AVS Weekly Newsletter – 30th Oct 2018

Parent Teacher Meeting

The parent teacher meeting for Leaving Cert students took place on Thursday 25th October. Thank you to the TY students who helped out on the day and for the parents who attended.

The Parent teacher meeting for Third Year students takes place on Thursday 8th November.  Please attend between 3.45pm and 6.15pm. Thank you.

Bliain na Gaeilge Activities

Ar an dara lá is fiche i nGairmscoil na Mainistreach chuir ‘Roinn na Gaeilge’ trí cheardlann i láthair chun bliain na Gaeilge 2018 a cheiliúradh sa scoil.  Roghnaigh muid an chéad bhliain chun páirt a ghlacadh sna ceardlainn.  Bhí an lá dírithe go hiomlán ar ár dteanga agus ar ár gcultúr.   Chuir muid ceardlann ceoil, ceardlann damhsa agus ceardlann ealaíne ar siúl i rith an lae.  Bhí comórtas ealaíne againn freisin agus d’úsáid muid téama na Samhna.  Roghnaigh na múinteoirí ealaíne na píosaí is fearr agus fuair na buaiteoirí duaiseanna.

Chomh maith leis sin bhí ‘tráth na gceistagainn ag baint úsáid as na ríomhairí glúine.  Sa cheardlann ceoil fuair na scoláirí deis triail a bhaint as na huirlisí ceoil agus d’fhoghlaim siad na hamhráin Gaeilge ‘Tóg Mo  Lámh le Picture This’ agus ‘Beidh Aonach amárach’.  Ba mhaith linn ár mbuíochas a chur in iúl do na múinteoirí ceoil a thug cead dúinn na huirlisí a úsáid ar an lá.  Thug an ceardlann damhsa deis dóibh damhsa gaelach nuaaimseartha a fhoghlaim.   Ag deireadh an lae tháinig na grúpaí go léir le chéile sa leabharlann chun taispeantas ar an mhéid a d’fhoghlaim siad a chur i láthair.  Caithfidh mé a rá gur bhain na scoláirí taitneamh agus tairbhe as an lá speisialta seo.

“Mól an óige agus tiocfaidh sí”.

Winners of the Irish Halloween card competition are;

  • Delilah Denton – 1st place
  • Cody Higgins – 2nd place
  • Úna Whiteside – 3rd place

‘Beannachtaí na Samhna oraibh go léir’

Maths Week

Maths week was extremely successful with many games, chess tournaments and maths based puzzles. Only a few ways to prove that maths can be fun!  Thanks to the numeracy committee and to all those who organized the many events arranged for the students.

French Trip

On the morning of Thursday 25th October, the fifth year French class taught by Ms. Plunkett travelled to the Model Theatre, in Co. Sligo for a viewing of a French film. The students enjoyed the movie as it brought French to life and learned a great deal of French. The movie titled ‘Madame Content’. Thank you to Mr Cassidy and Ms Plunkett for accompanying this group of students and for organising the event.

Musical Updates!

We are now in full swing in preparation for the upcoming show of Beauty and the Beast. All the TY students are very excited and are showing great enthusiasm to dance, sing and act to their best of their ability. Students are being kept up to date regarding when they’re needed to rehearse on Google classroom, so TY students don’t forget to keep checking! The musical this year will take place on the 27th, 28th and 30th November in the St. John Bosco Centre. Tickets are on sale from the school office now! Adult €10 and Students €7. During midterm, all cast members will be rehearsing on the 2nd November in the school from 10am-5pm.

Sets for Beauty and the Beast

Our Transition Year students along with Mr Daly are hard at work creating backgrounds and shopfronts to enhance everyone’s experience of the Abbey vocational school musical – Beauty and the Beast.

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School Tour Abroad

The school website has been updated with the relevant information for this year’s Senior Educational Trip to Barcelona. Any queries please contact Mr Leyden.


