Abbey VS Newsletter – Mon 18th Nov

 Abbey Vocational School 11th Nov- 17th Nov 2019

West Side Story

*Tickets now on sale*

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

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Rehearsal with the Lead Actors!

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

 

First & Second Year Students Musical Rehearsals

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

Showtime is Approaching! – By Savannah Timoney.

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

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

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

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

LGBTI+ Awareness Week

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

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

Christmas Tests for 5th and 6th years 

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

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

University of Limerick Talk

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

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

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

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

Donegal ETB Apprenticeship Talk

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

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

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

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

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

First Years

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

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

Numeracy

Chess Club

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

The Maths Club 

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

History Department

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

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

Literacy

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

The Well Read Award

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

The French Department

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

Learner Voice Project

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

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

Guidance

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

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

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

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

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

Science Week

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Regional Finals of the Senior Science Quiz

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

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

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

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

BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

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

Project Title: Antimicrobial Seaweeds  by Eadaoin Murphy and Shane Harvey

Category: Junior Biological and Ecological

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

Category: Intermediate Technology

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

Category: Junior Social and Behavioural Sciences

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Music Department 

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

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

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

Musical rehearsals every lunchtime and after school. 

Student Voice

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

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

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

Bebras Testing

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

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

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

TRANSITION YEAR

TY Leisure Activities:

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

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

4A: Surfing (Rossnowlagh).

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

4C: Self Defence (Dt Fitness).

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

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

TY Mini Company 

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

AWARE Positive Mental Health Programme

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

WEEK 1

Module-Understanding your feelings

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

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

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

WEEK 2

Module –Looking at things differently

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

Module–Building inner confidence

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

WEEK 3

Module–The Things You Do That Mess You Up

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

Module– How to Fix Almost Everything

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

WEEK 4

Module –Doing things that make you feel better

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

Module – Ten Things You Can Do to Feel Happier

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

TY PE

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

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

SPORT

U15 Girls Basketball

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

U14 Football

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

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

U16 Girls Football

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

U 20 Girls Football

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

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

New Gym Equipment

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

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Lunchtime Activities:

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

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

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

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Lunchtime activities include football on the courts.

Activities for this term are as follows:

LUNCHTIME SPORTS FOR ALL

Day Event Teacher Venue
 

Monday

Girls Badminton

(open to all students)

Mrs Gallagher Sports Hall
TY Boys Soccer Mr Gorman Tennis Court
 

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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

(open to all girls)

Ms. Kelly Library
5t
 

Thursday

Ultimate Frisbee

(open to all students)

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

(open to all students)

Mrs Gallagher School track
 

Friday

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

(open to all girls)

Ms. Kelly Library

AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS CLUBS

Sports Team Coach Training time Venue
Athletics Mrs M Gallagher Tuesday

4pm – 5.30pm

Sports hall and track
Basketball

1st & 2nd Year Boys

Mr. P Mc Devitt,

L. Gallagher,

(Mr. S Carty)

Friday

3.30 – 4.30 pm

Sports hall
Basketball

Senior & U16 Boys

Mr. D Russell,

S. Mogan,

(Mr. S Carty)

Monday 4- 6pm Sports hall
Basketball

1st & 2nd Year Girls

Ms P Rooney,

Ms S Mogan

Thursday

3.30pm – 4.30pm

Sports hall
Basketball

Senior & U16 Girls

Mrs. E O’ Mahony,

Ms V Lockhart

Wednesday

3.30 – 5.30pm

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

Thursday Lunchtime

School track
Gaelic Girls

U14

Mrs M Crawford

Ms. G Creane

Monday

4.15 – 5.30pm

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic Girls

U16 & Senior:

Mrs M Crawford

P Rooney

Monday

4.15 – 5.30pm

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic Boys

U14

Mr P O’Donnell,

Mr. S Mc Fadden

Wednesday

3.30 – 4.45pm

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic Boys

U16

Mr. L McLoone,

Mr. C Monahan

Tuesday

4:10 – 5:10

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic Boys

Senior

Mr. B Carty,

Mr. C Herron

Thursday

3.30pm – 4.30pm

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

3.30pm -4.30pm

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

4pm – 5p2k8m

Soccer Boys – U15 Mr. I O’Mahony,

Mr. L Gallagher

Thursday

3.30pm -4.30pm

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

3.30pm – 4.30pm

Squash Mr I O’Mahony
Rowing Mr. S Maguire

Abbey V.S. Newsletter – Mon 11th Nov

Abbey Vocational School Newsletter 4th Nov- 10th Nov 2019

 All Ireland Scholarship 2019

image001The Abbey Vocational School Community is delighted for past student Síofra Mauerhofer who has been chosen as one of two from Donegal to receive a 2019 All Ireland Scholarship as part of the JP McManus scholarships programme. Síofra is studying music at Trinity College and is loving every minute of it.

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

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

Congratulations Siofra Mauerhofer!

West Side Story – *Tickets now on sale*

  • From the school office. Tel- 0749721105
  • Adults- €12 Students – €8

Students can also purchase tickets from the assembly during break and lunch Monday- Friday

Showtime is approaching!By Savannah Timoney.

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This year the AVS Transition Year Musical Production is ‘Westside Story’, rehearsals have been taking part each day to perfect the musical!

With only three weeks left until opening night of West Side Story, cast & crew alike are really upping the intensity of rehearsals. With the lines learned & dance steps practiced, now all focus is being concentrated on polishing edges & adding pizzazz to the performance. The dedication the cast showed over the mid-term break in rehearsals has really paid off & means we are making steady progress now that we are back in school. Much of this week has been spent on the song “Somewhere”, in which Tony & Maria imagine a world without violence or hate, where they can truly be free to spend their lives together, despite their different backgrounds. This song features a beautiful four-part harmony that transports the audience to this blissful world of the young couple’s imagination. A graceful dance sequence gives the number a finishing touch of serenity. As a student myself, I feel very proud of my peers for being able to perform such a wonderful scene.

Costumes are now being gathered for the performers & seeing them really helps one to visualise what the finished performance will look like. The bright, flowing skirts of the girls make for vibrant & exciting dances while the shabby shirts & converse of the gang members help to reinforce their tough, deprived backgrounds. Props & backgrounds made by the staff & students of the school also add another layer to the show. The cast will be eternally grateful to all of the people working quietly behind the scenes as the musical wouldn’t be possible without their hard work.

Tickets to West Side Story are now being sold in the assembly area every lunch & break time so make sure to get yours soon!

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Transition Year Students are rehearsing for the Musical.

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First and Second Year AVS Students practising for the Musical.

AVS Art Competition – Westside Story 

Win two tickets to Westside Story for a night of your choice and a photograph with the lead performers as well as a goody bag to enjoy throughout the Show! We will also feature all entries on the walls at the entrance to the Bosco.

The Theme is Westside Story! 

The Competition is to- Design a Poster to promote the Musical Westside Story ! 

We will collect the entries on Mon 18th November or post them into the school before this date. Winners announced on Thursday 21st.

Good Luck 

Parent-Teacher Meeting

The Parent/Teacher meeting for 3rd Yr students takes place on Wednesday November 13th. Please attend between 3.45pm and 6.15pm. Thank you 

Christmas Tests for 5th and 6th years 

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

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

Parents Association Table Quiz

This takes place on Friday Night 15th In Doms Pier One  – all welcome to attend.  

 The Music Department

Lunchtime Guitar Lessons

image005AVS Student Jack Lennox is holding guitar lessons in room 16 on Fridays.  These boys may be the future Rory Gallaghers and Jemi Hendrixes!!

Choir continues to meet on Tuesdays at lunchtime.  We are working for the Carol Service now.

 

Traditional group meet now on Thursdays and are preparing for the carol service.   We remember our great friend Aisling who played guitar and flute in the traditional group and performed many times.  

Musical rehearsals every lunchtime and after school.  Leads and chorus are working hard for the musical and they are really beginning to understand their parts.

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Some of our pit singers enjoying tea and brownies (Thank you Sarah Canny) @ lunchtime while working on songs for the musical.  

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Science Department

image008Congratulations to Transition Year Students Ailbhe Loughney’s & Ella Doherty’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition project “Flax as an alternative to heavy duty plastic strapping for packaging”.

In 1963 two UCD physics researchers, Rev. Dr. Tom Burke and Dr. Tony Scott, came across the concept of ‘Science Fairs’’ while conducting research in New Mexico, America. These local school science exhibitions culminated in State Fairs and ultimately a national competition. The pair decided that this type of hands-on science was something that Irish students could benefit from, by taking science outside the four walls of the classroom and showing that it is all around. And so the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition was born.

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is much more than a competition; it is an unforgettable experience of a lifetime for the students who take part. The Exhibition itself is the final stage in the competition, which is open to all second level students from Ireland, both north and south.

image009Next up is Second Years Jane Faulkner’s, Erin Britton’s and Ciara Friel’s @BTYSTE project “Can education reduce the use of single use plastics?” We can’t wait to see can the girls help solve the overuse of single use plastics in our school environment.

 

 

image010Second Years Eadaoin Murphy’s & Shane Harvey’s @BTYSTE “Antimicrobial Seaweeds” project. They hope to investigate the antimicrobial properties of different native seaweeds on different bacterial cultures using an aseptic laboratory technique

Amazing to see our students choosing responsibility over complacency in taking action against climate change!

Guidance

  1. Thank you to those that attended the information evening for parents/guardians of Leaving Cert students in the school last Tuesday evening. The presentation by Ms Faherty, Guidance Counsellor covered all important topics including 3rd level, FET, Apprenticeships, Traineeships, SUSI, DARE, HEAR & Scholarships.
  2. Career talks for Leaving Certs taking place in the school over the coming weeks:
  • University of Limerick: 11 Nov. @ 11.55 – 12.35
  • Donegal ETB Apprenticeship & Traineeships: 13 Nov. @ 10.20 – 11.00
  • Donegal ETB Further Education & Training (FET): 20 Jan. @ 2.00 – 2.40
  • Work-Based Degree in Mechatronic Systems Engineering – IT Sligo: 29 Jan. @ 10.20
  1. Maynooth University Open Day will take place on 29 Nov. The Guidance department will bring 5th-year students to this event. The cost of the bus is €10, payable to Ms Mc Morrow. The bus will depart the school @ 7 a.m., return to the school @ approx. 7 p.m.
  2. Leaving Certs: 1-1 appointments are always available; speak to your Guidance Counsellor for booking instructions.
  3. Keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go toavsdonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

Numeracy

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

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

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

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

The Reading Club

image011Students studying Level 2 took a trip to the local Library and are now members and avid readers!

The Reading Club with Ms. O’Donnell is at lunchtime on Wednesdays in Room 12. If you have a love of reading, join our book club! It is a reading group for Students who love to read and talk about books, if that is you then join our Club!

French Department

Alors que les élèves irlandais ont repris les cours après une petite semaine de vacances, les élèves français ont profité de deux semaines de vacances, alors qu’ils n’ont repris les cours qu’en septembre ! Bien que le froid commence à s’installer, de nombreux festivals de musique ont lieu en France, comme le Festival de Jazz de Nice.

Health Promoting School

The Health Promoting School team has been working hard over the past two weeks. One of the many students forced incentives for this year is the redesigning of our school toilets. Two toilets have been redesigned so far, the students will work together to redesign the rest of the toilets in the school over the coming months.

Active Schools Flag Walkway

On Monday the 4th of November the Abbey Vocational School welcomed Parents and families to walk the Active Schools Flag Walkway. Thank you to Ms O’Mahony for developing this Walkway. The walk was enjoyed by all on a crisp Monday evening. 

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Teaching & Learning: Introduction to Success Criteria.

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

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

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

Success criteria for this learning intention might look like the following

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

Zumba

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Students enjoying lunchtime Zumba in the library with Ms Kelly

Student Voice

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

Next week is Standup Awareness Week and we hope to involve the school in the National Awareness campaign BeLongTo.

Transition Year

Diary of Transition Year Student 

“Ty spent 24 hours in Delphi resort in Connemara embracing the beautiful outdoors and eating hearty homemade meals. The activities consisted of Bog Runs, Campfires, High Rope Climbing, Archery and Canoeing. The activities were fantastic and we had time in between activities and before bed where we relaxed in the common room, bonding and having fun. Overall it was an amazing experience and I would definitely recommend Delphi to anybody and everybody as a place to reconnect with environment, bond with peers and improve one’s mental health!”.

TY Leisure Activities:

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

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

  • 4A: Surfing (Rossnowlagh).
  • 4B: Golf (Lesley Robinson, Murvagh Golf Club) & Table tennis (Library).
  • 4C: Self Defence (Dt Fitness).
  • 4C:Aqua- aerobics (Central Leisure Centre).
  • 4E: Golf (Lesley Robinson, Murvagh Golf Club) & Table tennis (Library)

TY Mini Company 

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

Aware Positive Mental Health Programme

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

WEEK 1

Module-Understanding your feelings

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

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

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

WEEK 2

Module –Looking at things differently

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

Module–Building inner confidence

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

WEEK 3

Module–The Things You Do That Mess You Up

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

Module– How to Fix Almost Everything

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

WEEK 4

Module –Doing things that make you feel better

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

Module – Ten Things You Can Do to Feel Happier

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

TY PE

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

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

First Years

First year students have settled back to work this week after the midterm break. The first half term saw the first years through the initial phase of our induction programme where they had sessions on internet safety, team bonding, study skills, and many more areas. Peer mentors have been linking in with the first years to ensure they are all aware of the many sporting activities and clubs that are on offer in the school as well as giving the first year’s useful tips with the organisation of lockers and school bags. 

As we move into the second half of this term, we will be working closely with first years in the area of positive behaviour and will be looking to raise awareness of the great effort, work, and support that our first years are showing each other every day. In the coming weeks, we will be meeting with all first-year classes to finalise plans for this area. Watch this space!

Well done to all our first years who are participating in competitive and non-competitive activities and who bring so much energy and positivity to our many school clubs. A reminder to all that it is never too late to join and take up a new hobby and meet new friends. A list of all the lunchtime clubs, activities – competitive or non-competitive can be seen on the first-year notice board along with the teacher involved.

A reminder that the first-year parent-teacher meeting will take place later this month on November 28th. We look forward to meeting you all again here. 

Sport

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Athletics

Well done to our four athletes who competed at the All Ireland Schools Pentathlon final in Athlone on Saturday. They competed in a range of running, jumping and throwing events against the top athletes from all over Ireland.

The four athletes involved were:

Under 17 Girls:          

  • Laoise Mc Gonagle finished in 5th place with 3055 points.
  • Rachel Gallagher finished in 7th place with 2768 points.

Under 17 Boys:        

  • Eoin Sharkey finished in 6th place with 3011 points.
  • Shane Breslin finished in 10th place with 2105 points.

image017We want to give a big thank you to Paul Diver of Sandhouse Hotel for sponsoring vests and training tops to our Athletics team this year. This contribution ultimately helps our athletes to attend these sporting events, and we are incredibly grateful that our athletes are afforded the opportunity to do so.

We would also like to thank Tír Chonaill AC for their ongoing hard work with our school athletes. We are in a fortunate position whereby the school and Tír Chonaill AC have a great relationship which in turn helps our athletes achieve their full potential.

