Abbey VS Newsletter Mon 16th Nov

9th November to 15th November 2020

Credit Union Art Competition Winners

Congratulations to our Credit Union Art Competition Winners!

Congratulations to Ultan Smith, Leah Kennedy, Rose Mae Weir, Annalise Robinson, Aideen Thomas, Emma Thomas, Laura Kelly, Onagh McHugh, Gabriella Irwin, Alisha Land, Rossa McGrory, Tristan Dowd, Marc Bennett, Mikaela O’Connor, Ruth Murray, Alannah Graham, not in the photograph is prize-winner, Samaire Fern. This year’s theme is “Imagine More”, which encouraged entrants to think past the current situation and imagine. Imagine More is influenced by the creative role art plays in Irish society and encourages participants to unlock their imagination and look at how art inspires us and our communities. Despite the current challenges, art has kept people from all walks of life connected and this year’s theme encourages participants to express this connectivity on paper or canvass.

Art has always been a huge part of Irish life and the Credit Union Art Competition, now in its 37th year, is dedicated to supporting and developing the arts in Irish society. Promoting and encouraging involvement in the arts across communities is an important message we want to spread. Art plays a critical role in enriching the lives of everyone and is central to sustaining and increasing connections. The talent of our students is amazing and we are so proud of them!

Parent Teacher Meetings

In light of the current restrictions on face to face meetings, we are not in a position to facilitate Parent/Teacher Meetings during this time.  Following direction from the DES, our plan is to send out a progress report from all subject teachers to you as parents on VSware on the following dates. 

  Short Progress Reports in place of PTMs
Year GroupReleased to parents on 
6th 19th November 
3rd 4th December 
1st 15th January 
5th / TY/ LCA1  29th January 
2nd 11th February 

Career Guidance

  1. CAO 2021 opened on Thursday, 05 November.  Leaving Certs wishing to apply will do so with their Guidance Counsellor during Guidance class. 
  2. UCAS applicants are encouraged to complete all parts of their application ASAP. The student’s Guidance Counsellor is available throughout the week to meet and discuss the application and will support the student throughout the process.
  3. 1-1 appointments for Leaving Certs are available throughout the week; speak to your Guidance Counsellor for booking instruction. 
  4. Our Guidance website is updated regularly. Go to – click on the Guidance button on the far right of the screen.  The noticeboard has a number of important notices for Leaving Certs.

School Closure Day

Just a reminder to all that the school will be closed to students on Friday November 27th as part of the school calendar year.  


We are planning on holding whole school exams during the week of 7th to 11th of December – please see the timetable below. These exams will provide an excellent opportunity for students and parents/guardians to gauge progress.


In recent years the NCCA developed the Senior Cycle PE Framework (non examinable) and the Leaving Certificate PE (examined). Schools were asked to apply to be involved in the roll out of these 2 specifications. 

AVS were successful in their application for both and as result were one of the 40 schools to deliver SCPE and one of 64 schools to deliver the LCPE. This first phase of rollout was introduced from September 2018 and June 2020.

The Physical Education Association of Ireland (PEAI) recently acknowledged all schools’ efforts in leading these changes in PE. 

Pictured are management at the school, PE teachers involved in the rollout and LCPE students past and present. Namely: Students: Hannah Shallow, Brídin Murphy (past LCPE students), Thomas White, Niamh Moohan (current 6th year LCPE students). Teachers: Mr. O’Mahony, Mr. Carty, Mrs. Gallagher, Mrs. O’Mahony, Mr. Herron. Principal: Mrs. Diver

NUI Galway Excellence Scholarship

Congratulations to our graduating AVS Students Amy Lorinyenko & Conor McGroary who have been awarded the NUI Galway Excellence Scholarship!

As part of NUI Galway’s commitment to rewarding achievement and supporting ambition, a new scholarship programme, NUI Galway Excellence Scholarship has been created. The new scholarship scheme has been developed to support high achievers in growing their critical thinking, leadership, employability and professional skills. NUI Galway has a long history of excellence and achievement and this new scholarship programme will support and enable the next generation of change makers. 

Awardees of the scholarship will receive €1,500 in recognition of their academic success and will be invited to join a high achiever development programme supported by the scholarship to grow their leadership capacity and to develop the skills they need to excel in their field of study.

