a quiz with the first years and presented the winners of the quiz their various prizes. Well done to all involved.

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Music Trip to Dublin:

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Third-year music classes attended a wonderful concert in the National Concert Hall given by the RTE National Symphony Orchestra. They met with Vincent Kennedy who directs the Donegal Youth Orchestra. Vincent’s arrangement of ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ which was performed in honour of retired CEO Mr. Sean O Longain, was performed by the NSO.

Congratulations to all of our students who performed this week with the Donegal Youth Orchestra and chamber group in the Grianan Theatre.


Juvenile Diversion Programme

On Monday the 16th of December the Abbey Vocational School welcomed Juvenile Liaison Officer Garda Yvonne Carlin to the school.

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The Juvenile Diversion Programme is administered by specially trained Gardaí called Garda Juvenile Liaison Officers (JLO). These Gardaí are specially trained to deal with young people and their families in relation to crime-prevention, the operation of the diversion programme and all other areas involving young people and the criminal justice system. It aims to provide information about the dangers of drug misuse and the objectives were to provide information which enable people to make the right choices.


Donegal Youth Orchestra Annual Christmas Concert

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Geoffrey Browne congratulates the Donegal Youth Orchestra and Choir after their wonderful performance at An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny. Many students from the Abbey Vocational School took part. Well done to all!


National Gallery of Ireland

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AVS senior Art students at the National Gallery of Ireland Friday the 13th of December.

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A unique experience for Senior Cycle Art Students who embrace the imagery, symbolism, and wonder of the National Art Gallery!

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AVS Students appreciate the aesthetics of the National Gallery of Ireland!

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Emily Erskine, Nolwenn Ni Dhonnabhain and Saerlaith Lusson @ the National Gallery of Art.


The Well-Read Award

The English Department has been working with The PDST ‘Well-Read National Award’. This is a national initiative designed and organised by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It aims to create heightened awareness about the importance of creating a culture of reading in school communities for students as part of their personal and academic development.

Guidance

  1. A HEAR & DARE information event will take place on Saturday, 11 January 2020; 10.00 – 2.00 in LYIT & IT Sligo
  2. Career talks for Leaving Certs taking place in the school in the new year:

Donegal ETB Further Education & Training (FET): 20 Jan. @ 2.00 – 2.40

Work-Based Degree in Mechatronic Systems Engineering – IT Sligo: 29 Jan. @ 10.20

  1. Keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to www.AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

Drama Class

Drama classes are continuing after school, with excellent work from a group of dedicated students. These pupils will be performing at the Donegal Schools Drama Festival in February, competing against all the other schools in Donegal. If you would like to be part of this project, please see Mr Donegan to join. No previous experience required. All pupils welcome.


Numeracy

Chess Club

The Chess Club has resumed on Mondays in room 3 and all new members are welcome! The game of chess is played by millions of people worldwide.  Chess is believed to be derived from the Indian game chaturanga some time before the 7th century. If you have an interest in joining our Chess Club please come along to our meetings as everyone is welcome!

The Maths Club

The Abbey Vocational School Maths Club meets on Fridays at lunchtime in Room 30. The Maths Club runs an enrichment programme that focuses on helping Students with Maths.


Teaching & Learning: Introduction to Success Criteria.

In each class, students will hear about learning intentions. They may also hear teachers refer to Success Criteria. These are closely linked to learning intentions. (See Newsletter 16th Sept). Success criteria are designed by the teacher and/or the student and describe what success looks like. They help our students to make judgments about the quality of their learning.

In simple terms, success criteria are the things students need to do in order to make a piece of work, whether it be an essay, a project, a CBA or an exam answer, good!

For example, a learning intention might be: “To present a point of view in a persuasive manner”.

Success criteria for this learning intention might look like the following

  • I will begin with a good opening sentence.
  • I will present reasons and examples to back up my argument.
  • I will use emotive and persuasive language (such as ‘Surely’).
  • I will use humour, stories and/or questions to gain my audience’s attention.
  • I will conclude with a strong statement.

Zumba

Students enjoying lunchtime Zumba in the library with Ms Kelly.

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Student Voice

The Student Council have been working on a school questionnaire relating to Recycling in the school.  They will meet next week to finalise this and hope to gain information about attitudes, resources, and ideas.  Students are reminded to use the Student Voice box in the assembly area if they wish to bring anything to the attention of the council  and to keep an eye on the Student Voice Notice board.


Transition Year

Transition Year trip to Belfast

On Tuesday the 17th of December Transition Year Students from the Abbey Vocational School enjoyed an ice-skating trip to Belfast. A fantastic day for students to bond and create memories!

Work Experience

Last week Transition Year Students of the Abbey Vocational School left the nest and ventured into the realms of work experience. It is intended that the Transition Year should create opportunities to vary the learning environment and to dispel the notion that learning is something that happens only, or even most effectively, within the classroom. One of the ways of doing this, and of providing an orientation towards the world of work, is to include a component of actual work experience.

TY Upcoming events:

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

  • Public Access To Law course
  • Killybegs Tourism College taster day
  • Tourism Training Programme
  • First Response Course
  • Healthy Life Programme
  • Balmoral Shows
  • Lough Key Maths Trip
  • CSI Workshop
  • Make up workshop
  • Personal Presentation Workshop
  • Ambulance crew visit and defib overview
  • Internet Safety video production workshops
  • Basketball table officiating course and Basketball coaching course
  • Architect in-school programme
  • Homeless workshop
  • Young Social Innovators competitions and attendance at event
  • PE Expo
  • ETB Awards
  • Sports Leaders
  • GAA Future Leaders
  • Drama Production

SPORT

Athletics:

Well done to our Sportshall Athletics teams who competed in the Regional finals in Glenties on Monday. Our girl’s team finished second and the boys team was third on the day.

Training for all athletics continues after the Christmas holidays.

Our Cross country team will begin their season in February at the Ulster Schools district competition.

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Basketball:

U16 Girls Basketball Cup Final

Congratulations U 16 girls basketball team who are now through to All Ireland Finals. Well done to Ms O Mahoney & Stephen the team coaches.

Team: Sophie Carr, Amy Gardner, Amy Carr, Emily Gallagher, Katie Gillespie, Shauna Doherty, Sophia Maziuri, Sarah Donovan, Rosin Gillespie, Emma Meehan, Orlaith Conaghan, Ellie Timoney, Ella Mc Kinney

All Ireland U 16 Girls All Ireland League Playoffs

We have been successful in our application to host the u16 all Ireland playoffs. This will take place in our gym on January 10th, 10am – 4pm. This will feature teams from the various provinces coming together to play each other in tournament style to establish which team goes forward to the ALL Ireland league final.

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Lunchtime Activities:

Our lunchtime SPORTS FOR ALL programme is running every day. Thank you to all the teachers who have volunteered to help run such a large programme.

There are at least two activities each day, indoors in the sports hall and outdoors on the tennis courts. The timetable is posted on the notice boards around the school. ALL students are encouraged to come out and get active during their lunch break. Students can participate in their uniform but must wear proper footwear/runners.  Please see Mrs. Gallagher if you have any questions. Lunchtime activities include football on the courts.

Gaelic Football practice on Wednesdays @ lunchtime.

Girls Get Active

We have many activities during lunchtime and after school for girls. We would encourage everyone to get out and get active. This is an excellent opportunity for girls to get physically active as well as socialise and make new friends. Come and try a new sport if you haven’t been there before.

Activities taking place are:

  • First Year Girls Unihoc – Monday & Friday at lunchtime in the sportshall.
  • Girls Gaelic – Monday from 4pm – 5pm in the school field.
  • Athletics for All – Tuesday from 4pm – 5.30pm in the sportshall.
  • Girls Zumba – Wednesday at lunchtime in the library.
  • Girls Dance club – Thursday at lunchtime in the sportshall.
  • Girls Basketball – Thursday from 3.30pm – 5pm in the sportshall.
  • I Run for Fun – Wednesday & Thursday at lunchtime on the school track.

Abbey VS Newsletter – Mon 16th Dec

Abbey Vocational School 9th-15th December 2019 

AVS Open Day!

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Welcoming staff:  Vice Principal Michael Leyden, Mr Pauric O’Donnell, Mr Eamonn Griffin & Vice Principal Ronan Doherty.

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SNA Anne McArdle, daughter and friends enjoying the night.

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Luke Kelly & Co. providing entertainment on the night!


Abbey VS, Donegal are Loch an Iuir Champions after battle with Carrickmacross!

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Abbey Vocational School, Donegal are Loch an Iuir Cup champions after a hard-fought win over Patrician High School, Carrickmacross at Bawnboy, Cavan. The Final Score Abbey VS, Donegal 2-6 Patrician, Carrickmacross 1-6. For a full match report see the AVS Newsletter Sports Section.


Cártaí Nollag 

Cártaí Nollag a rinne na ranganna Gaeilge sa chéad bhliain atá crochta sa halla tionóil. Nach bhfuil siad galánta! Christmas cards that the 1st year Irish classes designed that are on display in the school assembly. Aren’t they great!

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Cártaí Nollag sa halla tionoil!

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Cártaí Nollag!

LCA Christmas Competition Winner!

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LCA1 student John Connolly presents 3rd year student Niamh Downey with the prize for her winning design in this year’s LCA1 Christmas card competition. All profits from the enterprise go to MSDonegal.


Science Department

The young scientists have had another busy week experimenting and carrying out surveys. Also their young scientist write-ups have begun in earnest with each group working hard on their planning, methodology and experimental write ups.

Can education reduce the use of single use plastics? by Jane  Faulkner, Erin Britton and Ciara Friel

Almost 200 students are currently undertaking the education programme designed by the group and Science teachers are now conducting control group surveys. All going well the girls will have approximately 200 students in both categories and larger sample sizes like these will help to eliminate bias in their results.

Flax as an alternative to heavy-duty plastic strapping by Ella Doherty and Ailbhe Loughney

Both girls are away on work experience this week but they have arranged a visit to LYIT on December 18th to carry out their prototype strength tests.

Antimicrobial Seaweeds by Eadaoin Murphy and Shane Harvey

image008Eadaoin and Shane have been busy in the lab extracting seaweed extracts from six test species. They have grown their bacterial monocultures from slope agar stock solutions, first on blood agar supplied by the Microbiology lab in Letterkenny hospital and then secondly on nutrient agar to test the effect of the seaweed extracts on bacterial growth. So far their results are in line with their research, as the seaweeds extracts are only proving effective on gram positive bacteria. The picture below shows how effective three types of seaweed extract are on the growth of Staphylococcus aureus, a gram positive bacteria and a known human pathogen.


Donegal ETB

Yesterday the AVS were honoured to be able to host County Donegal ETB. Here are some pictures from the event.

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Noreen McGarvey, John Seamus O’Fearraigh and Board Members.

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The Principal of the Abbey Vocational School, Geraldine Diver with Donegal ETB members.

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Members of the Donegal ETB.

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Head Girl, Lucy, presenting the CEO of Donegal ETB, Anne McHugh, with gifts to mark the AVS hosting the Christmas meeting of Donegal ETB.

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Head boy, Darragh Griffin presenting Chairperson Geoffrey Browne of the Donegal ETB with gifts to mark the AVS hosting the Christmas meeting of Donegal ETB.


Numeracy

Chess Club The Chess Club has resumed on Mondays in room 3 and all new members are welcome! The game of chess is played by millions of people worldwide.  Chess is believed to be derived from the Indian game chaturanga some time before the 7th century. If you have an interest in joining our Chess Club please come along to our meetings as everyone is welcome!

The Maths Club The Abbey Vocational School Maths Club meets on Fridays at lunchtime in Room 30. The Maths Club runs an enrichment programme that focuses on helping Students with Maths.


Donegal Enterprise Awards

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’Tweedelicious’ Sorcha Walsh, Summer Mae Kerr, Aoife Cox, Lucy Campbell, Amy McGroary and Christina Gysling receiving their award at the Donegal Enterprise Awards.

image015“Tweedelicious” is a hard working group of first year girls – Sorcha Walsh, Summer Mae Kerr, Aoife Cox, Lucy Campbell, Amy Mc Groary and Christina Gysling.

The company used cutoffs of tweed from both Magees and Hanna Hats factories and upcycled 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!

‘Tweedilicious’ and their innovative product!

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Aodhan Mc Crudden, Luke Kelly and Cormac Mac Suibhne receiving their business enterprise awards!

Growth” was  run by three 4B enterprising students, Aodhán Mc Crudden, Luke Kelly and Cormac Mc Suibhne, Growth is dedicated to promoting greener and more environmentally friendly garden products. The boys 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.

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Ms Gordon receiving recognition for the support, enthusiasm and guidance given to the Award-winning AVS Students.


Wellbeing

Aware Positive Mental Health Programme

Thank you to Margaret Gilbert from Aware for delivering an excellent workshop on positive mental health to TYB students over the last 4 weeks. There are eight modules in total delivered over the four sessions and the programme includes the following topics:


Mock Interviews for Leaving Certificate Students

On Tuesday the 10th of December Leaving Certificate Students from the Abbey Vocational School took part in mock interviews.

A mock interview is an emulation of a job interview used for training purposes. The conversational exercise usually resembles a real interview as closely as possible, for the purpose of providing experience for a candidate.