Run 4 Fun training

Our Run 4 Fun training is on every Thursday at lunchtime on the track for all students. This training is open to all students who want to improve their fitness and will cater to all fitness levels ranging from walking level up to running level. We are integrating Run 4 Fun training into the warm-up for all of our PE classes in the coming weeks and they will be given training diaries to log their training. Any students wishing to increase their training is encouraged to get involved in this lunchtime initiative.

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.

Boys Basketball. 

Under 16 v St Patricks College Cavan

Commiserations to the under 16 boys’ basketball team who were defeated by an excellent St Patricks College Cavan outfit. A slow start from Abbey Vocational School saw them go 11 points behind in the first quarter. Abbey Vocational School rallied in the second quarter and outscored their opponents 11 points to 8 in this period. Poor shooting and some unfortunate errors slowed Abbey Vocational school’s momentum after the half time break and St. Patrick’s College held on for a deserved victory 30-42. The best players on the day for Abbey Vocational School were Jake Graham and Daniel Quinn. Team: Niall Prendiville, Jake Graham, Ben McNeely, Ethan Kenny, Seamus Og Caldwell, Conor Campbell, Tawan Sanlarat, Fiachra O’Donnell, Daniel Quinn, Connor Gillespie, Oisin Mogan, and Leo McGowan 

Under 19 v St Patrick’s College Cavan

The under 19 boys’ basketball team got off to an excellent start in a pulsating clash against St. Patricks College Cavan. The outstanding defence and work rate of the home team forced several turnovers which led to some fantastic break- away scores. St Patrick’s college managed to keep their noses in front through some excellent shooting, leading by just three points at the half time interval. Despite the efforts of MVP Darragh Griffin and Ultan O’Grady, St. Patrick’s College always managed to stay a couple of baskets out in front and held on for a nine-point victory. The whole team should be proud of the effort, attitude, and determination on display. Team: Darragh Griffin, Shane Meehan, Carl McCarry, Diarmuid O’Donnell, Ultan O’Grady, Sennan Quinn, Evan Gallagher, Frank Cornyn, Oisin O’Donnell, Chris Darby, Creegan Alcock, Ryan Coughlan. 

Sportshall Athletics

Our First-year team will be finalised in the coming weeks in preparation for the regional finals in December. The team will consist of 12 boys and 12 girls in first year. They will compete against schools from South Donegal in a number of running, jumping and throwing events.

Athletics Training

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

Gaelic Football – Boys

Senior Boy Gaelic Football

MacLarnon Cup, Group stage

  • Loreto, Milford 3-12
  • Abbey VS 1-10

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The Abbey senior Gaelic footballers traveled to Loreto, Milford on Thursday 7th November for the first group game in the Ulster Colleges Mac Larnon Cup. 

The teams had met previously only two weeks before in the Donegal County Final where Loreto ran out 3 point winners after a strong start from Abbey VS. 

This Mac Larnon cup match was to follow a similar pattern with the Abbey boys starting brightly with points from Thomas White, Shay Travers, Alex McCalmont and Frank Cornyn giving them the lead in a high tempo first 20 minutes. 

However, Loreto came storming back into the game, scoring a goal and 6 points without reply. 

Despite this purple patch for Loreto, Abbey hit back before half time with a goal from Alex McCalmont and an excellent Thomas White point leaving the score 1-9 to 1-6 at the break in favour of Loreto. 

Abbey had a lightning-fast start to the second half, reeling off 2 points from Richard O’Rourke and Thomas White to get them right back in the game. This, unfortunately, was to be as close as Abbey got to a strong Loreto team for the rest of the game. Two goals in quick succession knocked the wind out of the Abbey challenge and, despite working hard right to the end with 2 further points from Shay Travers, there was to be no comeback. 

The remaining 2 group games for our Seniors in the MacLarnon Cup are against Carndonagh and St. Columba’s. Hopefully, they can pick themselves up from this opening defeat to make a mark in the competition.

Gaelic Football Girls

U16 Girls

Abbey VS v St. Catherine’s VS, Killybegs

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Hard luck to our U16 girls who were narrowly defeated by St Catherine’s, Killybegs last Thursday. Killybegs started the game very strongly with three goals in a short space of time, but our girls fought hard to get back but they ran out of time. It was a great team performance and they can take a lot of positives into their next game where they play Gairmscoil Chu Uladh this coming Monday. 

Lunchtime Activities:

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

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

Lunchtime activities include football on the courts.

Activities for this term are as follows: 

LUNCHTIME SPORTS FOR ALL 

Day Event Teacher Venue
 

Monday

Girls Badminton

(open to all students)

Mrs Gallagher Sports Hall
TY Boys Soccer Mr Gorman Tennis Court
 

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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

(open to all girls)

Ms. Kelly Library
5t
 

Thursday

Ultimate Frisbee

(open to all students)

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

(open to all students)

Mrs Gallagher School track
 

Friday

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

(open to all girls)

Ms. Kelly Library

 

AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS CLUBS

Sports Team Coach Training time Venue
Athletics Mrs M Gallagher Tuesday

4pm – 5.30pm

Sports hall and track
Basketball 

1st & 2nd Year Boys 

Mr. P Mc Devitt,

L. Gallagher,

(Mr. S Carty)

Friday

3.30 – 4.30 pm

Sports hall
Basketball 

Senior & U16 Boys

Mr. D Russell,

S. Mogan,

(Mr. S Carty)

Monday 4- 6pm Sports hall
Basketball 

1st & 2nd Year Girls 

Ms P Rooney,

Ms S Mogan

Thursday

3.30pm – 4.30pm

Sports hall
Basketball 

Senior & U16 Girls

Mrs. E O’ Mahony,

Ms V Lockhart

Wednesday

3.30 – 5.30pm

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

Thursday Lunchtime

School track
Gaelic Girls 

U14 

Mrs M Crawford

Ms. G Creane

Monday

4.15 – 5.30pm

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic Girls 

U16 & Senior: 

Mrs M Crawford

P Rooney

Monday

4.15 – 5.30pm

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic Boys 

U14

Mr P O’Donnell,

Mr. S Mc Fadden

Wednesday

3.30 – 4.45pm

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic Boys 

U16

Mr. L McLoone,

Mr. C Monahan

Tuesday

4:10 – 5:10

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic Boys 

Senior

Mr. B Carty,

Mr. C Herron

Thursday

3.30pm – 4.30pm

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

3.30pm -4.30pm

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

4pm – 5p2k8m

Soccer Boys – U15 Mr. I O’Mahony,

Mr. L Gallagher

Thursday

3.30pm -4.30pm

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

3.30pm – 4.30pm

Squash Mr I O’Mahony
Rowing Mr. S Maguire

NON SPORT RELATED LUNCHTIME ACTIVITIES

Day  Activity Teacher Room
Monday Science Club Ms. Furey Room 47
Art Class Ms O’Donnell Room12A
 

Tuesday

Chess Club Ms. Mohan Room 3
Coding Club Mr Harvey & Mr Herron Room 45
School Choir Ms Doherty & Mrs Carr Room 16
Wednesday Reading Club Ms. O’ Donnell Room 12a
Irish Conversation Club Mr Mc Fadden & Ms. Giblin Room 26
Thursday Drama Class Ms O’Donnell Room 9
Friday Maths Club Ms Lockhart Room 30
Trad Music Club Ms Doherty Room 13

ACTIVITIES FOR FIRST YEARS

Non Competitive Sports For All
Activity Boys/Girls Teacher Day/Time Room
Badminton Girls Mrs. Gallagher Monday Lunchtime Sports hall
Indoor soccer Boys Mr O’ Mahony Tuesday Lunchtime Sports hall
Soccer Boys Mr O’ Donnell Wednesday Lunchtime Tennis Courts
Zumba Girls Ms Kelly Wednesday Lunchtime Library
Ultimate Frisbee Boys & Girls Mrs O’ Mahony Thursday Lunchtime Sports hall
Keep fit running club Boys & Girls Mrs Gallagher Thursday Lunchtime School track
Girls Active Girls Mrs Gavigan Thursday 3.30 – 4.30pm Library
Unihoc Girls Ms. Rooney Friday Lunchtime Sports hall
Dance club Girls Ms Kelly Friday Lunchtime Library
Non Sport Related Activities
Science Club Boys & Girls Ms Furey Monday Lunchtime

Tuesday 4pm – 5pm

Room 45
Art Club Boys & Girls Ms O Donnell Monday Lunchtime Room 12A
Coding Club Boys & Girls Mr Harvey & Mr Herron Tuesday Lunchtime Room 45
Chess Club Boys & Girls Ms. Mohan Tuesday Lunchtime Room 3
School Choir Boys & Girls Ms Doherty Tuesday Lunchtime Room 16
Reading Club Boys & Girls Ms. O’ Donnell Wednesday Lunchtime Room 9
 

Irish Conversation Club

Boys & Girls Mr Mc Fadden

Ms. Giblin

Wednesday Lunchtime Room 26
Drama Class Boys & Girls Ms. O’ Donnell Thursday Lunchtime Room 9
Maths Club Boys & Girls Ms Lockhart Friday Lunchtime Room 30
Trad Music Club Boys & Girls Ms Doherty Friday Lunchtime Room 13
Competitive Sports for First Years
Activity Boys/Girls Teacher Day/Time Room
Athletics &

Cross Country

Boys & Girls Mrs. Gallagher Tuesday

4.15 – 5.30pm

Sports hall & Track
Basketball Girls Ms Rooney Thursday

3.30 – 5pm

Sports hall
Basketball Boys Mr Mc Devitt Friday

3.30 – 4.30 pm

Sports hall
Gaelic U14 Girls Mrs M Crawford

Ms G. Creane

Monday

4.15 – 5.30pm

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic U14 Boys Mr O’ Donnell

Mr Mc Fadden

Wednesday

3.30 – 4.45pm

School field / All weather pitch
Soccer Boys Mr Devlin TBC School field / All weather pitch
Rowing Boys & Girls Mr Maguire TBC School gym

 

 

Abbey Vs Newsletter – Tues 29th Oct.

Abbey Vocational School Newspaper

21st October- 27th October 2019


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Wishing all of our staff and students a well-deserved midterm break and look forward to our next busy half term. 

 


Upcoming Events

Parents of Leaving Cert Students: November 5th 

An information evening for parents/guardians of Leaving Cert students will take place in the library on Tuesday, 05 Nov. 2019; 7-9 p.m. Maria Flaherty, Guidance Counsellor will present.  The presentation will cover all the options available to students including 3rd level, FET, Apprenticeships & Traineeships. Parental, financial & other supports will also be discussed.

Wellbeing

This week Students from the AVS participated in the Credit Union Art competition. This year’s theme is ‘The Walk of Life’ and the high standard and amazing talent of the Abbey Vocational School was in abundance.

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 ‘Walk of Life’ piece by Transition Year Student Emma Thomas

Restorative Practices

On Wednesday the 23rd of October, the Abbey Vocational School was delighted to welcome back Tony Kearney to deliver restorative practice sessions with students from the AVS. Restorative practice aims to view wrongdoing through a ‘relational’ lens – understanding that harm has been done to people and relationships. Understanding that when such harm is done, it creates obligations and liabilities. Also, focusing on repairing the harm and making things right.

When harm has been caused by inappropriate, sometimes thoughtless, negative behaviour then all sides need a chance to tell their side of the story and feel heard, to understand better how the situation happened, to understand how it can be avoided another time, to feel understood by the others involved and to find a way to move on and feel better about themselves.

Ray Langan Motivational Talk for Leaving Certificate Students

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On Monday the 21st October, the Abbey Vocational School welcomed Ray Langan to the school to talk to leaving certificate students about the importance of study skills. The talk highlighted many topics, including:

  • ‘Miracle Morning’ This was about how a good start to your day can affect the rest of the day and is key to avoid being stressed and having anxiety before you go to school. To have a miracle morning, you need to have a full eight hours of sleep, have a healthy breakfast, full of nutrients that are essential for energy, and fifteen minutes of exercise every morning
  • ‘Keys to Memory’
    • Association – what does the topic associate with?
    • Location – Where?
    • Imagination – use your imagination to create an image.
  • ‘Distractions’
    • The main distractions when studying are mobile phones. Turn your phone on flight mode when you are studying. Spend 30 minutes studying and use your phone as an award when you are satisfied that you learned enough in that half hour. “DITCH THE PHONE – GET INTO THE ZONE”.

Donegal Castle Trip

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On Thursday the 24th of October Abbey Vocational School Students visited Donegal Castle as part of their Level 2 Short Course in Music and Living in the Community.

Guidance

  1. An information evening for parents/guardians of Leaving Cert students will take place in the library on Tuesday, 05 Nov. 2019; 7-9 p.m. Maria Faherty, Guidance Counsellor will present.  The presentation will cover all the options available to students including 3rd level, FET, Apprenticeships & Traineeships. Parental, financial & other supports will also be discussed.
  2. Donegal ETB’s Further Education & Training (FET) Fair 2019 takes place in the Radisson Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday, 06 Nov. 2019 (7.00-9.00pm) for Leaving Certificate students and their parents.
  3. Career talks for Leaving Certs taking place in the school over the coming weeks:
  • North-West Regional College: 06 Nov. 2019 @ 10.20 – 11.00
  • University of Limerick: 11   Nov. 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35
  • Donegal ETB Apprenticeship & Traineeships: 13 Nov. 2019 @ 10.20-11.00
  1. UCAS registration took place on Wednesday, 16 October. All Leaving Certs wishing to apply to 3rd level college should now be registered and working on the final parts of their application. 
  2. Maynooth University Open Day will take place on 29 Nov. 2019. The Guidance department will bring 5th years to this event. Further information will be provided during Guidance class after mid-term.

Bebras. A big congratulations to 12 of our students who received certification this week in recognition of their achievement of reaching the National Finals of the Bebras Competition in May. Bebras is an International competition testing student’s logical and computational thinking. 

The Music Department

The choir continues to meet on Tuesdays at lunchtime.  New members welcome.  Musical rehearsals every lunchtime and after school.  Leads and chorus are working hard for the musical and they are really beginning to understand their parts.

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AVS Students  enjoying tea and brownies @ lunchtime while working on songs for the musical.

The Trad Music Club has now commenced in room 13 on Fridays.  The day will change starting next week to Thursdays. If you have a love of traditional music please come along, new members are most welcome!

Numeracy

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

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

Literacy

‘The Readathon’ The English Department will be embarking on the ‘The Readathon’ initiative in the coming weeks. This initiative is an amazing opportunity for Students to engage and challenge themselves establishing a lifelong love of books all while raising funds for multiple sclerosis!

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

The Reading Club   The Reading Club has started with Ms. O’Donnell at lunchtime on Wednesdays in Room 12. If you have a love of reading, join our book club! It is a reading group for Students who love to read and talk about books, if that is you then join our Club!

Student Voice

Ten of our Student Council and Donegal Youth Council members attended the AGM of Comhairle na nOg on Wednesday 23rd October in Letterkenny.  The day provided a forum where young people discussed issues relevant to them and their community, with a series of facilitated workshops on the theme ‘Minding your Mental Health’.   

As part of the day Frank Duffy, 5th Year, gave an address to the adult supervisors and teachers present.  He was outstanding, and he along with our council members are excellent ambassadors for our school.  It was a great day and our students brought back many ideas to our student council.  Thank you to Ms. Hegarty for accompanying our students. 

