Abbey VS Newsletter – 18th Feb

Streetwise Workshop for First Years

On Monday the 11th February first year Students of the Abbey Vocational School were treated to a workshop entitled “Streetwise”. This workshop was an informative and enlightening workshop for Students highlighting the dangers faced by Students in today’s world.

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NASA Astronaut Jon McBride

On Monday, fifth year Students of the Abbey Vocational School welcomed retired American Naval Officer, Aviator and NASA Astronaut Jon McBride.

Having graduated from West Virginia University in 1964 Jon McBride joined the Navy in 1965 with flight training at Pensacola, Florida. After winning his wings as a Naval Aviator, he was assigned to Fighter Squadron 101 based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. An illustrious career followed where Jon McBride was awarded honours such as the Legion of Merit and the Medal of Honour.

On the 5th October 1984 McBride piloted an 8 day mission launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida into space in the orbiter “Challenger”.

During their eight day mission, crew members deployed the Earth Radiation Budget Satellite and conducted scientific observations of the Earth.

Students of the Abbey Vocational School were inspired by the tales and experiences of Jon McBride and were moved by his motivational speech. The Abbey Vocational School Community were honoured to have presence of the Veteran Astronaut in Donegal! We sincerely thank Goeffrey Browne for organisng this event.

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Teaching & Learning: Student Survey

As part of our School Self Evaluation processes, senior students have been undertaking a survey: “Engaging with Questions”. For link, please click HERE. (Requires student login)

Literacy

This week sees the birthday of  “Beloved” author Toni Morrison. The English Department would like to recommend the 1987 novel. Set after the American Civil War, “Beloved” is inspired by the story of an African-American slave, Margaret Garner, who escaped slavery in Kentucky in late January in 1856 by fleeing to Ohio, a free state.

This week sees the birthday of Matthew Groening the American cartoonist, writer, producer, animator, and voice actor. He is the creator of  the television series “The Simpsons” (1989–present). “The Simpsons” is the longest-running U.S. animated series and sitcom.

Finally, English Department would like to wish Mr Donegan our Maths Teacher the very best of luck in the role of Algernon Moncrieff in Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”. A Ballyshannon Drama Society Production, the show will open in the Abbey Arts Centre on February 12th 13th, 14th and 16th February, before heading out on the road to festivals around the country.

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Drama Club

This week, on Valentine’s Day, members of the Abbey Vocational School Drama Society made the trip to the Abbey Arts Centre in Ballyshannon to watch the world Ballyshannon Drama Society’s Production of Oscar Wilde’s  “The Importance of Being Earnest”. The “Importance of Being Earnest” is an enlightening example of comedy of manners as it makes fun of the behaviour of Victorian aristocracy.

The Drama Students of the Abbey Vocational School enjoyed the escapades of two carefree Bachelors, Jack and Algernon, each with a carefully hidden double life. When Algernon discovers that Jack has been posing as a man named Ernest to escape to the city, he promptly travels to Jack’s country estate to pose as the fictional figure himself! A wonderful night’s fun for all the Students!

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On Friday the 15th February Students from the Abbey Vocational School were treated to a performance of “Chatroom” by Emily Erskine, Saerlaith Lusson and Robyn Harvey-Moulding. Winning awards at the Butt Drama Circle’s Secondary Schools Festival at the Balor Arts Theatre on the 4th of February “Chatroom” is written by Enda Walsh and directed by Sean Donegan. Both Emily Erskine and Saerlaith Lusson were awarded Best Supporting Actress and Robyn Harvey-Moulding succeeded in claiming the award for Best Actress!

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The History Department

This week in 2008 the first ever Students of a University Course for Students with Special Educational Needs graduate in a ceremony at Trinity College, Dublin. The pioneering two-year course aimed to promote the inclusion of people with Special Educational Needs in College life. Nineteen Students receive certificates in Contemporary Living.

Also this week, in 1939 Eamon De Valera stated his intention to preserve Irish Neutrality in the event of a Second World War.

Finally, the History Department are preparing for the Mock Examinations for the Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle Examinations. The History Department recommends Students get plenty of sleep, eat well and drink lots of water in order to maintain their wellbeing and mental health.

Coding Club

The Coding Club runs in room 47 on Mondays at lunchtime with Mr Harvey. Coding or computer programming is the act of using languages to instruct a computer to perform functions. Here in the Abbey Vocational School we welcome and celebrate Coding and computer programming and if you are interested joining our club, please talk to Mr Harvey. All welcome!

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Numeracy

The Chess Club meets on Tuesdays at lunchtime in room 3. If you are interested in following in the footsteps of the famous chess player Vasily Smyslov please come along to our meetings as everyone is welcome!

The Abbey Vocational School Maths Club meets on Fridays at lunchtime in room 30. The Maths Club runs an enrichment program that focuses on having fun with mathematics and learning! Everyone is welcome!

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Art Department

Fifth year students from the Abbey Vocational School are channelling their inner creativity this week and are beginning work on this year’s Texaco Art Competition. Entries are due on Thursday 28th February.

Science Club

What is the Science Club? It is a fun, intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through  observation and experiment. The group meets every Wednesday in room 33 during lunch break. All welcome!

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Career Guidance

  1. Leaving Certs applying to DARE and/or HEAR should now be working on their application(s). It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all paperwork is completed by the specified dates. The student’s Guidance Counsellor will be happy to assist in any way that they can.
  2. Leaving Certs should at this stage be researching all relevant Scholarship This information has been covered in their career guidance classes.  Their Guidance Counsellor is on hand to assist.
  3. The SUSI Grant application process will open in early April 2019. Further information will be provided by the Guidance Counsellor during Career Guidance class.
  4. All senior cycle students (6th, LCA & 5th years) are welcome to book a 1:1 appointment with their Guidance Counsellor if they have not already done so.
  5. Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to avsdonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

 

Dragons Den

Well done to all our students that took part in our Dragons Den final today. Joint winners from today are Cute as a Button and Abbey Sportswear.  Thank you to our Dragons Mrs Begley and Miss Gillespie.

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Coffee Morning in the Hub!

On Thursday 14th February, Valentine’s Day, Students held a coffee morning as part of the “Living in the Community” program, Staff and Students enjoyed an assortment of delightful cakes, coffee and tea!

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First Year Enterprise

“Tweedelicious” is a hard working group of first year girls – Sorcha Walsh, Summer Mae Kerr, Aoife Cox, Lucy Campbell, Amy Mc Groary and Christina Gysling.

The company is using cutoffs of tweed from both Magees and Hanna Hats factories and upcycling 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. 

They faced the Dragon’s Den on Wednesday and met with the approval of Mr Stephen Friel from the County Enterprise Board on Thursday and have been chosen to represent the school in the Student Enterprise Awards competition on 21st March in the junior category.

Best of luck to them from all in the Business Department.

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Sport

Ulster Schools 2019 Markey Cup Final

The Students of the Abbey Vocational School put on an impressive display in the first half against St Columbs, Derry in the Danske Bank Markey Cup final in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny today. However, the AVS team were unable to hold onto that lead.
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St Columbs, Derry 2-11
It was a disappointing end for the Donegal boys, especially after a very good first half showing.  Abbey led by two points at half-time after a pretty evenly contested first half. Shaun Kennedy and Cian Hegarty scored the goals for AVS.
St Columbs, through Fergal Mortimer, were the first to score when the centre-half-forward pointed from a close-in free.
But Abbey hit the next two scorers courtesy of two Cian Hegarty converted frees as they led 0-2 to 0-1 with eight minutes on the clock.
But they were rocked soon after when Tiernan O’Kane found a gap in the right wing of the Abbey defence before firing past Enda O’Hagan on 11 minutes. 
But the Abbey response was a positive one with Richard O’Rourke releasing Shaun Kennedy for a super goal.
Abbey were now back in front with a quarter hour on the clock and with Jamie Crawford landing two quick points they moved into a three point lead, 1-4 to 1-1 with 21 minutes on the clock.
And things got better for Michael Leyden’s young charges when Cian Hegarty polished off a brilliant move with a super goal.
Daniel Gallagher took the ball up the left wing and found Shaun Kennedy with an inch perfect pass. Kennedy squared across the small rectangle and Hegarty had the simple task of tapping to an empty net.
The goal opened up a six point lead 2-4 to 1-1 with a little over seven minutes remaining in the half.

This was a big score as it came after Jamie Crawford got back to clear off his own line with O’Hagan beaten.
But Abbey did not score again in the half as St Columbs clawed their way back into the game with three converted Mortimer frees and one from play from Eoghan Cassidy.

Half-time score 2-4 to 1-5.

Jude Og Moore scored the first point of the second half to reduce the Abbey lead to one. Further points from Shay Brown and Tiernan O’Kane put the Derry College a point ahead after 43 minutes.
Abbey were back in front three minutes later when Captain Jamie Crawford broke through to fire home a third Abbey goal.
But the lead was short lived as Fergal Mortimer pointed before substitute Ciaran Concannon, with his first touch, had the ball in the Abbey net on 52 minutes.
Cian Hegarty responded with a free, the only other Abbey score of the half, but just as they did in the first half, St Columbs finished well with points from Brown and James Lynch.

ABBEY VS: Enda O’Hagan; Shane Meehan, Brian Fegan, Aidan McHugh; Ryan Brogan, Michael Coughlan, Richard O’Rourke; Jamie Crawford (1-2,1f) , Oisín Reid; Cathal Feeney, Michael Statham, Daniel Gallagher; Shay Travers, Cian Hegarty (1-3,3f), Shaun Kennedy (1-0).

Subs: Ian Campbell for S Travers 47; Alex McCalmont for C Feeney 51; Thomas White for S Kennedy 58;

ST COLUMB’S: Matthew Stephenson; Michael Lynch, Naoise Meenan, Patrick Nelis; Conor McLaughlin, Shane McElhinney, Tiernan O’Kane (1-1); Conor Mooney, James Lynch (0-1); Ryan Brown, Fergal Mortimer (0-4,4f), Eoghan Cassidy (0-1); Cathir McMonagle, Jude Og Moore (0-1), Shay Brown (0-3).

Subs: Ciaran Concannon (1-0) for J Og Moore 51; Donnacha Gilmore for R Brown 61

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HUGE THANKS TO VODAFONE DONEGAL FOR SPONSORING THESE TOPS FOR THE BOYS!

First and Second Year Girls Basketball

On Friday the 15th February the first year Students of the Abbey Vocational School took on Carrick on Shannon. The girls fought hard and enjoyed a superb win against Carrick on Shannon. The second year girls basketball team also enjoyed a win on Friday in the Abbey Vocational School Sports Hall, winning 36-28.Both teams played exceptionally well and enjoyed well deserved success!

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Dance

In conjunction with the Active Schools Initiative Ms O’Mahony has been running dance classes in the gym for Students of the Abbey Vocational School.Students have been awarded prizes for most improved. Oisin Brogan is a worthy winner of most Improved!

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Transition Year News

Croke Park

On Monday the 11th February Transition Year Students from the Abbey Vocational School enjoyed a trip to Croke Park, Dublin. Croke Park has been at the heart of Irish sporting life for over 100 years. Transition Year Students immersed themselves in the historical and momentous world of G.A.A.

Boasting a capacity for 82,300 people, Croke Park stadium is the home of Gaelic games and the headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association.

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Computer Science Workshops

On Tuesday the 12th February Transition Year Students at the Abbey Vocational School were immersed in the world of Computer Science. Computer Science is the study of computer software and computational systems resulting in a career as a computer programmer, software engineer or architect, database designer, web developer, network engineer, digital circuit designer, systems administrator or manager, and IT consultant.

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Visit to Harvey’s Point for Transition Year Students

On Wednesday 13th February Transition Year Students from the Abbey Vocational School enjoyed a day in Harvey’s Point, Lough Eske, County Donegal. The Students were greeted very warmly by Television Legend Noel Cunningham, Head Chef Chris McMenamin and Food and Beverages Manager Sarah McMenamin.With 64 palatial suites in the main Hotel as well as the Lodge which features 13 compact style rooms, Harvey’s Point is one of the most successful, family-run, businesses in the North West.

Teachers from the Home Economics Department, Caroline Kennedy, Gladys Stewart and Mary Keaney accompanied the Transition Year Students into the realm customer service and hospitality. The day included a guided tour of the Majestic Hotel, modern Kitchens and beautiful surroundings. The Students were treated to an inspiring, motivational talk by Head Chef Chris McMenamin who highlighted the importance of customer care, respect and good manners when dealing with the client.

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Look Into Law

Congratulations to Abbey Vocational School student Christopher Darby who participated in the Bar of Ireland’s “Look into Law” Transition Year Programme. The Bar of Ireland’s “Look into Law” Transition Year Programme is an exciting initiative aimed at increasing students’ awareness of the work of The Bar of Ireland and to encourage students to consider a career as a barrister.

At the beginning of the programme students are assigned to groups where they are shadowed by a designated barrister. They are introduced to the many different facets of a barrister’s working life and have the opportunity to experience the reality of life as a barrister.

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Students also participate in a range of different activities;

  • Trial viewing
  • A tour of King’s Inns
  • A tour of the Four Courts
  • A walk-through of the Criminal Courts of Justice
  • A talk from a member of An Garda Siochana
  • A talk from a member of the DPP and a defence solicitor
  • A talk from a sitting Judge
  • A talk from a Legal Affair Correspondent
  • Participate in an interactive Mock Trial

The highlight of the week is the mock trial, held in the Green Street Courthouse, where students participate in a case complete with judge and barristers. This provides the students with a unique, interactive experience where each student is given a role to play in the courtroom including defendant, witnesses and jury members.

Upon completion of the programme, each student is presented with a certificate to mark their participation. Congratulations Christopher!