Many thanks to those who helped set up the interview process in particular the Parents Association and the Career Guidance Department. A special thanks to Bridin Jordan and Patrice Duffy. Thanks also to the large gathering of people from the local community who came to share their expertise and who put the willing candidates through their paces! This experience is invaluable to Students of the Abbey Vocational School Community as successful performance at a job interview is a life skill that is a necessity for the future!


Leaving Cert Business Trip to Coca Cola Headquarters

On Thursday the 12th of December Abbey Vocational School Leaving Cert Students travelled to Coca Cola’s Headquarters in Lisburn.

Coca Cola has a strong heritage across Ireland and Northern Ireland and has been refreshing local consumers for over 75 years. Coca‑Cola HBC Ireland Limited is located in Huntstown Business Park, Ballycoolin, Dublin 11 with a staff of more than 300 in the Republic of Ireland and 450 in Northern Ireland.

As a major employer across the island of Ireland and a global brand, Coca Cola contribute more than £10 million to the local economy through their supply chain.

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AVS Business Students enjoying their trip to Coca Cola!


Music Trip for 3rd year Music classes to National Concert Hall

A very early start for 3rd year music trip to national concert hall. On Thursday the 12th of December Students from the Abbey Vocational School enjoyed a trip to the National Concert Hall.

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, John Finucane, conductor.Simon Morgan, baritone. Presented by Liz Nolan, RTÉ lyric fm. Programme includes; Korngold  The Snowman Overture, Davis Kennedy  The Little Drummer Boy, Rebikov  Christmas Tree Waltz, Kelehan  A Christmas Fantasy, Tormé arr. Riddle  The Christmas Song, Morley  Snowride, Anderson  Sleigh Ride , Williams  ‘Harry’s Wondrous World’ from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

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There’s a snow-covered world of enchantment to be explored in the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s second Christmas lunchtime concert as, with the able assistance of RTÉ lyric fm’s Liz Nolan presenting live on stage, it takes a musical sleigh ride into seasonal magic and fantasy. The Overture to the 11-year-old Korngold’s lush and luxurious ballet-pantomime The Snowman is as delightfully animated as the story it tells of merry-making and mischief. Going to the very heart of the Christmas story, Katherine Kennicott Davis’ The Little Drummer Boy (first recorded by the Trapp Family Singers) is a touching tale of a child ushered into the Nativity where he offers the new-born Christchild the only gift he has: a gently stirring march played on his drum

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Third Year Music students pictured with Vincent Kennedy and his wife Grainne.

Vincent Kennedy is the musical director of the Donegal Youth Orchestra.  The Waltz from Vladimir Rebikov’s opera The Christmas Tree and Noel Kelehan’s A Christmas Fantasy are altogether bewitching concoctions, one blending the fantasy of Hans Christian Andersen and lilting romance of Johann Strauss, the other a gorgeous traditional take on seasonal themes. Better known as Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, Bob Wells and Mel Tormé’s The Christmas Song is a beautifully relaxed meditation on the wonder, comfort, excitement and joy of Christmastime for the child in all of us. Angela Morley’s evocative Snowride and Leroy Anderson’s jaunty, perennially popular Sleigh Ride offer two carefree opportunities to glide and canter through snowy landscapes as Christmas Day gets ever closer. There’s a Christmas magic and message, too, in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the tale of an orphaned wizard using his new-found powers for good that captured the imagination of a young readers and film-goers everywhere. ‘Harry’s Wondrous World’ thrillingly opens up a vast vista of adventure and fantasy.

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A wonderful experience for the Abbey’s third year students at the National Concert Hall


The Well Read Award   

The English Department has been working with The PDST ‘Well Read National Award’. This is a national initiative designed and organised by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It aims to create heightened awareness about the importance of creating a culture of reading in school communities for students as part of their personal and academic development.


Guidance

  1. A HEAR & DARE information event will take place on Saturday, 11 January 2020; 10.00 – 2.00 in LYIT & IT Sligo
  2. Thank you to all the interviewers who interviewed our Leaving Certs during the Mock Interview night on Tuesday of last week. Thank you also to the Parents Association who put a great amount of time and effort into organising the event.
  3. Career talks for Leaving Certs taking place in the school in the new year:
  • Donegal ETB Further Education & Training (FET): 20 Jan. @ 2.00 – 2.40
  • Work-Based Degree in Mechatronic Systems Engineering – IT Sligo: 29 Jan. @ 10.20
  1. Keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to www.AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

National Art Gallery

Fifth and Sixth Year Leaving Cert Students enjoyed a visit to the National Gallery Art Gallery in Dublin on Friday the 13th of December.

The National Gallery of Ireland (Irish: Gailearaí Náisiúnta na hÉireann) houses the national collection of Irish and European art. It is located in the centre of Dublin. It was founded in 1854 and opened its doors ten years later. The Gallery has an extensive, representative collection of Irish paintings and is also notable for its Italian Baroque and Dutch masters painting. The current director is Sean Rainbird.

Discover the untold stories of the Pre-Raphaelite Sisters. 170 years after the first pictures were exhibited by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1849, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters, explores the overlooked contribution of twelve women to this iconic artistic movement. Featuring new discoveries and unseen works from public and private collections across the world, this show reveals the woman behind the pictures and their creative roles in Pre-Raphaelite’s successive phases between 1850 and 1900.

Drama Class    Drama classes are continuing after school, with excellent work from a group of dedicated students. These pupils will be performing at the Donegal Schools Drama Festival in February, competing against all the other schools in Donegal. If you would like to be part of this project, please see Mr Donegan to join. No previous experience required. All pupils welcome.


SPORT

Abbey VS, Donegal are Loch an Iuir Champions after battle with Carrickmacross!

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The game was played in two halves that were completely different. The first was in driving wind and rain and Abbey had to face that while the second was much calmer. Two goals inside a minute early in the second half turned the game in Abbey’s favour and they showed commendable maturity to play out the game as both sides tired in the conditions. In truly awful weather, Abbey played against the elements in the first half and but for a blimp just before half-time they coped really well with a more physical Carrickmacross side.

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Proud Coaches Pauric O’Donnell and Stuart McFadden.

By the 11th minute the Monaghan side were three points to the good, a free from Conor Burns on five minutes followed by a good point from Conaill Marry on eight minute, while Burns added another free on 11 minutes.But the Donegal boys would keep them scoreless, until the final minutes of the half. Gradually they found their way into the game and after Seanan Carr won a kick out Aaron McGrory got them on the board on 16 minutes.Seanan Carr added a second six minutes later and with five minutes to go to the break Ruairi McLaughlin created an opening for Daniel McIntyre to level matters.But disaster struck in a period of 60 seconds as Patrician hit 1-2 in lightning quick time. Jack McNally lofted a point and from the kick-out McNally won possession and found Michael Og Tierney in space in front of the goal and he found the net. Almost immediately Gareth Crawford added another to put Carrickmacross 1-5 to 0-3 ahead.

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But Abbey responded magnificently. Seanan Carr pulled a point back and then won the kick-out to cut through and he was hauled down just outside the area. From the free Daniel McIntyre left just a goal between the sides at the break, Patrician, Carrickmacross 1-5, Abbey VS 0-5.  Whatever was said in the Abbey dressing room at half-time had the desired effect as they started the second half really well. The wind and rain disappeared and a calm seemed to come over the well-appointed venue. Ruairi McLaughlin cut through to hit a point and reduce the margin.  Aaron McGrory set up a goal chance for Seanan Carr, now operating at full-forward, but Carr’s palmed effort was tame.  But then Abbey hit two goals on the 39th and 40th minutes. The first was a little fortunate as a Ruairi McLaughlin free went all the way to the Carrickmacross net. And then Kevin Muldoon did well on the endline and his cross was thundered home by Seanan Carr for a 2-6 to 1-5 lead.  Abbey kept Carrickmacross at arm’s length but they failed to add to their tally. Padhraic Corrigan came forward from corner-back to hit Carrickmacross’s only point of the half on 47 minutes. With four minutes left Oisin Mogan burst through but saw his shot come back off the crossbar and the losers went back up the field looking for the equalising goal. However, the Abbey defence stood strong and held on to the finish.  The Final Score Abbey VS, Donegal 2-6 Patrician, Carrickmacross 1-6.

ABBEY VS: Seoirse Flaherty; Ryan Kennedy, John Bell, Leo McGowan; Donal Gallagher, Oisin Mogan, Callum McCrea; Ruairi McLaughlin (1-2,f,1-0,f), Johnathan O’Driscoll; Kevin Muldoon, Seanan Carr (1-1), Daniel Coughlan; Aaron McGrory (0-1), Daniel McIntyre (0-2,1f), David Monaghan. Subs: Turlough Carr for Daniel Coughlan 45.

PATRICIAN, CARRICKMACROSS: Ronan O’Reilly; Padhraic Corrigan, Osin Finnegan, Oisin Flanagan; Colin Murphy, Tomas Quinn, Eoghan Farrelly; Pakie Buck Doogan, Darren McNally; Conor James, Conaill Marry, Jack McNally; Michael Og Tierney, Conor Burns, Gareth Crawford,

REFEREE: John Emmo (Cavan)

U16 Girls Basketball

Congratulations U 16 girls basketball team who are now through to All Ireland Finals after their win! Well done to Ms O Mahoney & Stephen the coaches.

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The AVS U16 Girls Basketball Team.

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Congratulations to the U16 Girls Basketball Team!

Lunchtime Activities:

Our lunchtime SPORTS FOR ALL programme is running every day. Thank you to all the teachers who have volunteered to help run such a large programme.

There are at least two activities on each day, indoors in the sports hall and outdoors on the tennis courts. The timetable is posted on the notice boards around the school. ALL students are encouraged to come out and get active during their lunch break. Students can participate in their uniform but must wear proper footwear/runners.  Please see Mrs. Gallagher if you have any questions.Lunchtime activities include football on the courts.

Gaelic Football practice on Wednesdays @ lunchtime.

Girls Get Active

We have many activities during lunchtime and after school for girls. We would encourage everyone to get out and get active. This is an excellent opportunity for girls to get physically active as well as socialise and make new friends. Come and try a new sport if you haven’t been there before.

Activities taking place are:

  • First Year Girls Unihoc – Monday & Friday at lunchtime in the sportshall.
  • Girls Gaelic – Monday from 4pm – 5pm in the school field.
  • Athletics for All – Tuesday from 4pm – 5.30pm in the sportshall.
  • Girls Zumba – Wednesday at lunchtime in the library.
  • Girls Dance club – Thursday at lunchtime in the sportshall.
  • Girls Basketball – Thursday from 3.30pm – 5pm in the sportshall.
  • I Run for Fun – Wednesday & Thursday at lunchtime on the school track.

Abbey VS Newsletter – Mon 9th Dec

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Abbey Vocational School Dec 2nd- Dec 8th 2019

Open Evening Poster

We would be delighted for you to take a tour of our school and see practical demonstrations and displays of students’ work from all of our Subject Departments.  I hope that the people of Donegal Town and the wider community will take this opportunity to view our excellent facilities.  We especially hope that all of our incoming students will attend with their parents.  An adult must accompany all persons under 18.

We will have a table set up to facilitate anyone who wishes to return the admission form on the night of the Open Evening.  We encourage you to please do this. Deadline for enrolment is Monday, 16th December 2019 at 4 p.m.

Apple Hill String Quartet

The Abbey Vocational School was privileged to be visited by the America world-renowned Applehill String Quartet on Friday the 6th of December.

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The world renowned and critically acclaimed quartet were in Donegal performing, teaching and visiting schools throughout Ireland.

Our 1st, 2nd and 6th year music students were treated to a top class performance of wonderful chamber music. After the concert, the members of the quartet answered various questions from the students. They learned all kinds of interesting things about practicing to make perfect!

The quartet was presented with new tin whistles by the students.

The school would like to acknowledge the work of Evan Mc Garrigle and Martin Meehan who helped to get the quartet to the school.

Picture shows the Apple Hill quartet with Evan Mc Garrigle, Martin Meehan, and music teachers Sinead Mc Carty, Caitriona Doherty and Eileen Carr.

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Donegal Enterprise Awards 2019

image008On Friday the 6th of December Students from the Abbey Vocational School and their Teacher Ms Lucy Gordon attended the Donegal Enterprise Awards, receiving awards for their ingenuity, enterprise and innovation!

 

 

 

Science Department

image009Erin Britton, Jane Faulkner Ciara Friel are investigating if an education programme that they have designed will encourage AVS students to reduce their use of single-use plastics. To make their data as reliable as possible the girls are involving hundreds of students in both their test and control groups. Students in the control group have taken a survey to analyse their use of single-use plastics and their knowledge of the harm that plastics are causing to the environment. The test group have also taken the same survey before they embarked on the girls’ six-step programme about single-use plastics, their effects in the environment, their potential effect on human health and reducing their use. The programme has commenced with several classes and the girls hope to see a reduction in the use of single-use plastic at home and in school in the test group compared to their control group when they resurvey them again at the end of the education programme

Sustainable Development Goals

Some of the brilliant work completed by our Wellbeing Classes this week to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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What are the 17 Goals to Transform Our World? The Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.

