Abbey VS Newsletter – 26th Nov 2018

Entrance Award Scholarships for Our students

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

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

Laura O Donnell, J.P McManus Scholarship Award

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

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

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

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The Event Occasion at UL.

Erica PriceTrinity

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

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Staff Training Days

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

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

Science Week

Science Club

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

Coding Club

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

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

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

Parents Association Quiz

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

Other Events

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

Incoming First Year Students

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

Please note dates below

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

Musical Updates

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

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

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

CSPE

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

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Environmental Studies

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

Leaving Certificate Physical Education (LCPE) Update

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

Guidance Department

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

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

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

Mock Interviews

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

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

Upcoming 3rd Level presentations taking place in the
Library

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

Art

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

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

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

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

Girls Active

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

Student Voice

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

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

Donegal Youth Council 

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

Welcome From Frank Duffy

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

Teaching & Learning

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

Geographical Investigation Study

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

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Wellbeing

Wellness Workshop

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

Active School Flag

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

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Sponsored Walk

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

Work Experience

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

Subject Changes

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

 

SPORTS

Athletics

Couch to 5km (Seniors)

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

Run 4 Fun training (Juniors)

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

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

Competitive Sport

Conor Campbell

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

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U17 Boys Soccer

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

U16 Girls GAA

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

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1st and 2nd year boys basketball

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

 

U16 Boys Basketball

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

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TY Newsletter team: Frank Duffy

  • Christopher Darby
  • Meabh Morrow Herbert
  • Hannah Crawford
  • Tom Daly
  • Emma Coulter
  • Shona O’Brien 
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AVS Newsletter – 19th Nov 2018

Great News on New School Canteen Building :

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

Parent Teacher Meeting

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

 Staff Training Days

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

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

Science Week

Science Club

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

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

IT Sligo Science Workshop

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

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

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

Parents Association Quiz:

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

Other Events ;

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

 Incoming First Year Students:

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

 Please note dates below :

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

Musical Updates!

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

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

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

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

Guidance Department

Mock Interviews

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Art

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

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CSPE

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

Scór

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

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

Quiz Team:

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

Drama 

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

The Drama Team :

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

Amhránaíocht aonair- Solo singing:

Rachel Reid sang “Fill,fill a rún ó.

Ghrúpa Bailead- Ballad group:

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

Girls Active

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

Student Voice

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

Donegal Youth Council 

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

WELLBEING

Respect Week

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

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Active School Flag

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

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

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

Rowing

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

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TRANSITION YEAR

Ultimate Frisbee workshop

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

 TY GAA Future Leaders

GAA Future Leaders

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

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

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

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

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

Sponsored Walk

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

Work Experience

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

TY Activities:

LUNCHTIME ACTIVITIES

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

Monday

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

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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

Thursday:

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

Friday

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

Non-Sports Activities:

Monday

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

Tuesday

  • Chess Club in room 3 for all.

Wednesday

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

Friday

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

Athletics

Couch to 5km (Seniors)

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

Run 4 Fun training (Juniors)

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

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

Competitive Sport:

U16 Girls Gaelic.

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

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1st-Year Boys Soccer

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

1st and 2nd Year Boys Basketball

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

U-16 Boys Basketball

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

Senior Boys Basketball

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

TY Newsletter team:

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

AVS Weekly Newsletter – 12th Nov 2018

Great News on New School Canteen Building

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

Parent Teacher Meeting

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

Staff Training Days

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

All schools nationwide are required to attend such training days.

School Induction Day

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

Parents Association Quiz:

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

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

Other Events

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

Incoming First Year Students:

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

Please note dates below :

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

Musical Updates

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

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

Guidance Department

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

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

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

Maynooth Open Day

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

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

Mock Interviews

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

Teaching & Learning

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

LITERACY NEWS

Allingham Competition winne

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

Lunchtime Reading

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

First Year Book Club

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

Book of the week:

  • Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

MS Readathon

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

Art

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

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

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

NUMERACY

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

Gaeilge

An Triail  Irish Trip 

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

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

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

Irish Drama

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

Scór

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

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

Quiz Team:

Roisin Feeney , Frank Duffy , Katelyn Duffy  and Kerry Mitchell

Drama 

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

The Drama Team is :

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

Girls Active

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

Student Voice

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

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

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

Wellbeing

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

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Active School Flag

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

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

TRANSITION YEAR

TY GAA Future Leaders

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

NIFTY

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

During the programme students will

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

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

Sponsored Walk

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

Work Experience

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

TY Activities

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

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LUNCHTIME ACTIVITIES

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

Sports Activities

Monday

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

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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

Thursday:

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

Friday

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

Non Sports Activities:

Monday

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

Tuesday

  • Chess Club in room 3 for all.

Wednesday

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

Friday

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

ATHLETICS

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

Couch to 5km (Seniors)

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

Run 4 Fun training (Juniors)

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

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

Ultimate Frisbee Workshop

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

COMPETITIVE SPORT

U16 Girls Gaelic.

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

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Senior Boys Gaelic

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

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U14 Boys Gaelic A one point loss !!

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

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U16 Boys County Final

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

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TY Newsletter team:

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