Abbey VS Newsletter – 15th April 2019

Upcoming Events for your Diary

  • Tuesday April 30th 7pm:

A Subject Choices presentation for the parents & guardians of incoming 2nd Year students (i.e. present 1st years) will take place in the school on Tuesday, 30 April between 7 & 9 p.m

  • May 21st 7pm – TY Showcase

TY Showcase. This is for parents of TY students where the Years work is showcased in the school and all parents are welcome.

  • May 22nd –  The Leaving Cert Graduation Ecumenical Service

The Leaving Cert Graduation Ecumenical Service celebrating the students’ years in the school & wishing them success in the time ahead – takes place on Wed May 22nd at 6:30pm . There is a meal for the students at 5 pm and parents/guardians are invited to join us at 6.30 pm for the Service.

Active Schools Week

A hugely successful and enjoyable week for staff and students alike. A reinforcement of the benefits to being physically active. AVS is very proud to be one of 3 post primary schools selected to pilot the Active School Flag (ASF). As part of the process the staff in consultation with students put an active week timetable in place. All year group were given additional opportunities to be physically active alongside existing PE lessons and extra/co curricular timetable. This ranged from the new – Kinball and Pickleball, to some of the traditional – Mile Challenge, Cycling, Games, Skipping etc. The new ASF walkway was  showcased this week with the majority of staff and students enjoying the 1.47km signposted tour of the school grounds. Notable events were Zumba and the staff vs 6th year students volleyball match (photo attached). The week finished with 1st years participating in a fundraiser skipathon. Students were given sponsor cards prior to the event and monies received will now be put toward a permanent bike rack for students in the school. A fantastic way to mark their fundraising efforts. Thanks to all those who supported this cause.

For a full range of photos from the week please check out our Twitter sports feed. @AVSsport

image001

2nd Yr Rowing

On Tuesday second years engaged in a workshop introducing rowing. The instructor was Patrick Brady from Donegal Town Rowing Club. Promoting active schools and wellbeing.

image002

Staff v. Students Volleyball Challenge!

As part of the Abbey Vocational School’s wellbeing activities this week , Staff from the Abbey Vocational School were challenged to a game of Volleyball by Students!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Sports Leaders Assessment

18 outstanding students from TY gained their Sports Leaders award this week. TY Students planned and led a short physical activity session for the Glebe primary school pupils. The pupils  got to enjoy a variety of sports such as badminton,hockey, rugby, basketball, skipping and ultimate frisbee. Well done and congratulations to all our confident leaders.

Michael Murphy/Pramerica Winning Video

All post primary schools received free PE and Sports equipment as part of an initiative called #sportsrock. This was a partnership between Michael Murphy sports and leisure shop and Pramerica in Letterkenny. This is a great way to incentivise students to be more active more often. The partnership requested that schools submit an online video of how their school could creatively use the provided equipment. AVS students and PE teachers worked collaboratively in bringing ideas and concepts to life online. iMovie was used to edit footage and share via the @AVSsport Twitter handle. To much delight we were informed as a school during our active school week that we had been selected as the winners of this competition. Congratulations to all students and teachers involved in the participation of the events and class 4D in editing the footage as part of their coding classes.

Abbey’s Got Talent

Thursday the 11th April was an unforgettable night in the Abbey Hotel for Abbey’s Got Talent. This was an entertaining and show stopping event! Noel Cunningham kept the mood alive all night as he introduced and welcomed our contestants to the stage. His witty commentary kept the crowd and performers on their toes. It was extraordinary to see how much effort all the contestants put into their performance and the outstanding talent was commented on by our judges all evening. Our judges Martin Mc Ginley, Niamh Currid and Conal Gallen spoke of the high quality of all of the acts and the excellent siprit of the audience and of the wonderful school commiunity of which we should all be proud.

A big well  done to each one of the contestants; Joseph Edwards, Gavan Tanham and Joseph Hearty, Marie McGirr ,Oisin O’Donnell, Rachel Reid and Eadaoin Rush, Conor McAllister and Gabriella Byrne, Luke Kelly, Matthew and David Byrne, Erin Ryder, Bree Hanna and Anna Mitchell, India Kennedy, Eamonn Devlin, Robyn Harvey – Moulding and Luke O’Sullivan.

The top three on the night were, 3rd – Luke Kelly, 2nd Rachel Reid and Eadaoin and 1st place and the winner of a recording session, a cash prize and the winners cup was Luke O’Sullivan.

Congratulations to our thirteen young acts they showed huge determination and courage to compete. In addition, thank you to AVS choir who performer Dreams by the cranberries and This is me from The Greatest Showman, the audience was also treated with a surprise as our very own Ms Breslin and Mr Donegan performed Shallow from A star is born and they were accompanied by the choir and Ms Carr on the piano.

The Abbey Vocational School would like to thank the local businesses who kindly sponsored our contestants and our judges on the night: Conal Gallen, Niamh Currid and Martin McGinley. Furthermore, the Abbey Hotel were more than accommodating on the night therefore thank you to all the staff who worked tremendously hard during the fundraiser.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

TY Interviews

Third year students interested in completing the TY programme for 2019-2020 were interviewed over the past two weeks. The process was based on the students TY application form and applicants were interviewed for 10 minutes to determine their suitability to the programme.

Guidance Notes

A Subject Choices presentation for the parents & guardians of incoming 2nd Year students (i.e. present 1st years) will take place in the school on Tuesday, 30 April between 7 & 9 p.m.

The SUSI Grant application process for 2019-20 will open on 25 April 2019. SUSI will be covered in all Career Guidance classes from after the Easter break.

A Google Classroom for Apprenticeships & Traineeships is regularly updated. The classroom is available to all students interested in this further education route. The classroom code is available from Ms Faherty

All senior cycle students (6th, LCA & 5th years) are welcome to book a 1:1 appointment with their Guidance Counsellor.

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

School Tour Abroad

The highly anticipated School Tour takes place this Monday 15th April until Thursday 18th April. Students involved in the Tour will head to Spain and stay in Barcelona, they will “discover the six worlds of one of Europe’s most iconic theme parks, Portaventura, in the Costa Dorada, one of Spain’s most popular tourist areas; and just one hour from Barcelona. In addition, those involved in sport will have a field day as they get to visit Nou Camp and live through the emotion of entering the field, discover and interact with the history of the museum and trophy areas. We hope our students enjoy some mild and sunny weather on their trip away. When we return from the Easter break we will have a full update on the tour and the activities the students participated; we hope our students have a wonderful trip.

Health Promoting Schools

On Tuesday the 9th April the work of the Abbey Vocational School’s Health Promoting Schools Committee was recognised.

The aim of the Healthy Schools Initiative is to foster the healthy development of the whole school community. Also, to support the planning, implementation and evaluation of health-related activities under school    self-evaluation, school development and planning processes and enhance the links between schools and their communities.

image005

National Workplace Wellbeing Day

Friday the 12th April was National Workplace Wellbeing Day.  Each staff member received and a personalised thank you message from their Tutor class as well as an Easter egg.

At break there was a selection of snacks in the staff room for example, overnight oats, protein balls, ‪smoothies, tray bakes and many more nice treats..
We had a nurse in doing a mini health check on any staff member that wished to avail of the service

L.C.A. Mini Company

On Tuesday Leaving Cert Applied Students were promoting healthy eating by selling healthy cereals and fruit at break time in assembly as part of the L.C.A. programme.

The fundamental goal of the Leaving Certificate Applied is to prepare Leaving Certificate participants for transition from the world of the school/centre to that of adult and working life. This transition is complex as qualities, aptitudes and personal skills required in the workplace have changed, participants are remaining longer in formal education and in training than heretofore and the period of transition is also more lengthy. In addition to the challenges in relation to education, training and jobs, Students are also faced with related, social, personal and cultural issues.

image006

Computer Science Leaving Certificate trip to Google

Twenty five Computer Science Leaving Certificate Students from the Abbey Vocational School travelled to Google Headquarters in Dublin on Wednesday the 10th of April. 

Leaving Certificate Computer science is the study of computing and algorithmic processes. Leaving Certificate Computer Science includes how programming and computational thinking can be applied to the solution of problems, and how computing technology impacts the world around us.

Art Department

TY students are continuing their work on signs for the ‘Path to Nationhood’ project. Congratulations to AVS student Sarah McGrory who’s painting titled ‘Imperfection’ has been shortlisted in this year’s Jigsaw Donegal Art competition.

Numeracy -Well Done Maths teams!

On Wednesday several maths teams from the school travelled to a maths competition to compete with over twenty other teams. Congratulations to all of the teams from our school including two who finished in the top six.The Chess Club meets on Tuesdays at lunchtime in room 3. 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

TRANSITION YEAR

Transition Year GDD Sports Leadership Training Programme

Students of the Abbey Vocational School are participating in the “Future Leaders Transition Year Programme” which is a joint initiative from the GAA and the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It is a cross-curricular programme comprising of eight modules, each 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. As part of the programme pupils are challenged to organise and run a GAA Super Games Blitz or set up a Super Games Centre for younger students and/or support coaching of younger players in their school or community.

image007

R.S.E. Talk

On Monday the 8th of April Transition Year Students were enlightened with a talk on Relationships & Sexuality Education.

Building on the work done in primary school, Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) at post-primary level seeks to provide opportunities for young people to learn about relationships and sexuality in ways that will enable them to think and act in a moral, caring and responsible way.

RSE aims and objectives are to help young people understand and develop friendships and relationships, to promote a positive attitude to one’s own sexuality and in one’s relationship with others, to promote knowledge of and respect for reproduction and to enable young people to develop attitudes and values towards their sexuality in a moral, spiritual and social framework.

image008

Transition Year Business Academy

The Transition Year Academy is held over three days in six locations throughout the country. Five Students representing the Abbey Vocational School attended the Academy in Letterkenny this week.

Students worked on a business problem with Students from other Schools. Over the course of the three days, they explored the areas of enterprise and innovation and learnt how to pitch their proposals in a “Dragon’s Den” environment. Students are provided with the tools necessary to generate their business plan and launch their idea. Students  also learnt how to build a website or develop an app.

Enterprise – NFTE last 8

On Wednesday the 10th April the boys from Growth, Aodhan Mc Fadden, Corma Mac Suibhne and Luke Kelly made the trip to Dublin to take part in the NFTE semi finals, the boys had to do a 20 minute pitch to the judges. Later this week the wonderful  news came through to the school that the boys are now in hte final eight companies in the country in the NFTE mini company competitionWell done boys!

Homeless Play Production

On Friday the 12th April a number of TY students put on a play that they have been practicing for over the past few months. The play was based around the area of Homelessness and they aim was to make people aware of the issue that is homelessness within Ireland and throughout the world. The group performed the show for all students in first year. Thank you to Conor Carney who wrote the play and also for coming into the school over the past few months to rehearse with the students.

image009

SPORTS

First Year Girls Basketball

Our first year girls made the long journey to Portlaoise on Tuesday to take part in the all Ireland basketball play-offs. The girls played an outstanding first game against Coliaste Iognaid Galway leading by 20 points after the first quarter. AVS managed to keep this lead the entire game boosting the girls confidence before the next game against hosts Criost Ri. The first 3 quarters were very close but the girls found their stride in the final quarter and won the game by 16points.

The last game of the day seen AVS against Eureka Kells.  This was to be the decider to qualify for an All Ireland semi final.  AVS trailed by only one basket after the first quarter.  With some great defensive play by Holly Roarty, Ella McCalmont and Aoife Cox the girls fought really hard to close the gap. Kells made some skilful outside shots in the second half taking the lead by 14 points after the 3rd quarter. The team gave it everything they had left in them but it was Kells that took the honours on the day. Well done to the girls for a great season. The girls displayed fantastic commitment and teamwork throughout.

Second Year Boys Basketball All Ireland Finals Day

Over the easter holidays our second year boys basketball team will be training hard in preparation for the All Ireland Finals day in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, Dublin on the 1st May. The boys will play St Aidan’s CBS from Whitehall Dublin at 12am. The winners of this game will progress onto the All Ireland Final that day were they will play either Mercy College Ballymahon Co Longford or Colaiste Ide agus losef, Abbeyfeale Co Limerick at 3m.

U14 Boys Gaelic

On Wednesday the 10th April, Mr McLoone, Mr O’Donnell and there U14 boys GAA team traveled to Cavan to play in the Ulster quarter final.The boys from the AVS started off strong and this form continued for the rest of the game. AVS won the game comfortable in the end and nw progress to the Ulster semi final on the 2nd of May. Best on the day for AVS were Full forward Seanan Carr, half forwards Aaron McGroary and Adam Lyons, Midfielder John Bell and half backs Callum McCrea and Leo McGowan and cornerback Oisin Mogan. Well done to Mr McLoone, Mr O’Donnell and the boys.