Lunchtime Clubs


Work has now commenced on the sets for the school musical ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

The Credit Union Art Competition is currently underway. This year’s theme is ‘The Force of Nature’. The deadline for entries is the 5th of November.

First year students are nearing the end of their first block in art. Some of their work can be viewed on the schools Twitter page.


The English Department held a series of Halloween literacy competitions in short stories and poetry. Well done to all of those students who entered these competitions.

Girls’ Active

Girls Active has started in the Parish Centre. It takes place every Thursday evening from 3:45 – 4:45 with Geraldine Burke. They have started line dancing and jiving classes and are thoroughly enjoying this way of keeping active.

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Student Voice

Donegal Youth Council

Nominations are in for Donegal Youth Council, a county based organisation that represents the voices of young people from around the county. One student from our school will be elected onto the council.  Ballot papers have been drawn up with candidates’ names and a full election will take place shortly after mid-term break.  Every student in the school will cast one vote.  For now, election campaigns have begun with canvassing, posters and pre-election events.  It is similar in ways to the Presidential Election and is becoming very exciting.

Career Guidance

  1. The University of Limerick (UL) will do a presentation to 6th years on Thursday, 08 November @ 11.55 a.m. in the Library. Students wishing to attend the talk must first inform their class teacher of their absence.
  2. A visit to the Greencastle Fishery School for interested Senior Cycle students has been scheduled for Monday, 12 November. There will be a €10 charge per student. Ms Faherty is collecting the money. Places are limited and will be offered on a 1st come, 1st served basis.
  3. The Guidance department will take 5th Year students to the Maynooth University Open Day on Friday, 23 November 2018. There will be a €10 charge per student. Ms Mc Morrow is collecting the money from students.
  4. A Mock Interview Night for Leaving Cert students organised by the Parents Association will take place in the school on Tuesday, 04 December 2018. Students must submit 2 copies of their CV to their Guidance Counsellor ASAP.
  5. Guidance Information Events for Parents/Guardians:
Tuesday, 06 November 2019 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


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

Active School Flag

After a busy first term the active school flag committee are ready to launch into some new activities on the return to school. The ASF team, class 4C are now qualified tug of war community coaches and will run an inter school competition with the winners to take on the staff of AVS.  Student leaders have been auditing several areas in the school at lunchtimes and will now come up with ways of getting the students of AVS moving more often throughout the school day.
First and second year wellbeing classes will begin their 10 week block of ASF class and aid with all these tasks.  2A & 2D have already begun mapping out the potential school walkway which staff and students are keen to get up and running.
University of limerick will visit AVS again in November to interview the staff and students involved with active school flag.


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

Irish Drama

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

First Year Book Club

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

Book of the week: Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

Lunchtime Reading

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

MS Readathon

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

The Hub

First year students held a coffee morning for parents and staff on Friday the 26th to celebrate a successful first half term of this school year.

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Halloween Safety Talk

On the 26th October we were visited by two guards Claire and Siobhan from Ballyshannon Garda station to inform us on the dangers that come with Halloween night and fireworks / sparklers. With a very informative presentation the students were made aware of the dangers and happenings when playing or taking advantage of fire explosives on this spooky night.

Sports Activities

Indoors: 2nd Year Boys Games

Outdoors: TY Boys Games
Indoors: 1st Year Boys Games

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

Outdoors: 3rd Year Boys Games
Indoors: All Girls Badminton

Outdoors: 2nd Year Boys Games
Indoors: 1st Year Girls Unihoc

Outdoors: 1st Year Boys Games


Non-Sports Activities

Trad Group in room 13 for all students
Coding Club for all R 47
Chess Club in room 3 for all.
Irish Club & Scor Drama in Room 16 for all students

Science Club in room 33 at 12:45.
Spanish Club in the library for 1st years.
Choir in Room 16 for all students

Book Club in room 9 for all students.