If you spot any of our Student Council taking photos of bins, do not be concerned…Over the midterm, they are researching successful ways to recycle that may work well in buildings the size of our school with such a large cohort of young people.  After the break they will survey the student body in relation to their understanding and engagement with recycling. There are so many positive steps in this direction including our new metal bottles, green cutlery and biodegradable cups in the canteen to name just a few.  The committee hope to involve the entire school, staff and students, in ‘Recycling, Reducing and Reusing’’.

French Department

La semaine dernière, Abbey Vocational organisait une semaine consacrée à la santé mentale des élèves. Des messages de soutien étaient diffusés tous les jours et des affiches étaient accrochées dans l’école. Les étudiants se sont réunis mercredi après-midi afin de jouer de la musique ! Un grand moment de convivialité qui a fait du bien à tout le monde ! 

La semaine prochaine, ce sont les vacances de la Toussaint. C’est l’occasion de se reposer un peu après deux mois de cours et surtout l’occasion de fêter Halloween. Sorcières, vampires et fantômes hanteront les rues de Donegal et vous donneront la chair de poule ! En quoi allez-vous vous déguiser ?

Les collégiens et lycéens français ont quant à eux deux semaines de vacances. Quelle chance ! 
Science Club

Again, we continue our young scientist project profiles with our last two group entries in the junior Biological and Ecological category.  

Can education reduce the use of single use plastics?

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By Jane Faulkner, Erin Britton and Ciara Friel

OVERVIEW: We wish to solve the overuse of single use plastics in our school environment by conducting a survey analysis into the reduction of the use of single use plastics through the use of a tailored education programme among randomly selected members of our school community. 

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT/BACKGROUND: Since the 1st of April a government wide ban means that public bodies, including schools, are no longer allowed to purchase single-use plastics. Our principal is purchasing refillable water bottles for all students in our school community. In addition, the school will also install multiple water fountains throughout the school. We want to know if a tailored education programme will encourage students to make better use of their refillable water bottle and consequently reduce the number of single use plastics used by students.

APPROACH: We have spoken to the waste management officer in the Donegal County Council to learn about recycling patterns and trends in Donegal schools and to seek advice into the development of our tailored education programme. We have also obtained advice from a professional survey writer to ensure that our survey questions are relevant and effective. Initially we will conduct a baseline survey into the use of single use plastics in our test and control students and then we will conduct our education programme with test students across multiple year groups. We intend to select classes at random across all year groups to act as our control and test group who we will conduct our education programme with. In this way we will be able to compare attitudes between year groups and between genders. We will use a sample size of approximately 280 students. 140 of these students will be our test group and they will take part in our tailored education programme and the other 140 students will act as our control group. We will source students from Science classes within our school community as we have spoken to our school Science teachers and they have agreed to run the education programme with randomly selected classes. Once the programme is finished, we will resurvey our test and control students to see if our tailored education programme encourages less single-use plastics and we will aim to interpret our results using statistical analysis.

Antimicrobial Seaweeds

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by Eadaoin Murphy and Shane Harvey

OVERVIEW: We wish to investigate the antimicrobial properties of different native seaweeds on different bacterial cultures using an aseptic laboratory technique.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT/BACKGROUND: Our older relatives believe that carrageen moss seaweed is a good remedy for colds and flus and for illness in general, so we have regularly picked it on our local shores so that there is always a fresh supply. This prompted us to wonder about the antimicrobial properties of Irish seaweeds in general and our initial research led us to a post-doctoral thesis that investigated the bioactivity of Irish seaweeds and potential applications as nutraceuticals by Sabrina Cox. In this thesis the author suggested that little work had been done on the antimicrobial properties of seaweed extracts, so we decided to investigate this for BTYS.

APPROACH: Firstly, we interviewed a local seaweed expert who has shown us how to identify our chosen red, green and brown seaweeds and we used published keys from websites to also help us in identifying our test species. We then conducted a beach analysis of local seaweeds to confirm that our test species are readily available locally and we have established a method to perfect the extraction and concentration of the seaweed oil extract using hot water before evaporating excess moisture to create a concentrated antimicrobial extract using an aseptic laboratory technique. We will then test our seaweed extracts on bacterial cultures, and we will measure their efficacy by measuring the cleared area around our extracts in our bacterial cultures to establish the antimicrobial value of each seaweed in the laboratory.

Head Boy/Vice Head Boy and Head Girl/Vice Head Girl

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AVS Head Boy/Vice Head Boy and Head Girl/Vice Head Girl 2019-2020

LYIT Peer Mentoring

On Monday the 21st of October, members of the TY peer mentoring group travelled to Letterkenny IT to complete a training workshop. It was a very interesting workshop where they did many bonding activities and learned a lot on the day.   They will be returning to LYIT in January to do another workshop and will then receive an online peer mentoring badge for their efforts.

The Art Department

TY students continue to work on the mural for room 12. Work has begun on sets for the school musical. Non exam classes are currently working on the Credit Union Art competition. A number of Art students from the AVS are currently exhibiting work at the annual Suile na n’Og art exhibition at the Regional Cultural Centre. 

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Students from the AVS at the opening of the annual Suile na n’Og art exhibition at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny

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Blaithin’s model was part of the Súile na nÓg exhibition of Junior Cert art. Such a great display of creativity and skill and a lovely event to celebrate it. Well done to all the students from AbbeyVS and other schools in Donegal.

Junior Certificate Art Trip

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On Tuesday the 22nd of October Junior Certificate Art students visited the annual Stiles na n’Og Junior Cert Art Exhibition at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny. The exhibition showcases the work of Junior Cert Art Students who sat their examinations in 2018-2019 and is an excellent opportunity for current Junior Certs Students to get ideas for their projects.

Teaching & Learning: Introduction to Success Criteria.

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

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

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

Success criteria for this learning intention might look like the following

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

Transition Year Musical

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This year the AVS Transition Year Musical Production is ‘Westside Story’, rehearsals have been taking part each day to perfect the musical!

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Our TY’s rehearsing for West Side Story

Transition Year Trip to Delphi

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This week Abbey Vocational School said goodbye to the Transition Year Students as they headed to the number one choice for adventure experiences and adventure holidays in Ireland!

Delphi Adventure Centre in Leenane provides a range of land and water activities in Connemara and Mayo including surfing in Louisburgh, coasteering in Westport, zip lining in the 300 acre Delphi forest, kayaking on the Killary Fjord, plus many more! 

Transition Years went walking in Connemara, cycling the Wild Atlantic Way and engaged in fun, team building activities, team challenges learning and bonding!

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

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

SPORT

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Thank you to Lidl Ireland in Donegal town for their sponsorship of Jerseys and Equipment for our Junior and Senior Girls Football Teams

Boys u15 Soccer

The Boys U15 soccer team travelled to Rosses Community School to play their second and final league match. The local crowd that came out to watch at the Maghery grounds saw 5 goals scored in the first half from two very entertaining and highly skilled teams exchanging encounters. Rosses scored first after only 1 min from a defensive error that was nonetheless finished well. AVS were forced to quickly settle into the game showing good resilience in creating chances and winning possession all over the pitch. Daniel Quinn showing good strength and touch up front. First real chance came from Senan Carr who whipped in a great cross which Ruairi McLoughlin uncharacteristically missed. Rosses responded with a second goal immediately from the kick out. AVS re started quickly with Caolan Sweeney passing to Ruairi who found the bottom left hand corner of the net from a long range shot outside the box. Both teams now competing for every ball it was guaranteed to be a quality game.

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The next goal was scored by centre half Jake Graham who headed a corner kick cross from Ruairi. The score was all square and it felt like AVS was on the front foot. However, it was Rosses who scored the final goal of the game before halftime. Kiernan Diegnan and Leo McGowan both impressed but made way for John Bell and Daniel McIntyre to re energise and potentially find an equaliser in the second half. A super strike from man of the match Kevin Muldoon was saved and despite consistent pressure from AVS, Rosses held out for the 3-2 win. Many thanks to coaches Mr. O’Mahony and Leo Gallagher for their continued work with the team. Thanks also to Mr. Lipsett helping out on the day.

U14 Game vs Carndonagh C.S.

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Perfect playing conditions accompanied by an excellent performance capped another victory for Mr McFaddens under 14 boys. An excellent start with 5 points coming from Ruari McLaughlin and Seanan Carr, sparked a huge 1-11 from the home team unanswered by the men from Carndonagh, but quick fire from the visitors and a lapse in concentration gave the opposition an unexpected 2-2 but then another goal from Kevin Muldoon meant at half time it was 2-12 to 2-02, the Abbey boys leading confidently. A stern team talk from Mr Herron and Mr McFadden encouraged our boys to finish confidently. Inspiring performances from Daniel McIntyre scoring 2-2 and also an impenetrable defence, lead by none other than John Bell meant Carndonagh had a mountain to climb. The boys fought until the bitter end and won 4-19 to 5-4. A very convincing win for the boys, Mr McFadden hopes his own Gaoth Dobhair boys can perform as well as our boys did. Comhghairdeas de na buachaillí ón Baile Dhun na nGall.

U19 Girls Basketball 

On Monday the 21st of October Students from the AVS travelled to Killybegs. The Abbey fought hard to command a 14-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. With confidence the Abbey opened the second quarter and continued their lead 22-10. In the third quarter the opposition came back, and the Abbey had a match on their hands. The third quarter finished 41-33. The fourth quarter saw the lead slip from the hands of the Abbey and a dramatic match saw the opposition take the glory from the grasp of the Abbey Girls. Final score 44-55. A fantastically fought match by the AVS! 

County Finals

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On Wednesday the 23rd of October Abbey Vocational School boys took part in the County Final against Loreto Community School Milford. 

It was a blistering final with both sides aiming for glory. The final score was 12-09 to the opposition, well done to both teams, showing great talent and calibre of dedication!

 U20 Girls Gaelic

The AVS girls senior team were playing against Thorn Hill Derry in Naomh Bríd today. It was a very close game finishing 4-5 to 4-3 to AVS. The girls fought hard for each other, and there were some great individual performances There were some great scores from Sarah Canny and Laoise McGonagle, both scoring a goal each and Caoimhe Walsh scoring two. The girls will now go on to play their last two games after the midterm. 

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Lunchtime Activities:

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

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

Activities for this term are as follows:

LUNCHTIME SPORTS FOR ALL 

Day Event Teacher Venue
 

Monday

Girls Badminton 

(open to all students)

Mrs Gallagher Sports Hall
TY Boys Soccer Mr Gorman Tennis Court
 

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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

(open to all girls)

Ms. Kelly Library
5t
 

Thursday

Ultimate Frisbee 

(open to all students)

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

(open to all students)

Mrs Gallagher School track
 

Friday

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

(open to all girls)

Ms. Kelly Library

AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS CLUBS

Sports Team Coach Training time Venue
Athletics Mrs M Gallagher Tuesday

4pm – 5.30pm

Sports hall and track
Basketball 

1st & 2nd Year Boys 

Mr. P Mc Devitt, 

L. Gallagher,

(Mr. S Carty)

Friday 

3.30 – 4.30 pm

Sports hall
Basketball 

Senior & U16 Boys

Mr. D Russell, 

S. Mogan, 

(Mr. S Carty)

Monday 4- 6pm Sports hall
Basketball 

1st & 2nd Year Girls 

Ms P Rooney,

Ms S Mogan

Thursday

3.30pm – 4.30pm

Sports hall
Basketball 

Senior & U16 Girls

Mrs. E O’ Mahony, 

Ms V Lockhart

Wednesday 

3.30 – 5.30pm

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

Thursday Lunchtime

School track
Gaelic Girls 

U14 

Mrs M Crawford

Ms. G Creane

Monday 

4.15 – 5.30pm

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic Girls 

U16 & Senior: 

Mrs M Crawford 

P Rooney

Monday 

4.15 – 5.30pm

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic Boys 

U14

Mr P O’Donnell, 

Mr. S Mc Fadden

Wednesday

3.30 – 4.45pm

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic Boys 

U16

Mr. L McLoone, 

Mr. C Monahan

Tuesday 

4:10 – 5:10

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic Boys 

Senior

Mr. B Carty, 

Mr. C Herron

Thursday 

3.30pm – 4.30pm

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

3.30pm -4.30pm

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

4pm – 5p2k8m

Soccer Boys – U15 Mr. I O’Mahony, 

Mr. L Gallagher

Thursday 

3.30pm -4.30pm

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

3.30pm – 4.30pm

Squash Mr I O’Mahony
Rowing Mr. S Maguire

NON SPORT RELATED – LUNCHTIME ACTIVITIES  

Day  Activity Teacher Room
Monday Science Club Ms. Furey  Room 47
Art Class Ms O’Donnell Room12A
 

Tuesday

Chess Club Ms. Mohan Room 3
Coding Club Mr Harvey & Mr Herron  Room 45
School Choir Ms Doherty & Mrs Carr Room 16
Wednesday Reading Club Ms. O’ Donnell Room 12a
Irish Conversation Club Mr Mc Fadden & Ms. Giblin Room 26
Thursday Drama Class Ms O’Donnell  Room 9
Friday Maths Club Ms Lockhart Room 30
Trad Music Club Ms Doherty Room 13

These are the clubs that are not included but will start in the coming weeks once they are organised. 

  • Drama Club – Sean Donegan – After Halloween – to confirm start date
  • Art Club – Ms Green – To confirm room/start date
  • Junk Couture/ Fashion club – Holly Mc Crea – to confirm room/start date

ACTIVITIES FOR FIRST YEARS

Non Competitive Sports For All
Activity Boys/Girls Teacher Day/Time Room
Badminton Girls Mrs. Gallagher Monday Lunchtime Sports hall
Indoor soccer Boys Mr O’ Mahony Tuesday Lunchtime Sports hall
Soccer Boys Mr O’ Donnell Wednesday Lunchtime  Tennis Courts
Zumba Girls Ms Kelly Wednesday Lunchtime Library
Ultimate Frisbee Boys & Girls Mrs O’ Mahony Thursday Lunchtime Sports hall
Keep fit running club Boys & Girls Mrs Gallagher Thursday Lunchtime School track
Girls Active Girls Mrs Gavigan Thursday 3.30 – 4.30pm Library
Unihoc Girls Ms. Rooney Friday Lunchtime Sports hall
Dance club Girls Ms Kelly Friday Lunchtime Library
Non Sport Related Activities
Science Club  Boys & Girls Ms Furey Monday Lunchtime

Tuesday 4pm – 5pm

Room 45
Art Club  Boys & Girls Ms O Donnell Monday Lunchtime Room 12A
Coding Club  Boys & Girls Mr Harvey & Mr Herron Tuesday Lunchtime Room 45
Chess Club Boys & Girls Ms. Mohan Tuesday Lunchtime Room 3
School Choir Boys & Girls Ms Doherty Tuesday Lunchtime Room 16
Reading Club Boys & Girls Ms. O’ Donnell Wednesday Lunchtime Room 9
 

Irish Conversation Club

Boys & Girls Mr Mc Fadden

Ms. Giblin

Wednesday Lunchtime Room 26
Drama Class Boys & Girls Ms. O’ Donnell Thursday Lunchtime Room 9
Maths Club Boys & Girls Ms Lockhart Friday Lunchtime Room 30
Trad Music Club Boys & Girls Ms Doherty Friday Lunchtime Room 13

Competitive Sports for First Years
Activity Boys/Girls Teacher Day/Time Room
Athletics &

Cross Country

Boys & Girls Mrs. Gallagher Tuesday 

4.15 – 5.30pm

Sports hall & Track
Basketball Girls Ms Rooney Thursday 

3.30 – 5pm

Sports hall
Basketball Boys Mr Mc Devitt Friday 

3.30 – 4.30 pm

Sports hall
Gaelic U14 Girls Mrs M Crawford

Ms G. Creane

Monday 

4.15 – 5.30pm

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic U14 Boys Mr O’ Donnell

Mr Mc Fadden

Wednesday

3.30 – 4.45pm

School field / All weather pitch
Soccer Boys Mr Devlin  TBC School field / All weather pitch
Rowing Boys & Girls Mr Maguire TBC School gym

AVS Newsletter – Mon 21st Oct 2019

ABBEY VOCATIONAL SCHOOL NEWSPAPER 14th OCT- 21st OCT 

On Tuesday October 15th, the AVS were delighted to launch the new gym facilities at the Abbey Vocational School. These new facilities were developed in partnership with the school and the Abbey Hotel who have very generously agreed to sponsor the project. The new and upgraded gym is a fantastic addition to already excellent facilities at Abbey Vocational School!

