AVS Newsletter – 15th Oct 2018

Parents Association AGM

The AGM of the Parents Association Meeting took place on Thursday last. There was a new committee elected and they will hold their first meeting on Monday 15th in the staffroom

Donegal ETB Enterprise Day

Ten TY students will go to LYIT on Wednesday the 17th October to take part in the ETB Enterprise Day. This event is for young people to explore their innovative and enterprise skills and will involve working in groups to develop a product and pitch their idea to a business judging panel.

Student Voice

All Prefects, Student Council and Class Captains for 2018/19 have been elected. Prefects had their first meeting on Friday. They formed a committee and made plans for the area of focus for 2018 2019.

Student Council

The Student Council attended an Inclusion event on Wednesday last in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny. The Donegal Children & Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSC)

Launched the Children & Young People’s Plan (CYPP) 2018-2020

To celebrate the Launch of the CYPP, Donegal CYPSC invited some of our students and staff to attend the Special Seminar ‘Re-imagining Disability, from accepting Diversity to true Inclusion’. The Key note Speaker was Dr. Bronagh Byrne, Queens University Belfast.  This special event included Guest Speakers, Examples of Best Practice, Information Stands, Networking, entertainment and much more. Our Student Council will now focus on one aspect of inclusion to focus on during 2018 2019.

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.

Mental Health Week

This week was Mental Health Week and we had many positive mental health activities lined up for the week including drop all and walk, sing for your mental health, mindfulness, yoga, Let’s Dance, Skipathon, Tug a War and A Rowathon during lunch.

During students wellbeing/ personal development/ religion class the class teacher completed a ‘Drop all and Walk’ session where our students got out for some fresh air on the track this week. All week there was a playlist of music playing in the assembly area to help create a happy atmosphere.

On Thursday Ms Carr and Ms Breslin conducted a lovely sing – song as the assembly area was one again filled with music, this time from the AVS’ own music classes and TY students.

Friday was the launch of the schools Active School Flag campaign, there was free fruit in the assembly for all students and a rowathon took part up in the gym for all students. At the start of each day Mrs Diver read out the positive quote of the day over the school intercom. The 5 positive quotes were:

  1. “Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success”
  2. “Life isn’t about waiting on the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”
  3. “Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step”
  4. “If you think someone could use a friend….be one”
  5. “Shoot for the moon even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”

Thanks to the wellbeing committee for running such an amazing week highlighting the importance of positive mental health. Feel free to check out our schools Twitter page to see what we got up to this week!

Sing for Mental Health:

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Rowathon:

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Tug of War

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Healthy Eating:

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Mindfulness:

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Let’s Dance:

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Drop all and Walk:

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5th year Art Trip

5th year Art students from the AVS travelled to Glebe House and Gallery near Churchill this week to see the work of Letterkenny born artist Rian Kerrane and to tour the home of renowned portrait painter and landscape artist Derek Hill. On their way home the students stopped off at LYIT for a tour of the department of Design and Creative Media where past AVS student Crona Connolly spoke about the Animation, Fashion and Digital Media Courses which are offered by the college.

NUIG TRIP

On the 5th October our Transition years visited NUI Galway for the day. They attended numerous talks all varied in areas of work to help with career choices and college courses. It gave them all a good feel of what lectures are like and college campuses, considering the size of NUIG. It was a day well spent away and provided great experience for our students.

RSA Roadshow

Transition years travelled to the Aura Centre Letterkenny to attend a talk organised by the road safety authority (RSA) to make students and young new drivers aware of the dangers of the road. They plotted a scene about a boy who just passed his driver’s test and he didn’t make it home. It walked through how the Gardaí arrived first and what they saw, then the paramedics, then the firemen and then the nurse. We were also greeted by a survivor who is now paralyzed for life and confined to a wheelchair. The scenes that we were shown were graphic but extremely effective and it was a brilliant talk to attend.

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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.

  • 4A- Surfing
  • 4B – Self defence
  • 4C – Strength & Conditioning
  • 4D – Yoga

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TY Sports Leader Award

This week, all TY PE classes 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

Every Tuesday morning from 9:00-11:00, 20 TY students take part in the Foróige Leadership Programme. There will be three modules that our TY students will have to complete.

They are as follows:

Module 1• Enables participants to explore what leadership is and the type of leaders they would like to be. The module focuses on core leadership skills such as communication, problem solving, self-awareness, values and action planning.

Module 2• Enables participants to work with others to achieve a leadership goal. The module focuses on how leadership can have a positive impact on society by tackling both local and global issues. Module 2 also focuses on research skills, conflict resolution, critical thinking and exploring leadership styles.Module 3• Enables participants to put into practice their learning from previous modules by actively engaging in a community action project of their choice, keeping a learning journal of their experiences and presenting a portfolio upon completion.

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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 their best of their ability. Students are being kept up to date rehiring 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.

