Abbey VS Newsletter – Mon 23rd Nov 2020

16/11/2020 to 22/11/2020

Donegal Youth Council Elections

Congratulations to all our students who took part in the Donegal Youth Council Elections pictured with outgoing representative Frank Duffy and Deputy Principal Michael Leyden.

AVS Art Competition Winners 2020

Congratulations to Abbey Vocational School Students Gabriella Irwin and Aimee Hughes who were winners in the AVS Art competition aimed at promoting good hygiene in the school during the covid pandemic. Presenting Gabriella Irwin and Aimee Hughes with their prizes, Deputy Principal Ms Mohan.

Leaving Cert Virtual Motivational Talk with Shane Martin

On Wednesday the 18th of November Sixth Year Students enjoyed a motivational talk given by Shane Martin. Shane Martin 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. A leader within the area of education, he has visited hundreds of educational institutions nationwide working with management teams, teachers/lecturers, students and parents. In February 2017 Shane addressed the Oireachtas (Irish parliament) Joint Committee on Education and Skills on the important topic of Positive Mental Health in Schools. His focus was on how schools can cultivate a culture of resilience. As a former teacher he promotes realistic evidence-based interventions that can foster better mental health within whole school communities.  He has been engaged by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST), the Irish Primary Principals’ Network and the Centre for School Leadership. The AVS Students appreciated the valuable advice that Shane Martin embraced and enjoyed the motivational talk immensely.

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. The 6th year students have at this point received their progress report. 

                                        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

  • CAO 2021 opened on Thursday, 05 November.  Leaving Certs can apply during Guidance class with their Guidance Counsellor.
  • 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.
  • 1-1 appointments for Leaving Certs are available throughout the week; speak to your Guidance Counsellor for booking instruction. 
  • 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.  

December Exams

Whole school exams will run 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.


Respect Box

The Abbey Vocational School is dedicated to the holistic development of students in a caring environment where tolerance and respect are nurtured and valued.

With this in mind, Clara Bustard and Eva Jichi created the AVS Respect Box. Students can anonymously fill out a referral sheet and place it in the Respect Box to report incidents of when they have witnessed, either in person or online, students not showing respect. Respect is a very important foundational factor in the development and maintenance of a healthy learning environment. It is respect that opens space for the development of trust and learning. 

Respect Week and Stand Up Awareness Week

This week the Abbey Vocational School held Respect Week which focused on Anti-Bullying and coincided with Stand Up Awareness week. During SPHE, Wellbeing and Personal Development classes, students looked at the definition of Respect and why it is so important to be respectful to everyone.

Stand Up Awareness Week is an opportunity for us to look at how we can make our schools safe and supportive places for LGBTI+ students. Our students were shocked to learn the statistics that one in five young LGBTI+ people face bullying, and that 73% of young LGBTI+ students feel unsafe at school. As an activity to show our respect for everyone, students designed Pride T-shirts to promote the rights of the LGBT community. This campaign also linked to and saw the introduction of embedding the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in teaching and learning here at the AVS. Activities throughout the week served to shed a light on SDGs 5 ‘Gender Equality’ and 10 ‘Reduced Inequalities’. We look forward to continuing to embed the SDGs in education next week, as we roll out ‘Take 1 Week’. Students will be learning about the 17 different SDGs in their SPHE, Wellbeing and Personal Development classes – read more about this below.

Mental Health Ireland Art Competition 2020

This week we showcase the amazing talent of the AVS transition year entries for the Mental Health Ireland Art competition!

The Mental Health Ireland Art & Photography Competition invites young people to explore and express their creative talents while encouraging students, teachers and parents to open up the mental health dialogue and encourage mental health championing.

2020 has been a turbulent time for many of our young people. They have faced new challenges and continue to grow up in a reality very different to the one they were prepared for at the start of the year.

The theme of the 2020/21 Art and Photography competition is ‘Reflecting on How I’ve Grown’ – in the face of the uncertainties and challenges of the year.

This year, the art competition has invited students to express themselves in their chosen form and are opening up the Art category to include graphic design, cartoons and comic strips, paintings and drawings. Good Luck to all the wonderful talent at the AVS!

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 broadcast 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. Join in and get involved in the fun! 

Leaving Cert Prefect 

The Prefects and Leaving Cert Music classes are also working on the Virtual Christmas Concert which will be streamed on the last day of school before the Christmas holidays.  Any student interested in performing, please see any of the music teachers as soon as possible.

Positive Wellbeing In The Community

Positive Points Initiative

Leading classes for positive points in November are 1A in first year and in second year 2C and 2G are joint leaders.  There will be a class reward for the monthly winners!

A small number of students have accumulated five individual points. Their year heads have sent a postcard home to their families acknowledging the schools appreciation of their achievement! Congratulations everyone!