Advertisements

Abbey VS Newsletter – Mon 4th April

Jason Quigley Visits the Abbey Vocational School

On Thursday the 4th of April the Abbey Vocational School welcomed Sporting Hero Jason Quigley. Jason gave a motivational talk to 5th year students. Students of the Abbey Vocational School found Jason’s talk inspiring, uplifting and motivational.

Jason had an extremely promising amateur career, which saw him rise to number one in both the International Boxing Association of Europe and World amateur rankings.

In 2009, Quigley participated in the European Youth Championships in Szezecin in Poland, defeating Emil Ahmadov of Azerbaijan 6-1 in the 69 kg final, to take home gold.

Quigley won gold at the 2011 Multi-Nations tournament in Helsinki Finland, defeating English fighter Anthony Ogogo 14-5 with an acclaimed performance in the final.

In June 2011 he won gold again in the Europen Amatuer Boxing Championship in Minsk. Quigley beat world number one Evhen Khytrov, before defeating Bogdan Juratoni in the middleweight final.

Quigley’s final amateur medal came in October, when he claimed silver at the World Amateur Boxing Championships  in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

In April 2014, it was announced that Quigley was turning professional. Former Professional Boxer Oscar De La Hoya said “Jason Quigley is part of the next generation of European boxers who are about to make their mark on the international stage. It also doesn’t hurt that he has the great nation of Ireland behind him, and I know they will support him wherever he goes”. Jason then moved to LA where he training with Golden Boy Gym. In 2018 Jason moved back to Europe and his base training camp is now in Sheffield where he still boxes under Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boys. Jason recently got is his 16 TKO during his British debut after defeating Angel Moreno.

image001

Career Guidance

We were delighted to welcome Vincent Kenney and Fiona Kelly from the Donegal ICT/FinTech cluster group to the school last Friday to meet with our TYs. They delivered an excellent information seminar on studying and working in the ICT/FinTech sector in Donegal.

 

  • 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 available to answer any scholarship related questions.
  • The SUSI Grant application process for 2019-20 will be covered over the coming weeks during Leaving Cert Career Guidance classes.
  • A Google Classroom for Apprenticeships & Traineeships is regularly updated. The classroom is available to all students interested in this further education route. The classroom code is available from Ms Faherty
  • All senior cycle students (6th, LCA & 5th years) are welcome to book a 1:1 appointment with their Guidance Counsellor.
  • Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

 

Abbey’s Got Talent- finally here !

On the 11th of April 2019, the Abbey Vocational School Hosts the final of Abbey’s Got Talent in the Abbey Hotel in Donegal Town.This show promises to be a fantastic night of high quality entertainment with MC Noel Cunningham and judges such as Conal Gallan and Martin Mc Ginley as well as other exciting acts. Rumour has it that staff members are featuring also !!

The Students are very excited about the forthcoming show and are a testament to the talent that is in abundance in the Abbey Vocational School! Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter page in the lead up to the show. @AbbeyVS and Abbey’s Got Talent 2019. The finalists of the ‘Abbey’s Got Talent’ are: Gavan Tanham and Joseph Hearty, Bree Hanna, Anna Mitchell and Erin Ryder, Rachel Reid and Eadaoin Rush, Luke Kelly, Oisin O’Donnell, Marie McGirr, Joseph Edwards, Robyn Harvey-Moulding, Conor McAllister and Gabriella Byrne, Matthew and Davy Byrne, Luke O’Sullivan, India Kennedy , Eamon Devlin.

IMTA Irish Junior Mathematics Competition

On Thursday the 28th of March the Students who came out top in our own local competition from the AVS took part in the IMTA Irish Junior Mathematics Competition. The competition is a multiple choice test for 1st Year students. The First Round is held in each participating school in March and based on results Students are invited to participate in the Regional Finals held throughout the county.The Students from the AVS included Colm McDermott, Lana Murphy, Meabh McNamara and Hugh McShane. Congratulations to Hugh McShane who won the competition and Lana Murphy who came fourth!

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!

image002

Drama Club

Drama club continuing Wednesdays – great turnout – please join us Wednesday after school in library – still need volunteers for short film project if you would like some acting for camera experience. Congratulations to Mr Donegan as his play “The Importance of Being Earnest” qualifies for the all-Ireland Drama Finals in Athlone this May.

 

English Theatre Trip

On Monday the 1st April two 3rd year English classes went to the Merchant session. This is a production by Cyclone. The Merchant Session is an entertaining and informative synthesis of analysis and performance that has the primary goal of helping Junior Cert learners in their understanding of Merchant of Venice while at the same time highlighting what a fine comedy it is. This abridged version of the play contains an entertaining scholarly review that clarifies the main themes and topics as well as an invitation for discussion.

 

Transition Year

Transition Year Sports Leadership Training Program

Students of the Abbey Vocational School are participating in the “Future Leaders Transition Year Programme” which is a joint initiative from the GAA and the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It is a cross-curricular programme comprising of eight modules, each 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. As part of the programme pupils are challenged to organise and run a GAA Super Games Blitz or set up a Super Games Centre for younger students and/or support coaching of younger players in their school or community.

image003

Drama Workshop

Drama Students in the Abbey Vocational School have been engaging in drama workshops for several weeks with Conor Carney and have focused on the theme of the Homeless. This production will now take plae next Friday from 11 to 1 pm 

Fintech Talk

On Friday the 29th of March Fiona Kelly from Letterkenny Institute of Technology and AVS past pupil Vincent Kennedy from SITA spoke to Transition Year Students in the Abbey Vocational School.

Fiona highlighted the merits of Letterkenny Institute of Technology with it’s130 programmes across four schools of Business, Tourism, Engineering and Science, with diverse courses that range from one to four years; combining academic theory with practical skills development.

Vincent explained to Students the work of SITA which stands for Societe Internationale de Telecommunications Aeronautiques. SITA is one of the world’s leading specialists in air transport communications and IT solutions. Their ethos is to look after the air transport from landing to take off, landside and airside.Transition Year Students enjoyed a very informative talk on the opportunities available in the technology sector.

Art Department

Transition Year students are organising a school photography competition which will be open to all age groups. Details will be posted on the school website and around the school in the coming days.

TY students are continuing their work on signs for the ‘Path to Nationhood’ project.

Also, congratulations to AVS student Sarah McGrory who’s painting titled ‘Imperfection’ has been shortlisted in this year’s Jigsaw Donegal Art competition

image004

image005

Science CSI Workshops

image006Transition Year Students enjoyed Science CSI Workshops on Wednesday the 3rd of April. CSI stands for Crime Scene Investigation and examines the entire process of conducting forensic science from the collection of evidence at the crime scene, through the examination of that evidence, to the presentation of how the evidence is processed.

Transition Year Students were immersed in the world of crime scene investigation and were given valuable clues and evidence to solve the sinister crime!

 

 

 

PAL Law Course

On Friday the 5th of April three Barristers from the P.A.L. programme visited Transition Year Students in the Abbey Vocational School.

The Public Access to Law (P.A.L) programme, now entering its 20th year, has become one of the most successful and unique initiatives in Irish Education. The P.A.L. programme strives to demystify the world of law and to incorporate in this Law Module many principles of Transition Year including thinking on one’s feet, research, presentation skills and teamwork.

image007

‘Growth’ Enterprise

Cormac, Aodhan and Luke are preparing for the Enterprise Finals in Dublin on Wednesday the 10th of April. Cormac is displaying the ‘Growth’ Enterprise Product.

image008

The Mini Company ‘Growth’ is dedicated to promoting greener and more environmentally friendly garden products. The three Students are environmentalists by nature and wanted to come up with a business idea that involved recycling. They have a working wormery that produces miracle grow liquid fertiliser and compost from food waste. Studies have proven that these products will boost plant growth by a factor of three.

They also sell the complete wormery kits to community groups/schools/households where they supply the vermiculture equipment, set it up and give advice on how best to care for the worms etc.

 

Later in the growing season they will have several nettle composters that will produce bottles of nutrient rich nettle tea fertiliser.

Spanish Trip to The Model in Sligo

On Thursday 4th of April Students from the AVS enjoyed a trip to the movies at The Model in Sligo. Entitled ‘Pasos De Héroe’or Hero Steps.

It is a Spanish film with English subtitles which tells the story of a young boy who overcomes what seems like insurmountable difficulties but never loses sight of his dreams. Eduardo is the victim of the brutal Colombian war. He has lost his leg due to a landmine explosion and is sent to a school that can cater for his disability. Despite Eduardo’s accident, he has big dreams, to enter and play in a football tournament.

image009

 

Tourism Training Programme

Well done to our TY students who received their certs on Monday last  after completing a 4-week course in the College of Tourism LYIT/Killybegs. Thank you to LYIT and Donegal County Council for this opportunity

image010

Fifteen TY students have completed a four day training programme with the School of Tourism. The programme was delivered by the School of Tourism’s experienced lecturers on the LYIT Killybegs Campus. There was many guest speakers from the tourism/hospitality industry also involved in the delivery of the programme. The areas that were covered throughout the weeks were as follows:

(a) ​Introduction to the Hospitality industry

(b) ​Tourism in Co. Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way

(c)​Customer care

(d) ​Introduction to food hygiene and food handling and

(e) ​Restaurant service.

Programme Delivery

The programme culminate in a live lunch service by the students to invited guests and a presentation of Certificates of Completion to all participants, last Monday in the LYIT Killybegs campus.

 

Sport

U14 Girls GAA

On Friday 5th April our U14 girls played in an Ulster quarter final.The girls had to travel to play Colaiste Dun An Ri  in Cavan. Abbey VS started off strong by getting a goal in the first minute. This form continued with a point from Holly Roarty. The Cavan girls started to come back into the match by getting three points in a row. Both teams were very well matched and it was a tough battle for both sets of players. The Cavan girls managed to get two goals within a few minutes of each other just before half time. The second half saw much of the same as the first, each team scoring some fantastic points, especially Roisin Lynch, Holly Roartry and Emma Sweeney for Abbey VS. Unfortunately the girls from  Abbey VS were not able to make up the difference of the two goals in the first half and were defeated by 6 points at the end of the game. Well done to all the girls for their hard work throughout the year.

image011

Second Year Girls Basketball

AVS second year girls competed in all Ireland basketball play offs in Navan this week. The girls played a really tough game against a strong Ballina team. With only a 4 point margin in it for the majority of the game the Ballina side took control of the game in the last 3 minutes and won by 8.

 

The girls had a fantastic game against Portarlington leading 22 – 2 after the first quarter. They went on to win this game easy with some great scores from all onbthe panel. Last game of the day was again the hosts Navan. Unfortunately Ballina had already won all 3 matches which meant the second years couldn’t qualify. Despite this they put on great performance again and won comfortably by 16 points. The girls have had an outstanding school season
They have shown great commitment and teamwork throughout. A talented team that will definitely get an another opportunity at this level.

 

Second Year Boys Basketball Team

On Tuesday the 2nd of April our 2nd yr boys basketball team travelled to Castleknock in Dublin to play in the All Ireland Playoff. On the day the boys faced, Castleknock Community College, Colaiste Bhaile Chlair and Cnoc Mhuire Granard. The first game the boys were up against Colaiste Bhaile Chlair. It was a slow start to the game for both teams, but eventually at the end of the first quarter Abbey got on the scoreboard with scores from,Niall Prendville, Jake Graham, Conor Gillispie Ben McNeely and Leo McGowan. Thankfully the scoring at the end of the first quarter continued for the rest of the match and the boys came out convincing winners. Final score AVS 65 Colaiste Bhaile Chlair 42

 

Next up was the host Castleknock Community College, the boys started this game as they finished the first game back getting into a 10 point  lead in the first quarter. In the second quarter the boys from Castleknock tried to get back into the game but for every score Castleknock scores, Abbey scored two. This continued for the rest of the game. There was some brilliant scores during the game from Niall Prendville, Daniel Quinn, Jack Kenny and Jake Graham. Final score AVS 49 CCC 26.

Going into the final game against Cnoc Mhuire Granard, it was the winner takes all as both teams where on the same points. Abbey started off strong with some fantastic individuals score by Niall Prendville and Daniel Quinn. Granard started to fight back but Abbey’s defence was just too strong. The start of the second quarter Abbey extended their lead  into a 20 point lead and finished out the game in this manner. Final score AVS 55 Granard.

The Abbey boys were the winners of the overall tournament. Winning all games by 20 plus points. There was some great individual and team displays throughout all three games. The boys now go on to the All Ireland semi final on the st of May in The National Basketball Arena in Dublin. If the boys are successful in the semi final, they will then play the All Ireland Final on the same day. Good luck to all the boys and their management team.
image012

1st Year boys Soccer

A much anticipated final fixture in the Donegal league. As both teams have previously qualified for semi final positions it was a chance for both teams to have a look at the full squad. Abbey boys lost 4 – 2 on this occasion. The first half was an evenly matched high standard of good football. Both teams creating chances. Slightly against the run of play St. Columba’s scored the opening goal. A short time later Ruairi McLaughlin hammered home a shot from outside the box in off the crossbar. A much deserved equaliser. 1-1 at half time a good reflection of play.