Performing Arts

During this term the TYs will take part in four different modules, these will be rotated every four weeks.The following modules will be on offer:

  • Drama Workshop
  • PE Expo competition – this is a national competition
  • YSI- Young Social Innovators – this is a national competition
  • Guitar Workshop
  • GAA Future Leaders- Wellbeing

 

Homeless kit

TYC are looking for donations of the following items, if you have any of these to spare can you please drop them into the school for please:

  • Drawstring Backpacks
  • Waterproofs

 Personal care items:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Shower Gel or soap
  • Baby wipes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Roll on deodorants (please do not include spray deodorants)
  • Treat personal care items – moisturisers, facial creams, hair gel, etc.
  • Cereal or energy bars
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Scarves or snoods
  • Thermal items (socks etc)
  • Base layers

TY Craft workshop

On Tuesday the 12th February TYA took part in a craft workshop with Morna from Morna’s Patch. During this workshop the students learned how to cross stitch and each student made a love heart fridge magnet. It was a very enjoyable experience for all the students and they left the workshop with some lovely homemade fridge magnet just in time for Valentine’s day! Morna will be back over the next few weeks to work with the other TY classes.

TY Activities

This term the students will experience a different range of activities during their Monday activity slot. These activities will be rotated every four weeks.

  • TYA will go to the Central Hotel Leisure center were they will take part in aqua aerobic.
  • TYB will start Rowing.
  • TYC will Leaving Cert PE induction workshop for the four weeks with Mr O’Mahony.
  • TYD will complete four weeks of boxersie with Ms O’Mahony.

TY up and coming event

Over the next few months our TY students will take part in many activities, a sample of some of these activities and listed below:

  • Public Access To Law course
  • First Response Course
  • Healthy Life Programme
  • Balmoral Shows
  • Lough Key Maths Trip
  • CSI Workshop
  • Make up workshop
  • Personal Presentation Workshop
  • Ambulance crew visit and defib overview
  • Internet Safety video production workshops
  • Basketball table officiating course and Basketball coaching course
  • Architect in school programme
  • Foroige Leadership programme
  • Homeless workshop
  • Young Social Innovators competitions and attendance at event
  • PE Expo
  • ETB Awards
  • Sports Leaders
  • GAA Future Leaders
  • Drama Production

 

TY Newsletter team: Frank Duffy

                                     Christopher Darby

                                     Meabh Morrow Herbert

                                     Hannah Crawford

                                     Tom Daly

                                     Emma Coulter

                                     Shona O’Brien 

 

 

 

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Abbey VS Newsletter – 11th Feb 2019

Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement

As part of the Framework for Junior Cycle (2015) the reporting process at Junior Cycle now culminates in the award of the JCPA to Students. The new award of the JCPA, has replaced the Junior Certificate and reports on the Student’s achievement across a broad range of areas of learning in the Junior Cycle.

Congratulations to all the Students of the Abbey Vocational School who received their Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement at the Junior Cycle Profile of Awards on Wednesday.

Thanks to Dr Martin Gormley, Director of Schools with the Donegal Education and Training Board and Ms Eileen Doherty, Donegal Education and Training Board Administrative Officer for presenting our awards to the students. Dr Gormley said that it was an absolute pleasure to attend and that he enjoyed meeting with the students from the school and that they all showed great maturity and focus. Dr Gormley congratulated students, parents, staff and management.

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Parents Information Evening for Parents of 3rd and Transition Year Students

An Information Evening took place on Tuesday February 5th for parents of third year and TY students. This evening delved into the subject options for those students progressing to 5th year. There was also a presentation on the Transition Year Programme for students considering going into TY. The evening proved to be beneficial and informative for all Students involved. Please see our Guidance website. Go to http://www.avsdonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo to see the various presentations delivered on the night.

Leaving Certificate & Junior Cycle Examination Timetables

Mock Examinations commence this week for students. Best of luck to all involved in these exams. As Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle Students prepare for their Mock Examinations, the Leaving Certificate & Junior Cycle Examination timetables

are now available for 6th Year and 3rd Year students on our school website at the link below. http://avsdonegal.com/state-examination

Safer Internet Day

On Tuesday 5th February students of the Abbey Vocational School emerged themselves in Safer Internet Day.

Safer Internet Day is an EU wide initiative in collaboration with the Professional Development Service for Teachers or PDST to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young students. The Theme for Safer Internet Day was “Together for a Better Internet”. Students of the Abbey Vocational School participated in discussions on this topic during S.P.H.E Wellbeing and Personal Development.

If you wish to know more about this topic, www.webwise.ie/saferinternetday.

For European Safer Internet Day Transition Year Students have been tasked with producing an informative, educational short video highlighting the dangers of Cyberbullying. The aim of their video is to make students aware of the harm that cyberbullying can cause and it promotes steps that students can take to prevent cyberbullying from happening in our school Their video has been entered into the Webwise National Competition.

Literacy

This week sees the birthday of James Joyce. Born on the 2nd February 1882 Joyce was a novelist, short story writer, poet, teacher, and literary critic and is regarded as one of the most influential and important authors of the 20th century. Joyce is best known for “Ulysses”, “Finnegan’s Wake” and “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”. This week English Department recommends “ Finnegan’s Wake”. “ Finnegans Wake” is a novel written using the dream form as a device to tell the universal story of Everyman, Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker, his wife Anna Livia Plurabelle and their children, twin sons Shem and Shaun and daughter Isabel.

Irish Department

Work is under way to prepare Abbey Vocational Students for the Irish Orals. Students are asked to look after their mental health and wellbeing by getting a good night’s sleep, keep hydrated with water and eat nutritional food during the exam time. The Junior certificate official state examination Irish Orals are commencing on the 4th of February. Leaving certificate mock Orals will commence on the same week, the 4th of February.

History Department

This week sees the birth of Thomas MacDonagh patriot, poet, critic and scholar, who was instrumental in the 1916 rising.

Also, this week in 1967 saw the birth of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Movement. Finally, the History Department are preparing for the Mock Examinations for the Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle Examinations. The History Department recommends Students get plenty of sleep, eat well and drink lots of water in order to maintain their wellbeing and mental health.

Coding Club

The Coding Club runs in room 47 on Mondays at lunchtime with Mr Harvey. Coding or computer programming is the act of using languages to instruct a computer to perform functions. Here in the Abbey Vocational School we welcome and celebrate Coding and computer programming and if you are interested joining our club, please talk to Mr Harvey. All welcome!

The Music Department

The ‘One Voice Choir’ will perform on 12th March with one of the biggest choral ensembles ever seen in Donegal. Two hundred Students from 15 ETB Schools will perform. Students from the Abbey Vocational School experience an uplifting event and have the opportunity to meet other Students from the ETB Community. If you are interested in attending this event, tickets are available at;https://bit.ly/2Cr7Z3N #WeAreDonegalETB.  The Music Department hold Choir meetings in Room 16 every Friday lunchtime, all are welcome!

Abbey’s Got Talent

There has been a huge interest in our ‘Abbey’s Got Talent’ Event. Auditions have started during lunch. The big event takes place on April 11th in the Abbey Hotel with Noel Cunningham as our M.C. A variety of acts will be selected to perform on the night and it promises to be an excellent event. We are all anxiously awaiting the news of the list of the finalists for the big night.

Numeracy

The Chess Club meets on Tuesdays at lunchtime in room 3 and the Maths Club runs on Fridays at lunchtime in room 37. All are welcome!

Drama Club

The new AVS Drama Club will see students regularly meeting to work on their acting and rehearse pieces for performance. Drama sessions will take place Wednesdays after school from 3:25 – 4:30 pm and Thursday lunchtime 12:40 -1:15 pm. Feel free to drop in and join in any time – all that is required is an interest in acting- see you there!

Second Place in Donegal Schools Drama Festival

On the 4th February fifth year Students from the Abbey Vocational School Saerlaith Lusson, Emily Erskine and Robyn Harvey-Moulding participated in the Butt Drama Circle’s Secondary Schools Drama Festival. The Balor Arts Theatre Annual event takes place annually over two nights in Ballybofey. The drama group performed an excerpt from the play “Chatroom” written by Enda Walsh and directed by Mr Donegan.

On the second night of the festival, the drama group were awarded 2nd place for their production in the festival. Both Emily Erskine and Saerlaith Lusson were awarded Best Supporting Actress and Robyn Harvey-Moulding succeeded in claiming the award for Best Actress! Also, Sean Donegan, the Director was awarded Best Lighting and Sound Effects throughout the production.

The adjudicator of the Festival Maura Logue, an accredited thespian of the stage, regarded the young actresses as “exceptionally strong” and how their dramatic efforts were “from the heart”.

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Art Department

Fifth year students from the Abbey Vocational School are channelling their inner creativity this week and are beginning work on this year’s Texaco Art Competition. Entries are due on Thursday 28th February.

Career Guidance

  • A TY information session and subject choices presentation for incoming 5th Year parents & guardians took place in the school last Tuesday between 7 and 9 p.m. Thank you to all those in attendance.
  • There were a number of guest speakers from John Paul Construction; a leading international construction company. Thank you to Kevin Weir & his colleagues from John Paul Construction and to Mr Leyden & Mr Gallagher for facilitating.
  • The SUSI Grant application process will open in early April 2019. Further information will be provided by the Guidance Counsellors during Career Guidance class.
  • All senior cycle students (6th, LCA & 5th years) are welcome to book a1:1 appointment with their Guidance Counsellor if they have not already done so.

Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to http://www.avsonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

Leaving Certs applying to DARE and/or HEAR should now be working on their application(s). It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all paperwork is completed by the specified dates. The Guidance Counsellors will be happy to assist in any way that they can.

Construction Workshop

On Thursday Students from the Abbey Vocational School were treated to a workshop entitled “A Career in Construction”. The Irish construction sector has risen from the ashes and once again presents a variety of career opportunities for people wishing to begin or restart their career in construction.

The Students of the Abbey Vocational School were informed and enlightened on the many career opportunities available to them such as; Quantity Surveyors, Civil Engineers, Building Services Engineers, Architects and so much more.

The Science Club

Science Club numbers have been growing steadily in recent weeks. The group meets every Wednesday in room 33 during lunch break. All welcome!

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Well being

Healthy Schools

Students and staff at the Abbey Vocational School enjoyed healthy eating tasting at lunchtime in the assembly area. The Healthy Schools Committee and the Home Economics Department prepared and served the healthy option dishes on the day. The menu consisted of Chicken and Pasta Bake, Vegetarian Chilli, Penne with Spicy Tomato and sizzling Bacon, Cottage Pie, Snacks, Baked Berry Squares, Banana and Oat Muffins, Flap Jacks and Raspberry and Blueberry Muffins. Students and staff were surveyed to see what dishes or snacks were their preference. As a result of this great event, more healthy options will be served in the canteen. The curriculum informs student of the importance of nutrition and healthy eating in their lives.

This initiative by the Health Promoting Schools Team focused on food and nutrition as one of the vital areas Students need to be aware of the importance of healthy eating practices in order to optimise their growth, health and potential.

Positive feedback from the Students of the Abbey Vocational School will see these new recipes implemented in the School Canteen for the benefit of the whole Abbey Vocational School Community.

Library Activities

The Library is now open during lunch throughout the week, here students will be able to play table tennis and different indoor active activities to keep them entertained during lunch. The area has been introduced alongside the lunchtime activities up in the gym and also outside on our playing courts.

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Transition Year News

Transition Year Dragon’s Den

Well done to all the TY groups that entered into our Dragons Den Enterprise competition today. All TY students have been working hard over the past few months come up with their mini company ideas, preparing their business plans and producing their product or their prototype. The top four groups from this week’s competition will not face a panel of dragons next Tuesday. The three winning groups on the day were:

  • Cute as a button – Hand crafted photo frames.
  • Abbey Sportswear – Personalised sports tops.
  • Growth – Making organic fertilizer from worm castings.

Personal Safety Workshop

On Monday 4th February Transition Year Students attended a Personal Safety Workshop which aimed to arm Students with the ability to look after themselves, to be aware of your surroundings, to feel safe, to feel empowered, to feel confident, being able to adapt to any given situation. This was a excellent workshop that all our students enjoyed and benefited greatly from.

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Computer Science Workshop

On Wednesday Transition Year Students enjoyed two Computer Science Workshops with Mr. Gorman and Mr Donegan . Computer Science is the study of computers and computational systems, dealing mostly with software and software systems and this includes their theory, design, development, and application.

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Performing Arts

During this term the TYs will take part in four different modules, these will be rotated every four weeks. The following modules will be on offer:

  • Drama Workshop
  • PE Expo competition – this is a national competition
  • YSI- Young Social Innovators – this is a national competition
  • Guitar Workshop
  • GAA Future Leaders- Wellbeing

Young Social Innovator

Young Social Innovators is Ireland’s largest social awareness and active citizenship and education programme for 15- to 18-year-old teens. Its main goal is to get young people involved in action which helps improve the lives of others in their community.

This term TYC have decided that they will base their projects around the area of homelessness. The aim of the project is to put together a care pack that they will distribute to a homeless charity. The students will develop this pack through research online and will make communication with homeless charities to gather further information needed. The class are looking for donations of the following items, if you have any of these to spare can you please drop them into the school for please:

Drawstring Backpacks ,Waterproofs, Personal care items:, toothbrush, Toothpaste, Shampoo, Shower Gel or soap, Baby wipes, Feminine hygiene products,  Roll on deodorants (please do not include spray deodorants)treat personal care items – moisturisers, facial creams, hair gel, etc. Cereal or energy bars, Hats, Gloves, Scarves or snoods, Thermal items (socks etc), Base layers.

Creative Workshop in Collaboration with Morna’s Patch

On Tuesday 5th February TYB took part in a craft workshop with Morna from Morna’s Patch. During this workshop the students learned how to cross stitch and each student made a love heart fridge magnet. It was a very enjoyable experience for all the students and they left the workshop with some lovely homemade fridge magnet just in time for Valentine’s day! Morna will be back over the next few weeks to work with the other TY classes.

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Croke Park Trip

On Monday the 11th March all TY students will have an  early start at 6:45am as they will go for a tour of Croke Park. They will be brought behind the scenes where players will go before and after games in the dressing rooms and lounge. They will be  brought out onto the pitch and given a history of what happened on Bloody Sunday and why certain stands have specific names. Afterwards, students will time to explore the museum and play interactive games. This promises to be a an excellent trip for all. 

