AVS Newsletter – Mon 10th Dec

OPEN NIGHT

The school held it’s Open Night on Thursday night last. We welcomed many of the sixth class students in the surrounding areas as well as their parents. We had a wonderful evening where all of our subject departments showcased their students’ work and many wonderful projects were on display. There was a warm and welcoming atmosphere with carol singing and many musicians to be heard throughout the building. We as a school were delighted to showcase our school and celebrate the high standards of teaching and learning as well as the many well being initiatives that are in place for our school community. Thank you to the staff and students who presented on this night as well as to all the members of the local community for attending the event. We especially thank our Leaving Cert Prefects who were outstanding on the night.  Please also see our school video on our Website @abbeyvs.

Please note dates below:

  • 10th December 2018:  – Deadline for Application for Admission 2019/20
  • 11th December 2018: – Induction Day for 6th Class Students  (Approx. 9.30 am  to 2.30pm arranged by the AVS in conjunction with the Primary Schools)
  • 15th  January 2019: – Information Evening for 6th Class Parents in the AVS (7.00pm – 8.00pm)
  • 31st January: – Return of Subject Choice Forms

Mock Interviews

Tuesday evening of last week was a very busy evening for students in the Abbey Vocational School. There were over 80 members of the local community in to interview our Leaving Cert students. The students had prepared for this event following a CV Workshop and an Interview Strategies Workshop and attended the event on the night to be interviewed by a board of professionals in their interest area. The night was very successful and the students found it extremely beneficial and worthwhile. The interviewers were all treated to a meal in the staff room afterwards in thanks for their time. They would to like to thank our Career Guidance teachers and our Parents’ Association for all of their help in preparation for this event. 

The Parents’ Association of the Abbey Vocational School would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who attended on the night  for their support and participation in the Mock Interviews for the Senior Students.  Your contribution to the success of the evening was appreciated by all involved.

Staff Training Days

A reminder to all that the school will be closed to students on Wednesday, December 12th as staff will be attending DoES training days for the New Junior Cycle. All schools nationwide are required to attend such training days

The School Induction day for incoming First years takes place on Tuesday, December 11th and on that day, First Years will also remain at home.

DCU Entrance Scholarship

 

image001Congratulations to Roisin Ward who received an Entrance Scholarshop Award to DCU. Rosin is studying psychology in DCU and received this Award for her outstanding

Leaving Cet results. Well done Roisin.

 

Beauty and the Beast 

We are now delighted to announce that we have a video of Beauty and the Beast for sale. The cost is €10. Please give your name to Ms Rooney if you wish to purchase a copy of this video before Christmas.

Business

Last Wednesday Stephen Friel from the Student Enterprise and Friel Consulting delivered a talk to a number of our TY students. In his talk he gave an overview of what would be expected of our students and their mini companies in the student enterprise competition. He then spoke to a number of our mini company groups as well as individuals, listening to their ideas and giving them some useful tips to help them develop their product and sales. Stephen had some very valuable knowledge to share with the students from his time working in the student enterprise area and also in his own firm which specialises in tailor made packages to suit any organizational needs. Thank you Stephen for giving your time to talk to our students.

First Year Christmas Trip

This week on Wednesday and Thursday all first  year classes attended ‘Peter Pan’ in the Millennium Forum in Derry with their English teachers and Year Head Ms Feeney. They joined Peter Pan, Hook, the Lost Boys and the Darling Family for a fun packed experience! It was packed with elements of fantasy, amazing stunts and lots of fun! It had a powerful mix of music from the ‘Greatest Showman’ to the fun but irritating ‘Baby Shark’ tune which consisted of lots of fun singing along!

Two of our students on both days even got to join Captain Hook on stage for a rendition of ‘Baby Shark’ and got selection boxes for their participation.  Thank you to Mrs Feeney and the English Department for a fun filled day.

Leaving Certificate Physical Education (LCPE) Update

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Leaving Cert PE students enjoyed a great day in LYIT on Thursday 6th Dec. A blend of theoretical presentations and practical sessions in Athletics.

After a formal welcome in one of the larger lecture theatres, our students were given a tour of the sports performance lab by Karl Lacey.  The schools engagement officer Fiona Kelly informed LCPE students of a forthcoming scholarship opportunity going to be made exclusive to LCPE students within the 6 phase schools in coming years. A welcome support of the value LYIT sees in this new subject area.

The students then observed a second year biomechanics presentation on Functional Movement Screening (FMS). An excellent introduction to some future learning outcomes on our PE specification.

Karl Lacey and his 4th year undergrads led our students in a practical sprinting session which will add to their existing knowledge and support their creation of their performance assessment video. The college provided lunch vouchers which gave our students a chance to immerse themselves further in a taste of college life on campus.

The afternoon session saw students engage in another athletics session focusing on analysis and feedback through a discovery mode of teach. Excellent work from the 4th year PE undergraduates. A thoroughly enjoyable day that proved mutually beneficial for both AVS and LYIT. We look forward to a return visit in AVS in the new year.

Students now turn their attentions back to class and the upcoming LCPE Launch on December 17th in the PE hall at 12 o’clock.

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Pramerica Visit

On Wednesday of this week Pramerica came to record the Leaving Cert computer science project for their innovative center. They are going to showcase the project on the 19th of December in Pramerica Letterkenny to 409 guests.

3rd Year CSPE Trip

Two class groups of students from 3A and 3D headed off early Tuesday morning to Dublin Zoo as part of their Junior Cert CSPE Action project work. Two wonderful zoo stewards looked after our groups and informed us of the many procedures carried out in the Zoo. In the Lecture Hall the steward discussed our role in the environment. Students sorted out good and poor examples of stewardship and debated this entire area.

Following a discussion on endangered species, the students visited a tiger and an elephant, two of the zoo’s endangered animals. The visit benefited the students greatly for their Action Projects as they discovered more about their role on earth. Afterwards, the students went to Liffey Valley to enjoy some shopping, food and festivities.

Art

Leaving Cert Art students are currently preparing for their Art trip to Dublin on December 19th to visit The Hugh Lane Gallery, The National Gallery, The National Museum and The Book of Kells.

Lunchtime Science Club

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

Coding Club

Our lunchtime coding club takes place every Monday in the Pramerica computer suite. First year students of all abilities learn to code using scratch.mit.edu.  The students work individually or with a partner in resolving differentiated tasks set by Mr. Harvey or Mr. O’Mahony. The coding club serves as an extension of their learning in class but also preparation for the ‘Coding’ Short course in their Junior Cycle programme. New students are always welcome and prior experience not necessary. However, a disposition to liking solving problems and computational thinking will go a long way to enjoying coding. Well done to Hugh Mcshane in first year who has been working hard all week in our ICT lab to finish his Rubix Cube solving robot with Mr Gorman’s guidance.

Music Activities

The Traditional Music Group rehearsal takes place every Monday at lunchtime in room 13.

Our Ukulele Orchestra rehearsals take place every Tuesday in room 13.

The School Choir rehearsals are in Room 13 every Friday.

Anyone that would like to audition for a solo part in the Christmas Carol Service is asked to go to room 13 this Tuesday at 1pm.

Anyone that would like to be involved in this years Christmas concert can give their name to Mrs Carr or Ms Breslin.

Christmas Carol Service

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

Teaching & Learning

Student Resource – The SimpleMind App.

A mind map is a tool for the brain that captures the thinking that goes on inside your head. Mind mapping helps you think, collect knowledge, remember and create ideas.

Mind maps can be created in many different ways, but they share the same basics.

The SimpleMind App (free edition) is available on iTunes, Android or Windows.

An example of a Mind map created by 5th Year Geography students is shown below.

Types of Regions

Literacy

Writer in Schools

Thank you to Imelda Maguire for coming into our school to deliver a workshop to two first year groups in relation to write, poetry techniques, how to approach and enhance their writing. Imelda is a well-known poet and she did a recital of her poetry.

Lunchtime Reading

Room 9 will be open to all on Thursdays for reading. This will provide a quiet place for students to read.

Webwise Ambassador

Webwise

Well done to Emma Coulter who has been selected for the Webwise Ambassador Training programme. Emma is required to attend a online webinar next week.  Webwise is the Irish Internet Safety Awareness Centre. They develop resources and run campaigns that promote a better internet. 
They also work with a Youth Panel to develop different campaigns. This Youth Panel is made up of around 30 teenagers from all over Ireland. It was their idea to have a Safer Internet Day (SID) Ambassadors Programme to help more people and schools get involved in tackling cyberbullying.

Numeracy

TY Chess

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

Student Voice

The Student Council were present at the schools Open Evening to talk to the incoming first years.The students addressed the incoming first years in relation to inclusion in the school, and they explain how inclusion is a very important theme in our school.

Our Leaving Cert Prefects took on the role of tour guides on the OPEN night in the school on Thursday evening last. We would like to thank them all as they did an outstanding job.

Donegal Youth Council 

The Donegal Youth Council Agenda Day  (AGM) took place on Thursday 6th December in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny. At this event 120 young people from all across the country came together for a consultation event, where they had the opportunity to put forward ideas in facilitated discussions and to vote to determine the key issues for the young people in the county.

Guidance Department

A very successful Mock Interview Night for Leaving Cert students took place last Tuesday. Thank you to the Parents’ Association for organising and the interviewers who gave up their time to interview the students.

Thank you to Lorraine Murray from Donegal ETB’s apprenticeship Department for presenting to senior cycle students last Thursday.  She informed them of the many apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities available after the Leaving Cert.

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

Upcoming Guidance presentations taking place in the library:

  • DCU, Thursday, 06 December @ 11.55 – 12.35
  • IT Sligo, Thursday, 13 December @ 11.55 – 12.35
  • GMIT, Thursday, 31 January 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35
  • North-West Regional College, Thursday, 07 February 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35

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

Wellbeing

Wellness Workshop

A group of first  year students have been involved in a six week wellness workshop with Aoibheann Gallen from Renew You. They will be taking part in their last session this week. Throughout the six weeks they have studied the importance of a healthy mind. An area they have been concentrating on has been slowing  down their breathing and thinking by using a piece of fruit. The students really enjoyed this Mindfulness sessions. It has been such a worthwhile experience and it has provided the students with new skills and strategies that they can use for the rest of their lives.

Healthy Schools

Our school health promoting schools project this year is around healthy eating and a positive physical environment. Our health promoting school committee have distributed a healthy eating questionnaire to students, parents and staff. When all questionnaires have been collected the results will be analysed and out healthy eating policy for the school will be made into a draft. Thank you to all who have completed a questionnaire and if anyone wished to do some please see Mrs Duane or Ms Rooney.

Simple Simon’s Talk

On Thursday 6th December Simple Simons from Donegal Town came into our school and gave a talk to our TY students. They informed the students about the importance of eating healthily and how to save the environment by using metal reusable bottles. They also discussed aspects of vegan and vegetarian diets. Our students got a great insight into the different types of healthy food. This talk is also in line with our school health promoting schools project this year.

Physical Environment

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

Work Experience

All TY students will be attending work experience this week. Work experience is a very important part of our TY program as our students will get a great, hands on experience into the working world.  Sample of work that our students will be sampling will be; Teaching, Gardai, Beautician, Hairdressers, Architect, radio DJ, lecturing, medical and engineering. We thank all employers who are mentoring our students.

Cake Decorating Workshop

Thank you to Leanne Gallagher who came into the school to deliver a workshop in cake decorating and gave our students great tips on how to make festive treats. She showed the students how to decorate buns with elves, snowflakes, Santa and Christmas puddings. It was a very enjoyable experience for all students and they came out of the workshop with many treats.

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History Trip to Derry

On Friday 7th December Ms. Markey’s and Mr. Clarke’s TY History classes visited Derry. During the visit students were given a guided tour of the Walls of Derry. Coincidently their visit took place on the 330th anniversary of the beginning of the Siege of Derry which began on 7th December 1688. On the Walls students heard of the history of the city from its foundation during the Ulster Plantation in the 17th century to the events of Bloody Sunday and the Troubles. Following the guided tour of the Walls students visited the Museum of Free Derry in the Bogside. During their visit there students heard about the events of 30th January 1972 and viewed the excellent and detailed exhibition of the day that would become known as ‘Bloody Sunday’.


SPORTS NEWS

Girls Active

The Girls have just finished 5 weeks of jiving. Thank you to Geraldine Thomas for developing the then workshops. After Christmas the girls will be taking part in rowing in our school gym every Thursday from 3:30 – 4:30.

Table Tennis

We will be looking to develop table tennis in the school. This is in direct response to recent surveys undertaken as part of the schools Active School Flag pilot. We would like to target students not currently involved in any extracurricular sport/activity. Please contact Mr. O’Mahony in the PE Department to express your interest.