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Principal Ms Geraldine Diver with Games Development Manager, A Kyles and Mick McGrath GAA County Board, members of the Donegal Senior Football team and Liam Clancy and Elaine McInaw from the Abbey Hotel. 

The Music Department

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German philosopher Immanuel Kant called musicThe Quickening Art.”  

During Mental Health Awareness week, our students examined the positive effects of music on our wellbeing and on that of children, elderly and even animals.

The annual ‘Big Sing’ took place on Wednesday 16th October where  300 students, 40 guitar and ukulele players and 3 percussionists played and sang for their positive mental health for the afternoon. Everyone found the Big Sing to be a joyful and uplifting experience, all going home that day in a positive, happy mood!

Best wishes to our students in the Bluestack Foundation Choir who will perform on Saturday in Croke Park at ‘Beyond Limits’, an event empowering young people with disabilities. They will perform several songs including ‘I lived’, and ‘Proud Mary’.  We are very proud of each and every one of them.

Student Voice

Ten of our students will attend the AGM of the Donegal Comhairle na nOg in Letterkenny on Wednesday next.  The day will consist of facilitated workshops to discuss issues relevant to them and their community.  This year’s theme is ‘Minding your Mental Health’.  The ‘Big Sing’ took place this week in the Abbey Vocational School as singing is proven to be a powerful way to improve your wellbeing. All years gathered in the assembly area to celebrate music, joy and positive mental health!.

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Choir continues to meet on Tuesdays at lunchtime.  New members welcome.  Musical rehearsals are every lunchtime and after school.  Leads and chorus are working hard for the musical and they are really beginning to understand their parts.

The Trad Music Club has now commenced in room 13 on Friday the Music Department. The day will change starting this week  to Thursdays. If you have a love of traditional music please come along, new members are most welcome!

John Paul II Awards

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AVS Students Mikaela Mc Connon, Katelyn Duffy, Frank Duffy, Roisin Feeney, Marie Mc Girr and Aoife Mackle are pictured after receiving their Pope John Paul II awards from Bishop Alan Mc Guckian on Wednesday the 16th of October. To  receive this award, these students completed voluntary work in their parish and community. The school would like to thank the leaders at parish level who gave up their own time to guide these students throughout the year.

The Pope John Paul II Award is a faith achievement award for young people between the age of 16 and 18. It is non-competitive, inclusive, flexible and voluntary.

Numeracy

Chess Club

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

The Maths Club 

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

Guidance

  1. An information evening for parents/guardians of Leaving Cert students will take place in the library on Tuesday, 05 Nov. 2019; 7-9 p.m. Maria Faherty, Guidance Counsellor will present.  The presentation will cover options available to students including 3rd level, FET, Apprenticeships & Traineeships. Parental, financial & other supports will also be discussed.
  2. Donegal ETB’s Further Education & Training (FET) Fair 2019 takes place in the Radisson Hotel, Letterkenny on Wednesday, 06 November (7.00-9.00pm) for Leaving Certificate students and their parents.
  3. Career talks for Leaving Certs taking place in the library over the coming weeks
  • Angela’s: 23 Oct. 2019 @ 10.20 – 11.00
  • North-West Regional College: 06 Nov. 2019 @ 10.20 – 11.00
  • University of Limerick: 11 Nov. 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35
  1. UCAS registration took place on Wednesday, 16 October. All Leaving Certs wishing to apply to 3rd level college should now be registered and working on the final parts of their application.
  2. Maynooth University Open Day will take place on 29 Nov. 2019. The Guidance department will bring 5th years to this event. Further information will be provided during Guidance class.

Literacy

English Department

‘The Readathon’ The English Department will be embarking on the ‘The Readathon’ initiative in the coming weeks. This initiative is an amazing opportunity for Students to engage and challenge themselves establishing a lifelong love of books all while raising funds for multiple sclerosis!

The Well Read Award

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

The Reading Club

The Reading Club has started with Ms. O’Donnell at lunchtime on Wednesdays in Room 12. If you have a love of reading, join our book club! It is a reading group for Students who love to read and talk about books, if that is you then join our Club!

The Art Department

TY students continue to work on the mural for room 12. Work has begun on sets for the school musical. Non exam classes are currently working on the Credit Union Art competition. A number of Art students from the AVS are currently exhibiting work at the annual Suile na n’Og art exhibition at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny.

Zumba

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Students enjoying lunchtime Zumba in the library with Ms Kelly

Science Club

This week we continue our young scientist project profiles and in Science club we are busy conducting our background knowledge and preparing our project literature reviews.

Treating psoriasis with snail slime by Robyn Given and Katie Furey

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OVERVIEW: Psoriasis is an autoimmune and inflammatory condition of the skin. Currently, psoriasis is treated with topical steroids which have the following side effects: tingling skin, numbness or pins and needles, headaches, joint pain, muscle twitching, increased hair growth and even high blood pressure. Our project will aim to see if treatment with mucin or snail slime is as effective as treatment with topical steroids in volunteer subjects with psoriasis.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT/BACKGROUND: A friend’s parents recently travelled to Spain and while there they purchased a commercial mucin and aloe vera enhanced emollient cream. The sellers told them that it was effective in the treatment of psoriasis so they brought it back to their daughter to see if it would help to ease her skin rash. After a few applications the psoriasis rash seemed a lot less angry and after a few weeks of treatment the improvement was noticeable. This led us to research which ingredient, the aloe vera or the mucin, was effective in treating psoriasis.

APPROACH: We have conducted a trial on a volunteer using a commercial mucin enhanced emollient cream to see if it is as effective as a topical steroid in the treatment of psoriasis. Our test with this volunteer showed that it is as useful as a prescribed topical steroid treatment in reducing skin inflammation in scaly patches in this volunteer. We now intend on creating our own mucin enhanced emollient cream using comercial mucin and a cheap emollient cream so that we can use the same non-mucin enhanced emollient cream as our control. We then intend to test our mucin enhanced emollient cream on volunteers who have psoriasis patches on their skin to see if the snail slime helps to alleviate/cure any of the scaly skin rash symptoms. We will compare the mucin enhanced emollient cream with non mucin enhanced emollient cream by measuring the area reduction in scaly skin patches. Additionally, we will test another patch with a typically prescribed topical steroid and we will again compare the plaque area reduction in both the mucin enhanced emollient cream treated patches with the topical steroid treated patches. We will aim to interpret our results by calculating differences between our mucin enhanced emollient cream and our non-mucin enhanced emollient mean area reduction in scaly skin patches and we will use a ‘t test’ to see if scaly skin reduction in treated scaly patches are statistically significant to each other.

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

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PROJECT OVERVIEW: Flax is a natural and biodegradable material that has very high inherent tensile strength. Its usage in packaging has yet to be tested. Flax is an indigenous crop to Donegal and the greater requirement for this material could help to sustain tillage farming in parts of our county. We will examine the process of obtaining strong fibres from the Flax plant and we will test the strength of these Flax fibres in one of the Engineering laboratories at Letterkenny Institute of Technology, using both the strap test and the ASTM D5034 Textile Elongation and Breaking Strength Testing. We will examine the knots/ joins required to secure the flax as a durable joint and we will test the flax strapping on waxed card packaging to ensure waterproofing. We will create a cost analysis comparison for the existing plastic production and disposal versus the natural flax alternative.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT/BACKGROUND: Climate change and being ‘eco-friendly’ is one of the biggest topics of conversation between young people today. We are more aware of the challenges our planet is facing and we, the millennials of today, have chosen responsibility over complacency and are taking action against climate change in the hope of saving our future. Packaging of goods has become a major pollutant, especially with the growth of online shopping in recent years. We live on the Atlantic coast and have been involved in beach ‘clean-ups’ and we have noticed the very large amount of heavy duty plastic strapping that washes up on our shores. Polypropylene plastic is not biodegradable. Plastic is known to be one of the biggest causes of pollution today, due to its toxic fast production and lack of reusability, as well as the use of fossil fuels in its production. Flax is a naturally grown fibre crop, usually cultivated in cooler regions of the world such as Ireland. Flax is a very strong material which cannot be easily cut but instead torn/stripped from the top to the bottom of each fibre. Flax absorbs CO2   during its growth phase and is likely to be carbon neutral even after processing to produce strapping, (in the way timber is carbon neutral as a building material) . Flax has been used for hundreds of years in the yarn industry (linen) and is an indigienous crop of Donegal. Flax oil has many health benefits as it contains omega 3 and antioxidants. Flax has also  been used for hundreds of years in thatching the roofs of stone cottages. In all of its uses the fibre of flax has proven to be extremely strong and it endures the harsh Atlantic weather.

APPROACH: We intend to use flax as an alternative to thin heavy duty plastic strapping around boxes, crates and canned beverages. We intend to study the proliferation of flax as a crop in Donegal currently, and to then examine its uses today. We will then test the replacement of plastic strapping with a variety of assemblies of flax strands and joining methods (plaiting, knotting etc.) and we intend to examine the use of this flax strapping with bales of briquettes and other uses where strong plastic strapping is normally found.

We will then strength-test the flax strapping designs in an engineering laboratory at Letterkenny Institute of Technology and the results of this will guide our preferred design.

We also hope to research the financial cost of plastic strapping (manufacture, supply and disposal) through Spectrum Printing and Logistics, City West, Dublin and we hope to compare this to the cost of a flax alternative.

Trip to Salthill Farm

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Students studying Level 2 in the Abbey Vocational School enjoyed a wonderful day out at Salthill Cabin as part of their course in Animal Welfare. The café is ideally located on the Wild Atlantic Way.

There is also an animal petting area with pygmy goats, peacock birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, tortoise and lots more. Sit back with a soup or chowder and enjoy the wonderful views of the Benbulben Mountains and Donegal Bay, or grab a coffee and take a walk along the shore taking in the wonderful panoramic views of the Blue Stack Mountains and Barnesmore Gap.

The Students and Staff had a great day and would like to thank the hospitality of the Salthill Cabin!

The Student Council

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Sligo Institute of Technology

Since it first opened in September 1970, IT Sligo has been one of Ireland’s leading third level institutions. Students are at the heart of the Institute’s ethos. It is home to 6,000 students across the Institute’s full-time, part-time and apprenticeship programmes.

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

Teaching & Learning: Introduction to Success Criteria.

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

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

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

Success criteria for this learning intention might look like the following

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

Streetwise Talk

On Monday and Tuesday the 14th and 15th of October the Abbey Vocational School welcomed Streetwise to talk about educating, informing and empowering young people by teaching them about the criminal laws which are most relevant to them.

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Established in June 2014 Streetwise believe that young people, some of whom, due to a variety of reasons, are susceptible to being drawn into criminal activity and interactions with the police, benefit from having knowledge of the criminal law system. Streetwise believe that if they understand criminal offences, the risks and consequences of certain activities, police powers and their rights as individuals: this enables them to make better decisions, avoid interactions with the police escalating and potentially prevent Students becoming involved in the criminal justice system.

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Transition Year

Enterprise

LYIT Enterprise Competition 

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On Wednesday 16th October, 10 Transition Year business students took part in an enterprise competition run by LYIT. The Abbey Vocational School was one of only 24 schools in the county chosen to participate in this competition. On arrival, the students met Ursula Donnelly, an official at Enterprise Ireland who was their mentor for the day. They were given a small bag of everyday items & tasked with creating a prototype of a product to pitch to a panel of judges for investment. There was 90 minutes in which they had to design a product, research the finance required to build it, and prepare their 3 minute pitch. Ursula was a wonderful aid to the Abbey Students, her great business knowledge really helping to lead them down the path to success. After their time was up, the students were escorted to a small room to pitch their business plan to a panel of 6 judges, all of whom are prominent entrepreneurs in the locality. The Abbey students really stood out with their pitch of “Flexi-Roll”, a collapsible foam roller for athletes. These students were a credit to the school, taking home second place overall and being asked to present their product pitch for the 240 students, their teachers and all the LYIT lecturers and staff present. This was an incredible experience for everyone involved and it really helped the students who attended to understand what it takes to succeed in business.  It is clear that the Abbey Vocational School fosters an entrepreneurial mind and will continue to develop smart and savvy business people going forward. By Savannah Timoney.

The Transition Year Musical Production

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‘West Side StoryMusical

‘West Side Story’ is a 1961 American musical and drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was inspired by William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet.

The Diary of a member of the ‘West Side Story’ cast;

As I’m sure all are well aware of by now, the Abbey Vocational School are preparing our splendid production of “West Side Story”. All Transition Years are beginning the slow & steady countdown to the musical as it’s now dawning on us that we only have six weeks of rehearsal before taking to the stage. Undaunted by the monumental task ahead of us, we’re making great strides in rehearsals, having covered a majority of dances & musical numbers that will be appearing in the play. Over the weekend, the girls have been perfecting the songs “I Feel Pretty” & “America” while the boys focused on crafting their stage combat skills for “The Rumble”, the intense scene in which two gangs go head to head. This week we are beginning to prepare the final scene of the play which will take great amounts of effort & commitment from every member of the cast due to the sheer volume of drama & emotional intensity required of the musical’s final moments. This has been an important week for the leads who are rehearsing for the first time completely off-script. Although this is challenging, the extra work involved in learning lines is definitely worth it because we can begin to see how beautifully the show is coming together. West Side Story has become such a loved part of the lives of all Transition Years that we can hardly imagine what we would do without it! We hope to follow in the footsteps of all the years that came before us to put on a musical we can all be proud of.

Fashion First Workshop

Fashion First Workshop teaches students about the fundamentals of sewing to help explore their creativity. Instructors nurture and help build self esteem

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AVS students [Fashion Designers] start with a sketch (croquis), technical details, choose and render the fabric, learn the proper way to make a pattern, including measuring each other, learn to understand the importance of this process including the FIT of the garment. They also learn how to pin and sew, use a sewing machine to complete the entire garment, including the final fitting.

Students were enlightened on the importance of budget and economics of fashion. Finally on the last day of class Students will hold a Fashion Show.

TY Leisure Activities:

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

This weeks classes will be participating in the following:

  • 4A: Aqua- aerobics
  • 4B: Surfing
  • 4C:Zumba & Rowing
  • 4C: Zumba & Rowing
  • 4E: Dt Fitness Self Defence

TY PE

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

TY Coaching:

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

Personal Development is about creating self-awareness and strengthening your team’s communication skills to have a positive impact on how they interact with others. This course is designed to help build confidence and enhance an individual’s potential, both personally and professionally.