Student Voice News

As members of the Donegal Youth Council, Frank Duffy and I, Aodain Mc Crudden were invited to attend Dail Éireann on Sat. 23rd November. We were called at 10:30 into the Dáil Chamber and the day was opened by Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl. We heard from several speakers that are National Representatives from all the Comhairles throughout the country. After we left the Dáil one group went to do workshops on the topic that was chosen which was Climate Change. We discussed the three sub headings which were Public Transport, Single Use Plastic and Climate Awareness. At the end of the workshop we voted on which topic we most strongly supported to deal with climate change. The top two topics voted on were Public Transport and Single Use Plastic. While one group were doing the workshop, the other were doing a tour of Leinster House. We learned about the different owners and parts of the building and the years they were built. We went into the Seanad and learned how the process of being elected to the Seanad works. At the end of the day we voted the traditional way on the two most supported topics which were Public Transport and Single-Use Plastic. Public Transport won the vote by 101 votes to 57. The day was closed by Dr Katherine Zappone TD, who is the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.

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French Department

Jeudi dernier (le 5 décembre), une grève générale a eu lieu en France. Des professeurs en passant par les étudiants et le personnel soignant, des milliers de Français se sont mobilisés et sont descendus dans les rues pour protester contre la réforme des retraites proposée par le gouvernement. De nombreux Parisiens n’ont pas pu aller travailler car le réseau de transports en commun ne fonctionnait pas : ni métros, ni bus, ni trains ! Certains ont même dormi sur leur lieu de travail pour être sûr d’arriver à temps…

Guidance

  1. HEAR & DARE – Leaving Cert students applying to HEAR & DARE should start on their application(s) immediately. Guidance Counsellors are always available to answer questions
  2. A Mock Interview night for Leaving Cert students organised by the Parents Association will take place in the school on the evening of Tuesday, 10 Dec. 2019. Students have been advised of the process.
  3. Career talks for Leaving Certs taking place in the school in the new year: Donegal ETB Further Education & Training (FET): 20 Jan. @ 2.00 – 2.40 Work-Based Degree in Mechatronic Systems Engineering – IT Sligo: 29 Jan. @ 10.20
  4. Keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to http://www.AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

The Music Department

Lunchtime Guitar Lessons

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Traditional group meet now on Thursdays and are preparing for the carol service!


Wellbeing

Aware Positive Mental Health Programme

Thank you to Margaret Gilbert from Aware for delivering an excellent workshop on positive mental health to TYB students over the last 4 weeks. There are eight modules in total delivered over the four weeks.


The Well Read Award

The English Department has been working with The PDST ‘Well Read National Award’. This is a national initiative designed and organised by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It aims to create heightened awareness about the importance of creating a culture of reading in school communities for students as part of their personal and academic development.

Drama Class

Drama classes are continuing after school, with excellent work from a group of dedicated students. These pupils will be performing at the Donegal Schools Drama Festival in February, competing against all the other schools in Donegal. If you would like to be part of this project, please see Mr. Donegan to join. No previous experience required. All pupils welcome.

Football All-Star Team

Congratulations to Abbey Vocational School past pupil Peadar Mogan who has been shortlisted for the FOOTBALL ALL-STAR TEAM, the final Ulster Club Football All-Star team will be announced in Gaelic Life on Thursday 12th December 2019. Good luck to Peadar!


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Chess Club

The Chess Club has resumed on Mondays in room 3 and all new members are welcome! The game of chess is played by millions of people worldwide.  Chess is believed to be derived from the Indian game chaturanga some time before the 7th century. If you have an interest in joining our Chess Club please come along to our meetings as everyone is welcome!

The Maths Club

The Abbey Vocational School Maths Club meets on Fridays at lunchtime in Room 30. The Maths Club runs an enrichment programme that focuses on helping Students with Maths.


Trip to An Grianan

AVS Students studying the Level 2 programme in the Abbey Vocational School enjoyed a Christmas Trip to An Grianan in Letterkenny, this week, to see the captivating show ‘Twas the night before Christmas’. Located in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, An Grianán Theatre is an integral part of the county’s thriving cultural life and a flagship venue in the North West of Ireland.

Giving audiences and visitors the opportunity to enjoy the very best local, national and international arts and entertainment events including drama, comedy, music, dance and much more, students from the Abbey Vocational School enjoyed their school trip to An Grianan.

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Teaching & Learning: Introduction to Success Criteria.

In each class students will hear about learning intentions. They may also hear teachers refer to Success Criteria. These are closely linked to learning intentions. (See Newsletter 16th Sept). Success criteria are designed by the teacher and/or the student and describe what success looks like. They help our students to make judgments about the quality of their learning.

In simple terms, success criteria are the things students need to do in order to make a piece of work, whether it be an essay, a project, a CBA or an exam answer, good!

For example, a learning intention might be: “To present a point of view in a persuasive manner”.

Success criteria for this learning intention might look like the following

  • I will begin with a good opening sentence.
  • I will present reasons and examples to back up my argument.
  • I will use emotive and persuasive language (such as ‘Surely’).
  • I will use humour, stories and/or questions to gain my audience’s attention.
  • I will conclude with a strong statement

First Years:

Some of our TY Peer Mentors led by Ms. Kelly and Ms. Hegarty met with first-year students this week to reflect on the first years’ first term at the AVS. Students were extremely positive about their experience of school life in AVS so far commenting on the wide range of subjects available to them and the opportunity to take part in various extra-curricular activities such as soccer, mini-companies, and Zumba. Many of our first-year students also got involved in the recent production of West Side Story which they thoroughly enjoyed.

Forensic workshop:

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The Derry History Trip

On Tuesday 3rd, TYB, TYD and TYE accompanied by their teachers Ms. Gallagher, Mr. Clarke and Ms Kelly travelled to Derry as part of their studies on Northern Ireland and the Troubles.

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First students had a guided tour of the Walls of Derry, which was highly information 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.

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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.

SPORTS NEWS

TY PE

Our TY’s have started their Sports Leader training as part of the PE programme. This programme is run in conjunction with Donegal Sports Partnership. Through this course, students will learn and demonstrate important life skills such as effective communication and organisation, whilst leading basic physical and sports activities with younger students, their peers, and within primary schools in the community. The transferable skills learned will be useful in college, the workplace and life in general.

TY Coaching: A large number of transition years have volunteered to coach athletics on Thursday evenings. They will gain valuable experience coaching primary school-age children for the year. They will also be responsible for organising various athletic events throughout the year. The first event that they will host is the Primary School Sportshall Athletics on 10th December.

Lunchtime Activities:    

Our lunchtime SPORTS FOR ALL programme is running every day. Thank you to all the teachers who have volunteered to help run such a large programme.

There are at least two activities each day, indoors in the sports hall and outdoors on the tennis courts. The timetable is posted on the notice boards around the school. ALL students are encouraged to come out and get active during their lunch break. Students can participate in their uniform but must wear proper footwear/runners.  Please see Mrs. Gallagher if you have any questions. Lunchtime activities include football on the courts.

Gaelic Football practice on Wednesdays @ lunchtime.

Girls Get Active

We have many activities during lunchtime and after school for girls. We would encourage everyone to get out and get active. This is an excellent opportunity for girls to get physically active as well as socialise and make new friends. Come and try a new sport if you haven’t been there before.

Activities taking place are:

  • First Year Girls Unihoc – Monday & Friday at lunchtime in the sportshall.
  • Girls Gaelic – Monday from 4pm – 5pm in the school field.
  • Athletics for All – Tuesday from 4pm – 5.30pm in the sportshall.
  • Girls Zumba – Wednesday at lunchtime in the library.
  • Girls Dance club – Thursday at lunchtime in the sportshall.
  • Girls Basketball – Thursday from 3.30pm – 5pm in the sportshall.
  • I Run for Fun – Wednesday & Thursday at lunchtime on the school track.

Soccer: First Years

AVS v St.Eunans

St.Eunans 6 AVS 0. The big score line flattered the Letterkenny team in what was a much tighter and well matched affair. After a slow start, AVS had the first chance of the half when Rose was played through, but his shot was straight at the keeper on the 6 minute mark. 10 minutes later AVS found themselves 3-0 down after a combination of good St. Eunans play and failure to clear our lines. HT 3-0With nothing to lose AVS regathered and halftime and came out of the blocks fast. Turluch Carr was causing problems on the right hand side and created a good chance for Rose who headed narrowly wide. Carr and Muldoon were linking up well and created a number of chances in quick succession but to no avail. As AVS were chasing the game, St. Eunans added further goals to seal the victory. All still left to play for in the league and AVS will be looking for revenge when they take on the Letterkenny outfit again in the new year for the first round of the Cup.

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Primary School Sportshall Athletics

Our LCPE class in conjunction with Donegal Sports Partnership are preparing to host the Small Primary Schools Regional final on Tuesday 10th December in our sports hall. There will be 8 schools competing in a number of team events in running, jumping and throwing. Good luck to all involved.

Sportshall Athletics

Our First-year team are preparing for the regional finals on Monday 16th December in Glenties. The team consists of 12 boys and 12 girls in first year. They will compete against schools from South Donegal in a number of running, jumping and throwing events.

Athletics Training

Training is on every Tuesday after school from 4 pm – 5.15 pm. This training is for all students wishing training for cross country and track & field.

Gaelic – Boys U14.5 Ulster Final

U14.5 Ulster Final. Abbey VS Patrician High School. Tuesday 10th Dec in Bawnboy, Co Cavan. Throw in: 11.30am. All support welcome.

Teachers: P O’ Donnell and S Mc Fadden

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Girls Basketball: U 16 Girls All Ireland Final

Good luck to the U 16 girls’ basketball team and their coaches Emer O Mahoney and Stephen Carty as they play in the All Ireland semi-final of the cup this week. They play against St Pats Dungannon in the University of Ulster in Colraine

Team:

Amy Carr
Ellie Timoney
Emma Meehan
Amy Gardner
Shauna Doherty
Sophia Maziuri
Roisin Gillespie
Ella McKinney
Katie Gillespie
Sarah Donovan
Anna Mitchell
Orlagh Conaghan

 

Abbey VS Newsletter – Mon 2nd Dec

Abbey Vocational School Newsletter

25th Nov- 1st Dec 2019

Open Evening Poster

We would be delighted for you to take a tour of our school and see practical demonstrations and displays of students’ work from all of our subject departments.  I hope that the people of Donegal Town and the wider community will take this opportunity to view our excellent facilities.  We especially hope that all of our incoming students will attend with their parents.  An adult must accompany all persons under 18.

We will have a table set up to facilitate anyone who wishes to return the admission form on the night of the Open Evening.  We encourage you to please do this. The deadline for enrolment is Monday, 16th December 2019 at 4 p.m.

The Abbey’s ‘West Side Story’ Extravaganza!

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The Abbey Vocational School Transition Year Students had the pleasure of meeting Drama Adjudicator Paddy Molloy, who gave wonderful feedback and a fantastic critique of the Production of ‘West Side Story’.

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The Cast of ‘West Side Story’.

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West Side Story

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the American Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.

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This week the Abbey Vocational School presented the amazing classic theatre extravaganza of “West Side Story”. The show was not to be missed with an amazing cast of over 135 students from Transition Year of the Abbey Vocational School and some first and second-year students. The talent was mind-blowing and was a show that would take your breath away.

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Set in the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid 1950’s, an ethnic, blue-collar neighborhood we have the exotic skirts of the Shark Girls with the vibrant & exciting dances contrasting with the shabby shirts & converse of the Puerto Rican and New York gang members. This reinforces their tough, deprived backgrounds in a spectacle to behold.

The Abbey boys produced a fabulous display of choreographed action and dancing in the rumble scene which cannot be equaled!

Our modern-day Romeo and Juliet, Tony and Maria embark on a romance doomed from the outset. Our Lead Protagonists Rachel, Ryan and lead actors told the story through song with some exceptional talent on display here.

The Abbey Vocational School Musical Community were delighted to present ‘West Side Story’.

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The Abbey was honoured once again to have Rachel O’Connor back directing for us this year and she’s done a wonderful job of coaxing powerful and nuanced performances from the cast. Eileen Carr has once again helped bring the school show to a whole other level of professionalism, every note that is sung on stage she has been over and over with the cast and the effect of the harmonies is truly magnificent. She was assisted this year by musical teacher Sinead McCarthy. Lauren Kelly has worked tirelessly behind the scenes, giving every spare minute to create beautiful elegant and muscular choreography that was simply not to be missed.

Many thanks must go to Martin Gallagher and his team for the carefully crafted wooden frames for all the pieces. Mr Daly and his crew of Transition Year artists who painted the sets. Also, for Sean O’Connor’s expertise.

Many thanks must go to Rosemary Myers and Mary Crawford going to great lengths to ensure the costumes were perfect! West Side Story was a fantastic success!

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All-Ireland Scholarship Award

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Former AVS Student Síofra Maurhofer, 2019 All Ireland Scholarship Award recipient, sponsored by JP McManus.

The Abbey Vocational School Community is delighted for past student Síofra Mauerhofer who has been chosen to receive a 2019 All Ireland Scholarship as part of the JP McManus scholarships programme. Síofra is studying music at Trinity College and is loving every minute of it.

The JP McManus Scholarship Programme was established in 2008 to support many young students across Ireland by providing them with financial support thus enabling them to participate in all aspects of university life. 125 All Ireland Scholarships from the 32 counties are awarded each year and 2019 will see the total number rise to 1,496, with 905 successful graduates having emerged with primary and post graduate degrees.

