Junior Boys ALL IRELAND BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS 2019!
Wednesday the 1st May was historic day for Students from the Abbey Vocational School as the Junior Year Boys Team came home with the trophy and title of All Ireland Champions!
The Students left the Abbey Vocational School on two buses early on Wednesday morning to make the long journey to the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght. The National Basketball Arena is a Sporting and Event Facility situated in Tallaght with a capacity to hold up to 3,000 people.
Both semi-finals were to be held at 12 O’Clock with the Abbey playing St.Aiden’s CBS, Dublin on Court 1 and Mercy Ballymahon versus Colaiste Ide & Iosef, Abbeyfeale on Court 2 with the winning teams playing in the final at 3 O’Clock.
Tensions were high as the Abbey Lads took to the court at 12 O’Clock with support for the team coming from first and second year Basketball Students making the journey to Dublin as well as Parents and Family. When the final buzzer sounded for the end of the fourth quarter and the end of the semi final, the Abbey Lads were victorious winning by twenty two points!
The Abbey VS Team and Supporters were exhilarated, emotional and triumphant in their victory but held themselves together in intrepidation for the All Ireland Final at 3 O’Clock. The match began ahead of schedule at 2.45pm with the Abbey Lads facing the might of the Mercy Ballymahon from Longford. Both teams had fought a gruelling Semi- Final to get there and both were excited, nervous and determined.
In a match which displayed astounding performances in basketball both teams, fought to gain control of the scoreboard. However, with three minutes left the third quarter the Abbey the Lads went ahead Abbey 25 Mercy 24 and they never looked back! Hearts were racing in the final quarter as the Mercy tried to close the gap on the scoreboard as with two minutes 39 seconds to go the Abbey lead by eight points, the Mercy closed this gap to Abbey 42 Mercy 38 with ten seconds to go. As time ticked down Coaches, Supporters, Family and Friends held their breath until the final buzzer sounded and the AVS Students were officially heralded All Ireland Champions of 2019!
The Abbey Vocational School, which had been receiving live updates throughout both matches, waited with bated breath to hear the news that the Junior Students of the School were All Ireland Basketball Champions and set about organising a homecoming fit for Kings!
On arriving home to Donegal Town, the winning team were met by a police escort and enjoyed a cavalcade through the town. A lone piper playing the bagpipes escorted the team from the bus when they reached the school, as many Dignitaries, Parents, Families and Supporters cheered the triumphant team!
The Principal, Ms Diver, members of the Parents Association, Board of Management, The Second Year Head, The Chairperson of Donegal Town Basketball Club, The Mayor and many more showed their support and pride for the young team! Much thanks has to be given to all those who helped organise the homecoming which was a night which the Second Year All Ireland Basketball Champions 2019 will never forget!
A full match report is available in the sports section.
Award Winning National Enterprise Winners!
Congratulations to Mini Companies ‘ ‘Tweedelicious’ who won third place in the Naional finals of the enterprise awards in Dublin. Tweedelicious company are Sorcha Walsh, Summer Kerr, Christina Gysling, Lucy Campbell, Aoife Cox, Amy Mc Groary (1st year students)
Well done to GROWTH who won a Special Merit Award in Dublin at the National Finals of the ‘Student Enterprise of the Year’ Awards on Friday the 3rd of May. They won silverware, a cash prize and a business bootcamp to delphi for three days ! Well done Aodhán Mc Crudden, Luke Kelly, Cormac Mac Suibhne.
The Student Enterprise Programme, an initiative run by the Network of Local Enterprise Offices of Ireland, is Ireland’s largest and most successful student enterprise programme with over 23,000 second level students taking part each year.
Students from 1st year to 6th year get to set up and run their own business and find out what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur by taking part in this eight month long enterprise education learning programme.At the end of the Programme in May, one student business from each region gets to compete at the National Final in Dublin for the ‘Student Enterprise of the Year’.
This event was held in Croke park and was a superb day for all.
Winning a Special Merit Award the Company ‘Growth ’ is spearheaded by Aodhan, Luke and Cormac and is dedicated to promoting greener and more environmentally friendly garden products. The three Students are environmentalists by nature and wanted to come up with a business idea that involved recycling. They have a working wormery that produces miracle grow liquid fertiliser and compost from food waste. Studies have proven that these products will boost plant growth by a factor of three.