Positive Points Initiative

Congratulations to our October leaders on the positive points table, 1D and 2F! The positive points initiative in our school is aimed at promoting positive behaviour and acknowledging the good things that our students do. Students can be awarded points from teachers for things such as good effort in class, co-operation, helping others, contributing to group work, extra-curricular contribution etc.

Each monthly class winner will be rewarded. Any individual who is acknowledged with five positive points/comments will be recognised by the school and parents/guardians will be informed by a postcard sent home from the appropriate year head in appreciation for the positive contribution to school life. A big thank you to the facilitator of this initiative, Mr Carty.


AVS Virtual Lip Sync Battle 2021

The Abbey Vocational School will present AVS Virtual Lip Sync Battle 2021. This will give our students and staff the chance to showcase their talents while having a bit of fun at the same time. The finale will take place on the 29th of January 2021 and will be broadcasted to all our school community. Everyone who gets involved will be in with a chance to win many prizes. On the night there will be Celebrity Judges, Novelty Acts and our final will be streamed online! There will be prizes for the best tutor groups, year group and the overall winner of the event.  The entry fee will be €5 for an individual act or €10 for a group act.  If you have any enquiries, please contact Ms Rooney & Ms Kelly. 

Please sign up by emailing by Tuesday 1st of December

Positive Wellbeing in The Community 

Cycle Against Suicide 

We are pleased and honoured to announce that we have received the Cycle Against Suicide Ambassador School Award for the fourth year in a row. The Ambassador School Programme established in 2013 aims to encourage schools to become actively involved in mental health promotion. The programme provides a framework, structure and incentive for schools to integrate mental health activities into their school planning and rewards schools that go the extra mile. We look forward to taking part in this worthwhile programme again this year.

Leaving Cert Prefects

The senior prefects continue to work with management to ensure we continue to keep a positive atmosphere among our school community. They are working on my exciting events over the next few weeks including our Christmas concerts. Keep an eye out over the next few weeks for more details. 

Shane Martin Positive Wellbeing Talk

Our 6th year students will receive a virtual positive wellbeing talk this coming Wednesday from Shane Martin. Shane is a psychologist dedicated to teaching the very best evidence-based psychology to help people protect their mental health and enhance the quality of their lives. Shane has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences on a range of topics around wellbeing, positive mental health, recovery and happiness. We look forward to having Shane back talking to our students once again this year. 

Leaving Cert Evening Study 

The second term of after school study has commenced and will continue until the 18th December. This is currently at full capacity for this term but a third term will commence after Christmas. The form will be distributed in December for this session. It is a great opportunity for students to study in a quiet supervised environment. 

Covid – 19

We would like to thank all our school community for their diligence in adhering to protocols regarding Coronavirus. As we are in Level 5 of the Government’s Plan for Living with Covid – 19 and we would ask everyone to strictly adhere to HSE guidelines regarding social distancing and hand hygiene. 

The AVS are operating an ‘If Unwell, Stay at Home’ policy. Should a member of our community experience  any  of  the  symptoms  of  Covid-19  –  Cough, high  temperature,  shortness  of  breath, difficulty  breathing,  that  member  of  our  community must stay at home  and  seek  appropriate medical  intervention.  

School Uniform

Peter’s Man Shop is open daily from 12 to 3 and The Uniform Shop is open on certain days per week. This information does change weekly but the information is available from 074-9723513. The school fleece is available to buy in both stores and with the weather getting colder it will be a welcome addition to the school uniform for the students. 


If a student is absent from school, then a note for the dates of the absence must be submitted to the office upon the students return. Alternatively, we will accept an email to This email must clearly state the name of the student, the year group and it has to state clearly the dates that the email is referring to. The attendance record of the student can then be updated with this information. 


All orders for the canteen must now be done through Click on the AVS school crest picture at the bottom of the page and this will take you to the menu that you can order from. The cashless card will then be used to identify the student and you pay by your regular debit/credit card at the moment. Do not top up the cashless card at the moment. The cards are on sale from the chef in the canteen in school. 

Abbey Vocational School Student Council 2020/21

Our council met on Tuesday where they planned the collection of food and care items for Christmas hampers for those in need. Details of the collection of non-perishable food items and care products including wipes, shampoo, soap etc. will be shared next week.  Electrical items, toys, clothes, shoes and blankets will not be collected on this occasion. 