The second half allowed managers to introduce fresh legs to the game on both sides. Donal Gallagher and James Boyd came on for Daniel McIntyre and Callum McCrea. St. Columbas went ahead only for Ruairi McLaughlin to convert a long range free with another superb strike. 2 – 2 with 10 minutes to play. Excellent performances from Senan Carr, Caolan Sweeney in mid field kept the team searching for a winner. Equally a man of the match performance from Ryan Kennedy at full back denied Columba’s on numerous occasions.

With both benches emptied it was St.Columba’s who found the net twice more to seal the win. Abbey will take much confidence from their game and will have no fear if chance allows for a further encounter.

We now await notification from Ollie Horgan the league organiser for our Semi Final opponents, date and venue.

image013

 

 

 

Abbey V.S. Newsletter – Mon 1st April 2019

IMTA Irish Junior Mathematics Competition

On Thursday the 28th of March Students from the AVS took part in the IMTA Irish Junior Mathematics Competition. The competition is a multiple choice test for 1st Year students. The First Round is held in each participating school in March and based on results Students are invited to participate in the Regional Finals held throughout the county. The Students from the AVS included Colm McDermott, Lana Murphy, Meabh McNamara and Hugh McShane. Congratulations to Hugh McShane who won the competition and Lana Murphy who came fourth.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!

Safer Internet Dream Space Awards 2019

On Thursday 28th March winners of the Webwise Safer Internet Winners travelled to Dublin to the amazing  Microsoft Dreamspace for the Eir Business Cyber Secure Roadshow. The Webwise Safer Internet Winners were Jack Lennox, Brandon Billingsley, Jessica Given, Kevin Canny, Frank Duffy, Katelyn Duffy, Emma Coulter, Chris Darby, Ciara Joyce and Hannah Crawford.

Business and enterprise have never operated in a time of greater cyber security. Their teacher Ms Cunningham and Mr Clarke travelled with the students on the day where students received their award for best cyber bullying video. The students enjoyed a gig with band – chasing Abbey and were delighted to recieve this award for their work.

Career Guidance

  1. Leaving Certs should at this stage be researching all relevant Scholarship This information has been covered in their career guidance classes.  The student’s Guidance Counsellor is available to answer any scholarship related questions.
  2. The SUSI Grant application process will open in early April 2019. Further information will be provided by the student’s Guidance Counsellor during Career Guidance class.
  3. A Google Classroom for Apprenticeships & Traineeships is regularly updated. The classroom is available to all students interested in this further education route. The classroom code is available from Ms Faherty.
  4. GMIT will present to Leaving Certs on Thursday, 04 April @ 55 – 12.35 in the library.
  5. All Senior cycle students (6th, LCA & 5th years) are welcome to book a 1:1 appointment with their Guidance Counsellor.
  6. Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

 

The Music Department

Leaving Certificate Music Practical Examinations were held on Wednesday the 27th, Thursday the 28th and Friday the 29th of March. The students were busy perfecting their performance programmes. Junior Cert Practical Examinations are also on for three days starting Monday 31st March.

As well as vocal soloists and groups, many instrumental players were examined… Everything from guitar, drumkit, piano, saxophone, fiddle accordion, banjo to bagpipes. All were happy with their exams which are worth 50% of their overall grade.

Forty four Junior cert music students will also be examined next week with the Junior Cert Practical Examinations on for three days starting Monday 31st March.

Preparations are busy for the school talent show. Finalists are working on songs for promotion as well as for on the night.  It promises to be a great night!

Drama Club

The Drama Club is continuing this week with a tutorial after school on Wednesday and also at lunchtime on Thursday. If you are interested in joining an innovative and engaging group to improve acting and performance skills and have lots of fun then come along to the Drama Club!

There is a short-film project in the process of being produced by creative, inspiring and determined fifth year Students with members of the Drama Club playing the roles in this short educational film to raise awareness around the issue of anxiety.

If you are interested in getting actively involved please contact Robyn Harvey-Moulding and Emily Erskine.

English Department

The English Department would like to congratulate Mr Sean Donegan on his win for Best Supporting Actor at the Strabane Drama Festival on Saturday the 23rd of March. The Ballyshannon Drama Club are now through to the RTE All Ireland Drama finals in Athlone. Well done Mr. Donegan!

Art Department

The TY National School Art Competition concluded this week. Winners were – 1st place – Rosie Mae Weir (Scoil Aodh Rua agus Nuala), 2nd place – Millie Hughes (St. Eunan’s N.S., Laghey), 3rd place Holly Towey (Scoil Aodh Rua agus Nuala). Well done to all those students who participated. A selection of entries from each school can be viewed on the AVS school website.

TY students are currently painting signs as part of Mr. Lafferty’s ‘Path to Nationhood’ history project which is now entering its final stages.

AVS Environmental

2nd Year Wellbeing classes have been studying Environmental Awareness over the past term. Students were asked to choose a pressing environmental issue for further research. Students have been busy completing research and compiling their projects over the last few weeks. Students will have to present their findings in the coming weeks. Some groups of students have been engaged in very interesting projects such as the impact of plastic on the oceans, ways to reduce plastic pollution, the effects of plastic on animals and one group have investigated how many plastic bottles are used each day in the school.

Science Club

The Science Club was in action again this week. First year students gained the opportunity to further develop their microscopy and investigation skills through a series of short challenges.

Students examined the prepared slides distributed and were then set to task to investigate whether the samples provided originated from a living or non living source.

It was an enjoyable meeting once again. Well done to all the attending students who are fully availing of this chance to further their knowledge and interest here through the club. Thank you to Ms. McGuinness and Mr. Monahan for facilitating and fostering our students interests in this area.

Science Club is on every Wed at lunchtime in room 33. All welcome!

Abbeys Got Talent Finalist
On the 11th of April 2019, the Abbey Vocational School Hosts the final of Abbey’s Got Talent in the Abbey Hotel in Donegal Town.

This show promises to be a fantastic night of high quality entertainment with MC Noel Cunningham and judges such as Conal Gallan and Martin Mc Ginley as well as other exciting acts. Rumour has it that staff members are featuring also!!

Well done to our finalists:

  • Gavan Tanham and Joseph Hearty
  • Bree Hanna, Anna Mitchell and Erin Ryder
  • Rachel Reid and Eadaoin Rush
  • Luke Kelly
  • Oisin O’Donnell
  • Marie McGirr
  • Joseph Edwards
  • Robyn Harvey-Moulding
  • Conor McAllister and Gabriella Byrne
  • Matthew and Davy Byrne
  • Luke O’Sullivan
  • India Kennedy
  • Eamon Devlin

The Students are very excited about the forthcoming show and are a testament to the talent that is in abundance in the Abbey Vocational School! Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter page in the lead up to the show. @AbbeyVS and Abbey’s Got Talent 2019.

Active Schools Flag

As part of the Active Schools flag initiative, Students are encouraged to take part in more activities to improve their mental health and wellbeing. Using the Drop everything and walk methodology Students enjoy the lovely sunshine in Donegal!

Fintech Visit the AVS:

Vincent Kennedy a member of the Donegal ICT/FinTech working group which was established last year to promote studying and working in ICT/FinTech in Donegal visited our Tys on Friday last.

Vincent explained the ICT/FinTech sector, the opportunities it provides, and how to secure a career in one of the associated fields.

The session was highly informative and interactive for pupils with technology based audience participation. Students learnt or the whole world or opportunities that are available to them in this sector and it really opened up so many doors to many. We are very appreciate of Vincent coming to us on this day.

N.F.T.E.“Growth” Mini Company Winners!

Aodhan McCrudden,Cormac MacSuibhne and Luke Kelly, Students from the Abbey Vocational School, were winners of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship in Letterkenny with their Mini Company ‘Growth’ on Wednesday the 13th of March. In advance of the finals in Dublin the Students are now working on their branding and marketing, producing business cards and flyers.

Aodhan McCrudden gave his reaction to winning the coveted N.F.T.E. Title;

“I was shocked when I realised we had won, I am nervous and excited about heading to Dublin and think we have a good product”.

The Mini Company ‘Growth’ is dedicated to promoting greener and more environmentally friendly garden products. The three Students are environmentalists by nature and wanted to come up with a business idea that involved recycling. They have a working wormery that produces miracle grow liquid fertiliser and compost from food waste. Studies have proven that these products will boost plant growth by a factor of three.

They also sell the complete wormery kits to community groups/schools/households where they supply the vermiculture equipment, set it up and give advice on how best to care for the worms etc.

Later in the growing season they will have several nettle composters that will produce bottles of nutrient rich nettle tea fertiliser.

TRANSITION YEAR

Energia Renewable Energy

image001Transition Year Students from the Abbey Vocational School were immersed in the world of renewable energy this week.

Representatives from Learn Renewables, Paul and Gerry, explained to Transition Year Students that 25% of Ireland’s wind power is provided through Energia via self owned wind farms or from power purchase agreements. Renewable Energy and wind energy in particular is inherently sustainable; i.e. using it does not have an ongoing negative impact on life in the future.

It has a number of key advantages over conventional means of electricity generation:

  • It involves very low emissions of “greenhouse gases”
  • The fuel supplies will not run out
  • The fuel is free and indigenous- it is not subject to fuel price variations and does not have to be imported

Learn Renewables were invited to the Abbey Vocational School to give a 40-50 minute workshop on wind energy, exploring energy in the student’s lives and then exploring where that energy comes from. Having identified that electricity is critical to modern life, the question was asked “How we can make electricity in Ireland?” From here Students tasked with building their own turbine rotors from simple materials and seeing how much electricity they can make, and how much their classmates can make. This interactive workshop was aimed a complementing classroom learning in energy and environmental issues while being interactive and entertaining

Transition Year Sports Leadership Training Program

Students of the Abbey Vocational School are participating in the “Future Leaders Transition Year Programme” which is a joint initiative from the GAA and the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It is a cross-curricular programme comprising of eight modules, each 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. As part of the programme pupils are challenged to organise and run a GAA Super Games Blitz or set up a Super Games Centre for younger students and/or support coaching of younger players in their school or community.

Transition Year Students will be enlightened on security solutions which are aimed at protecting business revenue and safeguarding their reputation.

Tourism Training Programme

Fifteen TY students have completed a four day training programme with the School of Tourism. The programme was delivered by the School of Tourism’s experienced lecturers on the LYIT Killybegs Campus. There was many guest speakers from the tourism/hospitality industry also involved in the delivery of the programme. The areas that were covered throughout the weeks were as follows:

(a) ​Introduction to the Hospitality industry

(b) ​Tourism in Co. Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way

(c)​ Customer care

(d) ​Introduction to food hygiene and food handling and

(e) ​Restaurant service.

Programme Delivery

The programme will culminate in a live lunch service by the students to invited guests and a presentation of Certificates of Completion to all participants, this Monday in the LYIT Killybegs campus.

image002

A.W.A.R.E. Workshops

On Friday the 29th march, students from TY D took part in an Aware workshop. Aware aim is to create a society where people affected by stress, depression, bipolar disorder and mood related conditions are understood, supported, free from stigma, and are encouraged to access appropriate therapies. Thank you to Maggie for delivering a very informative and worthwhile session. The objectives of the workshop was:

  • To inform and educate on the nature, extent and consequences of depression
  • To provide emotional and practical support to those affected by depression, bipolar and related disorders
  • To provide positive mental health and resilience training
  • To support research into the development and treatment of depression and related issue

SPORTS

First Year Boys Soccer:

The AVS 1st year boys arrived in Maghery on Friday morning, ready to build on recent wins when they met the Rosses Community School of Dungloe. Playing against the wind in the first half, Seanán Carr set the pace early having hit the crossbar in the opening minutes. The boys settled into a well organised passing game, for which they were rewarded just ten minutes in with Ruairi McLaughlin finding the back of the net. The boys continued to control throughout the half, with Ruari scoring his second of the game 25 minutes in. As halftime neared, the Rosses scored on the break cutting Abbey’s lead back to one. However, reflecting the drive shown throughout the first half, AVS was quick to restart. The ball was pushed forward, allowing Ruairi to complete his hat trick just seconds after the restart. At halftime the Abbey lead 3-1.

The match proved to be a game of two halves however, with the Abbey struggling to show the dominance they brought in the first. Highlights included a couple of well taken free kicks from Daniel McIntyre and a great opportunity to add a fourth early with the keeper for the Rosses making back to back saves, denying Matthew Byrne. A penalty halfway through the half saw Rosses pull a goal back before a controversial third goal levelled the match just before the full-time whistle was blown, ending the match at three a piece.

Many of the players put in a great display, but with three goals to his name on the day, Ruairi McLaughlin was the coaches choice for Man of the Match.