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Good luck to Niamh Moohan who will compete for Ireland in the International Schools Pentathlon in Glasgow during the midterm. Niamh is the first student to represent the school at this high level in 15 years. Well done in this great achievement and good luck in Glasgow.

Thank you to Paul Diver, Sandhouse Hotel, Rossnowlagh who has provided sponsorship towards this trip.

Well done to our cross country team who competed at the Donegal Secondary Schools Cross Country Finals in Gweedore on Tuesday 23rd October.

Kitty Nulty had a strong run to win the Senior Girls title on the day. Caolan Sweeney continued his good season with a fourth place finish in the first year boys’ race. Other top 20 finishers included Molly Mc Grory, Anna Mc Guckin, Meabh Gallagher, Ethan Mangan, and Richard O’ Rourke.

Well done to Mia Mc Calmont who finished 2nd at the Autumn International Cross Country race at the National Stadium in Dublin last weekend. She raced a year out of her age group against the top athletes from across the country.

Good luck to Mia and Savannah Timony who are part of the Donegal team travelling to Antrim this weekend to compete in the Ulster Cross County Championships.

Sportshall Athletics

Our First year team has been finalised this week in preparation for the regional finals after the midterm. The team will consist of 12 boys and 12 girls in first year. The will compete against schools from South Donegal in a number of running, jumping and throwing events.


Well done to Conall Smith who competed in the Swim Ulster Schools Championships last weekend. He achieved personal best times in both the 100m Breaststroke and 100m Freestyle. This will give him great confidence for the season ahead.

Couch to 5km (seniors)

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

Run 4 Fun training (juniors)

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

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

U16 Boys Gaelic Semi Final

The AVS U16 boys’ Gaelic football team beat St. Columba’s, Stranorlar last week by a single point to qualify for the county final against Milford. It was the lads’ third win on the trot having beaten Coláiste Cholmcille and Glenties Comprehensive in their previous two outings. Well done to all the players and their managers Mr Carty and Mr Lafferty

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U20 Girls Gaelic

Hard luck to the senior ladies Gaelic team who lost against Thornhill College, Derry on Friday 24th October. The girls played against a very strong team but they put up a very good fight all the same. In the first half, there was some great play from Hannah Shallow and Niamh Boyle in mid field keeping things steady. Unfortunately though for the girls Thorbhill broke through the defence and scored goals and points on numerous occasions. However, we had some great scores from Caoimhe Walsh and Hannah Shallow. In the second half, Aine Ward and Aoife Greene put in some great tackles. Abbey played outstanding in the last 15 minutes however it was a little too late as the final whistle blew and the game was over.

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Senior Boys Basketball

The senior boys’ team played against a very strong Carrick on Shannon team on Monday the 22nd October.  The Carrick team pulled ahead by 10 points at the start of the second quarter where they punished the abbey team under the basket and beat them on rebounds. Carrick kept this ten point cushion throughout the entire game with the boys not quite able to break through that lead. That being said it was a tight game up until the last few minutes where Carrick pulled ahead again and beat the boys by 19 points.

The boys will play Ballyshannon after the mid-term break.

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U15 Boys Soccer

Our U15 boys came up against a very strong St. Columba’s side on Wednesday. The boys battled hard but were second best. We hope the team comes back stronger in their next game.

U17 Boys Soccer

The U17 boys’ soccer team came up against a very strong St. Columba’s side on Monday. The boys fought hard but suffered a heavy defeat in the end. Next up is a cup game in the coming weeks.

Senior Boys Soccer

Hard luck to the senior boys’ soccer team who lost to St. Columba’s on Friday 26th. A great first half performance led to a goal from Ultan O’Grady in the middle of the half. Around ten minutes into the second half Cathal Feeney scored but the boys tired after their fantastic first half performance. The score ended up at 4-2 but the boys were unlucky not to come out with a result.


TY Newsletter team: Frank Duffy

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





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