They also sell the complete wormery kits to community groups/schools/households where they supply the vermiculture equipment, set it up and give advice on how best to care for the worms etc.
Later in the growing season they will have several nettle composters that will produce bottles of nutrient rich nettle tea fertiliser.
Winning third place overall are “Tweedelicious” a hard working group of first year girls – Sorcha Walsh, Summer Mae Kerr, Aoife Cox, Lucy Campbell, Amy McGroary and Christina Gysling.
The company uses cutoffs of tweed from both Magees and Hanna Hats factories and upcycles plain coasters to produce a unique and useful tweed product. They wanted to give something that was destined for the waste bin a new lease of life.
Congratulations to the AVS Students and Staff, their Companies and to the hard work and support of their Teacher Ms Lucy Gordon.
Pramerica Award winners !
AVS Students were very privileged to attend Pramerica on 2nd of May. Reward for the students’ efforts in showing their appreciation to an initiative rolled out by Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure and Pramerica. This initiative saw all schools in Donegal receive free sports equipment as part in the promotion of more active schools and students. #sportsrock asked in return for students to think of creative and inventive ways to use this equipment. They then had to document these thoughts in the form of a video that would be posted online.
AVS students from class 4D combined their physical education and coding classes to gather footage and edit videos. Their efforts were rewarded in being selected as the winning school and were then invited to view the pramerica Rock Campus and listen to speakers Michael Murphy and Lee Gooch. A very informative and positive experience for students. Class reps Meabh Morrow Herbert and Aaron Pearson accepted the trophy and Echo Beam on behalf of the class and school.
Another proud day for the school in celebrating student success!
Second Year Irish Trip to Dunlewey
Second year Students from the Abbey Vocational School enjoyed a trip to The Dunlewey Centre on Monday the 30th of April. The Centre sits on the edge of Glenveagh National Park and the landscape has remained untouched with mountains,hills, bogs and lakes. Students were immersed in the history of Dunlewey, the Ferry family and introduced to the craft of carding, spinning and weaving. The Students enjoyed a tour around the home of the Ferry family and world renowned Weaver Manus Ferry, whilst listening to stories of times gone by from the tour guide!
The Student Council are continuing work in the areas of Inclusion and making Children’s Rights Real. They invited some students who are making Ramadan to address their recent meeting. They learned a lot about how important this is for our students in the school of Muslim faith and are working on ways to be more supportive and aware especially at break times in the school.
Children’s Rights – This week they will open discussion on UN rights for Children by putting sticky labels on every student locker with a different right sticker. The entire student body will be asked to share/discuss their right with classmates in order to create awareness of their importance and also how lucky we are to have our rights catered for so well in this country and in this school.
History Trip to Derry
On Tuesday 30th April TYB and TYD accompanied by their teachers Ms. Markey and Mr. Clarke travelled to Derry as part of their studies on Northern Ireland and the Troubles.
Students had a guided tour of the Walls of Derry, which was highly informative and interesting, as the guides detailed the history of the city from its foundation during the Plantations in the 16th century to the difficult years of the Troubles. Along the ways various landmarks were brought to their attention such as St. Columb’s Cathedral, the Fergie Gate, the Free Derry Corner Memorial, the War Memorial, the Brandywell and Celtic Park GAA grounds.
Later students visited the Museum of Free Derry in the Bogside area of the city. Here they had a talk given by those whose relatives were killed on Bloody Sunday and had a tour of the museum which explains the story of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s as well at the events of Bloody Sunday itself.
- Thank you to the parents & guardians of incoming 2nd Year students who attended our Subject Choices presentation last Tuesday evening.
- The SUSI Grant application process for 2019-20 opened on 25 April 2019. Eligible Leaving Cert students are encouraged to start their application as soon as possible. Their Guidance Counsellor is always available to answer any questions.
- LYIT are hosting an Open Evening in their Letterkenny & Killybegs campuses on Thursday, 09 May between 3 & 7 p.m.
- A Google Classroom for Apprenticeships & Traineeships is regularly updated. The classroom is available to all students interested in this excellent 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 http://www.AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.