SPORT

New Gym Facilities @ the AVS

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On Tuesday October 15th, the AVS were delighted to launch the new gym facilities at the Abbey Vocational School. These new facilities were developed in partnership with the school and the Abbey Hotel, Donegal who have very generously agreed to sponsor the project.

The Abbey Hotel is renowned for its unique setting in the centre of the town with idyllic views of Donegal Bay. The hotel is within minutes of stunning coastal drives, beaches and signature discovery points of the famous Wild Atlantic Way.

The new and upgraded gym is a fantastic addition to already excellent facilities at Abbey Vocational School. The facilities will also be used by the CLG Dhún na nGall Senior football squad as part of the Strength and Conditioning programmes in preparation for retaining their Ulster Senior title in 2020 and their goal to progress beyond the Super 8’s in the subsequent All-Ireland campaign. The launch was attended by Chairperson Mick McGrath, Abbey VS Principal Geraldine Diver, Staff & Students, as well as a number of the Donegal Senior panel that will be using the gym.

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U-16  Boys Gaelic 

AVS v Loreto Milford: 2-7, 0-14

On Wednesday the 16th of October the AVS travelled to Milford for the U16 Gaelic Match. Dominating throughout the game the AVS fought hard to command a lead of 5 points with 15 minutes to go. But Loreto came back and with the breeze they scored 3 soft frees, winning by a point.

Team; Oisin McNulty, Odhran Meehan, Sean Boyle, Fiachra O’Donnell, Ethan McNulty, Ross O’Keaney, Andrew Monaghan, Senan Quinn, Jamie Gorrell, Liam Gallagher, Conor Campbell, Conor Reid, Rory Kennedy, Dermot Slevin, Daniel Quinn, John Bell.

U 20 Girls Gaelic 

Our U20 girls headed to Fintra for their first outing of the year where they faced St Catherines Killybegs and were unlucky to come away without a victory.

The girls started off strongly and went ahead at halftime by six points. The second half saw a determined start from St. Catherines  who slowly clawed back the lead but Abbey VS hit back with two goals and looked to be heading for victory when some very accurate shooting from St. Catherines  and a very well taken goal,  saw the home girls take victory by 4 points.  Our girls will have taken some positives away from the match and with hopefully a full squad on our next outing we can secure a victory.

Athletics

Students are training every Thursday evening at 6.30pm with Tir Chonaill AC. Tuesday’s after school session has started back this week also.

We have a number of students preparing for cross country coming up in November. Our first years will compete in the Regional Sportshall Athletics final in December.

Good luck to the following students who will compete in the All Ireland Schools Multi Events in Athlone at the start of November. They will compete against the top athletes from across the country in five events, ranging in jumping throwing, hurdling and running.

The students will compete in the following groups.

  • U17 Boys: Eoin Sharkey  and Shane Breslin.
  • U17 Girls: Laoise Mc Gonagle and Rachel Gallagher.

Girls Basketball 

Well done to the senior girls who beat Castlerea college in the senior cup competition

Lunchtime Sports For All Programme

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

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

The timetable for 0this term is as follows:

Day Event Teacher Venue
 

Monday

Girls Badminton

(open to all girls)

Mrs Gallagher Sports Hall
TY Boys Soccer Mr Gorman Tennis Court
 

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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

(open to all girls)

Ms. Kelly Library
 

Thursday

Ultimate Frisbee

(open to all students)

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

(open to all students)

Mrs Gallagher School track
 

Friday

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

(open to all girls)

Ms. Kelly Library

AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS CLUBS

Most of our after school training sessions have started this week. The timetable as follows is posted on the sports boards. Thank you to the many coaches and staff members who give their time to our sports teams. Please see your coach if you have any questions.

Sports Team Coach Training time Venue
Athletics Mrs M Gallagher Tuesday

4pm – 5.30pm

Sports hall & track
Basketball 

1st & 2nd Year Boys 

Mr. P Mc Devitt,

Mr. S Carty

Friday

3:30-4:30

Sports hall
Basketball 

Senior & U16 Boys

Mr. D Russell,

Mr. S Carty

Monday 4- 6pm Sports hall
Basketball 

1st & 2nd Year Girls 

Ms P Rooney,

Ms S Mogan

Thursday

3.30pm – 4:30pm

Sports hall
Basketball 

Senior & U16 Girls

Mrs. E O’ Mahony,

 

Ms V Lockhart

Wednesday

3.30 – 5.30pm

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

Thursday Lunchtime

School track
Gaelic Girls 

U14 

Mrs M Crawford

Ms. G Creane

Monday

4.15 – 5.30pm

School field /

All weather pitch

Gaelic Girls 

U16 & Senior: 

Mrs M Crawford

P Rooney

Monday

4.15 – 5.30pm

School field /

All weather pitch

Gaelic Boys 

U14

Mr P O’Donnell,

Mr. S Mc Fadden

Wednesday

3:30 – 4:30pm

School field /

All weather pitch

Gaelic Boys 

U16

Mr. L McLoone,

Mr. C Monahan

Tuesday

4.15 – 5.30pm

School field /

All weather pitch

Gaelic Boys 

Senior

Mr. B Carty,

Mr. C Herron

Thursday

3.30pm -4.30pm

School field /

All weather pitch

Girls Active Mrs. PA Gavigan,

Mrs. R Myers

Thursday

3.30pm -4.30pm

Parish hall / Library

The following sports managers will meet their teams in the coming weeks to plan for their upcoming season.

  • Golf – Mr O Plunkett,
  • Soccer (1st Year) – Mr S Devlin,
  • Soccer – U15 – Mr I O’ Mahony & Mr L Gallagher,
  • Rowing – Mr S Maguire

 ACTIVITIES FOR FIRST YEARS

Non-Competitive Sports for All

Activity Boys/Girls Teacher Day/Time Room
Badminton Girls Mrs. Gallagher Monday Lunchtime Sports hall
Indoor soccer Boys Mr O’ Mahony Tuesday Lunchtime Sports hall
Soccer Boys Mr O’ Donnell Wednesday Lunchtime Tennis Courts
Zumba Girls Ms Kelly Wednesday Lunchtime Library
Ultimate Frisbee Boys & Girls Mrs O’ Mahony Thursday Lunchtime Sports hall
Keep fit running club Boys & Girls Mrs Gallagher Thursday Lunchtime School track
Girls Active Girls Mrs Gavigan Thursday 3.30 – 4.30pm Library
Unihoc Girls Ms. Rooney Friday Lunchtime Sports hall
Dance club Girls Ms Kelly Friday Lunchtime Library

Non-Sport Related Activities

Science Club Boys & Girls Ms Furey Monday Lunchtime

Tuesday 4pm – 5pm

Room 45
Art Club Boys & Girls Ms O Donnell Monday Lunchtime Room 12A
Coding Club Boys & Girls Mr Harvey & Mr Herron Tuesday Lunchtime Room 45
Chess Club Boys & Girls Ms. Mohan Tuesday Lunchtime Room 3
School Choir Boys & Girls Ms Doherty Tuesday Lunchtime Room 16
Reading Club Boys & Girls Ms. O’ Donnell Wednesday Lunchtime Room 9
Irish Conversation Club Boys & Girls Mr Mc Fadden

Ms. Giblin

Wednesday Lunchtime Room 26
Drama Class Boys & Girls Ms. O’ Donnell Thursday Lunchtime Room 9
Maths Club Boys & Girls Ms Lockhart Friday Lunchtime Room 30
Trad Music Club Boys & Girls Ms Doherty Friday Lunchtime Room 13

Non-Sport Related Activities

Science Club Boys & Girls Ms Furey Monday Lunchtime

Tuesday 4pm – 5pm

Room 45
Art Club Boys & Girls Ms O Donnell Monday Lunchtime Room 12A

Competitive Sports for First Years

Activity Boys/Girls Teacher Day/Time Room
Athletics &

Cross Country

Boys & Girls Mrs. Gallagher Tuesday

4.15 – 5.30pm

Sports hall & Track
Basketball Girls Ms Rooney Thursday

3.30 – 5pm

Sports hall
Basketball Boys Mr Mc Devitt Friday

3.30 – 4.30 pm

Sports hall
Gaelic U14 Girls Mrs M Crawford

Ms G. Creane

Monday

4.15 – 5.30pm

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic U14 Boys Mr O’ Donnell

Mr Mc Fadden

Wednesday

3.30 – 4.45pm

School field / All weather pitch
Soccer Boys Mr Devlin TBC School field / All weather pitch
Rowing Boys & Girls Mr Maguire TBC School gym

Abbey V.S. Newsletter – Mon 14th Oct

Abbey Vocational School Newspaper 7th Oct- 13th Oct 2019

Parent Teacher Meeting for 6th year and LCA2:

Parent/Teacher meeting for 6th Yr and LCA 2 students takes place on Thursday 17th October. Please attend between 3.45pm and 6.15pm. Thank you

Parents Information Evening for First year Students:

Thank you to all those who attended our first year Parents Information Evening on Thursday Night last. We had a large turn out and were delighted to see so many of you there.

Mental Health Week

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can”

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This week the Abbey Vocational School celebrated Mental Health Week from Monday the 7th of October – Friday the 11th of October 2019. Mental Health Week is a firm fixture in the AVS Calendar as staff and students highlight, discuss and embrace mental health. Positive affirmations, solution board, drop all and walk initiatives have embodied Mental Health Week as the AVS Community join together to celebrate the ethos of the Abbey Vocational School; The Abbey Vocational School is dedicated to the holistic development of students in a caring environment where tolerance and respect are nurtured and valued.

ETB Drugs & Alcohol Talk

On Monday the 7th of October Students from the Abbey Vocational School welcomed Christina McEleney to the school. Ms McEleney is employed by the Donegal Education & Training Board and is funded by North West Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force with responsibility for coordinating alcohol & other drugs education and training in the North West Region, believing that there is ‘always something to learn’. Factual information in respect of  a harm reduction approach is said to be a more informed approach towards drug use. Christina delivered an excellent presentation in this regard and we thank her very much for this. 

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Teaching & Learning

A new Teaching & Learning section has been added to our school website. It can be found under the Curriculum tab. 

T&L Webpage

It currently includes links to the following: Literacy, Numeracy, Learning Intentions, Student Reflection on Learning and Effective Questioning. 

New pages will be added in the near future to include student learning resources and teaching resources. Please see www.avsdonegal.com for more.

Level 2 Students enjoying Road Safety Day

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Aine McBrearty and Eoin Rooney enjoying the Road Safety Day in Letterkenny.

Literacy

English Department

The Readathon: The English Department will be embarking on the ‘The Readathon’ initiative in the coming weeks. This initiative is an amazing opportunity for Students to engage and challenge themselves establishing a lifelong love of books all while raising funds for multiple sclerosis!

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

The Reading Club:   The Reading Club has started with Ms. O’Donnell at lunchtime on Wednesdays in Room 12. If you have a love of reading, join our book club! It is a reading group for Students who love to read and talk about books, if that is you then join our Club!

Drama Club:  The AVS Drama Club will now be commencing on Thursdays at lunchtime in room 12, if you have a love of drama and enjoy treading the boards then please come along, new members are most welcome!

Non Uniform Day

Jersey day saw the Abbey Vocational School enjoy a non uniform day as part of Mental Health Week and as a fundraiser for the school.

Student Council

Our new Student Council held their first meeting of the year and elected the following officers….Chairperson: India kennedy, Secretary: Kevin Canny. 

Frank Duffy represented the Donegal Youth Council at the meeting and described some of the activities of the DYC over the summer. The Council discussed their areas of interest and projects for the year, and will decide on one key area at their next meeting. The student voice box is in the assembly area for the main student body, if there are issues that they may like to bring to the attention of the Student Council. 

The Music Department  

Preparations took place this week for `The Big Sing’. Singing is proven to be a powerful way to improve your positive mental health. 

Choir continues to meet on Tuesdays at lunchtime.  New members welcome.  Musical rehearsals every lunchtime and after school.  Leads and chorus are working hard for the musical and they are really beginning to understand their parts.

The Trad Music Club has now commenced in room 13 on Friday the Music Department. The day will change starting next week to Thursdays. If you have a love of traditional music please come along, new members are most welcome!

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Chess Club

image007The Chess Club has resumed on Tuesdays in room 3 and all new members are welcome! The game of chess is played by millions of people worldwide.  Chess is believed to be derived from the Indian game chaturanga some time before the 7th century. If you have an interest in joining our Chess Club please come along to our meetings as everyone is welcome!

Numeracy

The Maths Club 

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

Guidance

  1. Career talks for Leaving Certs taking place in the library over the coming weeks:
  • Angela’s: 23 Oct. 2019 @ 10.20 – 11.00
  • North-West Regional College: 06 Nov. 2019 @ 10.20 – 11.00
  • University of Limerick: 11   Nov. 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35
  1. UCAS registration will take place on Wednesday, 16 October @ 10.20 in room 44. Any Leaving Cert wishing to apply to UCAS must attend this event. 
  2. IT Sligo Open Day will take place on 17 Oct. 2019. The Guidance department will bring 5th years to this event. The bus is €7, payable to Ms Rooney. The bus will leave the school @ 8.45 a.m. and return @ 3.20 p.m.
  3. Leaving Certs: 1-1 appointments are available; speak to your Guidance Counsellor for booking instructions.
  4. Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

Maynooth University Talk

Representatives of Maynooth University came the Abbey Vocational School to deliver a talk to our Leaving Certificate Students about the careers that lay ahead of them. This talk was very beneficial, giving AVS Students a good idea of the career path that they may want to take. 

Maynooth University is a well recognised university, situated 25km outside of Dublin. Some skills that Maynooth have to offer to their students include Academic writing, Analysis and use of data, Analytical thinking, Communication, Critical thinking, Developing learning skills, Information processing and Interpersonal skills. On the 16 of June 2017, Maynooth University celebrated its 20th birthday, having been formally established as an autonomous university in 1997. 

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

Science Club

This week we continue our young scientist project profiles and in Science club we are busy conducting our background knowledge and preparing our project literature reviews.  

Treating psoriasis with snail slime by Robyn Given and Katie Furey

image008OVERVIEW: Psoriasis is an autoimmune and inflammatory condition of the skin. Currently, psoriasis is treated with topical steroids which have the following side effects: tingling skin, numbness or pins and needles, headaches, joint pain, muscle twitching, increased hair growth and even high blood pressure. Our project will aim to see if treatment with mucin or snail slime is as effective as treatment with topical steroids in volunteer subjects with psoriasis.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT/BACKGROUND: A friend’s parents recently travelled to Spain and while there they purchased a commercial mucin and aloe vera enhanced emollient cream. The sellers told them that it was effective in the treatment of psoriasis so they brought it back to their daughter to see if it would help to ease her skin rash. After a few applications the psoriasis rash seemed a lot less angry and after a few weeks of treatment the improvement was noticeable. This led us to research which ingredient, the aloe vera or the mucin, was effective in treating psoriasis. 