According to JP McManus “I fundamentally believe that education is the key to success and now more than ever is a time for the true spirit of education to be fostered”.

Congratulations Siofra Mauerhofer!


First Year News

A big thank you to parents/guardians for attending our First Year Parent Teacher Meeting last Thursday. We value these opportunities to meet with parents/guardians to discuss the progress and achievements of the students to date. We are very proud of our first years and we are happy that they are all settling in so well. Meetings like these are always another chance to further remind parents of the many teams, clubs and activities available to our students. Our numerous competitive and non-competitive clubs/teams are listed at the end of the newsletter as well as the many lunchtime clubs. This is a great way to meet new friends and develop further areas of interest. Well done to our first-year students who were involved in the school musical West Side Story. We hope it was as enjoyable as it looked and that you are all looking forward to your chance to be involved again when the time comes.  Also, well done to our first years involved in the mini-companies over the three nights of the musical in the St. John Bosco Centre. Our positive behaviour initiative is ongoing and students are working very well in this regard. It is fantastic to see the pride students are taking in their journals. We are looking forward to seeing more tokens being added to the basket this week. Keep up the good work

Agricultural Science Fifth Year Trip

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On Tuesday the 26th of November Abbey Vocational School Students took a trip to a local Dairy Farm and Processing Plant. This was invaluable for students, allowing them to experience in practical the theory of dairying which they have learned in class.


The Music Department

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Our 2nd Year music classes were singing on the Diamond for the Donegal Town Business Focus Group event on Friday the 29th of November from 2pm to 3pm, 3rd year singing group 4pm to 4.30pm and Matthew and Gabriella Byrne from 3.30pm to 4pm.

We are preparing for the School Carol Service which will take place in the Church of Ireland, Donegal Town at 7pm on Wednesday 18th December.

AVS Student Jack Lennox is holding guitar lessons in room 16 on Fridays.  These boys may be the future Rory Gallaghers and Jemi Hendrixes!!


Literacy

The Readathon       ‘The Readathon’ initiative is nearing its completion and Students are asked to bring in their Sponsorship Cards to their English Teachers. This initiative was an amazing opportunity for students to engage and challenge themselves establishing a lifelong love of books all while raising funds for multiple sclerosis!

The Well-Read Award     The English Department has been working with The PDST ‘Well Read National Award’. This is a national initiative designed and organised by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It aims to create heightened awareness about the importance of creating a culture of reading in school communities for students as part of their personal and academic development.

The French Department

La comédie musicale de l’école a eu lieu la semaine dernière et ce fut un franc succès ! Les élèves de l’école (en particulier de l’année de transition ainsi que des élèves de 2è et 3è années) et des professeurs de l’école ont travaillé depuis la rentrée afin de produire un spectacle de qualité. Les trois représentations ont rempli la salle et tout le monde a apprécié ! Bravo à tous !

Drama Class    

Drama classes are continuing after school, with excellent work from a group of dedicated students. These pupils will be performing at the Donegal Schools Drama Festival in February, competing against all the other schools in Donegal. If you would like to be part of this project, please see Mr. Donegan to join. No previous experience required. All pupils welcome.

AVS Students wish Leo McLoone good luck!

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Abbey Vocational School Students wish Mr McLoone good luck in his match on Sunday against Kilcoo in the Healy Park, Omagh in the Ulster Club Senior Championship!

Christmas Tests for 5th and 6th years

The Christmas tests for the 5th and 6th years take place this week from 2nd to the 6th of December. All students will receive a report home based on these results which account for 50% of the grade. The other 50% will come from ongoing formative and summative assessments over the term.

Students in 1st, 2nd and 3rd year will receive a report home based on an average of class tests for the terms work as well as their ongoing Junior Cycle formative Assessment. All students will receive a report home at Christmas

Numeracy

Chess Club The Chess Club has resumed on Mondays in room 3 and all new members are welcome! The game of chess is played by millions of people worldwide.  Chess is believed to be derived from the Indian game chaturanga sometime before the 7th century. If you have an interest in joining our Chess Club, please come along to our meetings as everyone is welcome!

The Maths Club

The Abbey Vocational School Maths Club meets on Fridays at lunchtime in Room 30. The Maths Club runs an enrichment programme that focuses on helping Students with Maths.


Maynooth University Open Day

On Friday the 29th of November Students from the AVS traveled to Maynooth University’s Open Day. Maynooth University is an internationally recognised institution located 25 kilometres outside of Dublin, Ireland, and is the nation’s fastest-growing university. One of four constituent universities of the National University of Ireland.

With 13,000 students from more than 90 countries, Maynooth offers a range of programmes at undergraduate, Master’s and PhD level in the humanities, science and engineering, and social sciences, including business, law, and education. The University also offers a range of international programmes and partnerships.

Guidance

  1. HEAR & DARE – Leaving Cert students applying to HEAR & DARE should start on their application(s) immediately.
  2. A Mock Interview night for Leaving Cert students organised by the Parents Association will take place in the school on the evening of Tuesday, 10 Dec. 2019. The Guidance Counsellors will provide students with further info. during career guidance class.
  3. NUI Galway are holding an Open Evening for Leaving Cert students, parents & guardians in the Radisson Hotel, Letterkenny on Thursday, 05 December @ 7 p.m. See nuigalway.ie/about-us/open-day/information-evenings/ for further info.
  4. Career talks for Leaving Certs taking place in the school over the coming weeks:
  • Greencastle Fishery School: 04 Dec. @ 10.20 – 11.00
  • Donegal ETB Further Education & Training (FET): 20 Jan. @ 2.00 – 2.40
  • Work-Based Degree in Mechatronic Systems Engineering – IT Sligo: 29 Jan. @ 10.20

Wellbeing

Aware Positive Mental Health Programme

TYB students have completed 3 weeks of the Positive Mental Health programme delivered by AWARE. There are eight modules in total delivered over the four sessions and the programme includes the following topics:

WEEK 1

Module-Understanding your feelings

-This session introduces cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and helps students to understand that what we think and do influences how we feel.

Module- Are You Strong Enough To Keep Your Temper (1,2,3, Breathe)

-This session helps students to recognise what winds them up and teaches them how to control your anger and improve their happiness and relationships.

WEEK 2

Module –Looking at things differently

-This session teaches students to recognise and control unhelpful thinking patterns and encourages them to challenge negative thoughts and replace them with more helpful ones.

Module–Building inner confidence

-Things other people say to us creep into our heads and we begin to believe them. This session helps students to re-build their self-confidence and learn to like themselves again.

WEEK 3

Module–The Things You Do That Mess You Up

-This session helps students identify things in their life such as comfort eating or spending money which may make them feel better initially but which may lead to problems over time, and how to deal with the temptation to do them.

Module– How to Fix Almost Everything

-Everything is achievable if it’s broken down into small enough steps. This session introduces a 4-step plan to help students tackle problems and make positive changes in their life.

WEEK 4

Module –Doing things that make you feel better

-We’ve all said this to ourselves when we’re feeling down. This session focuses on encouraging students to start doing things which can make them feel better.

Module – Ten Things You Can Do to Feel Happier

-The last session sums everything up and shows students some simple things that they can build into them everyday life to help them feel happier, fitter and more positive.


TRANSITION YEAR

Forensic Science Workshop

A forensic science workshop will take place this coming week for all TY students. During this workshop the students will investigate a crime scene. They will have several pieces of evidence for example fingerprints, GPS, Tyre marks, DNA and microscope analysis.

History Trip

On Tuesday 3rd December  TYB, D and E History students will travel to Derry. The students will visit the Siege Museum, walk the walls of Derry and visit the Museum of Free Derry. They will learn more about the Northern Ireland Troubles in greater detail from people who experienced the troubles themselves. The information they will learn will benefit them greatly in the projects they are completing on The Northern Ireland Troubles.

TY Mini Company

TY students have been planning and researching their mini company ideas over the past few weeks. All students will present their ideas and their business plans during their in-class Dragons Den competition over the next few weeks, the winners from each class will then go up against the other class winners in the AVS Dragons Den final after Christmas.  There is a wide variety of ideas from all groups. Some of these ideas include, personalised products such as t-shirts, string bags, football gloves and Year Book. Environmentally friendly products such as Pine cone crafts, reusable shopping bags and metal straws.

1st Yr and TY Mini Companies selling at the Musical

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Sean Quinlan, Cillian Sweeney have a wonderful sweet company and Gary Taylor has a Christmas Tree Company.

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Make-it-with-Millie is a company started by Millie Hughes.

‘Cookie Land’, sells cookies, pick ‘n mixes and American sweets. Members of the team are Eoghan McPartlan, Charlie Joe Mc Neely, Tommy Friel, Emma Kennedy, Niamh Caldwell pictured, Aine Mc Groarty and Zach Campbell. A big thank you must go to Ms Gordon for organising, supporting and coordinating the venture!

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Mini desk Christmas Trees is coordinated by Lily Tanham.

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The homemade chocolate chip cookies stand is run by Natalie Browne.

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AVS Scrunchies is manned by Gabriella Byrne.

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Enterprising first year Nela Piskunowicz sold homemade freshly salted popcorn on the night!


ECO UNESCO Workshop

This week Transition Year Students and members of the Student Council took part in the Eco Unesco Workshop.

ECO-UNESCO is Ireland’s Environmental Education and Youth Organisation that works to conserve the environment and empower young people. ECO-UNESCO is affiliated to the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (WFUCA).

  • to raise environmental awareness, understanding and knowledge of the environment among young people
  • to promote the protection and conservation of the environment
  • to promote the personal development of young people through practical environmental projects and activities

Leaving Certificate Physical Education

LCPE students expand their learning around Topic 5: Promoting Physical Activity. Presenting PA biographies and debating the PA levels of our current generation vs older generations.

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Physical Activity Biographies presented by leaving Certificate P.E. students to first year students as part of the learning outcomes for Topic 5: Promoting Physical Activity; Presenting PA biographies and debating the PA levels of our current generation vs older generations.

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TY PE

Our TY’s have started their Sports Leader training as part of the PE programme. This programme is run in conjunction with Donegal Sports Partnership.Through this course, students will learn and demonstrate important life skills such as effective communication and organisation, whilst leading basic physical and sports activities with younger students, their peers, and within primary schools in the community. The transferable skills learned will be useful in college, the workplace and life in general.

TY Coaching: A large number of transition years have volunteered to coach athletics on Thursday evenings. They will gain valuable experience coaching primary school age children for the year. They will also be responsible for organising various athletic events throughout the year. The first event that they will host is the Primary School Sportshall Athletics in December.


SPORT

U14 Boys Gaelic

  • U14 Game Vs St Mary’s of Belfast

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A hard fought victory made look easy by a seamless defense and clinical shooting. An Ulster final is on the cards for the boys from the Abbey Vocational School. It was nip and tuck at the off with Abbey scorers Ruairi and Kevin opening the score. St Mary’s couldn’t get through abbeys what seemed impenetrable defense . Goals from Ruairi and Kevin opened up a lead and as half time fame the score was 2-6 to 2 points to the Abbey. A game of two halves, as the second half began St Mary’s threw everything at the Abbey and getting off a few points but Abbey weathered the storm and with quick fire goals and lightning counter attack abbey opened up a healthy lead. It ended 5-7 to 0-5. A 17 point victory, a brilliant result for an Ulster Semi Final.

Boys Basketball

The under 16 boys team were away to St. Oliver’s Community College in Drogheda in the North A league semi-final. The Abbey were unfortunately no match for an exceptionally talented and well-coached Drogheda outfit losing out on a scoreline of 69-22. Some solace can be taken in the second half performance where the Abbey boys got to grips with their opponents winning the third quarter and drawing the fourth. The under 16 boys now face a playoff game against the loser of the other semi-final to book a place at this year’s playoffs.

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Girls Basketball

U16 Girls Regional Champions:

Our U16 team played Ballinamore, Leitrim in this year’s regional basketball final. The girls found it difficult to settle in the first quarter with Ballinamore taking the lead in the first few minutes of the game. Shauna Doherty and Sophia Maziri began to win the boards and in the 2md quarter assisting some great fast breaks from Sarah Donovan and Emma Meehan. The AVS girls took the lead for the rest of the game and won their third regional final in a row. The U16s play in the All Ireland cup semi-final December 9th and will compete in the All Ireland play offs in January. Well done to Ms O Mahoney and team for this excellent achievement.

U19 Girls:

The U19B girls’ basketball team played Colaiste Ailigh in the regional finals last week. This was the third meet between the two teams this year. Both teams got off to a great start. AVS played some excellent defense. In the first quarter to stop the sharp shooters from Colaiste Ailigh.  The teams went from end to end with fast breaks keeping the teams even for most of the first half.  Sophie Carr got some great drives to the basket scoring a total of 18 points in the game.  Sophia Maziri and Loaise Mc Gonigle dominated the boards and scored some crucial baskets keeping AVS in the game. Colaiste Ailigh found their stride in the last 6 minutes of the game scoring some great outside shots with no reply from the AVS girls. Sophie Carr scored a perfect on the buzzer 3 pointer but it wasn’t enough to put AVS head.  The game finished Colaiste 41 – 36 AVS.   The U19s still qualify for the All Ireland play offs in January.

Lunchtime Activities:

Our lunchtime SPORTS FOR ALL programme is running every day. Thank you to all the teachers who have volunteered to help run such a large programme.