“You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.”

The committee is also organising the election of one officer from our school to be a member of the Donegal Youth Council. Students are invited to nominate themselves or each other.  They will then accept the nomination, prepare a manifesto, and run a short campaign. There will be an online election where all school members will have a vote. Our previous members have completed their two years on the DYC and they will continue to serve as volunteers.  The DYC represents the interests of young people from all over Donegal from many different schools and groups. They work on projects from road safety to internet safety and make important decisions for our young people in conjunction with other groups… including Donegal Council and even Dail na nOg. 

Thank you to Mr John Daly for the photos that he took of this year’s committee. 

Great Reads Award 

This year students from the Abbey Vocational School will participate in the ‘Great Reads Award (GRA)’. The ‘Great Reads Award’ is an award judged by students for debut writing for Young Adults. Presented by the School Library Association in the Republic of Ireland and short listed by librarians and teacher-librarians. The short list titles offer a range of reading levels and interests, by authors from a variety of backgrounds, including an Irish language title for which a glossary is available.

Take 1 Programme

This week a selection of Abbey Vocational School Staff Members engaged in training for the ‘Take 1 Programme 2020’. The programme aims to embed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the Junior Cycle Curriculum in ETB schools. The SDGs address a broad and universal range of concerns focusing on 5 key themes: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership. The Take 1 Programme 2020 takes place from the 23rd -27th November. We will be aiming to teach about each of the sustainable goals in our SPHE and CSPE classes during this week.

BT Young Scientist 2021

This week’s BT Young Scientist project we are focusing on are; ‘The best household preservative for cut flowers’ by Jane Faulkner, Amy McGroary and Jayne Glenn.

Our project aims to investigate which household items maintain the freshness of cut flowers longest. We will expose the cut flowers to the same conditions of temperature, water and light. We will then measure the physical appearance of the flowers every day until wilting and after a set period of time we will measure the angle of wilting in the stem. We will carry out replicates of our test solutions and we will carry out statistical analysis using t tests on our results to see if any effect of our household preservative is significant compared to water alone and to commercial preservatives. Finally, we will compare our test results with both commercial alternatives and to water to see if any effectiveness is statistically significant using t tests.

Teaching & Learning

A look at Study Planning

Christmas house-exams are approaching. Shortly after the Christmas holidays, Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle Mock Examinations will quickly draw near.

Juggling your classes, homework, and other commitments such as extracurricular activities and sport, managing your time to study can be challenging. An effective way to achieve your own learning goals to implement a study plan. There are many ways to plan your study, from monthly to weekly to daily timetables, priority lists, and checklists. However, do not get overwhelmed in trying to perfect the ideal plan! One key advantage of a study plan is that it will help you to avoid stress in that you will have a clear plan of what you will be doing each week.

Two useful approaches include:

  1. A Weekly Study Timetable will outline specific times for study and when you need to take time off.
  2. A Subject Planner will provide you with an overview of what is needed in a particular subject.

Weekly Study Timetable

Creating a weekly study timetable is one of the most important things you can do to study effectively. With the aid of a template:

  1. Shade-in times for extracurricular activities such as sport, music lessons, gym etc.
  2. Shade-in the times you really don’t want to study!
  3. Pick the times you will study
  4. Write in the subjects you will study in each available time slot.

There are many templates and even apps available online, however, we have placed an editable MS Word Version on the Teaching & Learning section of the school website for handiness. A link is also available on the digital version of this week’s newsletter. 

Subject Planner

The subject planner will contain a list of all the topics in that subject and will provide you with a broad outline of what needs to be done. Your teacher may provide this list and in some subjects, the chapters of your textbook are also useful. Alternatively, many of the exam papers contain ready-made topic lists. You might also add a column in your plan to rate the difficulty of each topic in order to identify topics requiring further revision. Once again, we have placed an MS Word template on the Teaching & Learning section of the school website. (

Some further points to note:

  1. Creating a lovely colour-coded plan in an Excel spreadsheet or MS Word document is all well and good, but if you can’t see it on a daily basis, it can easily start to slip your mind. Either write or print it out and stick it up on the wall at home or around your desk to remind you what you are due to cover each week.
  2. Discover what works for you. Keep your plan flexible. If you have scheduled an hour of study at 8 pm every evening but find you are not being productive, then make a change. For example, try getting up an hour earlier to see if morning-study works better for you.
  3. Break subjects/topics down into small chunks. Assess how familiar you are with each topic and focus on your weak areas.
  4. Wellbeing: It is important to take regular breaks when you are studying to ensure you don’t burn out. Include 5- or 10-minute breaks in your study plan; It is also important to make time for the things you like to do such as meeting with friends, going for walks, running, cycling, etc. Ultimately, this will better prepare you mentally to achieve your study goals. Well-balanced meals and adequate sleep are also vital.

