Abbey V.S. Newsletter – 14th Jan 2019

Information Evening for Incoming First Years

An Information Evening will be held on 15th January 2019 for Incoming first years. This will be held in the main Assembly are of the school and all parents are encouraged to attend please.

Sports Awards

Congratulations to the following who were nominated for an Award in the following categories in the Donegal Sports Star Awards which take palce later this month.

  • Best Secondary School: Abbey Vocational School
  • Beat Sports Boy: Conor Camobell
  • Best Sports Girl: Niamh Moohan

Well done to all those involved in sport in the school for their enormous input for so many students.

Parent Teacher Meetings

The parent teacher meeting took place for 5th years, TY’s and LCA on Thursday night last. There was a very large attendance on the night.

The Parent/Teacher meeting for second year students takes place on January 24th.

Carol Service Fundraiser for the Church Spire Fund

Thank you to all of those who contributed to our collection at the recent Christmas concert. There was €335 collected which will be donated to the spire funds in thanks for the use of the Church of Ireland for the event.

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To see our Carol Service on our YouTube Channel please click here.

Leaving Cert Sraith Pictiúr 2019 Irish Show

On Thursday, Leaving Certificate Students welcomed the Irish Group ‘Caith amach é’. The show embraced all twenty ‘Sraith Pictiúr 2019’ which are on the curriculum for the Irish Leaving Certificate Oral. It was a two man show which received rave reviews as they reenacted the ‘Sraith Pictiur’ using comedy sketches. It was enjoyed by both students and Teachers!!

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Numeracy

The Maths Club runs every Friday at lunchtime in room 30 and is an inclusive club for all members of the school. It is a wonderful way for Students to meet, socialise and engage in mathematical activities. We hold competitions each week and get to embrace our love of Maths!

The Chess Club meets every Tuesday at lunchtime in room 3 and is an enjoyable, inclusive club which promotes wellbeing and mindfulness amongst its members. Everyone welcome!

Literacy

This week saw the birthdays of novelists such as J.D. Salinger, J.R.R. Tolkien and E.M. Forster. In commemoration, the English

Department would like to recommend “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger. Written in 1951 the book tells the story of the protagonist’s teenage angst and alienation.

With the mock examinations for Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle on the horizon the English Department recommends “The Little Book of Mindfulness” by Patrizia Collard.

Teaching & Learning: Student Resources

This week’s useful learning resources include:

StudyBlue – (Free)

StudyBlue allows you to upload class study materials, create electronic flashcards to study and share with others, and practice quizzes.

Oxford Dictionary(Free)

The mobile version of the Oxford University Press’ Oxford English Dictionary.

Student Council

Frank Duffy was invited to this meeting to report feedback from his meeting with the Donegal Youth Council. Important topics such as Mental Health and Equality in Sports were addressed and discussed.

The Council reviewed the Training Workshop they had participated in which focused on team training skills, leadership and organisation skills.

The topic of inclusion was investigated and it was agreed to formulate a questionnaire/survey in order to assess all the different nationalities in the Abbey Vocational School.

The Student Council Meeting also agreed to host a Cultural Food Event this term. Students will be invited to showcase the wide variety of cultures flourishing in the school.

Music Department

The Music Department hold Choir meetings in Room 16 every Friday lunchtime, all are welcome!

Also, with the Mock Examinations around the corner, exam classes are preparing for Mock Practicals on during the first week of February.

The inspiring Carol Service and Carol Singing in Supervalu before Christmas was a great success. There will be a presentation of the money collected to Reverend Huss on Monday 14th January at 2pm – Funds in aid of the Church Spire Fund.

Art Dept

Leaving Certificate and 2nd year Art students received their themes for examination work this week and are busy working on those. This is the first year of the new 2nd year Junior Cycle Art classroom Based Assessments. Congratulations to Mia McCalmont who won 1st place in the Credit Union Art competition at chapter (county) level following her success at local level. Mia’s work now progresses to the national final!

Healthy School

A survey has been distributed to the school community in relation to the food habits of the School members. This data will be reviewed and studied with the intention of implementing healthier alternatives for all. These changes will be implemented in the School Canteen and Tuck Shop.

As part of well-being our students are planning to improve some of the environmental areas. A group of TY students have commenced a project which involves them designing positive comments which they will paint onto our toilets doors. They are also compiling a number of positive words that will be placed on all our school steps around the school. Another group will be make friendship benches that will be placed around our school building outside to encourage students to sit down and talk to each other. We are looking forward to all of this work.

Guidance

  1. The Defence Forces presented to Senior Cycle students on Thursday of last week. The title of the presentation was ‘Defence Force Careers’. The feedback from the presentation was excellent. Thank you to Lt. John Grennan for his time.
  2. IT Sligo are holding an Information Evening in the college on Tuesday 15 January, starting at 6 p.m. for Leaving Certificate students and their parents. See itsligo.ie/openevening for further info.
  3. LYIT are holding an Information Evening in the college on Wednesday, 16 January between 5 and 8 p.m. for Leaving Certificate students and their parents. See lyit.ie/News-Events/Article/information-evening-2019-letterkenny-and-killybegs for further info.
  4. NUI Galway are holding an Open Evening in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Thursday, 17 January between 7 and 9 p.m. for Leaving Certificate students and their parents. See nuigalway.ie/visitus/information-evenings/ for further info.
  5. A HEAR & DARE Advice Clinic for Leaving Cert students and their parents/guardians will take place in the Villa Rose, Ballyboffey on Saturday, 19 January 2019 between 10.00 and 2.00. See ie for further info.
  6. LYIT are holding an Information Evening in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town on Tuesday, 22 January between 5 and 8 p.m. for Leaving Certificate students and their parents. See https://www.lyit.ie/News-Events/Article/information-evening-2019-donegal-town for further info.
  7. Information talks for Leaving Certs taking place in the library in 2019:
  • Angela’s, Sligo:

Thursday, 17 January 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35

  • IT Sligo Work Based Engineering Degree:

Thursday, 24 January 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35

  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT):

Thursday, 31 January 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35

  • North-West Regional College (NWRC):

Thursday, 07 February 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35

  1. 6th Year students & LCAs are welcome to book a 1:1 appointment with their Guidance Counsellor if they have not already done so.
  2. Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

Inclusion

This week as part of their wellbeing and Living in the Community activities Level 2 students completed the Bank Walk and competed in teams to complete the fairy trail.

15 members of staff are completing a 7 week programme of Irish Sign Language to develop their skills and enable us to support and facilitate the inclusion of students with hearing difficulties. Level 2 students are also being taught some ISL during Living in the Community.

Active Schools

Transition Year Students will be mentoring second year students for a Tug of War contest later this month as part of our Active School Flag programme.

Students from University Limerick will be coming to our school on Thursday the 17th January to interview the team spearheading the ASF project. We look forward to seeing them!

Plans for the walkway around the school as part of the ASF project have been rejected due to health and safety so junior students are coming up with a ‘Plan B’. We hope to see this walkway in  place soon.

Girls Active

Girls Active will resume again on Thursday 17th January 2019. Rowing is the themed activity for the next 5 weeks term. It will take place in the gym at the Abbey Vocational School from 3.30pm – 4.30pm. Looking forward to seeing girls from all year groups there.

Lunchtime Science Club

Fifteen students left the Abbey Vocational School at 5.30am on Friday the 11th January to attend and experience the BT Young Scientist Exhibition in Dublin. The BTYSE is a science fair sponsored by BT to show young students how fun and hands-on science can be. The Students really enjoyed the day and it proved a great way for the Students to be inspired about science and technology. According to one Student “it is not just an exhibition in the R.D.S. but a journey that starts in the classroom and takes you to a whole new incredible world, where you meet new people, try new things, explore your imagination, think outside the box and do things that you could have only dreamed of”.

Drama Club

Mr Donegan’s A.V.S. Drama Group will start soon involving theatre productions, short film projects, comedy improvisation and theatre trips. Rehearsals will take place at lunchtimes and after school. If you are interested in acting the 1st meeting is in the Library this Thursday (17th January) at 1pm.  All years welcome.

School Tour Abroad

Excitement is growing as the Students look forward to the Annual School Tour abroad! Of course, all students attending the school tour must have a copy of their passports handed in to Mr. Clark as soon as possible and a copy of their EHIC card handed in to Mrs. Dunnion. The flight and hotel details will be posted to the school website in the coming weeks. Finally, according to J.K. Rowling “let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure!”.

SPORT

Senior Boys Gaelic

The AVS senior boys Gaelic team took on Milford in the final of the McIver Cup on Wednesday 9th January in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny. Milford got off to a strong start and had the Abbey boys under pressure early on. Michael Statham’s goal midway through the first half kept the AVS in the contest, however, a second Milford goal ensured they went in leading by 2 points at half time. The AVS came out more determined in the second half and through some excellent score-taking went into a 5 point lead. Back came Milford, and only for a point blank stop by Enda O’Hagan in the AVS goals, Milford would have taken the lead entering the final few minutes. Cian Hegarty scored a crucial goal in the final minutes for Abbey that ultimately proved to be the deciding score. A memorable victory for the AVS and congratulations to coaches Mr. Leyden and Mr. Monaghan. Up next for the senior boys is an Ulster quarter-final against Coleraine.

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U14 Girls GAA

U14 Girls G.A.A. training continues every Monday from 4-5 on the school pitch. The Girls League will be commencing at the start of February. All players welcome. Please bring gum shields football boots and runners.

1st and 2nd Years Boys Basketball

1st and 2nd Years Boys Basketball continues every Monday from 4-5.45 in the School Gym. The Boys will be playing Sligo Grammar, Carrick-On-Shannon and Coláiste Cholmcille in the League this year. Their first game will be against Sligo Grammar at the end of January.

1st and 2nd year Girls Basketball

Best of luck to the first and second year girls basketball teams who play Ballinamore next Tueday 15th in the league.

TY News

TY Walk:

On Friday the 11th January Transition Year Students took part in an inspiring sponsored walk around Drimarone. The Transition Year Students departed the school at 10:00 a.m. and set off on a journey of bonding, wellbeing and exercise. This was an excellent day and raised €1300 towards extra TY curricular activities.

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TY Drama based on the theme of the Homelessness in Society:

A number of our TY are starting into a new project around Creative Engagement. The project will be aimed at making our community aware of the homeless. The project will consist of three areas, Drama, Dance and Music. The final product will be a staged performance by the students involved and all money raised will go towards a Homeless charity. The programme will be coordinated by Conor Carney.

The programme is co-funded by the Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Department of Education and Skills and the Heritage Council.  Each year projects are produced in schools  ranging from theatre and film through to sculpture and music.  A creative engagement happens when a local artist or  arts  group comes into the school and imparts their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to the students.  This partnership has mutual benefits to both artist and school.

The Creative Engagement Programme strives to encourage creativity, initiative and expression in our students and to complement curricular learning in the arts  heritage and culture.

TY Mini Company

Our TY students continue to work on their mini companies. The mini company is a very rewarding project. The idea of the project is for a group to come together, think of a creative enterprise by providing a product or service, market this good, and sell it to the target audience, hoping to make a profit. An example of one of our very successful mini companies from this year  is Cute As A Button. This is a group of five students who make and design handmade button art. Their products are both creative and unique. They can be customised their product to suit any occasion. They have been extremely busy over the past few months producing and selling their product at many different Craft Fairs for example the Beauty and the Beast, Leghowney country market, Inver craft fair and the Donegal craft village fair. To date the girls have received over 50 orders.

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Performing Arts

During this term the TYs will take part in four different modules, these will be rotated every four weeks. The following modules will be on offer:

  • Drama Workshop
  • PE Expo competition – this is a national competition
  • YSI- Young Social Innovators – this is a national competition
  • Guitar Workshop
  • GAA Future Leaders – Wellbeing

Young Social Innovators Competition

Young Social Innovators is Ireland’s largest social awareness and active citizenship and education programme for 15 to 18 year old teens. Its main goal is to get young people involved in action which helps improve the lives of others in their community.

This term TY C have decided that they will base their projects around the area of homelessness. The aim of the project is to put together a care pack that they will distribute to a homeless charity. The students will develop this pack through research online and will make communication with homeless charities to gather further information needed.

TY Activities

This term the students will experience a different range of activities during their Monday activity slot. These activities will be rotated every four weeks.

  • TYA will take part in GAA coaching Skills with Mr Monaghan.
  • TYB will go to the Central Hotel Leisure center were they will take part in aqua aerobic.
  • TYC will complete four weeks of boxersie with Ms O’Mahony.
  • TYD will Leaving Cert PE induction workshop for the four weeks with Mr O’Mahony.