Athletics

Couch to 5km (Seniors)

Couch 2 5k training has started on Mondays after school and is open to all senior students and staff looking to get fit. Training will take place on the track every Monday and Thursday. Everyone can participate at their own fitness level. Please see Mrs. McLaughlin if you have any questions.

Run 4 Fun training (Juniors)

There run for fun training group has commenced at lunchtimes on the track for all junior students. This training is open to all students who want to improve their fitness and will cater for all fitness levels ranging from walking level up to running level.

Students must wear runners for the training and can meet on the track at the beginning of lunch. Training will last 20/30 minutes everyday.

U14 Girls GAA

U14 girls training will take place every Monday after school at 4pm on the school pitch. All players welcome. Please take gum shield, football boots and runners. The first league game will take place after Christmas.

School Rugby

Mr Claydon is coaching the boys rugby every Monday after school. The boys are enjoying working under a very experienced and enthusiastic rugby coach.

1st and 2nd yr Boys Basketball

1st and 2nd year boys basketball training will take place every Monday after school from 4:00-5:30. The boys league will start after christmas. All new players are welcome.

U16 Boys basketball

The U16 team played against St Nathy’s away in the North West Regional Final last Monday. It was a tight game the whole way through the game. Abbey got ahead by 2 points and the start of the game, it was a basket for basket game up until the last few minutes when St Nathy’s pulled ahead and won the game 47 to 45. It was a very strong performance by all players and they were very unlucky to lose out in the end. Ultan O’Grady finished the game as the top scorer.

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U19 Girls Basketball

Hard luck to our U19 team who lost their North West Regional final last week. They played Carrick on Shannon in the regional sports center on Thursday 6th December. Carrick had a tight Defence and AVS struggled to break it. The result was unfortunate for AVS as the score was 16-26.


TY Newsletter Team

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

 

 

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Abbey V.S. Weekly Newsletter – Mon 3rd Dec 2018

Open Evening – Thursday 6th December 2018 from 5pm to 8pm

The Abbey Vocational School invites you to attend our OPEN EVENING on Thursday, 6th December 2018 from 5pm to 8pm.

We would be delighted for you to take a tour of our school and see practical demonstrations and displays of students’ work from all of our Subject Departments.  I hope that the people of Donegal Town and the wider community will take this opportunity to view our excellent facilities.  We especially hope that all of our incoming students will attend with their parents.  An adult must accompany all persons under 18.  We will have a table set up to facilitate anyone who wishes to return the admission form on the night of the Open Evening.  We encourage you to please do this. Deadline for enrolment is Monday, 10th December 2018 at 4 p.m.

Staff Training Days

A reminder to all that the school will be closed to students on December 12th as staff will be attending DoES training days for the New Junior Cert. All schools nationwide are required to attend such training days.  The School Induction day for incoming First years takes place on Tuesday December 11th and on that day, First years will also remain at home on that day 

3rd Year Renewable Energy Talk

Thank you very much Mr John Gallagher, Plant Manager for ESB Networks Donegal, for the informative talk with our 3rd year students on renewable energy. John also presented our Science coordinator Ms Doherty with a windmill kit.

Parents Association Bag Packing

Thank you to everyone that helped out and supported our bag package fundraising last Saturday 24th November. We really appreciate all the support.

Other Events

  • Mock Interviews for Leaving Cert Students takes place in the School on Tuesday Night December 4th.
  • Book Fair. The Book fair takes place at the Open Evening in the school. The Opening Evening takes place on December 6th from 5pm to 8pm.

Incoming First Year Students

Staff from the school have visited all of the sixth class students in the area and students have received an Induction Pack with important Information.  Please also see our school video on our Website @abbeyvs.

Please note dates below:

  •  6th December 2018 : – OPEN EVENING (5pm to 8pm)
  • 10th December 2018: – Deadline for Application for Admission 2019/20
  • 11th December 2018: – Induction Day for 6th Class Students (Approx. 9.30 am to 2.30pm arranged by the AVS in conjunction with the Primary Schools)
  • 15th January 2019: – Information Evening for 6th Class Parents in the AVS (7.00pm – 8.00pm)
  • 31st January:  Return of Subject Choice Forms

Musical Success!

Beauty and the Beast was a roaring success! It played to a full house all week. We are so proud of our students who did so well. These students learnt teamwork, commitment, respect, effort, and hard work, discipline collaboration, trust professionalism as well as built many many friendships and made lifelong memories. They have demonstrated all that the AVS stands for in terms of excellence. We are so proud of them all. Rachel O’Connor, the director, said I was quietly confident that it would be a fabulous production given the commitment of students and the production team. I am so proud and very sad that it is all over” We thank all of those who made this musical possible and especially our staff and in particular the production team. Thank you to our sponsors and all of the local business who supported us so well.

Environmental Studies

On Wednesday Eimear from ECO UNESCO gave two environmental themed workshops one to our Student Council and a second to our TY students. During these workshops the Student Council were trained in how to be school leaders on environmental issues and sustainability. Paying particular attention to the Sustainable Development Goals and how these can be implemented in school. The TY workshop focused on the environmental impact of fashion. During the workshops students took part in walking debates and ‘upcycling’ of clothes.

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Leaving Certificate Physical Education (LCPE) Update

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Abbey Vocational School Leaving Cert PE students visit to Letterkenny Institute of Technology on Thursday 6 December.
This the first in a series of visits from and to LYIT. Guest lectures and a mentor support system will form part of this mutually beneficial link.
This first visit will provide an excellent opportunity for our LCPE students to reinforce their learning in class. The day begins with a tour of the sports performance lab and observing biomechanics presentations from year 2 sports and exercise students. Students will then participate in the first of two 40 minute athletics sessions. Ideal preparation for their sprints performance assessment in AVS. Students finish their day by observing year 4 sports and exercise students presentations, all relevant to topics addressed within the LCPE specifications.
On return a number of the LCPE class students will be assisting the PE department in showcasing the role of technology and feedback to potential incoming first years as part of the schools open night.

Coding Club

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

Guidance Department

Mock Interviews:  A Mock Interview Night for Leaving Cert students organised by the Parents’ Association will take place in the school on Tuesday, 04 December 2018. Students have been provided with the required information.

TY Work Experience

Our Transition Year (TY) students will go on one week’s work placement during the week beginning Monday, 10 December.
6th Year students & LCAs are reminded to book a 1:1 appointment with their Guidance Counsellor in order to ensure they have a clear plan of action for when they finish their exams in June.

HEAR and DARE

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

Upcoming 3rd Level Presentations:

  • DCU, Thursday, 06 December @ 11.55 – 12.35
  • IT Sligo, Thursday, 13 December @ 11.55 – 12.35
  • GMIT, Thursday, 31 January 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35
  • North-West Regional College, Thursday, 07 February 2019 @ 11.55 – 12.35

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

Art

Congratulations to Eleanor Romilly and Mia McCalmont who were joint winners in the Beauty and the Beast art competition.

Congratulations to Lily Brogan in 6th year who was the overall winner of the LCA 1 Christmas Card Competition.

Student Voice

On Wednesday 28th November a member from eco-unesco Eimear visited our school and provided a workshop for the members of the student council on team training and inclusion. They are hoping to set up a cultural day in the school in the coming weeks before Christmas.

Donegal Youth Council 

The Donegal Youth Council Agenda Day (AGM) will take place on Thursday 6th December in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny. This event will see 120 young people from all across the county come together for a consultation event, where they will have the opportunity to put forward ideas in facilitated discussions and to vote to determine the key issues for the young people in the county.

Teaching & Learning

On Thursday 22nd November, Abbey VS staff partook in Junior Cycle training in a range of subject areas. Together with colleagues from other schools in South Donegal, staff members engaged training in subject planning, approaches to formative assessment and Classroom Based Assessments.

Teaching & Learning: Interactive Essay Planning Map for students.

This interactive graphic organiser (from http://www.readwritethink.org) will help develop an outline that includes an introductory statement, main ideas you want to discuss or describe, supporting details, and a conclusion that summarises your main ideas. Once complete you can print and/or save your plan to an Adobe PDF file.

Interactive Essay Tool

Geographical Investigation Study

On Friday 23rd and Monday 26th Nov, 76 Sixth year Geography students travelled to Bundoran to complete their Geographical Investigation Study. The investigation focuses on the impact of geographic processes in a coastal environment and contributes to 20% of the final examination.

Mini Companies

At this year’s school musical ‘Beauty and the Beast’ we had ten tables of mini companies selling on all three nights. Two transition year tables of personalized photo frames and another selling gingerbread men. Other tables from some of our LCVP students included homemade brownies and sweets. These tables will also have set up at the Inver markets from 1-6 this Saturday and Sunday. A great success for all students and teachers involved. Thank you very much for all of your support of our mini companies.

TY Students Collect for Mental Health Awareness Week

On Thursday 25 TY students volunteered to do a bucket collection which was organised by Jigsaw Donegal. The students could be seen at various locations around the town and done a fantastic job to help out a very worthy cause. Jigsaw Donegal is an excellent organisation which supports so many students throughout Donegal.

Look into Law Programme

Congratulations to Christopher Darby who has been selected to take part in the Look into Law Programme with The Bar of Ireland. During a week in February Christopher will get an opportunity to shadow a barrister in Dublin where he will see firsthand what a career in law entails. He will experience a trial court, a visit of the Four Courts and the Central Criminal Court as well as other various activities with other like-minded students from around Ireland. Christopher is the first student from the AVS to get this opportunity, well done.

Christopher completed an application process and was selected from over 500 applicants. Its aims are to increase TY’s awareness of the Bar of Ireland’s work and to encourage them to pursue a career as a barrister.

Christmas Carol Service

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

Sponsored Walk

The annual TY sponsored walk takes place on Tuesday 4th December. Students will be collecting sponsorship which in turn is used to fund the various activities and workshops that they get an opportunity to do in TY. Lines cost €2 and there are lots of prizes to be won.

Work Experience

All TY students will be attending work experience during the week of the 10th December. Sample of work that our students will be doing; Teaching, Gardai, Beautician, Hairdressers, Architect and Engineering. We thank all employers who are mentoring our students.

 

SPORTS

Girls Active

The Girls have just finished 5 weeks of jiving. Thank you to Geraldine Thomas for developing the then workshops. For the next 4 weeks they will be taking part in rowing every Thursday from 3:30 – 4:30.

Table Tennis

We will be looking to develop table tennis in the school. This is in direct response to recent surveys undertaken as part of the schools Active School Flag pilot. We would like to target students not currently involved in any extracurricular sport/activity. Please contact Mr. O’Mahony in the PE Department to express your interest.

Athletics

Couch to 5km (seniors)

Couch 2 5k training has started on Mondays after school and is open to all senior students and staff looking to get fit. Training will take place on the track every Monday and Thursday. Everyone can participate at their own fitness level. Please see Mrs. McLaughlin if you have any questions.

Run 4 Fun training (juniors)

There run for fun training group has commenced at lunchtimes on the track for all junior students. This training is open to all students who want to improve their fitness and will cater for all fitness levels ranging from walking level up to running level.

Students must wear runners for the training and can meet on the track at the beginning of lunch. Training will last 20/30 minutes every day.

1st Year Boys Soccer

Our 1st year boys’ football team travelled to Loreto Milford for their second league game on Friday 30th November. In tough weather conditions they won 6 -1 with an impressive team performance. With AVS keeping possession and creating chances an opening goal seemed imminent.  Senán Carr slotted home the deserving opener. Slightly against the run of play Loreto equalised but AVS quickly responded with another goal from Senán. Multiple chances were created with the Loreto keeper and woodwork getting repeatedly tested. Just short of half time a top corner goal from Caolan Sweeney converted that pressure into a 3 – 1 lead. A couple of changes at half time saw the introduction of 2 players who added to the existing balance and strength of the team. Despite playing into the wind AVS continued to score with Senán adding another for his hat trick, Ruairi McLaughlin and our man of the match Caolan bringing the tally to 6. A great side with great potential. Next fixture is away to Rosses C.S. on Friday 7th Dec. Training as normal on Monday after school. Any parents or local coaches are more than welcome to attend, support and assist. Please contact Ivan O’Mahony (PE teacher) or Leo Gallagher (SNA) coaches of the Abbey Vocational School 1st Year Soccer team.

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Senior Boys Soccer

Our senior boys came up against Mulroy College in their cup game on Wednesday the 21st November. The boys went in at half time 3-0 down. After half time Mulroy went 5-0 up with one of their players making the difference. A late goal from Jamie Crawford was just a consolation for the boys. A disappointing end to the season for the senior boys.

Senior Boys Gaelic v Carndonagh C.S.

