Abbey VS Newsletter – Mon 17th Dec

Launch of Leaving Cert Physical Education by Minister Mr Joe McHugh

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

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

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

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End of Term Arrangements

Christmas Carol Service:

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

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

Christmas Concert:

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

School Closes for Christmas:

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

Induction Day for Incoming students:

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

NOTE the Following Dates

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

Junior Cycle Day for Staff

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

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

Assessment Tasks

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

Teaching & Learning: Student Resource

Free-Form Graphic Organser interactive tool for students.

Free Form Graphic Org

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

Link: Free Form Graphic Organiser

Third Year Music Trip

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

Fifth Year Cultural Trip

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

Leaving Cert Art Trip

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

Christmas Card Competition

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

Lunchtime Science Club

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

Coding Club

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

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

Webwise Ambassador

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

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

Music Activities

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

Literacy

Lunchtime Reading

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

Numeracy

Maths Competition

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

TY Chess

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


Guidance

HEAR AND DARE

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

Guidance presentations taking place in the library in 2019:

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

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


Wellbeing

Wellnesss Workshop for 1st Years

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

Health Promoting School

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

Physical Environment

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

Active Schools

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

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

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


Mini Company

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


Transition Year

TY Work Experience

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

TY Christmas Assessment

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

TY Christmas Trip

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


SPORT

Girls Active

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

2nd yr Girls Basketball

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

U15 Girls Soccer

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

1st and 2nd year Boys Basketball

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

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TY Newsletter Team

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

 

 

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AVS Newsletter – Mon 10th Dec

OPEN NIGHT

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

Please note dates below:

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

Mock Interviews

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

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

Staff Training Days

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

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

DCU Entrance Scholarship

 

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

Leaving Cet results. Well done Roisin.

 

Beauty and the Beast 

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

Business

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

First Year Christmas Trip

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

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

Leaving Certificate Physical Education (LCPE) Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pramerica Visit

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

3rd Year CSPE Trip

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

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

Art

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

Lunchtime Science Club

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

Coding Club

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

Music Activities

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

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

The School Choir rehearsals are in Room 13 every Friday.

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

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

Christmas Carol Service

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

Teaching & Learning

Student Resource – The SimpleMind App.

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

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

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

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

Types of Regions

Literacy

Writer in Schools

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

Lunchtime Reading

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

Webwise Ambassador

Webwise

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

Numeracy

TY Chess

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

Student Voice

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

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

Donegal Youth Council 

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

Guidance Department

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

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

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

Upcoming Guidance presentations taking place in the library:

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

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

Wellbeing

Wellness Workshop

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

Healthy Schools

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

Simple Simon’s Talk

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

Physical Environment

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

Work Experience

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

Cake Decorating Workshop

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

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History Trip to Derry

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


SPORTS NEWS

Girls Active

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

Table Tennis

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

Athletics

Couch to 5km (Seniors)

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

Run 4 Fun training (Juniors)

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

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

U14 Girls GAA

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

School Rugby

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

1st and 2nd yr Boys Basketball

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

U16 Boys basketball

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

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U19 Girls Basketball

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


TY Newsletter Team

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

 

 

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

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

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

We would be delighted for you to take a tour of our school and see practical demonstrations and displays of students’ work from all of our Subject Departments.  I hope that the people of Donegal Town and the wider community will take this opportunity to view our excellent facilities.  We especially hope that all of our incoming students will attend with their parents.  An adult must accompany all persons under 18.  We will have a table set up to facilitate anyone who wishes to return the admission form on the night of the Open Evening.  We encourage you to please do this. Deadline for enrolment is Monday, 10th December 2018 at 4 p.m.

Staff Training Days

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

3rd Year Renewable Energy Talk

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

Parents Association Bag Packing

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

Other Events

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

Incoming First Year Students

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

Please note dates below:

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

Musical Success!

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

Environmental Studies

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

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Leaving Certificate Physical Education (LCPE) Update

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

Coding Club

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

Guidance Department

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

TY Work Experience

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

HEAR and DARE

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

Upcoming 3rd Level Presentations:

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

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

Art

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

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

Student Voice

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

Donegal Youth Council 

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

Teaching & Learning

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

Teaching & Learning: Interactive Essay Planning Map for students.

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

Interactive Essay Tool

Geographical Investigation Study

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

Mini Companies

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

TY Students Collect for Mental Health Awareness Week

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

Look into Law Programme

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

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

Christmas Carol Service

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

Sponsored Walk

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

Work Experience

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

 

SPORTS

Girls Active

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

Table Tennis

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

Athletics

Couch to 5km (seniors)

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

Run 4 Fun training (juniors)

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

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

1st Year Boys Soccer

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

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Senior Boys Soccer

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

Senior Boys Gaelic v Carndonagh C.S.

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

School Rugby

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

1st  and 2nd Yr Boys Basketball

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

U16 Boys basketball

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

U16 ladies Gaelic

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