….. And finally, don’t get disheartened if you break the timetable! Forget about it and focus on the plan for the following day.


Students from each class are recording their choir lines from home which will be taken by Ms Bogle to the studio this weekend to mix and master our first AVS Virtual Choir.  It has been à wonderful experience to follow Ms Bogle’s recordings, record our voices and be part of this project.

The Music students Callum, Alannah, Ruth and Tristan have recorded a song that they composed the CART SONG.  It is a fun song with actions on the theme of keeping safe during these times.

L2 Physical Education

Our Junior Cycle L2 Physical Education class recently enjoyed integrating technology into their triathlon lesson. Students used a stationary bike (fundraised by parents a number of years ago for students) to cycle around different parts of the world. Mr. O’Mahony, their PE teacher, projected point of view cycling tours from venues such as Venice beach, California and Lake Garda in Italy. 

Transition Year

Hotel & Catering talk with Chris McMenamin

On Tuesday TYs enjoyed the ‘Hotel & Catering Talk’ with Chris McMenamin, Head Chef of the award-winning Harvey’s Point Hotel. Harvey’s Point is nestled on the shores of Lough Eske, with its wonderful views of the mountains and lake with a wonderful ambience. Chris spoke to the AVS Students about his many years of experience in the hotel trade, discussing the importance of a good work ethic, being punctual and how politeness goes a long way. Entering the world of employment requires key functions such as; working toward the company’s goals, treating everyone with respect, using your best effort, becoming an expert at your job and offering value to your workplace. Chris talked about the importance of focusing on solutions and being adaptable & open to change. ‘On Tuesday the 10th of November the Head Chef from Harvey’s Point Hotel came to the Parish Hall to give us a talk about being a Chef and working in an award-winning hotel. He told us about his first experience in the kitchen washing up and how difficult the work was. However, his hard work paid off and Chris was promoted in the Kitchen. Studying in Killybegs, Harvey’s Point’s Head Chef was promoted to Sous Chef and eventually to Head Chef and told us to work hard and follow our dreams!’.

Musical Callbacks

This week over twenty students attended callbacks for the Abbey Vocational School’s Production of the Transition Year Musical. Congratulations to all! It has proven to be a challenge to cast the show parts due to the excellent talent amongst the boys and girls and the keen, strong efforts being made for auditions. There will be another round of Lead Auditions where some of the twenty have been invited to do a detailed audition where they will sing a song from the show and read a script. Best wishes to all! The main cast parts are open to all who have shown interest in being in the show.  Thank you to our director Rachel O’Connor.

‘On Monday the 9th of November, my class 4B and 4A had callbacks in the Parish Hall. When we all arrived, we started warming up with Rachel O’Connor (the Musical Director) and it was a lot of fun! After we were sufficiently warmed-up, we had to practise our American accents by saying the rhyme ‘Humpty Dumpty’. Next we had a script read through to familiarise ourselves with the lines.

Our Musical is the award winning show called ‘Curtains’ which is based in 1960’s Boston. There were 20 people at our auditions and later that night we got another callback sheet with fewer people on it. 

On Wednesday, the 11th of November, we found out who had received a second callback! We met at the Parish Hall and it was really exciting! We were all auditioning for leads and everyone was really good. Some people were called out to sing scales and everyone had to read from the script. Rachel and our Music Teacher Mrs.Carr were there to encourage and support us. It was a great opportunity to show off our acting skills and I really enjoyed it!’.

Anna Mitchell 

History walk of Donegal Town

A Walk Back in Time Through Donegal’s Rich History

Recent guided walking tours of Donegal Town with TY classes took students on an historic walk through Donegal’s fascinating history, ancient and modern.

Donegal author, storyteller and tour guide, Keith Corcoran.