TY Activities

This term the students will experience a different range of activities during their Monday activity slot. These activities will be rotated every four weeks.

  • TYA will take part in GAA coaching Skills with Mr Monaghan.
  • TYB will go to the Central Hotel Leisure center were they will take part in aqua aerobic.
  • TYC will complete four weeks of boxersie with Ms O’Mahony.
  • TYD will Leaving Cert PE induction workshop for the four weeks with Mr O’Mahony.

TY up and coming event

Over the next few months our TY students will take part in many activities, a sample of some of these activities and listed below:

  • First Response Course
  • Healthy Life Programme
  • Dublin History Trip
  • Hotel Training
  • Balmoral Shows
  • Lough Key Maths Trip
  • CSI Workshop
  • Make up workshop
  • Personal Presentation Workshop
  • Ambulance crew visit and defib overview
  • Internet Safety video production workshops
  • Basketball table officiating course and Basketball coaching course
  • Architect in school programme
  • Foroige Leadership programme
  • Homeless workshop
  • Young Social Innovators competitions and attendance at event
  • PE Expo
  • ETB Awards
  • Sports Leaders
  • GAA Future Leaders
  • Drama Production

Sport

Senior Boys Win in the Markey Cup Semi-Final in Irvinestown!

Abbey Vocational Donegal 0-13 St Ciaran’s Ballygawley 1-8 Abbey became the first side into this season’s Danske Bank Markey Cup final when they held off a spirited comeback from St Ciaran’s Ballygawley on the 4G pitch at the Bawnacre in Irvinestown on Thursday afternoon. The Donegal lads led by five points at one stage early in the second half but a well taken Ethan Neill goal at the end of the third quarter helped reduced the deficit to the minimum. The Tyrone school though couldn’t find an equaliser as the Abbey Vocational School did enough to get over the finishing line.

Abbey had the wind at their backs in the first half and they started confidently with wing half back Richard O’Rourke and Cain Hegarty registering points. Peadar Kane then opened St Ciaran’s account and in the 10th minute they had a great chance to take the lead when Ciaran Bogue was fouled for a penalty but Odhran Robinson put the spot kick wide. Jamie Crawford and Mark Monaghan traded points before Joe Oguz sent over the equaliser. The Abbey Vocational School finished strongly with Jamie Crawford converting two frees either side of a brace from play from Shay Travers for a 0- 7 to 0-3 advantage. A Hegarty free stretched their lead on the re-start before Neill finished low to the bottom left hand corner of the net after getting on the end of a knockdown from Oguz.

On three occasions St Ciaran’s closed the gap to the minimum with scores fromBogue, Ruairí Canavan and Robinson, but each time the Abbey responded strongly through Hegarty (2) and Michael Statham as they booked their place in the decider. Well done and Congratulations to the Abbey Vocational School!

Abbey: E O’Hagan, S Meehan, B Fagan, A McHugh, R Brogan, M Coughlan, R O’Rourke (0-1), J Crawford (0-3, 2F), O Reid, C Feeney, M Statham (0-1), D Gallagher, S Travers (0-2), C Hegarty (0-5, 3F), S Kennedy (0-1). Subs: I Campbell for Kennedy, O Quinn for Travers, T White for O’Rourke, A McCalmont for Feeney St Ciaran’s: S McMenamin, J Heatherington, B Quinn, M Quinn, F McElroy, C Quinn, P Kane (0-1), O Treacy, J Oguz (0-1), C McAleer, M Monaghan (0-1), E Neill (1-1), C Bogue (0-1), O Robinson (0-1), P Traynor. Sub: R Canavan (0-2, 1F) for McElroy

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U14 Girls GAA

U14 Girls G.A.A. training continues every Monday from 4-5 on the school pitch. The Girls League will be commencing at the start of February. All players welcome. Please bring gum shields football boots and runners.

Niamh Boyle

Well done to leaving cert student Niamh Boyle on starting at no 9 for Donegal senior ladies last Saturday during their win over all back to back Ireland champions Dublin in Croke Park. This is a fantastic and well deserved achievement for Niamh. Niamh

has been part of the GAA in the school since she started in first year and has progressed every year since. She is not only talented but more importantly, she is hardworking, determined and her passion for the sport shows during every game. Since starting in first year  she turned up to every training session and game with the determination to do her absolute best for her and her teammates. Niamh is an outstanding role model for the younger students in the school. We wish her and her teammates the very best of luck with the remainder of the session.

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U15s Soccer

Well done to  Abbey Vocational School’s U15s Soccer team who had a resounding victory against St Clare’s on Wednesday 6th February. The final score in the Ulster Quarter Final was 7-2 to the Abbey Vocational School!

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Conor Campbell

Well done to third year student Conor Campbell who joined the U15 boys Republic of Ireland soccer team in Spain for an international friendly tournament. The boys had three games throughout the week. They were up against the host first, Conor started this game at midfield. They drew 1-1 with Spain, before the hosts won a developmental penalty shootout 4-1. Next up, The Republic of Ireland drew 2-2 with the Netherlands in the second match of their International Tournament in Spain’s Pinatar Arena, before the Dutch won a developmental penalty shoot-out 4-2. Republic of Ireland Under-15s secured an impressive 3-0 victory over Hungary in the last of a three-game international friendly tournament in Spain. Conor started this game again at mid field and was very unlucky not to get on the score sheet early on in the first half as his low powerful shot was palmed away by the Hungarian goalie. Well done Conor!

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First Year Boys Basketball

The Abbey Vocational First Year Basketball Team took on local team Colaiste Cholmcille from Ballyshannon in a very close match. It was a basket for basket game from the very start, with both sets of players playing out of their skin. With the teams level with twenty seconds to go, Oisin Mogan scored and then was awarded a free throw and also scored that to put Abbey ahead with 20 secs on the clock. The winning score at the end was 27-24 to the Abbey Vocational School. Congratulations boys!

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Second Year Basketball

The second year Students of the Abbey Vocational School took on Colaiste Cholmcille Ballyshannon on Tuesday the 5th February. Our boys started off strong, they showed great teamwork throughout the match. The  boys finished out the match winning by 11 points the final score was 31-20 to the Abbey Vocational School. Outstanding on the day for the Abbey were Niall Prendeville and Ben McNeely.

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TY Newsletter team:

  • Frank Duffy,
  • Christopher Darby,
  • Meabh Morrow Herbert,
  • Hannah Crawford,
  • Tom Daly,
  • Emma Coulter
  • Shona O’Brien.

AVS Newsletter – Mon 4th Feb 2019

Junior Cert Business 2018 awards

Congratulations to Conor McGroary and Katelyn Duffy who along with their teacher Miss McCafferty were invited to attend a presentation ceremony in Maynooth University, in recognition of their excellent results in Junior Certificate Business Studies.

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Parents Information Evening for Parents of 3rd and TY Students

An Information evening will take place on Tuesday February 5th for parents of third year and TY students. This will look at subject options for those students progressing to 5th year. There will be a presentation on the TY Programme also at this time for students considering going into TY.

  • 7pm: Talk on TY for all 3rd years. Short Talk on LCA programmed
  • 7.45 pm: Subject Option Talk for students going into 5th year

Healthy Schools

In seeking to promote a healthy-eating policy, the Abbey Vocational School’s Health Promoting Schools team held a tasting day at lunchtime on Thursday the 31st January. Tasty recipes to sample on the day included Homemade Shepherd’s Pie, Vegetarian Pasta, Spicy Pasta Bake and deserts such as Banana Muffins.

This initiative by the Health Promoting Schools Team focused on food and nutrition as one of the vital areas Students need to be aware of the importance of healthy eating practices in order to optimise their growth, health and potential.

Positive feedback from the Students of the Abbey Vocational School will see these new recipes implemented in the School Canteen for the benefit of the whole Abbey Vocational School Community.

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Workshop on Cyber Bullying

This week Students of the Abbey Vocational School attended a Workshop on Cyber bullying. The aim of the talk was to raise awareness and inform Students, highlighting issues and topics around this subject.

Cyber bullying was explained as bullying that takes place over digital devices like mobile phones, computers, and tablets.

The Cyber bullying Workshop was of great benefit to the Abbey Vocational School Community.

Abbeys Got Talent

There has been a huge interest in our Abbey’s Got Talent’ Event. Auditions will be held next week! This takes place on April 11th in the Abbey Hotel with Noel Cunningham as our M.C. A variety of acts will be selected to perform on the night and it promises to be an excellent event.

Leaving Certificate & Junior Cycle Examination Timetables

As Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle Students prepare for their Mock Examinations, the Leaving Certificate & Junior Cycle Examination timetables are now available for 6th Year and 3rd Year students on our school website at the link below. http://avsdonegal.com/state-examinations

Coding Club

The Coding Club runs in room 47 on Mondays at lunchtime with Mr. Harvey. Coding or computer programming is the act of using languages to instruct a computer to perform functions. Here in the Abbey Vocational School we welcome and celebrate Coding and computer programming and if you are interested joining our club, please talk to Mr. Harvey. All welcome!

Active Schools

Drop Everything and Walk sees Students and Teachers take care of their mental health and well-being. This initiative is part of the Active Schools Flag programme. You can find more information at http://www.activeschoolflag.ie

Music Department

Tuesday the 29th January saw thirty-five Transition Year Students from the Abbey Vocational School travel to Letterkenny to take part in preparations for the ‘One Voice Choir’.

The ‘One Voice Choir’ will perform on 12th March with one of the biggest #choralensembles ever seen in Donegal. Two hundred Students from 15 ETB Schools will perform. Students from the Abbey Vocational School experience an uplifting event and have the opportunity to meet other Students from the ETB Community. If you are interested in attending this event, tickets are available at; https://bit.ly/2Cr7Z3N  #WeAreDonegalETB

The Music Department hold Choir meetings in Room 16 every Friday lunchtime, all are welcome!

Finally, with the Mock Examinations around the corner, exam classes are preparing for Mock Practical’s on during the first week of February.

Teaching & Learning

With mocks exams approaching, organisation is key for success and well-being, and 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. Two such apps include ‘Timetable’ and “iStudiez”.

‘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.

Literacy

This week sees the birthday of Edith Wharton. The first female writer to win the Pulitzer prize for fiction in 1920, Wharton’s novels are sharply observed and witty examinations of the wealthy American upper class and nouveau riche societies, their morals, hypocrisies and materialism at the turn of the 20th century. The English Department would like to recommend “The Age of Innocence”. The Novel centers on an upper-class couple’s impending marriage, and the introduction of the bride’s cousin, plagued by scandal, whose presence threatens their happiness.

This week also sees the birthday of Virginia Woolf, a major 20th century novelist, Woolf was a highly intellectual, influential writer and a pioneering feminist; she experimented with various literary techniques and was an early exponent of stream-of-conscious narration. Woolf’s writings include; “Mrs Dalloway” (1925), “To the Lighthouse” (1928), “A Room of One’s Own” (1929

Finally, the English Department would also like to wish the Abbey Vocational Fifth Year Drama Students Robyn Harvey Moulding, Saerlaith Lusson and Emily Erskine luck in performing an extract from Irish Film Awards Best Director Nominee Enda Walsh entitled ‘Chatroom’.

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Numeracy

The Chess Club meets on Tuesdays at lunchtime in room 3 and the Maths Club runs on Fridays at lunchtime in room 37.Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard with 64 squares arranged in an 8×8 grid. The game is played by millions of people worldwide.                

Chess is believed to be derived from the Indian game chaturanga sometime before the 7th century. If you have an interest in joining our Chess Club please come along to our meetings as everyone is welcome.

History Department

This week sees the anniversary of the liberation of Nazi Germany’s biggest concentration camp at Auschwitz in southern Poland in 1945. During the concentration camps existence it is believed up to 1 million Jews lost their lives.

Also this week Henry VIII King of England dies and is succeeded by his nine-year-old son Edward VI.

Finally, the History Department are preparing for the Mock Examinations for the Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle Examinations. The History Department recommends Students get plenty of sleep, eat well and drink lots of water in order to maintain their wellbeing and mental health.

Irish Department

Work is under way to prepare Abbey Vocational Students for the Irish Orals. Students are asked to look after their mental health and wellbeing by getting a good night’s sleep, keep hydrated with water and eat nutritional food during the exam time.

The Junior Certificate official state examination Irish Orals are commencing on the 4th February.

Leaving certificate mock Orals will commence on the same week, the 4th February.

Art Department

Fifth year students from the Abbey Vocational School are channeling their inner creativity this week and are beginning work on this year’s Texaco Art Competition. Entries are due on Thursday 28th February.

Science Club

This week our First Year Science Club explored the conditions necessary for fermentation with Ms. Mc Guinness and Mr. Monahan. During this activity the students carried out the fermentation process using yeast. The group discovered that anaerobic conditions are necessary to produce ethanol. Fermentation (anaerobic respiration) is important in everyday life. It causes muscle cramping in animals and is essential in baking and brewing. Biotechnology – an ever growing and important area of industry in Ireland, uses microorganisms such as yeast to create new products. Science Club numbers have been growing steadily in recent weeks. The group meets every Wednesday in room 33 during lunch break. All welcome!

Well done to all involved.

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Guidance

The Leaving Cert Accounting Class welcomed John Gaynor, lecturer of Accounting in IT Sligo to the school last Monday. John conducted a workshop and offered an insight into the daily duties of a Management Accountant from the perspective of Ryanair. He also informed the students about IT Sligo’s 3 year Accounting Degree. Thank you to Ms Gordon for organising the event.

  1. The North-West Regional College (NWRC) will present to Leaving Certs on Thursday, 07 February 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35
  2. Leaving Certs applying to DARE and/or HEAR should now be working on their application(s). The Guidance Counsellors will be happy to assist in any way that they can.
  3. The SUSI Grant application process will open in early April 2019. Further information will be provided by the Guidance department during Career Guidance class.
  4. 6th Year students & LCAs are welcome to book a 1:1 appointment with their Guidance Counsellor if they have not already done so.
  5. Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

Inclusion

This week as part of their Wellbeing and Living in the Community activities Level 2 students completed the Bank Walk and competed in teams to complete the fairy trail.