The senior boys played Carndonagh C.S. in the county semi-final in Letterkenny on Wednesday 28th November. Played in abnormal conditions the Abbey boys started strongly against the wind and with some well-taken scores led at the interval by 4-09 to 1-04. In the second half Carndonagh mounted a stronger challenge and scores were harder to come by. An Alex McCalmont goal settled the nerves and the Abbey lads went on to secure a great win on a score-line of AVS 5-14 to Carndonagh 1-09. The boys will play the county final against Milford in the next week or two.

School Rugby

Mr Claydon is coaching the boys’ rugby every Monday after school. The boys are enjoying working under a very experienced and enthusiastic rugby coach.

1st  and 2nd Yr Boys Basketball

1st and 2nd year boys basketball training is on every Friday after school at 3:30. All new players are welcome.

U16 Boys basketball

The U16 team will play against St Nathy’s College Ballaghaderreen in the North West regional finals on Monday the 3rd. Good luck boys!

U16 ladies Gaelic

The U16 ladies Gaelic team travelled to Irvinestown on Wednesday the 28th to play against St Joseph’s school Donaghmore in their first round in Ulster. St Joseph’s started off very strong scoring 2-4 in the first half, but with points from Catherine Campbell and Enya Gallagher and Caoimhe Walsh, at half time the score was 2-4 to 0-4. In the second half it was much more competitive when the Abbey girls came back and showed great spirit with goals coming from Catherine Campbell, Aoife Greene and Caoimhe Walsh but it wasn’t enough on the day and the girls unfortunately lost by a point.

 

Abbey VS Newsletter – 26th Nov 2018

Entrance Award Scholarships for Our students

Congratulations to the following students on their individual entrance scholarships to the various colleges below. These very special entrance scholarships are based on the students outstanding Leaving Cert results in the Leaving Cert Examination this year. We are extremely proud of these students. They are:  

  • UCD: Connor McGoldrick
  • NUIG: Laura O Donnell
  • P McManus : Laura O Donnell
  • Trinity : Erika Price
  • DCU Rosin Ward

Laura O Donnell, J.P McManus Scholarship Award

Congratulations to Laura O’Donnell who received the JP Mcmanus Entrance Scholarship Award in the University of Limerick on Saturday last. This was based on Laura’s outstanding Leaving Cert results. Winners were commended for their achievements by guest of honour, Limerick Senior Hurling manager John Kiely. Sponsored by the billionaire philanthropist, 125 Leaving Cert and A-Level graduates, have been awarded scholarships. Two students from Donegal were included and the Abbey Vocational School are delighted to have one of their students receive this scholarship for its second year in succession. Laura is studying Computer Science and Information Technology in NUIG.

“To our successful scholars I offer heartiest congratulations”, Mr McManus said.

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Laura featured with her parents and Deputy Principal Mr Johnny Sweeney at the Award Ceremony in Limerick

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The Event Occasion at UL.

Erica PriceTrinity

Congratulations to Erika Price – who received an entrance Scholarship Award on Wednesday  night last  from Trinity College Dublin for her outstanding Leaving results. Erika is studying Law and French. We are very proud of you Erika.

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Staff Training Days

A reminder to all that the school will be closed to students on December 12th as staff will be attending DoES training days for the New Junior Cert in their Subject Areas. All schools nationwide are required to attend such training days.

The School Induction day for incoming First years takes place on Tuesday December 11th and on that day, First years will also remain at home.

Science Week

Science Club

Science club has been taking place every Wednesday at lunch time for 1st years. To date the students have been designing bridges made from only straws and sellotape and testing their structures using weights. Over the last two weeks the students were dissecting lamb’s hearts and learning about the circulatory system as well as testing ‘why won’t a balloon burst when filled with water?’

Coding Club

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

Bebras Logical/Computational Thinking Competition for 1st, 2nd and TY

The Bebras® Computing Challenge introduces computational thinking to students, by allowing them to solve interactive tasks online. It is run in over 40 countries and takes place every November. The tasks can be answered without prior knowledge about computational thinking or information and communication technology. The aim of Bebras is to get students all over the world excited about computing. Results of this busy week will be announced next week! Nearly 500 student in our school completed the challenge. We are now awaiting the results from Maynooth university. Hopefully some of our students will progress onto the next stage of the challenge. 

Parents Association Quiz

The Parents’ Association held a fundraising quiz in Doms Pier 1 on Friday 16th November. 17 teams took part in the quiz, resulting in a very enjoyable evening. Thanks to all who supported this event.

Other Events

  1. Bag packing in SuperValu took place on Saturday 24th November 2018 from 10 am to 6pm.
  2. Mock Interviews for Leaving Cert Students takes place in the School on Tuesday Night December 4th.
  3. Book Fair. The Book fair takes place at the Open Evening in the school. The Opening Evening takes place on November 6th from 5pm to 8pm.

Incoming First Year Students

Staff from the school have visited all of the sixth class students in the area and students have received an Induction Pack with important Information.  Please also see our school video on our website @abbeyvs.

Please note dates below

  •  6th December 2018: – OPEN EVENING (5pm to 8pm)
  • 10th December 2018:  – Deadline for Application for Admission 2019/20
  • 11th December 2018: – Induction Day for 6th Class Students  (Approx. 9.30 am  to 2.30pm arranged by the AVS in conjunction with the Primary Schools)
  • 15th January 2019: – Information Evening for 6th Class Parents in the AVS (7.00pm – 8.00pm)
  • 31st January: Return of Subject Choice Forms

Musical Updates

The sound of ‘Be Our Guest’, ‘A Tale As Old As Time’ and many more of the wonderful  songs from Disney’s ‘Beauty and The Beast’ can be heard ringing through the corridors of the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town this November as students prepare for their production of ‘Beauty and the Beast!’ .

The AVS has developed a reputation for staging exciting and enjoyable musicals over the past number of years with productions such as Oklahoma!, Scrooge, Hairspray and last year’s outstanding production of Abbey Mia. Building on the success of recent years the Transition Year students of 2018 are busy putting the finishing touches to their production. The leading cast is drawn from the TY year group and they will be ably supported by a chorus of students from other year groups.

Rehearsals have been taking place since early September under the watchful eye of the production team Rachael O’Connor  (Director), Eileen Carr, Claire Breslin, (Musical Directors) and Emer O’Mahony (Choreographer). All TY students will be performing and also working backstage. As well as performing a number of the TY students have been working extremely hard in the production of the show by  helping out with the show working in PR, set construction and design, stage management and hair and makeup. This is truly a whole school production. The musical will take place in the Bosco centre on the 27th, 28th and 30th of November. You can purchase tickets from the office and the assembly area at break and lunch. Adult tickets are: €10 and a child is: €7.

CSPE

3A and 3D held a bake sale on Friday 23rd November at break and lunchtime in aid of their Junior Cert Action Project. They pulled out all the stops and they had a variety of items on sale from: delicious mars slices, to homemade scones, creamy cupcakes, cream horns and tasty chocolate brownies! A huge thank you to staff and students who bought the items that were on offer. It was a huge success and was greatly appreciated by staff and students alike.

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Environmental Studies

Mr Clarke has organised a series of workshops in relation to international sustainability and environmental protection for our student Council and our TY students. This is to raise awareness to all of our students on the current environmental situation.

Leaving Certificate Physical Education (LCPE) Update

The Minister for Education will launch our LCPE. This is our new Leaving Cert PE exam subject that we are delighted to have introduced  into the school.  This Event will take place on Monday 17th December in the PE hall and our students and parents and many specially invited guests will attend on the day. Our PE Dept are delighted to host this event and the new subject is going really well in the school. Our lead teacher in this subject Mr O Mahoney says that he is delighted to be teaching the subject and states that it is a really special time in history where this intelligence is recognised and our students are doing really well in the study of this subject.

Guidance Department

Interview Technique Workshop
Our Leaving Cert students enjoyed a very productive Interview Technique Workshop with Sean McGee on Thursday of last week. Thanks to Sean for facilitating.

Trip to Maynooth Open Day
The Guidance Department travelled to the Maynooth University Open Day on Friday of last week with Senior Cycle students who opted to go.  The feedback from the trip was very positive.

Donegal ETB Apprenticeship Presentation
Donegal ETB’s Apprenticeship Department will present to Senior Cycle students on Thursday, 29 November between 11.15 & 12.35  in the Library. Students wishing to attend the talk must first inform their class teacher of their absence.

Mock Interviews

A Mock Interview Night for Leaving Cert students organised by the Parents’ Association will take place in the school on Tuesday, 04th December 2018. Students must submit 2 copies of their CV to their Guidance Counsellor ASAP.

6th Year students & LCAs are reminded to book a 1:1 appointment with their Guidance Counsellor in order to ensure they have a clear plan of action for when they finish their exams in June.

Upcoming 3rd Level presentations taking place in the
Library

  • DCU, Thursday, 06 December @ 11.55 – 12.35
  • IT Sligo, Thursday, 13 December @ 11.55 – 12.35
  • Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to http://www.avsdonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo

Art

Congratulations to the following AVS art students who were winners in this year’s Credit Union Art Competition. Jonathan O’Driscoll, Jane Robinson, Mia McCalmont, Lily Brogan, Katie Daly, Sarah McGrory and Béibhinn Reid.

Well done to all those art students whose work is currently being exhibited at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny as part of this year’s Súile na n’Og Junior Cert Art Exhibition. Exhibitors from the AVS this year are Marie McGirr, Róisín Feeney, Hannah Crawford, Tom Daly, Christopher Darby, Anna Bustard and Sophie Kee.

A big thank you to all those students who were involved in painting sets for this year’s school musical.

The winning designs for this year’s LCA 1 Christmas Card Competition have been chosen and are currently being printed. The winning designs were by Anna Riebeling, Sarah McGrory, Lily Brogan, Sarah Donovan, Laura Kelly, Nolwenn Ní Dhonnabháin and Saerlaith Lusson. The overall winner will be announced next week. All profits from the sale will go to MS Donegal.

Girls Active

Girls Active is on Thursday 3.30 – 4 30 in the Parish Centre. To date they have completed 3 weeks of Line Dancing and Jiving. The next activity that they will be doing will be rowing after Christmas for 5 weeks. Girls Active is open to girls from junior  and senior cycle.

Student Voice

The Student Council are focusing on the theme of Inclusion as one of their areas of work this year. The sign language course has now started and is on every Wednesday after school. Well done to all those who are attending this course  in an effort to support those with hearing loss.  This is part of our school inclusion Project.

Gina Grant Representative from Donegal Down Syndrome, visited the schoolon Wednesday 21st November at 11.15am. Gina delivered a very valuable workshop on Down Syndrome which left us all very much informed of how to support students in this regard. Thank you Gina.

Donegal Youth Council 

Congratulations to Frank Duffy who has been elected onto the Donegal Youth Council. The election was carried out by Donegal County Council and the HSE. The count was assisted by students from the school’s Student Council. The Donegal Youth Council is a group of 36 young people aged 12-18 years, who identify issues and promote projects to improve the lives of young people in Donegal. Like the County Council they are selected from five electoral areas and represent the young people in our schools and local areas.

Welcome From Frank Duffy

I am delighted to have been elected as the Abbey Vocational School representative on The Donegal Youth Council and I would like to thank all of the students who voted for me.  I am looking forward to working with other students from around the county to identify issues and promote projects which will improve the lives of young people in Donegal.  The first meeting of the Council will take place on Thursday 6th December in Letterkenny.

Teaching & Learning

On Thursday 22nd November, Abbey VS staff partook in Junior Cycle training  in a range of subject areas. Together with colleagues from other schools in south Donegal, staff members engaged training in subject planning,  approaches to formative assessment and Classroom Based Assessments.

Geographical Investigation Study

On Friday 23rd and Monday 26th Nov, 76 Sixth year Geography students travelled to Bundoran to complete their Geographical Investigation Study. The investigation focuses on the impact of geomorphic processes in a coastal environment and contributes to 20% of the final examination.

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Wellbeing

Wellness Workshop

A group of our first years took part in week three of the six week wellness workshop with Aoibheann Gallen from Renew You. Throughout the six weeks they will go through the importance of a healthy mind. This week they concentrated on slowing down their breathing and thinking by using a piece of fruit. The students really enjoyed this Mindfulness Sessions. It is such a worthwhile experience and it provides the students with new skills and strategies that they can use for the rest of their lives. The students look forward to next week session.

Active School Flag

The Active School Flag interviews finished today. Please see the ASF Committee with Gwok and Fiona from UL by the ASF notice board.

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Sponsored Walk

The Annual TY sponsored walk takes place on Tuesday 4th December. Students will be collecting sponsorship which in turn is used to fund the various activities and workshops that they get an opportunity to do in TY. Lines cost €2 and there are lots of prizes to be won.