During the course of the walking tour students heard about the history behind 3 old street addresses no longer in existence today, Church Street, Clabber Lane and Bingham’s Alley. They also heard the history of St. Patrick’s Church and the Church of Ireland opposite the castle.

First destination with the Old Abbey or Franciscan Friary down by the Quays. Donegal Quays was a small but bustling seaport up until the early 20th century.

 Students were informed that the Abbey Vocational School was named after the Old Abbey which played a central role in Donegal Town’s development from 1474 to the early 1600’s. The Old Abbey not only served the spiritual needs of the local community, it was also an important college of learning, a hospital for the sick and elderly and provided accommodation for visitors to Donegal Town.

Students were then brought to see the sculpture of Red Hugh O’Donnell and told about the ancient inaugural ceremony for Donegal chieftains in olden times and their town’s connection to the Flight of the Earls in 1607.

Next stop was the anchor – situated opposite the Garda Barracks. The anchor weighs over one and a half tonnes and belonged to a French warship which was anchored out in Donegal Bay during the 1798 Rebellion.

Keith then told a story connected to the ship of how 3 local fishermen rowed to the anchored ship and informed them the rebellion in Ireland was over. The French officers and their crew left so quickly the next morning upon seeing British cannons on the shoreline near Doorin, that they cut their anchor and took the three fishermen from Mullinasole all the way to France. After many adventures and several years’ travel, the fishermen made it safely back to their homes and families in Donegal!

Next to the sandstone monument on the Diamond, students were then told about the area’s special association with the history of the Four Masters. They learned of how this team of one monk and three professional scribes, led by Michael O’Cleary were responsible for writing down 4,500 years of Irish history between 1632 and 1636.

The early development of the modern town of Donegal under Basil Brooke was also explained from 1610 and why the town was laid out the way it was with a market centre. Students also discovered how the Diamond came to be pedestrianised in the late 1990’s and is now a hub for visitors and tourists to the town as well as celebrating Donegal football fans!

The final stop on the walking tour was to Donegal Castle, one of the main visitor attractions in town. Keith explained how the site Donegal Castle was built on, near a bend in the River Eske, gives the town and modern county their names. Donegal is anglicized from the Irish placename Dún na nGall meaning ‘Fort of the Foreigners. It is believed that Danish Vikings built a fortress and trading post on this site in the late 10th century.    

TY Drumming Workshop

‘On Wednesday the 11th of November my class and I took part in a Drumming Workshop in the Parish Hall, where we met the Instructor Peter Crann. He introduced himself and told us about his passion for music. He showed us many instruments that he had brought with him that day for example; Bongos, African Drums, The Hang Drum and many more. He first started off by making a beat on the Cajón which is a box shaped percussion instrument from Peru, which is played by hitting the rear and front faces of the box to create a sound. He then took up many volunteers to teach them how to play the instruments. Everyone had one instrument to play and a beat we were separately given to play. Our whole class participated and made a musical piece at the end. I really enjoyed learning about the different instruments and it is a new skill that I have learned!’.

Ciara Gillespie Cassidy.

Amplify in association with Foróige

Transition Year Students took part in the Amplify Workshop. Amplify is part of Youth Work Ireland and is the largest youth organisation in Ireland. The organisation is made up of 21 Local Member Youth Services and support members to deliver an Integrated Youth Services Model to young people and this means that young people around Ireland can avail of a whole range of services and supports if and when they need them.

The organisation have developed highly innovative services, supports and programmes for young people between the ages of 10-25 years, including mental health supports, resilience building, anxiety programmes, drug and alcohol supports, LGBT+ youth work, club development, employability programmes, counselling services, rural outreach and fun safe spaces for young people to gather. 

‘On Thursday the 12th of November my class of 4B walked down to the Parish Hall to continue our Foróige amplify workshop. We’ve had these workshops every week since the start of the school year. The workshop focuses on two different topics, leadership and empathy. Throughout the weeks we’ve spoken about empathy as well as practicing our leadership skills with our class. 

On the 12th we started our workshop off with a quick leadership game, we had to say the alphabet one letter at a time as a class without anyone speaking at the same time. This game was a lot of fun. We had done it before with Foróige so we got it quite fast meaning the girls asked us to do the same backwards, this was more difficult. After the ice breaker we started our leadership classes with a few group activities as well as a movie music quiz. We then moved on to our empathy classes. We spoke about different peoples living situations and put ourselves in their shoes. I am really enjoying having these workshops each week and am excited for our class next week’.