There are at least two activities on each day, indoors in the sports hall and outdoors on the tennis courts. The timetable is posted on the notice boards around the school. ALL students are encouraged to come out and get active during their lunch break. Students can participate in their uniform but must wear proper footwear/runners.  Please see Mrs. Gallagher if you have any questions.

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Lunchtime activities include football on the courts.

Activities for this term are as follows:

 

Day Event Teacher Venue
       
 

 

Monday

Girls Badminton

(open to all students)

Mrs Gallagher Sports Hall
TY Boys Soccer Mr Gorman Tennis Court
       
 

Tuesday

1st Year Boys Soccer Mr O’ Mahony Sports Hall
Senior Boys Soccer Mr Daly Tennis Court
  Sports Hall
 

 

Wednesday

2nd Year Boys  Soccer Mr McLoone Sports Hall
1st Year Boys Soccer Mr O Donnell Tennis Court
Zumba

(open to all girls)

Ms. Kelly Library
  5t
 

 

 

Thursday

Ultimate Frisbee

(open to all students)

Mrs. O’Mahony Sports Hall
2nd Year Boys Soccer Mr Russell Tennis Court
Keep Fit Running club

(open to all students)

Mrs Gallagher School track
 
 

 

Friday

1st  & 2nd Year Girls Unihoc Ms. Rooney Sports Hall
3rd Year Boys Soccer Mr Herron Tennis Court
Dance Club

(open to all girls)

Ms. Kelly Library
Sports Team Coach Training time Venue
       
Athletics Mrs M Gallagher Tuesday

4pm – 5.30pm

Sports hall and track
Basketball

1st & 2nd Year Boys

Mr. P Mc Devitt,

L. Gallagher,

(Mr. S Carty)

Friday

3.30 – 4.30 pm

Sports hall
Basketball

Senior & U16 Boys

Mr. D Russell,

S. Mogan,

(Mr. S Carty)

Monday 4- 6pm Sports hall
 
Basketball

1st & 2nd Year Girls

Ms P Rooney,

Ms S Mogan

Thursday

3.30pm – 4.30pm

Sports hall
Basketball

Senior & U16 Girls

Mrs. E O’ Mahony,

Ms V Lockhart

Wednesday

3.30 – 5.30pm

Sports hall
Cross Country Mrs M Gallagher Tuesday 4.15- 5.30pm

Thursday Lunchtime

 

School track
Gaelic Girls

U14

Mrs M Crawford

Ms. G Creane

Monday

4.15 – 5.30pm

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic Girls

U16 & Senior:

Mrs M Crawford

P Rooney

Monday

4.15 – 5.30pm

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic Boys

U14

Mr P O’Donnell,

Mr. S Mc Fadden

Wednesday

3.30 – 4.45pm

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic Boys

U16

Mr. L McLoone,

Mr. C Monahan

 

Tuesday

4:10 – 5:10

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic Boys

Senior

Mr. B Carty,

Mr. C Herron

Thursday

3.30pm – 4.30pm

School field / All weather pitch
Girls Active Mrs. PA Gavigan, Mrs. R Myers Thursday

3.30pm -4.30pm

Parish hall / Library
Soccer Boys – 1st yr Mr S Devlin Tuesday

4pm – 5p2k8m

Soccer Boys – U15 Mr. I O’Mahony,

Mr. L Gallagher

Thursday

3.30pm -4.30pm

 

School field / All weather pitch
Soccer Boys – U17 Mr C Hegarty
Soccer Boys – Senior Mr. G Gorman Wednesday

3.30pm – 4.30pm

 

Squash Mr I O’Mahony
Rowing Mr. S Maguire

 

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Abbey V.S. Newsletter – Mon 25th Nov

 Abbey Vocational School 18th November- 24th November 2019

First-Year Parent Teacher Meeting:

The First Year Parent Teacher Meeting takes place on Thursday 28th November. Please attend between 3.45 pm and 6.15pm 

West Side Story

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  • *Tickets now on sale*
  • From the school office. Tel- 0749721105
  • Adults- €12 Students – €8

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Rehearsals in the Bosco with the cast members of ‘West Side Story’.

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Savannah Timoney plays the role of Anita, she loves Bernardo as much as the main protagonist Maria loves Tony, and her desire is just as strong as Maria’s

Savannahs Musical Diary:

Anticipation has reached a fever pitch in the Abbey Vocational School as our production of West Side Story draws near. As I write this, there are only four days left until our first performance on Tuesday, 26th November. The past week has been spent in a flurry of excitement, pouring over every detail of performance in a bid to make sure everything is perfect. We have ensured every dance move is sharp, every note sweet and every line delivered with utmost impact. Now all we have left to do is perform!

The cast and crew have spent the entire week in the Bosco Centre bringing West Side Story up to meet the high standards set by all the past Abbey Vocational School musicals. We are unable to thank enough Rachel O’Connor, Ms Kelly, Ms Carr , Ms Mc Carthy and everyone else who have given up monumental amounts of their free time to make our production every bit as fantastic as these past shows have been.

This week we have all been able to see and work with the full set for the musical and the marvelous pieces are truly a sight to see. The artists who made it should be very proud of their efforts as they are a credit to the school. The only thing that can make the show feel more complete will be to run the tech rehearsals with lighting and sound this weekend.

I have mixed emotions drawing so close to the beginning of the musical. I can feel some nerves creeping in as we near showtime, but I’m sure the rest of our amazing cast will help me to put these aside any anxieties and perform with full confidence. I am also filled with great excitement at the thought of finally showing what I and my peers have worked so hard to perfect over the last two months to our friends and family next week. I hope everyone will come out to watch West Side Story Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th and Friday the 29th at 7:30pm!


Transition Year 

On Thursday the 21st Of November the Transition Year group took time out of their busy schedule to visit the LYIT open day. Over 90 students attended the informative day in Letterkenny under the guidance of our careers department.

Child’s Talk 2019

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Children have many different rights. For example:

  1. A child’s best interests must always come first.
  2. A child has the right to life, survival and development.
  3. A child’s view must be taken into consideration in all matters affecting them.

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If you’re a child, parent or educator, have a look at It’s Your Right. You will find lots of information, videos and pictures about children’s rights for ages 4-17 and a game called ‘Rights Runner‘ to test what you know about children’s rights! 


Student Voice

The student Council will attend ECO UNESCO training on Tuesday next. 

Best wishes to Frank Duffy and Aodhán McCrudden who will visit Leinster House for a special Dail na nÓg event on Saturday.  The day is a celebration of 100 years of democracy in Ireland and the sitting of the first Dáil in 1919. Delegates will take up seats in the Dáil chamber and workshops will take place in the Committee Rooms.

The day will open with a celebratory opening ceremony, followed by workshops and a tour of the house for participating delegates. One of the most important parts of the day will be the vote on the work-plan on the theme of climate change for the incoming 2020-21 Comhairle na nÓg National Executive. The day will end with the vote and a closing ceremony.

Congratulations to Ellen Canavan who was one of nine speakers chosen from all over Ireland who took to the stage last week to share her experiences and views on climate change. The event took place on World Children’s Day. Ellen’s address can be seen on the ombudsman for children Facebook page or twitter. 


Green Schools Climate Action Plan

Climate Pledge

First-Year Students from the Abbey Vocational School highlighted the issue in the world with their ClimateAction pledge cards. 


Geography Department

Leaving Cert Geographical Investigation Study:

Fifty-five Leaving Cert Geography students recently carried out their field investigation study at Rossnowlagh beach. This year’s study focuses on the impact of geomorphic processes of transportation and deposition on the formation of Rossnowlagh beach. For the first time, our students have been using ArcGIS to record and map their data.

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Abbey VS senior Geography students recently engaged in Geographical Investigation looking at the impact of #geomorphic #processes of #transportation & #deposition on the formation of Rossnowlagh Beach

 

ArcGIS for Schools:  Recently, our Geography Department signed up to participate in the ArcGIS for school’s initiative. A geographic information system (GIS) is a framework for gathering, managing, and analysing data. Rooted in the science of geography, GIS integrates many types of data. It helps to analyse spatial location and organise layers of information into visualisations using maps. With this unique capability, GIS should help our students gain deeper insights into data, such as patterns and relationships, and draw conclusions based on their results. In real-world scenarios, GIS helps a wide range of users to make smarter decisions about geographical situations such as planning, flooding, coastal erosion, agriculture, monitoring environmental change, housing, and population trends to name but a few.


Guidance

All Leaving Cert students wishing to apply to CAO have been given the opportunity to register with CAO during careers class.  

  • HEAR & DARE – Leaving Cert students applying to HEAR & DARE should start on their application(s) immediately.  
  • NUI Galway are holding an Open Evening for Leaving Cert students in the Radisson Hotel, Letterkenny on Thursday, 05 December @ 7 p.m. See http://www.nuigalway.ie/about-us/open-day/information-evenings/ for further info
  • Career talks for Leaving Certs taking place in the school over the coming weeks:
    • Greencastle Fishery School: 04 Dec. @ 10.20 – 11.00
    • Donegal ETB Further Education & Training (FET): 20 Jan. @ 2.00 – 2.40
    • Work-Based Degree in Mechatronic Systems Engineering – IT Sligo: 29 Jan. @ 10.20
    • Maynooth University Open Day will take place on 29 Nov.
  • The Guidance department will bring 5th-year students to this event. The cost of the bus is €10, payable to Ms. Mc Morrow. The bus will depart the school @ 7 a.m., return to the school @ approx. 7 p.m.
  • Leaving Certs: 1-1 appointments are always available; speak to your Guidance  Counsellor for booking instructions.

Science Department

Practical work for two of our young Scientists Eadaoin Murphy and Shane Harvey has now commenced with trialing methods to extract the oil from seaweeds which will later be used on bacteria cultures to investigate their antimicrobial properties. There is also an upcoming visit to the Microbiology department of Letterkenny hospital who have very kindly agreed to assist Eadaoin and Shane with the growth of their bacterial cultures in the school laboratory.

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Accountancy  & Business – Fifth Year Trip to Sligo I.T.

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On Wednesday the 20th of November Fifth Year Students from the Abbey Vocational School visited the Sligo Institute of Technology with a view to studying Accountancy there.

image010-1.pngCongratulations to Katelyn Duffy who was the lucky winner of an iPad at the Accountancy Open Day in I.T. Sligo.

There are many courses available in the I.T. such as a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Accounting. This course offers one of the fastest routes to achieving a professional accounting qualification. This course is highly commended by all of the professional accountancy bodies. The key skills built into the course will mean you are well-grounded and prepared for a career in accountancy, or further study such as Business finance, accounting and reporting, Taxation, Business law, economics and human resource management.

Graduates from this stimulating and challenging course will be competent to work in the finance function of any organisation, large or small, both in Ireland and internationally. Many graduates will work in banking and financial services or may choose a teaching career; such is the broad range of options open to students.


Music Department

Our 2nd Year music classes will be singing on the Diamond for the Donegal Town Business Focus Group event on Friday next from 2pm to 3pm

We are preparing for the School Carol Service which will take place in the Church of Ireland, Donegal Town at 7pm on Wednesday 18th December.

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The Music Dept is very busy preparing for the school musical West side story. Jets and Sharks are acting, singing and dancing, painting sets, recording, photographing, preparing for front of house, selling tickets… Every part of the show is being organised by the students. The words ‘I can’t sing/act/dance that were heard before auditions are notions of the past! Pictured are the pit singers from the show and Music Teacher Ms Doherty who rehearse daily at lunchtimes.

AVS Student Jack Lennox is holding guitar lessons in room 16 on Fridays.  These boys may be the future Rory Gallaghers and Jemi Hendrixes!!

Musical rehearsals every lunchtime and after school lunchtimes.


Abbey Vocational School LCA Students Christmas Card Competition

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LCA Students have started their Christmas Card Initiative for 2019. Holding an art competition, picking a prize winner from the Abbey Vocational School Community and presenting the winning image on Christmas Cards for sale.

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The Leaving Certificate Applied Programme aims to contribute towards the development of all aspects of the individual, including aesthetic, creative, critical, cultural, emotional, expressive, intellectual, for personal and home life, for working life, for living in the community and for leisure.

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An example of the fantastic artwork submitted to the LCA Christmas Card Art Competition.

Leaving Certificate programme has particular emphasis on the preparation of students for the requirements of further education or training, for employment and for their role as participative, enterprising citizens. 


Drama Class 

Drama classes are continuing after school, with excellent work from a group of dedicated students. These pupils will be performing at the Donegal Schools Drama Festival in February, competing against all the other schools in Donegal. If you would like to be part of this project, please see Mr Donegan to join. No previous experience required. All pupils welcome.

First Years 

First year students had an assembly this week to highlight the importance of mobile phone and internet safety. Earlier in the year first years participated in an internet safety workshop from Zeeko. During this assembly we reminded students of the useful guidelines in this regard. First years were also reminded of the many clubs and sports that are ongoing on a weekly basis in AVS. Please remember students are always welcome to join. 

First Year students are continuing with their positive behaviour initiative – Student Journal of the Week. All students have been great so far this year in using their Journals to record their classwork and homework activities. 

This positive initiative gives us a chance to praise and reward those students who are doing so well in this area. Students have also been reminded that teachers will also write positive notes into the Student Journal to acknowledge the brilliant work that is being carried out in the classroom. This is only one of the many areas where we like to remind first years about how well they are setting in and to keep up the good work.