Work Experience

All TY students will be attending work experience during the week of the 10th December. Sample of work that our students will be sampling will be; Teaching, Gardai, Beautician, Hairdressers, Architect and Engineering. We thank all employers who are mentoring our students.

Subject Changes

The TY students have completed their first 10 week subject trial. They started the second, of three 10 week trials on Monday 19th November.  The students will have  an opportunity to sample all of the optional subjects such as: Architecture, Art, Jewellery Design (Metalwork), the three science subjects (Biology, Chemistry & Physics) over the course of Transition Year.

 

SPORTS

Athletics

Couch to 5km (Seniors)

Couch 2 5k training has started on Mondays after school and is open to all senior students and staff looking to get fit. Training will take place on the track every Monday and Thursday. Everyone can participate at their own fitness level. Please see Mrs. McLaughlin if you have any questions.

Run 4 Fun training (Juniors)

There run for fun training group has commenced  at lunchtimes on the track for all junior students. This training is open to all students who want to improve their fitness and will cater for all fitness levels ranging from walking level up to running level.

Students must wear runners for the training and can meet on the track at the beginning of lunch. Training will last 20/30 minutes everyday.

Competitive Sport

Conor Campbell

Congratulations to AVS student Conor Campbell who earned his second cap for the Irish U15 soccer team after being named in the starting lineup for their game against Poland on Thursday.

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U17 Boys Soccer

Our U17 boys came up against Crana College in their cup game on the 20th November. Our boys struck first with a goal from Jack Byrne as a result of Ultan O’Grady’s quick free kick. Crana College equalised just before half time which was a hard blow for the AVS. Just after half time Crana College scored another. The AVS boys had to push on to try a get an equaliser but with all of the opposition behind the ball, it was a very difficult task. The boys were very unlucky to lose by a disappointing result of 2-1 to Crana College.

U16 Girls GAA

After a very successful league campaign our girls are now through to the Ulster Preliminary Round. They will play St Joseph’s from Donaghmore Co Tyrone. Date to be confirmed. Good Luck Girls!

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1st and 2nd year boys basketball

1st and 2nd year boys basketball will start this coming week, training will take place every Friday after school. All players are welcome.

 

U16 Boys Basketball

Well done to our U16 boys basketball team on reaching the North West regional basketball semi final. The boys will face St Nathy’s college Ballaghaderreen on the 3rd December. Good Luck Boys!

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TY Newsletter team: Frank Duffy

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

AVS Newsletter – 19th Nov 2018

Great News on New School Canteen Building :

We were delighted to receive the great news  that the DoEs have approved the design and construction of a GP/Dining Area Approx 390m2) for our school. This is excellent news for our students and we are looking forward to this new building as well as our six new classrooms and ASD Unit which has now moved to the next stage of planning.

Parent Teacher Meeting

Our next PTM will be held on November 21st for First Years.

 Staff Training Days

A reminder to all that the school will be closed to students on Thursday November 22nd and Wednesday and  December 12th as staff will be attending DoES training days for the New Junior Cert in their Subject Areas. All schools nationwide are required to attend such training days

The School Induction day for incoming First years takes place on Tuesday December 11th and on that day, First years will also remain at home.

Science Week

Science Club

First year Science Club was in full swing again this week. Over the last number of days students participated in a variety of engaging activities. These activities ranged from heart dissections to inquiry based challenges. In this week’s inquiry activity students investigated why a balloon with some water added and then inflated does not pop over a bunsen burner.

Well done to all the students involved. The group is growing week by week and with it there is improved investigation skills, communication and engagement. Science Club takes place every Wednesday during lunchtime in Room 33. All first years welcome!

IT Sligo Science Workshop

On Wednesday 14 of November,  TY students took part in a science workshop delivered by IT Sligo. The students were introduced to spectroscopy (Spectroscopy is the study of the interaction between matter and electromagnetic radiation.) The students had to carry out experiments and report their findings to the group. The event was organized as part of Science Week 2018.

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Bebras Logical/Computational Thinking Competition for 1st, 2nd and TY

The Bebras® Computing Challenge introduces computational thinking to students, by allowing them to solve interactive tasks online. It is run in over 40 countries and takes place every November. The tasks can be answered without prior knowledge about computational thinking or information and communication technology. The aim of Bebras is to get students all over the world excited about computing. Results of this busy week will be announced next week  !

Parents Association Quiz:

The Parent’s Association of the Abbey Vocational School held  a fun table quiz in Dom’s Pier 1 on Friday 16th November @9pm.  All proceeds were in  aid of school extra curricular fund. Thank you to all who supported this event. An enjoyable night was had by all

Other Events ;

  1. Bag packing in SuperValu will take place on Saturday 24th November 2018 from 10 am to 6pm.
  2. Mock Interviews for Leaving Cert Students takes place in the School on Tuesday Night December 4th.
  3. Book Fair. The BOok fair takes place on the Open Evening in the school. The Opening Evening takes place on November 6th from 5pm to 8pm.

 Incoming First Year Students:

Staff from the school will shortly be visiting all of the sixth class students in the area and students will receive an Induction pack with important Information. 

 Please note dates below :

  •  6th December 2018 : – OPEN EVENING (5pm to 8pm)
  • 10th December 2018:  – Deadline for Application for Admission 2019/20
  • 11th December 2018: – Induction Day for 6th Class Students  (Approx. 9.30 am  to 2.30pm  arranged by the AVS in conjunction with the Primary Schools)
  • 15th  January  2019:- Information Evening for 6th Class Parents in the AVS (7.00pm – 8.00pm)
  • 31st January:  Return of Subject Choice Forms

Musical Updates!

The sound of ‘Be Our Guest’, ‘A Tale As Old As Time’ and many more of the wonderful  songs from Disney’s ‘Beauty and The Beast’ can be heard ringing through the corridors of the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town this November as students prepare for their production of ‘Beauty and the Beast!’ .

The AVS has developed a reputation for staging exciting and enjoyable musicals over the past number of years with productions such as Oklahoma!, Scrooge, Hairspray and last year’s outstanding production of Abbey Mia. Building on the success of recent years the Transition Year students of 2018 are busy putting the finishing touches to their production. The leading cast is drawn from the TY year group and they will be ably supported by a chorus of students from other year groups.

Rehearsals have been taking place since early September under the watchful eye of the production team Rachael O’Connor  (Director), Eileen Carr, Claire Breslin, (Musical Directors) and Emer O’Mahoney(Choreographers). All TY students will be performing and also working backstage. As well as performing a number of the TY students have been working extremely hard in the production of the show by  helping out with the show working in PR, set construction and design, stage management and hair and makeup. This is truly a whole school production. The musical will take place in the Bosco centre on the 27th, 28th and 30th of November. You can purchase tickets from the office and the assembly area at break and lunch. Adult tickets are: €10 and a child is: €7.

The school will be holding many competitions over the next week for tickets for the musical so keep an eye on @AbbeyVS.

Guidance Department

Mock Interviews

Thank you to those that attended the School Leavers Information Evening for Parents/Guardians in the library on Tuesday of last week. Both presentations on the night are available on the Guidance website on http://www.AVSDonegal.com – click on the ‘Guidance’ logo

26 Senior Cycle students traveled to the Greencastle Fishery School on Monday of last week.  The feedback from the trip was very positive. Thank you the Fishery School for facilitating our visit.

The LYIT Open Day will take place on 22 November 2018. The school is closed on this date for staff training. However; the Guidance department encourage our Senior Cycle students to attend the event independently. See this link here for a full schedule of the Open Day events.

https://www.lyit.ie/News-Events/Article/lyit-open-day-2018

The Guidance Department will take 5th Year students to the Maynooth University Open Day on Friday, 23 November 2018. There is a €10 charge per student. Ms Mc Morrow is collecting the money.

Donegal ETB’s Apprenticeship department will present to Senior Cycle students on Thursday, 29 November between 11.15 & 12.35  in the Library. Students wishing to attend the talk must first inform their class teacher of their absence.

A Mock Interview Night for Leaving Cert students organised by the Parents Association will take place in the school on Tuesday, 04 December 2018. Students must submit 2 copies of their CV to their Guidance Counsellor ASAP.

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

Art

During the week a number of Junior cycle Art students from the Abbey Vocational School had their annual visit to the  Suile na n’Og exhibition of Junior Cert Art work at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny. It was a great learning experience for all our students.

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CSPE

Last Tuesday class group 3f went down to the parish hall in Donegal town with their teacher Mr McLoone to attend a talk with volunteers from Animals In Need Donegal.The students received a very informative talk and got a great insight into the organisation and how it is run. Animals in Need Donegal is a 100% voluntary organisation located in Donegal. They are dedicated to alleviating the suffering of domestic pets who are abandoned or injured. They students enjoyed meeting some pets and learning about the care of same.

Scór

Well done to our drama team and our quiz team who l took part in the Scór competition in the Bluestack Center Drimarone on Sunday.

Scór is a GAA competition that combines all the colour and rivalry of Gaelic Games with the social/fun element of Ireland’s traditional past-times. The competition was established by the GAA in 1969 with the aim of promoting Ireland’s traditional pastimes and culture while offering club members the chance to meet up, have fun and represent their club during the winter months while Football and Hurling had ceased.

Quiz Team:

Roisin Feeney , Frank Duffy , Katelyn Duffy  and Kerry Mitchell. There were teams from seven other GAA clubs from around the county.

Drama 

“Ta na col ceathrar O Mercia ag teacht” Script beag a scriobh an teilgthe fein

The Drama Team :

Sarah Canney, Victoria Bradley, Jack Myers, Anna Mitchell, Kian O Donnell, Susanna Martin, Stacey McHugh and Bree Hannah.

Amhránaíocht aonair- Solo singing:

Rachel Reid sang “Fill,fill a rún ó.

Ghrúpa Bailead- Ballad group:

Rachel Reid, Conor Mc Allister and Adam Mazri sang “Foggy Dew” as Gaeilge and “The Wake Of Pondrachain”.

Girls Active

Girls Active is on Thursday 3.30 – 4 30 in parish Centre. To date they have completed 3 weeks of Line Dancing and Jiving. The next activity that they will be doing will be rowing after Christmas for 5 weeks. Girls Active is open to girls from junior  and senior cycle.

Student Voice

The Student Council are focusing on the theme of Inclusion as one of their areas of work this year. The sign language course has now started and is on every Wednesday after school. Well done to all those who are attending this course  in an effort to support those with hearing loss.  This is part of our school inclusion Project.

Donegal Youth Council 

Congratulations to Frank Duffy who has been elected onto the Donegal Youth Council. The election was carried out by Donegal County Council and the HSE. The count was assisted by students from the school’s student council. The Donegal Youth Council is a group of 36 young people aged 12-18 years, who identify issues and promote projects to improve the lives of young people in Donegal. Like the County Council they are selected from five electoral areas and represent the young people in our schools and local areas.

WELLBEING

Respect Week

At the school this week we held the annual ‘Respect’ week. Respect Week at the Abbey Vocational School celebrates our commitment to a safe, inclusive, connected and respectful school community that embraces diversity and is free from behaviours that place people at risk of harm. At our school we encourage all members of the school community to contribute to a respectful living, learning and working community.
Respect Week activities included 1st yr tutor class respect activities, colour walk, poster computation, positive displays around our school and positive comment ribbon tree, here students got to write a positive comment on a ribbon and hang it on a tree out the front of our school.

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Active School Flag

First and second year wellbeing classes began their 10 week block for the Active school flag. Subject teachers have divided up the tasks and campaigns for this term to help attain the ASF cert this year. All year group’s and staff will reap the benefits of these tasks . The schools very own permanent “Walkway” is  the most talked about.

Pupils will be investigating and promoting the benefits of physical activity that are least know. Keep an eye on our stairways and corridors for their display work.

First years can look forward to an inter class tug of war tournament in the coming weeks. This will be organised and refereed by class 4C, the schools official Active flag team.

Rowing

Well done to all 1st year students who participating in pilot Donegal Sports Partnership rowing programme. Thank you to all at the Donegal Bay Rowing club especially Mr Patrick Brady for running the 8 week programme with our students.

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TRANSITION YEAR

Ultimate Frisbee workshop

16 Tys attended an ultimate frisbee cluster day hosted by Colaiste Cholmcille Ballyshannon . This was an extremely enjoyable and successful day for all involved. Dominick Smyth from Dublin youth ultimate led the 2 sessions. The morning looked at the skills and rules of the game and pupils took part in an interschool blitz in the afternoon. The hope is that pupils can now return to their school to introduce the game to junior students as well. Four schools from the north west took part. Abbey V.S. , Colaiste Cholmcille Ballyshannon, Summerhill College Sligo and Grange post primary school.

