Abbey VS Newsletter – 17th Sept 2018

Junior Cycle Results

Congratulations to all of our Junior Cycle students who received their results on Wednesday last. These results were excellent and we are proud of each and every one of our students. We are delighted to see each of them doing so well and would like to thank all of the parents who supported us in their education to date. A particular thanks to all of our staff who have done so much for our students in terms of care and support as well as supporting and encouraging them in their studies.



Cycle Against Suicide

We are pleased and honoured to announce that we have received the Cycle Against Suicide Ambassador School Award for the second 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.


Parents Association

The AVS Parents’ Association Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday 11th October 2018 at 8 pm in the school library.  

The Parents’ Association promotes and fosters cooperation between parents, teachers and the school Board of Management to ensure the best possible educational outcomes for the students. The Parents Association is also involved in reviewing school policies, provides support for parents in the school and is involved in fund raising activities. The Parents’ Association would encourage as many parents as possible to attend the AGM

The next committee meeting will be on Monday 15th October 2018 at 8pm in the staff room. 


Junior Cycle Talk for Parents of 1st, 2nd and 3rd year

The new Junior cycle features newly developed subjects and short courses, a focus on key skills, and new approaches to assessment and reporting. An information evening for parents will take place on Thursday September 27th at 7.30 pm. An outline of the new Junior Cycle will be given as well as details of assessment methods and practices. All parents are welcome. Jacqui Dillon from the Donegal Education Centre will deliver the talk on the night as well as Staff members and management.


First Year Information Evening

An Information Evening for parents of First Years will take place on October 4th at 7pm in the school. Ray Langan who over the last 10 years has worked with nearly 30,000 students in over 100 schools.  He has a strong track record in the education sector and is a very inspirational and entertaining speaker. He will discuss moving up into secondary school. We will also look at the nuts and bolts of secondary school now that your child has a few weeks behind them and speak to you about a variety of relevant areas of school life.


Website update

Thank you to Mr O’Neill who has updated our school Website and it is really looking good! Please have a look at all of the information in relation to the school on this website Our Twitter page is @AbbeyVS and we post many school updates and information on this page also.


Career Guidance

The Guidance Department would like to congratulate all of those who received their Junior Cert results on Wednesday, 12th September.

The Guidance Department have developed a website which is updated regularly with career related articles, notices and events. The aim is to keep our students and their parents/guardians informed about all things Guidance related.  Go to, click on the Student Support tab and then Guidance.

NUI Galway will do a presentation to 6th years on Thursday, 20 September 2018 @ 11.55 a.m. in the Library


Please take note of the following dates

Tuesday, 06 November 2018 School Leavers Info Evening (Parents/Guardians) 19.00 – 21.00
Tuesday, 05 February 2019 Subject Choices Presentation (for next year’s 5th Years) 19.00 – 21.00
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 Subject Choices Presentation (for next year’s 2nd Years) 19.00 – 20.15


Study Skills Courses

The first years, second years, third years and leaving certs had a busy week attending Study Skills courses. The fifth year’s course will take place in early October. They are all ready and focused for a fruitful year ahead.  


Student Voice

Ms Carr and Ms Mulrain are overseeing student voice in the school. The Class Captains are now in place for each class and we congratulate each of these students. These are as follows

Class Captains

First Year

1A – Evan Higgins, Emily Reid, 1B – Joseph Mc Callig, Ciara Cannon, 1C – Shayne Martin, Ugne Kubilimkait, 1D – Ben O’Gorman, Holly Roarty, 1E – Conor Lang, Meabh Mcnamara, 1F – Anthony McCauley, Amy Mc Groary, 1G – Hughie McShane, Anna Mc Guckin

Second Year

2A – Fiachra O’Donnell, Sarah Canny, 2B – Rory Kelly, Rosie Campbell 2C – Ruairi Mc Garrigle-Molloy, Danielle Greene, 2D – Kian O’Donnell, Niamh Downey, 2E – Conor Gallagher, Bree Hanna, 2F – Rion Carr, Ellie Timoney

Third Year

3A – Jamie Gorrell, Amy McInern, 3B – Shaun Govan, Emily McNulty, 3C – Stephen Monaghan, Aine Gallagher, 3D – Cian Mac Suibhne, Laura Kelly, 3E – Oisín McCallig, Savannah Timoney, 3F – Shaun O’Driscoll, Joanna Wymentowska, 3G – Fearghal Quinn, Gabriella Byrne.

Transition Year

4A – Shane Meehan, Annie McFadden, 4B – Frank Duffy, Jennifer Burns, 4C – Conor Kerrigan, Jessica Given, 4D – Aaron Pearson, Meabh Morrow Herbert

Fifth Year

5A – Ethan Mangan, Alana Murray, 5B – Columb Twomey, Robyn Harvey Moulding, 5C -Wiktor Smus, Rebecca Kee, 5D – Shay Traver, Lucy Mc Gowan, 5E – Joseph Reid, Bridin Murphy, 5F – Emily Erskine, Christopher Gallagher

Sixth Year

6A – Cathal Feeney, Aine McGowan, 6B – Patrick Harley, Laura Taylor, 6C – Dylan Curran, Sarah Harrison,

6D – Eoin McCauley, Jasmine Kennedy, 6E – Killian Faulkner, Karla Kelly, 6F – Armin O’Hara Nolan, Maria Harris


Patrick McMullin, Weronika Kilmanek.

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