TY Upcoming Events:

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

  • Public Access To Law course
  • Personal Safety Workshop
  • First Response Course
  • Healthy Life Programme
  • Dublin History Trip
  • Hotel Training
  • Balmoral Shows
  • Lough Key Maths Trip

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TY Newsletter Team:

                                     Frank Duffy

                                     Christopher Darby

                                     Meabh Morrow Herbert

                                     Hannah Crawford

                                     Tom Daly

                                     Emma Coulter

                                     Shona O’Brien 

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Abbey VS Newsletter – Mon 17th Dec

Launch of Leaving Cert Physical Education by Minister Mr Joe McHugh

The Minister of Education Mr Joe McHugh launched the LCPE Programme in the school on Monday morning. This event was attended by a very large crowd of dignitaries, County Councillors and club officials as well as LYIT president Mr Paul Hannigan., Director of Schools Dr Martin Gormley and CE Ms Anne McHugh.  The school are delighted to be rolling out this new subject area as part of our Leaving Cert Subject Options.

There are 64 schools in Phase 1. LCPE was highly oversubscribed with well over 369 schools applying which is over 50% of schools. The AVS were delighted to get selected. LCPE runs alongside the PE Framework.  Provision is in place for Senior Cycle PE Framework for senior cycle students which runs alongside the LCPE. We have a responsibility to all young people in our school as well as the 24 LCPE students so we offer this new PE programme. This is being rolled out to all 140 5th years students.

This area of our PE Short Course programme for Junior cycle is being led out by Ms O’Mahony and we have 174 first years and 142 second years students doing this.

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End of Term Arrangements

Christmas Carol Service:

This year the Carol Service will take place on Wednesday 19th December at 7pm in the Church of Ireland.  We look forward to this very special occasion. All welcome!

For a look back at the 2017 Carol Service please see our YouTube Channel HERE

Christmas Concert:

The Annual Christmas Concert takes place on Friday 21st December. This Concert is organised by the Leaving Cert Music classes and covers all year groups from first to Leaving Cert students who wish to perform.

School Closes for Christmas:

School closes for Christmas at 1pm on Friday 21st December and buses will come at this time. We wish all of our school community a very happy and healthy Christmas!

Induction Day for Incoming students:

Sixth Class students from a variety of primary schools spent a day in the Abbey Vocational School on Tuesday last as part of the transfer process. They experienced classes in all of the nine optional subject areas and followed a timetable in these subjects for the day. The students had their lunch in the school canteen and were entertained by a selection of students who sang and played instruments on the stage throughout lunch time. The students had a very busy but enjoyable day. All are reminded please to return their enrolment form to the school.

NOTE the Following Dates

  • 15th January 2019 – Information Evening for 6th Class Parents in the AVS (7.00pm – 8.00pm).
  • 31st January – Return of Subject Choice Forms.

Junior Cycle Day for Staff

The staff attended training on Wednesday last which was facilitated by Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) Advisors who seek to support schools in continuing to implement the Framework for Junior Cycle 2015. The intended learning for the day was to:

  • further our understanding of how ongoing assessment supports student learning.
  • identify ways that assessment can have a positive impact on learning and teaching in the classroom.
  • recognise the connection between teaching, learning, assessment and reporting.
  • and the design of effective assessments.

Assessment Tasks

The Assessment tasks for 3rd Year English and Business were completed this week – well done to all those students who partook in this task which is 10 % of their State Exam. These task are carried out following the second CBA.

Teaching & Learning: Student Resource

Free-Form Graphic Organser interactive tool for students.

Free Form Graphic Org

This interactive tool (see link below) provides a free-form graphic organiser for activities that provide you with a quick way to trace out options and rearrange connections. You can use the Webbing Tool to analyse readings or for prewriting / planning activities or as  flowcharting tool. You can drag the circle or box shapes representing your ideas to arrange any layout and relationship that they want. Each layer on the chart will have a different color border for the shapes that you choose.

Link: Free Form Graphic Organiser

Third Year Music Trip

The Junior Cert Music classes travelled to Dublin to experience a live orchestra. The concert was in the National Concert Hall with the RTE symphony orchestra playing Christmas Classics such as ‘Away in a Manger’, ‘12 days of Christmas’ and pieces from the Ballet ‘The Nutcracker’.
For some, this was their first experience of being to the National Concert Hall and seeing a live orchestra. It was a brilliant way for the students to understand how the Orchestra is set up in their different sections and the conductor’s job. An experience like this really brings their study in music class to life.

Fifth Year Cultural Trip

The fifth year students attended a film in Bundoran Cinema entitled Black 47.  Black ’47 is a 2018 Irish period drama film directed by Lance Daly. The screenplay is by PJ Dillon, Pierce Ryan, Eugene O’Brien and Lance Daly, based on the Irish-language short film An Ranger, written and directed by Dillon and Ryan. The film stars Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville, Jim Broadbent, Stephen Rea, Freddie Fox, Barry Keoghan, Moe Dunford, and Sarah Greene. Set in Ireland during the Great Famine, the film follows an Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, as he abandons his post to reunite with his family. The title is taken from the most devastating year of the famine, 1847, which is referred to as “Black ’47”.

Leaving Cert Art Trip

On Wednesday of this week the Leaving Cert Art students will attend the National Gallery of Ireland Art Library as part of their Leaving Cert studies. They will visit The Hugh Lane Gallery, The National Gallery, The National Museum and The Book of Kells. The Gallery’s Art Library is Ireland’s leading research centre for the study of art and art history. It holds the country’s most extensive bibliographic collections relating to the national and international development of the visual arts.

Christmas Card Competition

The Leaving Cert Applied Christmas cards are almost entirely sold out. A big thank you to all those who supported their venture. Well done to all the Leaving Cert Applied. All profits go to MS Donegal.

Lunchtime Science Club

The lunchtime science club is very well attended in room 33 every Wednesday. This week the students investigated factors which affect enzymes and their activity. They are now working with enzymes from plants.  They explore the use of enzymes in everyday life e.g. detergents, sweeteners and bio processing in general.

Coding Club

First year student Hugh McShane is going to showcase his project on the 19th December in Pramerica Letterkenny. Hugh designed a Rubix Cube solving robot using coding software. The 5th year Computer Science class will also attend the showcase and they will be presenting their project on the self-filling reservoir. Both projects will be displayed to 400 guests on the day.

Our lunchtime coding club takes place every Monday in the Pramerica computer suite. First year students of all abilities learn to code using scratch.mit.edu.  The students work individually or with a partner in resolving differentiated tasks set by Mr. Harvey or Mr. O’Mahony. The coding club serves as an extension of their learning in class but also preparation for the ‘Coding’ Short course in their Junior Cycle Programme. New students are always welcome and prior experience not necessary. However a disposition to liking solving problems and computational thinking will go a long way to enjoying coding.

Webwise Ambassador

Well done to Emma Coulter who took part in here first Webwise Ambassador webinar last week. Emma was recently selected for the Webwise Ambassador Training programme. Emma is required to attend an online webinar next week.  Webwise is the Irish Internet Safety Awareness Centre. They develop resources and run campaigns that promote a better internet. 

They also work with a Youth Panel to develop different campaigns. This Youth Panel is made up of around 30 teenagers from all over Ireland. It was their idea to have a Safer Internet Day (SID) Ambassadors Programme to help more people and schools get involved in tackling cyberbullying.

Music Activities

The Traditional Music Group rehearsal takes place every Monday at lunchtime in room 13. Our Ukulele Orchestra rehearsals take place every Tuesday in room 13.  The School Choir rehearsals are in room 13 every Friday.  Anyone that would like to be involved in this year’s Christmas concert can give their name to Mrs Carr or Ms Breslin.

Literacy

Lunchtime Reading

Room 9 will be open to all on Thursdays for reading. This will provide a quiet place for students to read. Thank you to everyone who helped out with the school Book Fair last week during the school open night.

Numeracy

Maths Competition

Well done to all the students that took part in our Maths Competition last week. The winners of the junior competition were 1st place – Anna Foster Mc Dad and 2nd place – Amy McGrory. The winners of the senior computation were 1st place -Brian Gallagher and 2nd place – Jessica Henry.

TY Chess

An interclass TY Chess competition will take place this Thursday 20th December. All four TY classes will compete against each other using knowledge on what they have recently learned about chess. It’s bound to get competitive and it will just be a successful as last year.


Guidance

HEAR AND DARE

A HEAR & DARE Advice Clinic for Leaving Cert students and their parents/guardians will take place in the Villa Rose, Ballybofey on Saturday, 19 January 2019 between 10.00 and 2.00. See http://www.AccessCollege.ie for further info.

Guidance presentations taking place in the library in 2019:

  • Defence Forces: – Thursday, 10 January 2019, 11.15 – 12.35
  • St. Angela’s, Sligo: – Thursday, 17 January 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35
  • IT Sligo Work Based Engineering Degree: – Thursday, 24 January 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35
  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT): – Thursday, 31 January 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35
  • North-West Regional College (NWRC): – Thursday, 07 February 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35

6th Year students & LCAs are reminded to book a 1:1 appointment with their GuidanceCounsellor in order to ensure they have a clear Guidance plan as they head towards the exams in June.
Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to http://www.AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.


Wellbeing

Wellnesss Workshop for 1st Years

Thank you to Aoibheann Gallen from Renew You who delivered a 6 week wellness workshop with a group of 1st year students.  Throughout the six weeks they studied the importance of a healthy mind and a healthy body. An area they concentrated on was slowing down their breathing and thinking by using a piece of fruit. They also worked on different mediation skills. The students really enjoyed this Mindfulness sessions. It has been such a worthwhile experience and it has provided the students with new skills and strategies that they can use for the rest of their lives.

Health Promoting School

Our school health promoting schools project this year is around healthy eating and a positive physical environment. Our health promoting school committee have distributed a healthy eating questionnaire to students, parents and staff. When all questionnaires have been collected the results will be analysed and our healthy eating policy for the school will be made into a draft. Thank you to all who have completed a questionnaire. The questionnaires will be available on our school website in the coming days for anyone that would like to fill one out.

Physical Environment

As part of wellbeing our students are planning to improve some of the environmental areas. A group of TY students have commenced a project which involves them designing positive comments which they will paint onto our toilets doors. They are also compiling a number of positive words that will be placed on all our school steps around the school. Another group will be make friendship benches that will be placed around our school building outside to encourage students to sit down and talk to each other. We are looking forward to all of this work.

Active Schools

Mapping of our school walkway has started and we hope to have the 1.5k walk way in place after the Christmas holidays. This will be available to all of our students and staff members in the school and will be used regularly for initiatives such as drop everything and walk, pre morning exercise, leisurely strolls and many other initiatives.

Wellbeing page on http://www.avsdonegal.com please click HERE

Active School page on http://www.avsdonegal.com please click HERE


Mini Company

Over the past number of weeks our TY students have been busy working on their mini companies. The mini company is a very rewarding project. The idea of the project is for a group to come together, think of a creative enterprise by providing a product or service, market this good, and sell it to the target audience, hoping to make a profit. Throughout TY and LCVP there are many different companies. An example of a mini company from this year is Cute as a Button. This is a group of five students and they make and design handmade button art. Their products are both creative and unique. They can be customised their product to suit any occasion. They have been extremely busy over the past few weeks selling their product and many different craft fairs for example the Beauty and the Beast, Leghowney Country Market, Inver Craft Fair and the Donegal Craft Village Fair. To date the girls have received over 50 orders.


Transition Year

TY Work Experience

Thank you to all the local businesses that welcomed our TY students to gain work experience in their business this week. Work experience is a very important part of our TY program as our students will get a great hands on experience into the working world.  Sample of work that our students took part in was; Teaching, Gardai, Beautician, Hairdressers, Architect, Radio DJ, Lecturing, Medical and Engineering. We thank all employers who are mentoring our students.

TY Christmas Assessment

Students will be formatively assessed at Christmas and at the end of year. There Christmas assessment is worth 10%.  All TY students have to keep an EPortfolio of their work completed during the year.  Each student is asked to have all their work, workshops, trips etc. uploaded onto their portfolio by the end of the school year.  TY students will complete an interview on Monday and Tuesday of this week which is worth 10% for their final grade at the end of the school year. Students must sit two interviews; another one will be conducted in May. The interview is marked and directed by the student’s tutor teacher.

TY Christmas Trip

On the 19th December TY students are travelling to Sligo for a Christmas outing. The students will stop off in the Abbey Centre in Ballyshannon were they will watch their musical Beauty and the Beast on the big screen. After this they will get back on the bus and go to Sligo, stopping of to see Yeats Grave and then go into Sligo were they will get lunch and they will get a chance to do some Christmas shopping. This trip follows the completion of the TY Christmas Assessment sessions.