 TY GAA Future Leaders

GAA Future Leaders

Well done to Richard, Hannah and Aoife who attended the launch of GAA Future Leaders who are coming in partnership with Pramerica in Letterkenny on Tuesday 13th November. Mary Crawford and vice principal Mr Sweeney also joined them. It was a very informational talk on why and how Pramerica Company will be joining forces with The Future Leaders initiative and Donegal GAA. The students really enjoyed it and will take on board the information with their fellow classmates.

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

The Abbey Vocational school is delighted to be accepted to take part in the NFTE programme this year. The NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) is managed and provided by Foróige in Ireland. It’s overall aim is to activate the entrepreneurial mindset in young people. Though interactive lesson plans, students will learn about business concepts such as brainstorming, market research, costing, selling techniques, accounting and develop presentation skills. Each student will receive a €15 start up loan to help get their business idea off the ground.
During the programme students will

  • Come up with a business idea
  • Design a business plan
  • Develop a product or service
  • Produce and sell their products
  • Prepare and present their business plan to a panel of judges

Two teams will be selected to represent the school in the National Competition in early 2019.

Sponsored Walk

The annual TY sponsored walk takes place on Tuesday 4th December. Students will be collecting sponsorship which in turn is used to fund the various activities and workshops that they get an opportunity to do in TY. Lines cost €2 and there are lots of prizes to be won.

Work Experience

All TY students will be attending work experience during the week of the 10th December. Sample of work that our students will be sampling will be; Teaching, Gardai, Beautician, Hairdressers, Architect and Engineering. We thank all employers who are mentoring our students.

TY Activities:

LUNCHTIME ACTIVITIES

Our lunchtime activities programme is running everyday. Thanks you to all the teachers who have volunteered to help run such a large programme. The timetable is posted on the notice boards around the school. Students must wear proper footwear when participating in sports activities.  Please see Mrs. Gallagher if you have any questions.
Sports Activities

Monday

  • Indoors: 2nd Year Boys Games
  • Outdoors: TY Boys Games

Tuesday

  • Indoors: 1st Year Boys Games
  • Outdoors: Senior Boys Games

Wednesday

  • Indoors: 2nd & 3rd Year Girls Games
  • Outdoors: 3rd Year Boys Games

Thursday:

  • Indoors: All Girls Badminton
  • Outdoors: 2nd Year Boys Games

Friday

  • Indoors: 1st Year Girls Unihoc
  • Outdoors: 1st Year Boys Games

Non-Sports Activities:

Monday

  • Trad Group in room 13 for all students
  • Coding Club for all R 47

Tuesday

  • Chess Club in room 3 for all.

Wednesday

  • Irish Club & Scor Drama in Room 16 for all students
  • Science Club in room 33 at 12:45.
  • Spanish Club in the library for 1st years.

Friday

  • Choir in Room 16 for all students
  • Book Club in room 9 for all students.

Athletics

Couch to 5km (Seniors)

Couch 2 5k training has started on Mondays after school and is open to all senior students and staff looking to get fit. Training will take place on the track every Monday and Thursday. Everyone can participate at their own fitness level. Please see Mrs. McLaughlin if you have any questions.

Run 4 Fun training (Juniors)

There run for fun training group has commenced  at lunchtimes on the track for all junior students. This training is open to all students who want to improve their fitness and will cater for all fitness levels ranging from walking level up to running level.

Students must wear runners for the training and can meet on the track at the beginning of lunch. Training will last 20/30 minutes everyday.

Competitive Sport:

U16 Girls Gaelic.

The AVS u16 girls football team continued their unbeaten run on Friday  with a  comprehensive 9-9 to 1-1 win against Gaelscoil Chú Uladh in Fintown. Our girls were undoubtedly too strong for Gaelscoil Chu  Uladh team and showed some sparks of brilliance in their attack with great goals coming from Enya Gallagher, Ciara Cox, Caoimhe Walsh and Aoife Greene along with others. The girls are now through to Ulster and we wish them the best is luck in their next encounter. Well done to the team and to Mary Crawford their inspirational coach !

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1st-Year Boys Soccer

Well done to our 1st year boys soccer team after their 2-1 win over Mulroy College. It was a great team performance and a good start to their A-league. Their next game will be away to Loretto Milford in the coming weeks.

1st and 2nd Year Boys Basketball

1st and 2nd year boys basketball will start this coming week, training will take place every Tuesday during lunch and every Friday after school. All players are welcome

U-16 Boys Basketball

The u16 boys basketball team played ballyshannon in their home court, they fought hard and didn’t drop their head throughout the entire game but lost in the second half. Top scorers included Ultan O’Grady , Evan Gallagher and Diarmuid O’Donnell.

Senior Boys Basketball

The senior boys team also had to play Ballyshannon away. The senior boys played well but Ballyshannon held a lead throughout the second half. This means there basketball season is over for both teams.

TY Newsletter team:

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

AVS Weekly Newsletter – 12th Nov 2018

Great News on New School Canteen Building

We were delighted to receive the great news  that the DoEs have approved the design and construction of a GP/Dining Area Approx 390m2) for our school. This is excellent news for our students and we are looking forward to this new building as well as our six new classrooms and ASD Unit which has now moved to the next stage of planning.

Parent Teacher Meeting

The Parent Teacher Meeting for parents of Third year students took place on  Thursday the 8th of November. Thank you to all those parents who attended on the night. Our next PTM will be held on November 21st for First Years

Staff Training Days

A reminder to all that the school will be closed to students on Thursday November 22nd and Wednesday  December 12th as staff will be attending DoES training days for the New Junior Cycle in their Subject Areas.

All schools nationwide are required to attend such training days.

School Induction Day

The School Induction day for incoming First years takes place on Tuesday December 11th and on that day, First years will also remain at home.

Parents Association Quiz:

The Parent’s Association of the Abbey Vocational School Invite you to a fun table quiz in Dom’s Pier 1 on Friday 16th November @9pm.

Tables of 4 €20, prizes, fun and refreshments on the night. All proceeds in aid of school extra-curricular fund.

Other Events

  • Bag packing in SuperValu will take place on Saturday 24th November 2018 from 10 am to 6pm.
  • Mock Interviews for Leaving Cert Students takes place in the School on Tuesday Night November  4th
  • Book Fair. The Book Fair takes place on the Open Evening in the school. The Opening Evening takes place on November 6th from 5pm to 8pm.

Incoming First Year Students:

Staff from the school will shortly be visiting all of the sixth class students in the area and students will receive an Induction pack with important Information.

Please note dates below :

  •  6th December 2018 : – OPEN EVENING (5pm to 8pm)
  • 10th December 2018:  – Deadline for Application for Admission 2019/20
  • 11th December 2018: – Induction Day for 6th Class Students  (Approx. 9.30 am  to 2.30pm  arranged by the AVS in conjunction with the Primary Schools)
  • 15th  January  2019:- Information Evening for 6th Class Parents in the AVS (7.00pm – 8.00pm)
  • 31st January:  Return of Subject Choice Forms

Musical Updates

We are now in full swing in preparation for the upcoming show of Beauty and the Beast. All the TY students are very excited and are showing great enthusiasm to dance, sing and act to the best of their ability. Students are being kept up to date regarding when they’re needed to rehearse on Google classroom, so TY students don’t forget to keep checking! The following rehearsals will take place outside of school hours:

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The school will be holding many competitions over the next week for tickets for the musical so keep an eye on @AbbeyVS. We are holding two poster competitions, one for primary school students and one for the students of the Abbey Vocational School. The theme is simply “Beauty and the Beast.”Anyone interested in entering a poster into our competition can send their poster into the school office before Monday 19th November. The musical this year will take place on the 27th, 28th and 30th November in the St. John Bosco Centre. Tickets are on sale from the school office now! Adult €10 and Students €7.

Guidance Department

A School Leavers Information Evening for Parents/Guardians was held in the library on Tuesday of last week. There was a great turn-out of parents/guardians. Both presentations on the night are available on the Guidance website on www.avsdonegal.com. Thank you very much to Ms Faherty for all of her work in this area and to the Guidance Department for continued work to support all of our students.

An Interview Techniques Workshop for Leaving Certs will take place on Thursday, 15 November between 11.15 & 12.35  in the Library. Sean Mc Gee will be the facilitator. All Leaving Cert students must attend.

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

Maynooth Open Day

The Guidance department will take 5th Year students to the Maynooth University Open Day on Friday, 23 November 2018. There will be a €10 charge per student. Ms Mc Morrow is collecting the money.

Donegal ETB’s Apprenticeship department will present to Senior Cycle students on Thursday, 29 November between 11.15 & 12.35  in the Library. Students wishing to attend the talk must first inform their class teacher of their absence.

Mock Interviews

A Mock Interview Night for Leaving Cert students organised by the Parents Association will take place in the school on Tuesday, 04 December 2018. Students must submit 2 copies of their CV to their Guidance Counsellor ASAP.

Teaching & Learning

On Thurs 8th Nov. Mr O Neill and Mr Donegan attended an “Assessment for Learning Bootcamp”,  facilitated by Ciara McGuane from Rathú at Donegal Education Centre. This workshop explored the principles and rationale of Assessment for Learning (AfL) and a range of high-impact teaching & learning strategies. The workshop provided a valuable forum for colleagues from both secondary and primary school sectors to discuss and share classroom experiences.

LITERACY NEWS

Allingham Competition winne

A huge Congratulations to Conor Boyle, Class 1F, who came first  in the  Secondary Schools U13 section of the Allingham Festival Flash Fiction competition for his short story entitled ‘Out of the Frying Pan’. This is the second year in a row that Conor obtained a first place in this competition!

Lunchtime Reading

Room 9 will be open to all on Thursdays for reading. This will provide a quiet place for students to read.

First Year Book Club

At the moment they are reading ‘Chasing Vermeer’. The next meeting is next Friday.

Book of the week:

  • Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

MS Readathon

The MS Readathon Competition is commenced  on the 12th of October and is running until the 12th of November .The 30th MS Readathon encourages children to open a wonderful world of adventure and imagination through reading for a great cause! All first years will participate.  https://www.msreadathon.ie/ for more information.

Art

AVS entries for this year Credit Union Art Competition are now in. Results are due shortly. Some examples can be viewed on the school twitter.

Leaving Cert Applied and 1st year lino prints can be viewed on the school twitter.

The annual Suile Na N’og Exhibition of Junior Cert art work is on at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny and is open to the public. A number of students from the AVS are exhibiting.

NUMERACY

All 5th Year computer science students and all 1st , 2nd and Transition year students will be taking part in the BEBRAS computational thinking challenge next week (12th -16th). The Bebras® Computing Challenge introduces computational thinking to students, by allowing them to solve interactive tasks online. It is run in over 40 countries and takes place every November. The tasks can be answered without prior knowledge about computational thinking or information and communication technology. The aim of Bebras is to get students all over the world excited about computing.

Gaeilge

An Triail  Irish Trip 

The Leaving Cert students attended the production of An Triail in Dublin on Tuesday last.

This a play written by the Irish playwright Máiréad Ní Ghráda which starred well-known poet and Sean-nós singer Caitlín Maude in its first performance in 1964.The play was first broadcast on RTÉ radio in 1965.

The play is written entirely in the Irish language and has been on the curriculum for the Leaving Certificate examinations since 2006. Our student thoroughly enjoyed this production and found it really helpful for their Leaving Cert studies.

Irish Drama

An Irish Drama club takes place every Wednesday during lunch in room 16.

Scór

Good luck to our drama team and our quiz team who will take part in the Scór competition in the Bluestack Center Drimarone on Sunday at 3 o’clock.

Scór is a GAA competition that combines all the colour and rivalry of Gaelic Games with the social/fun element of Ireland’s traditional past-times. The competition was established by the GAA in 1969 with the aim of promoting Ireland’s traditional pastimes and culture while offering club members the chance to meet up, have fun and represent their club during the winter months while Football and Hurling had ceased.

Quiz Team:

Roisin Feeney , Frank Duffy , Katelyn Duffy  and Kerry Mitchell

Drama 

“Ta na col ceathrar O Mercia ag teacht” Script beag a scriobh an teilgthe fein

The Drama Team is :

  • Sarah Canney , Victoria Bradley , Jack Myers  , Anna Mitchell, Kian O Donnell   
  • Susanna Martin, Stacey McHugh and Bree Hannah.

Girls Active

Girls Active is on Thursday 3.30 – 4 30 in parish Centre. To date they have completed 3 weeks of Line Dancing and Jiving. The next activity that they will be doing will be rowing after Christmas for 5 weeks. Girls Active is open to girls from junior  and senior cycle.