Lauren Drury

Peer Mentoring 

‘This week, in our role as peer mentors, Catriona and I went on a walk with our first year class (1G). We did a lap of the track on Monday as the sun shone & there was a gentle breeze! Heading back to the base class we continued with our happy ambience by listening to music and relaxing before the first bell rang. On Tuesday we changed the routine by going on a walk around the school and playing kahoot when we returned to the base class. It was great fun and very competitive as the students attempted to win!

Peer mentoring is important for both us as mentors and also for first years as we can help students understand the ways and rules of the school and the experience gives us an understanding of a role with responsibility!’  Anna Mitchell

Aware Workshop

This week Transition Year Students engaged in the Aware Workshop in the Parish Hall. The objectives of the workshop were to inform and educate on the topic of depression. To provide emotional and practical support to those affected by depression, bipolar and related disorders. To provide positive mental health and resilience training, and to support research into the development and treatment of depression and related issues.

Aware was founded in 1985 by Dr. Patrick McKeon and a small but dedicated team of volunteers, many of whom had their own personal experience with depression, or bipolar disorder. The organisation developed in response to the clear need for information, understanding and support, both for individuals who had a diagnosis of depression or bipolar as well as family members supporting a loved one. Since then, what began as one support group in Dublin has grown and flourished to become a nationwide presence which has saved many lives and has, for countless others, eased the suffering and distress that depression can bring. 

The Interactive workshop aimed at educating and empowering the AVS Students to look after their mental health and is an integral part of Aware’s work. 

Personal Presentation and Make up Master Class Workshop

Transition Year Students from TYD were treated to a Personal Presentation and Makeup Master Class in the Parish Hall on Friday 13th November.

Manager of the Marine Spa Karla Lacey treated Students to a master class in makeup, skincare and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

Transition Year Students were educated on the benefits of a healthy eating and fitness regime, drinking lots of water and on prepping the skin. Students gained invaluable tips and information and were treated to a step by step guide on how to apply foundation, eye shadow, lipstick and blush. 

Young Social Innovators

This year TYC will be involved in the Young Social Innovators under the leadership of Ms. Kelly. YSI is a nationwide competition for secondary school students that challenges young people to have a positive impact on their community. The purpose of the YSI initiative is for young people to understand that they can be a powerful catalyst for social change when given the opportunity and support to do so. 

This year’s group has decided on the project title ‘Unity in the Community. ‘The goal of the project is to combat loneliness and isolation amongst older people which has ultimately worsened due to Covid-19. Inspired by the launch of Captain Tom Moore’s podcast ‘The Originals’, TYC wants to inspire young people to ‘donate their words’ and have meaningful conversations with older people. This is a social issue of concern as a result of Covid-19. Social distancing has become our ‘new normal’ and unfortunately, it has had a major impact on the older generation. Due to government restrictions, many old people do not get to interact with family and friends. This is leading to isolation and loneliness which is a major issue of concern amongst elderly people.

Students in TYC will be carrying out an online survey in school this week to gauge an understanding of our interaction with older people in the locality. They will also be hoping to carry out a survey with the elderly involved in the project to assess their feelings prior to their involvement in our project and a follow-up survey later to judge if there will be a change in attitude. Over the next few weeks, we will be contacting local nursing homes explaining the aim of “Unity in the Community” and what we hope to achieve from the project. We will write letters to elderly people as a ‘pen pal’ activity to establish connections. We will also arrange various zoom activities as a way of interacting with the older generation and reduce the loneliness and anxiety they may feel due to the current pandemic. Please follow their Instagram page: @unityinthecommunity2020 

We wish TYC the best of luck with this extremely important project!

GAA Future Leaders Programme 

Ms Rooney is leading out on the GAA future Leaders TY programme. The Future Leaders programme provides advice on curriculum links, ensuring alignment with the TY programme, embedding the core concept of Physical Literacy, developing educational resources and delivering training to the participating schools. The six modules meaningfully relate to several curriculum areas, promoting the development of Physical Literacy in particular and also encompassing the key skills taught at Junior Cycle.  