APPROACH: We have conducted a trial on a volunteer using a commercial mucin enhanced emollient cream to see if it is as effective as a topical steroid in the treatment of psoriasis. Our test with this volunteer showed that it is as useful as a prescribed topical steroid treatment in reducing skin inflammation in scaly patches in this volunteer. We now intend on creating our own mucin enhanced emollient cream using comercial mucin and a cheap emollient cream so that we can use the same non-mucin enhanced emollient cream as our control. We then intend to test our mucin enhanced emollient cream on volunteers who have psoriasis patches on their skin to see if the snail slime helps to alleviate/cure any of the scaly skin rash symptoms. We will compare the mucin enhanced emollient cream with non mucin enhanced emollient cream by measuring the area reduction in scaly skin patches. Additionally, we will test another patch with a typically prescribed topical steroid and we will again compare the plaque area reduction in both the mucin enhanced emollient cream treated patches with the topical steroid treated patches. We will aim to interpret our results by calculating differences between our mucin enhanced emollient cream and our non-mucin enhanced emollient mean area reduction in scaly skin patches and we will use a ‘t test’ to see if scaly skin reduction in treated scaly patches are statistically significant to each other.

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

image009PROJECT OVERVIEW: Flax is a natural and biodegradable material that has very high inherent tensile strength. Its usage in packaging has yet to be tested. Flax is an indigenous crop to Donegal and the greater requirement for this material could help to sustain Tillage framing in parts of our county. We will examine the process of obtaining strong fibres from the Flax plant and we will test the strength of these Flax fibres in one of the Engineering laboratories at Letterkenny Institute of Technology, using both the strap test and the ASTM D5034 Textile Elongation and Breaking Strength Testing. We will examine the knots/ joins required to secure the flax as a durable joint and we will test the flax strapping on waxed card packaging to ensure waterproofing. We will create a cost analysis comparison for the existing plastic production and disposal versus the natural flax alternative.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT/BACKGROUND: Climate change and being ‘eco-friendly’ is one of the biggest topics of conversation between young people today. We are more aware of the challenges our planet is facing and we, the millennials of today, have chosen responsibility over complacency and are taking action against climate change in the hope of saving our future. Packaging of goods has become a major pollutant, especially with the growth of online shopping in recent years. We live on the Atlantic coast and have been involved in beach ‘clean-ups’ and we have noticed the very large amount of heavy duty plastic strapping that washes up on our shores. Polypropylene plastic is not biodegradable. Plastic is known to be one of the biggest causes of pollution today, due to its toxic fast production and lack of reusability, as well as the use of fossil fuels in its production. Flax is a naturally grown fibre crop, usually cultivated in cooler regions of the world such as Ireland. Flax is a very strong material which cannot be easily cut but instead torn/stripped from the top to the bottom of each fibre. Flax absorbs CO2   during its growth phase and is likely to be carbon neutral even after processing to produce strapping, (in the way timber is carbon neutral as a building material) . Flax has been used for hundreds of years in the yarn industry (linen) and is an indigienous crop of Donegal. Flax oil has many health benefits as it contains omega 3 and antioxidants. Flax has also  been used for hundreds of years in thatching the roofs of stone cottages. In all of its uses the fibre of flax has proven to be extremely strong and it endures the harsh Atlantic weather.

APPROACH: We intend to use flax as an alternative to thin heavy duty plastic strapping around boxes, crates  and canned beverages. We intend to study the proliferation of flax as a crop in Donegal currently, and to then examine its uses today. We will then test the replacement of plastic strapping with a variety of assemblies of flax strands and joining methods (plaiting, knotting etc.) and we intend to examine the use of this flax strapping with bales of briquettes and other uses where strong plastic strapping is normally found. 

We will then strength-test the flax strapping designs in an engineering  laboratory at Letterkenny Institute of Technology and the results of this will guide our preferred design. 

We also hope to research the financial cost of plastic strapping (manufacture, supply and disposal) through Spectrum printing and logistics, City West, Dublin and we hope to compare this to the cost of a flax alternative.

Skipathon & Rowathon

image010The skipathon and rowathon took place on Friday the 11th of October in the AVS Gym, both of these events were to raise money for mental health and wellbeing supports in the school. First and Second Years received sponsorship cards to collect money from their friends and family. Cealan Boyle, our local DJ provided the school with upbeat music and dance tunes to keep the participants energised and happy. This allowed everyone to perform fantastically well and to the best of their ability!

Drop everything and walk 

Drop Everything and Walk is an initiative taken by the Active School Flag (ASF) team. Ms O‘Mahony is in charge of ASF in the school. This week saw many classes partake in the drop everything and walk initiative as the benefits of exercise are huge, not only does it keep the body fit and healthy by burning calories but Vitamin D is essential for the skin and absorption of nutrients but it also keeps the brain healthy. Exercise and fresh air helps you sleep better and in turn learn better and it improves your memory.

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LYIT Talk

Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) is a vibrant, dynamic and modern learning environment where you can pursue your academic and career ambitions with confidence. This is what Abbey Vocational School Students were told when they received a visit from LYIT. Whatever you’re studying, their reputation for academic excellence and their close relationships with employers ensure their graduates can always be confident about their future. In fact, they are leading the way in college-collaboration with employers to ensure their courses are future-proofed to meet the evolving demands of the modern workplace. There are 130 programmes across four schools of Business, Tourism, Engineering and Science and range from one to four years; combining academic theory with practical skills development. Some of their programmes include animation, sports and exercise, accounting, agriculture and nursing. LYIT is also a gateway to the highest level of education. 70% of their full-time students are grant recipients, with awards available from certificate level up to PhDs.

There are many people of note who have studied at LYIT. Nikki Hayes  is a DJ on East Coast FM and 4FM. She previously presented on RTÉ 2fm and has also DJ’ed in numerous clubs across the country. Jerome Hughes is an Irish television reporter from Laghey. 

Road Safety Talk in Letterkenny

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On Tuesday the 8th of October, our Transition Year Students went to the Aura Leisure Center Letterkenny to see a talk on Road Safety hosted by the Donegal County Council in association with the Donegal Road Safety Working Group (DRSWG). It is a hard-hitting show that offers young people the opportunity to learn about the consequences of poor driving behaviour on roads. The hope is that this show will have a positive influence on all students and help to keep them safe on the roads in the future. It details the work of the emergency services in the aftermath of the crash and all the events that occur after a fatal crash. 

Transition Year Diary Entry – By Jamie Meehan.

Thanks to Donegal County Council Road Safety 1600 TY’s from the County attended the Aura centre for a road safety information talk to make students aware of the dangers of driving . Our TY’s left the school and had an enjoyable bus journey to the Aura centre which was filled with excitement and laughter. When the students arrived they got off their bus and went inside where they were greeted and shown to the massive theatre and to their seats.

The students were seated and inspirational, happy music started playing which got everyone fired up and excited. The spokesperson came on stage and introduced Sean, the central character. We were told Sean was a young boy who had just got his licence and was taking his girlfriend out for a drive. The TYs were then told the reality of the story, of what happens at a road traffic collision from the perspective of each person at the scene, guards, firemen, ambulance and parents.

This put things into perspective for our students who soon realized the seriousness of the situation and the importance of safety on the roads. We were then introduced to the very brave Mother of Kym Harley. Kym Harley lost her life minutes away from her house in a car accident and her Mother shared her hard experience of the situation’.

SPORT

U16 Basketball game AVS v Summerhill

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On Wednesday the 9th of October, the Abbey U16 boys basketball team, led by captain Niall Prendeville, took on Summerhill College. The A.V.S boys got off to a promising start after draining two three-point shots to kick off the game. The Summerhill boys got into the game eventually though, as they entered the first time out down by just a single point. Conor Campbell and Niall Prendeville were only two of Abbeys star performers in the 1st quarter, with 12 points between them in the first quarter. The boys continued to perform well in the 2nd quarter, dominating on the boards and winning the majority of fifty-fifty balls. Half-Time score AVS 29 | Summerhill 23.

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Abbey’s centre  Jake Graham opened the scoring with a good layup at the start of the second half. Leo McGowan and Ethan Kenny then scored a layup and a free throw. Ben mcNeely then put two more points on the board which left Abbey well ahead at the start of the fourth quarter. The Abbey kept the scoring going despite Niall Prenderville coming off with a knee injury. Leo mcGowan took over the point-guard position and dictated the game well. The final score in the game was 52-37 to Abbey. This was a good outing for the boys and they’ll be hoping to push on from this impressive win!

U15 Soccer

AVS faced tough opposition in St. Columbas for their opening fixture in the U15 soccer league. Man of the match and captain Jake Graham. led the team through a high standard game that we unfortunately lost 3 -1.

It was never going to be an easy task finding the right balance with players spanning across 2 years but the boys learned fast. John Bell combining well with Jake and keeper Antonio Huertas to ensure no goal was conceded from open play.

Caolan Sweeney and Daniel McIntyre resumed their influential pairing in midfield creating opportunities for Ruairi McLauglin and Rory Kelly up front. However, it was St Columbas to score first with a goal from a corner and a second shortly after from a free kick. If you’re not winning you’re learning, and certainly dealing with defending, set pieces now becomes the focus of training on Tuesday. Matthew McGinty impressed when he came on for injured Ryan Kennedy and gave hope of a comeback when he got on the end of ball to make it 2-1.

Solid performances from Senan Carr, Matthew Byrne and Kiernan Degnan all added to a great overall team effort. Subs Leo McGowan, Shea Byrne and Conor Meehan all put their stamp on the match which will inevitably keep competition for places high.

We look forward to the next fixture against Rosses Community School in the last week of term.

Thanks to Mr. O’Mahony and Leo Gallagher for their continued work with the team.

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Girls Basketball

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After School Football

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AVS Students enjoying after football on Wednesdays.

 

Lunchtime Sports

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

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

The timetable for this term is as follows:

 

Day Event Teacher Venue
 

Monday

Girls Badminton

(open to all girls)

Mrs Gallagher Sports Hall
TY Boys Soccer Mr Gorman Tennis Court
 

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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

(open to all girls)

Ms. Kelly Library
 

Thursday

Ultimate Frisbee

(open to all students)

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

(open to all students)

Mrs Gallagher School track
 

Friday

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

(open to all girls)

Ms. Kelly Library

AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS CLUBS

 

Most of our after school training sessions have started this week. The timetable as follows is posted on the sports boards. Thank you to the many coaches and staff members who give their time to our sports teams. Please see your coach if you have any questions. 

Sports Team Coach Training time Venue
Athletics    Mrs M Gallagher      Tuesday

4pm – 5.30pm

 Sports hall & track
Basketball

1st & 2nd Year Boys

  Mr. P Mc Devitt,

Mr. S Carty

       Friday

3:30-4:30

Sports hall
Basketball

Senior & U16 Boys

     Mr. D Russell,

Mr. S Carty

        Monday 4- 6pm Sports hall
Basketball

1st & 2nd Year Girls

  Ms P Rooney,

Ms S Mogan

       Thursday

3.30pm – 4:30pm

Sports hall
Basketball

Senior & U16 Girl

Mrs. E O’ Mahony,

Ms V Lockhart

       Wednesday

3.30 – 5.30pm

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

Thursday Lunchtime

   School track
Gaelic Girls

U14

 Mrs M Crawford

Ms. G Creane

          Monday

4.15 – 5.30pm

School field /

All weather pitch

Gaelic Girls

U16 & Senior:

 Mrs M Crawford

Ms. P Rooney

Monday

4.15 – 5.30pm

School field /

All weather pitch

Gaelic Boys

U14

 Mr P O’Donnell,

Mr. S Mc Fadden

    Wednesday

3:30 – 4:30pm

 School field /

All weather pitch

Gaelic Boys

U16

Mr. L McLoone,

Mr. C Monahan

   Tuesday

4.15 – 5.30pm

School field /

All weather pitch

Gaelic Boys

Senior

Mr. B Carty,

Mr. C Herron

            Thursday

3.30pm -4.30pm

School field /

All weather pitch

Girls Active Mrs. PA Gavigan,

Mrs. R Myers

    Thursday

3.30pm -4.30pm

Parish hall / Library

The following sports managers will meet their teams in the coming weeks to plan for their upcoming season.

  • Golf – Mr O Plunkett, 
  • Soccer (1st Year) – Mr S Devlin,
  • Soccer – U15 – Mr I O’ Mahony & Mr L Gallagher,
  • Rowing – Mr S Maguire

ACTIVITIES  FOR  FIRST YEARS

Non Competitive Sports For All
Activity Boys/Girls Teacher Day/Time Room
Badminton Girls Mrs. Gallagher Monday Lunchtime Sports hall
Indoor soccer Boys Mr O’ Mahony Tuesday Lunchtime Sports hall
Soccer Boys Mr O’ Donnell Wednesday Lunchtime Tennis Courts
Zumba Girls Ms Kelly Wednesday Lunchtime Library
Ultimate Frisbee Boys & Girls Mrs O’ Mahony Thursday Lunchtime Sports hall
Keep fit running club Boys & Girls Mrs Gallagher Thursday Lunchtime School track
Girls Active Girls Mrs Gavigan Thursday 3.30 – 4.30pm Library
Unihoc Girls Ms. Rooney Friday Lunchtime Sports hall
Dance club Girls Ms Kelly Friday Lunchtime Library

 

 

Abbey V.S. Newsletter – Monday 7th Oct

Junior Certificate Results

On the 4th of October Abbey Vocational Students congregated with their parents and staff to receive their Junior Cycle results. We are very proud of each and every one of our students and the excellent results they have achieved. The School was delighted with the results and student’s individual performances were outstanding in many cases. We wish you all well and hope that you bring learning into the next phase of your education.

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Parent Association AGM: 

The AVS Parents Association Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 7th October 2019 at 8 pm in the AVS school library.  All parents are members of the Parents Association and are encouraged to attend the AGM.

First Year Information Evening:

An important Information Evening for parents of first year students will take place on Thursday 10th October at 7 pm .This has been rescheduled from the planned event of the 3rd which was postponed due to the poor weather.

Please see the First Year Transition Survey along with the First Year Parent Survey on the school website at www.avsdonegal.com

These surveys will provide us with information from both a student and parent perspective regarding the transition process in Abbey Vocational School. This valuable feedback will assist in highlighting some areas for discussion during the Parent’s Information Night as well as indicating some key areas that parents may want further information on during the night itself. Many thanks to those of you who have already completed the survey and we look forward to hearing from those who will contribute to this in the coming days.

Environmental Initiative goes viral: 

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Environmental Initiative @ the AVS

On Monday the 30th of September students at the Abbey Vocational School received their personalized, reusable water bottles. There has been a very positive reaction from our students, and they are making good use of their bottles to stay hydrated during the school day, while doing their small part to help the environment. Students are reminded to look after their bottle and to take care when refilling their bottles.

There was a huge reaction on social media regarding our water bottles. The news also featured in several local papers and radio. Mr. Clarke was interviewed on BBC Radio on Tuesday and on Wednesday, Barry White, a presenter working on The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk visited the school to talk to students and staff.


STUDENT COUNCIL 2019 2020

The new Student Council were elected this week and they will be working on various environmental issues during their tenure. Ms. Carr, Ms. Mulrain and Mr. Clarke will work closely with students on this. Four students from our Student Council attended The Donegal Regional Council of Schools which took place on Wednesday 2nd October in Letterkenny IT. The event brought together Student Councils from all over Donegal for a day of debates, workshops, presentations and elections. Topics explored included effective student councils climate action, direct provision and education reform.  It will be an excellent introduction to our students for their year of work with the Abbey Vocational Student Council, and a very worthwhile day of collaboration with young people from Co. Donegal.

Our Student Council will have their first meeting on Wednesday next where committee roles will be decided.