Student Voice

Members of the Student Council  and Senior Prefects addressed four years groups from first year to TYs around a variety of matters this week at Assemblies. The students spoke on Inclusion and outlined that this is a theme that they are focusing on this year. Jasmine Kennedy spoke about the need to celebrate differences and embrace the learning we can get from others. She spoke about the importance of  reaching out to others and respecting all. She asked people to show kindness and how important this is.

Joseph Reid spoke on behalf of the Healthy Schools committee and outlined the two year plan around this area. Students will undergo some educational Workshops on the area of healthy eating. A survey will be conducted and parents, students and staff will be consulted in relation to this. A suggestion box will be placed in the Assembly area for input from the students as to what they would like served in the canteen for healthy eating.

Two Senior Prefects spoke on behalf  the Prefects and the Student Council on Uniform and the improvements that need to be made in this area. We are very proud of our school and our uniform and the students would like to see it worn well.

Wellbeing

TYD started a six-week wellness workshop with Aoibheann Gallen from Renew You. Throughout the six weeks, they will go through the importance of a healthy mind. The first week they concentrated on slowing down their breathing and thinking by using a piece of fruit. The students really enjoyed this Mindfulness session. It was such a worthwhile experience and it provides the students with new skills and strategies that they can use for the rest of their lives. The students look forward to next week’s session.

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Active School Flag

After a busy first term the active school flag committee are ready to launch into some new activities on the return to school. The ASF team, class 4C are now qualified tug of war community coaches and will run an inter school competition  with the winners to take on the staff of AVS.  Student leaders have been auditing several areas in the school at lunchtimes and will now come up with ways of getting the students of AVS moving more often throughout the school day.

First and second year wellbeing classes will begin their 10 week block of ASF class and aid with all these tasks.  2A & 2D have already begun mapping out the potential school walkway which staff and students are keen to get up and running.
University of limerick will visit AVS again in November to interview the staff and students involved with active school flag.

TRANSITION YEAR

TY GAA Future Leaders

TY class 4A have started their administration module. They are learning about the main officers in a GAA club and they will soon pick one officer to focus  their task on. The “Future Leaders Transition Year Programme” is a joint initiative from the GAA and the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It is a cross-curricular programme comprising of a series of modules designed to encourage maturity, initiative, responsibility and leadership skills in pupils. The Programme gives pupils the knowledge and skills to support all roles required in the effective staging of Gaelic Games. 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.

NIFTY

The Abbey Vocational school is delighted to be accepted to take part in the NFTE programme this year. The NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) is managed and provided by Foróige in Ireland. It’s overall aim is to activate the entrepreneurial mindset in young people. Though interactive lesson plans, students will learn about business concepts such as brainstorming, market research, costing, selling techniques, accounting and develop presentation skills. Each student will receive a €15 start up loan to help get their business idea off the ground.

During the programme students will

  • Come up with a business idea
  • Design a business plan
  • Develop a product or service
  • Produce and sell their products
  • Prepare and present their business plan to a panel of judges

Two teams will be selected to represent the school in the National Competition in early 2019.

Sponsored Walk

The annual TY sponsored walk takes place on Tuesday 4th December. Students will be collecting sponsorship which in turn is used to fund the various activities and workshops that they get an opportunity to do in TY. Lines cost €2 and there are loads of prizes to be won.

Work Experience

All TY students will be attending work experience during the week of the 10th December. Sample of work that our students will be doing will be; teaching, guards, beautician, hairdressers, architect and engineering.

TY Activities

This week will be the last week of the three week block. TYA will attend Yoga in the school, TYB will be surfing with surf and turf, TYC will be working with DT Fitness on their self defence skills and TYD will be taking part in circuit training in Bfit.

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LUNCHTIME ACTIVITIES

Our lunchtime activities programme is running everyday. Thanks you to all the teachers who have volunteered to help run such a large programme. The timetable is posted on the notice boards around the school. Students must wear proper footwear when participating in sports activities.  Please see Mrs. Gallagher if you have any questions.

Sports Activities

Monday

  • Indoors: 2nd Year Boys Games
  • Outdoors: TY Boys Games

Tuesday

  • Indoors: 1st Year Boys Games
  • Outdoors: Senior Boys Games

Wednesday

  • Indoors: 2nd & 3rd Year Girls Games
  • Outdoors: 3rd Year Boys Games

Thursday:

  • Indoors: All Girls Badminton
  • Outdoors: 2nd Year Boys Games

Friday

  • Indoors: 1st Year Girls Unihoc
  • Outdoors: 1st Year Boys Games

Non Sports Activities:

Monday

  • Trad Group in room 13 for all students
  • Coding Club for all R 47

Tuesday

  • Chess Club in room 3 for all.

Wednesday

  • Irish Club & Scor Drama in Room 16 for all students
  • Science Club in room 33 at 12:45.
  • Spanish Club in the library for 1st years.

Friday

  • Choir in Room 16 for all students
  • Book Club in room 9 for all students.

ATHLETICS

Congratulations to Niamh Moohan on her  recent performance as part of  the Schools’ Combined International event as part of the Irish Schools’ Athletics Team. This was held in the Emirates Arena, Glasgow on Saturday 3rd November 2018.

Couch to 5km (Seniors)

Couch 2 5k training has started on Mondays after school and is open to all senior students and staff looking to get fit. Training will take place on the track every Monday and Thursday. Everyone can participate at their own fitness level. Please see Mrs. McLaughlin if you have any questions.

Run 4 Fun training (Juniors)

There will be a run for fun training group starting at lunchtimes on the track for all junior students. This training is open to all students who want to improve their fitness and will cater for all fitness levels ranging from walking level up to running level.

Students must wear runners for the training and can meet on the track at the beginning of lunch. Training will last 20/30 minutes everyday.

Ultimate Frisbee Workshop

On Wednesday 7th November 15 students went to Ballyshannon to take part in an Ultimate Frisbee Workshop along with 3 other schools. They started the day by practising their throwing and catching skills, they were then split into teams of four and competed in games. After the break they practised throwing and catching the frisbee at longer distances.  Then each school played against each other in a full court game. One of the Abbey teams was chosen as the fairest team to play against. The day was enjoyed by all.

COMPETITIVE SPORT

U16 Girls Gaelic.

A big congratulations to our u16 girls team who won their second game of the league on Monday 5th November. The girls played against Deele College on their school pitch in Raphoe. Abbey started off very strongly when they  won the throw in and instantly scored a goal with great play from by  Enya Gallagher. It was obvious that Abbey were the dominant team throughout the whole game, leaving Deele scoreless at halftime. The girls were showing great skills, passing and were constantly supporting one another up the field. Aoife Greene, Catherine Campbell and Naomi Kelly scored excellent points and Annie Mcgroary and Louise Boyle put in some tough tackles. The final score was 7:28-1:1 , Abbey winning. Well done girls!

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Senior Boys Gaelic

Our senior boy’s Gaelic team came up against Colaiste Cholmcille in their last group game on Friday the 9th of November. The boys were one point down at half time, 3-7 to 3-6, after playing against a strong breeze. They came out winners in the second with a final score of 8-15 to 3-8 to to the Abbey. Next up is a county semi-final against Carndonagh on Friday the 16th. We wish the boys the best of luck.

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U14 Boys Gaelic A one point loss !!

The U14 boys gaelic team came up against Colaiste Cholmcille in their play-off for an Ulster quarter final on Thursday the 8th of November. The boys lost by one point in the end with a score of 4-7 to 2-14. It was a disappointing result for the team but they showed great dedication all year at both training and matches. The boys shouldn’t be too disheartened as they are a very young team with most being eligible for an U13 and a half team later in the year.

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U16 Boys County Final

Hard luck to the U16 boys who were defeated by Milford in the Division A county final on Wednesday 7th November. The boys played an excellent first half on the grounds of Convoy Centre of Excellence, and had a 7 point lead at the end of the first half. Conor Campbell and Alex McCalmont scored some great points to help Abbey lead and Richard O’Rourke contributed very well through play for the team also. However things changed in the second half for the boys. Milford appeared to be tipping away at points from frees due to Abbey fouling in the back line. The boys still put up a very good fight with scores from Frank Cornyn and Rory Kennedy to help away keep the scores close. Unfortunately though the final whistle was blown and the game was over , Abbey losing by just 1 point. It was very disappointing for the team and the coach of supporters and teachers who travelled. A bittersweet feeling lingered after the game as the boys lost the county final, but are still going through to Ulster Championship. We wish the boys the best of luck! Final score : 4:7  2:14

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TY Newsletter team:

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

AVS Weekly Newsletter – 30th Oct 2018

Parent Teacher Meeting

The parent teacher meeting for Leaving Cert students took place on Thursday 25th October. Thank you to the TY students who helped out on the day and for the parents who attended.

The Parent teacher meeting for Third Year students takes place on Thursday 8th November.  Please attend between 3.45pm and 6.15pm. Thank you.

Bliain na Gaeilge Activities

Ar an dara lá is fiche i nGairmscoil na Mainistreach chuir ‘Roinn na Gaeilge’ trí cheardlann i láthair chun bliain na Gaeilge 2018 a cheiliúradh sa scoil.  Roghnaigh muid an chéad bhliain chun páirt a ghlacadh sna ceardlainn.  Bhí an lá dírithe go hiomlán ar ár dteanga agus ar ár gcultúr.   Chuir muid ceardlann ceoil, ceardlann damhsa agus ceardlann ealaíne ar siúl i rith an lae.  Bhí comórtas ealaíne againn freisin agus d’úsáid muid téama na Samhna.  Roghnaigh na múinteoirí ealaíne na píosaí is fearr agus fuair na buaiteoirí duaiseanna.

Chomh maith leis sin bhí ‘tráth na gceistagainn ag baint úsáid as na ríomhairí glúine.  Sa cheardlann ceoil fuair na scoláirí deis triail a bhaint as na huirlisí ceoil agus d’fhoghlaim siad na hamhráin Gaeilge ‘Tóg Mo  Lámh le Picture This’ agus ‘Beidh Aonach amárach’.  Ba mhaith linn ár mbuíochas a chur in iúl do na múinteoirí ceoil a thug cead dúinn na huirlisí a úsáid ar an lá.  Thug an ceardlann damhsa deis dóibh damhsa gaelach nuaaimseartha a fhoghlaim.   Ag deireadh an lae tháinig na grúpaí go léir le chéile sa leabharlann chun taispeantas ar an mhéid a d’fhoghlaim siad a chur i láthair.  Caithfidh mé a rá gur bhain na scoláirí taitneamh agus tairbhe as an lá speisialta seo.

“Mól an óige agus tiocfaidh sí”.

Winners of the Irish Halloween card competition are;

  • Delilah Denton – 1st place
  • Cody Higgins – 2nd place
  • Úna Whiteside – 3rd place

‘Beannachtaí na Samhna oraibh go léir’

Maths Week

Maths week was extremely successful with many games, chess tournaments and maths based puzzles. Only a few ways to prove that maths can be fun!  Thanks to the numeracy committee and to all those who organized the many events arranged for the students.

French Trip

On the morning of Thursday 25th October, the fifth year French class taught by Ms. Plunkett travelled to the Model Theatre, in Co. Sligo for a viewing of a French film. The students enjoyed the movie as it brought French to life and learned a great deal of French. The movie titled ‘Madame Content’. Thank you to Mr Cassidy and Ms Plunkett for accompanying this group of students and for organising the event.

Musical Updates!

We are now in full swing in preparation for the upcoming show of Beauty and the Beast. All the TY students are very excited and are showing great enthusiasm to dance, sing and act to their best of their ability. Students are being kept up to date regarding when they’re needed to rehearse on Google classroom, so TY students don’t forget to keep checking! The musical this year will take place on the 27th, 28th and 30th November in the St. John Bosco Centre. Tickets are on sale from the school office now! Adult €10 and Students €7. During midterm, all cast members will be rehearsing on the 2nd November in the school from 10am-5pm.

Sets for Beauty and the Beast

Our Transition Year students along with Mr Daly are hard at work creating backgrounds and shopfronts to enhance everyone’s experience of the Abbey vocational school musical – Beauty and the Beast.

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School Tour Abroad

The school website has been updated with the relevant information for this year’s Senior Educational Trip to Barcelona. Any queries please contact Mr Leyden.

 

Lunchtime Clubs

Art

Work has now commenced on the sets for the school musical ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

The Credit Union Art Competition is currently underway. This year’s theme is ‘The Force of Nature’. The deadline for entries is the 5th of November.

First year students are nearing the end of their first block in art. Some of their work can be viewed on the schools Twitter page.

Literacy

The English Department held a series of Halloween literacy competitions in short stories and poetry. Well done to all of those students who entered these competitions.