Literacy

‘The Readathon’    The Readathon’ initiative is nearing its completion and Students are asked to bring in their Sponsorship Cards to their English Teachers. This initiative was an amazing opportunity for Students to engage and challenge themselves establishing a lifelong love of books all while raising funds for multiple sclerosis!

The Well Read Award  The English Department has been working with The PDST ‘Well Read National Award’. This is a national initiative designed and organised by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It aims to create heightened awareness about the importance of creating a culture of reading in school communities for students as part of their personal and academic development. 

The French Department   

Ce lundi 18 novembre était l’anniversaire du mouvement des gilets jaunes. Les gilets jaunes sont un mouvement contestataire qui se réunit tous les weekends depuis un an partout en France afin de manifester leur colère et de réclamer de meilleures conditions de vie pour les Français. Le mouvement ne fait cependant pas l’unanimité en France car les gilets jaunes se sont rendus coupables de nombreuses dégradations de biens publics.


Christmas Tests for 5th and 6th years 

The Christmas tests for 5th and 6th years will take place during the week from 2nd to the 6th of December. All students will receive a report home based on these results which account for 50% of the grade. The other 50% will come from ongoing formative and summative assessments over the term. 

Students in 1st, 2nd and 3rd year will receive a report home based on an average of class tests for the terms work as well as their ongoing JCT formative Assessment. All students will receive a report home at Christmas


Numeracy

Chess Club   The Chess Club has resumed on Mondays in room 3 and all new members are welcome! The game of chess is played by millions of people worldwide.  Chess is believed to be derived from the Indian game chaturanga sometime before the 7th century. If you have an interest in joining our Chess Club please come along to our meetings as everyone is welcome!

The Maths Club  The Abbey Vocational School Maths Club meets on Fridays at lunchtime in Room 30. The Maths Club runs an enrichment programme that focuses on helping Students with Maths.


TRANSITION YEAR

LYIT Open Day    On Thursday TY students from the Abbey Vocational School visited LYIT’s Open Day, listening to inspiring course talks, taking part in workshops across all faculties and experienced the modern teaching space, labs & studios. Students benefited from speaking with lecturers one to one, asking questions and exploring the campus and having fun!

TY Mini Company TY students have been planning and researching their mini company ideas over the past few weeks. All students will present their ideas and their business plans during their in-class Dragons Den competition over the next few weeks, the winners from each class will then go up against the other class winners in the AVS Dragons Den final after Christmas.  There is a wide variety of ideas from all groups. Some of these ideas include personalised products such as t-shirts, string bags, football gloves, and Yearbook. Environmentally friendly products such as Pine cone crafts, reusable shopping bags, and metal straws. 


SPORTS NEWS

TY PE:  Our TY’s have started their Sports Leader training as part of the PE programme. This programme is run in conjunction with Donegal Sports Partnership. Through this course, students will learn and demonstrate important life skills such as effective communication and organisation, whilst leading basic physical and sports activities with younger students, their peers, and within primary schools in the community. The transferable skills learned will be useful in college, the workplace and life in general.

TY Coaching: A large number of transition years have volunteered to coach athletics on Thursday evenings. They will gain valuable experience coaching primary-school-age children for the year. They will also be responsible for organising various athletic events throughout the year. The first event that they will host is the Primary School Sportshall Athletics in December.

U16 Girls Football

U16 Girls

Our U16 girls took on Breifne College on Thursday morning in the freezing weather in Tir Chonaill Park. We started off to a brilliant start with Sofia Maziri scoring our first goal within the first ten minutes. It was a hard-fought game in midfield with Rachel Gallagher, Caolfhinn Deely and Caoimhe Greene competing for the ball and delivering it into the full-forward line. Breifne College fought back with great strength and skill to put them ahead by three goals and two points going into half time. Substitutes Aisling Murphy, Roisin Lynch, and Niamh McCauley made a big impact at the start of the second half and fought hard to reduce this lead. Ellen Canavan contributed to the scoreboard with two points before Ciara Cox put the ball in the back of the net. Aine Ward led by example in defense, she was strong in the tackle and turned over a lot of possession. That said, Breifne College managed to score another goal in the closing minutes of the game putting them ahead and sadly, leaving our U16`s defeated at the full time whistle.      

Congratulations to the AVS U16 girls football team on reaching the Ulster Preliminary Stage. We have had a couple of great wins this year and it was a great achievement to get to this stage.                 

  • Full-time score: Breifne College 6-5 Abbey Vocational School 3-6 

U20 Girls Football 

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On Monday the 17 of November 2019, the U20 squad faced Dean Maguirc, Omagh. The game got underway at 12:10 with a strong starting lineup, in the first few minutes Hannah Crawford scored 2 great points as well

as an extra one from Caoimhe Walsh. In retaliation to the girl’s scores Omagh scored 3 points and a goal. The girls put up a great defence and at the end of the first half, the score was 0:03 to 2:07. The girls started the second half with their heads held high with a strong defensive and determined forwards the girls lined up. Omagh started scored but with the AVS girls’ strong defence they only managed to score 5 points. The girls worked the ball up the field and scored two-point one by Rachel Gallagher and again by Caoimhe

Walsh. In the 21st minute of the second half, Hannah Shallow scored a blinder of a goal, followed by a point by Aoife Greene. In the ending stages of the half Laoise McGonigle scored another fantastic goal. To end the game another point by Caoimhe Walsh to make the score at the end  2:7 to 2:13 to Dean Maguire, Omagh.

U16 GIRLS BASKETBALL CUP GAME VS OLSPK Belfast

Our u16 girls basketball team fought for a place in this year’s cup All Ireland semi-final against a well organised Belfast side. 

The AVS girls dominated the boards in the first quarter with Ella McKinney taking some fantastic rebounds and l free throws scoring 8 points to put AVS in the lead.  The Belfast side hustled the girls in defense forcing some steals and scoring off the fast break. 

A full-court press from both sides from the off made this game one of high pace, transitioning from end to end. AVS settled into the game in the second half and took control of the game. With some great scores from Sophia Maziri, Emma Meehan, Sarah Donovan, and Katie Gillespie it was a team effort that won it out. AVS finished with a scoreline of 44 – 32.

This hardworking team will play in the All Ireland semi-final December 9th in university of Ulster Coleraine. 

U19B Girls Basketball  league vs Ballinamore

An experienced AVS side traveled to Ballinamore on Friday to play the North West Semi-Final.  The girls trailed by 6 points at the end of the first quarter struggling to make baskets.  Sophie Carr and Laoise Mc Gonigle fought hard under the boards making some great rebounds. Sophie Carr showed some great composure driving to the basket and making vital scores for the AVS side. 

The Ballinamore pressed the girls forcing some simple errors and took some easy scores. It was in the last quarter that the girls took control of the game.  With great defense from Lucy Mc Gowan, Sohpie Carr & Sarah Donovan the U19s turned the game around In the last 4 minutes. Sophie Carr scored 30 points out of 41 and lead the girls to take the victory over the Leitrim side. 

The regional final will take place in 2 weeks. AVS will play Colaiste Ailigh in the final.

MacLarnon Cup – Senior Boys Gaelic

  • Abbey Vocational School 1-12
  • Carndonagh Community School 3-9

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The Abbey Senior footballers were in action again in the MacLarnon Cup on Thursday 21st November. This time the opposition was Carndonagh Community School. 

Thomas White opened the scoring for the Abbey in the 10th minute but Carndonagh responded quickly to level the game. Further points from Joe Campbell, Michael Coughlan (2) and 2 Thomas White frees put the Abbey into a 6-3 lead after 20 minutes. Two gilt-edged goal chances were missed which would have extended the Abbey advantage before Carndonagh rallied and hit 1-3 without reply to go ahead. Alex McCalmont hit the final point of the half to leave a two point gap between the teams at half time.  

Abbey started the second half brightly, reducing the deficit to one point within a minute of the restart via a Cian Rooney point and looked the better team at this stage. The dramatic second half was to be all about goal chances taken and goal chances missed. Carndonagh scored 2 goals in quick succession, the first from a debatable penalty, to knock the wind out of the Abbey boys sails.  

Despite this setback, the Abbey work rate was excellent and they played themselves right back into contention with points from Cian Rooney, Thomas White and a great goal from Michael Coughlan leaving only 3 points between the teams heading into the final minutes. In a tense finish, only a point-blank save from the Carndonagh goalkeeper prevented the Abbey grabbing what would have been a deserved share of the spoils with the last kick of the game. 

Great credit must go to the Abbey boys for their work rate and attitude on the day. Hopefully they can convert this to a victory the next day out against St. Columba’s.


Lunchtime Activities

Our lunchtime SPORTS FOR ALL programme is running every day. Thank you to all the teachers who have volunteered to help run such a large programme. 

There are at least two activities on each day, indoors in the sports hall and outdoors on the tennis courts. The timetable is posted on the notice boards around the school. ALL students are encouraged to come out and get active during their lunch break. Students can participate in their uniform but must wear proper footwear/runners.  Please see Mrs. Gallagher if you have any questions.

AVS Studending attending Gaelic Football training on Wednesday the 13th of November,

Lunchtime activities include football on the courts.

Activities for this term are as follows:

 LUNCHTIME SPORTS FOR ALL 

Day Event Teacher Venue
 

Monday

Girls Badminton 

(open to all students)

Mrs Gallagher Sports Hall
TY Boys Soccer Mr Gorman Tennis Court
 

Tuesday

1st Year Boys Soccer Mr O’ Mahony Sports Hall
Senior Boys Soccer Mr Daly Tennis Court
Sports Hall
 

Wednesday

2nd Year Boys  Soccer Mr McLoone Sports Hall
1st Year Boys Soccer Mr O Donnell Tennis Court
Zumba

(open to all girls)

Ms. Kelly Library
5t
 

Thursday

Ultimate Frisbee 

(open to all students)

Mrs. O’Mahony Sports Hall
2nd Year Boys Soccer Mr Russell Tennis Court
Keep Fit Running club

(open to all students)

Mrs Gallagher School track
 

Friday

1st  & 2nd Year Girls Unihoc Ms. Rooney Sports Hall
3rd Year Boys Soccer Mr Herron Tennis Court
Dance Club

(open to all girls)

Ms. Kelly Library

AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS CLUBS

Sports Team Coach Training time Venue
Athletics Mrs M Gallagher Tuesday

4pm – 5.30pm

Sports hall and track
Basketball 

1st & 2nd Year Boys 

Mr. P Mc Devitt, 

L. Gallagher,

(Mr. S Carty)

Friday 

3.30 – 4.30 pm

Sports hall
Basketball 

Senior & U16 Boys

Mr. D Russell, 

S. Mogan, 

(Mr. S Carty)

Monday 4- 6pm Sports hall
Basketball 

1st & 2nd Year Girls 

Ms P Rooney,

Ms S Mogan

Thursday

3.30pm – 4.30pm

Sports hall
Basketball 

Senior & U16 Girls

Mrs. E O’ Mahony, 

Ms V Lockhart

Wednesday 

3.30 – 5.30pm

Sports hall
Cross Country Mrs M Gallagher Tuesday 4.15- 5.30pm

Thursday Lunchtime

School track
Gaelic Girls 

U14 

Mrs M Crawford

Ms. G Creane

Monday 

4.15 – 5.30pm

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic Girls 

U16 & Senior: 

Mrs M Crawford 

P Rooney

Monday 

4.15 – 5.30pm

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic Boys 

U14

Mr P O’Donnell, 

Mr. S Mc Fadden

Wednesday

3.30 – 4.45pm

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic Boys 

U16

Mr. L McLoone, 

Mr. C Monahan

Tuesday 

4:10 – 5:10

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic Boys 

Senior

Mr. B Carty, 

Mr. C Herron

Thursday 

3.30pm – 4.30pm

School field / All weather pitch
Girls Active Mrs. PA Gavigan, Mrs. R Myers Thursday 

3.30pm -4.30pm

Parish hall / Library
Soccer Boys – 1st yr  Mr S Devlin Tuesday

4pm – 5p2k8m

Soccer Boys – U15 Mr. I O’Mahony, 

Mr. L Gallagher

Thursday 

3.30pm -4.30pm

School field / All weather pitch
Soccer Boys – U17 Mr C Hegarty
Soccer Boys – Senior  Mr. G Gorman Wednesday

3.30pm – 4.30pm

Squash Mr I O’Mahony
Rowing Mr. S Maguire

Abbey VS Newsletter – Mon 18th Nov

 Abbey Vocational School 11th Nov- 17th Nov 2019

West Side Story

*Tickets now on sale*

  • From the school office. Tel- 0749721105
  • Adults- €12 Students – €8
  • Students can also purchase tickets from the Assembly during break and lunch Monday – Friday

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Rehearsal with the Lead Actors!

Musical rehearsals for ‘West Side Story’ were in full flow this week as cast and crew worked hard to perfect their key scenes! With Rachel Reid playing Maria, Ryan Glenn playing Tony, Savannah Timoney playing Anita and Senan Quinn playing Riff and led by Rachel O’Connor they were perfecting the bridal shop scene and the ladder scene.

 

First & Second Year Students Musical Rehearsals

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First & Second Year AVS Students worked hard this week practicing at lunchtime to perfect their dance scenes as the excitement builds!