U14 Girls GAA

On Tuesday the 26th March our U14 girls took part in an Ulster knock out blitz. On the day the schools had to play four 20min games, first up was Holy Cross. The girls were playing into a very strong wind during the first half, but they managed to get the first score on the board, but after this Holy cross made the most of the wind advantage by scoring 1-4 without any reply from Abbey. Once the second half started Abbey came out fighting and pulled back the score to make it a drew game with 2 minutes to go but Holy Cross managed to get a goal, there only score of the second half, straight away Abbey went back up the pitch and Holly Roarty put the ball over the bar but it was too late as the ref blow the final whistle.

Next up for Abbey was the Rosses. The girls came out fighting as they finished the first match, with a score straight away from Ciara Gillespie Cassidy, followed by scores from, Holly Roarty, Orlagh Green, Chloe Shovlin and Caoimhe Green. The girls from the Rosses tried to fight back but Abbey held on to win the match.

The 3rd game saw the girls from AVS face Bundoran, as before the girls got off to a great start with scores from Aoife Cox, Ciara Gillespie Cassidy and Rosin Lynch.  Abbey didn’t let the girls from Bundoran near their half of the pitch throughout the game and finished the game as convincing winners.

After 3 games in a row, the girls faced St Columbus in the final game, which was a must win game to progress to the next stage of Ulster. The first half saw very little scores from either team, Columbus managed to get a goal just before half time. In the second half with the wind at their backs abbey came out strong with 3 points in a row by Holly Roarty, Aoife Cox, and Ciara Gillespie Cassidy, but St Columbus managed to sneak a point just before the ref blow the final whistle. St Columbus won the game by one point and progressed to the next stage of Ulster.

Team: Rachel Boyle, Roisin Lynch, Holly Roarty, Kayleigh Boyle , Aoife Cox , Zoe gallagher , Laura Sweeney, Meadbh Gallagher, Emma Meehan , Caoimhe Greene, Victoria Bradley, Ella McKinney , Jessica Gallagher, Niamh McCauley, Katie Gillespie, Sórcha Walsh, Chloe Shovlin, Ciara Gillespie Cassidy, Christine Gysling, Orlagh Green

image003

Basketball

2nd yr Boys Basketball

Good luck to our 2nd year boys who  are playing in the All Ireland Playoff next Tuesday in Dublin. The boys go to the playoff as North West Regional winners. On the day, they will play Colaiste Bhaile Chláir, Castleknock CC  and Cnoc Mhuire Granard. Good luck boys!

image004

1st year girls Basketball

Good luck to our 1st year girls who head to Portlaoise   for the All Ireland Playoff on the 9th of April . The girls had a very successful campaign so far, winning the North West Regional League. Well done the team adn coach Ms O  Mahoney.

image005

2nd year girls basketball

Good luck to our Minor girls who head to navan for the All Ireland Playoff on the 3rd  of April . The girls had a superb campaign so far, winning the North West Regional League. Congratulations to the team and coach Ms O Mahoney

image006

 

 

Abbey VS Newsletter – Mon 25th March

Student Enterprise Awards Winners in Senior Category

Congratulations to Aodhan McCrudden, Cormac MacSuibhne and Luke Kelly, Students from the Abbey Vocational School, who were overall winners at the Student Enterprise Award in Letterkenny. There were 35 entries in this category. Well done also to teacher Mc Lucy Gordon.

image001

The Mini Company ‘Growth’ is dedicated to promoting greener and more environmentally friendly garden products. The three Students are environmentalists by nature and wanted to come up with a business idea that involved recycling. They have a working wormery that produces miracle grow liquid fertiliser and compost from food waste. Studies have proven that these products will boost plant growth by a factor of three.

image004They 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.

Student Enterprise Awards Winnners in Junior Category: image005

Also, well done to Sorcha, Summer, Christina, Aoife, Amy and Lucy from Tweedelicious who were the Overall Junior winners at the Student Enterprise Awards in Letterkenny

“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 use 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. 

The Abbey Vocational School was also represented by the innovative designs of ‘Cute as a Button’ and  ‘Abbey Sportswear’. Congratulations to all the Students who participated highlighting their creative flair and enterprising minds!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Student Council Initiatives : Support for Down Syndrome:

The Student Council organised an Odd Socks Day in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland on Thursday the 21st March.

The role of the Abbey Vocational School Student Council is to ensure that the voice of the Irish second-level student is heard. The Student Council strives for innovation and democracy within the education system making sure the voice, views and opinions of Students of the Abbey Vocational School are heard, listened to and most importantly respected.

A big thank you to Staff and Students for generously contributing €325.25

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Student Council: Culture Day- One Together!

The Students of the Abbey Vocational School to part in a celebration of Culture Day by cooking, preparing and displaying foods from different cultures all over the world. The ethos of Culture Day is to celebrate cultural diversity, to open  dialogue and provide opportunity for us to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn more about other cultures!

There are students in the Abbey Vocational School from over 20 countries, many of whom go home after school to speak their native language and eat national dishes.  They were delighted to show some parts of their culture displaying their national flags, Jerseys, costume, pictures.  Most importantly, they prepared food from their country.  The staff and students were treated to free samples of everything from French croissants to Australian mar-mite, Polish dumplings to Thai Mango cake and Afghan dates..  Some even learned how to eat with chopsticks. The only stipulation on the day was that the students said please and thank-you in the language of their country… ‘Pord’…’Bitte’…’Por Favour’…’Onegaishimasu’!  Entertainment was American Blues played and sung by Jo Hearty and Luke Kelly.  Photographer for the day was Emily Erskine

Under the banner ‘One Together’, the event was great fun, and it truly helped us to appreciate and value our students who have cultural backgrounds from all over the world!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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!

image020

Guidance

  1. Leaving Certs applying to DARE and/or HEAR – all accompanying documentation must reach the CAO by 01 April 2019 @ 5.15 p.m. This is the student’s responsibility.  The CAO’s postal address is:  CAO, Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway. The Guidance department will be happy to answer any questions from students and parents/guardians.
  2. Leaving Certs should at this stage be researching all relevant Scholarship This information has been covered in their career guidance classes.  The student’s Guidance Counsellor is available to answer any scholarship related questions.
  3. The SUSI Grant application process will open in early April 2019. Further information will be provided by the student’s Guidance Counsellor during Career Guidance class.
  4. A Google Classroom for Apprenticeships & Traineeships is regularly updated. The classroom is available to all students interested in this further education route. The classroom code is available from Ms Faherty.
  5. GMIT will present to Leaving Certs on Thursday, 04 April @ 11.55 – 12.35 in the library.
  6. All senior cycle students (6th, LCA & 5th years) are welcome to book a 1:1 appointment with their Guidance Counsellor.
  7. Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

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!image022

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!

Drama Club

The Drama Club is continuing this week with a tutorial after school on Wednesday and also at lunchtime on Thursday. If you are interested in joining an innovative and engaging group to improve acting and performance skills and have lots of fun then come along to the Drama Club!

There is a short-film project in the process of being produced by creative, inspiring and determined fifth year Students with members of the Drama Club playing the roles in this short educational film to raise awareness around the issue of anxiety.

If you are interested in getting actively involved please contact Robyn Harvey-Moulding and Emily Erskine.

The Music Department

Leaving Cert Music Practical Exams begin next Wednesday for 3 days.  The students are busy perfecting their performance programmes.  Junior Cert Practical Examinations are 3 days starting Monday 31st March.. Students are also busy preparing for the upcoming Talent Show.  It promises to be a great night

Abbeys Got Talent Finalist.
On the 11th of April 2019, the Abbey Vocational School Hosts the final of Abbey’s Got Talent in the Abbey Hotel in Donegal Town.

This show promises to be a fantastic night of high quality entertainment with MC Noel Cunningham and judges such as Conal Gallan and Martin Mc Ginley as well as other exciting acts. Rumour has it that staff members are featuring also !!

Well done to our finalists:

  • Gavan Tanham and Joseph Hearty
  • Bree Hanna, Anna Mitchell and Erin Ryder
  • Rachel Reid and Eadaoin Rush
  • Luke Kelly
  • Oisin O’Donnell
  • Marie McGirr
  • Joseph Edwards
  • Robyn Harvey-Moulding
  • Conor McAllister and Gabriella Byrne
  • Matthew and Davy Byrne
  • Luke O’Sullivan
  • India Kennedy
  • Eamon Devlin

The Students are very excited about the forthcoming show and are a testament to the talent that is in abundance in the Abbey Vocational School! Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter page in the lead up to the show. @AbbeyVS and Abbey’s Got Talent 2019.

Transition Year  -Makeup Master Class

Transition Year Students were treated to a Makeup Master Class in the Abbey Hotel on Tuesday the 19th of March.

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

Transition Year Students were educated on the benefits of a healthy eating and fitness regime, drinking lots of water and on prepping the skin. Students gained invaluable tips and information and were treated to a step by step guide on how to apply foundation, eye shadow, lipstick and blush. As Karla explained “Less is more, it’s about enhancing your beauty and not putting on a mask”.

image024

 Y.S.I. Sligo

On Thursday the 21st of March Students from the Abbey Vocational School took part in the Young Social Innovators Event in the Clayton Hotel in Sligo.

The Y.S.I. Event aims to highlight innovative initiatives developed by Students. Students and Young Innovators are challenged to look at the world around us and to identify and explore issues affecting us, our friends, our community and wider society. More than just coming up with a solution, Young Innovators are asked to put that idea into action and to create change. Seeing other perspectives, expertise and creativity to design solutions based on real human experience and need. Gaining real experience working in a team and develop skills in leadership, communication and project planning and management.

The Abbey Vocational School project is called ‘AVS Homeless Campaign’, the aim of the project is to make a care park that can be handed out to homeless people to give them a little comfort during a difficult time.

The YSI Students decided on their project in class and feel it is a very serious issue in Ireland and wanted to try and do something that may make someone a little bit more comfortable while they are experiencing homeless.

There were 9,987 people homeless in the week of January 21st-27th 2019 across Ireland. This figure includes adults and children. The number of homeless families has increased by 83% since January 2016. More than one in three people in emergency accommodation is a child. However, this number does not include ‘hidden homelessness’ which refers to people who are living in squats or ‘sofa surfing’ with friends. Furthermore, women and children staying in domestic violence refuges are not included in these homeless emergency accommodation countsAfter doing research, AVS Students found out that there are 12 people officially homeless in Co Donegal so this is where they will distribute their first homeless care packs. After this they will look to work with other charities around Ireland.

When making the packs, the Students contacted Peter McVerry trust to ask their advice on what could be included in the packs. After receiving a list they then sourced the items, from local shops and organizations.

image026

AVS Great Abbey Bake Off

Inspired by the Great British Bake Off, Transition Year Students engaged in a spot of baking! AVS winners are in 1st place-India Kennedy & Roisín Feeney, 2nd place-Ella Pearmain & Richard O’Rourke, 3rd place-Bronagh Mulroy & Roseanne Kelly & highly commended Chloe Boyle & Aimee Gallagher.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Transition Year Sports Leadership Training 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 eight modules, each designed to encourage maturity, initiative, responsibility and leadership skills in pupils.

Tourism Training Programme

The School of Tourism will be delivering a four-day tourism-training programme for Transition Year students one day per week, over four weeks during March and April 2019.  Fifteen TY students will have the opportunity to participate in the programme. In total 60 students will complete the programme.

The programme focuses on the following:

(a) ​Introduction to the Hospitality industry

(b) ​Tourism in Co. Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way

(c)​Customer care

(d) ​Introduction to food hygiene and food handling and

(e) ​Restaurant service.

Programme Delivery

The programme is delivered by the School of Tourism’s experienced lecturers on the LYIT Killybegs Campus.  The programme will culminate in a live lunch service by the students to invited guests and a presentation of Certificates of Completion to all participants.Guest speakers from the tourism/hospitality industry will be invited to address the groups.

image032

TY Architect in Schools Project

image035Ms Tara Quinn will visit AVS to work with TY students on Friday the 22nd March on the TY Architect in Schools Project. The National Architects in Schools Initiative is an exciting programme for Transition Year students. Architects are placed in schools to facilitate hands-on design workshops with student groups in 25 schools across Ireland. This initiative builds on five years of successful schools programming from the Irish Architecture Foundation and provides students with the opportunity to develop an appreciation of architecture and design, learn a variety of new skills and gain insight to the professional life of designers and architects. Participating architects are recruited and mentored by the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) and placed in schools to devise and facilitate workshops in collaboration with teachers.