SPORT

Girls Active

After Christmas the girls will be taking part in rowing in our school gym every Thursday from 3:30 – 4:30. New members welcome.

2nd yr Girls Basketball

Well done to the 2nd year girls’ basketball team who were winners of the ‘tough cookie’ basketball blitz held by St Catherine’s Killybegs. The girls played both St Catherine’s and Coláiste Na Carraige. There were some brilliant performances on the day especially from caption Emma Meehan.

U15 Girls Soccer

Hard luck to the U15 girls’ soccer team who were defeated by St Columba’s Stranorlar last week. It was a very tough game in tough weather conditions, but our girls fought hard. Well done to Roisin Lynch who scored 4 fantastic goals on the day.

1st and 2nd year Boys Basketball

1st and 2nd year boys’ basketball training take place every Monday after school from 4:00-5:30 in the school gym.

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TY Newsletter Team

  • Frank Duffy
  • Christopher Darby
  • Meabh Morrow Herbert
  • Hannah Crawford
  • Tom Daly
  • Emma Coulter
  • Shona O’Brien 

 

 

AVS Newsletter – Mon 10th Dec

OPEN NIGHT

The school held it’s Open Night on Thursday night last. We welcomed many of the sixth class students in the surrounding areas as well as their parents. We had a wonderful evening where all of our subject departments showcased their students’ work and many wonderful projects were on display. There was a warm and welcoming atmosphere with carol singing and many musicians to be heard throughout the building. We as a school were delighted to showcase our school and celebrate the high standards of teaching and learning as well as the many well being initiatives that are in place for our school community. Thank you to the staff and students who presented on this night as well as to all the members of the local community for attending the event. We especially thank our Leaving Cert Prefects who were outstanding on the night.  Please also see our school video on our Website @abbeyvs.

Please note dates below:

  • 10th December 2018:  – Deadline for Application for Admission 2019/20
  • 11th December 2018: – Induction Day for 6th Class Students  (Approx. 9.30 am  to 2.30pm arranged by the AVS in conjunction with the Primary Schools)
  • 15th  January 2019: – Information Evening for 6th Class Parents in the AVS (7.00pm – 8.00pm)
  • 31st January: – Return of Subject Choice Forms

Mock Interviews

Tuesday evening of last week was a very busy evening for students in the Abbey Vocational School. There were over 80 members of the local community in to interview our Leaving Cert students. The students had prepared for this event following a CV Workshop and an Interview Strategies Workshop and attended the event on the night to be interviewed by a board of professionals in their interest area. The night was very successful and the students found it extremely beneficial and worthwhile. The interviewers were all treated to a meal in the staff room afterwards in thanks for their time. They would to like to thank our Career Guidance teachers and our Parents’ Association for all of their help in preparation for this event. 

The Parents’ Association of the Abbey Vocational School would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who attended on the night  for their support and participation in the Mock Interviews for the Senior Students.  Your contribution to the success of the evening was appreciated by all involved.

Staff Training Days

A reminder to all that the school will be closed to students on Wednesday, December 12th as staff will be attending DoES training days for the New Junior Cycle. All schools nationwide are required to attend such training days

The School Induction day for incoming First years takes place on Tuesday, December 11th and on that day, First Years will also remain at home.

DCU Entrance Scholarship

 

image001Congratulations to Roisin Ward who received an Entrance Scholarshop Award to DCU. Rosin is studying psychology in DCU and received this Award for her outstanding

Leaving Cet results. Well done Roisin.

 

Beauty and the Beast 

We are now delighted to announce that we have a video of Beauty and the Beast for sale. The cost is €10. Please give your name to Ms Rooney if you wish to purchase a copy of this video before Christmas.

Business

Last Wednesday Stephen Friel from the Student Enterprise and Friel Consulting delivered a talk to a number of our TY students. In his talk he gave an overview of what would be expected of our students and their mini companies in the student enterprise competition. He then spoke to a number of our mini company groups as well as individuals, listening to their ideas and giving them some useful tips to help them develop their product and sales. Stephen had some very valuable knowledge to share with the students from his time working in the student enterprise area and also in his own firm which specialises in tailor made packages to suit any organizational needs. Thank you Stephen for giving your time to talk to our students.

First Year Christmas Trip

This week on Wednesday and Thursday all first  year classes attended ‘Peter Pan’ in the Millennium Forum in Derry with their English teachers and Year Head Ms Feeney. They joined Peter Pan, Hook, the Lost Boys and the Darling Family for a fun packed experience! It was packed with elements of fantasy, amazing stunts and lots of fun! It had a powerful mix of music from the ‘Greatest Showman’ to the fun but irritating ‘Baby Shark’ tune which consisted of lots of fun singing along!

Two of our students on both days even got to join Captain Hook on stage for a rendition of ‘Baby Shark’ and got selection boxes for their participation.  Thank you to Mrs Feeney and the English Department for a fun filled day.

Leaving Certificate Physical Education (LCPE) Update

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Leaving Cert PE students enjoyed a great day in LYIT on Thursday 6th Dec. A blend of theoretical presentations and practical sessions in Athletics.

After a formal welcome in one of the larger lecture theatres, our students were given a tour of the sports performance lab by Karl Lacey.  The schools engagement officer Fiona Kelly informed LCPE students of a forthcoming scholarship opportunity going to be made exclusive to LCPE students within the 6 phase schools in coming years. A welcome support of the value LYIT sees in this new subject area.

The students then observed a second year biomechanics presentation on Functional Movement Screening (FMS). An excellent introduction to some future learning outcomes on our PE specification.

Karl Lacey and his 4th year undergrads led our students in a practical sprinting session which will add to their existing knowledge and support their creation of their performance assessment video. The college provided lunch vouchers which gave our students a chance to immerse themselves further in a taste of college life on campus.

The afternoon session saw students engage in another athletics session focusing on analysis and feedback through a discovery mode of teach. Excellent work from the 4th year PE undergraduates. A thoroughly enjoyable day that proved mutually beneficial for both AVS and LYIT. We look forward to a return visit in AVS in the new year.

Students now turn their attentions back to class and the upcoming LCPE Launch on December 17th in the PE hall at 12 o’clock.

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Pramerica Visit

On Wednesday of this week Pramerica came to record the Leaving Cert computer science project for their innovative center. They are going to showcase the project on the 19th of December in Pramerica Letterkenny to 409 guests.

3rd Year CSPE Trip

Two class groups of students from 3A and 3D headed off early Tuesday morning to Dublin Zoo as part of their Junior Cert CSPE Action project work. Two wonderful zoo stewards looked after our groups and informed us of the many procedures carried out in the Zoo. In the Lecture Hall the steward discussed our role in the environment. Students sorted out good and poor examples of stewardship and debated this entire area.

Following a discussion on endangered species, the students visited a tiger and an elephant, two of the zoo’s endangered animals. The visit benefited the students greatly for their Action Projects as they discovered more about their role on earth. Afterwards, the students went to Liffey Valley to enjoy some shopping, food and festivities.

Art

Leaving Cert Art students are currently preparing for their Art trip to Dublin on December 19th to visit The Hugh Lane Gallery, The National Gallery, The National Museum and The Book of Kells.

Lunchtime Science Club

The lunchtime science club is very well attended in room 33 every Wednesday. This week the students investigated factors which affect enzymes and their activity. They are now working with enzymes from plants.  They explore the use of enzymes in everyday life eg. detergents, sweeteners and bio processing in general.

Coding Club

Our lunchtime coding club takes place every Monday in the Pramerica computer suite. First year students of all abilities learn to code using scratch.mit.edu.  The students work individually or with a partner in resolving differentiated tasks set by Mr. Harvey or Mr. O’Mahony. The coding club serves as an extension of their learning in class but also preparation for the ‘Coding’ Short course in their Junior Cycle programme. New students are always welcome and prior experience not necessary. However, a disposition to liking solving problems and computational thinking will go a long way to enjoying coding. Well done to Hugh Mcshane in first year who has been working hard all week in our ICT lab to finish his Rubix Cube solving robot with Mr Gorman’s guidance.

Music Activities

The Traditional Music Group rehearsal takes place every Monday at lunchtime in room 13.

Our Ukulele Orchestra rehearsals take place every Tuesday in room 13.

The School Choir rehearsals are in Room 13 every Friday.

Anyone that would like to audition for a solo part in the Christmas Carol Service is asked to go to room 13 this Tuesday at 1pm.

Anyone that would like to be involved in this years Christmas concert can give their name to Mrs Carr or Ms Breslin.

Christmas Carol Service

This year the Carol Service will take place on Wednesday 19th December at 7pm in the Church of Ireland.  We look forward to a very special occasion. All welcome!

Teaching & Learning

Student Resource – The SimpleMind App.

A mind map is a tool for the brain that captures the thinking that goes on inside your head. Mind mapping helps you think, collect knowledge, remember and create ideas.

Mind maps can be created in many different ways, but they share the same basics.

The SimpleMind App (free edition) is available on iTunes, Android or Windows.

An example of a Mind map created by 5th Year Geography students is shown below.

Types of Regions

Literacy

Writer in Schools

Thank you to Imelda Maguire for coming into our school to deliver a workshop to two first year groups in relation to write, poetry techniques, how to approach and enhance their writing. Imelda is a well-known poet and she did a recital of her poetry.

Lunchtime Reading

Room 9 will be open to all on Thursdays for reading. This will provide a quiet place for students to read.

Webwise Ambassador

Webwise

Well done to Emma Coulter who has been selected for the Webwise Ambassador Training programme. Emma is required to attend a online webinar next week.  Webwise is the Irish Internet Safety Awareness Centre. They develop resources and run campaigns that promote a better internet. 
They also work with a Youth Panel to develop different campaigns. This Youth Panel is made up of around 30 teenagers from all over Ireland. It was their idea to have a Safer Internet Day (SID) Ambassadors Programme to help more people and schools get involved in tackling cyberbullying.

Numeracy

TY Chess

An interclass TY Chess competition will take place the week before the Christmas holidays. All four TY classes will compete against each other using knowledge on what they have recently learned about chess. It’s bound to get competitive and it will just be a successful as last year.

Student Voice

The Student Council were present at the schools Open Evening to talk to the incoming first years.The students addressed the incoming first years in relation to inclusion in the school, and they explain how inclusion is a very important theme in our school.

Our Leaving Cert Prefects took on the role of tour guides on the OPEN night in the school on Thursday evening last. We would like to thank them all as they did an outstanding job.

Donegal Youth Council 

The Donegal Youth Council Agenda Day  (AGM) took place on Thursday 6th December in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny. At this event 120 young people from all across the country came together for a consultation event, where they had the opportunity to put forward ideas in facilitated discussions and to vote to determine the key issues for the young people in the county.

Guidance Department

A very successful Mock Interview Night for Leaving Cert students took place last Tuesday. Thank you to the Parents’ Association for organising and the interviewers who gave up their time to interview the students.

Thank you to Lorraine Murray from Donegal ETB’s apprenticeship Department for presenting to senior cycle students last Thursday.  She informed them of the many apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities available after the Leaving Cert.

A HEAR & DARE Advice Clinic for Leaving Cert students and their parents/guardians will take place in the Villa Rose, Ballyboffey on Saturday, 19 January 2019 between 10.00 and 2.00. See www.AccessCollege.ie for further info.

Upcoming Guidance presentations taking place in the library:

  • DCU, Thursday, 06 December @ 11.55 – 12.35
  • IT Sligo, Thursday, 13 December @ 11.55 – 12.35
  • GMIT, Thursday, 31 January 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35
  • North-West Regional College, Thursday, 07 February 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35

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

Wellbeing

Wellness Workshop

A group of first  year students have been involved in a six week wellness workshop with Aoibheann Gallen from Renew You. They will be taking part in their last session this week. Throughout the six weeks they have studied the importance of a healthy mind. An area they have been concentrating on has been slowing  down their breathing and thinking by using a piece of fruit. The students really enjoyed this Mindfulness sessions. It has been such a worthwhile experience and it has provided the students with new skills and strategies that they can use for the rest of their lives.

Healthy Schools

Our school health promoting schools project this year is around healthy eating and a positive physical environment. Our health promoting school committee have distributed a healthy eating questionnaire to students, parents and staff. When all questionnaires have been collected the results will be analysed and out healthy eating policy for the school will be made into a draft. Thank you to all who have completed a questionnaire and if anyone wished to do some please see Mrs Duane or Ms Rooney.