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 each week. This information does change weekly but up-to-date 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. 


We have purchased a new app which is user friendly and will make communication of attendance notes from parents / guardians to the school much simpler and easier for all! 

The parent/ guardian can record the explanation for this absence online by using our new school app or their own digital device – computer Ipad etc. Please see for a guide to downloading and installing the VSware app

Please ensure that the absence reason is recorded/inputted by the parent/guardian only so that it does not lead to any confusion. 

At the moment we are only recording full day absence on the app. If your son/daughter needs to sign out (e.g., for a dental/medical appointment) then they must continue to use the diary for this as is the procedure at the moment where the note is signed by the Deputy Principal and then the student signs out at the office.

 Abbey Vocational School Student Council 2020/21

The Student Council has organised the collection of food and care items for Christmas hampers for those in need in our community.  Details of the desirable non-perishable food items – tinned food, jars, packets and care products including wipes, shampoo, soap etc. are on the Student Council Notice Board in the assembly area. 

Please place your contribution in the shopping trolleys in the assembly area any day Monday to Thursday of next week.  The Student Council hopes that all students and staff could contribute at least one food or care item each. Please be sure food has a long sell-by date.  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.”

Donegal Youth Council Election

On Thursday, Head Boy and outgoing AVS member of the DYC, Frank Duffy, addressed the school on the intercom to introduce the 5 candidates for the election of the AVS representative on the Donegal Youth Council.

He also outlined his role on the Donegal Youth Council. Two years ago he was nominated in the school election to be the AVS representative on the DYC. His 2 year term is now complete and the election for our new member took place online on Friday.

The Donegal Youth Council works to represent the voices of young people in Donegal and aims to raise topics of importance for the youth of the county on a local and national level. It is also the consultative body between young people, schools and other organisations.

During his term some of the projects that we were involved in included the HPV vaccine campaign, Health promotion and contact tracing support, LGBTQ+ issues, a community action alcohol project, seatbelt safety and Donegal Rally safety promotion and voicing the views of young people at Dail na n’Óg.  Our committee was awarded the Garda Youth Award for 2020

The candidates for election for the 2020 to 2022 position on the DYC are:


Each candidate ran a short but effective campaign.  They introduced themselves in their school address on Thursday and outlined their manifesto.  Congratulations to all five who are committed to working on behalf of the students of our school and young people of Donegal.

Election took place online on Friday and we will know the results early next week.

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

Some of our AVS staff recently participated in a training session provided by ETB Ireland focusing on embedding Sustainable Development Goals in Teaching and Learning. The aims of the Sustainable Development Goals are to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. There are 17 SDGs which address the global challenges we face including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. 

Take 1 Week will take place from the 23rd – 27th November and will involve students learning about the Sustainable Development Goals across various subjects. We look forward to showcasing some of this work next week!


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.

A look at Study Planning Apps

In addition to our Study Plan templates referred to in last week’s newsletter, many student study planning apps are becoming increasingly popular.

As well as saving on paper, many student planner apps also send reminders and alerts straight to your phone or device. Three such apps include ‘Timetable’, “iStudiez” and ‘Todoist’

‘Timetable’ is an intuitive app on Google Play for managing your study planning. Students can save their timetable and all tasks from homework to exams. You only need to enter them once because Timetable syncs across all your Android devices. 

iStudiez allows students not only to create a study timetable but also tracking of daily tasks, upcoming homework assignments and project deadlines. It is available for iOS, Android and Windows platforms.

Todoist is a planner and to-do list all in one, and is widely used by business executives as a project planner, Todoist is an app that can carry you through school and beyond.

Although you can pay to upgrade, the free version offers more than most students are likely to need. Todoist includes several student friendly features:

  • Jot down important details or things to do before you forget them
  • Set up projects for each class and any other activities or extracurricular activities you partake in. 
  • Add “next action” items, so you can always be looking ahead to your next assignment
  •  Check items off your list without losing them for good


On Friday evening, our very first school Virtual Choir video, a choral version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ was released on our social media platforms. The project was undertaken in association with MAPA (Music and Performing Arts) students and staff at North West Regional College, Derry. Students from each year group have been busy in the past few weeks recording their choir lines from home which were taken by Ms Bogle to the studio to mix and master. It has been a wonderful experience to follow Ms Bogle’s recordings, record our voices and be part of this project. 

Preparation for our next virtual choir Christmas song featuring students and staff will begin next week. Please see Ms. Bogle if you would like to get involved.

Preparations are also underway for our Virtual Christmas Event – A Christmas Light which will replace our usual Carol Service. 

Students who are interested in performing on the Diamond this year on the first Saturday in December as part of the Business Focus Groups weekend of music and celebration, please go to Ms. Carr or see Madeleine Begley in Begley’s Pharmacy as soon as possible as places are almost full at this stage.  This is a great opportunity to showcase your talents – solos, upcoming bands.  There will be a full PA (Sound system), piano and marquee provided.