15 members of staff are completing a 7 week programme of Irish Sign Language to develop their skills and enable us to support and facilitate the inclusion of students with hearing difficulties. Level 2 students are also being taught some ISL during Living in the Community.

Donegal Youth Council

Congratulations to Sean Meehan, Aodhán Mc Crudden and Eoin Rooney who join Frank Duffy on Donegal Youth Council.

Girls Active

Girls Active continues this week with the theme of ‘Rowing’. Students enjoyed the activity as a fantastic way to improve their fitness, mental health and wellbeing. Girls Active continues every Thursday from 3.20-4.20 in the gym!

Drama Club

The new AVS Drama Club will see students regularly meeting to work on their acting and rehearse pieces for performance. Drama sessions will take place Wednesdays after school from 3:25 – 4:30 pm and Thursday lunchtime 12:40 – 1:15 pm.  Feel free to drop in and join in any time – all that is required is an interest in acting – see you there!

School Tour Abroad

Excitement is growing as the Students look forward to the Annual School Tour abroad! Of course, all students attending the school tour must have a copy of their passports handed in to Mr. Clark as soon as possible and a copy of their EHIC card handed in to Mrs. Dunnion.

Mini Company: Room 12 Enterprise

Congratulations to Ava Harrold, Jack O’Rourke and Eoin Rooney who have been successful entrepreneurs this year. Following the success of the pumpkin carving business at Halloween they launched their “Nail Box”. Ava was the nail technician, Jack was the financial manager and Eoin was in charge of marketing. This week they purchased a mini fridge for Room 12 from the proceeds of their company: The Nail Box (“Where nails go to party!)

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SPORT

U14 Girls GAA

U14 Girls G.A.A. training continues every Monday from 4-5 on the school pitch. The Girls League will be commencing at the start of February. All players welcome. Please bring gum shields football boots and runners.

Girls Soccer

Roisin Lynch

Congratulations to AVS student Roisin Lynch who was a member of the Donegal U13 Girls soccer team that defeated Longford 4-1 in the FAI U13 Gaynor Cup qualifiers at Abbeycartron recently

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1st and 2nd Years Boys Basketball

1st and 2nd Years Boys Basketball continues every Monday from 4.00-5.45 in the School Gym. After two great opening games, next up for both teams is a home game against Coláiste Cholmcille on Tuesday the 5th February and the last game of the league is an away trip to Carrick on Shannon on the 1st of March. Good luck lads!  

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Second Year Girls Basketball

This week saw two out of two wins for the Abbey Vocational School Second Year Girls Basketball Team. The team are enjoying a rich vein of form and played exceptionally well.

Also, the First Year Girls Basketball Team enjoyed their first win this week, congratulations girls! The Abbey Vocational School is looking forward to the final pool game against Carrick on Shannon next week

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Indoor Sports hall Athletics

The first year girls enjoyed an exhilarating day away at the Indoor Sports hall Athletics Finals on Thursday 18th in Raphoe. The experience was invaluable for the Students of the Abbey Vocational School.  Mr. Carty and Mr. Clayton previously held trials and teams had been selected to participate in the event. Abbey Vocational Students displayed great flair and aptitude and had a great day.

District Cross-Country Competition

A number of runners took part in the District Cross-Country Competition on Thursday 24th January at Necarne Estate, Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh.

Despite the damp conditions, Students from the Abbey Vocational School gave wonderful accomplished performances.

One of the highlights of the meeting were Mia McCalmont 1st place in the Senior Girls’ Race, with automatic qualification for the Ulster Finals. Kitty McNulty also qualified for the Ulster finals, finishing in 9th place. Caolan Sweeney finished 7th in the Junior Boys’ race and Seanan Carr 15th in the Minor Boys, both qualifying for the Ulster Finals.

The Intermediate Boys’ team finished 6th out of 12 teams, and all ran with great determination on a tough 4.5km course. The Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ Teams both finished in 12th position.

Congratulations to all the runners who took part and to the 4 runners who have qualified for the Ulster Finals in particular!

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Ladies GAA

“Well done to leaving cert student Niamh Boyle on starting at no9 for Donegal senior ladies last Saturday during their win over all back to back Ireland champions Dublin in Croke Park. This is a fantastic and well deserved achievement for Niamh. Niamh 

has been part of the GAA in the school since she started in first year and has progressed every year since. She is not only talented but more importantly, she is hardworking, determined and her passion for the sport shows during every game. Since starting in first year she turned up to every training session and game with the determination to do her absolute best for her and her teammates. Niamh is an outstanding role model for the younger students in the school. We wish her and her team mates the very best of luck with the remainder of the season”.

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TY News

The Future Leaders Transition Year Programme

The “Future Leaders Transition Year Programme” is a joint initiative from the GAA and the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It is a cross-curricular programme comprising of a series of modules designed to encourage maturity, initiative, responsibility and leadership skills in pupils. The Programme gives pupils the knowledge and skills to support all roles required in the effective staging of Gaelic Games.

TY A students are currently engaging with an exciting and informative coaching module with Mr. Monahan. This module, when completed, will equip our students with a further developed skillset to better communicate and demonstrate the skills of the game of Gaelic Football.

Also as part of the ‘Future Leaders Transition Year’ program there will be a G.A.A. Tournament for first year boys at lunchtime on Friday

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Transition Year Cyber bullying Short Video

Transition Year Students have been tasked with producing an informative, educational short video highlighting the dangers of Cyber bullying. Their video will be launched in the coming weeks. Well done to all the students involved.              

Transition Year visit to Donegal Castle

The Abbey Vocational School Transition Year Students enjoyed a tour of the Donegal Town Castle on Friday morning the 1st of February.

The Donegal Town Castle situated in the heart of Donegal Town has lain in ruins for the past two centuries but was renovated in the 1990s.

A stronghold of the O’Donnell Clan, the Transition Year Students enjoyed a tour of the Castle, including the fifteenth century rectangular keep and the Jacobean style wing.

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Performing Arts

 

During this term the TYs will take part in four different modules, these will be rotated every four weeks. The following modules will be on offer:

  • Drama Workshop
  • PE Expo competition – this is a national competition
  • YSI- Young Social Innovators – this is a national competition
  • Guitar Workshop
  • GAA Future Leaders- Wellbeing

 

TY Drama based on the theme of the Homeless members of society

Conor Carney has joined the Abbey Vocational Community supporting Transition Year Students who have started a new project embracing ‘Creative Engagement’. The project aims at making our community aware of the Homeless. The project consists of three areas, Drama, Dance and Music. The final product will be a staged performance by the students involved and all money raised will go towards a Homeless Charity.

The programmed is co-funded by the Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Department of Education and Skills and the Heritage Council.  Each year projects are produced in schools ranging from theatre and film through to sculpture and music.

The ‘Créative Engagement’ ethos involves a local artist or arts group coming into the school and imparting their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to the students.  This partnership has mutual benefits to both artist and school.

The Creative Engagement programmed strives to encourage creativity, initiative and expression in our students and to complement curricular learning in the arts heritage and culture.

This week the students started rehearsing the start of the play and some of the songs. The students are really enjoying taking on the programmed!

Young Social Innovators

Young Social Innovators is Ireland’s largest social awareness and active citizenship and education programmed for 15- to 18-year-old teens. Its main goal is to get young people involved in action, which helps improve the lives of others in their community.

This term TYC have decided that they will base their projects around the area of homelessness. The aim of the project is to put together a care pack that they will distribute to a homeless charity. The students will develop this pack through research online and will make communication with homeless charities to gather further information needed. The class is looking for donations of the following items, if you have any of these to spare can you please drop them into the school for please:

Drawstring Backpacks, Waterproofs, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Shampoo,Shower Gel or soap, Baby wipes, Feminine hygiene products, Roll on deodorants (please do not include spray deodorants), Treat personal care items  moisturisers, facial creams, hair gel, etc., Cereal or energy bars, Hats, Gloves, Scarves or snoods, Thermal items (socks etc) and Base layers.

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TY Craft Workshop

On Tuesday the 22nd January TYD took part in a craft workshop with Moran from Morna’s Patch. During this workshop the students learned how to cross stitch and each student made a love heart fridge magnet. It was a very enjoyable experience for all the students and they left the workshop with some lovely homemade fridge magnet just in time for Valentine’s Day! Morna will be back over the next few works to work with the other TY classes

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TY Activities

This term the students will experience a different range of activities during their Monday activity slot. These activities will be rotated every four weeks.

  • TYA will take part in aqua aerobic with Mr. Monaghan.
  • TYB will be taking part in a rowing programme with Ms. Rooney.
  • TYC will Leaving Cert PE induction workshop for the four weeks with Mr. O’
  • TYD will complete four weeks of boxercise with Ms. O’

TY up and coming events

Over the next few months our TY students will take part in many activities, a sample of some of these activities and listed below:

  • Public Access To Law course
  • Personal Safety Workshop
  • Cardiac First Response Course
  • Healthy Life Programme
  • Dublin History Trip
  • Hotel Training
  • Balmoral Shows
  • Lough Key Maths Trip
  • CSI Workshop
  • Make up workshop
  • Personal Presentation Workshop
  • Ambulance crew visit and defib overview
  • Internet Safety video production workshops
  • Basketball table officiating course and Basketball coaching course
  • Architect in school programme
  • Foroige Leadership programme
  • Homeless workshop
  • Young Social Innovators competitions and attendance at event
  • PE Expo
  • ETB Awards
  • Sports Leaders
  • GAA Future Leaders
  • Drama Production

 

TY Newsletter team: Frank Duffy

                                     Christopher Darby

                                     Hannah Crawford

                                     Tom Daly

                                     Emma Coulter

Newsletter Updates

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Abbey VS Newsletter for 28th Jan 2019

Abbey’s Got Talent

There has been a huge interest in our ‘Abbey’s Got Talent’ Event. Auditions will be held next week! This takes place on April 11th in the Abbey Hotel with Noel Cunningham as our M.C. A variety of acts will be selected to perform on the night and it promises to be an excellent event.

Parent Teacher Meetings

The Parent Teacher meeting for 2nd year students took place on Thursday January 24th. This evening was an opportunity for the Abbey Vocational Community to come together to support, help and advise Parents and Guardians of 2nd year Students.

Parents Information Evening for Parents of 3rd and TY students

An information evening will take place on Tuesday February 5th for parents of third year and TY students. This will look at subject options for those students progressing to 5th year. There will be a presentation on the TY Programme also at this time for students considering going into TY.

  • 7pm: Talk on TY for all 3rd years. Short Talk on LCA programme.
  • 7.45 pm: Subject Option Talk for students going into 5th year

Leaving Certificate & Junior Cycle Examination Timetables

As Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle Students prepare for their Mock Examinations, the Leaving Certificate & Junior Cycle Examination timetables are now available for 6th Year and 3rd Year students on our school website at the link below.
http://avsdonegal.com/state-examinations

Scene of the Crime!

There was lots of excitement this week in one of the classrooms of the Abbey Vocational School. Delighted Students were greeted by a mock crime scene set up by Ms Mc Guinness as part of her science class. Students were then tasked with finding the culprit(s)!

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Coding Club

The Coding Club runs in room 47 on Mondays at lunchtime with Mr Harvey. Coding or Computer Programming is the act of using languages to instruct a computer to perform functions. Here in the Abbey Vocational School we welcome and celebrate Coding and Computer Programming and if you are interested in joining our club, please talk to Mr Harvey. All welcome!

Active Schools

Wednesday afternoon saw the gym busy with the ‘Active Schools Programme’ where Students from all years engaged in the timeless activity of Skipping. Students spent their lunchtime enjoying the art of skipping, interacting with other Students and improving their physical and mental health!

Music Department

Tuesday the 29th February will see thirty five Transition Year Students from the Abbey Vocational School travel to Letterkenny to take part in preparations for the ‘One Voice Choir’

The ‘One Voice Choir’ will perform on 12th March with one of the biggest #choralensembles ever seen in Donegal. Two hundred Students from 15 ETB Schools will perform. Students from the Abbey Vocational School experience an uplifting event and have the opportunity to meet other Students from the ETB Community. If you are interested in attending this event, tickets are available at https://bit.ly/2Cr7Z3N  #WeAreDonegalETB

The Music Department hold Choir meetings in Room 16 every Friday lunchtime, all are welcome!

Finally, with the Mock Examinations around the corner, exam classes are preparing for Mock Practical’s on during the first week of February.

One Voice Choir

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Teaching & Learning

With mocks exams approaching, organisation is key for success and well-being, and 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. Two such apps include  ‘Timetable’ and “iStudiez”.

‘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, Oral exams, SEC project deadlines etc. It is available for iOS, Android and Windows platforms.

Numeracy

As part of Maths week, we ran a “Have You Got Maths Eyes” competition for Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle students. The challenge was using your ‘Maths Eyes’ to find something interesting in their environment, take a photograph and write a tagline highlighting the Maths in the picture. The students uploaded their entries online and these were judged by Mr. Donegan and Ms. Lockhart.

The winners of the Junior category were:

  • 1st Anna Foster McDaid and 2nd Amy McGroary
  • The winners of the Senior category were: 1st Brian Gallagher and 2nd Jessica Henry

Thanks to all who took part!

The chess club and the Maths Club continues to run during lunch times. All welcome!

Literacy

January sees the birthday of African-American Novelist Zora Neale Hurston. Born in Eatonville, Florida, Hurston became part of the Harlem Renaissance, the black literati in New York City, writing novels such as ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’, ‘Dust Tracks on a Road’ and ‘Mules and Men’. The English Department would like to recommend the American classic ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’, it brilliantly illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of one of the last-known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade—abducted from Africa on the last “Black Cargo” ship to arrive in the United States.

The English Department would also like to wish Claire Breslin the very best as she tackles the lead role in the upcoming Musical ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’. Rehearsals are well under way and we wish Claire all the very best!

Irish Department

Work is under way to prepare Abbey Vocational Students for the Irish Orals. Students are asked to look after their mental health and wellbeing by getting a good night’s sleep, keep hydrated with water and eat nutritional food during the exam time.

The Junior Certificate official state examination Irish Orals are commencing on the 4th February.

