Abbey VS Newsletter – 15th April 2019

Upcoming Events for your Diary

  • Tuesday April 30th 7pm:

A Subject Choices presentation for the parents & guardians of incoming 2nd Year students (i.e. present 1st years) will take place in the school on Tuesday, 30 April between 7 & 9 p.m

  • May 21st 7pm – TY Showcase

TY Showcase. This is for parents of TY students where the Years work is showcased in the school and all parents are welcome.

  • May 22nd –  The Leaving Cert Graduation Ecumenical Service

The Leaving Cert Graduation Ecumenical Service celebrating the students’ years in the school & wishing them success in the time ahead – takes place on Wed May 22nd at 6:30pm . There is a meal for the students at 5 pm and parents/guardians are invited to join us at 6.30 pm for the Service.

Active Schools Week

A hugely successful and enjoyable week for staff and students alike. A reinforcement of the benefits to being physically active. AVS is very proud to be one of 3 post primary schools selected to pilot the Active School Flag (ASF). As part of the process the staff in consultation with students put an active week timetable in place. All year group were given additional opportunities to be physically active alongside existing PE lessons and extra/co curricular timetable. This ranged from the new – Kinball and Pickleball, to some of the traditional – Mile Challenge, Cycling, Games, Skipping etc. The new ASF walkway was  showcased this week with the majority of staff and students enjoying the 1.47km signposted tour of the school grounds. Notable events were Zumba and the staff vs 6th year students volleyball match (photo attached). The week finished with 1st years participating in a fundraiser skipathon. Students were given sponsor cards prior to the event and monies received will now be put toward a permanent bike rack for students in the school. A fantastic way to mark their fundraising efforts. Thanks to all those who supported this cause.

For a full range of photos from the week please check out our Twitter sports feed. @AVSsport


2nd Yr Rowing

On Tuesday second years engaged in a workshop introducing rowing. The instructor was Patrick Brady from Donegal Town Rowing Club. Promoting active schools and wellbeing.


Staff v. Students Volleyball Challenge!

As part of the Abbey Vocational School’s wellbeing activities this week , Staff from the Abbey Vocational School were challenged to a game of Volleyball by Students!

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Sports Leaders Assessment

18 outstanding students from TY gained their Sports Leaders award this week. TY Students planned and led a short physical activity session for the Glebe primary school pupils. The pupils  got to enjoy a variety of sports such as badminton,hockey, rugby, basketball, skipping and ultimate frisbee. Well done and congratulations to all our confident leaders.

Michael Murphy/Pramerica Winning Video

All post primary schools received free PE and Sports equipment as part of an initiative called #sportsrock. This was a partnership between Michael Murphy sports and leisure shop and Pramerica in Letterkenny. This is a great way to incentivise students to be more active more often. The partnership requested that schools submit an online video of how their school could creatively use the provided equipment. AVS students and PE teachers worked collaboratively in bringing ideas and concepts to life online. iMovie was used to edit footage and share via the @AVSsport Twitter handle. To much delight we were informed as a school during our active school week that we had been selected as the winners of this competition. Congratulations to all students and teachers involved in the participation of the events and class 4D in editing the footage as part of their coding classes.

Abbey’s Got Talent

Thursday the 11th April was an unforgettable night in the Abbey Hotel for Abbey’s Got Talent. This was an entertaining and show stopping event! Noel Cunningham kept the mood alive all night as he introduced and welcomed our contestants to the stage. His witty commentary kept the crowd and performers on their toes. It was extraordinary to see how much effort all the contestants put into their performance and the outstanding talent was commented on by our judges all evening. Our judges Martin Mc Ginley, Niamh Currid and Conal Gallen spoke of the high quality of all of the acts and the excellent siprit of the audience and of the wonderful school commiunity of which we should all be proud.

A big well  done to each one of the contestants; Joseph Edwards, Gavan Tanham and Joseph Hearty, Marie McGirr ,Oisin O’Donnell, Rachel Reid and Eadaoin Rush, Conor McAllister and Gabriella Byrne, Luke Kelly, Matthew and David Byrne, Erin Ryder, Bree Hanna and Anna Mitchell, India Kennedy, Eamonn Devlin, Robyn Harvey – Moulding and Luke O’Sullivan.

The top three on the night were, 3rd – Luke Kelly, 2nd Rachel Reid and Eadaoin and 1st place and the winner of a recording session, a cash prize and the winners cup was Luke O’Sullivan.