  • 1st year – Holly Fleming, Tadhg Mc Garrigle
  • 2nd Year – Roisin Lynch, Mikey Duke
  • 3rd Year- Rosie Campbell, Ben Mc Neely
  • 4th – Abbie Chambers, Leo Carey Mc Dermott
  • 5th Year – India Kennedy, Kevin Canny
  • 6th Year – Karina Drury, Joseph Reid
  • LCA – Danny Doherty

Prefects Assigned in the AVS

This week students at the Abbey Vocational School received their prefects badges from the Principal Ms Diver.

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Senior AVS student Conor McGroary being presented with his Prefects badge by Principal Geraldine Diver at this morning’s ceremony.

What is the job of the prefect? A prefect should act as a role model for all the students in the school, adhering to School Rules and Regulations at all times, maintain an atmosphere of friendly cooperation, peace, discipline and unity in the School. Also, Prefects must liaise and collaborate with each other, as a team, to ensure the efficiency and smooth running of their own area of responsibility and of the school as a whole. Congratulations to those students who became prefects this week!


Teaching and Learning 

A new Teaching & Learning section has been added to our school website. It can be found under the Curriculum tab. It currently includes links to the following: Literacy, Numeracy, Learning Intentions, Student Reflection on Learning and Effective Questioning. New pages will be added in the near future to include student learning resources and teaching resources. Please see http://www.avsdonegal.com for more.


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Guidance

Career talks for Leaving Certs taking place in the library over the coming weeks:

  • IT Sligo:                      09 Oct. 2019 @ 10.20 – 11.00
  • Maynooth University: 10 Oct. 2019 @ 2.00 – 2.40
  • St. Angela’s:                23 Oct. 2019 @ 10.20 – 11.00

UCAS registration will take place on Wednesday, 16 October @ 10.20 in room 44. Any Leaving Cert wishing to apply to UCAS must attend this event.

IT Sligo Open Day will take place on 17 Oct. 2019. The Guidance department will bring 5th years to this event. Further info. will be provided during Guidance class.

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

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

NUIG Careers Talk  

The Abbey Vocational School welcomed the National University of Galway to the school on Monday the 30th of September. The Speakers from NUI Galway explained how the University was founded in 1845 and 2020 marks the 175th anniversary of its foundation. NUI Galway want to build on the Student’s passion for learning and encourage and support their desire to develop as a person, to explore new interests and to remain curious. Undergraduate Courses were explained and discussed, and NUI Galway explained how Students will be given the support, knowledge, skills and self-confidence to achieve their goals and reach their full potential.

Science Club

This was a very busy week in Science club as we began our literature reviews and prepared our project proposals for the BT Young Scientist competition in the RDS in January. In total, 13 students submitted an impressive six projects for selection by the young Scientist judging panel. Over the next few weeks we will profile the projects that have been entered into BT Young Scientist. These projects will also compete in the regional Scifest final in LYIT in May.

Rounding Up Knotweed Without ‘Round-Up’ by Grace  Masterson, Ellie Campbell and Millie Hughes-Perc.

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PROJECT OVERVIEW: Himalayan Knotweed is not native to Ireland and was first discovered here in 1907. It is a robust, rhizomatous perennial with thin bamboo like stem that can grow up to 1.8m in height. It is a very persistent and rapid grower and its upright stems and pointed leaves result in very dense coverage so it can often outcompete native species. Our project aims to examine if common household agents are as an effective means of eradicating knotweed species as commercial weed killers such as ‘round-up’.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT/BACKGROUND: In the last number of years invasive species plaques have become a more frequent sight in our local countryside and given the potential cancer risk of using weed killers such as ‘round-up’ we wondered if household agents, that are less harmful to human health and the environment, could be used as an alternative in the treatment of invasive species like knotweed. Our preliminary research identified possible agents and a method of effective treatment using stem injection in the on-site treatment of knotweed.

APPROACH: We have already tested a number of household agents to identify the better test agents relative to the killing power of ‘round-up’ by treating cut knotweed stems in the lab. Due to the invasive nature of the plant, we contacted the knotweed officer from Donegal County Council for advice on the safe disposal of the test plants we have already used and for the stems that we will remove in our intended on-site cut stem treatment of knotweed with our household agents. We will inject the agents into the cut knotweed stems directly as our research has suggested that this is a more effective means of treatment and to reduce any harmful effects of our household agents in the environment. We will continue our on-site treatment of knotweed throughout October and November and we will measure the effects of our agents relative to the killing power of ‘round-up’. We will aim to interpret our results by calculating mean growth values in our on-site test stems and we will use a ‘t test’ to see if growth differences between our household agent and ‘round-up’ treated plants are statistically significant.

Medicine Response Variability in Narcolepsy Sufferers by Ciara Cannon

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PROJECT OVERVIEW: I have close hand experience of narcolepsy as a near relative is a sufferer of the condition, so this insight has led me to develop a special interest in the condition and consequently, I wish to investigate the medicine response variability for Xyrem, Wakix, Clarithromycin, Concerta, Ritalin and Provigil in narcolepsy patients through a survey analysis of narcolepsy sufferers.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT/BACKGROUND: Before drafting my survey, I consulted with narcolepsy sufferers and these contributions helped me to design a survey that asked relevant questions about medicine response variability. In addition, my own research into the condition also enabled me to gain a comprehensive knowledge into the medications commonly prescribed in Ireland for narcolepsy, as well as a newer medication that has recently gone to general prescription in Ireland. This has enabled me to construct my survey questions effectively.

APPROACH: I requested the assistance of the narcolepsy support group ‘SOUND’ in my initial interviews of narcolepsy sufferers and I have also sought the consent of ‘SOUND’ as a vehicle for distributing my survey. They have agreed to encourage its members to complete the survey and for convenience they will post a link to the survey on their Facebook page. Therefore, I will use targeted survey sampling of sufferers of narcolepsy and my survey will ask volunteers about their current prescribed medication, their past prescribed medication, if they have experienced any side effects due to the medication or why there has been discontinued use of a specific medication. There are approximately 100 members of the organisation ‘SOUND’ and I am hoping to gain completed surveys from at least half of its members. Finally, I will aim to interpret the results of my survey using statistical analysis.


Mural Fundraiser

On Friday the 27th of September, Students participating in Level 2, held a bake sale in order to raise funds to paint a mural in room 12a. The AVS Students were delighted to raise €145.50 in aid of the mural. The Principal Ms Diver praised the students for their initiative and hard work in raising the funds. Well done!

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Literacy

English Department: ‘The Readathon’

The English Department will be embarking on the ‘The Readathon’ initiative in the coming weeks. This initiative is an amazing opportunity for Students to engage and challenge themselves establishing a lifelong love of books all while raising funds for multiple sclerosis!

The Well Read Award 

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

The Reading Club

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

Drama Club 

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

The Music Department 

Choir continues to meet on Tuesdays at lunchtime.  New members welcome.  Musical rehearsals every lunchtime and after school.  Leads and chorus are working hard for the musical and they are really beginning to understand their parts.

The Trad Music Club has now commenced in room 13 on Friday the Music Department. The day will change starting next week to Thursdays. If you have a love of traditional music please come along, new members are most welcome!

Pictured below are pit singers for the musical ‘West Side Story’. There are 8 in total, boys and girls from 3rd to 6th year who auditioned earlier in Sept. They meet every lunchtime and are working hard on ensemble pieces for the show.

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Choir 

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AVS Students enjoying Choir with Ms McCarthy on Tuesdays in room 13!

Chess Club

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

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Numeracy

The Maths Club 

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

Art Department 

AVS Art students are currently working on this year’s Credit Union Art Competition. The theme of this year’s competition is “Walk of Life. Closing date for entries is Friday 25th October.

Some of our TY students are working on the 2019 ‘China In My Eyes Art Competition’. Closing date for entries is 20th October 2019.

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TY students Clara, Bronagh and Eva have begun working on a mural for room 12. Keep up to date with their progress on the school’s twitter page.

Irish Conversation Club 

An tseachtain seo bhí daltaí na hidirbhliana gnóthach ag déanamh éisteachtaí don cheoldráma ‘West Side Story’. Tá tallan na ndaltaí tharr barr! Tar chuig an ‘Ciorcal Cainte’ ag am lóin Dé hAoine i seomra 26. Tá an ‘Ciorcal Cainte’ a reachtáil ag Mr McFadden agus Ms Giblin.

LYIT Talk

On Wednesday the 2nd of October the Abbey Vocational School Leaving Cert Students had an informative talk with Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

Letterkenny Institute of Technology is an amazing academic facility on our doorstep with every 1 in 2 Donegal students leaving to go to college go to  LYIT.

Letterkenny Institute of Technology are developing psychology and arts programmes and have a great emphasis on sports with scholarships available for sports with 55 scholarships given out in the last 6 months!

There is an inclusive campus in Letterkenny and Killybegs with thirty five different nationalities at LYIT in 2019.

Next open day for students is 21st November 2019!


Transition Year

Youth Council Summit on Climate Change

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On Wednesday the 2nd of October members of the AVS Youth Council; India Kennedy, Kevin Canny, Roisin Lynch and Leo Carey McDermot travelled to the Climate Change Summit in Letterkenny Institute of Technology. With fifty schools congregating for the summit, the main topic of the day was what can we do to help climate change.

The day was busy with Students participating in a walking debate discussing questions such as Brexit, the rights of Asylum Seekers and fears over a hard border.

Musical Rehearsals

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Musical rehearsals of ‘West Side Story’ are in full swing at the Abbey Vocational School!

Diary of a TY student:The Musical by Savannah Timoney

Over the past week of rehearsals, the musical’s cast have been settling into the swing of rehearsals. We have been progressing in leaps & bounds, really beginning to understand our characters. The most difficult part for the main cast is definitely perfecting the various accents required but everyone has risen to the challenge, making convincing New Yorkers & Puerto Ricans. Our efforts have been greatly aided by Rachel, our wonderfully supportive director who is really bringing out the best in everyone.

We’ve been split into our gangs to learn the steps of the biggest dance in the musical “Dance at the Gym”. This is a complicated dance but so far the rehearsals have been going swimmingly so I’m confident that we will soon perfect the moves, thanks to the hard work Ms Kelly & Mrs O’Mahony. The combination of our enthusiastic cast & dedicated teachers will surely make this show a complete success!

Alan Devine Public Speaking

On Monday the 30th of Sept TY C and E class attended a public speaking workshop with Alan Devine. He went over the basics of public speaking such as a confident walk, good eye connection and granny devine’s smile.

Devine has had film roles including the Irish criminal Gerry “The Monk” Hutch in the movie ‘Veronica Guerin’, appearing in the Irish soap opera ‘Fair City’ as Louie Gleeson and has had numerous stage roles, including various works of Shakespeare. The Transition Year group were enthralled by Alan’s charisma and his energy!

TY Trip to Killybegs catering college for World tourism day

Transition year students were invited down to Killybegs Catering College for their World Tourism Day Workshop, twenty were selected along with twenty students from seven other secondary schools in Donegal including St. Catherine’s Vocational School Killybegs, Rosses Community School Dungloe, and St. Columba’s College Stranorlar. First they were taken to the Millennium restaurant for a mocktail making demonstration and taste testing. TY’s enjoyed a talk on world tourism and hotel management with Eamon one of the Managers of  Harvey’s Point Hotel, then went into a seafood introduction and demonstration on how to cut and fillet salmon. AVS Students were given samples of the salmon and potato and mushroom  to taste made by the students of the college. The college provided all the students with a dinner with goujons ,sausages, lasagne with chips and then for dessert  they were given baked buns made by the students of the college! Transition Year Students had a wonderful day out and would like to thank the College for an unforgettable day!

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SPORT

Senior Team

Congratulations to our senior team who qualified for the county final against Loreto Milford.

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The county competition was in a blitz format this year. Abbey beat Colaiste Cholmcille , Rosses, Carndonagh  and finally PCC Falcarragh . The games were played in excellent conditions at the Convoy Centre of Excellence. A total of 35 players were used throughout the competition.  Abbey being winners of their section will come up against  Loreto Milford winners of their section of five teams in a repeat of last year’s final.

Good luck to the team and their managers Mr Carty and Mr Herron.

Lunchtime Activities:

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

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

The timetable for this term is as follows:

Day

Event

Teacher

Venue

 

Monday

Girls Badminton

(open to all girls)

Mrs Gallagher Sports Hall
TY Boys Soccer Mr Gorman Tennis Court
 

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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

(open to all girls)

Ms. Kelly Library
 

Thursday

Ultimate Frisbee

(open to all students)

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

(open to all students)

Mrs Gallagher School track
 

Friday

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

(open to all girls)

Ms. Kelly Library

AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS CLUBS

Most of our after school training sessions have started this week. The timetable as follows is posted on the sports boards. Thank you to the many coaches and staff members who give their time to our sports teams. Please see your coach if you have any questions

Sports Team Coach Training time Venue
Athletics    Mrs M Gallagher      Tuesday

4pm – 5.30pm

 Sports hall & track
Basketball

1st & 2nd Year Boys

  Mr. P Mc Devitt,

Mr. S Carty

       Friday

3:30-4:30

Sports hall
Basketball

Senior & U16 Boys

     Mr. D Russell,

Mr. S Carty

        Monday 4- 6pm Sports hall
Basketball

1st & 2nd Year Girls

  Ms P Rooney,

Ms S Mogan

       Thursday

3.30pm – 4:30pm

Sports hall
Basketball

Senior & U16 Girl

Mrs. E O’ Mahony,

Ms V Lockhart

       Wednesday

3.30 – 5.30pm

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

Thursday Lunchtime

   School track
Gaelic Girls

U14

 Mrs M Crawford

Ms. G Creane

          Monday

4.15 – 5.30pm

School field /

All weather pitch

Gaelic Girls

U16 & Senior:

 Mrs M Crawford

Ms. P Rooney

Monday

4.15 – 5.30pm

School field /

All weather pitch

Gaelic Boys

U14

 Mr P O’Donnell,

Mr. S Mc Fadden

    Wednesday

3:30 – 4:30pm

 School field /

All weather pitch

Gaelic Boys

U16

Mr. L McLoone,

Mr. C Monahan

   Tuesday

4.15 – 5.30pm

School field /

All weather pitch

Gaelic Boys

Senior

Mr. B Carty,

Mr. C Herron

            Thursday

3.30pm -4.30pm

School field /

All weather pitch

Girls Active Mrs. PA Gavigan,

Mrs. R Myers

    Thursday

3.30pm -4.30pm

Parish hall / Library

 

The following sports managers will meet their teams in the coming weeks to plan for their upcoming season.

  • Golf – Mr O Plunkett,
  • Soccer (1st Year) – Mr S Devlin,
  • Soccer – U15 – Mr I O’ Mahony & Mr L Gallagher,
  • Rowing – Mr S Maguire

ACTIVITIES  FOR  FIRST YEARS

Non Competitive Sports For All
Activity Boys/Girls Teacher Day/Time Room
Badminton Girls Mrs. Gallagher Monday Lunchtime Sports hall
Indoor soccer Boys Mr O’ Mahony Tuesday Lunchtime Sports hall
Soccer Boys Mr O’ Donnell Wednesday Lunchtime Tennis Courts
Zumba Girls Ms Kelly Wednesday Lunchtime Library
Ultimate Frisbee Boys & Girls Mrs O’ Mahony Thursday Lunchtime Sports hall
Keep fit running club Boys & Girls Mrs Gallagher Thursday Lunchtime School track
Girls Active Girls Mrs Gavigan Thursday 3.30 – 4.30pm Library
Unihoc Girls Ms. Rooney Friday Lunchtime Sports hall
Dance club Girls Ms Kelly Friday Lunchtime Library

 

 

Abbey V.S. Newsletter – Mon Sept 30th

Environmental Initiatives

This week Students will receive a personalised water bottle as one of many environmental initiatives taking place within the Abbey Vocational School this year. In an effort to reduce our plastic waste each student will receive a personalized water bottle, benefitting the Abbey Vocational School Community.