SPORT

Minor Girls Basketball Team North West Champions

The first and second year girls basketball teams headed to Sligo on Tuesday 19th March to play their regional finals. Both teams had met Ballinamore in the first game of the season. The first year team had lost by a basket that day and were determined to come out victorious this time round. Holly Roarty scored all 8 point in the first quarter leaving AVS up by one. With brilliant  team players on court for the second quarter the girls fought hard under the boards and scored 14 points the majority off a quick daybreak. Ella Mc Calmont played brilliantly on offense and defense, clocking up 6 points in that quarter.  The girls kept this momentum throughout the second half and worked so hard on defense to finally come out victorious with a scoreline of 40  AVS – 22. Ballinamore

Junior Girls Basketball Teams – North West Champions

Unbeaten so far this season the second year girls were fit and ready to take on Ballinamore once more. The girls got off to a brilliant start with Katie Gillespie and Sophia Mazuiri dominating the boards and scoring 17 points between them in the first quarter. The girls switched to a zone defense in the second half of the game which forced Ballinamore to take some difficult our side shots.

With some great baskets from Roisin Gillespie , captain Emma Meehan and stay Donovan the AVS girls clocked up 47 points to come out victorious yet again against this tough Ballinamore side.

AVS 47 – 23 Ballinamore

1st Year Boys Soccer – 5-2 win
Another good result for AVS in cold conditions in Letterkenny against St. Eunans. Abbey boys showed a notable improvement in their ability to be at match speed during the opening encounters. Eunans choosing to play with the wind in the first half played very high up the pitch but failing to capitalise. Abbey having settled into a consistent passing game opened the scoring with a cross from Caolan Sweeney finding Senan Carr. Shortly after a counter attack from a Eunans corner saw Ruairi McLaughlin set up Caolan Sweeney for the second goal. Abbey secured a third goal with a super cross from Matthew Byrne releasing Ruairi to score. St. Eunans showed great character in scoring their opening goal from a well taken corner just before half time.

With Eunans struggling to get out of their own half after the break it really highlighted how good the Abbey passing game was in the first half. Continuous pressure and opportunities converted into a fourth score with a second goal from Ruairi McLaughlin. Both teams began to utilise players from their panels. AVS happy to ensure players get the opportunity to challenge for positions on the team. St Eunans scored from a counter attack of their own and with their tails up it was an exciting last 10 mins. However it was Abbey who sealed the game when Donal Gallagher came off the bench to score a great goal headed in from a free kick swung in from the right side of the box.
A difficult choice for the coaches this week in selecting the motm with serious work effort from David Monaghan, Caolan Sweeney and Senan Carr, solid performances also from Daniel McIntyre, Shea Byrne and Oisin Moogan. In the end Ruairi McLaughlin got the selection on this occasion. Well done to all involved, including David Crawford, Eoghan Rooney and Richard O’Rourke for their assistance on the day.

U15s Boy’s Soccer

The u15 Boy’s Soccer Team of the Abbey Vocational School took on a very strong St Colomba’s team. The final score was 4-2 with goals from Conor Campbell and Ruiri McLaughlin.

image037

Orienteering

Class 2B enjoyed their culminating lesson on Orienteering in Gartan OEC on Tuesday 19th March. Students displayed great skills of map setting, thumbing and teamwork as they planned, executed, and reflected on the 30 control score event. All students enjoyed what was a very positive experience around their assessment as part of the new Junior Cycle PE short course. Many thanks to Gartan OEC, the parents of students involved and of course the students themselves for making the day an all round success. They have pioneered the way forward on how assessment can be both meaningful and enjoyable.

image039

2nd Year Boys Basketball

North West Regional Semi Final

Our second year boys basketball team came up against St. Louis in the second year b league on Thursday the 21st of March. 1st quarter line-up: Oisín Mogan, Niall Prendeville, Jake Graham, Daniel Quinn and Dylan Caldwell.

St. Louis started off the first quarter strongly with a 2-5 lead, scoring from all of their chances. Abbey didn’t seem phased though, answering St. Louis with a brilliant put back from Daniel Quinn and a free throw from Niall Prendeville to tie the game.This seemed to spur the Abbey on as they completely dominated the rest of the first quarter finishing with a score of 18-5.

Second Quarter line-up: Jack Kenny, Ethan Kenny, Ben McNeely, Leo McGown, and Conor Gillespie. The start of the second quarter was very even with both teams exchanging scores. Several missed opportunities from the Abbey gave St. Louis a chance to slowly edge their way back into the game with the second quarter finishing at 26-16 to the Abbey.

Third quarter line-up: Ben McNeely, Jake Graham, Leo McGown, Niall Prendeville and Ethan Kenny. Superb scores from Leo McGown and Niall Prendeville put Abbey out of reach at the start of the third quarter. St. Louis couldn’t take advantage of several consecutive fouls by the Abbey which left game comfortably in the Abbey’s hands with a score of 39-25 at the end of the third quarter.

Fourth quarter line-up: Jake Graham, Daniel Quinn, Dylan Caldwell, Leo McGown and Niall Prendeville. St. Louis started strong in the final quarter but three subs- Ben McNeely, Barry Burke and Oisin Mogan- refreshed the Abbey side. The Abbey didn’t hold back, even though they were well ahead, racking up a final score of 47-28 in a well deserved win.

Abbey scorers: Ben McNeely(4), Daniel Quinn(10), Jake Graham(2), Niall Prendeville(19), Conor Gillespie(4), Leo McGown(8).

North West Regional Final – AVS Champions!

The boys came up against Carrick on Shannon in the second year  North West Regional Final on Friday the 22nd March in Sligo. This was the second time the boys have played Carrick-on-Shannon this year as they faces them in the league and our boys came out winners on that occasion.
Abbey started strong with scores from Conor Gillespie and Niall Prendeville. Carrick worked their way back into the game but abbey finished the first quarter ahead by 1 point.
The second quarter saw two very evenly  matched teams as both team battled for scores. Daniel Quinn, Jake Graham fought hard to get on the scoreboard.
Abbey finished this quarter ahead by 1 point again.
At the start of the 3rd quarter after a change in tactics by Frank Cornyn, Abbey came out fighting and pulled away to a 10 point lead with some great scores by Niall Prendeville, Jake Graham, Ben McNeely and Daniel Quinn. This form continued into the last quarter and despite the Carrick lads trying to fight back they were not able to break the strong Abbey defence. Abbey finished off the game with some fine scores from Daniel and Niall again. Final score on the day Abbey 45 and Carrick on Shannon 37. Well done lads! They now move into the All Ireland playoff on the 2nd of April.
Abbey scorers: Ben McNeely(4), Daniel Quinn(9), Jake Graham(7), Niall Prendeville(23), Conor Gillespie(2).

 

 

Abbey VS Newsletter – 18th March 2019

World Book Day Winners!

The Abbey Vocational School were delighted to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 7th March 2019. The English Department held competitions for the best book cover, engaged in D.E.A.R., Drop , Everything and Read, and many more initiatives throughout the day. Over the last 22 years, World Book Day has become firmly established as Ireland’s biggest annual event promoting the enjoyment of books and reading. The main aim is to encourage children to explore the pleasure of books and reading by providing them with an opportunity to have a book of their own.

image001

N.F.T.E. Finals

image003Congratulations to Aodhan McCrudden, Cormac MacSuibhne and Luke Kelly, Students from the Abbey Vocational School, who took part in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship in Letterkenny with their Mini Company ‘Growth’ on Wednesday the 13th of March.

The Mini Company ‘Growth’ is dedicated to promoting greener and more environmentally friendly garden products. The three Students are environmentalists by nature and wanted to come up with a business idea that involved recycling. They have a working wormery that produces miracle grow liquid fertiliser and compost from food waste. Studies have proven that these products will boost plant growth by a factor of three.

They also sell the complete wormery kits to community groups/schools/households where they supply the vermiculture equipment, set it up and give advice on how best to care for the worms etc.

Later in the growing season they will have several nettle composters that will produce bottles of nutrient rich nettle tea fertiliser.

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) is a cutting edge, world recognised, youth entrepreneurship education and development programme.  It is managed and provided by Foróige in Ireland and is affiliated to NFTE International.

image004The NFTE programme has been shown to improve the business, academic and life skills of young people. Foróige NFTE is committed to changing the lives of young people in communities by enabling them to develop core skills in business and enterprise, and in doing so help them to unlock their individual talents and potential. Foróige NFTE operates in-school and out-of-school programmes, both of which have been shown to be successful in increasing school completion and college attendance rates.

image005Aodhan, Cormac and Luke are now through to the NFTE National Semi-Final in Dublin at the end of the month!

Art Department

This week 5th year Art students of the Abbey Vocational School are currently working on the Jigsaw Donegal Art Competition. The theme of the competition is ‘Reflections’ and entries are due Friday 22nd March.

Also. Transition Year students are working on signs for ’The Path to Nationhood’ history project which will be located in the main assembly area of the school.

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!

image006

Abbeys Got Talent Finalists.
Finalists are working hard at rehearsal for our talent show that takes place on Thursday 11th April in the Abbey Hotel . 

The finalists are:
Gavan Tanham and Joseph Hearty
Bree Hanna, Anna Mitchell and Erin Ryder
Rachel Reid and Eadaoin Rush
Luke Kelly
Oisin O’Donnell
Marie McGirr
Joseph Edwards
Robyn Harvey-Moulding
Conor McAllister and Gabriella Byrne
Matthew and Davy Byrne
Luke O’Sullivan
This show promises to be a fantastic night of high quality entertainment with MC Noel Cunningham and judges such as Conal Gallan and Martin Mc Ginley as well as other exciting acts. Rumour has it that staff members are featuring also !!

Seachtain na Gaeilge

This week the Abbey Vocational School celebrated Seachtain na Gaeilge with First Year Students creating  posters of the National Anthem and wonderful St. Patrick’s day cards.

Is féile idirnáisiúnta í Seachtain na Gaeilge, atá ar an gceiliúradh is mó dár dteanga agus dár gcultúr dúchais in Éirinn agus in go leor tíortha eile gach bliain.

Rinneamar ár gceiliúadh féin anseo i nGairmscoil na Mainistreach i mBaile Dhún na nGall. Féach ar na pictiúir bheomhara bhríomhara thíos.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Second Year winners of the Seachtain na Gaeilge competitions are: 1st Rosie Campbell, 2nd Stacey McHugh and 3rd place Kiernan Degnan McDevitt.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Fifth Year winners of the Seachtain na Gaeilge are; Eoin Gorrell, Carl McCarry and Jack Byrne;

image011

Guidance

  • Leaving Certs applying to DARE and/or HEAR – all accompanying documentation must reach the CAO by 01 April 2019 @ 5.15 p.m. This is the student’s responsibility.  The CAO’s postal address is:  CAO, Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway. The Guidance department will be happy to answer any questions a student or parent/guardian might have.
  • Leaving Certs should at this stage be researching all relevant Scholarship This information has been covered in their career guidance classes.  The student’s Guidance Counsellor is on hand to assist.
  • The SUSI Grant application process will open in early April 2019. Further information will be provided by the student’s Guidance Counsellor during Career Guidance class.
  • A Google Classroom for Apprenticeships & Traineeships is regularly updated. The classroom is available to all students interested in this further education & training route. The classroom code is available from Ms Faherty.
  • GMIT will present to Leaving Certs on Thursday, 04 April @ 11.55 – 12.35 in the library.
  • All senior cycle students (6th, LCA & 5th years) are welcome to book a 1:1 appointment with their Guidance Counsellor.
  • Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

 

Teaching & Learning / Junior Cycle

Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) is organising 23 individual interactive webinars across a three week period, something for practically everyone! Teachers can register now by visiting & go to Announcements section. All webinars will be recorded & uploaded subsequent to the webinar broadcast.

Webinars

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!

image012

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!

WELLBEING

First Year Anti-Bullying Workshops

First Year Anti-Bullying Workshops were held on Tuesday the 12th of March in the gym of the Abbey Vocational School. The Bullying Prevention Session engaged Students in an interactive play, presentation and workshop on school bullying.

The workshop discussed many issues including the many types of bullying; verbal, physical, cyber bullying and extortion etc. Also, how to prevent bullying and what has proven effective in preventing and stopping bullying.

Students engage in role-play and drama to aid bullying awareness and prevention.

The drama is written by Dr. Peadar Donohoe a part-time lecturer and drama coach for the CIT Cork School of Music Youth Theatre. Peadar has been highly interested in the transformative uses of Applied Drama.  With both his Master’s in Education and his Doctorate he has investigated the uses of Drama and Role-play to create awareness about and to prevent bullying.  He has been highly successful in this regard where his research has proven that role-play can be used to reduce bullying by more than 50%.

First Year Students of the AVS took part in drama and role-play as it can be a highly effective anti-bullying resource.

image013

Student Voice

Also Student Voice for this coming week – Students are preparing for a Culture and Food tasting day on March 22nd.  They have surveyed non-national students to see what challenges may be when someone comes to Ireland and starts school here, particularly when language is a barrier.  They will present food on the day from many of the countries represented by the international students in the school.