Congratulations to our thirteen young acts they showed huge determination and courage to compete. In addition, thank you to AVS choir who performer Dreams by the cranberries and This is me from The Greatest Showman, the audience was also treated with a surprise as our very own Ms Breslin and Mr Donegan performed Shallow from A star is born and they were accompanied by the choir and Ms Carr on the piano.

The Abbey Vocational School would like to thank the local businesses who kindly sponsored our contestants and our judges on the night: Conal Gallen, Niamh Currid and Martin McGinley. Furthermore, the Abbey Hotel were more than accommodating on the night therefore thank you to all the staff who worked tremendously hard during the fundraiser.

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TY Interviews

Third year students interested in completing the TY programme for 2019-2020 were interviewed over the past two weeks. The process was based on the students TY application form and applicants were interviewed for 10 minutes to determine their suitability to the programme.

Guidance Notes

A Subject Choices presentation for the parents & guardians of incoming 2nd Year students (i.e. present 1st years) will take place in the school on Tuesday, 30 April between 7 & 9 p.m.

The SUSI Grant application process for 2019-20 will open on 25 April 2019. SUSI will be covered in all Career Guidance classes from after the Easter break.

A Google Classroom for Apprenticeships & Traineeships is regularly updated. The classroom is available to all students interested in this further education route. The classroom code is available from Ms Faherty

All senior cycle students (6th, LCA & 5th years) are welcome to book a 1:1 appointment with their Guidance Counsellor.

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

School Tour Abroad

The highly anticipated School Tour takes place this Monday 15th April until Thursday 18th April. Students involved in the Tour will head to Spain and stay in Barcelona, they will “discover the six worlds of one of Europe’s most iconic theme parks, Portaventura, in the Costa Dorada, one of Spain’s most popular tourist areas; and just one hour from Barcelona. In addition, those involved in sport will have a field day as they get to visit Nou Camp and live through the emotion of entering the field, discover and interact with the history of the museum and trophy areas. We hope our students enjoy some mild and sunny weather on their trip away. When we return from the Easter break we will have a full update on the tour and the activities the students participated; we hope our students have a wonderful trip.

Health Promoting Schools

On Tuesday the 9th April the work of the Abbey Vocational School’s Health Promoting Schools Committee was recognised.

The aim of the Healthy Schools Initiative is to foster the healthy development of the whole school community. Also, to support the planning, implementation and evaluation of health-related activities under school    self-evaluation, school development and planning processes and enhance the links between schools and their communities.


National Workplace Wellbeing Day

Friday the 12th April was National Workplace Wellbeing Day.  Each staff member received and a personalised thank you message from their Tutor class as well as an Easter egg.

At break there was a selection of snacks in the staff room for example, overnight oats, protein balls, ‪smoothies, tray bakes and many more nice treats..
We had a nurse in doing a mini health check on any staff member that wished to avail of the service

L.C.A. Mini Company

On Tuesday Leaving Cert Applied Students were promoting healthy eating by selling healthy cereals and fruit at break time in assembly as part of the L.C.A. programme.

The fundamental goal of the Leaving Certificate Applied is to prepare Leaving Certificate participants for transition from the world of the school/centre to that of adult and working life. This transition is complex as qualities, aptitudes and personal skills required in the workplace have changed, participants are remaining longer in formal education and in training than heretofore and the period of transition is also more lengthy. In addition to the challenges in relation to education, training and jobs, Students are also faced with related, social, personal and cultural issues.


Computer Science Leaving Certificate trip to Google

Twenty five Computer Science Leaving Certificate Students from the Abbey Vocational School travelled to Google Headquarters in Dublin on Wednesday the 10th of April. 

Leaving Certificate Computer science is the study of computing and algorithmic processes. Leaving Certificate Computer Science includes how programming and computational thinking can be applied to the solution of problems, and how computing technology impacts the world around us.

Art Department

TY students are continuing their work on signs for the ‘Path to Nationhood’ project. Congratulations to AVS student Sarah McGrory who’s painting titled ‘Imperfection’ has been shortlisted in this year’s Jigsaw Donegal Art competition.

Numeracy -Well Done Maths teams!