Girls’ Active

Girls Active has started in the Parish Centre. It takes place every Thursday evening from 3:45 – 4:45 with Geraldine Burke. They have started line dancing and jiving classes and are thoroughly enjoying this way of keeping active.

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Student Voice

Donegal Youth Council

Nominations are in for Donegal Youth Council, a county based organisation that represents the voices of young people from around the county. One student from our school will be elected onto the council.  Ballot papers have been drawn up with candidates’ names and a full election will take place shortly after mid-term break.  Every student in the school will cast one vote.  For now, election campaigns have begun with canvassing, posters and pre-election events.  It is similar in ways to the Presidential Election and is becoming very exciting.

Career Guidance

  1. The University of Limerick (UL) will do a presentation to 6th years on Thursday, 08 November @ 11.55 a.m. in the Library. Students wishing to attend the talk must first inform their class teacher of their absence.
  2. A visit to the Greencastle Fishery School for interested Senior Cycle students has been scheduled for Monday, 12 November. There will be a €10 charge per student. Ms Faherty is collecting the money. Places are limited and will be offered on a 1st come, 1st served basis.
  3. The Guidance department will take 5th Year students to the Maynooth University Open Day on Friday, 23 November 2018. There will be a €10 charge per student. Ms Mc Morrow is collecting the money from students.
  4. A Mock Interview Night for Leaving Cert students organised by the Parents Association will take place in the school on Tuesday, 04 December 2018. Students must submit 2 copies of their CV to their Guidance Counsellor ASAP.
  5. Guidance Information Events for Parents/Guardians:
Tuesday, 06 November 2019 School Leavers Info. Evening (Parents/Guardians) 19.00 – 21.00
Tuesday, 05 February 2019 Subject Choices Presentation

(for next year’s 5th Years)

19.00 – 21.00
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 Subject Choices Presentation

(for next year’s 2nd Years)

19.00 – 20.15

 

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

Active School Flag

After a busy first term the active school flag committee are ready to launch into some new activities on the return to school. The ASF team, class 4C are now qualified tug of war community coaches and will run an inter school competition with the winners to take on the staff of AVS.  Student leaders have been auditing several areas in the school at lunchtimes and will now come up with ways of getting the students of AVS moving more often throughout the school day.
First and second year wellbeing classes will begin their 10 week block of ASF class and aid with all these tasks.  2A & 2D have already begun mapping out the potential school walkway which staff and students are keen to get up and running.
University of limerick will visit AVS again in November to interview the staff and students involved with active school flag.

LUNCHTIME ACTIVITIES

Our lunchtime activities programme is running every day. Thanks you to all the teachers who have volunteered to help run such a large programme. The timetable is posted on the notice boards around the school. Students must wear proper footwear when participating in sports activities.  Please see Mrs. Gallagher if you have any questions.

Irish Drama

An Irish Drama club will take place every Wednesday during lunch in room 16.

First Year Book Club

At the moment they are reading ‘Chasing Vermeer’. The next meeting is next Friday.

Book of the week: Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

Lunchtime Reading

Room 9 will be open to all on Thursdays for reading. This will provide a quiet place for students to read.

MS Readathon

The MS Readathon Competition is commenced on 12th October and is running until the 12th November .The 30th MS Readathon encourages children to open a wonderful world of adventure and imagination through reading for a great cause! All first years will participate.  https://www.msreadathon.ie/ for more information.

The Hub

First year students held a coffee morning for parents and staff on Friday the 26th to celebrate a successful first half term of this school year.

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Halloween Safety Talk

On the 26th October we were visited by two guards Claire and Siobhan from Ballyshannon Garda station to inform us on the dangers that come with Halloween night and fireworks / sparklers. With a very informative presentation the students were made aware of the dangers and happenings when playing or taking advantage of fire explosives on this spooky night.

Sports Activities

Monday
Indoors: 2nd Year Boys Games

Outdoors: TY Boys Games
Tuesday
Indoors: 1st Year Boys Games

Outdoors: Senior Boys Games
Wednesday
Indoors: 2nd & 3rd Year Girls Games

Outdoors: 3rd Year Boys Games
Thursday:
Indoors: All Girls Badminton

Outdoors: 2nd Year Boys Games
Friday
Indoors: 1st Year Girls Unihoc

Outdoors: 1st Year Boys Games

 

Non-Sports Activities

Monday
Trad Group in room 13 for all students
Coding Club for all R 47
Tuesday
Chess Club in room 3 for all.
Wednesday
Irish Club & Scor Drama in Room 16 for all students

Science Club in room 33 at 12:45.
Spanish Club in the library for 1st years.
Friday
Choir in Room 16 for all students

Book Club in room 9 for all students.

Athletics

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Good luck to Niamh Moohan who will compete for Ireland in the International Schools Pentathlon in Glasgow during the midterm. Niamh is the first student to represent the school at this high level in 15 years. Well done in this great achievement and good luck in Glasgow.

Thank you to Paul Diver, Sandhouse Hotel, Rossnowlagh who has provided sponsorship towards this trip.

Well done to our cross country team who competed at the Donegal Secondary Schools Cross Country Finals in Gweedore on Tuesday 23rd October.

Kitty Nulty had a strong run to win the Senior Girls title on the day. Caolan Sweeney continued his good season with a fourth place finish in the first year boys’ race. Other top 20 finishers included Molly Mc Grory, Anna Mc Guckin, Meabh Gallagher, Ethan Mangan, and Richard O’ Rourke.

Well done to Mia Mc Calmont who finished 2nd at the Autumn International Cross Country race at the National Stadium in Dublin last weekend. She raced a year out of her age group against the top athletes from across the country.

Good luck to Mia and Savannah Timony who are part of the Donegal team travelling to Antrim this weekend to compete in the Ulster Cross County Championships.

Sportshall Athletics

Our First year team has been finalised this week in preparation for the regional finals after the midterm. The team will consist of 12 boys and 12 girls in first year. The will compete against schools from South Donegal in a number of running, jumping and throwing events.

Swimming

Well done to Conall Smith who competed in the Swim Ulster Schools Championships last weekend. He achieved personal best times in both the 100m Breaststroke and 100m Freestyle. This will give him great confidence for the season ahead.

Couch to 5km (seniors)

Couch 2 5k training has started on Mondays after school and is open to all senior students and staff looking to get fit. Training will take place on the track every Monday and Thursday. Everyone can participate at their own fitness level. Please see Mrs. Mc Laughlin if you have any questions.

Run 4 Fun training (juniors)

There will be a run for fun training group starting at lunchtimes on the track for all junior students. This training is open to all students who want to improve their fitness and will cater for all fitness levels ranging from walking level up to running level.

Students must wear runners for the training and can meet on the track at the beginning of lunch. Training will last 20/30 minutes every day.

U16 Boys Gaelic Semi Final

The AVS U16 boys’ Gaelic football team beat St. Columba’s, Stranorlar last week by a single point to qualify for the county final against Milford. It was the lads’ third win on the trot having beaten Coláiste Cholmcille and Glenties Comprehensive in their previous two outings. Well done to all the players and their managers Mr Carty and Mr Lafferty

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U20 Girls Gaelic

Hard luck to the senior ladies Gaelic team who lost against Thornhill College, Derry on Friday 24th October. The girls played against a very strong team but they put up a very good fight all the same. In the first half, there was some great play from Hannah Shallow and Niamh Boyle in mid field keeping things steady. Unfortunately though for the girls Thorbhill broke through the defence and scored goals and points on numerous occasions. However, we had some great scores from Caoimhe Walsh and Hannah Shallow. In the second half, Aine Ward and Aoife Greene put in some great tackles. Abbey played outstanding in the last 15 minutes however it was a little too late as the final whistle blew and the game was over.

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Senior Boys Basketball

The senior boys’ team played against a very strong Carrick on Shannon team on Monday the 22nd October.  The Carrick team pulled ahead by 10 points at the start of the second quarter where they punished the abbey team under the basket and beat them on rebounds. Carrick kept this ten point cushion throughout the entire game with the boys not quite able to break through that lead. That being said it was a tight game up until the last few minutes where Carrick pulled ahead again and beat the boys by 19 points.

The boys will play Ballyshannon after the mid-term break.

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U15 Boys Soccer

Our U15 boys came up against a very strong St. Columba’s side on Wednesday. The boys battled hard but were second best. We hope the team comes back stronger in their next game.

U17 Boys Soccer

The U17 boys’ soccer team came up against a very strong St. Columba’s side on Monday. The boys fought hard but suffered a heavy defeat in the end. Next up is a cup game in the coming weeks.

Senior Boys Soccer

Hard luck to the senior boys’ soccer team who lost to St. Columba’s on Friday 26th. A great first half performance led to a goal from Ultan O’Grady in the middle of the half. Around ten minutes into the second half Cathal Feeney scored but the boys tired after their fantastic first half performance. The score ended up at 4-2 but the boys were unlucky not to come out with a result.

 

TY Newsletter team: Frank Duffy

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

 

 

 

 

AVS Weekly News Letter – 22nd Oct 2018

Parents Association AGM

The AGM of the Parents Association took place on Thursday 11th October and the following officers were appointed:-

Chairperson – Patrice Duffy                               Vice Chair – Anna Meehan

Secretary – Muriel Mitchell                                Assistant Secretary – Anne Mc Gowan

Treasurer – Sharon Gallagher                           Vice Treasurer – Arlene O Neill

Upcoming events include Mock interviews for the Leaving Cert students which will be held on Tuesday 4th December 2018.

Upcoming fundraising events include Quiz night in Dom’s on Friday 16th November and bag packing in SuperValu on Saturday 24th November.

Parent Teacher Meeting

The parent teacher meeting for Leaving Cert students takes place on Thursday 25th October. Please attend between 3.45pm and 6.15pm. Thank you.

JP Mc Manus Award

Congratulations to Laura O Donnell who will be has been awarded the JP Mc Manus scholarship. This is an outstanding achievement for Laura. Laura is studying Computer Science and Information Technology in NUIG

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Donegal ETB Enterprise Day

On the 17th October 10 TY students and Ms Gordon, their teacher went to the Donegal ETB Enterprise Day in LYIT. The students were given a talk from Nicola Mc Laughlin who is the owner of Sequin Cinderella fashion shop and she is also a fashion blogger from Buncrana, she explained to all the students how she became a successful entrepreneur. Then the students were given an hour and a half to create an idea to pitch to a business judging panel. Our students created a futuristic sports centre which would be operated solely by robots. They developed a prototype for a futuristic sports complex, it was designed to be fully automated, QR scans for demonstrations, personalised injury scans, fitness and nutrition plan. There were 24 schools competing in the competition. The top three teams went through to the final stage which involved making a presentation to all six judges and students from all of the schools. The AVS placed third in the overall competition. Well done to all involved.

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Student Voice

Donegal Youth Council

Nominations are in for Donegal Youth Council, a county based organisation that represents the voices of young people from around the county. One student from our school will be elected onto the council.  Ballot papers have been drawn up with candidates’ names and a full election will take place shortly after mid-term break.  Every student in the school will cast one vote.  For now, election campaigns have begun with canvassing, posters and pre-election events.  It is similar in ways to the Presidential Election and is becoming very exciting.

Student Council

Student Council held their first meeting on Wednesday.  They elected positions on the committee and discussed issues that are important in our school.  They decided that their first initiative will be ‘Inclusion’….One of the projects will be Sign-language classes which will take place on Wednesdays after the midterm.  These classes will be open to all staff and students of the school.

Active School Flag

The Active Schools banner was launched last Friday in the Abbey Vocational School. It is a project run by Mrs O’Mahony and Active Schools Flag staff committee who include Mr Monaghan, Mr O Donnell, Ms Rooney  and the class 4C to help get students on their feet and more active. The committee includes Evan Gallagher, Katelyn Duffy, Cathleen Gallagher and Tomas Kingdom.

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Physical education – our school delivers a broad and balanced PE curriculum for catering for all students. Each class in the school has one double PE class each week. This year our 5th years are studying Leaving Cert Examinable PE for the first time. Our core senior classes are experiencing new methods of teaching and learning through the instructional models delivered as part of our framework.

Physical activity – AVS provides many physical activity opportunities for students of all interests and abilities. The school has an extensive extra and co-curricular timetable for break times. Our aim this year is to promote physical activity within all subject areas.

Partnerships – Our school has always valued the student voice. This year through Active school flag, we will have two class reps from junior cycle classes and one from senior cycle classes that will be link to our ASF team and committee.

Active school week – we will host our annual Active Schools week again this April. This focuses on fun and INCLUSIVE physical activity opportunities for both staff and students

TY Activities

Our TY’s are in the middle of third three week block of activity. Every Monday afternoon they get the opportunity to try new activities and visit a number of local gyms and venues.  Thank you to all the local coaches for accommodating us.