A.W.A.R.E. Workshops

Aware undertakes to create a society where people affected by stress, depression, bipolar disorder and mood related conditions are understood, supported, free from stigma, and are encouraged to access appropriate therapies.

Objectives

  • To inform and educate on the nature, extent and consequences of depression
  • To provide emotional and practical support to those affected by depression, bipolar and related disorders
  • To provide positive mental health and resilience training
  • To support research into the development and treatment of depression and related issues

image014

Active Schools

As part of the Active Schools Flag initiative, the Students of the Abbey Vocational School take part in soccer during lunchtime!

image015

Drama Club

The Drama Club is continuing this week with a tutorial after school on Wednesday and also at lunchtime on Thursday. If you are interested in joining an innovative and engaging group to improve acting and performance skills and have lots of fun then come along to the Drama Club!

 There is a short-film project in the process of being produced by creative, inspiring and determined fifth year Students with members of the Drama Club w playing the roles in this short educational film to raise awareness around the issue of anxiety.

Mr Donegan’s play “The Importance of being Earnest” is now touring the drama circuit and can be seen at the Ballyshannon 67th Drama Festival on the 16th of March and in Strabane on the 21st of March 2019.

Oscar Wilde’s “ The Importance of Being Earnest” is an enlightening example of comedy of manners as it makes fun of the behaviour of Victorian aristocracy.

The play explores 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!

The 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!

image016

History Department

The History Department is continuing to work on the ‘Path to Nationhood’ initiative. This initiative will see ten Transition Year Students, under the Mentorship of History Teacher Mr. Lafferty. The exciting exhibition will encompass a wall in the assembly area.

The project will display images of Iconic Irish Figures from our historical past, hence the name ‘Path to Nationhood’.

SPORT

First and Second Year Basketball

Congratulations to the Abbey Vocational School First Years who had a triumphant win on Thursday winning by twenty points! Second years also won their match, congratulations!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

First Year Boys Soccer

Congratulations to our First Year Boys Soccer Team won 5-2 on Friday 15th of March against Letterkenny, a big thank you to our support Eoghan Rooney and David Crawford!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Transition Year

Webwise Safer Internet Winners!

Congratulations to Jack Lennox, Brandon Billingsley, Jessica Given, Kevin Canny, Frank Duffy, Katelyn Duffy, Emma Coulter, Chris Darby, Ciara Joyce and Hannah Crawford for winning the Overall Best Anti- Bullying Video in Ireland.

image021

Safer Internet Day (SID) is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people. It is promoted in Ireland by the PDST Technology in Education and Webwise.

The Theme for Safer Internet Day is “Together for a Better Internet“. This year almost 145,000 people in Ireland celebrated Safer Internet Day 2019.

image022

Transition Year Students, under the mentorship of their English Teacher Ms. Cunningham, produced a short film which tackled the relevant issue of bullying.

The TY Students wrote, directed and produced the award-winning short film in conjunction with Safer Internet Day.

Healthy Lifestyle Program

This week Transition Year Students will engage in the Healthy Lifestyle Program. This revolutionary program is specially designed for transition year students. The Healthy Lifestyle Program (HLP) works over two days of group discussions, lectures and a group fitness assessment.

The main topics covered over these two days are Nutrition, Fitness, life coping skills, goal setting and applying proper logic and understanding to a balanced lifestyle.

Each student receives an individualised life chart to provide structure, understanding and motivation as well as participating in a group fitness assessment designed to measure the level of fitness of the group and to help them implement possible improvements for optimum performance and health.

The Program Coordinators are Jeff Allen and Agatha Hidalgo.

Jeff is a sports therapist, life coach, fitness instructor and ex special forces. He enlisted on a Non Commissioned Officer course, studied for a health and fitness instructor qualification at the National Council for Exercises & Fitness and completed the army’s Physical Training Instructors and Reconnaissance courses.Based in Waterford, Ireland, Jeff is a keen sports enthusiast. Jeff is a veteran of the Irish Permanent Defence Force (PDF) having joined in 1985 and retired after 21 years’ service in 2006. Since retiring from the PDF, Jeff has been involved in an outdoor pursuits business and has also been occupying his time as a sports therapist and life coach.

Agatha Hidalgo Caubin Dip NT, is a Nutritional Therapist having trained with the College of Naturopathic Medicine in Cork and a Nutrition and Health education provider.

image023

TY Architect in Schools Project

Ms Tara Quinn will visit AVS to work with TY students on Friday the 8th March on the TY Architect in Schools Project. The National Architects in Schools Initiative is an exciting programme for Transition Year students. Architects are placed in schools to facilitate hands-on design workshops with student groups in 25 schools across Ireland. This initiative builds on five years of successful schools programming from the Irish Architecture Foundation and provides students with the opportunity to develop an appreciation of architecture and design, learn a variety of new skills and gain insight to the professional life of designers and architects. Participating architects are recruited and mentored by the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) and placed in schools to devise and facilitate workshops in collaboration with teachers.

image024

Cardiac First Responder (CFR) Training

On the 14th and 15th of March Transition Year Students at AVS took part in CFR training. This involved 62 Transition Year students training in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), recognition of cardiac arrest, respiratory emergencies, choking and use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).  

Last year in Ireland there were more than 5,000 cardiac arrests – 70 per cent of these happened in the home.

CPR is a vital step in the chain of survival after a cardiac arrest. Someone who is trained in in CPR and use of an AED is 10 times more likely to respond appropriately in an emergency.

This course focused on practical skills and student participation. By the end of the course the students had to complete numerous cycles of CPR while using a defibrillator. This is all designed to make the student more comfortable and confident, if ever asked to carry out the skills for real.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

One Voice Choir

The Donegal E.T.B. ‘One Voice Choir’ will take to the stage in March in one of the biggest choral ensembles ever seen on stage in Donegal under well-known Choral Conductor Ms Margaret McAteer. The ‘One Voice Choir’ will include 200 Students from the 15 Education and Training Board Schools in Donegal including Students from the Abbey Vocational School.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Transition Year Sports Leadership Training Program

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 eight modules, each designed to encourage maturity, initiative, responsibility and leadership skills in pupils.

Tourism Training Programme

The School of Tourism will be delivering a four-day tourism-training programme for Transition Year students one day per week, over four weeks during March and April 2019.  Fifteen TY students will have the opportunity to participate in the programme. In total 60 students will complete the programme.
The programme focuses on the following:
(a) ​Introduction to the Hospitality industry
(b) ​Tourism in Co. Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way
(c)​Customer care
(d) ​Introduction to food hygiene and food handling and
(e) ​Restaurant service.
Programme Delivery
The programme is delivered by the School of Tourism’s experienced lecturers on the LYIT Killybegs Campus.  The programme will culminate in a live lunch service by the students to invited guests and a presentation of Certificates of Completion to all participants.Guest speakers from the tourism/hospitality industry will be invited to address the groups.

image030

TY upcoming 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
  • Killybegs Tourism College taster day
  • Tourism Training Programme
  • 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
  • Homeless workshop
  • Young Social Innovators competitions and attendance at event
  • PE Expo
  • ETB Awards
  • Sports Leaders
  • GAA Future Leaders
  • Drama Production

Abbey VS Newsletter for Mon 11th March.

Irish Junior Maths Competition

Congratulations to Colm McDermott, Meabh Mc Namara, Hugh Mc Shane and Lana Murphy (all first year students) on reaching the finals of the Irish Junior Maths Competition which will be held in St. Columba’s College, Stranorlar, Co. Donegal on Friday 29th March.

image001

Leaving Cert Mentoring Programme:

Leaving Cert students have no completed their Mock Examinations and Michael Bond spent Monday morning with our students reviewing where they are now and where they need to go. Each leaving Cert student has an individual Mentor who had been working with them around the challenges of the Leaving Cert exam and how they individually need to be supported. Thanks to all of the staff in the school who give of their time to become a mentor and to offer such invaluable support to our students at this very challenging time. Students also have attended a talk on the stresses and anxieties of preparing for the exam with Psychotherapist James Sheehy so are now equipped to manage stressful days ahead. Mentors will now link in with students to see what each student now needs to address in order to be in the best possible place for the exams. Year Head Ms Dillon will be offering ongoing support to all students in her year group also.

Leaving Certificate Fun Day

On Monday the 4th of March Leaving Cert Students from the Abbey Vocational enjoyed a fun, exciting and inclusive day at the Bluestack Centre in Drimarone after the rigours of the Mock Examinations. Thank you to staff Jane Mc Morrow, Maria Fahaerty Leo MC Loone and Lorraine Dillon for facilitating this event as well as the staff at the Blue stack for providing such and excellent day.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

LCVP Enterprise

On Tuesday the 5th of March fifth year Students fulfilling the LCVP Enterprise Programme and mentored by Ms McCafferty, ran a crepe stand in the assembly area at break and lunchtime. They were very busy and delighted with the response.

image004

The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme or The LCVP combines the academic strengths of the Leaving Certificate with a new and dynamic focus on self–directed learning, innovation and enterprise.

The primary goal of the LCVP two year programme is to prepare young people for adult life by ensuring that they are educated in the broadest sense, with an ability to cope and thrive in an environment of rapid change. Participants in the programme are encouraged to develop skills and competencies fundamental to both academic and vocational success.

Throughout the programme students are encouraged to:

  • Be innovative and enterprising
  • Take responsibility for their own learning
  • Adapt to changing circumstances
  • Evaluate data and devise solutions to problems
  • Communicate their thoughts and ideas effectively
  • Work with others as part of a team
  • Investigate and plan career options
  • Use information and communications technologies
  • Investigate local businesses and community enterprises
  • Learn from their experiences

5th Year Agricultural Science Trip

On Tuesday the 5th of March fifth year Agricultural Science Students went to Ballyhaise Agricultural College in Cavan for a farm walk and talk organised by Agri Aware.

In 1996, a number of leading agri-food businesses identified the need for an independent body to provide the general public with information and education on the importance of agriculture and food to the Irish economy. As a result, Agri Aware was founded in 1996 by Bord Bia, FBD, the Irish Dairy Board, the Irish Farmers’ Association and the Irish Farmers’ Journal.

Abbey Vocational School Students were immersed in the world of agriculture on a trip that was highly beneficial to completing their Agricultural Science Portfolios.

English Department

The Abbey Vocational School were delighted to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 7th March 2019. The English Department held competitions for the best book cover, engaged in D.E.A.R., Drop , Everything and Read, and many more initiatives throughout the day.

Over the last 22 years, World Book Day has become firmly established as Ireland’s biggest annual event promoting the enjoyment of books and reading. The main aim is to encourage children to explore the pleasure of books and reading by providing them with an opportunity to have a book of their own.

Drama Club

Drama club continues every Wednesday after school with a very nice group meeting to improve acting and performance skills and have lots of fun. There is a short-film project in the pipeline and drama club members will be playing the roles in this film – more details to follow when the project is all confirmed.

Mr Donegan’s play “The Importance of being Earnest” is now touring the drama circuit and can be seen at the Ballyshannon 67th Drama Festival on the 16th of March 2019.  

image006

The Drama Club are organising an evening of drama and taking Students from the Abbey Vocational School to see “On Broken Wings” by Dermot Healy on Tuesday the 12th of March @ 8.15

“On Broken Wings” is a simple story told with humour and pathos. This unorthodox and highly innovative play follows Timothy on his journey through life from living in Scotland, to falling in love with his true love Rosie in America.

 Guidance

  1. A great day was had by the Leaving Certs during their Bonding Day in the Bluestack Centre last Monday. Thank you to the Centre Manager Rosemary and all the staff for the work they put into the day. A special thanks to the the catering staff for the excellent spread of food.
  2. The LCAs had a very informative visit to the SOLAS Training Centre in Letterkenny last Tuesday. A tour of the centre and an information session which provided an outline of the Further Education & Training options (including Apprenticeships) was provided.
  3. Leaving Certs applying to DARE and/or HEAR – all accompanying documentation must reach the CAO by 01 April 2019 @ 5.15 p.m.  This is the student’s responsibility.  The CAO’s postal address is:  CAO, Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway. The Guidance department will be happy to answer any questions a student might have.
  4. Leaving Certs should at this stage be researching all relevant Scholarship options.  This information has been covered in their career guidance classes.  The student’s Guidance Counsellor is on hand to assist.
  5. The SUSI Grant application process will open in early April 2019. Further information will be provided by the student’s Guidance Counsellor during Career Guidance class.
  6. All senior cycle students (6th, LCA & 5th years) are welcome to book a 1:1 appointment with their Guidance Counsellor.
  7. Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to http://www.AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

History Department

The History Department is delighted to announce the ‘Path to Nationhood’ initiative. This initiative will see ten Transition Year Students, under the Mentorship of History Teacher Mr. Lafferty produce an exhibition which will encompass a wall in the assembly area.

The project will display images of Iconic Irish Figures from our historical past, hence the name ‘Path to Nationhood’.