Simple Simon’s Talk

On Thursday 6th December Simple Simons from Donegal Town came into our school and gave a talk to our TY students. They informed the students about the importance of eating healthily and how to save the environment by using metal reusable bottles. They also discussed aspects of vegan and vegetarian diets. Our students got a great insight into the different types of healthy food. This talk is also in line with our school health promoting schools project this year.

Physical Environment

As part of wellbeing our students are planning to improve some of the environmental areas. A group of TY students have commenced  a project which involves them designing  positive comments which they will paint onto our toilets doors. They are also compiling a number of positive words that will be placed on all our school steps around the school. Another group will be make friendship benches that will be placed around our school building outside to encourage students to sit down and talk to each other. We are looking forward to all of this work.

Work Experience

All TY students will be attending work experience this week. Work experience is a very important part of our TY program as our students will get a great, hands on experience into the working world.  Sample of work that our students will be sampling will be; Teaching, Gardai, Beautician, Hairdressers, Architect, radio DJ, lecturing, medical and engineering. We thank all employers who are mentoring our students.

Cake Decorating Workshop

Thank you to Leanne Gallagher who came into the school to deliver a workshop in cake decorating and gave our students great tips on how to make festive treats. She showed the students how to decorate buns with elves, snowflakes, Santa and Christmas puddings. It was a very enjoyable experience for all students and they came out of the workshop with many treats.

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History Trip to Derry

On Friday 7th December Ms. Markey’s and Mr. Clarke’s TY History classes visited Derry. During the visit students were given a guided tour of the Walls of Derry. Coincidently their visit took place on the 330th anniversary of the beginning of the Siege of Derry which began on 7th December 1688. On the Walls students heard of the history of the city from its foundation during the Ulster Plantation in the 17th century to the events of Bloody Sunday and the Troubles. Following the guided tour of the Walls students visited the Museum of Free Derry in the Bogside. During their visit there students heard about the events of 30th January 1972 and viewed the excellent and detailed exhibition of the day that would become known as ‘Bloody Sunday’.


SPORTS NEWS

Girls Active

The Girls have just finished 5 weeks of jiving. Thank you to Geraldine Thomas for developing the then workshops. After Christmas the girls will be taking part in rowing in our school gym every Thursday from 3:30 – 4:30.

Table Tennis

We will be looking to develop table tennis in the school. This is in direct response to recent surveys undertaken as part of the schools Active School Flag pilot. We would like to target students not currently involved in any extracurricular sport/activity. Please contact Mr. O’Mahony in the PE Department to express your interest.

Athletics

Couch to 5km (Seniors)

Couch 2 5k training has started on Mondays after school and is open to all senior students and staff looking to get fit. Training will take place on the track every Monday and Thursday. Everyone can participate at their own fitness level. Please see Mrs. McLaughlin if you have any questions.

Run 4 Fun training (Juniors)

There run for fun training group has commenced at lunchtimes on the track for all junior students. This training is open to all students who want to improve their fitness and will cater for all fitness levels ranging from walking level up to running level.

Students must wear runners for the training and can meet on the track at the beginning of lunch. Training will last 20/30 minutes everyday.

U14 Girls GAA

U14 girls training will take place every Monday after school at 4pm on the school pitch. All players welcome. Please take gum shield, football boots and runners. The first league game will take place after Christmas.

School Rugby

Mr Claydon is coaching the boys rugby every Monday after school. The boys are enjoying working under a very experienced and enthusiastic rugby coach.

1st and 2nd yr Boys Basketball

1st and 2nd year boys basketball training will take place every Monday after school from 4:00-5:30. The boys league will start after christmas. All new players are welcome.

U16 Boys basketball

The U16 team played against St Nathy’s away in the North West Regional Final last Monday. It was a tight game the whole way through the game. Abbey got ahead by 2 points and the start of the game, it was a basket for basket game up until the last few minutes when St Nathy’s pulled ahead and won the game 47 to 45. It was a very strong performance by all players and they were very unlucky to lose out in the end. Ultan O’Grady finished the game as the top scorer.

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U19 Girls Basketball

Hard luck to our U19 team who lost their North West Regional final last week. They played Carrick on Shannon in the regional sports center on Thursday 6th December. Carrick had a tight Defence and AVS struggled to break it. The result was unfortunate for AVS as the score was 16-26.


TY Newsletter Team

  • Frank Duffy
  • Christopher Darby
  • Meabh Morrow Herbert
  • Hannah Crawford
  • Tom Daly
  • Emma Coulter
  • Shona O’Brien 

 

 

Abbey V.S. Weekly Newsletter – Mon 3rd Dec 2018

Open Evening – Thursday 6th December 2018 from 5pm to 8pm

The Abbey Vocational School invites you to attend our OPEN EVENING on Thursday, 6th December 2018 from 5pm to 8pm.

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, 10th December 2018 at 4 p.m.

Staff Training Days

A reminder to all that the school will be closed to students on December 12th as staff will be attending DoES training days for the New Junior Cert. All schools nationwide are required to attend such training days.  The School Induction day for incoming First years takes place on Tuesday December 11th and on that day, First years will also remain at home on that day 

3rd Year Renewable Energy Talk

Thank you very much Mr John Gallagher, Plant Manager for ESB Networks Donegal, for the informative talk with our 3rd year students on renewable energy. John also presented our Science coordinator Ms Doherty with a windmill kit.

Parents Association Bag Packing

Thank you to everyone that helped out and supported our bag package fundraising last Saturday 24th November. We really appreciate all the support.

Other Events

  • Mock Interviews for Leaving Cert Students takes place in the School on Tuesday Night December 4th.
  • Book Fair. The Book fair takes place at the Open Evening in the school. The Opening Evening takes place on December 6th from 5pm to 8pm.

Incoming First Year Students

Staff from the school have visited all of the sixth class students in the area and students have received an Induction Pack with important Information.  Please also see our school video on our Website @abbeyvs.

Please note dates below:

  •  6th December 2018 : – OPEN EVENING (5pm to 8pm)
  • 10th December 2018: – Deadline for Application for Admission 2019/20
  • 11th December 2018: – Induction Day for 6th Class Students (Approx. 9.30 am to 2.30pm arranged by the AVS in conjunction with the Primary Schools)
  • 15th January 2019: – Information Evening for 6th Class Parents in the AVS (7.00pm – 8.00pm)
  • 31st January:  Return of Subject Choice Forms

Musical Success!

Beauty and the Beast was a roaring success! It played to a full house all week. We are so proud of our students who did so well. These students learnt teamwork, commitment, respect, effort, and hard work, discipline collaboration, trust professionalism as well as built many many friendships and made lifelong memories. They have demonstrated all that the AVS stands for in terms of excellence. We are so proud of them all. Rachel O’Connor, the director, said I was quietly confident that it would be a fabulous production given the commitment of students and the production team. I am so proud and very sad that it is all over” We thank all of those who made this musical possible and especially our staff and in particular the production team. Thank you to our sponsors and all of the local business who supported us so well.

Environmental Studies

On Wednesday Eimear from ECO UNESCO gave two environmental themed workshops one to our Student Council and a second to our TY students. During these workshops the Student Council were trained in how to be school leaders on environmental issues and sustainability. Paying particular attention to the Sustainable Development Goals and how these can be implemented in school. The TY workshop focused on the environmental impact of fashion. During the workshops students took part in walking debates and ‘upcycling’ of clothes.

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Leaving Certificate Physical Education (LCPE) Update

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Abbey Vocational School Leaving Cert PE students visit to Letterkenny Institute of Technology on Thursday 6 December.
This the first in a series of visits from and to LYIT. Guest lectures and a mentor support system will form part of this mutually beneficial link.
This first visit will provide an excellent opportunity for our LCPE students to reinforce their learning in class. The day begins with a tour of the sports performance lab and observing biomechanics presentations from year 2 sports and exercise students. Students will then participate in the first of two 40 minute athletics sessions. Ideal preparation for their sprints performance assessment in AVS. Students finish their day by observing year 4 sports and exercise students presentations, all relevant to topics addressed within the LCPE specifications.
On return a number of the LCPE class students will be assisting the PE department in showcasing the role of technology and feedback to potential incoming first years as part of the schools open night.

Coding Club

Our lunchtime coding club takes place every Monday in the Pramerica computer suite. First year students of all abilities learn to code using scratch.mit.edu.  The students work individually or with a partner in resolving differentiated tasks set by Mr. Harvey or Mr. O’Mahony. The coding club serves as an extension of their learning in class but also preparation for the ‘Coding’ Short course in their Junior Cycle programme. New students are always welcome and prior experience not necessary. However, a disposition to liking solving problems and computational thinking will go a long way to enjoying coding.

Guidance Department

Mock Interviews:  A Mock Interview Night for Leaving Cert students organised by the Parents’ Association will take place in the school on Tuesday, 04 December 2018. Students have been provided with the required information.

TY Work Experience

Our Transition Year (TY) students will go on one week’s work placement during the week beginning Monday, 10 December.
6th Year students & LCAs are reminded to book a 1:1 appointment with their Guidance Counsellor in order to ensure they have a clear plan of action for when they finish their exams in June.

HEAR and DARE

A HEAR & DARE Advice Clinic for Leaving Cert students and their parents/guardians will take place in the Villa Rose, Ballybofey on Saturday, 19 January 2019 between 10.00 and 2.00. See http://www.AccessCollege.ie for further info.

Upcoming 3rd Level Presentations:

  • DCU, Thursday, 06 December @ 11.55 – 12.35
  • IT Sligo, Thursday, 13 December @ 11.55 – 12.35
  • GMIT, Thursday, 31 January 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35
  • North-West Regional College, Thursday, 07 February 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35

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

Art

Congratulations to Eleanor Romilly and Mia McCalmont who were joint winners in the Beauty and the Beast art competition.

Congratulations to Lily Brogan in 6th year who was the overall winner of the LCA 1 Christmas Card Competition.

Student Voice

On Wednesday 28th November a member from eco-unesco Eimear visited our school and provided a workshop for the members of the student council on team training and inclusion. They are hoping to set up a cultural day in the school in the coming weeks before Christmas.

Donegal Youth Council 

The Donegal Youth Council Agenda Day (AGM) will take place on Thursday 6th December in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny. This event will see 120 young people from all across the county come together for a consultation event, where they will have the opportunity to put forward ideas in facilitated discussions and to vote to determine the key issues for the young people in the county.

Teaching & Learning

On Thursday 22nd November, Abbey VS staff partook in Junior Cycle training in a range of subject areas. Together with colleagues from other schools in South Donegal, staff members engaged training in subject planning, approaches to formative assessment and Classroom Based Assessments.

Teaching & Learning: Interactive Essay Planning Map for students.

This interactive graphic organiser (from http://www.readwritethink.org) will help develop an outline that includes an introductory statement, main ideas you want to discuss or describe, supporting details, and a conclusion that summarises your main ideas. Once complete you can print and/or save your plan to an Adobe PDF file.

Interactive Essay Tool

Geographical Investigation Study

On Friday 23rd and Monday 26th Nov, 76 Sixth year Geography students travelled to Bundoran to complete their Geographical Investigation Study. The investigation focuses on the impact of geographic processes in a coastal environment and contributes to 20% of the final examination.

Mini Companies

At this year’s school musical ‘Beauty and the Beast’ we had ten tables of mini companies selling on all three nights. Two transition year tables of personalized photo frames and another selling gingerbread men. Other tables from some of our LCVP students included homemade brownies and sweets. These tables will also have set up at the Inver markets from 1-6 this Saturday and Sunday. A great success for all students and teachers involved. Thank you very much for all of your support of our mini companies.

TY Students Collect for Mental Health Awareness Week

On Thursday 25 TY students volunteered to do a bucket collection which was organised by Jigsaw Donegal. The students could be seen at various locations around the town and done a fantastic job to help out a very worthy cause. Jigsaw Donegal is an excellent organisation which supports so many students throughout Donegal.

Look into Law Programme

Congratulations to Christopher Darby who has been selected to take part in the Look into Law Programme with The Bar of Ireland. During a week in February Christopher will get an opportunity to shadow a barrister in Dublin where he will see firsthand what a career in law entails. He will experience a trial court, a visit of the Four Courts and the Central Criminal Court as well as other various activities with other like-minded students from around Ireland. Christopher is the first student from the AVS to get this opportunity, well done.

Christopher completed an application process and was selected from over 500 applicants. Its aims are to increase TY’s awareness of the Bar of Ireland’s work and to encourage them to pursue a career as a barrister.

Christmas Carol Service

This year the Carol Service will take place on Wed 19th December at 7pm in the Church of Ireland Church. We look forward to a very special occasion. All welcome!

Sponsored Walk

The annual TY sponsored walk takes place on Tuesday 4th December. Students will be collecting sponsorship which in turn is used to fund the various activities and workshops that they get an opportunity to do in TY. Lines cost €2 and there are lots of prizes to be won.