The Drama Club continues it’s ventures every Wednesday after school. Come join our exciting, innovative and creative class where new members are always welcome!
Also, Mr Donegan’s award-winning play – “The Importance of Being Earnest” goes to Athlone to compete in the RTE All-Ireland Drama Finals on the 8th May. Wishing Mr Donegan all the best with his show there.
Congratulations to AVS Art student Mia Mccalmont who was a prizewinner in this year’s Texaco Art competition with her piece entitled ’13 years ago.
Also Congratulations to AVS Art student Sarah McGrory receiving her prize at the Jigsaw Donegal Art competition awards in Letterkenny.
RNLI Sea Safety Workshop.
On Wednesday TY students took part in Sea Safety workshops given by Killian O’Kelly, Education Officer, Bundoran RNLI. Students learned about work of the #RNLI, rip currents, cold water shock, importance of wearing life jackets and the RNLI’s #FloatToLive initiative.
RNLI lifeboat crews provide a 24 hour search and rescue service to hundreds of communities around Ireland & the UK. Bundoran RNLI provide search and rescue cover for all of Donegal Bay along with their colleagues in Killybegs Coast Guard and the ‘Rescue 118’ helicopter based at Sligo.
The RNLI has 237 lifeboat stations and operates 444 Lifeboats. Crews rescue,on average, 22 people per day. The Institution also operates Flood Rescue Teams (FRT) nationally and internationally (iFRT), the latter prepared to travel to emergencies overseas at short notice.
Considerable effort is put into training and education by the Institution, particularly for young people; more than 6,000 Students a week are spoken to by education volunteers about sea and beach safety, and over 800 Students a week receive training. The Institution has saved some 140,000 lives since its foundation, at a cost of more than 600 lives lost in service.
Transition Year students at Abbey Vocational School were able to gain insight into the energy, time and dedication that is needed to be a member of the RNLI.
Smart Futures Workshop:
On Monday the 30th April Transition Year Students in the Abbey Vocational School enjoyed a talk from Smart Futures. Smart Futures aim to help Students discover suitable STEM subjects and careers. STEM stands for the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
Physical and Mathematical Sciences ia a broad sector, with many potential career paths for Students from the Abbey Vocational School including medical work, engineering, teaching, finance and technology. Students may also be interested in a career as a Research Scientist, a Physicist or in Environmental Science or Software Engineering
ICT is also another field that Students can enter on leaving school. With eight of the top ten global software companies and nine of the top ten US Tech Companies choosing to locate here, Ireland has become a hotbed for ICT innovation. The digital age revolutionizes the way we live and how we do business in Ireland. Students have the opportunity to become part of the huge advances made in technology which drives this fast paced and ever-changing world.
Active schools flag work is now entering its final phase for year one. The University of Limerick made the return visit to collect some final data from AVS pupils, fitting 130 active pals to register activity levels over the course of 7 days.
All pupils completed a survey and next week the entire staff and students from AVS will also complete a survey.
On May 13th class 4C will present all the work and events that have been completed over the academic year to gain accreditation from the Active Scholl Flag organisation.
An active and valuable year for all the pupils and staff of AVS.
Girls Active Acti-Fest
On Friday the 3rd of May Students from the Abbey Vocational School’s Girls Active Group travelled to Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre for the Acti-Festival. Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre has been providing courses and training in adventure activities since 1988 and is set on the shores of Lough Gartan in County Donegal fifteen minutes from Letterkenny.
The Girls Active Group from the AVS enjoyed a day of Orienteering, nightline, rock climbing and archery in an action packed day filled with thrills and excitement!
Active Schools Flag UL visit
On Tuesday AVS Transition Years welcomed Vincent Kennedy and representatives from LYIT to the School. LYIT has 130 programmes across four schools of Business, Tourism, Engineering and Science.
LYIT offers a higher diploma in Business in Finance & Technology which is a conversion course into the Finance Services Industry, designed to equip Students with the core knowledge, skills and competencies to pursue a successful career as a Financial Technology Professional in the Financial Services Industry.