This initiative provides a unique and creative learning pathway for young people to acquire skills which are both sports related and transferable not only across the curriculum, but beyond TY itself. 

Course Structure:

The programme comprises 8 modules.

All modules are between 6 – 10 hrs long, stand alone and individually certifiable. Pupils will receive a GAA Certificate for each completed module.

A school can choose to deliver one or more modules. Delivering all modules plus the organisation of a GAA Super Games Blitz/Centre through the students, and/or Coaching younger players in their school or community, results in the students being awarded a ‘GAA TY Future Leaders Certificate”.

The programme utilises the Learning Management Software of the GAA Learning Portal ( to share information and provide each student with an online e-Portfolio to store and share documentation and assignments.

This programme will commence over the next month and will continue on after Christmas. 

TY upcoming activities:

This term will be very busy for our TYs with many trips, workshops and talks, in accordance with health requirements and regulations;

  • Zumba Workshop
  • Amplify Workshop
  • Influence of Social Media Talk
  • Flair Startup Business Programme
  • Personal Presentation Workshop with Karla Lacey
  • Peer Mentoring Workshop
  • Driver Education Programme
  • First Aid 2020 Course
  • Cycle Right Workshop
  • Drumming the Beat Workshop
  • Music in Tune Workshop
  • Fitness & Nutrition Virtual Talk with Shane Lyons
  • LYIT Virtual Talk
  • Sligo IT Virtual Talk
  • Rowing Workshop
  • Yoga Session
  • Debating Workshop

TY School Digital Champion

The Programme aims to promote digital adoption and encourage the productive use of technology by students. Our school has selected a team of 5 students to act as leaders/role models in completing a project showing how technology can be used to find a solution to day to day problems. 

Sarah Donovan, Odhran Gallagher, Matthew McGroary, Matthew Byrne and Eoin Meehan have been selected from AVS. The students can look forward to training and workshops on video editing, web design, coding and App design, as well as on communications and presentation skills. Also included are workshops on coding with microbits and an introduction to infographics. We look forward to seeing this project develop over the next few months. Many thanks to Mr. O’Mahony on facilitating this project going forward.


Lunchtime Activities 2020

Students in the  Junior  years  who  remain  on  the  premises  at  lunchtime  in  addition  to  their  walks will have the activities at lunchtime. Thank you to all the teachers who have volunteered to help run such a large programme.

Our activities programme will run for all junior years from Tuesday, 29th September. All activities will be non-contact and follow current guidelines. Our main priority is the health and safety of everyone involved. 

  • Activities will last 20 minutes in total.
  • Monday to Thursday: 1.02pm – 1.22pm
  • Friday: 12:24pm – 12.44pm

This allows for students to have 10 minutes to eat at the beginning of lunchtime in their base room and 10 minutes at the end of lunch to return to their base room and get organised for the next lesson.

We have tried as much as possible to assign students to their chosen activity. However, due to guidelines and limitations for space, students will not get all their choices straight away.

All other students will have the opportunity to go outside and walk during this time with their base room teacher. Each base room has a list of where students are to go each day.

Please note, students can participate in all activities in their school uniform but are advised to wear/bring appropriate footwear. 

Please see Mrs. Gallagher if you have any questions!

Coirnéal na Gaeilge

I mbliana, tá an scoil ag glacadh páirte i mBliain na Gaeilge atá á reachtáil ag Bord Oideachais agus Oiliúna Éireann. Tá coiste curtha le chéile sa scoil againn, le daltaí ó gach rang idirbhliana. Go dtí seo, ghlac daltaí idirbhliana páirt i dtráth na gceist le Feachtas agus a d’eagraigh An Máistir Mac Pháidín. Tá tús curtha le nuachtlitir Ghaeilge agus tá go leor á phleanáil don chuid eile den bhliain fosta. 

Mar a deir an seanfhocal: ‘Beatha teanga í a labhairt’ ☘️

Na srianta Covid 19 sa scoil:

Bainimid úsáid as maisc agus fainimid dhá mhéadar óna chéile. Ag am sosa agus am lóin, téann gach duine go dtí a mbunsheomraí. Tá córas aon-treorach i bhfeidhm sa scoil freisin. Faigheann gach duine aer úr ag amanna difriúla i rith an lae freisin. Caithfimid a bheith airdeallach san am i láthair – ‘ní neart go cur le chéile’.

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