Work Experience

All TY students will be attending work experience during the week of the 10th December. Sample of work that our students will be doing; Teaching, Gardai, Beautician, Hairdressers, Architect and Engineering. We thank all employers who are mentoring our students.

 

SPORTS

Girls Active

The Girls have just finished 5 weeks of jiving. Thank you to Geraldine Thomas for developing the then workshops. For the next 4 weeks they will be taking part in rowing every Thursday from 3:30 – 4:30.

Table Tennis

We will be looking to develop table tennis in the school. This is in direct response to recent surveys undertaken as part of the schools Active School Flag pilot. We would like to target students not currently involved in any extracurricular sport/activity. Please contact Mr. O’Mahony in the PE Department to express your interest.

Athletics

Couch to 5km (seniors)

Couch 2 5k training has started on Mondays after school and is open to all senior students and staff looking to get fit. Training will take place on the track every Monday and Thursday. Everyone can participate at their own fitness level. Please see Mrs. McLaughlin if you have any questions.

Run 4 Fun training (juniors)

There run for fun training group has commenced at lunchtimes on the track for all junior students. This training is open to all students who want to improve their fitness and will cater for all fitness levels ranging from walking level up to running level.

Students must wear runners for the training and can meet on the track at the beginning of lunch. Training will last 20/30 minutes every day.

1st Year Boys Soccer

Our 1st year boys’ football team travelled to Loreto Milford for their second league game on Friday 30th November. In tough weather conditions they won 6 -1 with an impressive team performance. With AVS keeping possession and creating chances an opening goal seemed imminent.  Senán Carr slotted home the deserving opener. Slightly against the run of play Loreto equalised but AVS quickly responded with another goal from Senán. Multiple chances were created with the Loreto keeper and woodwork getting repeatedly tested. Just short of half time a top corner goal from Caolan Sweeney converted that pressure into a 3 – 1 lead. A couple of changes at half time saw the introduction of 2 players who added to the existing balance and strength of the team. Despite playing into the wind AVS continued to score with Senán adding another for his hat trick, Ruairi McLaughlin and our man of the match Caolan bringing the tally to 6. A great side with great potential. Next fixture is away to Rosses C.S. on Friday 7th Dec. Training as normal on Monday after school. Any parents or local coaches are more than welcome to attend, support and assist. Please contact Ivan O’Mahony (PE teacher) or Leo Gallagher (SNA) coaches of the Abbey Vocational School 1st Year Soccer team.

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Senior Boys Soccer

Our senior boys came up against Mulroy College in their cup game on Wednesday the 21st November. The boys went in at half time 3-0 down. After half time Mulroy went 5-0 up with one of their players making the difference. A late goal from Jamie Crawford was just a consolation for the boys. A disappointing end to the season for the senior boys.

Senior Boys Gaelic v Carndonagh C.S.

The senior boys played Carndonagh C.S. in the county semi-final in Letterkenny on Wednesday 28th November. Played in abnormal conditions the Abbey boys started strongly against the wind and with some well-taken scores led at the interval by 4-09 to 1-04. In the second half Carndonagh mounted a stronger challenge and scores were harder to come by. An Alex McCalmont goal settled the nerves and the Abbey lads went on to secure a great win on a score-line of AVS 5-14 to Carndonagh 1-09. The boys will play the county final against Milford in the next week or two.

School Rugby

Mr Claydon is coaching the boys’ rugby every Monday after school. The boys are enjoying working under a very experienced and enthusiastic rugby coach.

1st  and 2nd Yr Boys Basketball

1st and 2nd year boys basketball training is on every Friday after school at 3:30. All new players are welcome.

U16 Boys basketball

The U16 team will play against St Nathy’s College Ballaghaderreen in the North West regional finals on Monday the 3rd. Good luck boys!

U16 ladies Gaelic

The U16 ladies Gaelic team travelled to Irvinestown on Wednesday the 28th to play against St Joseph’s school Donaghmore in their first round in Ulster. St Joseph’s started off very strong scoring 2-4 in the first half, but with points from Catherine Campbell and Enya Gallagher and Caoimhe Walsh, at half time the score was 2-4 to 0-4. In the second half it was much more competitive when the Abbey girls came back and showed great spirit with goals coming from Catherine Campbell, Aoife Greene and Caoimhe Walsh but it wasn’t enough on the day and the girls unfortunately lost by a point.

 

Abbey VS Newsletter – 26th Nov 2018

Entrance Award Scholarships for Our students

Congratulations to the following students on their individual entrance scholarships to the various colleges below. These very special entrance scholarships are based on the students outstanding Leaving Cert results in the Leaving Cert Examination this year. We are extremely proud of these students. They are:  

  • UCD: Connor McGoldrick
  • NUIG: Laura O Donnell
  • P McManus : Laura O Donnell
  • Trinity : Erika Price
  • DCU Rosin Ward

Laura O Donnell, J.P McManus Scholarship Award

Congratulations to Laura O’Donnell who received the JP Mcmanus Entrance Scholarship Award in the University of Limerick on Saturday last. This was based on Laura’s outstanding Leaving Cert results. Winners were commended for their achievements by guest of honour, Limerick Senior Hurling manager John Kiely. Sponsored by the billionaire philanthropist, 125 Leaving Cert and A-Level graduates, have been awarded scholarships. Two students from Donegal were included and the Abbey Vocational School are delighted to have one of their students receive this scholarship for its second year in succession. Laura is studying Computer Science and Information Technology in NUIG.

“To our successful scholars I offer heartiest congratulations”, Mr McManus said.

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Laura featured with her parents and Deputy Principal Mr Johnny Sweeney at the Award Ceremony in Limerick

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The Event Occasion at UL.

Erica PriceTrinity

Congratulations to Erika Price – who received an entrance Scholarship Award on Wednesday  night last  from Trinity College Dublin for her outstanding Leaving results. Erika is studying Law and French. We are very proud of you Erika.

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Staff Training Days

A reminder to all that the school will be closed to students on December 12th as staff will be attending DoES training days for the New Junior Cert in their Subject Areas. All schools nationwide are required to attend such training days.

The School Induction day for incoming First years takes place on Tuesday December 11th and on that day, First years will also remain at home.

Science Week

Science Club

Science club has been taking place every Wednesday at lunch time for 1st years. To date the students have been designing bridges made from only straws and sellotape and testing their structures using weights. Over the last two weeks the students were dissecting lamb’s hearts and learning about the circulatory system as well as testing ‘why won’t a balloon burst when filled with water?’

Coding Club

Our lunchtime coding club takes place every Monday in the Pramerica computer suite. First year students of all abilities learn to code using scratch.mit.edu.  The students work individually or with a partner in resolving differentiated tasks set by Mr. Harvey or Mr. O’Mahony. The coding club serves as an extension of their learning in class but also preparation for the ‘Coding’ Short course in their Junior Cycle programme. New students are always welcome and prior experience not necessary. However a disposition to liking, solving problems and computational thinking will go a long way to enjoying coding.

Bebras Logical/Computational Thinking Competition for 1st, 2nd and TY

The Bebras® Computing Challenge introduces computational thinking to students, by allowing them to solve interactive tasks online. It is run in over 40 countries and takes place every November. The tasks can be answered without prior knowledge about computational thinking or information and communication technology. The aim of Bebras is to get students all over the world excited about computing. Results of this busy week will be announced next week! Nearly 500 student in our school completed the challenge. We are now awaiting the results from Maynooth university. Hopefully some of our students will progress onto the next stage of the challenge. 

Parents Association Quiz

The Parents’ Association held a fundraising quiz in Doms Pier 1 on Friday 16th November. 17 teams took part in the quiz, resulting in a very enjoyable evening. Thanks to all who supported this event.

Other Events

  1. Bag packing in SuperValu took place on Saturday 24th November 2018 from 10 am to 6pm.
  2. Mock Interviews for Leaving Cert Students takes place in the School on Tuesday Night December 4th.
  3. Book Fair. The Book fair takes place at the Open Evening in the school. The Opening Evening takes place on November 6th from 5pm to 8pm.

Incoming First Year Students

Staff from the school have visited all of the sixth class students in the area and students have received an Induction Pack with important Information.  Please also see our school video on our website @abbeyvs.

Please note dates below

  •  6th December 2018: – OPEN EVENING (5pm to 8pm)
  • 10th December 2018:  – Deadline for Application for Admission 2019/20
  • 11th December 2018: – Induction Day for 6th Class Students  (Approx. 9.30 am  to 2.30pm arranged by the AVS in conjunction with the Primary Schools)
  • 15th January 2019: – Information Evening for 6th Class Parents in the AVS (7.00pm – 8.00pm)
  • 31st January: Return of Subject Choice Forms

Musical Updates

The sound of ‘Be Our Guest’, ‘A Tale As Old As Time’ and many more of the wonderful  songs from Disney’s ‘Beauty and The Beast’ can be heard ringing through the corridors of the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town this November as students prepare for their production of ‘Beauty and the Beast!’ .

The AVS has developed a reputation for staging exciting and enjoyable musicals over the past number of years with productions such as Oklahoma!, Scrooge, Hairspray and last year’s outstanding production of Abbey Mia. Building on the success of recent years the Transition Year students of 2018 are busy putting the finishing touches to their production. The leading cast is drawn from the TY year group and they will be ably supported by a chorus of students from other year groups.

Rehearsals have been taking place since early September under the watchful eye of the production team Rachael O’Connor  (Director), Eileen Carr, Claire Breslin, (Musical Directors) and Emer O’Mahony (Choreographer). All TY students will be performing and also working backstage. As well as performing a number of the TY students have been working extremely hard in the production of the show by  helping out with the show working in PR, set construction and design, stage management and hair and makeup. This is truly a whole school production. The musical will take place in the Bosco centre on the 27th, 28th and 30th of November. You can purchase tickets from the office and the assembly area at break and lunch. Adult tickets are: €10 and a child is: €7.

CSPE

3A and 3D held a bake sale on Friday 23rd November at break and lunchtime in aid of their Junior Cert Action Project. They pulled out all the stops and they had a variety of items on sale from: delicious mars slices, to homemade scones, creamy cupcakes, cream horns and tasty chocolate brownies! A huge thank you to staff and students who bought the items that were on offer. It was a huge success and was greatly appreciated by staff and students alike.

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Environmental Studies

Mr Clarke has organised a series of workshops in relation to international sustainability and environmental protection for our student Council and our TY students. This is to raise awareness to all of our students on the current environmental situation.

Leaving Certificate Physical Education (LCPE) Update

The Minister for Education will launch our LCPE. This is our new Leaving Cert PE exam subject that we are delighted to have introduced  into the school.  This Event will take place on Monday 17th December in the PE hall and our students and parents and many specially invited guests will attend on the day. Our PE Dept are delighted to host this event and the new subject is going really well in the school. Our lead teacher in this subject Mr O Mahoney says that he is delighted to be teaching the subject and states that it is a really special time in history where this intelligence is recognised and our students are doing really well in the study of this subject.

Guidance Department

Interview Technique Workshop
Our Leaving Cert students enjoyed a very productive Interview Technique Workshop with Sean McGee on Thursday of last week. Thanks to Sean for facilitating.

Trip to Maynooth Open Day
The Guidance Department travelled to the Maynooth University Open Day on Friday of last week with Senior Cycle students who opted to go.  The feedback from the trip was very positive.

Donegal ETB Apprenticeship Presentation
Donegal ETB’s Apprenticeship Department will present to Senior Cycle students on Thursday, 29 November between 11.15 & 12.35  in the Library. Students wishing to attend the talk must first inform their class teacher of their absence.

Mock Interviews

A Mock Interview Night for Leaving Cert students organised by the Parents’ Association will take place in the school on Tuesday, 04th December 2018. Students must submit 2 copies of their CV to their Guidance Counsellor ASAP.

6th Year students & LCAs are reminded to book a 1:1 appointment with their Guidance Counsellor in order to ensure they have a clear plan of action for when they finish their exams in June.

Upcoming 3rd Level presentations taking place in the
Library

  • DCU, Thursday, 06 December @ 11.55 – 12.35
  • IT Sligo, Thursday, 13 December @ 11.55 – 12.35
  • Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to http://www.avsdonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo

Art

Congratulations to the following AVS art students who were winners in this year’s Credit Union Art Competition. Jonathan O’Driscoll, Jane Robinson, Mia McCalmont, Lily Brogan, Katie Daly, Sarah McGrory and Béibhinn Reid.