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Parent Association AGM:

The AVS Parents Association Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 7th October 2019 at 8 pm in the AVS school library.  All parents are members of the Parents Association and are encouraged to attend the AGM.

First Year Information Evening:

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

First Year Peer Mentors

Congratulations to our team of TY Peer Mentors.

Peer Mentors: Shane Breslin, Gabriella Byrne, Amy Carr , Nora Carr, Teelin Casey, Rebecca Kelly, Leah O’Donnell, Lily Doherty, Tessa Duke, Grace Dunlevy, Emma Farron, Aoibheann Gallagher, Eloise Gallagher, Rachel Gallagher, Anna Gillow, Marisa Harley, Eva Jichi, Caoimhe Kerrigan, Grainne Travers, Catherine Whiteside, Savannah Timony Abbie Chambers, Eilish McGroary, Onagh McHugh, Amy McInern, Louise Connolly, Jack Myers, Darcy Neil, Emma Thomas, Ciara Sweeney, Caitriona Smith.

To date, Peer Mentors have been offering assistance to first years and monitoring areas during break and lunchtime in order to help any student who may be lost or finding it hard to get organised. In the coming weeks our first years will get the opportunity to sit and chat to our TY Peer Mentoring Team. During these mentoring sessions first years will have the opportunity to reflect on school life since joining and gain useful advice in numerous areas. Areas may be items such as locker use, using the Student Journal effectively, joining activities and clubs, etc.

Thank you to coordinator Ms. Kelly for overseeing this important area.

A survey will also be shared with the first years in the coming days. The aim of this survey is to assess how they are settling in since joining Abbey Vocational School. The resulting information will assist us in identifying key areas to address and assist with. Tutors, subject teachers and peer mentors are just some of the personnel that will be able to help out first years here.

The link to this survey will be added to the school website in the coming days.

Junior Cycle Results:

The Junior Cycle results will be made available to students on Friday October 4th at 2pm in the school We wish all of our students the very best of luck on Friday and look forward to seeing them reach the high expectations that we have of them all.

Literacy

English Department

image002‘The Readathon’ The English Department will be embarking on the ‘The Readathon’ initiative in the coming weeks. This initiative is an amazing opportunity for Students to engage and challenge themselves establishing a lifelong love of books all while raising funds for an amazing cause!

The Well Read Award

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

The Reading Club

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

Drama Club

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

Trad Music Club

The Trad Music Club has now commenced in room 13 on Friday the Music Department. The day will change starting next week to Thursdays. If you have a love of traditional music please come along, new members are most welcome!

Pictured below are pit singers for the musical West side Story. There are 8 in total, boys and girls from 3rd to 6th year who auditioned earlier in Sept. They meet every lunchtime and are working hard on ensemble pieces for the show

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

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Numeracy

The Maths Club

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

Science Club

This was a very busy week in Science club as we began our literature reviews and prepared our project proposals for the BT Young Scientist competition in the RDS in January. In total, 13 students submitted an impressive six projects for selection by the young Scientist judging panel and they are:

  • Medicine Response Variability in Narcolepsy Sufferers by Ciara Cannon
  • Antimicrobial Seaweeds by Eadaoin Murphy and Shane Harvey
  • Can education reduce the use of single use plastics? by Jane  Faulkner, Erin Britton and Ciara Friel
  • Rounding Up Knotweed Without RoundUp by Grace Masterson, Ellie Campbell and Millie Hughes-Perc
  • Treating psoriasis with snail slime by Robyn Given and Katie Furey
  • Flax as an alternative to heavy duty plastic strapping by Ella Doherty and Ailbhe Loughney

Establishing a testable hypothesis is often the hardest part of any Science investigation but for those among you who have an interesting idea that could be investigated for the Scifest competition in LYIT in May there will be an opportunity to come along to Science club after half term to develop your idea into a project that could then be entered into the BTYS selection process next year. Over the coming weeks we will profile our six projects as we wait to see if our bids are successful and get through the rigorous BTYS selection process.

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

Irish Conversation Club

An tseachtain seo bhí daltaí na hidirbhliana gnóthach ag déanamh éisteachtaí don cheoldráma ‘West Side Story’. Tá tallan na ndaltaí tharr barr! Tar chuig an ‘Ciorcal Cainte’ ag am lóin Dé hAoine i seomra 26. Tá an ‘Ciorcal Cainte’ a reachtáil ag Mr McFadden agus Ms Giblin.

Guidance

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

UCAS registration will take place on Wednesday, 16 October @ 10.20 in room 44. Any Leaving Cert wishing to apply to UCAS must attend this event.

Career talks for Leaving Certs taking place in the library over the coming weeks:

  • LYIT: 02 Oct. 2019 @ 10.20 – 11.00
  • IT Sligo: 09 Oct. 2019 @ 10.20 – 11.00
  • Maynooth University: 10 Oct. 2019 @ 2.00 – 2.40
  • 4. IT Sligo Open Day will take place on 17 Oct. 2019. The Guidance department will bring 5th years to this event. Further info. will be provided during Guidance class.
  • 5. Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to www.AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

 

Choir

The School Choir has now commenced in room 16 on Tuesdays. If you have a love of music and singing, come along to our choir, new members most welcome!

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Students enjoying Choir @ Lunchtime in the Music Room

Teaching & Learning

Why is reflection an important part of learning?

Whilst most people engage in reflection on a daily basis, much of this occurs in quiet moments by ourselves. Most students are not used to reflecting on their learning in a structured manner. They need some help to develop skills in reflective thinking and writing. Whilst this skill may be new to them at first, they will become more familiar with it as they progress through Junior & Senior Cycle.

Through reflection ‘in’ and ‘on’ learning students can:

  • become more aware of the knowledge and skills that they have developed
  • identify strengths and areas for development
  • develop and action plan for future learning
  • gain greater understanding of themselves and how they learn
  • take more responsibility for their learning

Examples of how students can reflect on their learning:

  • Write about their learning
  • Talk about their learning
  • Make a video diary about their learning journey
  • Set goals about their learning
  • Use peer/self-assessment

 

Study Skills

This week Fifth Year Abbey Vocational School Students were treated to the study skills talk with Amazing Brains. The talk focused on helping Students to budget time, leaving Students able to focus even more in school and on the academic year.

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Cycle Against Suicide

image007We are pleased and honoured to announce that we have received the Cycle Against Suicide Ammabador School Award for the third year in a row. The Ambassador School Programme established in 2013 aims to encourage schools to become actively involved in mental health promotion. The programme provides a framework, structure and incentive for schools to integrate mental health activities into their school planning and rewards schools that go the extra mile. We look forward to take part in this worthwhile programme again this year. We would also like to congratulate India Kennedy on becoming a student leader with Cycle Against Suicide for the coming year.

Transition Year

Health Promoting Schools

This week Transition Year Students were busy painting the seating and benches in the outside area beside the canteen. The aim of this initiative is the help promote wellbeing. Creating a peaceful, restful area for Students to chat and enjoy the sunshine. Taking a break from the cut and thrust of everyday academic life!

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AIB Future Sparks Programme

image009On Thursday the 26th of September Transition Year Students welcomed the AIB Future Sparks Programme. The programme is aimed at Second Level Students and the programme consists of the AIB Build A Bank Challenge, AIB Money & Me and the AIB Future Sparks Festival.

The programmes are designed with students at the core, educating them on managing money, running a business, inspiring them with future career options and guiding them on what it takes to be part of a workforce. AIB is continuing to back students and show them the power of their potential through these three great initiatives!

Alan Devine – Public Speaking Talk

The Abbey Vocational School was delighted to welcome Alan Devine this week. Alan Devine’s film roles include portraying the Irish criminal Gerry “The Monk” Hutch in the movie ‘Veronica Guerin’, has appeared in the Irish soap opera ‘Fair City’ as Louie Gleeson and has had numerous stage roles, including various works of Shakespeare.

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Transition Year Surfing

Well done to TY class 4C this week as they took to the water as part of TY activities. Thank you to FinMcCool Surf School for guiding and looking after our students.

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World Tourism Day

On Thursday the 26th of September twenty students from the Abbey Vocational School visited the LYIT School of Tourism in Killybegs in conjunction with World Tourism Day. The purpose of World Tourism Day is to raise awareness of the role of tourism around the world and to promote social, cultural, political and economic values.

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The AVS Students were treated to a mocktail demonstration in the Millennium Restaurant. Followed by a hospitality talk highlighting the success of the Wild Atlantic Way Marketing Campaign showing how perception and image create a ‘must do’ trend.

Students were treated to a demonstration on how to fillet a salmon, lectured on the importance of aquaculture in Ireland and tasted the ‘kropp kakor’, a potato dumpling which originated in Finland.

The AVS Students had a wonderful day out and were inspired by the ethos of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism.

West Side Story Cast Announced

A diary entry from Savannah Timoney and her experiences of the Transition Year Musical;

“This year we were delighted to hear that we will be doing West Side Story as our Transition Year musical, directed by Rachel O’Connor. Shortly after this announcement, we began the auditions. These involved a series of fun performing games & activities that made acting fun & more accessible to everyone who had never been on stage before. The fun atmosphere really helped to ease our nerves & make the experience very enjoyable. After the preliminary auditions, anyone Rachel thought to have potential was given a call-back. Here we performed some lines from the script in our accents & sang a song from the musical. On Friday 20th September the roles were finally announced, after much anticipation. The entireTY year was called up to the gym & the cast members were called out. Everyone who received a role was over the moon & excited for the show. Everyone will be given a chance to partake, after all, there is no such thing as small roles, only small actors!”.

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The Cast of the Abbey Vocational School Musical Production ‘West Side Story’.

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Rehearsals continue next week during school and on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Some leads will also be required after school on Thursday.

Student Voice

This year the Irish Second Level Student Union day takes place on Wednesday in Letterkenny – Topics to be explored include effective student councils, climate action, direct provision and education reform.

On Friday 27th, every student voted through our school website for our new Student Council. Thanks to Ms Hegarty for setting up the online voting system which worked very successfully. The new committee will be announced next week, with 2 representatives from each year group. This year the new Committee will decide on an area of focus..  Climate Action is particularly relevant and when the committee meet, they will decide on how they can work and make à difference as our student voice in this area as well as identifying and working on other areas of importance and interest to the student body.

The focus of last year’s committee was ‘Inclusion’, cultural inclusion in particular. The new committee will continue to encourage inclusion in all areas of school life.

Our school captains received their badges this week. These students will act as role models as well as representing the voice of their class. They are another important link between staff and class groups.

Sport

U16 Boys Basketball

Hard luck to the u16 boys basketball team who were beaten by Templogue in the A cup competition.

Templeogue are the top ranked  team in Ireland at this age group and this was reflected on the scoreboard with the Abbey losing by a score line of 39 -67.

Both teams were matched in work rate and intensity, with some outstanding defence on display. The only difference between the sides was Templogue’s ability to score at will, while AVS will rue some poor shooting.

Best players for AVS were Jake Graham who was his sides top scorer and Niall Prendiville, with a special mention to Seamus Caldwell who scored 6 points in a cameo appearance in the fourth quarter.

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U16 Gaelic Boys

U16 Gaelic Boys continues every Monday 4.10-5.10 and on Wednesday 3.30-4.30. All welcome!

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1st year Girls Gaelic

On Thursday 26th September our first year girls travelled to Ballyshannon to play a friendly game against Magh Ene College. It was a very competitive game with some great performances for all our girls. The girls will continue training every Monday after school for their league which will start after Christmas.

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Cross Country

On Thursday 26th October, Transition Year coaches were involved in the running of a cross country competition at the Holmes Beach, Donegal. It was a busy day in the Holmes as the students of 12 local schools entered the field. Races were held for every age group, from under 8 primary school children to 1st & 2nd year secondary students. This gave all children a chance to be physically active & to experience the joy of cross country for the first time. The event was a complete success, the overcast sky doing nothing to lower the spirits of athletes & coaches alike. This was a great experience for all of the TY coaches present, giving them a real insight into the running of an athletics competition as they sorted entries, set up the course, collected results & kept the day running smoothly. This event would not have been possible without the wonderful Tir Chonaill A.C coaches who supervised the TY coaches, giving invaluable advice about running competitions & organising large groups of people. This cross country was a truly wonderful experience for all involved!

 

Lunchtime Activities:

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

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

The timetable for this term is as follows:

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AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS CLUBS

Most of our after school training sessions have started this week. The timetable as follows is posted on the sports boards. Thank you to the many coaches and staff members who give their time to our sports teams. Please see your coach if you have any questions.

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The following sports managers will meet their teams in the coming weeks to plan for their upcoming season.

  • Golf – Mr O Plunkett,
  • Soccer (1st Year) – Mr S Devlin,
  • Soccer – U15 – Mr I O’ Mahony & Mr L Gallagher,
  • Rowing – Mr S Maguire

ACTIVITIES  FOR FIRST YEARS

Non Sport Related Activities

 

Science Club Boys & Girls Ms Furey Monday Lunchtime

Tuesday 4pm – 5pm

Room 45
Art Club Boys & Girls Ms O Donnell Monday Lunchtime Room 12A
Coding Club Boys & Girls Mr Harvey & Mr Herron Tuesday Lunchtime Room 45
Chess Club

 

Boys & Girls

 

Ms. Mohan

 

Tuesday Lunchtime Room 3
School Choir Boys & Girls Ms Doherty Tuesday Lunchtime Room 16
Reading Club Boys & Girls Ms. O’ Donnell Wednesday Lunchtime Room 9
Irish Conversation Club Boys & Girls Mr Mc Fadden

Ms. Giblin

Wednesday Lunchtime Room 26
Drama Class Boys & Girls Ms. O’ Donnell Thursday Lunchtime Room 9
Maths Club Boys & Girls Ms Lockhart Friday Lunchtime Room 30
Trad Music Club Boys & Girls Ms Doherty

 

 

Friday Lunchtime Room 13
Non Sport Related Activities

 

Science Club Boys & Girls Ms Furey Monday Lunchtime

Tuesday 4pm – 5pm

Room 45
Art Club Boys & Girls Ms O Donnell Monday Lunchtime Room 12A

 

Competitive Sports for First Years

 

Activity Boys/Girls Teacher Day/Time Room
Athletics &

Cross Country

Boys & Girls Mrs. Gallagher Tuesday

4.15 – 5.30pm

Sports hall & Track
Basketball Girls Ms Rooney Thursday

3.30 – 5pm

Sports hall
Basketball Boys Mr Mc Devitt Friday

3.30 – 4.30 pm

Sports hall
Gaelic U14 Girls Mrs M Crawford

Ms G. Creane

Monday

4.15 – 5.30pm

School field / All weather pitch
Gaelic U14 Boys Mr O’ Donnell

Mr Mc Fadden

Wednesday

3.30 – 4.45pm

School field / All weather pitch
Soccer Boys Mr Devlin TBC School field / All weather pitch
Rowing Boys & Girls Mr Maguire TBC School gym