Transition Year Students discovered that Graduate Students can gain employment in Finance & Technology, Management, Trading, Insurance and Banking. Students gained an insight into the opportunities available to them and possible future careers!
Transition Year School Tour
During the Easter Break Transition Year Students from the Abbey Vocational School enjoyed their School Tour to Barcelona, Spain. A magical time was had by Students and Staff as they enjoyed the ambience and atmosphere that Barcelona had to offer!
Second Year Basketball Semi Final
On Wednesday the 1st of May the Abbey’s Boys Basketball Team sought to gain victory against St. Aiden’s CBS, Dublin in the Second Year All Ireland Semi Finals in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, Dublin.
In the opening seconds of the Semi Final St. Aiden’s CBS opened the score. The Abbey’s Daniel Quinn scored a fine basket in response and the match was on!
Niall Prendville was fouled and given two free shots which saw the score at Abbey 4 St.Aidens 3.
In retaliation St.Aiden’s score again. However, Daniel is fouled in the second minute but failed to capitalise on it. On the break Niall worked hard in the middle of the court to go on and score singlehandedly with three minutes to go leaving the score at Abbey 6 St Aiden’s 5.
Niall Prendville scores after a timeout Abbey 8 St Aiden’s 5. On the break Daniel was fouled but failed to convert. St.Aiden’s fought to score again which resulted in Abbey 8 St Aiden’s 7 with 2 minutes 24 seconds to go.
Both teams fight for the lead with St Aiden’s scoring again with Abbey 8 St Aiden’s 9. Several attempts to score resulted in two penalty shots for Niall who converted one with the score at Abbey 9 St.Aiden’s 9. With both teams level, St.Aiden’s pushed ahead and scored. In response Niall magically broke free and scored.Ben McNeely continued the hard work leaving the first quarter at Abbey 13 St. Aiden’s 11.
Second Quarter-At the start of the second quarter Leo McGown fought hard to gain possession with Jake scoring from great passing around the box in the first minute Abbey 15 St. Aiden’s 11.
Great attempts by Ethan Kenny, Timon and Jake to score with Jake being successful Abbey 17 St. Aiden’s 11 in the third minute.
Great defensive work stopped St.Aiden’s from scoring. A great block by Oisin halted the opposition in their tracks but a foul saw the score move to Abbey 17 St Aiden’s 12. Fighting back St.Aiden’s win another basket leaving Abbey 17 St.Aiden’s 14 in the fifth minute.
Working diligently as a team Ethan scores a basket followed by a magical score by Leo McGown no.14 at the end of the fifth minute Abbey 21 St.Aiden’s 14. St.Aiden’s failed to capitalise on a foul putting immense pressure on the Abbey Lads in the second quarter with St. Aiden’s having another two attempts on basket and failing to score. The second quarter finished with the Abbey holding onto a lead of seven points going into the third quarter.
Third Quarter- The third quarter opened in dramatic style with Ben, Niall, Jake and Ethan all working hard as St.Aiden’s attempt to narrow the lead as Ben makes a wonderful move to gain possession, passing to Jake who is unable to complete the basket and in retaliation St.Aiden’s score Abbey 21 St.Aiden’s 18 in the third minute of the third quarter.
Abbey gain possession and Oisin, Jake and Niall work hard in the box, fighting to score, in the process Niall is fouled Abbey 23 St.Aiden’s 18 at the end of the third minute. Handball at the start of the fourth minute by the opposition leave the Abbey in control but they fail to capitalise.Daniel is fouled on attempting to make a basket and timeout is called. Daniel scores from play and repeats his success in the dying moments of the fifth minute to leave the score Abbey 27 St.Aiden’s 18. With the score widening the Abbey work hard to defend their lead as St. Aiden’s struggle to put another score on the board. In the mire Leo is fouled and successfully scores two baskets Abbey 29 St.Aiden’s 18. With great teamwork the Abbey Lads hold on to their lead with Daniel scoring, Leo having another attempt at the basket and Jake completing the basket Abbey 33 St.Aiden’s 18. St.Aiden’s are fouled and reply with two shots and in response Niall wins a basket Abbey 35 St.Aiden’s 20.