Well done to all those art students whose work is currently being exhibited at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny as part of this year’s Súile na n’Og Junior Cert Art Exhibition. Exhibitors from the AVS this year are Marie McGirr, Róisín Feeney, Hannah Crawford, Tom Daly, Christopher Darby, Anna Bustard and Sophie Kee.

A big thank you to all those students who were involved in painting sets for this year’s school musical.

The winning designs for this year’s LCA 1 Christmas Card Competition have been chosen and are currently being printed. The winning designs were by Anna Riebeling, Sarah McGrory, Lily Brogan, Sarah Donovan, Laura Kelly, Nolwenn Ní Dhonnabháin and Saerlaith Lusson. The overall winner will be announced next week. All profits from the sale will go to MS Donegal.

Girls Active

Girls Active is on Thursday 3.30 – 4 30 in the Parish Centre. To date they have completed 3 weeks of Line Dancing and Jiving. The next activity that they will be doing will be rowing after Christmas for 5 weeks. Girls Active is open to girls from junior  and senior cycle.

Student Voice

The Student Council are focusing on the theme of Inclusion as one of their areas of work this year. The sign language course has now started and is on every Wednesday after school. Well done to all those who are attending this course  in an effort to support those with hearing loss.  This is part of our school inclusion Project.

Gina Grant Representative from Donegal Down Syndrome, visited the schoolon Wednesday 21st November at 11.15am. Gina delivered a very valuable workshop on Down Syndrome which left us all very much informed of how to support students in this regard. Thank you Gina.

Donegal Youth Council 

Congratulations to Frank Duffy who has been elected onto the Donegal Youth Council. The election was carried out by Donegal County Council and the HSE. The count was assisted by students from the school’s Student Council. The Donegal Youth Council is a group of 36 young people aged 12-18 years, who identify issues and promote projects to improve the lives of young people in Donegal. Like the County Council they are selected from five electoral areas and represent the young people in our schools and local areas.

Welcome From Frank Duffy

I am delighted to have been elected as the Abbey Vocational School representative on The Donegal Youth Council and I would like to thank all of the students who voted for me.  I am looking forward to working with other students from around the county to identify issues and promote projects which will improve the lives of young people in Donegal.  The first meeting of the Council will take place on Thursday 6th December in Letterkenny.

Teaching & Learning

On Thursday 22nd November, Abbey VS staff partook in Junior Cycle training  in a range of subject areas. Together with colleagues from other schools in south Donegal, staff members engaged training in subject planning,  approaches to formative assessment and Classroom Based Assessments.

Geographical Investigation Study

On Friday 23rd and Monday 26th Nov, 76 Sixth year Geography students travelled to Bundoran to complete their Geographical Investigation Study. The investigation focuses on the impact of geomorphic processes in a coastal environment and contributes to 20% of the final examination.

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Wellbeing

Wellness Workshop

A group of our first years took part in week three of the six week wellness workshop with Aoibheann Gallen from Renew You. Throughout the six weeks they will go through the importance of a healthy mind. This week they concentrated on slowing down their breathing and thinking by using a piece of fruit. The students really enjoyed this Mindfulness Sessions. It is such a worthwhile experience and it provides the students with new skills and strategies that they can use for the rest of their lives. The students look forward to next week session.

Active School Flag

The Active School Flag interviews finished today. Please see the ASF Committee with Gwok and Fiona from UL by the ASF notice board.

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Sponsored Walk

The Annual TY sponsored walk takes place on Tuesday 4th December. Students will be collecting sponsorship which in turn is used to fund the various activities and workshops that they get an opportunity to do in TY. Lines cost €2 and there are lots of prizes to be won.

Work Experience

All TY students will be attending work experience during the week of the 10th December. Sample of work that our students will be sampling will be; Teaching, Gardai, Beautician, Hairdressers, Architect and Engineering. We thank all employers who are mentoring our students.

Subject Changes

The TY students have completed their first 10 week subject trial. They started the second, of three 10 week trials on Monday 19th November.  The students will have  an opportunity to sample all of the optional subjects such as: Architecture, Art, Jewellery Design (Metalwork), the three science subjects (Biology, Chemistry & Physics) over the course of Transition Year.

 

SPORTS

Athletics

Couch to 5km (Seniors)

Couch 2 5k training has started on Mondays after school and is open to all senior students and staff looking to get fit. Training will take place on the track every Monday and Thursday. Everyone can participate at their own fitness level. Please see Mrs. McLaughlin if you have any questions.

Run 4 Fun training (Juniors)

There run for fun training group has commenced  at lunchtimes on the track for all junior students. This training is open to all students who want to improve their fitness and will cater for all fitness levels ranging from walking level up to running level.

Students must wear runners for the training and can meet on the track at the beginning of lunch. Training will last 20/30 minutes everyday.

Competitive Sport

Conor Campbell

Congratulations to AVS student Conor Campbell who earned his second cap for the Irish U15 soccer team after being named in the starting lineup for their game against Poland on Thursday.

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U17 Boys Soccer

Our U17 boys came up against Crana College in their cup game on the 20th November. Our boys struck first with a goal from Jack Byrne as a result of Ultan O’Grady’s quick free kick. Crana College equalised just before half time which was a hard blow for the AVS. Just after half time Crana College scored another. The AVS boys had to push on to try a get an equaliser but with all of the opposition behind the ball, it was a very difficult task. The boys were very unlucky to lose by a disappointing result of 2-1 to Crana College.

U16 Girls GAA

After a very successful league campaign our girls are now through to the Ulster Preliminary Round. They will play St Joseph’s from Donaghmore Co Tyrone. Date to be confirmed. Good Luck Girls!

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1st and 2nd year boys basketball

1st and 2nd year boys basketball will start this coming week, training will take place every Friday after school. All players are welcome.

 

U16 Boys Basketball

Well done to our U16 boys basketball team on reaching the North West regional basketball semi final. The boys will face St Nathy’s college Ballaghaderreen on the 3rd December. Good Luck Boys!

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TY Newsletter team: Frank Duffy

  • Christopher Darby
  • Meabh Morrow Herbert
  • Hannah Crawford
  • Tom Daly
  • Emma Coulter
  • Shona O’Brien 

AVS Newsletter – 19th Nov 2018

Great News on New School Canteen Building :

We were delighted to receive the great news  that the DoEs have approved the design and construction of a GP/Dining Area Approx 390m2) for our school. This is excellent news for our students and we are looking forward to this new building as well as our six new classrooms and ASD Unit which has now moved to the next stage of planning.

Parent Teacher Meeting

Our next PTM will be held on November 21st for First Years.

 Staff Training Days

A reminder to all that the school will be closed to students on Thursday November 22nd and Wednesday and  December 12th as staff will be attending DoES training days for the New Junior Cert in their Subject Areas. All schools nationwide are required to attend such training days

The School Induction day for incoming First years takes place on Tuesday December 11th and on that day, First years will also remain at home.

Science Week

Science Club

First year Science Club was in full swing again this week. Over the last number of days students participated in a variety of engaging activities. These activities ranged from heart dissections to inquiry based challenges. In this week’s inquiry activity students investigated why a balloon with some water added and then inflated does not pop over a bunsen burner.

Well done to all the students involved. The group is growing week by week and with it there is improved investigation skills, communication and engagement. Science Club takes place every Wednesday during lunchtime in Room 33. All first years welcome!

IT Sligo Science Workshop

On Wednesday 14 of November,  TY students took part in a science workshop delivered by IT Sligo. The students were introduced to spectroscopy (Spectroscopy is the study of the interaction between matter and electromagnetic radiation.) The students had to carry out experiments and report their findings to the group. The event was organized as part of Science Week 2018.

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Bebras Logical/Computational Thinking Competition for 1st, 2nd and TY

The Bebras® Computing Challenge introduces computational thinking to students, by allowing them to solve interactive tasks online. It is run in over 40 countries and takes place every November. The tasks can be answered without prior knowledge about computational thinking or information and communication technology. The aim of Bebras is to get students all over the world excited about computing. Results of this busy week will be announced next week  !

Parents Association Quiz:

The Parent’s Association of the Abbey Vocational School held  a fun table quiz in Dom’s Pier 1 on Friday 16th November @9pm.  All proceeds were in  aid of school extra curricular fund. Thank you to all who supported this event. An enjoyable night was had by all

Other Events ;

  1. Bag packing in SuperValu will take place on Saturday 24th November 2018 from 10 am to 6pm.
  2. Mock Interviews for Leaving Cert Students takes place in the School on Tuesday Night December 4th.
  3. Book Fair. The BOok fair takes place on the Open Evening in the school. The Opening Evening takes place on November 6th from 5pm to 8pm.

 Incoming First Year Students:

Staff from the school will shortly be visiting all of the sixth class students in the area and students will receive an Induction pack with important Information. 

 Please note dates below :

  •  6th December 2018 : – OPEN EVENING (5pm to 8pm)
  • 10th December 2018:  – Deadline for Application for Admission 2019/20
  • 11th December 2018: – Induction Day for 6th Class Students  (Approx. 9.30 am  to 2.30pm  arranged by the AVS in conjunction with the Primary Schools)
  • 15th  January  2019:- Information Evening for 6th Class Parents in the AVS (7.00pm – 8.00pm)
  • 31st January:  Return of Subject Choice Forms

Musical Updates!

The sound of ‘Be Our Guest’, ‘A Tale As Old As Time’ and many more of the wonderful  songs from Disney’s ‘Beauty and The Beast’ can be heard ringing through the corridors of the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town this November as students prepare for their production of ‘Beauty and the Beast!’ .

The AVS has developed a reputation for staging exciting and enjoyable musicals over the past number of years with productions such as Oklahoma!, Scrooge, Hairspray and last year’s outstanding production of Abbey Mia. Building on the success of recent years the Transition Year students of 2018 are busy putting the finishing touches to their production. The leading cast is drawn from the TY year group and they will be ably supported by a chorus of students from other year groups.

Rehearsals have been taking place since early September under the watchful eye of the production team Rachael O’Connor  (Director), Eileen Carr, Claire Breslin, (Musical Directors) and Emer O’Mahoney(Choreographers). All TY students will be performing and also working backstage. As well as performing a number of the TY students have been working extremely hard in the production of the show by  helping out with the show working in PR, set construction and design, stage management and hair and makeup. This is truly a whole school production. The musical will take place in the Bosco centre on the 27th, 28th and 30th of November. You can purchase tickets from the office and the assembly area at break and lunch. Adult tickets are: €10 and a child is: €7.

The school will be holding many competitions over the next week for tickets for the musical so keep an eye on @AbbeyVS.

Guidance Department

Mock Interviews

Thank you to those that attended the School Leavers Information Evening for Parents/Guardians in the library on Tuesday of last week. Both presentations on the night are available on the Guidance website on http://www.AVSDonegal.com – click on the ‘Guidance’ logo

26 Senior Cycle students traveled to the Greencastle Fishery School on Monday of last week.  The feedback from the trip was very positive. Thank you the Fishery School for facilitating our visit.

The LYIT Open Day will take place on 22 November 2018. The school is closed on this date for staff training. However; the Guidance department encourage our Senior Cycle students to attend the event independently. See this link here for a full schedule of the Open Day events.

https://www.lyit.ie/News-Events/Article/lyit-open-day-2018

The Guidance Department will take 5th Year students to the Maynooth University Open Day on Friday, 23 November 2018. There is a €10 charge per student. Ms Mc Morrow is collecting the money.

Donegal ETB’s Apprenticeship department will present to Senior Cycle students on Thursday, 29 November between 11.15 & 12.35  in the Library. Students wishing to attend the talk must first inform their class teacher of their absence.

A Mock Interview Night for Leaving Cert students organised by the Parents Association will take place in the school on Tuesday, 04 December 2018. Students must submit 2 copies of their CV to their Guidance Counsellor ASAP.

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

Art

During the week a number of Junior cycle Art students from the Abbey Vocational School had their annual visit to the  Suile na n’Og exhibition of Junior Cert Art work at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny. It was a great learning experience for all our students.

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CSPE

Last Tuesday class group 3f went down to the parish hall in Donegal town with their teacher Mr McLoone to attend a talk with volunteers from Animals In Need Donegal.The students received a very informative talk and got a great insight into the organisation and how it is run. Animals in Need Donegal is a 100% voluntary organisation located in Donegal. They are dedicated to alleviating the suffering of domestic pets who are abandoned or injured. They students enjoyed meeting some pets and learning about the care of same.

Scór

Well done to our drama team and our quiz team who l took part in the Scór competition in the Bluestack Center Drimarone on Sunday.

Scór is a GAA competition that combines all the colour and rivalry of Gaelic Games with the social/fun element of Ireland’s traditional past-times. The competition was established by the GAA in 1969 with the aim of promoting Ireland’s traditional pastimes and culture while offering club members the chance to meet up, have fun and represent their club during the winter months while Football and Hurling had ceased.