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. 

 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’.

Físeán a chur le chéile

Faoi láthair tá coiste na Gaeilge ag obair le físeán a chur le chéile le saol na scoile a thaispeáint i nGairmscoil na Mainistreach. Tá tús curtha ag an choiste leis an fhíseáin agus anois tá siad ag iarraidh ar dhaltaí difriúla páirt a ghlacadh san fhíseáin. Beidh cruinniú ag an choiste arís ag tús na seachtaine seo (23-27 Samhain) le dréachtphlean sonrach a chur le chéile. Beidh an coiste ag cur an t-eolas a fuair siad sna ranganna físléiriú (video production) chun tairbhe agus iad ag yabhairt faoin dúshlán seo. Beidh an físeán seo á chur chun tosaigh acu mar pháirt den chomórtas ‘Spraoi le Scannáin’ atá a reachtáil ag BOOÉ (ETBI) mar pháirt de bhliain na Gaeilge.

The AVS Cookbook

In the coming weeks we are hoping to design and publish the AVS Cookbook, just in time for Christmas as that extra little stocking filler! We want to gather as many recipes as possible from students, parents, staff and past students, as well as some favourites from local chefs. 

If you have a delicious recipe you want to share please contact Ms.Mulhern for more information on this exciting project. 

1st Year Drumming Workshop

On Monday 23 and 24th November all first year students will be taking in a drumming workshop with their tutor group in the Parish Hall. This will be a great opportunity for the students to experience some new instruments and do some relaxing and enjoyable activities together!


Sign Language Peer Teaching

As part of the TY ‘New Skills’ Module, Skye Murrin and Bree Hanna have begun teaching AVS Students sign language with the aid of Shazya Safi.

Zumba Workshop

This week Transition Year Students enjoyed the exhilarating & inclusive Zumba Workshop with Ms Kelly in the Parish Hall. Zumba is an aerobic fitness programme featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance and performed primarily to Latin American dance music. It is a great way to keep fit and healthy and there was a fantastic uptake on the initiative – well done to all students involved! .

Personal Presentation and Make up Master Class Workshop

Transition Year Students from TYB were treated to a Personal Presentation and Makeup Master Class in the Parish Hall. Manager of the Marine Spa Karla Lacey treated Students to a master class in makeup, skincare and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. ‘On Friday the 20th of November, the girls of our class (4B) took part in a self-presentation/makeup workshop. We first met Karla Lacey who talked us through the importance of maintaining a good skincare routine and the benefits of skincare. She then gave us a lesson on proper techniques to achieve balanced and good makeup looks. She taught us how to apply eyeshadow in the correct way, eyebrows and base makeup. She helped each of us individually with our own makeup struggles. I really enjoyed this workshop and would love to partake again’.

Ciara Gillespie-Cassidy

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. Online Wellbeing workshop

On Monday The 16th of November Transition Year students engaged in an Online Wellbeing Workshop with Mr Evan Costigan. The workshop was invaluable for our students as they were tutored in the practical strategies which will help their memory and studying for exams. Students were also introduced to and encouraged to use structured study timetables in order to be organised moving forward in the future.

Musical Call-backs

This week over twenty students attended call-backs 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!. Thank you to our director Rachel O’Connor, musical director Mrs. Carr and Choreographer Ms. Kelly.

Amplify in association with Foróige

Transition Year Students took part in the Amplify Workshop this week. 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. 

Peer Mentoring Workshop

This week, Ms. Kelly hosted a webinar for all Peer Mentors that was run in conjunction with the Mentoring for Access Programme in LYIT. The focus of the session was on Disability Awareness and discussed what students can do as mentors to ensure the inclusion of all students despite any disability they may have. It was a very informative workshop and students learned skills that they will be able to implement into their role as a peer mentor. 

‘On Monday the 16th of November, I had a peer mentoring workshop where we talked about disability and the facilities that are available. I found the workshop very informative. We had the Disability Coordinator of LYIT telling us about the facilities able to anybody with a disability.

We also watched a video of students with disabilities and they told us about the challenges that they had. Attached is a link to the inspiring video we watched;

At LYIT Learning Support Unit they are committed to providing ongoing support for students with disabilities to enable them to achieve their potential. All of the Institute’s buildings are fully accessible with lifts, automatic doors and accessible toilets. The Curve staff can help students with any questions or problems they may have. The workshop has helped me to understand the challenges faced by students with disabilities and want to help my fellow peers!’ Matthew McNamee.

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. 

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 Start-up Business Programme
  • Peer Mentoring Workshop
  • Driver Education Programme
  • First Aid 2020 Course
  • Cycle Right Workshop
  • Music in Tune Workshop
  • 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!

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