Fourth Quarter- the quarter opens with St. Aidens trying to gain control and scrape back points on the scoreboard. As a result, St. Aiden’s are fouled but fail to score with a great block by Niall during play. Leo scores Abbey 37 St. Aidan’s 20. Ben is fouled but does not convert. Daniel scores in the third minute AVS 39 St.Aiden’s 20. St.Aiden’s respond with a basket and as tension mounts Jake scores Abbey 41 St. Aiden’s 22. The Abbey Lads increase their score as they confidently pass the ball around the box and Niall scores the basket. They push their lead ahead with Oisin scoring Abbey 45 St.Aiden’s 22 in the second last minute of the game. St. Aiden’s are fouled Abbey 45 St.Aiden’s 24. During play St.Aiden’s score Abbey 45 St.Aiden’s 26. In a fight to the bitter end,Daniel scores and St. Aiden’s respond Abbey 47 St.Aiden’s 28. In dying minutes of the final quarter Daniel is fouled and scores leaving a victorious and thrilled Abbey side winning Abbey 50 St.Aiden’s 28. Much to the delight of Supporters, Family and Friends.
Second Year Boys All Ireland Finals
At 2.45pm, fifteen minutes ahead of schedule, the Abbey Lads took on the might of Longford, The Mercy Ballymahon.
First Quarter- the first break saw the Abbey miss the chance to go ahead and Mercy from Longford responded with a basket in the opening 30 seconds of the match.
Daniel was fouled and won a basket leaving the score at Abbey 1 Mercy 2.
In skillful play Daniel scored bringing the score to Abbey 3 Mercy 2. A timeout was called 1 minute into the game.
Mercy score in the start of the second minute Abbey 3 Mercy 4.
From play Mercy are fouled and fail to score from the penalty shots. Mercy continue to put pressure, resulting in another basket at the end of the third minute. Keeping the pressure on, Mercy score in the opening seconds of the 4th minute, Abbey 3 Mercy 8, when timeout is called.
After strategic tactics are discussed on the sideline by the coach Stephen Carty and Frank Cornyn, Daniel scores in the opening seconds after several failed attempts by his valiant team mates.
In the break Mercy are fouled and gain one basket. Mercy score from play which the Abbey Lads and Daniel respond to with a basket just before five minutes are up. Abbey 7 Mercy 11.
Mercy are fouled at the end of the sixth minute and are awarded two baskets which they score. Niall responds with a basket showing the determination of his team, winning another basket just seconds later.
Mercy fight back putting pressure on the Abbey’s defense and are awarded a foul.Abbey 11 Mercy 14.
Second Quarter- Mercy start strong but fail to hit the basket.With the sides evenly matched and in a tense quarter both sides attempt to score Mercy win a basket from a loose ball,scoring twice in twenty seconds, two and a half minutes into the quarter. Timeout is called. Frustratingly for Jake he misses the basket twice in brave efforts by the Abbey Lads to score when play in resumed.
With great effort Oisin attempts to score. However, Jake wins a basket after much effort from his team Abbey 13 Mercy 18.
Mercy score with two minutes twelve seconds to go in the second quarter. Leo is fouled in a brave attempt to win a basket and converts Abbey 14 Mercy 20. In a very evenly matched final both teams again fought to score with Mercy being fouled in the fifth minute but failing to capitalise. Great work by Leo sees him score in the dying seconds of the second quarter Abbey 18 Mercy 20.
Third Quarter-Mercy put the pressure on in the opening seconds of the third quarter. Niall in fouled in a strong display but fails to convert. Mercy retaliate with a basket and with both teams neck in neck Leo scores from play in the second minute Abbey 20 Mercy 22.
As tension rises, in a very evenly matched quarter both teams fight to put points on the score board with Mercy scoring in the third minute Abbey 20 Mercy 24. In a great team effort Niall scores, is fouled and converts a basket two and a half minutes into the third quarter Abbey 23 Mercy 24. Struggling to put the Abbey ahead, the team put pressure on Mercy and Niall scores, Abbey 25 Mercy 24 with three minutes left in the third quarter. Gaining momentum, the Abbey is fouled at the end of the forth minute in the third quarter and score Abbey 27 Mercy 24. The Abbey begin to break away from the clutches of Mercy with a basket from Niall bringing the score to Abbey 29 Mercy 24. With one minute forty seconds to go on the clock in the third quarter Daniel scores to put the Abbey seven points ahead of Mercy. With the dying seconds of the third quarter competition was fierce on the court with the Abbey Lads keeping the pressure on Mercy and Matthew wins a basket Abbey 33 Mercy 24.