Quiz Team:

Roisin Feeney , Frank Duffy , Katelyn Duffy  and Kerry Mitchell. There were teams from seven other GAA clubs from around the county.

Drama 

“Ta na col ceathrar O Mercia ag teacht” Script beag a scriobh an teilgthe fein

The Drama Team :

Sarah Canney, Victoria Bradley, Jack Myers, Anna Mitchell, Kian O Donnell, Susanna Martin, Stacey McHugh and Bree Hannah.

Amhránaíocht aonair- Solo singing:

Rachel Reid sang “Fill,fill a rún ó.

Ghrúpa Bailead- Ballad group:

Rachel Reid, Conor Mc Allister and Adam Mazri sang “Foggy Dew” as Gaeilge and “The Wake Of Pondrachain”.

Girls Active

Girls Active is on Thursday 3.30 – 4 30 in parish Centre. To date they have completed 3 weeks of Line Dancing and Jiving. The next activity that they will be doing will be rowing after Christmas for 5 weeks. Girls Active is open to girls from junior  and senior cycle.

Student Voice

The Student Council are focusing on the theme of Inclusion as one of their areas of work this year. The sign language course has now started and is on every Wednesday after school. Well done to all those who are attending this course  in an effort to support those with hearing loss.  This is part of our school inclusion Project.

Donegal Youth Council 

Congratulations to Frank Duffy who has been elected onto the Donegal Youth Council. The election was carried out by Donegal County Council and the HSE. The count was assisted by students from the school’s student council. The Donegal Youth Council is a group of 36 young people aged 12-18 years, who identify issues and promote projects to improve the lives of young people in Donegal. Like the County Council they are selected from five electoral areas and represent the young people in our schools and local areas.

WELLBEING

Respect Week

At the school this week we held the annual ‘Respect’ week. Respect Week at the Abbey Vocational School celebrates our commitment to a safe, inclusive, connected and respectful school community that embraces diversity and is free from behaviours that place people at risk of harm. At our school we encourage all members of the school community to contribute to a respectful living, learning and working community.
Respect Week activities included 1st yr tutor class respect activities, colour walk, poster computation, positive displays around our school and positive comment ribbon tree, here students got to write a positive comment on a ribbon and hang it on a tree out the front of our school.

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Active School Flag

First and second year wellbeing classes began their 10 week block for the Active school flag. Subject teachers have divided up the tasks and campaigns for this term to help attain the ASF cert this year. All year group’s and staff will reap the benefits of these tasks . The schools very own permanent “Walkway” is  the most talked about.

Pupils will be investigating and promoting the benefits of physical activity that are least know. Keep an eye on our stairways and corridors for their display work.

First years can look forward to an inter class tug of war tournament in the coming weeks. This will be organised and refereed by class 4C, the schools official Active flag team.

Rowing

Well done to all 1st year students who participating in pilot Donegal Sports Partnership rowing programme. Thank you to all at the Donegal Bay Rowing club especially Mr Patrick Brady for running the 8 week programme with our students.

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TRANSITION YEAR

Ultimate Frisbee workshop

16 Tys attended an ultimate frisbee cluster day hosted by Colaiste Cholmcille Ballyshannon . This was an extremely enjoyable and successful day for all involved. Dominick Smyth from Dublin youth ultimate led the 2 sessions. The morning looked at the skills and rules of the game and pupils took part in an interschool blitz in the afternoon. The hope is that pupils can now return to their school to introduce the game to junior students as well. Four schools from the north west took part. Abbey V.S. , Colaiste Cholmcille Ballyshannon, Summerhill College Sligo and Grange post primary school.

 TY GAA Future Leaders

GAA Future Leaders

Well done to Richard, Hannah and Aoife who attended the launch of GAA Future Leaders who are coming in partnership with Pramerica in Letterkenny on Tuesday 13th November. Mary Crawford and vice principal Mr Sweeney also joined them. It was a very informational talk on why and how Pramerica Company will be joining forces with The Future Leaders initiative and Donegal GAA. The students really enjoyed it and will take on board the information with their fellow classmates.

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

The Abbey Vocational school is delighted to be accepted to take part in the NFTE programme this year. The NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) is managed and provided by Foróige in Ireland. It’s overall aim is to activate the entrepreneurial mindset in young people. Though interactive lesson plans, students will learn about business concepts such as brainstorming, market research, costing, selling techniques, accounting and develop presentation skills. Each student will receive a €15 start up loan to help get their business idea off the ground.
During the programme students will

  • Come up with a business idea
  • Design a business plan
  • Develop a product or service
  • Produce and sell their products
  • Prepare and present their business plan to a panel of judges

Two teams will be selected to represent the school in the National Competition in early 2019.

Sponsored Walk

The annual TY sponsored walk takes place on Tuesday 4th December. Students will be collecting sponsorship which in turn is used to fund the various activities and workshops that they get an opportunity to do in TY. Lines cost €2 and there are lots of prizes to be won.

Work Experience

All TY students will be attending work experience during the week of the 10th December. Sample of work that our students will be sampling will be; Teaching, Gardai, Beautician, Hairdressers, Architect and Engineering. We thank all employers who are mentoring our students.

TY Activities:

LUNCHTIME ACTIVITIES

Our lunchtime activities programme is running everyday. Thanks you to all the teachers who have volunteered to help run such a large programme. The timetable is posted on the notice boards around the school. Students must wear proper footwear when participating in sports activities.  Please see Mrs. Gallagher if you have any questions.
Sports Activities

Monday

  • Indoors: 2nd Year Boys Games
  • Outdoors: TY Boys Games

Tuesday

  • Indoors: 1st Year Boys Games
  • Outdoors: Senior Boys Games

Wednesday

  • Indoors: 2nd & 3rd Year Girls Games
  • Outdoors: 3rd Year Boys Games

Thursday:

  • Indoors: All Girls Badminton
  • Outdoors: 2nd Year Boys Games

Friday

  • Indoors: 1st Year Girls Unihoc
  • Outdoors: 1st Year Boys Games

Non-Sports Activities:

Monday

  • Trad Group in room 13 for all students
  • Coding Club for all R 47

Tuesday

  • Chess Club in room 3 for all.

Wednesday

  • Irish Club & Scor Drama in Room 16 for all students
  • Science Club in room 33 at 12:45.
  • Spanish Club in the library for 1st years.

Friday

  • Choir in Room 16 for all students
  • Book Club in room 9 for all students.

Athletics

Couch to 5km (Seniors)

Couch 2 5k training has started on Mondays after school and is open to all senior students and staff looking to get fit. Training will take place on the track every Monday and Thursday. Everyone can participate at their own fitness level. Please see Mrs. McLaughlin if you have any questions.

Run 4 Fun training (Juniors)

There run for fun training group has commenced  at lunchtimes on the track for all junior students. This training is open to all students who want to improve their fitness and will cater for all fitness levels ranging from walking level up to running level.

Students must wear runners for the training and can meet on the track at the beginning of lunch. Training will last 20/30 minutes everyday.

Competitive Sport:

U16 Girls Gaelic.

The AVS u16 girls football team continued their unbeaten run on Friday  with a  comprehensive 9-9 to 1-1 win against Gaelscoil Chú Uladh in Fintown. Our girls were undoubtedly too strong for Gaelscoil Chu  Uladh team and showed some sparks of brilliance in their attack with great goals coming from Enya Gallagher, Ciara Cox, Caoimhe Walsh and Aoife Greene along with others. The girls are now through to Ulster and we wish them the best is luck in their next encounter. Well done to the team and to Mary Crawford their inspirational coach !

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1st-Year Boys Soccer

Well done to our 1st year boys soccer team after their 2-1 win over Mulroy College. It was a great team performance and a good start to their A-league. Their next game will be away to Loretto Milford in the coming weeks.

1st and 2nd Year Boys Basketball

1st and 2nd year boys basketball will start this coming week, training will take place every Tuesday during lunch and every Friday after school. All players are welcome

U-16 Boys Basketball

The u16 boys basketball team played ballyshannon in their home court, they fought hard and didn’t drop their head throughout the entire game but lost in the second half. Top scorers included Ultan O’Grady , Evan Gallagher and Diarmuid O’Donnell.

Senior Boys Basketball

The senior boys team also had to play Ballyshannon away. The senior boys played well but Ballyshannon held a lead throughout the second half. This means there basketball season is over for both teams.

TY Newsletter team:

  • Frank Duffy
  • Christopher Darby
  • Meabh Morrow Herbert
  • Hannah Crawford
  • Tom Daly
  • Emma Coulter
  • Shona O’Brien

AVS Weekly Newsletter – 12th Nov 2018

Great News on New School Canteen Building

We were delighted to receive the great news  that the DoEs have approved the design and construction of a GP/Dining Area Approx 390m2) for our school. This is excellent news for our students and we are looking forward to this new building as well as our six new classrooms and ASD Unit which has now moved to the next stage of planning.

Parent Teacher Meeting

The Parent Teacher Meeting for parents of Third year students took place on  Thursday the 8th of November. Thank you to all those parents who attended on the night. Our next PTM will be held on November 21st for First Years

Staff Training Days

A reminder to all that the school will be closed to students on Thursday November 22nd and Wednesday  December 12th as staff will be attending DoES training days for the New Junior Cycle in their Subject Areas.

All schools nationwide are required to attend such training days.

School Induction Day

The School Induction day for incoming First years takes place on Tuesday December 11th and on that day, First years will also remain at home.

Parents Association Quiz:

The Parent’s Association of the Abbey Vocational School Invite you to a fun table quiz in Dom’s Pier 1 on Friday 16th November @9pm.

Tables of 4 €20, prizes, fun and refreshments on the night. All proceeds in aid of school extra-curricular fund.

Other Events

  • Bag packing in SuperValu will take place on Saturday 24th November 2018 from 10 am to 6pm.
  • Mock Interviews for Leaving Cert Students takes place in the School on Tuesday Night November  4th
  • Book Fair. The Book Fair takes place on the Open Evening in the school. The Opening Evening takes place on November 6th from 5pm to 8pm.

Incoming First Year Students:

Staff from the school will shortly be visiting all of the sixth class students in the area and students will receive an Induction pack with important Information.

Please note dates below :

  •  6th December 2018 : – OPEN EVENING (5pm to 8pm)
  • 10th December 2018:  – Deadline for Application for Admission 2019/20
  • 11th December 2018: – Induction Day for 6th Class Students  (Approx. 9.30 am  to 2.30pm  arranged by the AVS in conjunction with the Primary Schools)
  • 15th  January  2019:- Information Evening for 6th Class Parents in the AVS (7.00pm – 8.00pm)
  • 31st January:  Return of Subject Choice Forms

Musical Updates

We are now in full swing in preparation for the upcoming show of Beauty and the Beast. All the TY students are very excited and are showing great enthusiasm to dance, sing and act to the best of their ability. Students are being kept up to date regarding when they’re needed to rehearse on Google classroom, so TY students don’t forget to keep checking! The following rehearsals will take place outside of school hours:

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The school will be holding many competitions over the next week for tickets for the musical so keep an eye on @AbbeyVS. We are holding two poster competitions, one for primary school students and one for the students of the Abbey Vocational School. The theme is simply “Beauty and the Beast.”Anyone interested in entering a poster into our competition can send their poster into the school office before Monday 19th November. The musical this year will take place on the 27th, 28th and 30th November in the St. John Bosco Centre. Tickets are on sale from the school office now! Adult €10 and Students €7.

Guidance Department

A School Leavers Information Evening for Parents/Guardians was held in the library on Tuesday of last week. There was a great turn-out of parents/guardians. Both presentations on the night are available on the Guidance website on www.avsdonegal.com. Thank you very much to Ms Faherty for all of her work in this area and to the Guidance Department for continued work to support all of our students.

An Interview Techniques Workshop for Leaving Certs will take place on Thursday, 15 November between 11.15 & 12.35  in the Library. Sean Mc Gee will be the facilitator. All Leaving Cert students must attend.

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

Maynooth Open Day

The Guidance department will take 5th Year students to the Maynooth University Open Day on Friday, 23 November 2018. There will be a €10 charge per student. Ms Mc Morrow is collecting the money.

Donegal ETB’s Apprenticeship department will present to Senior Cycle students on Thursday, 29 November between 11.15 & 12.35  in the Library. Students wishing to attend the talk must first inform their class teacher of their absence.

Mock Interviews

A Mock Interview Night for Leaving Cert students organised by the Parents Association will take place in the school on Tuesday, 04 December 2018. Students must submit 2 copies of their CV to their Guidance Counsellor ASAP.