On Wednesday several maths teams from the school travelled to a maths competition to compete with over twenty other teams. Congratulations to all of the teams from our school including two who finished in the top six.The Chess Club meets on Tuesdays at lunchtime in room 3. The Abbey Vocational School Maths Club meets on Fridays at lunchtime in room 30. The Maths Club runs an enrichment program that focuses on having fun with mathematics and learning! Everyone is welcome


Transition Year GDD Sports Leadership Training Programme

Students of the Abbey Vocational School are participating in the “Future Leaders Transition Year Programme” which is a joint initiative from the GAA and the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It is a cross-curricular programme comprising of eight modules, each 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.


R.S.E. Talk

On Monday the 8th of April Transition Year Students were enlightened with a talk on Relationships & Sexuality Education.

Building on the work done in primary school, Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) at post-primary level seeks to provide opportunities for young people to learn about relationships and sexuality in ways that will enable them to think and act in a moral, caring and responsible way.

RSE aims and objectives are to help young people understand and develop friendships and relationships, to promote a positive attitude to one’s own sexuality and in one’s relationship with others, to promote knowledge of and respect for reproduction and to enable young people to develop attitudes and values towards their sexuality in a moral, spiritual and social framework.


Transition Year Business Academy

The Transition Year Academy is held over three days in six locations throughout the country. Five Students representing the Abbey Vocational School attended the Academy in Letterkenny this week.

Students worked on a business problem with Students from other Schools. Over the course of the three days, they explored the areas of enterprise and innovation and learnt how to pitch their proposals in a “Dragon’s Den” environment. Students are provided with the tools necessary to generate their business plan and launch their idea. Students  also learnt how to build a website or develop an app.

Enterprise – NFTE last 8

On Wednesday the 10th April the boys from Growth, Aodhan Mc Fadden, Corma Mac Suibhne and Luke Kelly made the trip to Dublin to take part in the NFTE semi finals, the boys had to do a 20 minute pitch to the judges. Later this week the wonderful  news came through to the school that the boys are now in hte final eight companies in the country in the NFTE mini company competitionWell done boys!

Homeless Play Production

On Friday the 12th April a number of TY students put on a play that they have been practicing for over the past few months. The play was based around the area of Homelessness and they aim was to make people aware of the issue that is homelessness within Ireland and throughout the world. The group performed the show for all students in first year. Thank you to Conor Carney who wrote the play and also for coming into the school over the past few months to rehearse with the students.



First Year Girls Basketball

Our first year girls made the long journey to Portlaoise on Tuesday to take part in the all Ireland basketball play-offs. The girls played an outstanding first game against Coliaste Iognaid Galway leading by 20 points after the first quarter. AVS managed to keep this lead the entire game boosting the girls confidence before the next game against hosts Criost Ri. The first 3 quarters were very close but the girls found their stride in the final quarter and won the game by 16points.

The last game of the day seen AVS against Eureka Kells.  This was to be the decider to qualify for an All Ireland semi final.  AVS trailed by only one basket after the first quarter.  With some great defensive play by Holly Roarty, Ella McCalmont and Aoife Cox the girls fought really hard to close the gap. Kells made some skilful outside shots in the second half taking the lead by 14 points after the 3rd quarter. The team gave it everything they had left in them but it was Kells that took the honours on the day. Well done to the girls for a great season. The girls displayed fantastic commitment and teamwork throughout.

Second Year Boys Basketball All Ireland Finals Day

Over the easter holidays our second year boys basketball team will be training hard in preparation for the All Ireland Finals day in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, Dublin on the 1st May. The boys will play St Aidan’s CBS from Whitehall Dublin at 12am. The winners of this game will progress onto the All Ireland Final that day were they will play either Mercy College Ballymahon Co Longford or Colaiste Ide agus losef, Abbeyfeale Co Limerick at 3m.

U14 Boys Gaelic

On Wednesday the 10th April, Mr McLoone, Mr O’Donnell and there U14 boys GAA team traveled to Cavan to play in the Ulster quarter final.The boys from the AVS started off strong and this form continued for the rest of the game. AVS won the game comfortable in the end and nw progress to the Ulster semi final on the 2nd of May. Best on the day for AVS were Full forward Seanan Carr, half forwards Aaron McGroary and Adam Lyons, Midfielder John Bell and half backs Callum McCrea and Leo McGowan and cornerback Oisin Mogan. Well done to Mr McLoone, Mr O’Donnell and the boys.

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