Leaving certificate mock Orals will commence on the same week, 4th February.

Art Department

Fifth year students from the Abbey Vocational School are channelling their inner creativity this week and are beginning work on this year’s Texaco Art Competition. Entries are due on Thursday 28th February.

Science Club

The Science Club meets every Wednesday during lunch in room 33. The Science Club provides exciting, engaging, experimental practical, interactive STEM experiences, professionally delivered in a Structured, Safe, Supervised, Educational and Fun environment. All are welcome.

Healthy School

A survey has been distributed to the school community in relation to the food habits of the School members. This data will be reviewed and studied with the intention of implementing healthier alternatives for all. These changes will be implemented in the School Canteen and Tuck shop. 

As part of wellbeing our students are planning to improve some of the environmental areas. A group of TY students have commenced a project which involves them designing positive comments which they will paint onto our toilets doors. They are also compiling a number of positive words that will be placed on all our school steps around the school. Another group will be make friendship benches that will be placed around our school building outside to encourage students to sit down and talk to each other. We are looking forward to all of this work.

Guidance
Career talks for Leaving Certs taking place in the library over the coming weeks:

  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT): Thursday, 31 January 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35
  • North-West Regional College (NWRC): Thursday, 07 February 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35

Leaving Certs applying to DARE and/or HEAR should now be working on their application(s). The Guidance Counsellors will be happy to assist in any way that they can.

The SUSI Grant application process will open in early April 2019. Further information will be provided by the Guidance Department during Career Guidance class.

6th Year students & LCAs are welcome to book a 1:1 appointment with their Guidance Counsellor if they have not already done so.

Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to http://www.avsdonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

Inclusion

This week as part of their wellbeing and Living in the Community activities Level 2 students completed the Bank Walk and competed in teams to complete the fairy trail.

15 members of staff are completing a 7 week programme of Irish Sign Language to develop their skills and enable us to support and facilitate the inclusion of students with hearing difficulties. Level 2 students are also being taught some ISL during Living in the Community.

Donegal Youth Council

Congratulations to Shaun Meehan, Aodhán McCrudden and Eoin Rooney who join Frank Duffy on Donegal Youth Council

Leaving Cert Applied Students

LCA1 Students from the Abbey Vocational Schools ‘Art Department made a presentation this week to Veronica Gillen from MS Donegal. The presentation was made with money that the Students had raised through the sale of beautifully designed Christmas cards made by Students. Ms Gillen was delighted to accept the money raised on behalf of MS Donegal.

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Girls Active

Girls Active continues this week with the theme of ‘Rowing’. Students enjoyed the activity as a fantastic way to improve their fitness, mental health and wellbeing. Girls Active continues every Thursday from 3.20-4.20 in the gym!

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Drama Club

image008Fantastic turnout for the first ever meeting of the new AVS Drama Club – over 45 students attended lunchtime Thursday and all expressed great enthusiasm for the project which will see students regularly meeting to work on their acting and rehearse pieces for performance. It was decided at the meeting that drama sessions will initially take place Wednesdays after school 3:25-4:30 pm and Thursday lunchtime 12:40-1:15 pm.

Even if you were not there last Thursday – feel free to drop in and join in any time – all that is required is an interest in acting – see you there!

Also, Abbey Vocational Fifth Year Drama Students Robyn Harvey Moulding, Saerlaith Lusson and Emily Erskine are performing an extract from Irish Film Awards Best Director Nominee Enda Walsh entitled ‘Chatroom’. Their performance is part of the Donegal Secondary Schools Drama Festival which is being held in the Balor Theatre on the 4th and 5th February. Saerlaith, Robyn and Emily will be performing on the 4th February. Good luck Ladies!

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School Tour Abroad

Excitement is growing as the Students look forward to the Annual School Tour abroad! Of course, all students attending the school tour must have a copy of their passports handed in to Mr. Clark as soon as possible and a copy of their EHIC card handed in to Mrs. Dunnion.

SPORT

AVS Student Conor Campbell on the Irish U15 Squad!

Abbey Vocational Student and Finn Harps Player Conor Campbell (left) has been selected to play on the Republic of Ireland U15 Team for an International Tournament in Spain. Conor Campbell and Luke McGlynn were included in the twenty-man squad named by the Republic of Ireland’s Head Coach Jason Donohue.

Over five days in January and early February, Ireland will play Spain, the Netherlands and Hungary at the Pinatar Arena in Spain. According to Head Coach Jason Donohue “We had an assessment game leading in before Christmas. The four lads did really well and deserve this opportunity”.

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U14 Girls GAA

U14 Girls G.A.A. training continues every Monday from 4-5 on the school pitch. The Girls League will be commencing at the start of February. All players welcome. Please bring gum shields football boots and runners.

1st and 2nd Years Boys Basketball

1st and 2nd Years Boys Basketball continues every Monday from 4.00-5.45 in the School Gym. After two great opening games, next up for both teams is a trip to Carrick on Shannon during the week of 4th – 9th February. Good luck lads!

 

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1st and 2nd year Girls Basketball:

Congratulations to the 2nd Year girls basketball team who played and beat Ballinamore, Leitrim on Tuesday 15th January. Each member of the team got the chance to put on a great performance and show their talent, scoring many baskets. Final score was 37-6…an outstanding result.

Unfortunately, the 1st Year girls lost by one single basket against Ballinamore. The opposition team were clearly beating AVS well throughout the game, “We were down by 14 all the time” said Ms O’Mahony, the team coach. However when fresh legs of the subs came on in the last 7 minutes, things changed. AVS fought back to losing by 2 points! Although the 1st Years lost, they showed great determination to fight back and came out with a great result of 22-20. Hard luck girls.

Indoor Sports hall Athletics

The first year girls enjoyed an exhilarating day away at the Indoor Sports hall Athletics Finals on Thursday 18th in Raphoe. The experience was invaluable for the Students of the Abbey Vocational School.  Mr. Carty and Mr. Clayton previously held trials and teams had been selected to participate in the event. Abbey Vocational Students displayed great flair and aptitude and had a great day.

District Cross-Country Competition

A number of runners took part in the District Cross-Country Competition on Thursday 24th January at Necarne Estate, Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh.

Despite the damp conditions, Students from the Abbey Vocational School gave wonderful accomplished performances.

One of the highlights of the meeting were Mia McCalmont 1st place in the Senior Girls’ Race, with automatic qualification for the Ulster Finals. Kitty McNulty also qualified for the Ulster finals, finishing in 9th place. Caolan Sweeney finished 7th in the Junior Boys’ race and Seanan Carr 15th in the Minor Boys, both qualifying for the Ulster Finals.

The Intermediate Boys’ team finished 6th out of 12 teams, and all ran with great determination on a tough 4.5km course. The Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ Teams both finished in 12th position.

Congratulations to all the runners who took part and to the 4 runners who have qualified for the Ulster Finals in particular!

U15 Girls Soccer

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The Abbey Vocational U15 girls took on the Loreto in Milford on Friday the 25th January and had to play against a hard wind in the first half. Twenty minutes into the game it remained scoreless until the referee awarded a penalty to Milford putting the score at 1- 0 Loreto. At half time the score was 4-0 to Loreto as Milford kept up the pressure, and aided by the breeze, scored three more quick goals.
However, the Abbey Vocational School Girls never dropped their heads, kept up the pace and played some great football in the second half. Chance after chance saw Milford clear the ball away. Despite this, a great pass forward from Holly Roarty saw Roisin Lynch score low into the Milford net leaving the final score at the end of the second half at 4 – 1 to Loreto. A contender for best player for Abbey Vocational School was the marvellous Holly Roarty!

TY News

 

TY Life Skills Talk

On Friday the 25th January all TY students took part in a life skills talk delivered by Sean McGee, It was a very informative talk for all students as they were given tips on how to focus on the research involved in job and career options suited to them. Sean focused on how important it is to choose a career path that you enjoy and explained how TY gives you the opportunity to explore all of your career options.

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TY Drama based on the theme of the Homeless members of society

Conor Carney has joined the Abbey Vocational Community supporting Transition Year Students who have started a new project embracing ‘Creative Engagement’. The project aims at making our community aware of the Homeless. The project consists of three areas, Drama, Dance and Music. The final product will be a staged performance by the students involved and all money raised will go towards a Homeless Charity.

The programme is co-funded by the Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Department of Education and Skills and the Heritage Council.  Each year projects are produced in schools ranging from theatre and film through to sculpture and music.

The ‘Creative Engagement’ ethos involves a local artist or arts group coming into the school and imparting their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to the students.  This partnership has mutual benefits to both artist and school.

The Creative Engagement programme strives to encourage creativity, initiative and expression in our students and to complement curricular learning in the arts heritage and culture.

This week the students started rehearsing the start of the play and some of the songs. The students are really enjoying taking on the programme!

TY “Growth” Mini Company

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Run by three 4B enterprising students, Aodhán Mc Crudden, Luke Kelly and Cormac Mc Suibhne, Growth is dedicated to promoting greener and more environmentally friendly garden products. The boys 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.

They are currently in preparations for the upcoming Foroige NFTE and Local Enterprise Board Enterprise competitions.

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Performing Arts

During this term the TYs will take part in four different modules, these will be rotated every four weeks. The following modules will be on offer:

  • Drama Workshop
  • PE Expo competition – this is a national competition
  • YSI- Young Social Innovators – this is a national competition
  • Guitar Workshop
  • GAA Future Leaders- Wellbeing

Young Social Innovator

Young Social Innovators is Ireland’s largest social awareness and active citizenship and education programme for 15- to 18-year-old teens. Its main goal is to get young people involved in action which helps improve the lives of others in their community.

This term TYC have decided that they will base their projects around the area of homelessness. The aim of the project is to put together a care pack that they will distribute to a homeless charity. The students will develop this pack through research online and will make communication with homeless charities to gather further information needed. The class are looking for donations of the following items, if you have any of these to spare can you please drop them into the school for please:

  • Drawstring Backpacks
  • Waterproofs

 Personal care items:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Shower Gel or soap
  • Baby wipes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Roll on deodorants (please do not include spray deodorants)
  • Treat personal care items – moisturisers, facial creams, hair gel, etc.
  • Cereal or energy bars
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Scarves or snoods
  • Thermal items (socks etc)
  • Base layers

TY Craft workshop

On Tuesday 22nd January TYD took part in a craft workshop with Morna from Morna’s Patch. During this workshop the students learned how to cross stitch and each student made a love heart fridge magnet. It was a very enjoyable experience for all the students and they left the workshop with some lovely homemade fridge magnet just in time for Valentine’s day! Morna will be back over the next few weeks to work with the other TY classes.

PAL – Law course

On Friday the 1st February the school will welcome three Barristers from the Public Access To Law group (PAL). PAL has a large panel of practising barristers who present a law module to Transition year classes throughout the length and breadth of Ireland. This module also prepares teams interested in partaking in the PAL annual mock trials competition. Over 150,000 pupils have partaken in this law programme since its inception. For the past 19 consecutive years (with the invaluable assistance of the Courts Service and members of the Judiciary), PAL organises the transition year national mock trials competition. This is the most popular team competition in transition year. Each year PAL nominates 4 Irish schools to partake in the annual mock trials world championships held in New York.

TY Activities

This term the students will experience a different range of activities during their Monday activity slot. These activities will be rotated every four weeks.

  • TYA will take part in GAA coaching Skills with Mr Monaghan.
  • TYB will go to the Central Hotel Leisure centre where they will take part in aqua aerobic.
  • TYC will complete four weeks of boxercise with Ms O’Mahony.
  • TYD will Leaving Cert PE induction workshop for the four weeks with Mr O’Mahony.

TY up and coming event

Over the next few months our TY students will take part in many activities, a sample of some of these activities and listed below:

  • Public Access To Law course
  • Personal Safety Workshop
  • First Response Course
  • Healthy Life Programme
  • Dublin History Trip
  • Hotel Training
  • Balmoral Shows
  • Lough Key Maths Trip
  • CSI Workshop
  • Make up workshop
  • Personal Presentation Workshop
  • Ambulance Crew visit and Defib overview
  • Internet Safety video production workshops
  • Basketball table officiating course and Basketball coaching course
  • Architect in school programme
  • Foróige Leadership programme
  • Homeless workshop
  • Young Social Innovators competitions and attendance at event
  • PE Expo
  • ETB Awards
  • Sports Leaders
  • GAA Future Leaders
  • Drama Production

TY Newsletter team:

  • Frank Duffy                                                    
  • Christopher Darby
  • Meabh Morrow Herbert                               
  • Hannah Crawford         
  • Tom Daly                                                       
  • Emma Coulter
  • Shona O’Brien    
  • Christopher Darby                                           

Abbey VS Newsletter – 21st Jan 2019

University of Limerick

This Thursday the 17th January, Students from the University of Limerick came to our school to interview eight representatives from our ‘Active School Flag Class’.

The Active Schools Flag is awarded to schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community. The process aims to get more schools, more active, more often.

Schools wishing to achieve the ASF begin the process by self-evaluating their current provision across 3 areas: Physical Education, Physical Activity and Partnerships. Schools must also organise an Active School Week programme and commit to having it as part of their annual school calendar. The flag remains valid for a period of 3 years after which time schools will be invited to re-apply.

The Active Schools Flag class of 4C will engage with Students from the University of Limerick regarding initiatives, protocols and policies engaged in by the Abbey Vocational School for the Active Schools Flag.

Moreover, The Active Schools Flag walkway development has been mapped out and approved. The distance of the walkway is 1.5K and is included within the parameters of the school grounds. The pathway is expected to be up and running by the end of this month.

Also, The Active Schools Flag Team have been analysing the school-wide survey results and are making an action plan based on these results. Utilising these results, will help raise awareness and activity levels throughout the school!

Coding club

The Coding Club runs in room 47 on Mondays at lunchtime with Mr Harvey. Coding or computer programming is the act of using languages to instruct a computer to perform functions. Here in the Abbey Vocational School we welcome and celebrate Coding and computer programming and if you are interested joining our club, please talk to Mr Harvey. All welcome!