Showtime is Approaching! – By Savannah Timoney.

image005With only one week left until show time, the cast and crew of West Side Story are preparing to take Donegal by storm. The cast has moved their rehearsal space from the school library to the Bosco Centre. The first run-through in the Bosco Centre was a magical experience, with many of the actors feeling the rush of being on stage for the very first time. Even without the quiet hum of an audience before them & the glaring stage lights from above, it was possible for the performers to get a glimpse of the exhilaration they will surely feel on opening night. This sentiment has inspired everyone to really step up to the mark & make our school proud of the hard work we put into our production!

The sets for West Side Story are truly a sight to behold. Mr Gallagher has crafted the wooden frames for all the pieces. Mr Daly and his team of Transition Year artists are now painting these, going to great lengths to ensure the sets are as vibrant and colourful as the songs & dances that will be performed before them. A city skyline silhouette takes centre stage, spectacular in it’s simple elegance. In front of this stands an elaborate balcony where Maria & Tony’s Shakespearean love story takes place. A graffiti wall, sparkling gold jukebox, wooden crates & dress mannequins have also been completed already with much more to be added. The crew has shown outstanding dedication in the completion of these astounding sets, working around the clock towards completion & the finished results are a true credit to their resolve & hard work.

The costumes seen in this show are guaranteed to be impressive, with Rosemary Myers & Mary Crawford spending much of the week sorting through the school’s monumental supply of costumes to find the perfect clothes for each character. They were to be seen digging through piles of old shirts & dresses on the stage by anyone passing through the assembly hall long after school had ended. The sacrifice of their free time will certainly not go unnoticed however, as the audience will surely be stunned by the outfits they created. These costumes add another layer to the performance such as in the dance scenes, where the brilliant swirling of the fifties skirts & the clacking of high heels adds a dramatic flair.

With all the work that has gone in behind the scenes by the wonderful staff and students of the Abbey Vocational School, West Side Story is sure to be an utmost success! 

LGBTI+ Awareness Week

This week the Abbey Vocational School Community gathered to celebrate LGBTI+ Awareness Week. LGBTI+ Awareness Week is a time for second-level schools to join together and take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. This week is an opportunity for schools to look at how they can make them safe and supportive places for LGBTI+ students.

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The AVS Community stands united with Staff and Students making the Abbey Vocational School a supportive, inclusive environment!

Christmas Tests for 5th and 6th years 

The Christmas tests for 5th and 6th years will take place during the week from 2nd to the 6th of December. All students will receive a report home based on these results which account for 50% of the grade. The other 50% will come from ongoing formative and summative assessment over the term. 

Students in 1st, 2nd and 3rd year will receive a report home based on an average of class test for the terms work as well as their ongoing JCT formative Assessment. All students will receive a report home at Christmas 

University of Limerick Talk

On Monday the 11th of November Students from the Abbey Vocational School engaged in a talk on the University of Limerick. UL Speakers gave many reasons to study in the University of Limerick. As UL is the Home of firsts, UL prides itself on being ahead of many of Ireland’s third level institutions in providing unique education and training facilities for all their students.

Also, UL Grads get jobs – the graduate employment rate is consistently higher than the national average. Graduates are highly skilled and have claimed titles such as ‘Journalist of the Year’ and ‘Graduate Employee of the Year’. 

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Work Experience as Part of Every Degree. You’ll be career-ready with a UL degree.  “Co-op” work placement will help to develop the skills, experience and network connections to build a successful career. There is also, affordable living at UL. Limerick is one of the most affordable cities in Ireland for student living. 

Ireland’s Sporting Campus, Sport is synonymous with the very fabric of Limerick. UL is home to Munster Rugby. The multi-purpose University Arena boasts a top class indoor facility, a 50-metre pool and a separate diving pool. There are over 60 acres of outdoor pitches, with hurling walls and 8 all-weather 3/4G synthetic pitches. University of Limerick provides amazing opportunities for Students from the Abbey Vocational School Community!  

Donegal ETB Apprenticeship Talk

image009On Wednesday 14th of November the Abbey Vocational School welcomed members of the Donegal ETB advertising their apprenticeships to the senior students in the school.

An Apprenticeship is a programme of structured education and training which formally combines and alternates learning in the workplace with learning in an education or training centre. It is a dual system, which is a blended combination of on-the-job employer-based training and off-the-job training which prepares the participant for a specific occupation, and leads to a qualification nationally recognised on the National Framework of Qualifications from Level 5 – Level 10.

Apprentices earn while they learn and build valuable work-ready skills in a chosen occupation. Apprenticeships open up exciting and rewarding careers, with learning grounded in the practical experience of undertaking a real job.

Apprenticeships are available in the following sectors; Construction, Electrical, Engineering, Finance, Hospitality, ICT, Logistics, Biopharma, Motor, Property Services, with many more in development.

Apprentices are employed by an approved employer for the duration of the programme which is generally between 2-4 years. Apprenticeship programmes typically provide at least 50% workplace-based learning. Creating opportunity for students moving forward from second level education.

First Years

This week saw our First Year students start their positive behaviour initiative. Student Journal of the Week. All students have been great so far this year in using their Journals to record their classwork and homework activities. 

This positive initiative gives us a chance to praise and reward those students who are doing so well in this area. Students have also been reminded that teachers will also write positive notes into the Student Journal to acknowledge the brilliant work that is being carried out in the classroom. This is only one of the many areas where we like to remind first years about how well they are settling in and to keep up the good work.

Numeracy

Chess Club

The Chess Club has resumed on Mondays in Room 3 and all new members are welcome! The game of chess is played by millions of people worldwide.  Chess is believed to be derived from the Indian game chaturanga sometime before the 7th century. If you have an interest in joining our Chess Club please come along to our meetings as everyone is welcome!

The Maths Club 

The Abbey Vocational School Maths Club meets on Fridays at lunchtime in Room 30. The Maths Club runs an enrichment programme that focuses on helping students enjoy Maths!

History Department

image010On Monday the 11th of November, Senior Cycle Students from the Abbey Vocational School travelled to what is arguably thought of as the heart of Irish Culture and History, Croke Park in Dublin

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AVS Students were enlightened as to the historical significance of Croke Park Stadium. In 1918 the GAA was declared a dangerous organisation by the British Government and Gaelic games were banned. However, on Sunday August 4th over 54,000 GAA members, defying the ban, played GAA games at a designated time of 3pm all over Ireland. At Croke Park players were prevented from entering the grounds so Camogie players treated police officers to the spectacle of a game of Camogie outside Croke Park on Jones’ Road. This day became known as ‘Gaelic Sunday’. The Abbey Vocational School Students of History visited the site of historical importance, where on November 21st, 1920 thirteen spectators and one Tipperary footballer, Michael Hogan, died. British Troops entered the grounds and opened fire during a challenge match between Tipperary and Dublin. Over 10,000 people attended the match that ill-fated day which became known as ‘Bloody Sunday’. Students enjoyed a fascinating trip that delved into Irish History!

Literacy

‘The Readathon’ The English Department has embarked on the ‘The Readathon’ initiative. This initiative is an amazing opportunity for students to engage and challenge themselves establishing a lifelong love of books all while raising funds for multiple sclerosis!

The Well Read Award

The English Department has been working with The PDST ‘Well Read National Award’. This is a national initiative designed and organised by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It aims to create heightened awareness about the importance of creating a culture of reading in school communities for students as part of their personal and academic development. 

The French Department

Beaucoup de choses cette semaine en France : ce lundi était férié car on célébrait l’armistice et la fin de la Première Guerre mondiale il y a maintenant 101 ans. Toujours ce lundi, un tremblement de terre a secoué la Drôme dans le sud-est de la France. Enfin, ce mercredi est le triste quatrième anniversaire des attentats de Paris de 2015.

Learner Voice Project

image012The Abbey Vocational School is delighted to participate in the ‘Learner Voice’ Instructional Leadership Program

  1. Dialogic teaching harnesses the power of talk to stimulate and extend pupils’ thinking and advance their learning and understanding. The Instructional Leadership Programme in partnership with NCCA aims to foster student voice as the centre of learning and school life.

Guidance

(1) Leaving Certs wishing to apply to CAO are now in the process of doing so.  It’s most important that all students make themselves familiar with HEAR & DARE. Their Guidance Counsellor is available to help in any way that they can.

(2) Career talks for Leaving Certs taking place in the school over the coming weeks:

  • Greencastle Fishery School: 04 Dec. @ 10.20 – 11.00
  • Donegal ETB Further Education & Training (FET): 20 Jan. @ 2.00 – 2.40
  • Work-Based Degree in Mechatronic Systems Engineering – IT Sligo: 29 Jan. @ 10.20

(3) Maynooth University Open Day will take place on 29 Nov. The Guidance department will bring 5th year students to this event. The cost of the bus is €10, payable to Ms Mc Morrow. The bus will depart the school @ 7 a.m., return to the school @ approx. 7 p.m.

(4) Leaving Certs: 1-1 appointments are always available; speak to your Guidance Counsellor for booking instructions. 

Science Week

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Regional Finals of the Senior Science Quiz

On Thursday the 14th November members of the Science Department headed by Mr Hegarty travelled to Letterkenny with Students from the Abbey Vocational School, to take part in the Regional Finals of the Senior Science Quiz, in collaboration with the Irish Science Teachers Association.

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The ISTA is the Professional Association for the Teachers of Science in Ireland. The ISTA functions as a body dedicated to the professional development of its members and the advancement of science teaching. The Association works to develop cooperation between teachers of science at all levels. It aims to keep members up to date with changes in their subjects and with new ideas in teaching, learning and assessment. The ISTA helps members to promote a positive attitude amongst their students towards science and technology in society.

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The tenacity and talent of the AVS Students was on show as the Students put in a huge effort on the night at the Regional Finals of ISTA Senior Science Quiz with almost 1100 Leaving Certificate students taking part in the Regional Finals during Science Week and the top 150 LC students being invited to the BioPharmaChemical Ireland sponsored National Final in Dublin on Saturday the 23rd of November 2019.

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A big thank you must go to Mr Hegarty, Head of the AVS Science Department for organising the trip!

BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

Three of our projects have been selected to compete at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition at the RDS in Dublin from the 8th to the 11th of January 2020 and they are:

Project Title: Antimicrobial Seaweeds  by Eadaoin Murphy and Shane Harvey

Category: Junior Biological and Ecological

Project Title: Flax As An Alternative To Heavy Duty Plastic Strapping by Ella Doherty and Ailbhe Loughney

Category: Intermediate Technology

Project Title: Can Education Reduce The Use of Single Use Plastics? by Jane Faulkner, Erin Britton and Ciara Friel

Category: Junior Social and Behavioural Sciences

In total only 550 projects qualified nationally so it is an amazing opportunity to bring our projects to the event. 

This week BTYS competitors will tell us what they are most looking forward to about the exhibition and what they hope to gain from the experience of participating in the event.

Ella Doherty – I am looking forward to the BTYS exhibition as I think it will be a great experience to spend a week in Dublin and become more familiar with the city and also to learn from other projects that were also accepted to participate in the exhibition. My previous visit to the exhibition a few years ago proved very interesting and I felt that I learned a lot from the projects displayed that year so I am looking forward to seeing projects from students all over the country and to learn from their ideas. I am also very excited for the public to see our project as we are proud of our idea and hard work and I feel that this will be an amazing opportunity and experience for us. 

Ailbhe Loughney – I’m really looking forward to attending BTYS 2020 in Dublin for many reasons. Firstly, I’m really excited to showcase our project to the judges and other people attending to see what their thoughts and opinions are in relation to our use of flax as an alternative to plastic strapping. I’m also really looking forward to seeing other projects and ideas and hopefully they will inspire us and the other people attending. I’m also really excited to meet people competing in the competition with the same ideas and views as mine. I’m really looking forward to attending the event and staying for a few days in Dublin with my peers and I’m sure it will be an experience I will never forget. 

Eadoin Murphy – I am excited about getting through to BT Young Scientist because Science has always interested me and made me want to solve problems in our society through discovery. I have always wanted to become an epidemiologist and study disease so doing a project involving bacteria and antimicrobial seaweeds is of particular interest to me and I am delighted to be taking it to BT young scientist. 

Shane Harvey – I was down at the competition last year as a visitor and I was able to see the quality of the projects that go through to win or even just get through to compete in the competition so it is already a big surprise to me to be able to do something like this as BTYS is such a big thing. I am mostly just looking forward to the experience of being in the competition itself but I do hope that our project does well in the competition and hits this quality mark as that would mean a lot to me and it would be a very memorable moment in my life. 

Erin Britton – I cannot wait to participate in the BT Young Scientist competition. After going last year, I was inspired to compete this year. It was a wonderful experience and I met so many amazing people. I am ecstatic to be able to go this year, especially since my friends got in as well. I am really looking forward to seeing all the new projects this year and meeting new people from different schools. Finally, I am especially looking forward to seeing astrology projects and I can’t wait for January when we get to go.

Ciara Friel – I am very excited to go to the BT Young Scientist Exhibition as it is an amazing opportunity. I have always loved Science as a subject throughout primary school and first year of secondary school so to get through to BTYS is incredible as so many projects are entered each year.