TY Sports Leader Award

All TY PE classes have started their Sports Leadership Training. This will give our students a great opportunity to develop coaching techniques, communication skills and gain more confidence each week. The main aim of this qualification is to enable the students to gain leadership skills whilst ensuring that the student and others stay physically active. The TY students will be working with a number of first year classes.  This will help them to prepare to coach in the local primary schools in the coming months.

Foróige Leadership Programme

This week for the Foróige “Leadership for Life” programme the students took part in several teamwork activities, including one where the students had to piece together clues to solve a murder. This allowed our students to practice their leadership, communication, listening and puzzle solving skills.

Musical

We are now in the middle of rehearsals for the upcoming show of ‘Beauty and the Beast’. All the TY students are very excited and are showing great enthusiasm to dance, sing and act to the best of their ability. Students are being kept up to date regarding when they’re needed to rehearse on Google classroom, so TY students don’t forget to keep checking! The musical this year will take place on the 27th, 28th and 30th November in the St. John Bosco Centre.

Meet the cast:

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Career Guidance

  1. Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) will do a presentation to 6th years on Thursday, 25 October @ 11.55 a.m. in the Library. Students wishing to attend the talk must first inform their class teacher of their absence.
  2. A Mock Interview Night for Leaving Cert students organised by the Parents Association will take place in the school on Tuesday, 04 December 2018. Students must submit 2 copies of their CV to their Guidance Counsellor by Friday, 26 October 2018 @ 3.20 p.m.
  3. A visit to the Greencastle Fishery School for Senior Cycle students has been scheduled for Monday, 12 November. Ms Faherty is taking names. Places are limited and will be offered on a 1st come, 1st served basis.
  4. Guidance Information Events for Parents/Guardians:
  5. Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to http://www.AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo

 

Tuesday, 06 November 2019 School Leavers Info. Evening (Parents/Guardians) 19.00 – 21.00
Tuesday, 05 February 2019 Subject Choices Presentation

(for next year’s 5th Years)

19.00 – 21.00
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 Subject Choices Presentation

(for next year’s 2nd Years)

19.00 – 20.15

 

Exam Wellness Workshop

All Leaving Cert students took part in an Exam Wellness workshop on Friday 19th in the school library. The workshop was arranged by Connect Mental Health and was delivered by Karen Balshaw. Karen is from stress management Ireland, she used Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques throughout the session and focus on mental, physical and strategic preparation for exams. Each student was asked to assess and set goals to help them in preparation for the Leaving Certificate. The areas covered were – Understanding Stress and Wellness, Training for Exams: The 5 Zones – (Study routine, sleep, diet, exercise, mental coping skills), Self-Awareness: Attitudes: Mind-sets, Coping Strategies: Interactive exercises teaching mental coping skills and finally – Top Tips for the exam week.

 

Fifth Year Study Skills workshop

Scot and Brian from the Student Enrichment service delivered a three hour workshop to all fifth year students on the study skills they will need to have for their Leaving Cert. The fifth year students said it was a very useful and helpful workshop. The following areas were covered:  1.The students identified their own personal Learning Style: The students complete our Questionnaire to help identify areas where improvements in their study techniques could be made. It also helped them to identify their preferred learning style.

  1. Goal Setting: The facilitators stressed the importance of setting realistic, achievable goals and assist students in setting up their individual Goal Charts. This session dealt with confidence building and overcoming self-limiting beliefs.
  2. Time Management: Students learned to save time, energy and needless stress! The essential fundamentals of good time management techniques were outlined. Students learnt to construct a workable study / homework timetable.
  3. Note Taking: By working with us through sample exercises, the students learnt the basic skills of note taking, thereby saving hours of wasted study time! A variety of styles were examined – Outline Method, Spider Diagrams and an innovative and visual Mapping Method.

 

LUNCHTIME ACTIVITIES

Our lunchtime activities programme is running every day. Thanks you to all the teachers who have volunteered to help run such a large programme. The timetable is posted on the notice boards around the school. Students must wear proper footwear when participating in sports activities.  Please see Mrs. Gallagher if you have any questions.

Activities for this term are as follows:

Irish Drama

An Irish Drama club will take place every Wednesday during lunch in room 16.

First Year Book Club

At the moment they are reading ‘Chasing Vermeer’. The next meeting is next Friday.

Book of the week: Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

MS Readathon

The MS Readathon Competition is commenced on the 12th October and is running until the 12th November .The 30th MS Readathon encourages children to open a wonderful world of adventure and imagination through reading for a great cause! All first years will participate.  https://www.msreadathon.ie/ for more information.

Lunchtime Reading

Room 9 will be open to all on Thursdays for reading. This will provide a quiet place for students to read.

Sports Activities
Monday
Indoors: 2nd Year Boys Games

Outdoors: TY Boys Games
Tuesday
Indoors: 1st Year Boys Games

Outdoors: Senior Boys Games
Wednesday
Indoors: 2nd & 3rd Year Girls Games

Outdoors: 3rd Year Boys Games
Thursday:
Indoors: All Girls Badminton

Outdoors: 2nd Year Boys Games
Friday
Indoors: 1st Year Girls Unihoc

Outdoors: 1st Year Boys Games
Non-Sports Activities:
Monday
Trad Group in room 13 for all students
Coding Club for all R 47
Tuesday
Chess Club in room 3 for all
Wednesday
Irish Club & Scor Drama in Room 16 for all students

Science Club in room 33 at 12:45
Spanish Club in the library for 1st years
Friday
Choir in Room 16 for all students

Book Club in room 9 for all students

Leaving Certificate Physical Education (LCPE)

After discussions with LYIT our Leaving Certificate Physical Education students will be engaging with the institute to reinforce and/or introduce topics from their specification.  A unique opportunity for these students. The full details of this development will be revealed at out LCPE official launch in the coming weeks.

Athletics

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Well done to Niamh Moohan who finished fourth at the All Ireland Schools Pentathlon final in Athlone last Saturday. Niamh competed against the top athletes from all over Ireland on the day. She competed exceptionally well with personal best performances in 4 out of the 5 events.

This result has now qualified her for the Irish Schools International team that will travel to Glasgow at the end of October. This weekend she will attend a training weekend in Tipperary in preparation for international duty. Niamh is the first student to represent the school at this high level in 15 years. Well done in this fantastic achievement and good luck in Glasgow.

Thank you to Tir Chonaill AC who have put a lot of work into coaching our athletes to compete at this high level.

Cross Country

Our athletes will travel to Gweedore this Tuesday 23rd October to in the Donegal School’s Cross-Country Championships.  Good luck to all involved.

Best wishes to Caolan Sweeney, Savannah Timony and Mia Mc Calmont who will compete at the Ulster Cross Country Championships in Greenmount, Co. Antrim on Saturday 27th October.

Run 4 Fun

There will be a run for fun training group starting at lunchtimes on the track for all junior students. This training is open to all students who want to improve their fitness and will cater for all fitness levels ranging from walking level up to running level.

Students must wear runners for the training and can meet on the track at the beginning of lunch. Training begins this Monday 22nd October and will last 20/30 minutes every day.

Senior Boys Gaelic

The senior boys’ Gaelic team played Coláiste Na Carraige in Tir Chonaill Park on Thursday 18th October. Despite missing some players through injury the AVS boys came out on top on a score line of AVS 3-14 to Coláiste na Carraige 1-11. Next up for the boys is a home game against Coláiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon after the mid-term break.

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U20 Girls Gaelic

Hard luck to the senior ladies Gaelic team who lost against Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny on Tuesday 16th October. The girls played against a very strong team but they put up a very good fight all the same. In the first half, there was some great play from Hannah Shallow and Niamh Boyle in mid field keeping things steady. Unfortunately though for the girls Coláiste Ailigh broke through the defence and scored goals and points on numerous occasions. However, Hannah Crawford, Caoimhe Walsh and Hannah Shallow scored some great point to keep Abbey in the game. In the second half, tactical changes were made in the AVS team, which were in the girls favour. Aine Ward and Aoife Greene put in some great tackles. Abbey played outstanding in the last 10 minutes scoring 2 goals by Aine Mc Groarty and Niamh Boyle, and 3 points too within that time. However the final whistle blew and the game was over.

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Boys Futsal

The Aura Centre, Letterkenny was the venue for both girls and boys tournaments held on 11th and 18th October. There were 9 girls’ teams and 14 boys’ teams battling it out to represent Donegal in the provincial and/or All Ireland Futsal tournaments.

Girls Futsal

The girls qualified as best runners up in their group and afters convincing semi-final win progressed through to the final. A thrilling encounter with Loreto Letterkenny saw the game need additional time to separate them. A wonder strike from the Letterkenny girls saw them progress as Donegal champions.
The boys started with 3 wins to top their group and ensure a semi-final spot.  They met St. Columba’s from Stranorlar and were narrowly beaten 3:2 in a very competitive match. St. Columba’s progressed to win the final 5:1 as worthy champions.
All panel of 12 boys players 12 girls played their part in the success of the days. Group stages allowed for entire panels to get game time and first-hand experience in playing in such a tournament.
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Swimming

Good luck to TY student Conal Smith who will be competing in the Swim Ulster Schools Championships on Saturday 21st October in Bangor, Co. Down. Conal trains in Ballyshannon with Marlins Swimming club and is the first student to compete for the school at this level in over eight years.  He will compete in the 100m Freestyle and 100m Breaststroke.

Senior Boys Basketball

Well done to the senior boys’ basketball team who won 43-53 on Tuesday in Sligo. They played against a very strong side and it was also a tight game all the way through but the Abbey team pulled away from them in the last few minutes to win by 11 points.

The boys will now play Carrick on Shannon next Tuesday in the school gym at 12am. Good luck boys.

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U17 Boys Soccer

Our U17 soccer team were beaten 2-0 earlier this week after travelling to Maghery to play a very strong Rosses side. The boys put in a good performance and only conceded in the last quarter of the game after dominating much of the second half. Keeper Oisín McCallig made a number of good saves and Conor Campbell and Raimon Moya Portavella were unlucky not to find themselves on the score sheet. Next up for the lads is a tie against old rivals St. Columba’s.

Senior Boys Soccer- Draw!

AVS VS Rosses Community School in Maghery, Dungloe.

Abbey started strong in the 1st half, defended well without conceding a goal. Both teams played well, both missed chances with AVS keeper Killian Faulkner making two marvellous saves to keep the game scoreless. The game kicked into life with 7 minutes left, when AVS broke down the left hand side and the Rosses player deflected a cross into the back of their own net.  The Rosses responded immediately by scoring 2 goals on the bounce. In the dying moments AVS were awarded a penalty which the Rosses keeper tremendously saved the initial shot and after a goalmouth scramble, Raimon Moya Portavella scored for AVS. Getting a well-earned draw for the Abbey.

 

Conor Campbell – called up to U-15 Ireland International Soccer Squad

Third Year student Conor Campbell has been called up to the U15’s Ireland International soccer squad. Conor started off playing football with Eany Celtic. He played for the 2004 Donegal Schoolboys County Team from 2014-2017. During his time playing for the County team, Conor attended trials in 2016 for the Ireland squad but didn’t make the cut. Conor was then chosen to play for the U15 Finn Harps team by Coach Kevin McHugh, even though this was an age group above his own. Conor had an exceptional season with Finn Harps in the national league which caught the eye of the Ireland squad coaches. He was called up for trials for the second time and was picked to play for the Ireland U15 International squad this year. Conor will attend a training camp on the 27th and the 29th October and he will then play against Poland on the 14th and 16th November at Home Farm, Dublin. We all wish Conor the best of luck from the Abbey Vocational School.

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U16 Girls Basketball

Hard luck to the u16 girls’ basketball team who were defeated by Rathmore, Belfast on Thursday 18th October. Abbey faced a very strong team but stood up to the opposing team well. Great play was displayed by Kirsty Harron and Catherine Campbell. These players contributed greatly throughout the game. Some brilliant baskets were scored by Ellen Canavan, Erin Doherty, Kirsty Harron and Catherine Campbell who scored a free shot. Halftime score was 14-24, Rathmore in the lead. In the second half, Emma Meehan in 2nd year stood up to the mark and scored a few great baskets as well as Katie Gillespie. However Rathmore appeared to be stronger and more organised. Enya Gallagher put in some great tackles to assist Abbey. In the final quarter, Abbey were playing very well and had most of the possession. Unfortunately though for the girls, the time was up and Rathmore came out on top. Final score was 25-35. Top scorers were:  Kirsty Harron, Catherine Campbell, Emma Meehan.

 

 

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TY Newsletter team:

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