Abbey V.S. Newsletter – Mon 27th May

House Exams

House exams begin for 5th year students on Friday the 24th of May and commence for 1st and 2nd Year Students on Tuesday 28th of May. We remind all students to ensure they are prepared and continue their efforts with their study. The exam timetable is available on the school website. All students should study their timetable carefully. We also remind The Abbey Vocational School Community that all Students must be present for the entire day during the examinations.

In addition please be mindful of the following:

  • All students must be in their designated labelled seat before the second bell each morning irrespective of the start time of the examination. This is to ensure the room has the correct number of papers.
  • Students must have the proper equipment for all examinations as borrowing or sharing of equipment (calculators, rulers, pens, etc) is not permitted.
  • Mobile Phones must be switched off completely (not simply silenced) and not visible during the examination sessions. They must not be used as a calculator.
  • Students should bring study materials with them to revise during non-exam sessions.
  • All students are required to wear their full uniform for the duration of the summer House examinations.

Leaving Certificate Ecumenical Service

The Leaving Cert Ecumenical Service was held on a sunny evening on Wednesday the 22nd of May.  It was a very special event for our Students leaving the Abbey Vocational School.


The theme of the evening was ‘follow your dreams’ as Students prepared to leave their AVS home and move forward in their chosen career pathways. Parents and Guardians joined the Leaving Cert Students to celebrate the evening, enjoying a beautifully prepared meal and ecumenical service.

Many thanks must go to Father Brady, Reverend Huss and Reverend Richmond for officiating the service. Also thanks must go to Ms Eileen Carr and Ms Claire Breslin for the music arrangements. The evening could not have proceeded without the help of Ms Mulrain, Ms Dillon and our SNAs.  This was a very special service as we see our Students move on to the next chapter in their educational careers. Lastly, to the class of 2019 wish you luck and from the Staff of the AVS it has been a pleasure to teach you over the last six years, we hope you achieve all your hopes and dreams for the future!

The reflection from the end of the Ecumenical Service:

  ‘Believe in yourself and in your dream,

  Though impossible things may seem

  Someday, somehow you’ll get through

  To the goal you have in view

  Mountains fall and seas divide

  Before the one who in his stride

  Takes a hard road day by day

  Sweeping obstacles away

  Believe in yourself and in your plan

  Say not- I cannot – But, I can

  The prizes of life we fail to win

 Because we doubt the power within.’

Leaving Certificate Graduating Classes of 2019

Class 1F – 2019


AVS graduating Class 1E – 2019


AVS graduating Class 1D – 2019


AVS graduating Class 1C – 2019


AVS graduating Class 1B – 2019


AVS graduating Class 1A – 2019


Examinations Timetable

The Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate State Examination Timetable can be accessed on our School Website or on the links below;

The State Examination Timetable can be accessed on these links;

Lurgybrack Open Farm Excursion

Students from the Abbey Vocational School spent a wonderful day out at Lurgybrack Open Farm on Wednesday the 22nd of May.

Lurgybrack Open Farm is a magical place where Students spent the day enjoying the many activities the farm has to offer. The centuries old farm building is home to a range of friendly farm animals that the Students came face to face with. They also loved the water slide, bouncy castle and the large zip line!

Leaving Certificate Applied H.C.T. Assessment

On Monday the 20th of May the Leaving Cert Applied Students of the Abbey Vocational School completed their H.C.T. Assessment under the guidance of Ms Steward from the Home Economics Department.

The Hotel, Catering and Tourism course reflects the overall philosophy of the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme by helping students develop competencies of a broad personal and vocational nature. Emphasis is placed on social inclusion, teamwork, quality consciousness, interpersonal skills, creativity and dexterity. Progression opportunities for interested AVS Students to the Hotel Catering & Tourism industry are available through a number of routes e.g. Post-Leaving Certificate Courses, CERT Basic Skills, full-time training programmes or directly into local employment opportunities.

L.C.A. Graduating Class 2019


Transition Year

On Tuesday the 21st of May the Transition Year Showcase took place in the presence of their Parents and Guardians in the assembly area of the AVS. Congratulations to the Transition Year Students for finishing off an action-packed year on a high note with a magical night as TY students worked in coordination with Ms Rooney and Ms O’Donnell to create the Showcase. The Showcase highlighted the events, talks, activities, trips and outings the TY’s ventured on this year!