The Credit Union

The Principal of the Abbey Vocational School Geraldine Diver was proud this week to accept a cheque for €20,000 from Liam Kelly C.E.O. & Joe Gillespie, Chairman Board of Directors. These funds will be used for the improvement, development and cultivation of the school pitch. This extremely generous contribution from the Credit Union will see the progression of sports in the School for future generations to come!

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Information Evening for Incoming First Years

An Information evening was held on Tuesday 15th of January for Incoming first years. Held in the main Assembly of the school, the Principal, Vice Principals and Staff were on hand to welcome Parents and Guardians for future incoming Students. This evening was of great benefit to all as information, topics and worries were explored and explained.

Webwise Safe Internet Day

On the 10th January, almost 100 students from around Ireland gathered together for the Safer Internet Day (SID) Training Ambassador Programme in Facebook HQ. These students volunteered or were nominated by their schools, to become Safer Internet Day Ambassadors. The Abbey Vocational School was represented by Transition Year Student Katelyn Duffy. Katelyn was trained as a Safe Ambassador, the SID Ambassador programme is about reaching out to post-primary students, encouraging and supporting them to address the issue of cyberbullying and other areas in internet safety by leading awareness-raising campaigns in their clubs, schools, and communities.

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Sports Awards

Congratulations to the following who were nominated for an Award in the following categories in the Donegal Sports Star Awards which take place later this month.

  • Best Secondary School: Abbey Vocational School
  • Beat Sports Boy: Conor Campbell
  • Best Sports Girl: Niamh Moohan

Well done to all those involved in sport in the school for their enormous input into sport in the school for so many students.

Letterkenny Institute of Technology Open Day

Students from the Abbey Vocational School enjoyed an open day in Letterkenny Institute of Technology on Tuesday the 15th January. Students were given access to the campus and introduced to the 120 programmes across four schools of Business, Tourism, Engineering and Science. On the Open Day Students were enlightened about the diverse range of courses available for students to enrol in. Courses range from one to four years; combining academic theory with practical skills development.

One Voice Choir’

The ‘One Voice Choir’ will perform on 12th March with one of the biggest #choralensembles ever seen in Donegal. Two hundred Students from 15 ETB Schools will perform. Students from the Abbey Vocational School experience an uplifting event and have the opportunity to meet other Students from the ETB Community. If you are interested in attending this event, tickets are available at; https://bit.ly/2Cr7Z3N  #WeAreDonegalETB

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AVS Science Club

Students from the Abbey Vocational School enjoyed an informative, inspiring and futuristic experience at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition in Dublin on Friday the 11th of January. The BT Young Scientist Award went to Adam Kelly from Dublin for his project “Optimizing the Stimulation of General Quantum Circuits”. Students from the Abbey Vocational School immersed themselves in the world of Science and Technology which will be of great benefit to them in future School Science Projects!

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Parent Teacher Meetings

The Parent/Teacher meeting for 2nd year students takes place on January 24th. This evening is an opportunity for the Abbey Vocational Community to come together to support, help and advise Parents and Guardians of 2nd year students.

Carol Service fundraiser for the Church Spire fund

Reverend Huss received a cheque on Monday from the Principal Geraldine Diver for €335.Thank you to all of those who contributed to our collection at the recent Christmas concert and to Ms Carr and Ms Breslin for their effervescent enthusiasm! The much needed funds are in aid of the local Church spire. Also, we would like to thank for the Church of Ireland for the use of the Church for the event.

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Numeracy

The chess club and the maths Club continues to run during lunch times. All welcome!

Literacy

This week sees the birthday of inspirational human rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. The English Department recommends reading the speech “I have a dream” where Martin Luther King Jr proclaimed “Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood”. Truly inspiring to us all!

The English Department would also like to wish Terence McEneaney and Sean Donegan the very best of luck as they prepare to take to the stage in Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”. Rehearsals are going on in earnest and the school would like to wish them the very best of luck!

Our book recommendation of the week is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever by Marie Kondo just in time for a good spring clean!

Irish Department

Work is under way to prepare Abbey Vocational Students for the Irish Orals. Students are asked to look after their mental health and wellbeing by getting a good night’s sleep, keep hydrated with water and eat nutritional food during the exam time.

  • The Junior Certificate official state examination Irish Orals are commencing on the 4th February.
  • Leaving Certificate mock Orals will commence on the same week, the 4th February.

 Music Dept.

The Music Department hold Choir meetings in Room 16 every Friday lunchtime, all are welcome!

Also, with the Mock Examinations around the corner, exam classes are preparing for Mock Practical’s. 

 Art Dept.

Leaving Certificate and 2nd year Art students received their themes for examination work this week and are busy working on those. This is the first year of the new 2nd year Junior Cycle Art classroom based assessments. Congratulations to Mia McCalmont who won 1st place in the Credit Union Art competition at chapter (county) level following her success at local level. Mia’s work now progresses to the national final!

 Healthy School

A survey has been distributed to the school community in relation to the food habits of the School members. This data will be reviewed and studied with the intention of implementing healthier alternatives for all. These changes will be implemented in the School Canteen and Tuck shop.

As part of well-being our students are planning to improve some of the environmental areas. A group of TY students have commenced a project which involves them designing positive comments which they will paint onto our toilets doors. They are also compiling a number of positive words that will be placed on all our school steps around the school. Another group will be make friendship benches that will be placed around our school building outside to encourage students to sit down and talk to each other. We are looking forward to all of this work.

Guidance

  1. A Subject Choices presentation for incoming 1st Year parents & guardians took place in the school on Tuesday, 15 January. Thank you to all of the parents that attended.
  2. LYIT are holding an Information Evening in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town on Tuesday, 22 January between 5 and 8 p.m. for Leaving Certificate students and their parents. See https://www.lyit.ie/News-Events/Article/information-evening-2019-donegal-town  for further info.
  3. Career talks for Leaving Certs taking place in the library over the coming weeks:
  • IT Sligo Work Based Engineering Degree:

Thursday, 24 January 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35

  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT):

Thursday, 31 January 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35

  • North-West Regional College (NWRC):

Thursday, 07 February 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35

  1. Leaving Certs applying to DARE must make an appointment to see their Guidance Counsellor as soon as possible.
  2. 6th Year students & LCAs are welcome to book a 1:1 appointment with their Guidance Counsellor if they have not already done so.
  3. Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to http://www.AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

Inclusion

This week as part of their wellbeing and Living in the Community activities Level 2 students completed the Bank Walk and competed in teams to complete the fairy trail.

 

15 members of staff are completing a 7 week programme of Irish Sign Language to develop their skills and enable us to support and facilitate the inclusion of students with hearing difficulties. Level 2 students are also being taught some ISL during Living in the Community.

Active Schools

Transition Year Students mentored first year students for a Tug of War contest on Friday 18th January as part of our Active School Flag Programme.

Girls Active

Girls Active will resume again on Thursday 17th January 2019. Rowing is the themed activity for the next 5 weeks term. It will take place in the gym at the Abbey Vocational School from 3.30pm – 4.30pm. Looking forward to seeing girls from all year groups there.

Drama Club

Mr Donegan’s A.V.S. Drama Group is starting on Wednesday the 23rd January from 3.25pm-4.30pm and on Thursday the 24th January at lunchtime in the Library.

The A.V.S. Drama Group involves theatre productions, short film projects, comedy improvisation and theatre trips. Rehearsals will take place at lunchtimes and after school. Being involved in a club such as Drama has many benefits for Students such as; making new friends, embracing their inner creativity and cultivating their mindfulness! If you are interested in joining this venture, please contact Mr Donegan.

School Tour Abroad

Excitement is growing as the Students look forward to the Annual School Tour abroad! Of course, all students attending the school tour must have a copy of their passports handed in to Mr. Clark as soon as possible and a copy of their EHIC card handed in to Mrs. Dunnion.

SPORT

Senior Boys Gaelic Winning Team!

The AVS senior boys’ Gaelic team took on Milford in the final of the McIver Cup on Wednesday 9th January in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny.  A memorable victory for the AVS and congratulations to coaches Mr. Leyden and Mr. Monaghan.

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Ulster Quarter Final

The Abbey Vocational school senior boys’ team travelled to the Melvin Sports Complex, Strabane on Thursday 17th January, to fulfil their quarter final fixture against Loreto College, Coleraine.

Abbey started off sprightly with two scores coming in quick succession from Shay Travers and Richard O Rourke, but it wasn’t long before Loreto got on the scoreboard.  Much attacking play from both teams, with further scores from Shay Travers and Captain Jamie Crawford, saw the sides go in level at four points each at half time.

Michael Statham opened the scoring in the second half for Abbey but Loreto quickly replied.  Within 3 minutes, Cian Hegarty put the Abbey ahead but this lead was soon eliminated by a Loreto point.  Cian then added another point, and when Jamie Crawford and Cian Hegarty added to the Abbey tally it looked like things were going their way. However with a Loreto point being added there was only two between.  Disaster struck for the Donegal men when Loreto scored a stormer of a goal and went into the lead in the dying seconds of the game.  The Abbey boys had to keep the heads up and when they went up the field, Loreto conceded a free which was beautifully pointed by Cian Hegarty.

All aboard again, in injury time, and it looked as if the game was going to a replay, when Jamie Crawford picked up the ball on the backline and weaved his way goalwards and duly fisted the ball over the bar. 

Victory for the Abbey Vocational who await the winners of Ballygawley and Kilkeel for their Semi-Final fixture

U14 Girls GAA

U14 Girls G.A.A. training continues every Monday from 4-5 on the school pitch. The Girls League will be commencing at the start of February. All players welcome. Please bring gum shields football boots and runners.

1st and 2nd Years Boys Basketball

1st and 2nd Years Boys Basketball continues every Monday from 4.00-5.45 in the School Gym.

The 1st and 2nd year boys’ basketball team played against Sligo grammar school at home on Thursday the 17th January.

First up were the 2nd yr boys, they started off very strong form the start and this continued for the rest of the game. All player involved played a very strong and competitive game. There were many strong performances especially from Ben McNeely, Niall Prendeville, Daniel Quinn and Leo McGowan. The biggest cheers for the day went to Daniel Quinn with a spectacular 3 pointer. Scores on the day from Ben McNeely, Niall Prendeville, Leo McGowan, Daniel Quinn, Jake Graham and Seamus Og Caldwell. Final score AVS 59 Sligo Grammar 32

The 1st years played a challenge game against an older Sligo Grammar team. The boys fought hard from the start holding their own throughout the game, the boys will be disappointed with some of their missed shots on the day. They did themselves and the school proud against an older team. The coming session looks bright for our boys as they displayed some great plays and some very strong individual performances. On the day there were some great performances especially from Leo McGowan, Oisín Mogan and Shay Byrne. Scores on the from Leo McGowan, Oisín Mogan, Hugh McGettigan, Fintan Quinn, Patrick Cunnen, John Paul McDonagh.  Final score AVS 32 Sligo Grammar 42

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1st and 2nd year Girls Basketball

Congratulations to the 2nd Year girls’ basketball team who played and beat Ballinamore, Leitrim on Tuesday 15th January. Each member of the team got the chance to put on a great performance and show their talent, scoring many baskets. Final score was 37-6…an outstanding result.

Unfortunately, the 1st Year girls lost by one single basket against Ballinamore. The opposition team were clearly beating AVS well all throughout the game, “We were down by 14 all the time” said Ms O’Mahony, the team coach. However when fresh legs of the subs came on in the last 7 mins, things changed. AVS fought back to losing by 2 points! Although the 1st Years lost, they showed great determination to fight back and came out with a great result of 22-20. Hard luck girls.

Cross Country

The District Cross-Country Competition takes place in Irvinestown on January 24th. Mr. Carty and Mr. Clayton held trials last week and teams have been selected. The talent and capability evident at the trials was immense. Abbey Vocational Students displayed great flair and aptitude and we wish them well in the District Cross Country Competition.

Indoor Sports-Hall Athletics

The first year girls enjoyed an exhilarating day away at the Indoor Sports Hall Athletics Finals on Thursday 18th in Raphoe. The experience was invaluable for the Students of the Abbey Vocational School.

TY News

TY Drama based on the theme of the Homeless members of society.

Conor Carney has joined the Abbey Vocational Community supporting Transition Year Students who have started a new project embracing ‘Creative Engagement’. The project aims at making our community aware of the Homeless. The project consists of three areas, Drama, Dance and Music. The final product will be a staged performance by the students involved and all money raised will go towards a Homeless Charity.

The programme is co-funded by the Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Department of Education and Skills and the Heritage Council.  Each year projects are produced in schools ranging from theatre and film through to sculpture and music.

The ‘Creative Engagement’ ethos involves a local artist or arts group coming into the school and imparting their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to the students.  This partnership has mutual benefits to both artist and school.

The Creative Engagement programme strives to encourage creativity, initiative and expression in our students and to complement curricular learning in the arts heritage and culture.

A Day in the Life of a TY Student

I am a TY student in the Abbey Vocational School. Our school year is packed with trips, workshops, projects and tours! I get to do all of the choice subjects like Metalwork, Home Economics, music etc. as well as new classes such as theatre and stage, active leisure studies or performing arts.

We go on a lot of trips in TY for example, we went to Galway for the NUIG open day. The excitement of getting away for the day with my friends was great. We left at 6.30 in the morning on a bus with everyone in my class. When we arrived at the college and we went to really interesting talks which explained the courses available. We were allowed to walk around the college by ourselves to get a feel for the place. We had great fun and a really good day away.

The TY experience is really enjoyable and I am finding every day beneficial to me as a Student, a Teenager and as a Friend.

TY Mini Company

Our TY students continue to work on their mini companies. The mini company is a very rewarding project. The idea of the project is for a group to come together, think of a creative enterprise by providing a product or service, market this good, and sell it to the target audience, hoping to make a profit. All groups involved are now putting the final touches onto their business plans. TYA will get the chance to present theirs plans to the rest of their class next Tuesday in preparation for their official presentation in the coming weeks. Some of the ideas that will be presented are Button frames, Abbey sports tops, portable chargers, cookie dough jars and scratch maps of the world. 