Revolutionary Leader  Theobald Wolfe Tone, posthumously known as Wolfe Tone (20 June 1763 – 19 November 1798), was a leading Irish revolutionary figure and one of the founding members of the United Irishmen, and leader of the 1798 Irish Rebellion.

Eamon De Valera would serve as Taoiseach on 3 occasions; from 1937 to 1948, from 1951 to 1954 and finally from 1957 to 1959. He remains the longest serving Taoiseach and became President of Ireland in 1959.

Also, an image will be displayed of Padraig Pearse an Irish teacher, barrister, poet, writer, nationalist, political activist and revolutionary who was one of the leaders of the Easter Rising in 1916.

Computer Science Trip to LYIT

A fantastic day was spent in the LYIT by our 5th year Computer Science class. Dr Mick McCann and Gary Cullen from LYIT Computing facilitated an excellent discussion and workshop on Data Analytics and gave students an in-depth insight into a very prominent Computer Science field.

Abbeys Got Talent Finalist.
We would like to congratulate our finalists for our Talent Show that takes place on Thursday 11th April in the Abbey Hotel . We have had so many fantastic entries for the show, with such talent in our school. Well done to all who auditioned over the past few weeks and we hope to hear more from them in the future.

The finalist are:

  • Gavan Tanham and Joseph Hearty
  • Bree Hanna, Anna Mitchell and Erin Ryder
  • Rachel Reid and Eadaoin Rush
  • Luke Kelly
  • Oisin O’Donnell
  • Marie McGirr
  • Joseph Edwards
  • Robyn Harvey-Moulding
  • Conor McAllister and Gabriella Byrne
  • Matthew and Davy Byrne
  • Luke O’Sullivan
  • India Kennedy
  • Eamonn Devlin

This show promises to be a fantastic night of high quality entertainment with MC Noel Cunningham and judges such as Conal Gallan and Martin Mc Ginley as well as other exciting acts. Rumour has it that staff members are featuring also !!

One Voice Choir
Thirty of our TY students are taking part in a fantastic show in the An Grianan in Letterkenny on Tuesday evening along with several other ETB schools joining together to make one choir. They have had practices together in Letterkenny and in school learning the music for this great show. There is a staff choir for all members of ETB who are coming together to perform songs on the night along with talented solo performance from our students and others.

SPORT

Ulster Medallist

Eoin Rooney and Cormac MacSuibhne, Students at the Abbey Vocational School, triumphed in the Ulster Swimming Championships at the weekend. The Championships were held in Newry in collaboration with Disability Sport N.I.

Eoin is a veteran of the swimming circuit, taking part in many Swimming Galas thanks to his Mentor and Mum Sinead Donagher. The swimming gene runs in the family with Eoin’s brother Cian and sister Cora also champion swimmers! Eoin said “I really enjoyed the swim, it’s great fun and I trained hard. I would like to thank my Coach and Mother!”.

Cormac MacSuibhne, also a keen swimmer, enjoyed the competition immensely.  “We left Donegal in the morning and arrived in Newry at 12.30, I swam in four races and won three of them. I am really happy with my performance and delighted to win three of my races!”.Both Cormac and Eoin  are looking forward to more swimming challenges in the future!

image010

Leo McLoone

This week the Students of the Abbey Vocational School celebrated the G.A.A. Career of AVS Teacher Leo McLoone who celebrates 100 appearances for Donegal’s Senior Team.

Leo McLoone started his G.A.A. football career at the age of 16 when he was introduced as a substitute in the final of the 2005 Donegal Senior Football Championship.

In a glittering career spanning 14 years Leo has amassed illustrious titles including 1 All Ireland Senior Football Championship 2012, 4 Ulster Senior Football Championships, 3 Donegal Senior Football Championships and 3 Donegal U21 Football Championships.

However, Mr McLoone will be best known as the much admired and respected Teacher of the Abbey Vocational.Congratulations Leo!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Transition Year P.E. Project

Physical Education in Transition Year provides the opportunity for Students to focus on a degree of specialisation in a selected aspect of work.

The worthy winners with their selected piece of work titled ‘How technology  has improved formula one’ were Luke Kelly, Aodhan McCrudden and Cormac O’Sullivan. According to Luke Kelly “the project was interesting and very rewarding. I really enjoyed studying the world of formula one”.

In second place and titled ‘Does what footwear you wear affect performance’ were Josh Browne, Amy Barron, Chloe Armstrong and Ella forde.

image013

TRANSITION YEAR

Healthy Schools

Fair-trade talk- Simple Simons

On Thursday Transition Year Students enjoyed a trip to the successful local business ‘Simple Simons’. Students were versed in the importance of locally, organically sourced produce and delicious homemade recipes.

‘Simple Simons’ is stocked full of healthy organic and eco-friendly options. You can stay for a small bite to eat in the cafe and enjoy wonderful gluten free salads with homemade wheat free breads.

Students enjoyed this busy bustling cafe with a friendly staff and have seen the work and dedication which is needed to run a successful business.

‘Simple Simons’ also embodies the ethos of Fairtrade. The TY Students were able to see first-hand how the business aimed to boost awareness and understanding of international trade issues, and promote the buying of Fairtrade products as a way for everyone, no matter who they are, to use the power of their purchase to make a difference to the lives of farmers and worker. Christina, travelled from Colombia, to inform the students of how coffee growing on her fairtrade farm is processed for sale on the shelves of Simple Simons.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Donegal SHA Heats for Primary School

Transition Year Students from the Abbey Vocational School were delighted  to assist Tir Chonaill AC and Karen Guthrie from Donegal Sports Partnership to help facilitate the Donegal SHA Heats for Primary Schools on Tuesday the 5th of March.

image016

Many thanks to officials from Tir Chonaill AC, and Karen Guthrie from Donegal Sports Partnership for allowing a leadership opportunity for our TY students in help facilitate the Donegal SHA heats for primary schools in AVS.

 

Work Experience

This week Transition Year Students of the Abbey Vocational School left the nest and ventured into the realms of work experience. It is intended that the Transition Year should create opportunities to vary the learning environment and to dispel the notion that learning is something that happens only, or even most effectively, within the classroom. One of the ways of doing this, and of providing an orientation towards the world of work, is to include a component of actual work experience.


image017I decided to do my work experience in Elverys Sports in Donegal Town. I am interested in sports so this is an ideal place for me to spend the week learning about how a sports shop runs. I go in to Elvery’s at about half nine every morning and I start at ten. There is a stock check next week so I have to go around the shop and check all of the items to see if the sizes on the labels match the sizes on the tags. There was a delivery on Tuesday so I had quite a lot of work to do. I had to compare the deliveries with the list of things that they ordered to see if everything was there. The next thing to do was unbox everything, put security tags on them, place size cubes on the hangers and then put the items where they are supposed to go. Another task that I had to do was to sort the new shoes into the right stacks of their size and model. I get lunch at about quarter to one for one hour which I need because the jobs are quite tiring. I finish at three and I am knackered from being on my feet for most of the day and from meeting new people. I am enjoying my week so far and it is giving me an insight into what having a job in a shop is like. It is a completely different environment compared to school which is new but I think that it is an extremely valuable experience that I can use in the future”. – Diary of Tom Daly


image018“Hello, my name is Frank Duffy,  I am a Transition Year student in the AVS. For my second week of work-experience I went to ‘Sendmode’ in Letterkenny. SendMode.com is an award winning mobile marketing technology company, based at CoLab, a business innovation centre located at Letterkenny Institute of Technology. The company has developed technology which allows it to provide bulk sms (text messages), QR codes, mobile websites and sms shortcodes at industry standard quality but at the lowest cost in the marketplace. I worked in the marketing section of the company. I was introduced to the workforce and their work methods. I was instructed as to how a ‘sales funnel’ works and the importance of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).

At the start of the week I was asked to research how to achieve high open and click rates through email marketing. I learned about the key components of a successful email marketing campaign via online tutorials.  Towards the end of the week I sent out my first email marketing campaign to UK companies, using the techniques I had learned throughout the week. Along with company staff, I monitored the success rate of the campaign via on-line measurement tools, showing the number of emails opened, the number read and the number of people who clicked on the link sent within the email.  I found the week that I spent at Sendmode to be very interesting and worthwhile.  I learned a lot about  online marketing and gained an insight into how online companies operate”.Diary of Frank Duffy


image019 “Hello my name is Christopher Darby and I travelled to the Imagine Science Institute in Paris for my work experience. The Imagine Institute focuses on genetic development and developmental diseases. The laboratory I was in studied the development of hearts in the embryo. I got to spend a day with everyone in the laboratory watching and helping their experiments and talking about what they were researching in particular.

I learned a lot about how to do research and some of the safety precautions you need in labs filled with potentially dangerous chemicals. It was a great work experience where I got to go out of my comfort zone and learn about something I was already very interested in, I hope to pursue a career in science in the future”. – Diary of Christopher Darby


Architects in Schools

On Friday 8th March a group of TY students took part in an architecture course, a project by the ‘Irish Architecture Foundation’. The students learned about the job of an architect and how they work with other people to complete a project. The students had to design an extension for our school and will be building a model of their design in the coming weeks.

Healthy Lifestyle Program

Next week Transition Year Students will engage in the Healthy Lifestyle Program. This revolutionary program is specially designed for transition year students. The Healthy Lifestyle Program (HLP) works over two days of group discussions, lectures and a group fitness assessment.

The main topics covered over these two days are Nutrition, Fitness, life coping skills, goal setting and applying proper logic and understanding to a balanced lifestyle.

Each student receives an individualised life chart to provide structure, understanding and motivation as well as participating in a group fitness assessment designed to measure the level of fitness of the group and to help them implement possible improvements for optimum performance and health.

The Program Coordinators are Jeff Allen and Agatha Hidalgo.

image020Jeff is a sports therapist, life coach, fitness instructor and ex special forces. He enlisted on a Non Commissioned Officer course, studied for a health and fitness instructor qualification at the National Council for Exercises & Fitness and completed the army’s Physical Training Instructors and Reconnaissance courses.Based in Waterford, Ireland, Jeff is a keen sports enthusiast. Jeff is a veteran of the Irish Permanent Defence Force (PDF) having joined in 1985 and retired after 21 years’ service in 2006. Since retiring from the PDF, Jeff has been involved in an outdoor pursuits business and has also been occupying his time as a sports therapist and life coach.

Agatha Hidalgo Caubin Dip NT, is a Nutritional Therapist having trained with the College of Naturopathic Medicine in Cork and a Nutrition and Health education provider.

Tourism Training Programme

The School of Tourism will be delivering a four-day tourism-training programme for Transition Year students one day per week, over four weeks during March and April 2019.  Fifteen TY students will have the opportunity to participate in the programme. In total 60 students will complete the programme.
 The programme focuses on the following:

(a) ​Introduction to the Hospitality industry
(b) ​Tourism in Co. Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way
(c)​Customer care
(d) ​Introduction to food hygiene and food handling and
(e) ​Restaurant service.

Programme Delivery
The programme is delivered by the School of Tourism’s experienced lecturers on the LYIT Killybegs Campus.  The programme will culminate in a live lunch service by the students to invited guests and a presentation of Certificates of Completion to all participants.Guest speakers from the tourism/hospitality industry will be invited to address the groups.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

LYIT (Killybegs) Taster Day

On the 6th March all TY students will got the opportunity to visit LYIT School of Tourism in Killybegs.The School of Tourism provides business and practical training which prepares graduates for a wide variety of careers in culinary arts, hospitality management and tourism. Our students were very lucky to get this opportunity and we thank LYIT for facilitating our visit.

TY Architect in Schools Project

Ms Tara Quinn will visit AVS to work with TY students on Friday the 8th March on the TY Architect in Schools Project. The National Architects in Schools Initiative is an exciting programme for Transition Year students. Architects are placed in schools to facilitate hands-on design workshops with student groups in 25 schools across Ireland. This initiative builds on five years of successful schools programming from the Irish Architecture Foundation and provides students with the opportunity to develop an appreciation of architecture and design, learn a variety of new skills and gain insight to the professional life of designers and architects. Participating architects are recruited and mentored by the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) and placed in schools to devise and facilitate workshops in collaboration with teachers.

TY upcoming 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
  • Killybegs Tourism College taster day
  • Tourism Training Programme
  • 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
  • Homeless workshop
  • Young Social Innovators competitions and attendance at event
  • PE Expo
  • ETB Awards
  • Sports Leaders
  • GAA Future Leaders
  • Drama Production

Healthy Schools

The canteen has made several changes to their menu in the past week. Sandwiches / toasted sandwiches / salads can be preordered by 9.30 am for students and staff. Healthy options are available from the canteen daily with chips only being served on a Friday. Healthy snacks will only be available from vending machines shortly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abbey VS Newsletteer – Mon 4th March 2019

Mock Examinations

Well done to our Third Year and Leaving Cert students who have completed their Mock examinations on Friday last.