Our MCs on the night were Frank Duffy and Hannah Crawford and the One Voice Choir kicked off the night with ‘One Call Away’. Students presented talks on the many topics covered in TY such as the E-portfolio, Work Experience, College Open Day visits and the ‘Path to Nationhood’ Project.

The Sports Department featured heavily with presentations on the many sporting activities experienced which included Zumba, self-defence, surfing, B Fit, DT Fitness, rowing and table tennis. Transition Years also enjoyed the Sports Leaders Programme, Healthy Lifestyle Programme, 20×20 and GAA Future Leaders.

The Business department were well represented with topics such as the TY Business Academy, Enterprise Day, Mini Companies, Dragons Den, TY Yearbooks and the Enterprise Award.

The Transition Years were very busy partaking in workshops as diverse as Public Speaking, Human Trafficking, to Law and Makeup. Health and Safety featured on the night with speeches regarding R.S.E., Sea Safety, Healthy Schools, Webwise Internet Safety and the Active Schools Programme.

Of course the night could not be completed without highlighting the many school trips the Students went on such as the Ploughing Championships, Balmoral Show, Dunlewey Centre, Croke Park, Barcelona and many more!

As the evening came to a close the Students were presented with their certificates having completed Transition Year and also accepted certificates for the many workshops and courses they completed!

A huge thank you must go to Ms Carr and Ms Breslin who worked tirelessly with TY’s to perfect their musical acts on the night. The audience were delighted to hear a beautiful rendition of our TY Musical ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and finished the night by raising the roof with ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’!


‘Path to Nationhood’ Project

The ‘Path to Nationhood’ Project celebrates the momentous journey Ireland’s Irish Free State has taken and was completed by the Transition Year History Committee of 2019 in collaboration with the History Department of the Abbey Vocational School.


‘Path to Nationhood’


  1. Ms Mc Morrow & Ms Faherty will be available to Leaving Cert student’s right up until Friday, 31 May. Students and/or parents are very welcome to call in and discuss any questions they may have. An appointment is not required.
  2. 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. 
  3. Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to – click on the Guidance logo.


Art Department

Congratulations go to Mia Mc McCalmont who has won a Special Merit Award in Category A of the 65th Texaco Children’s Art Competition with an entry entitled ‘13 Years Ago’. Mia was invited to this year’s Awards Ceremony which was held at the Johnston Estate in Enfield, Co. Meath on the afternoon of Wednesday 22nd of May.


Many congratulations on your achievement!

Transition Year Art Competition

1st place winner in this year’s AVS TY photography competition was Eleanor Romilly in 5th year!

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2nd place winner in this year’s AVS TY photography competition was Sarah Donovan in 2nd year!

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3rd place winner in this year’s AVS TY photography competition was Kiernan Degnan McDevitt in 2nd year!

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The Leaving Certificate Students took on the might of the AVS School Staff on Tuesday the 21st of May in the Frisbee clash of the year with the Teachers coming out victorious!


A great day at the Ulster schools final in Antrim this week. The results are; Mia McCalmont -3rd in 1500m, Shane Breslin – 5th in shot putt, Diarmiud O’Donnell-6th in discus, Alex Anderson – 5th in shot putt, Relay team – 5th – Rachel Gallagher, Gwenaelle Ní Dhonnabhain, Niamh Moohan, Savannah Timoney.

Well done to the following athletes who  made it to the All-Ireland Schools Track and Field final 2019; Mia McCalmont, Niamh Moohan, Alex Anderson, Kitty McNulty, Anna Riebeling.

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Leaving Certificate Sports Day

Leaving Cert Students from the Abbey Vocational School enjoyed a fun-filled, action packed afternoon of sports on Tuesday 21st of May. According to the Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. “Physical activity is so important for our overall wellbeing, not just our physical fitness but for our mental health too. Participation in sports is also fantastic for developing a person’s confidence and team work skills”. Congratulations to the Leaving Cert Students of 6A who were victorious on the day! Pictured below are Leaving Cert Students enjoying the sports afternoon on their last day at second level education!




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