Performing Arts

During this term the TYs will take part in four different modules, these will be rotated every four weeks. The following modules will be on offer:

  • Drama Workshop
  • PE Expo competition – this is a national competition
  • YSI- Young Social Innovators – this is a national competition
  • Guitar Workshop
  • GAA Future Leaders – Wellbeing

 

Young Social Innovator

Young Social Innovators is Ireland’s largest social awareness and active citizenship and education programme for 15- to 18-year-old teens. Its main goal is to get young people involved in action which helps improve the lives of others in their community.

This term TYC have decided that they will base their projects around the area of homelessness. The aim of the project is to put together a care pack that they will distribute to a homeless charity. The students will develop this pack through research online and will make communication with homeless charities to gather further information needed.

TY Activities

This term the students will experience a different range of activities during their Monday activity slot. These activities will be rotated every four weeks.

  • TYA will take part in GAA coaching Skills with Mr Monaghan.
  • TYB will go to the Central Hotel Leisure Centre were they will take part in aqua aerobic.
  • TYC will complete four weeks of boxercise with Ms O’Mahony.
  • TYD will Leaving Cert PE induction workshop for the four weeks with Mr O’Mahony.

TY up and coming event

Over the next few months our TY students will take part in my activities, a sample of some of these activities and listed below:

  • Public Access To Law Course
  • Personal Safety Workshop
  • Cardiac First Response Course
  • Healthy Life Programme
  • Dublin History Trip
  • Hotel Training
  • Balmoral Shows
  • Lough Key Maths Trip

 

TY Newsletter team: Frank Duffy

                                     Christopher Darby

                                     Meabh Morrow Herbert

                                     Hannah Crawford

                                     Tom Daly

                                     Emma Coulter

                                     Shona O’Brien 

 

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Abbey V.S. Newsletter – 14th Jan 2019

Information Evening for Incoming First Years

An Information Evening will be held on 15th January 2019 for Incoming first years. This will be held in the main Assembly are of the school and all parents are encouraged to attend please.

Sports Awards

Congratulations to the following who were nominated for an Award in the following categories in the Donegal Sports Star Awards which take palce later this month.

  • Best Secondary School: Abbey Vocational School
  • Beat Sports Boy: Conor Camobell
  • Best Sports Girl: Niamh Moohan

Well done to all those involved in sport in the school for their enormous input for so many students.

Parent Teacher Meetings

The parent teacher meeting took place for 5th years, TY’s and LCA on Thursday night last. There was a very large attendance on the night.

The Parent/Teacher meeting for second year students takes place on January 24th.

Carol Service Fundraiser for the Church Spire Fund

Thank you to all of those who contributed to our collection at the recent Christmas concert. There was €335 collected which will be donated to the spire funds in thanks for the use of the Church of Ireland for the event.

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To see our Carol Service on our YouTube Channel please click here.

Leaving Cert Sraith Pictiúr 2019 Irish Show

On Thursday, Leaving Certificate Students welcomed the Irish Group ‘Caith amach é’. The show embraced all twenty ‘Sraith Pictiúr 2019’ which are on the curriculum for the Irish Leaving Certificate Oral. It was a two man show which received rave reviews as they reenacted the ‘Sraith Pictiur’ using comedy sketches. It was enjoyed by both students and Teachers!!

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Numeracy

The Maths Club runs every Friday at lunchtime in room 30 and is an inclusive club for all members of the school. It is a wonderful way for Students to meet, socialise and engage in mathematical activities. We hold competitions each week and get to embrace our love of Maths!

The Chess Club meets every Tuesday at lunchtime in room 3 and is an enjoyable, inclusive club which promotes wellbeing and mindfulness amongst its members. Everyone welcome!

Literacy

This week saw the birthdays of novelists such as J.D. Salinger, J.R.R. Tolkien and E.M. Forster. In commemoration, the English

Department would like to recommend “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger. Written in 1951 the book tells the story of the protagonist’s teenage angst and alienation.

With the mock examinations for Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle on the horizon the English Department recommends “The Little Book of Mindfulness” by Patrizia Collard.

Teaching & Learning: Student Resources

This week’s useful learning resources include:

StudyBlue – (Free)

StudyBlue allows you to upload class study materials, create electronic flashcards to study and share with others, and practice quizzes.

Oxford Dictionary(Free)

The mobile version of the Oxford University Press’ Oxford English Dictionary.

Student Council

Frank Duffy was invited to this meeting to report feedback from his meeting with the Donegal Youth Council. Important topics such as Mental Health and Equality in Sports were addressed and discussed.

The Council reviewed the Training Workshop they had participated in which focused on team training skills, leadership and organisation skills.

The topic of inclusion was investigated and it was agreed to formulate a questionnaire/survey in order to assess all the different nationalities in the Abbey Vocational School.

The Student Council Meeting also agreed to host a Cultural Food Event this term. Students will be invited to showcase the wide variety of cultures flourishing in the school.

Music Department

The Music Department hold Choir meetings in Room 16 every Friday lunchtime, all are welcome!

Also, with the Mock Examinations around the corner, exam classes are preparing for Mock Practicals on during the first week of February.

The inspiring Carol Service and Carol Singing in Supervalu before Christmas was a great success. There will be a presentation of the money collected to Reverend Huss on Monday 14th January at 2pm – Funds in aid of the Church Spire Fund.

Art Dept

Leaving Certificate and 2nd year Art students received their themes for examination work this week and are busy working on those. This is the first year of the new 2nd year Junior Cycle Art classroom Based Assessments. Congratulations to Mia McCalmont who won 1st place in the Credit Union Art competition at chapter (county) level following her success at local level. Mia’s work now progresses to the national final!

Healthy School

A survey has been distributed to the school community in relation to the food habits of the School members. This data will be reviewed and studied with the intention of implementing healthier alternatives for all. These changes will be implemented in the School Canteen and Tuck Shop.

As part of well-being our students are planning to improve some of the environmental areas. A group of TY students have commenced a project which involves them designing positive comments which they will paint onto our toilets doors. They are also compiling a number of positive words that will be placed on all our school steps around the school. Another group will be make friendship benches that will be placed around our school building outside to encourage students to sit down and talk to each other. We are looking forward to all of this work.

Guidance

  1. The Defence Forces presented to Senior Cycle students on Thursday of last week. The title of the presentation was ‘Defence Force Careers’. The feedback from the presentation was excellent. Thank you to Lt. John Grennan for his time.
  2. IT Sligo are holding an Information Evening in the college on Tuesday 15 January, starting at 6 p.m. for Leaving Certificate students and their parents. See itsligo.ie/openevening for further info.
  3. LYIT are holding an Information Evening in the college on Wednesday, 16 January between 5 and 8 p.m. for Leaving Certificate students and their parents. See lyit.ie/News-Events/Article/information-evening-2019-letterkenny-and-killybegs for further info.
  4. NUI Galway are holding an Open Evening in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny on Thursday, 17 January between 7 and 9 p.m. for Leaving Certificate students and their parents. See nuigalway.ie/visitus/information-evenings/ for further info.
  5. A HEAR & DARE Advice Clinic for Leaving Cert students and their parents/guardians will take place in the Villa Rose, Ballyboffey on Saturday, 19 January 2019 between 10.00 and 2.00. See ie for further info.
  6. LYIT are holding an Information Evening in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town on Tuesday, 22 January between 5 and 8 p.m. for Leaving Certificate students and their parents. See https://www.lyit.ie/News-Events/Article/information-evening-2019-donegal-town for further info.
  7. Information talks for Leaving Certs taking place in the library in 2019:
  • Angela’s, Sligo:

Thursday, 17 January 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35

  • IT Sligo Work Based Engineering Degree:

Thursday, 24 January 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35

  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT):

Thursday, 31 January 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35

  • North-West Regional College (NWRC):

Thursday, 07 February 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35

  1. 6th Year students & LCAs are welcome to book a 1:1 appointment with their Guidance Counsellor if they have not already done so.
  2. Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

Inclusion

This week as part of their wellbeing and Living in the Community activities Level 2 students completed the Bank Walk and competed in teams to complete the fairy trail.

15 members of staff are completing a 7 week programme of Irish Sign Language to develop their skills and enable us to support and facilitate the inclusion of students with hearing difficulties. Level 2 students are also being taught some ISL during Living in the Community.

Active Schools

Transition Year Students will be mentoring second year students for a Tug of War contest later this month as part of our Active School Flag programme.

Students from University Limerick will be coming to our school on Thursday the 17th January to interview the team spearheading the ASF project. We look forward to seeing them!

Plans for the walkway around the school as part of the ASF project have been rejected due to health and safety so junior students are coming up with a ‘Plan B’. We hope to see this walkway in  place soon.

Girls Active

Girls Active will resume again on Thursday 17th January 2019. Rowing is the themed activity for the next 5 weeks term. It will take place in the gym at the Abbey Vocational School from 3.30pm – 4.30pm. Looking forward to seeing girls from all year groups there.

Lunchtime Science Club

Fifteen students left the Abbey Vocational School at 5.30am on Friday the 11th January to attend and experience the BT Young Scientist Exhibition in Dublin. The BTYSE is a science fair sponsored by BT to show young students how fun and hands-on science can be. The Students really enjoyed the day and it proved a great way for the Students to be inspired about science and technology. According to one Student “it is not just an exhibition in the R.D.S. but a journey that starts in the classroom and takes you to a whole new incredible world, where you meet new people, try new things, explore your imagination, think outside the box and do things that you could have only dreamed of”.

Drama Club

Mr Donegan’s A.V.S. Drama Group will start soon involving theatre productions, short film projects, comedy improvisation and theatre trips. Rehearsals will take place at lunchtimes and after school. If you are interested in acting the 1st meeting is in the Library this Thursday (17th January) at 1pm.  All years welcome.

School Tour Abroad

Excitement is growing as the Students look forward to the Annual School Tour abroad! Of course, all students attending the school tour must have a copy of their passports handed in to Mr. Clark as soon as possible and a copy of their EHIC card handed in to Mrs. Dunnion. The flight and hotel details will be posted to the school website in the coming weeks. Finally, according to J.K. Rowling “let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure!”.

SPORT

Senior Boys Gaelic

The AVS senior boys Gaelic team took on Milford in the final of the McIver Cup on Wednesday 9th January in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny. Milford got off to a strong start and had the Abbey boys under pressure early on. Michael Statham’s goal midway through the first half kept the AVS in the contest, however, a second Milford goal ensured they went in leading by 2 points at half time. The AVS came out more determined in the second half and through some excellent score-taking went into a 5 point lead. Back came Milford, and only for a point blank stop by Enda O’Hagan in the AVS goals, Milford would have taken the lead entering the final few minutes. Cian Hegarty scored a crucial goal in the final minutes for Abbey that ultimately proved to be the deciding score. A memorable victory for the AVS and congratulations to coaches Mr. Leyden and Mr. Monaghan. Up next for the senior boys is an Ulster quarter-final against Coleraine.

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U14 Girls GAA

U14 Girls G.A.A. training continues every Monday from 4-5 on the school pitch. The Girls League will be commencing at the start of February. All players welcome. Please bring gum shields football boots and runners.

1st and 2nd Years Boys Basketball

1st and 2nd Years Boys Basketball continues every Monday from 4-5.45 in the School Gym. The Boys will be playing Sligo Grammar, Carrick-On-Shannon and Coláiste Cholmcille in the League this year. Their first game will be against Sligo Grammar at the end of January.

1st and 2nd year Girls Basketball

Best of luck to the first and second year girls basketball teams who play Ballinamore next Tueday 15th in the league.

TY News

TY Walk:

On Friday the 11th January Transition Year Students took part in an inspiring sponsored walk around Drimarone. The Transition Year Students departed the school at 10:00 a.m. and set off on a journey of bonding, wellbeing and exercise. This was an excellent day and raised €1300 towards extra TY curricular activities.

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TY Drama based on the theme of the Homelessness in Society:

A number of our TY are starting into a new project around Creative Engagement. The project will be aimed at making our community aware of the homeless. The project will consist of three areas, Drama, Dance and Music. The final product will be a staged performance by the students involved and all money raised will go towards a Homeless charity. The programme will be coordinated by Conor Carney.

The programme is co-funded by the Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Department of Education and Skills and the Heritage Council.  Each year projects are produced in schools  ranging from theatre and film through to sculpture and music.  A creative engagement happens when a local artist or  arts  group comes into the school and imparts their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to the students.  This partnership has mutual benefits to both artist and school.

The Creative Engagement Programme strives to encourage creativity, initiative and expression in our students and to complement curricular learning in the arts  heritage and culture.

TY Mini Company

Our TY students continue to work on their mini companies. The mini company is a very rewarding project. The idea of the project is for a group to come together, think of a creative enterprise by providing a product or service, market this good, and sell it to the target audience, hoping to make a profit. An example of one of our very successful mini companies from this year  is Cute As A Button. This is a group of five students who make and design handmade button art. Their products are both creative and unique. They can be customised their product to suit any occasion. They have been extremely busy over the past few months producing and selling their product at many different Craft Fairs for example the Beauty and the Beast, Leghowney country market, Inver craft fair and the Donegal craft village fair. To date the girls have received over 50 orders.

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Performing Arts

During this term the TYs will take part in four different modules, these will be rotated every four weeks. The following modules will be on offer:

  • Drama Workshop
  • PE Expo competition – this is a national competition
  • YSI- Young Social Innovators – this is a national competition
  • Guitar Workshop
  • GAA Future Leaders – Wellbeing

Young Social Innovators Competition

Young Social Innovators is Ireland’s largest social awareness and active citizenship and education programme for 15 to 18 year old teens. Its main goal is to get young people involved in action which helps improve the lives of others in their community.

This term TY C have decided that they will base their projects around the area of homelessness. The aim of the project is to put together a care pack that they will distribute to a homeless charity. The students will develop this pack through research online and will make communication with homeless charities to gather further information needed.

TY Activities

This term the students will experience a different range of activities during their Monday activity slot. These activities will be rotated every four weeks.