Teaching & Learning

On Thurs 8th Nov. Mr O Neill and Mr Donegan attended an “Assessment for Learning Bootcamp”,  facilitated by Ciara McGuane from Rathú at Donegal Education Centre. This workshop explored the principles and rationale of Assessment for Learning (AfL) and a range of high-impact teaching & learning strategies. The workshop provided a valuable forum for colleagues from both secondary and primary school sectors to discuss and share classroom experiences.

LITERACY NEWS

Allingham Competition winne

A huge Congratulations to Conor Boyle, Class 1F, who came first  in the  Secondary Schools U13 section of the Allingham Festival Flash Fiction competition for his short story entitled ‘Out of the Frying Pan’. This is the second year in a row that Conor obtained a first place in this competition!

Lunchtime Reading

Room 9 will be open to all on Thursdays for reading. This will provide a quiet place for students to read.

First Year Book Club

At the moment they are reading ‘Chasing Vermeer’. The next meeting is next Friday.

Book of the week:

  • Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

MS Readathon

The MS Readathon Competition is commenced  on the 12th of October and is running until the 12th of November .The 30th MS Readathon encourages children to open a wonderful world of adventure and imagination through reading for a great cause! All first years will participate.  https://www.msreadathon.ie/ for more information.

Art

AVS entries for this year Credit Union Art Competition are now in. Results are due shortly. Some examples can be viewed on the school twitter.

Leaving Cert Applied and 1st year lino prints can be viewed on the school twitter.

The annual Suile Na N’og Exhibition of Junior Cert art work is on at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny and is open to the public. A number of students from the AVS are exhibiting.

NUMERACY

All 5th Year computer science students and all 1st , 2nd and Transition year students will be taking part in the BEBRAS computational thinking challenge next week (12th -16th). The Bebras® Computing Challenge introduces computational thinking to students, by allowing them to solve interactive tasks online. It is run in over 40 countries and takes place every November. The tasks can be answered without prior knowledge about computational thinking or information and communication technology. The aim of Bebras is to get students all over the world excited about computing.

Gaeilge

An Triail  Irish Trip 

The Leaving Cert students attended the production of An Triail in Dublin on Tuesday last.

This a play written by the Irish playwright Máiréad Ní Ghráda which starred well-known poet and Sean-nós singer Caitlín Maude in its first performance in 1964.The play was first broadcast on RTÉ radio in 1965.

The play is written entirely in the Irish language and has been on the curriculum for the Leaving Certificate examinations since 2006. Our student thoroughly enjoyed this production and found it really helpful for their Leaving Cert studies.

Irish Drama

An Irish Drama club takes place every Wednesday during lunch in room 16.

Scór

Good luck to our drama team and our quiz team who will take part in the Scór competition in the Bluestack Center Drimarone on Sunday at 3 o’clock.

Scór is a GAA competition that combines all the colour and rivalry of Gaelic Games with the social/fun element of Ireland’s traditional past-times. The competition was established by the GAA in 1969 with the aim of promoting Ireland’s traditional pastimes and culture while offering club members the chance to meet up, have fun and represent their club during the winter months while Football and Hurling had ceased.

Quiz Team:

Roisin Feeney , Frank Duffy , Katelyn Duffy  and Kerry Mitchell

Drama 

“Ta na col ceathrar O Mercia ag teacht” Script beag a scriobh an teilgthe fein

The Drama Team is :

  • Sarah Canney , Victoria Bradley , Jack Myers  , Anna Mitchell, Kian O Donnell   
  • Susanna Martin, Stacey McHugh and Bree Hannah.

Girls Active

Girls Active is on Thursday 3.30 – 4 30 in parish Centre. To date they have completed 3 weeks of Line Dancing and Jiving. The next activity that they will be doing will be rowing after Christmas for 5 weeks. Girls Active is open to girls from junior  and senior cycle.

Student Voice

Members of the Student Council  and Senior Prefects addressed four years groups from first year to TYs around a variety of matters this week at Assemblies. The students spoke on Inclusion and outlined that this is a theme that they are focusing on this year. Jasmine Kennedy spoke about the need to celebrate differences and embrace the learning we can get from others. She spoke about the importance of  reaching out to others and respecting all. She asked people to show kindness and how important this is.

Joseph Reid spoke on behalf of the Healthy Schools committee and outlined the two year plan around this area. Students will undergo some educational Workshops on the area of healthy eating. A survey will be conducted and parents, students and staff will be consulted in relation to this. A suggestion box will be placed in the Assembly area for input from the students as to what they would like served in the canteen for healthy eating.

Two Senior Prefects spoke on behalf  the Prefects and the Student Council on Uniform and the improvements that need to be made in this area. We are very proud of our school and our uniform and the students would like to see it worn well.

Wellbeing

TYD started a six-week wellness workshop with Aoibheann Gallen from Renew You. Throughout the six weeks, they will go through the importance of a healthy mind. The first week they concentrated on slowing down their breathing and thinking by using a piece of fruit. The students really enjoyed this Mindfulness session. It was such a worthwhile experience and it provides the students with new skills and strategies that they can use for the rest of their lives. The students look forward to next week’s session.

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Active School Flag

After a busy first term the active school flag committee are ready to launch into some new activities on the return to school. The ASF team, class 4C are now qualified tug of war community coaches and will run an inter school competition  with the winners to take on the staff of AVS.  Student leaders have been auditing several areas in the school at lunchtimes and will now come up with ways of getting the students of AVS moving more often throughout the school day.

First and second year wellbeing classes will begin their 10 week block of ASF class and aid with all these tasks.  2A & 2D have already begun mapping out the potential school walkway which staff and students are keen to get up and running.
University of limerick will visit AVS again in November to interview the staff and students involved with active school flag.

TRANSITION YEAR

TY GAA Future Leaders

TY class 4A have started their administration module. They are learning about the main officers in a GAA club and they will soon pick one officer to focus  their task on. The “Future Leaders Transition Year Programme” is a joint initiative from the GAA and the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It is a cross-curricular programme comprising of a series of modules designed to encourage maturity, initiative, responsibility and leadership skills in pupils. The Programme gives pupils the knowledge and skills to support all roles required in the effective staging of Gaelic Games. As part of the programme pupils are challenged to organise and run a GAA Super Games Blitz or set up a Super Games Centre for younger students and/or support coaching of younger players in their school or community.

NIFTY

The Abbey Vocational school is delighted to be accepted to take part in the NFTE programme this year. The NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) is managed and provided by Foróige in Ireland. It’s overall aim is to activate the entrepreneurial mindset in young people. Though interactive lesson plans, students will learn about business concepts such as brainstorming, market research, costing, selling techniques, accounting and develop presentation skills. Each student will receive a €15 start up loan to help get their business idea off the ground.

During the programme students will

  • Come up with a business idea
  • Design a business plan
  • Develop a product or service
  • Produce and sell their products
  • Prepare and present their business plan to a panel of judges

Two teams will be selected to represent the school in the National Competition in early 2019.

Sponsored Walk

The annual TY sponsored walk takes place on Tuesday 4th December. Students will be collecting sponsorship which in turn is used to fund the various activities and workshops that they get an opportunity to do in TY. Lines cost €2 and there are loads of prizes to be won.

Work Experience

All TY students will be attending work experience during the week of the 10th December. Sample of work that our students will be doing will be; teaching, guards, beautician, hairdressers, architect and engineering.

TY Activities

This week will be the last week of the three week block. TYA will attend Yoga in the school, TYB will be surfing with surf and turf, TYC will be working with DT Fitness on their self defence skills and TYD will be taking part in circuit training in Bfit.

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LUNCHTIME ACTIVITIES

Our lunchtime activities programme is running everyday. Thanks you to all the teachers who have volunteered to help run such a large programme. The timetable is posted on the notice boards around the school. Students must wear proper footwear when participating in sports activities.  Please see Mrs. Gallagher if you have any questions.

Sports Activities

Monday

  • Indoors: 2nd Year Boys Games
  • Outdoors: TY Boys Games

Tuesday

  • Indoors: 1st Year Boys Games
  • Outdoors: Senior Boys Games

Wednesday

  • Indoors: 2nd & 3rd Year Girls Games
  • Outdoors: 3rd Year Boys Games

Thursday:

  • Indoors: All Girls Badminton
  • Outdoors: 2nd Year Boys Games

Friday

  • Indoors: 1st Year Girls Unihoc
  • Outdoors: 1st Year Boys Games

Non Sports Activities:

Monday

  • Trad Group in room 13 for all students
  • Coding Club for all R 47

Tuesday

  • Chess Club in room 3 for all.

Wednesday

  • Irish Club & Scor Drama in Room 16 for all students
  • Science Club in room 33 at 12:45.
  • Spanish Club in the library for 1st years.

Friday

  • Choir in Room 16 for all students
  • Book Club in room 9 for all students.

ATHLETICS

Congratulations to Niamh Moohan on her  recent performance as part of  the Schools’ Combined International event as part of the Irish Schools’ Athletics Team. This was held in the Emirates Arena, Glasgow on Saturday 3rd November 2018.

Couch to 5km (Seniors)

Couch 2 5k training has started on Mondays after school and is open to all senior students and staff looking to get fit. Training will take place on the track every Monday and Thursday. Everyone can participate at their own fitness level. Please see Mrs. McLaughlin if you have any questions.

Run 4 Fun training (Juniors)

There will be a run for fun training group starting at lunchtimes on the track for all junior students. This training is open to all students who want to improve their fitness and will cater for all fitness levels ranging from walking level up to running level.

Students must wear runners for the training and can meet on the track at the beginning of lunch. Training will last 20/30 minutes everyday.

Ultimate Frisbee Workshop

On Wednesday 7th November 15 students went to Ballyshannon to take part in an Ultimate Frisbee Workshop along with 3 other schools. They started the day by practising their throwing and catching skills, they were then split into teams of four and competed in games. After the break they practised throwing and catching the frisbee at longer distances.  Then each school played against each other in a full court game. One of the Abbey teams was chosen as the fairest team to play against. The day was enjoyed by all.

COMPETITIVE SPORT

U16 Girls Gaelic.

A big congratulations to our u16 girls team who won their second game of the league on Monday 5th November. The girls played against Deele College on their school pitch in Raphoe. Abbey started off very strongly when they  won the throw in and instantly scored a goal with great play from by  Enya Gallagher. It was obvious that Abbey were the dominant team throughout the whole game, leaving Deele scoreless at halftime. The girls were showing great skills, passing and were constantly supporting one another up the field. Aoife Greene, Catherine Campbell and Naomi Kelly scored excellent points and Annie Mcgroary and Louise Boyle put in some tough tackles. The final score was 7:28-1:1 , Abbey winning. Well done girls!

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Senior Boys Gaelic

Our senior boy’s Gaelic team came up against Colaiste Cholmcille in their last group game on Friday the 9th of November. The boys were one point down at half time, 3-7 to 3-6, after playing against a strong breeze. They came out winners in the second with a final score of 8-15 to 3-8 to to the Abbey. Next up is a county semi-final against Carndonagh on Friday the 16th. We wish the boys the best of luck.

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U14 Boys Gaelic A one point loss !!

The U14 boys gaelic team came up against Colaiste Cholmcille in their play-off for an Ulster quarter final on Thursday the 8th of November. The boys lost by one point in the end with a score of 4-7 to 2-14. It was a disappointing result for the team but they showed great dedication all year at both training and matches. The boys shouldn’t be too disheartened as they are a very young team with most being eligible for an U13 and a half team later in the year.

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U16 Boys County Final

Hard luck to the U16 boys who were defeated by Milford in the Division A county final on Wednesday 7th November. The boys played an excellent first half on the grounds of Convoy Centre of Excellence, and had a 7 point lead at the end of the first half. Conor Campbell and Alex McCalmont scored some great points to help Abbey lead and Richard O’Rourke contributed very well through play for the team also. However things changed in the second half for the boys. Milford appeared to be tipping away at points from frees due to Abbey fouling in the back line. The boys still put up a very good fight with scores from Frank Cornyn and Rory Kennedy to help away keep the scores close. Unfortunately though the final whistle was blown and the game was over , Abbey losing by just 1 point. It was very disappointing for the team and the coach of supporters and teachers who travelled. A bittersweet feeling lingered after the game as the boys lost the county final, but are still going through to Ulster Championship. We wish the boys the best of luck! Final score : 4:7  2:14

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TY Newsletter team:

  • Frank Duffy
  • Christopher Darby
  • Meabh Morrow Herbert
  • Hannah Crawford
  • Tom Daly
  • Emma Coulter
  • Shona O’Brien