Fourth Quarter- In the final quarter of the exhilarating basketball match Mercy score twice in the opening seconds of the game putting pressure on the Abbey Lads Abbey 33 Mercy 28. In a hard fought game, Daniel is fouled and scores to leave the score at Abbey 34 Mercy 28. Mercy are fouled but fail to capitalise on it. As tension rises, Daniel scores at the end of the second minute. Mercy score in the opening of the fourth minute and timeout is called Abbey 36 Mercy 30. Mercy try to claw back some points in the dying seconds of the fourth minute. However, Daniel scores with two minutes thirty nine seconds to go Abbey 38 Mercy 30. As we reach the last few minutes of the highly skilled, hard fought match , Daniel scores with two minutes to go. Mercy fight back but fail to score.
Timeout is called with one minute thirty two seconds to go as the scoreboard stands at Abbey 41 Mercy 30. Mercy score one basket from a foul Abbey 41 Mercy 31.
As hearts are racing in the stands, on the sideline and on the court and with thirty seconds to go Daniel scores one basket from a foul and Mercy retaliate with two baskets leaving the score at Abbey 42 Mercy 36. With ten seconds to go Mercy score again as the gap closes to four points. Abbey 42 Mercy 38.
Nobody can breathe in the Tallaght Arena as timeout is called with eight seconds to go. As play resumes and the clock is ticking down, Daniel is fouled and fails to convert but it does not matter as the buzzer sounds and the Abbey Vocational Lads are All Ireland Champions 2019!
Many thanks has to be given to the hard work and dedication of the AVS Coaching Team, Stephen Carty, Patrice Rooney, Frank Cornyn and Leo Gallagher!
Team: Taiwan Sanlrat, Ben McNeely, Daniel Quinn, Seamus Og Caldwell, Conor Gillespie. Oisin Mogan, Leo McGowan, Jake Graham, Fiachra O’Donnell, Ethan Kenny, Niall Prendivile, Jack Kenny, Patrick Lyons, Brian Bonner, Barry Burke, Martin Mc Donagh, John Paul Mc Donagh.
Athletics – Numerous Medal Winners For The AVS
A number of athletes took part in the Ulster School Athletics Meet on Wednesday 1st May at Lifford Athletics Stadium.
The sun shone throughout the day, and all the Abbey athletes competed very well against lots of other schools from throughout the region.
Highlights of the meet were Niamh Moohan claiming three gold medals in the long jump, high jump and the 300m with a silver in the 4×100 relay too for the third year girls. Rachael Gallagher finished second to Niamh in the long jump and 300m, an Abbey 1-2 in those two events, and also gained a silver medal for the 4×100 relay.
Tori Murchan won gold in the 1st year girls high jump and Alex Anderson won gold in the 2nd year boys shot.
Shane Breslin won silver in the 3rd year boys 100m and silver in the shot with Leo Carey-McDermott winning a bronze medal in the shot.
James Hughes won silver in the 2nd year boys javelin as did Diarmiud O’Donnell in the 3rd year boys javelin.
Ava Campbell won bronze in the high jump and bronze in the 100m as well as silver in the 4×100 relay, Emily McNulty was the fourth member of that relay team to win silver.
Gwenelle Ni Donnabhainn won bronze in the senior girls high jump and Catriona Moohan won bronze in the 1st year girls long jump.
Congratulations to all the athletes who took part. We look forward to the Ulster District Athletics at Antrim a week on Friday.
AVS U13 Boys Gaelic Football – Ulster Final Here we come!
On Thursday the 2nd of May the Abbey Vocational School’s U13s took on the might of Carndonagh in O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny. In a tremendous match the Abbey Lads won by 17 points. The final score of the Ulster semi final was 8 – 12 to 4 -7. The Abbey are now through to Ulster U13 final! Well done coaches Leo Mcloone and Michael Lafferty!