Our Leaving Certs will attend a de-stress day on Monday following their exams. They will spend two hours with Motivational speaker Michael Bond where they will review their exam performance and set goals for going forward for the remainder of the year. The student will then head to Breezy Centre where they will enjoy a fun filled day and a relaxing lunch.

Subject and Programme Options

Students should by now have returned their programme Options forms for TY, LCA or fifth year to the school office. Those who have opted for Transition should be now completing an application form which they should return to the office in advance of the TY interviews which take place in the coming weeks. Those opting to do LCA will be invited to a talk with Mr Griffin and parents will be invited into a coffee morning. All subject option forms should be returned to the school for those going into fifth year please.

Careers Fair in Ballybofey

On Thursday 28th February, Jackson’s Hotel was the venue for the annual Careers Fair organised by the Donegal Branch of the Institute of Career Guidance Counsellors. Students of the Abbey Vocational School were among the 1500 Students from across Donegal who attended the Careers Fair. This was an excellent opportunity for the Students to immerse themselves in the world of third level education. Up to 40 further and higher education institutions from across Ireland and the United Kingdom gathered to inform the Students on the myriad of options available to them after their Leaving Certificate.

For many of the Students of the Abbey Vocational School questions were answered, details were taken and seeds were planted into the minds of the AVS Students.

image001

Guidance Department

  1. Leaving Certs applying to DARE and/or HEAR – all accompanying documentation must reach the CAO by 01 April 2019 @ 5.15 p.m.  This is the student’s responsibility.  The CAO’s postal address is:  CAO, Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway. The Guidance department will be happy to answer any questions a student might have.
  2. Leaving Certs should at this stage be researching all relevant Scholarship options.  This information has been covered in their career guidance classes.  The student’s 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 student’s 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.
  5. Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to http://www.AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

Youth Council Meeting

image002Students from the Abbey Vocational School travelled to Letterkenny on Saturday 23rd February for the Youth Council Meeting.

The National Youth Council of Ireland is the representative body for voluntary youth organisations in Ireland. It uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people. It seeks to ensure that all young people are empowered to develop the skills and confidence to fully participate as active citizens in an inclusive society.

Saturday’s meeting included a bonding session, preparations for a inclusive trip at Easter and also discussions regarding the design and production of a Youth Council Hoodie. Students of the Abbey Vocational School are also making plans to attend a Talk in Dublin raising awareness and highlighting sexual abuse.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Seachtain na Gaeilge is the biggest Irish language festival in Ireland and the world and it is held from 1st- 17th March 2019.

This week in the Abbey Vocational School Irish Teachers will be running several events in the classroom to celebrate this event.
Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Language Week) is an international Irish language festival and one of the biggest celebrations of our native language and culture that takes place each year in Ireland and in many other countries. To celebrate this Teachers at the AVS will be holding art competitions and Irish quizzes.

Music Department

All Junior Cycle and Leaving Certs are preparing programmes for the upcoming practical exams which take place before Easter.

One Voice Choir – 35 TY students will attend final rehearsals for the Donegal ETB showcase on Tue next in Radisson Hotel Letterkenny. They will sing in a choir of over 300 student voices representing DETB schools around the county.

Winners of auditions for talent Show will be announced on Monday when the mock examinations are complete. There were many entries representing every school year and many difficult decisions had to be made to whittle the entrants down to finalists. It is no surprise that the auditions brought to light the wealth of talent in the school. Many new kids on the block too!!

image013Congratulations to our music teacher Claire Breslin who played the lead role in Ballyshannon musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Many of her own students attended to support her and were blown away by her talents on stage. Also well done to 6th class pupils of Killymard School. Mark Meehan and Leah Herron. We look forward to seeing them in years to come treading the boards with the Abbey Vocational School Music and Drama events.

 

English Department

This week is the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as the beloved Dr. Seuss. In his lifetime Dr. Seuss had written and illustrated 44 children’s books which have been translated into more than 15 languages and over 200 million copies have been sold worldwide. This week the English Department recommends “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss as it highlights the need to take care of the environment and reminds us of our carbon-footprint!

The English Department would also like to congratulate Claire Breslin on her extraordinary performance in the Ballyshannon Musical Society’s Production of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”.

History Department

In the spring of 1916, the IRB fix Easter Sunday as the date for their planned insurrection. The 1916 Rising was one of the pivotal moments in Irish History. Austin Clarke, a student of Thomas MacDonagh exclaimed “Ireland can only win freedom by force”.

In March 1889,the Eiffel Tower was opened to the public despite not being quite finished. Crucially, the lifts were not yet working, so visitors had to trudge up the stairs on foot. Most gave up and remained on the lower levels; only a handful made it to the top, where Eiffel hoisted a gigantic French flag, greeted by fireworks and a 21-gun salute.

The tower was an instant hit: illuminated every night by gas lamps, in the first week alone, almost 30,000 people climbed to the top. The Eiffel Tower is still the centrepiece of Paris’ cityscape. More than 7 million people visit this iconic tower every year.

Wellbeing

Health Promoting Schools

Before the midterm students and staff at the Abbey Vocational School enjoyed healthy eating tasting at lunchtime in the assembly area. The Health Promoting Schools Committee and the Home Economics Department prepared and served the healthy option dishes on the day. As a result of this great event and positive feedback from the students and staff of the Abbey Vocational School, more healthy options have been introduced into the school canteen and tuck shop.

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.

Library Activities

As the mocks are over the library will reopen 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. We encourage all students to take part in the physical activities offered or one of our clubs such as coding, science, drama, choir and book club.

Student Voice

The student Council have distributed a questionnaire to the students in the school who come from non-national backgrounds… 17 different countries in total in order to find out about their culture and the challenges that they may have faced due to language and culture when they came to Ireland or when they started school. On March 15th there will be a multinational event organised by the council. Along with the multinational students, they will help to represent each country in the school with traditional foods.

Leaving Cert Bonding Trip

On Monday 4th March all Leaving Certificate students will visit the Bluestack Centre where they will take part in many fun filled activities to help our students to relax after working so hard during their mock over the past week. Before going out to the Bluestacks Centre, Michael Bond will do a review of the mock with all the students. Michael was in the school at the start of the year were he delivered a study skills seminar, focusing on motivating students on timetabling study for maximum results.

Active Schools Flag

image003On Friday 1st March the Abbey Vocational School welcomed a visit from Active Schools Flag representative Ms O’Donnell.

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

The Abbey Vocational School began this process by self-evaluating; Physical Education, Physical Activity and Partnerships. The school also pledged to organise an Active School Week programme and committing to having it as part of their annual school calendar. Agreeing to adhere to the Active Schools Flag success criteria the Abbey Vocational School is forging a path of active, healthy living for the whole school community.

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!

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!

Science Club

image005

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!

 

Art Department

There was a huge response to the Texaco Art Competition entries from the Students of the Abbey Vocational School. Work by Mia McCalmont, Saerlaith Lusson, Katie Daly and Sarah McGrory.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Drama Club

image010

Drama club continues every Wednesday after school with a very nice group meeting to improve acting and performance skills and have lots of fun. There is a short-film project in the pipeline and drama club members will be playing the roles in this film – more details to follow when the project is all confirmed.

 

Mr Donegan’s play “The Importance of being Earnest “at Abbey Centre in Ballyshannon went very well with great crowds and lots of critical acclaim. Members of the drama club attended one of the performances and got to come backstage after the show to meet the cast. Mr Donegan’s play will be touring the drama festivals around Ireland over the next few weeks and we wish him well with his tour.

The Drama festival is coming to Ballyshannon the week of the 11th March and there will be a school trip to see some of the shows there – anyone interested to should let Mr Donegan or Ms O’Donnell know and attend drama club next Wednesday for further details.

SPORTS

Leo McLoone’s Momentous 100 Games

image004This week the Students of the Abbey Vocational School celebrated the G.A.A. Career of AVS Teacher Leo McLoone who celebrates 100 appearances for Donegal’s Senior Team.

Leo McLoone started his G.A.A. football career at the age of 16 when he was introduced as a substitute in the final of the 2005 Donegal Senior Football Championship.

In a glittering career spanning 14 years Leo has amassed illustrious titles including 1 All Ireland Senior Football Championship 2012, 4 Ulster Senior Football Championships, 3 Donegal Senior Football Championships and 3 Donegal U21 Football Championships.

However, Mr McLoone will be best known as the much admired and respected Teacher of the Abbey Vocational. Congratulations Leo!

Boys Basketball

1st year boys

The first year basketball team put up a great effort against Carrick on Shannon but sadly couldn’t get the win. From the start the boys were off to a great start but over time the boys just couldn’t get the lead. In the fourth quarter towards the end the boys kept fighting and after Jonathan O Driscoll scored a great free throw the boys got the ball back and Morgan Cassidy scored a great three pointer the boys were level. But in the final seconds Carrick scored and the boys lost 39-41.

2nd year boys

The second year boy of the Abbey Vocational School took on Carrick on Shannon on Friday 1st March. Our boys started off strong, they showed great teamwork throughout the match. Niall Prendeville showed great leadership to push the boys on when Carrick started to come back into the game. The boys finished out the match winning by 4 points the final score was 41-37 to the Abbey Vocational School. Outstanding on the day for the Abbey were Niall Prendeville, Ben McNeely and Ethan Kenny.

Transition Year

Work Experience

This week Transition Year Students of the Abbey Vocational School left the nest and ventured into the realms of work experience. It is intended that the Transition Year should create opportunities to vary the learning environment and to dispel the notion that learning is something that happens only, or even most effectively, within the classroom. One of the ways of doing this, and of providing an orientation towards the world of work, is to include a component of actual work experience.

Diary entry of an AVS Transition Year Student’s work experience:

image012“Hello my name is Hannah Crawford and I am a TY Student in the AVS. For my work experience, I decided to go to Statsports in Newry. I stayed with a family friend Kate Keaney, in Belfast and travelled to work with her each day. The working day started at 9 and finished at 5, with an hour long lunch. I had to get up at 7.20 each morning and would get home at about 6 each evening, depending on the traffic.

Statsports is a company that collects and analyses data from sporting performances using GPS Tracking Units. Statsports is the world’s leading GPS Player Tracking Company and work with many elite teams such as Liverpool F.C., Manchester United, the I.R.F.U. and many more.

Within the company there are many departments including; marketing, finance, computer software, graphic design and sports scientist. My work experience was mainly located in the Sport Scientist Department. This involved testing the GPS Units by wearing the equipment and running 3×100 metre distances. My job also involved sticking stickers on the beacons, which track the units that were being sent off to Portsmouth F.C.

Working in the Sports Scientist Department educated me of the role of the Sports Scientist; meeting a client, supplying the Client with the equipment they require, teaching them how to use it , visiting the Client wherever they may be in the world, analysing the data from the team’s performance and providing the information to the Sports Managers. I found this process fascinating!

Overall, I loved my time in Newry and thought it as a great experience. It really opened my eyes to the world of business in the workplace. I found the work experience hugely beneficial as it gives you an opportunity to see what the real world is like outside the realms of the Abbey Vocational School and discover a career you might consider in the future!

Tourism Training Programme

The School of Tourism will be delivering a four-day tourism-training programme for Transition Year students one day per week, over four weeks during March and April 2019.  Fifteen TY students will have the opportunity to participate in the programme. In total 60 students will complete the programme.

The programme focuses on the following:

  • Introduction to the Hospitality Industry
  • Tourism in Co. Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way
  • Customer Care
  • Introduction to food hygiene and food handling and
  • Restaurant service

Programme Delivery

The programme is delivered by the School of Tourism’s experienced lecturers on the LYIT’s Killybegs Campus.  The programme will culminate in a live lunch service by the students to invited guests and a presentation of Certificates of Completion to all participants. Guest speakers from the tourism/hospitality industry will be invited to address the groups.

LYIT (Killybegs) Taster Day

On 6th March all TY students will get the opportunity to visit LYIT School of Tourism in Killybegs. The School of Tourism provides business and practical training which prepares graduates for a wide variety of careers in culinary arts, hospitality management and tourism. Our students are very lucky to get this opportunity and we thank LYIT for facilitating our visit.
TY Architect in Schools Project

Ms Tara Quinn will visit AVS to work with TY students on Friday 8th March on the TY Architect in Schools Project. The National Architects in Schools Initiative is an exciting programme for Transition Year students. Architects are placed in schools to facilitate hands-on design workshops with student groups in 25 schools across Ireland. This initiative builds on five years of successful schools programming from the Irish Architecture Foundation and provides students with the opportunity to develop an appreciation of architecture and design, learn a variety of new skills and gain insight to the professional life of designers and architects. Participating architects are recruited and mentored by the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) and placed in schools to devise and facilitate workshops in collaboration with teachers.

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
  • Killybegs Tourism College taster day
  • Tourism Training Programme
  • 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
  • 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