Jane Faulkner – I am excited to go to the BT Young Scientist exhibition in January because I get to present my projects to lots of people. I will have so much fun making new friends, learning new stuff and especially telling people about my project which will hopefully encourage people in our school to reduce their use of single use plastics. I also get to spend four days with my two best friends and project partners and I know this experience will be a memorable one for all of us. 

The Music Department 

image019-1.jpgStudents engaging in Choir Practice in room 16 @ lunchtime on Tuesday, working on songs for the up and coming Carol Service.

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The Music Dept is very busy preparing for the school musical West side story. Jets and Sharks are acting, singing and dancing, painting sets, recording, photographing, preparing for front of house, selling tickets… Every part of the show is being organised by the students. The words ‘I can’t sing/act/dance that were heard before auditions are notions of the past! Pictured are the pit singers from the show and Music Teacher Ms Doherty who rehearse daily at lunchtimes.

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AVS Student Jack Lennox is holding guitar lessons in room 16 on Fridays.  These boys may be the future Rory Gallaghers and Jemi Hendrixes!!

Musical rehearsals every lunchtime and after school. 

Student Voice

The Student Council had their meeting on Tuesday to finalise details about the student survey on recycling that will be online next week. 

The committee also discussed plans for Stand up LGBT+ Week including designing and displaying flags and pictures in the assembly area, a lunchtime playlist, videos and discussion in wellbeing and tutor classes. 

 Congratulations and best wishes to Ellen Canavan who has been selected to address the Child Talks Conference next Wednesday in Dublin. The event is hosted by the ombudsman for children, Mr. Niall Muldoon and will explore topics including mental health, period poverty, voting age amongst other issues relating to young people. The opening address will be given by Katherine Zappone, minister for children and youth affairs. Ellen, who also plays the part of ‘anybodys’ in the musical, will speak about climate change. Good luck and best wishes Ellen. 

Bebras Testing

On the 14th of November 2nd year classes had their Bebras tests in all computer rooms.Bebras is an international initiative aiming to promote Informatics (Computer Science, or Computing) and computational thinking among school students at all ages. Participants are supervised by teachers who may integrate the Bebras challenge in their teaching activities. The challenge is performed at schools using computers or mobile devices.

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Computational thinking involves using a set of problem-solving skills and techniques that software engineers use to write programs and apps. The Bebras challenge promotes problem solving skills and Informatics concepts including the ability to break down complex tasks into simpler components, algorithm design, pattern recognition, pattern generalisation and abstraction. More about computational thinking.

The second week of November is declared as World-Wide BEBRAS week for solving tasks. Some countries extended it to two weeks. Many countries run all-year-round Bebras activities like participants awarding events, second round of the challenge, summer campus, teacher workshops, collecting statistics and writing research papers

TRANSITION YEAR

TY Leisure Activities:

Our TY’s participate in Leisure activities every Tuesday afternoon. Each week they get the opportunity to try new activities which they might not get the chance to in mainstream PE. They visit a number of local gyms and local sports facilities as well. Thank you to all the local coaches for accommodating us. 

This week our classes started their new activity which will run for the next three weeks.

4A: Surfing (Rossnowlagh).

4B: Golf (Lesley Robinson, Murvagh Golf Club) & Table tennis (Library).

4C: Self Defence (Dt Fitness).

4C: Aqua- aerobics (Central Leisure Centre).

4E: Golf (Lesley Robinson, Murvagh Golf Club) & Table tennis (Library)

TY Mini Company 

TY students have been planning and researching their mini company ideas over the past few weeks. All students will present their ideas and their business plans during their in-class Dragons Den competition over the next few weeks, the winners from each class will then go up against the other class winners in the AVS Dragons Den final after Christmas.  There is a wide variety of ideas from all groups. Some of these ideas include, personalised products such as t-shirts and hats. Environmentally friendly products such as bamboo toothbrushes, reusable shopping bags and metal straws. 

AWARE Positive Mental Health Programme

A group of our TY students will take part in a four week Positive Mental Health programme delivered my AWARE. There are eight modules in total delivered over the four sessions and the programme includes the following topics:

WEEK 1

Module-Understanding your feelings

-This session introduces cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and helps students to understand that what we think and do influences how we feel.

Module- Are You Strong Enough To Keep Your Temper (1,2,3, Breathe)

-This session helps students to recognise what winds them up and teaches them how to control your anger and improve their happiness and relationships.

WEEK 2

Module –Looking at things differently

-This session teaches students to recognise and control unhelpful thinking patterns and encourages them to challenge negative thoughts and replace them with more helpful ones.

Module–Building inner confidence

-Things other people say to us creep into our heads and we begin to believe them. This session helps students to re-build their self-confidence and learn to like themselves again.

WEEK 3

Module–The Things You Do That Mess You Up

-This session helps students identify things in their life such as comfort eating or spending money which may make them feel better initially but which may lead to problems over time, and how to deal with temptation to do them.

Module– How to Fix Almost Everything

-Everything is achievable if it’s broken down into small enough steps. This session introduces a 4-step plan to help students tackle problems and make positive changes in their life.

WEEK 4

Module –Doing things that make you feel better

-We’ve all said this to ourselves when we’re feeling down. This session focuses on encouraging students to start doing things which can make them feel better.

Module – Ten Things You Can Do to Feel Happier

-The last session sums everything up and shows students some simple things that they can build into them everyday life to help them feel happier, fitter and more positive.

TY PE

Our TY’s have started their Sports Leader training as part of the PE programme. This programme is run in conjunction with Donegal Sports Partnership. Through this course, students will learn and demonstrate important life skills such as effective communication and organisation, whilst leading basic physical and sports activities with younger students, their peers, and within primary schools in the community. The transferable skills learned will be useful in college, the workplace and life in general.

TY Coaching: A large number of transition years have volunteered to coach athletics on Thursday evenings. They will gain valuable experience coaching primary school age children for the year. They will also be responsible for organising various athletic events throughout the year. The first event that they will host is the Primary School Sportshall Athletics in December.

SPORT

U15 Girls Basketball

image023A convincing win for the AVS girls under 15 basketball team against Carrick on Shannon. Our girls had a slow start but lead at the first quarter by a point, Sophia Maziri opening the score line with a well taken lay-up. It went in at the 1st 3 points to 2. The second quarter came too quickly for the girls from Carrick on Shannon and Abbey shot of the blocks opening a comfortable six point lead at the half. It was a game of defences and luckily for the girls from Donegal, their superiority was evident as after the half time break the opposition were unable to keep up with AVS. Excellent performances from Emma Meehan and Sophia Maziri gave way to an enthralling last quarter with excellent marksmanship from Sarah Donavan and a captivating performance from the whole team left the AVS capping another great result by winning 42-19. Well done to the team and coach Ms O Mahoney.

U14 Football

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In the heart of Ballybofey arose a new challenge for the boys from Donegal. The boys flew out of the blocks with points from Daniel McIntyre and Callum McCrea but then a lapse in concentration let the Ballybofey boys back into it. It was end to end but at half time it went in at half time level. 1-4 to Ballybofey and 7 to our boys. What must have been an inspirational team talk lead by none other than Mr. O Donnell and Mr. McFadden empowered our boys to open up the game. Goals from Senan Carr and Kevin Muldoon meant there was an ever widening gap between the two teams. Clinical finishing alongside an airtight defense left Ballybofey standing and watching in awe as our forwards hit multiple scores from long range. The game ended 3-15 to 1-12, a deserving victory for our boys. Onwards and upwards for the men from the Abbey.

A few notable performances from Daniel McIntyre, John Bell and Kevin Muldoon. 

U16 Girls Football

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Our girls braved harsh weather conditions on Monday morning to play an important game against Gairmlscoil Chú Uladh in Gleann Fhinne. Getting off to a brilliant start with goals from Aine Ward, Holly Roarty and Emma Sweeney, the AVS girls showed great strength and skill, building an impressive lead and managing to keep the opposing side scoreless at half-time. Gairmscoil Chú Uladh fought back in the first minutes of the second half scoring a goal and upping their defence. Substitutes, Sophia Maziri and Rosie Campbell also made a big contribution to the game scoring 1-2 and 1-0 respectively. A credit to the Abbey Vocational School, our girls never let up and went on to tally an impressive 9-11 throughout the game. A very impressive victory for the AVS girls who now progress to the Ulster preliminary stage to play Breifne College next week. We wish them and coaches Mary Crawford and Ms Creane the very best of luck. 

U 20 Girls Football

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The AVS girls set sail for Burt on a frosty, slippery morning to meet a strong Carndonagh side, needing nothing less than a victory to secure our place in the next round. Within five minutes Laoise McGonagle got her name on the scoreboard with a superb goal. This settled the girls and three more goals were soon to follow scored by Hannah Crawford. Carndonagh got into the game and put five points over before Laoise McGonagle found the back of the net again. A great defensive display by the Abbey girls ensured Carndonagh were kept to six points in the first half. We went in with a comfortable lead at half time. 

Scores were hard to come by in a toughly fought second half which saw Abbey Vocational School be reduced to fourteen players and Carndonagh making the best use of their extra player by scoring two points and being awarded a penalty. Caoimhe Walsh led the Abbey right back into the game by scoring a fabulous goal to keep us in the lead. Substitutes, Aoife Mackle and Sofia Maziri also contributed to the score sheet with two very impressive points. The AVS were deserving winners with a scoreline of 6-4 to 3-8 at the final whistle. The team will now progress to the Ulster preliminaries and play in Omagh next week. 

New Gym Equipment

The Abbey Vocational School were delighted to receive the new gym equipment on Friday the 8th of November. Thanks again to Liam Clancy in the @AbbeyDonegal for supporting the school and @officialdonegal on this project.

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Lunchtime Activities:

Our lunchtime SPORTS FOR ALL programme is running every day. Thank you to all the teachers who have volunteered to help run such a large programme. 

There are at least two activities on each day, indoors in the sports hall and outdoors on the tennis courts. The timetable is posted on the notice boards around the school. ALL students are encouraged to come out and get active during their lunch break. Students can participate in their uniform but must wear proper footwear/runners.  Please see Mrs. Gallagher if you have any questions.

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AVS Students  attending Gaelic Football training on Wednesday the 13th November,

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Lunchtime activities include football on the courts.

Activities for this term are as follows:

LUNCHTIME SPORTS FOR ALL

Day Event Teacher Venue
 

Monday

Girls Badminton

(open to all students)

Mrs Gallagher Sports Hall
TY Boys Soccer Mr Gorman Tennis Court
 

Tuesday

1st Year Boys Soccer Mr O’ Mahony Sports Hall
Senior Boys Soccer Mr Daly Tennis Court
Sports Hall
 

Wednesday

2nd Year Boys  Soccer Mr McLoone Sports Hall
1st Year Boys Soccer Mr O Donnell Tennis Court
Zumba

(open to all girls)

Ms. Kelly Library
5t
 

Thursday

Ultimate Frisbee

(open to all students)

Mrs. O’Mahony Sports Hall
2nd Year Boys Soccer Mr Russell Tennis Court
Keep Fit Running club

(open to all students)

Mrs Gallagher School track
 

Friday

1st  & 2nd Year Girls Unihoc Ms. Rooney Sports Hall
3rd Year Boys Soccer Mr Herron Tennis Court
Dance Club

(open to all girls)

Ms. Kelly Library

AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS CLUBS

Sports Team Coach Training time Venue
Athletics Mrs M Gallagher Tuesday

4pm – 5.30pm

Sports hall and track
Basketball

1st & 2nd Year Boys

Mr. P Mc Devitt,

L. Gallagher,

(Mr. S Carty)

Friday

3.30 – 4.30 pm

Sports hall
Basketball

Senior & U16 Boys

Mr. D Russell,

S. Mogan,

(Mr. S Carty)

Monday 4- 6pm Sports hall
Basketball

1st & 2nd Year Girls

Ms P Rooney,

Ms S Mogan

Thursday

3.30pm – 4.30pm

Sports hall
Basketball

Senior & U16 Girls

Mrs. E O’ Mahony,

Ms V Lockhart

Wednesday

3.30 – 5.30pm

Sports hall
Cross Country Mrs M Gallagher Tuesday 4.15- 5.30pm

Thursday Lunchtime

School track
Gaelic Girls

U14

Mrs M Crawford

Ms. G Creane

Monday

4.15 – 5.30pm

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic Girls

U16 & Senior:

Mrs M Crawford

P Rooney

Monday

4.15 – 5.30pm

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic Boys

U14

Mr P O’Donnell,

Mr. S Mc Fadden

Wednesday

3.30 – 4.45pm

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic Boys

U16

Mr. L McLoone,

Mr. C Monahan

Tuesday

4:10 – 5:10

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic Boys

Senior

Mr. B Carty,

Mr. C Herron

Thursday

3.30pm – 4.30pm

School field / All weather pitch
Girls Active Mrs. PA Gavigan, Mrs. R Myers Thursday

3.30pm -4.30pm

Parish hall / Library
Soccer Boys – 1st yr Mr S Devlin Tuesday

4pm – 5p2k8m

Soccer Boys – U15 Mr. I O’Mahony,

Mr. L Gallagher

Thursday

3.30pm -4.30pm

School field / All weather pitch
Soccer Boys – U17 Mr C Hegarty
Soccer Boys – Senior Mr. G Gorman Wednesday

3.30pm – 4.30pm

Squash Mr I O’Mahony
Rowing Mr. S Maguire