  • TYA will take part in GAA coaching Skills with Mr Monaghan.
  • TYB will go to the Central Hotel Leisure center were they will take part in aqua aerobic.
  • TYC will complete four weeks of boxersie with Ms O’Mahony.
  • TYD will Leaving Cert PE induction workshop for the four weeks with Mr O’Mahony.

TY Upcoming Events:

Over the next few months our TY students will take part in my activities, a sample of some of these activities and listed below:

  • Public Access To Law course
  • Personal Safety Workshop
  • First Response Course
  • Healthy Life Programme
  • Dublin History Trip
  • Hotel Training
  • Balmoral Shows
  • Lough Key Maths Trip

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TY Newsletter Team:

                                     Frank Duffy

                                     Christopher Darby

                                     Meabh Morrow Herbert

                                     Hannah Crawford

                                     Tom Daly

                                     Emma Coulter

                                     Shona O’Brien 

Abbey VS Newsletter – Mon 17th Dec

Launch of Leaving Cert Physical Education by Minister Mr Joe McHugh

The Minister of Education Mr Joe McHugh launched the LCPE Programme in the school on Monday morning. This event was attended by a very large crowd of dignitaries, County Councillors and club officials as well as LYIT president Mr Paul Hannigan., Director of Schools Dr Martin Gormley and CE Ms Anne McHugh.  The school are delighted to be rolling out this new subject area as part of our Leaving Cert Subject Options.

There are 64 schools in Phase 1. LCPE was highly oversubscribed with well over 369 schools applying which is over 50% of schools. The AVS were delighted to get selected. LCPE runs alongside the PE Framework.  Provision is in place for Senior Cycle PE Framework for senior cycle students which runs alongside the LCPE. We have a responsibility to all young people in our school as well as the 24 LCPE students so we offer this new PE programme. This is being rolled out to all 140 5th years students.

This area of our PE Short Course programme for Junior cycle is being led out by Ms O’Mahony and we have 174 first years and 142 second years students doing this.

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End of Term Arrangements

Christmas Carol Service:

This year the Carol Service will take place on Wednesday 19th December at 7pm in the Church of Ireland.  We look forward to this very special occasion. All welcome!

For a look back at the 2017 Carol Service please see our YouTube Channel HERE

Christmas Concert:

The Annual Christmas Concert takes place on Friday 21st December. This Concert is organised by the Leaving Cert Music classes and covers all year groups from first to Leaving Cert students who wish to perform.

School Closes for Christmas:

School closes for Christmas at 1pm on Friday 21st December and buses will come at this time. We wish all of our school community a very happy and healthy Christmas!

Induction Day for Incoming students:

Sixth Class students from a variety of primary schools spent a day in the Abbey Vocational School on Tuesday last as part of the transfer process. They experienced classes in all of the nine optional subject areas and followed a timetable in these subjects for the day. The students had their lunch in the school canteen and were entertained by a selection of students who sang and played instruments on the stage throughout lunch time. The students had a very busy but enjoyable day. All are reminded please to return their enrolment form to the school.

NOTE the Following Dates

  • 15th January 2019 – Information Evening for 6th Class Parents in the AVS (7.00pm – 8.00pm).
  • 31st January – Return of Subject Choice Forms.

Junior Cycle Day for Staff

The staff attended training on Wednesday last which was facilitated by Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) Advisors who seek to support schools in continuing to implement the Framework for Junior Cycle 2015. The intended learning for the day was to:

  • further our understanding of how ongoing assessment supports student learning.
  • identify ways that assessment can have a positive impact on learning and teaching in the classroom.
  • recognise the connection between teaching, learning, assessment and reporting.
  • and the design of effective assessments.

Assessment Tasks

The Assessment tasks for 3rd Year English and Business were completed this week – well done to all those students who partook in this task which is 10 % of their State Exam. These task are carried out following the second CBA.

Teaching & Learning: Student Resource

Free-Form Graphic Organser interactive tool for students.

Free Form Graphic Org

This interactive tool (see link below) provides a free-form graphic organiser for activities that provide you with a quick way to trace out options and rearrange connections. You can use the Webbing Tool to analyse readings or for prewriting / planning activities or as  flowcharting tool. You can drag the circle or box shapes representing your ideas to arrange any layout and relationship that they want. Each layer on the chart will have a different color border for the shapes that you choose.

Link: Free Form Graphic Organiser

Third Year Music Trip

The Junior Cert Music classes travelled to Dublin to experience a live orchestra. The concert was in the National Concert Hall with the RTE symphony orchestra playing Christmas Classics such as ‘Away in a Manger’, ‘12 days of Christmas’ and pieces from the Ballet ‘The Nutcracker’.
For some, this was their first experience of being to the National Concert Hall and seeing a live orchestra. It was a brilliant way for the students to understand how the Orchestra is set up in their different sections and the conductor’s job. An experience like this really brings their study in music class to life.

Fifth Year Cultural Trip

The fifth year students attended a film in Bundoran Cinema entitled Black 47.  Black ’47 is a 2018 Irish period drama film directed by Lance Daly. The screenplay is by PJ Dillon, Pierce Ryan, Eugene O’Brien and Lance Daly, based on the Irish-language short film An Ranger, written and directed by Dillon and Ryan. The film stars Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville, Jim Broadbent, Stephen Rea, Freddie Fox, Barry Keoghan, Moe Dunford, and Sarah Greene. Set in Ireland during the Great Famine, the film follows an Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, as he abandons his post to reunite with his family. The title is taken from the most devastating year of the famine, 1847, which is referred to as “Black ’47”.

Leaving Cert Art Trip

On Wednesday of this week the Leaving Cert Art students will attend the National Gallery of Ireland Art Library as part of their Leaving Cert studies. They will visit The Hugh Lane Gallery, The National Gallery, The National Museum and The Book of Kells. The Gallery’s Art Library is Ireland’s leading research centre for the study of art and art history. It holds the country’s most extensive bibliographic collections relating to the national and international development of the visual arts.

Christmas Card Competition

The Leaving Cert Applied Christmas cards are almost entirely sold out. A big thank you to all those who supported their venture. Well done to all the Leaving Cert Applied. All profits go to MS Donegal.

Lunchtime Science Club

The lunchtime science club is very well attended in room 33 every Wednesday. This week the students investigated factors which affect enzymes and their activity. They are now working with enzymes from plants.  They explore the use of enzymes in everyday life e.g. detergents, sweeteners and bio processing in general.

Coding Club

First year student Hugh McShane is going to showcase his project on the 19th December in Pramerica Letterkenny. Hugh designed a Rubix Cube solving robot using coding software. The 5th year Computer Science class will also attend the showcase and they will be presenting their project on the self-filling reservoir. Both projects will be displayed to 400 guests on the day.

Our lunchtime coding club takes place every Monday in the Pramerica computer suite. First year students of all abilities learn to code using scratch.mit.edu.  The students work individually or with a partner in resolving differentiated tasks set by Mr. Harvey or Mr. O’Mahony. The coding club serves as an extension of their learning in class but also preparation for the ‘Coding’ Short course in their Junior Cycle Programme. New students are always welcome and prior experience not necessary. However a disposition to liking solving problems and computational thinking will go a long way to enjoying coding.

Webwise Ambassador

Well done to Emma Coulter who took part in here first Webwise Ambassador webinar last week. Emma was recently selected for the Webwise Ambassador Training programme. Emma is required to attend an online webinar next week.  Webwise is the Irish Internet Safety Awareness Centre. They develop resources and run campaigns that promote a better internet. 

They also work with a Youth Panel to develop different campaigns. This Youth Panel is made up of around 30 teenagers from all over Ireland. It was their idea to have a Safer Internet Day (SID) Ambassadors Programme to help more people and schools get involved in tackling cyberbullying.

Music Activities

The Traditional Music Group rehearsal takes place every Monday at lunchtime in room 13. Our Ukulele Orchestra rehearsals take place every Tuesday in room 13.  The School Choir rehearsals are in room 13 every Friday.  Anyone that would like to be involved in this year’s Christmas concert can give their name to Mrs Carr or Ms Breslin.

Literacy

Lunchtime Reading

Room 9 will be open to all on Thursdays for reading. This will provide a quiet place for students to read. Thank you to everyone who helped out with the school Book Fair last week during the school open night.

Numeracy

Maths Competition

Well done to all the students that took part in our Maths Competition last week. The winners of the junior competition were 1st place – Anna Foster Mc Dad and 2nd place – Amy McGrory. The winners of the senior computation were 1st place -Brian Gallagher and 2nd place – Jessica Henry.

TY Chess

An interclass TY Chess competition will take place this Thursday 20th December. All four TY classes will compete against each other using knowledge on what they have recently learned about chess. It’s bound to get competitive and it will just be a successful as last year.


Guidance

HEAR AND DARE

A HEAR & DARE Advice Clinic for Leaving Cert students and their parents/guardians will take place in the Villa Rose, Ballybofey on Saturday, 19 January 2019 between 10.00 and 2.00. See http://www.AccessCollege.ie for further info.

Guidance presentations taking place in the library in 2019:

  • Defence Forces: – Thursday, 10 January 2019, 11.15 – 12.35
  • St. Angela’s, Sligo: – Thursday, 17 January 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35
  • IT Sligo Work Based Engineering Degree: – Thursday, 24 January 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35
  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT): – Thursday, 31 January 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35
  • North-West Regional College (NWRC): – Thursday, 07 February 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35

6th Year students & LCAs are reminded to book a 1:1 appointment with their GuidanceCounsellor in order to ensure they have a clear Guidance plan as they head towards the exams in June.
Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to http://www.AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.


Wellbeing

Wellnesss Workshop for 1st Years

Thank you to Aoibheann Gallen from Renew You who delivered a 6 week wellness workshop with a group of 1st year students.  Throughout the six weeks they studied the importance of a healthy mind and a healthy body. An area they concentrated on was slowing down their breathing and thinking by using a piece of fruit. They also worked on different mediation skills. The students really enjoyed this Mindfulness sessions. It has been such a worthwhile experience and it has provided the students with new skills and strategies that they can use for the rest of their lives.

Health Promoting School

Our school health promoting schools project this year is around healthy eating and a positive physical environment. Our health promoting school committee have distributed a healthy eating questionnaire to students, parents and staff. When all questionnaires have been collected the results will be analysed and our healthy eating policy for the school will be made into a draft. Thank you to all who have completed a questionnaire. The questionnaires will be available on our school website in the coming days for anyone that would like to fill one out.

Physical Environment

As part of wellbeing our students are planning to improve some of the environmental areas. A group of TY students have commenced a project which involves them designing positive comments which they will paint onto our toilets doors. They are also compiling a number of positive words that will be placed on all our school steps around the school. Another group will be make friendship benches that will be placed around our school building outside to encourage students to sit down and talk to each other. We are looking forward to all of this work.

Active Schools

Mapping of our school walkway has started and we hope to have the 1.5k walk way in place after the Christmas holidays. This will be available to all of our students and staff members in the school and will be used regularly for initiatives such as drop everything and walk, pre morning exercise, leisurely strolls and many other initiatives.

Wellbeing page on http://www.avsdonegal.com please click HERE

Active School page on http://www.avsdonegal.com please click HERE


Mini Company

Over the past number of weeks our TY students have been busy working on their mini companies. The mini company is a very rewarding project. The idea of the project is for a group to come together, think of a creative enterprise by providing a product or service, market this good, and sell it to the target audience, hoping to make a profit. Throughout TY and LCVP there are many different companies. An example of a mini company from this year is Cute as a Button. This is a group of five students and they make and design handmade button art. Their products are both creative and unique. They can be customised their product to suit any occasion. They have been extremely busy over the past few weeks selling their product and many different craft fairs for example the Beauty and the Beast, Leghowney Country Market, Inver Craft Fair and the Donegal Craft Village Fair. To date the girls have received over 50 orders.


Transition Year

TY Work Experience

Thank you to all the local businesses that welcomed our TY students to gain work experience in their business this week. Work experience is a very important part of our TY program as our students will get a great hands on experience into the working world.  Sample of work that our students took part in was; Teaching, Gardai, Beautician, Hairdressers, Architect, Radio DJ, Lecturing, Medical and Engineering. We thank all employers who are mentoring our students.

TY Christmas Assessment

Students will be formatively assessed at Christmas and at the end of year. There Christmas assessment is worth 10%.  All TY students have to keep an EPortfolio of their work completed during the year.  Each student is asked to have all their work, workshops, trips etc. uploaded onto their portfolio by the end of the school year.  TY students will complete an interview on Monday and Tuesday of this week which is worth 10% for their final grade at the end of the school year. Students must sit two interviews; another one will be conducted in May. The interview is marked and directed by the student’s tutor teacher.

TY Christmas Trip

On the 19th December TY students are travelling to Sligo for a Christmas outing. The students will stop off in the Abbey Centre in Ballyshannon were they will watch their musical Beauty and the Beast on the big screen. After this they will get back on the bus and go to Sligo, stopping of to see Yeats Grave and then go into Sligo were they will get lunch and they will get a chance to do some Christmas shopping. This trip follows the completion of the TY Christmas Assessment sessions.


SPORT

Girls Active

After Christmas the girls will be taking part in rowing in our school gym every Thursday from 3:30 – 4:30. New members welcome.

2nd yr Girls Basketball

Well done to the 2nd year girls’ basketball team who were winners of the ‘tough cookie’ basketball blitz held by St Catherine’s Killybegs. The girls played both St Catherine’s and Coláiste Na Carraige. There were some brilliant performances on the day especially from caption Emma Meehan.

U15 Girls Soccer

Hard luck to the U15 girls’ soccer team who were defeated by St Columba’s Stranorlar last week. It was a very tough game in tough weather conditions, but our girls fought hard. Well done to Roisin Lynch who scored 4 fantastic goals on the day.

1st and 2nd year Boys Basketball

1st and 2nd year boys’ basketball training take place every Monday after school from 4:00-5:30 in the school gym.

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TY Newsletter Team

  • Frank Duffy
  • Christopher Darby
  • Meabh Morrow Herbert
  • Hannah Crawford
  • Tom Daly
  • Emma Coulter
  • Shona O’Brien