 

Mental Health Foróige workshop

On Thursday the 5th October our transition years attended a mental health workshop in the abbey hotel organized by Foróige. They were combined in groups with students from other schools and took part in four different workshops, one on exercising, healthy eating, gratitude and a speaker on the jigsaw organisation. It provided useful information and let us all know the people that can help us when we need it. It was a great opportunity to mix with students from other schools and everyone had a very enjoyable day.

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Alan Devine Public Speaking Workshop

On Monday 8th October, Alan Devine, an Irish Actor, came to our school to give the TYs a talk about public speaking.  He showed them the difference between having confidence and not having confidence when speaking in public.  They played different games, had to deliver a joke to their fellow classmates, engage and control the audience.  Through game playing, Alan provided them with techniques to use for projecting their voices, being heard in public and speaking clearly. He told them that they should always have energy and a positive attitude when speaking in public.

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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. The Guidance department will take 5th Year students to the IT Sligo Open Day on Thursday, 18 October. A bus will depart from the school @ 9 a.m. There will be a €5 charge per student. Ms Mc Morrow is collecting the money. Places are limited and will be offered on a 1st come, 1st served basis.
  3. An important event for Parents interested in finding out more about careers for young people in ICT/FinTech in the North-West will take place on Thursday, 18 October 2018 in the Abbey Hotel @ 6 p.m. See our Guidance website for full details: http://www.AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.
  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. All information about this night has been communicated to students by their Guidance Counsellor.
  5. A CV Workshop for 6th Year students took place in the library last Thursday in preparation for both the Mock Interview Night and positions they may apply for after completing their Leaving Cert.
  6. Guidance Information Nights 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

 

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

 

Information Sessions on Career Education

The Donegal ICT/FinTech Working Group are hosting two information sessions (at 6.00pm on 11th October in Letterkenny and 18th October in Donegal Town) for parents, teachers, post-primary school Guidance Counsellors and Principals to find out more about career, education and training opportunities for their children and students in the areas of ICT/FinTech in Donegal. It follows on from the recent report published by the North West Regional Skills Forum which identified the ICT/FinTech sectors amongst the fastest growing in the region with significant numbers of new high tech jobs being created in the coming years.

The companies involved (Pramerica, Optum, SITA, Randox, Gartan Technologies and ERNACT) will highlight the career opportunities in a range of disciplines including IT, finance, business, marketing, engineering, law, design and sciences. LYIT and Donegal ETB will also promote their wide range of programmes that support these industry needs.

The event is free and there’ll be complimentary refreshments from 5.30pm but we’d like people to register in advance here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/building-donegals-future-in-ictfintech-tickets-50115496800

You can find more information on our website here: https://www.donegaletb.ie/2018/09/donegal-ict-fintech-working-group-to-host-information-sessions-for-parents-and-school-staff/

 

Exam Wellness Workshop

On Thursday next our Leaving Cert students will attend an exam wellness workshop. This workshop will cover areas such as 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 Top Tips for the exam week.

The aim of the Exam Wellness Workshops is to teach the students the necessary coping skills to manage pressure, time, and stress relating to exams. The cognitive exercises and methods of goal setting will be the tools that the students can use from the Leaving Cert through University and into whatever area of life they choose. It is an essential way of becoming proactive and taking responsibility for themselves

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:

Traditional Music Group

Trad music group will take place next Monday at 1.30 in room 13 on Monday. This group is open to all but students are asked to bring their instruments.

Music

Choir will be held at 12:50 during lunch time in room 16 on Fridays. All are invited to come. There will being of all the hit songs as well as learning vocal techniques.

First Year Book Club

Every 3rd Friday, first years meet in room 9.  This is their second meeting and they will be reviewing Wilderness by Roddy Doyle. They will pick their next book on Friday.

MS Readathon

The MS Readathon Competition is taking place 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.

Allingham School Festival

The deadline for the Allingham School Festival is fast approaching. You can upload your entries online. You need to upload your entries before the 12th October. http://www.allinghamfestival.com/school-competitions/ to enter!

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

Best of luck to Niamh Moohan, in 2nd year who will be competing in the All Ireland’s for Athletics. Niamh will be doing the multi field events at the competition. She is representing her club extremely well and is also showing great talent that we have in the school. Best of luck Niamh!

 

U14 Boys Gaelic

On the 9th October the U14 boys played Coláiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon on our school pitch. The conditions were tough and very wet. The final score was Abbey: 1-9 Ballyshannon: 2-6. The boys are a credit to the school.

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U20 Girls Gaelic

Training continues every Monday for all U16 and U20 girls Gaelic. U20 will play a game against Coláiste Ailigh this coming Tuesday in Letterkenny and they will play again on Friday 26th against Thornhill College Derry.

 

First Year Girls Futsal

On Thursday 11th October, the 1st year girls Futsal team were narrowly beaten in extra time of the Donegal Final. They will no doubt learn from the experience and enjoy winning ways another day.

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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. 

 

U16 Boys Basketball

Well done to the U16 boys who won 46-61 on Tuesday in Sligo. Both teams were very evenly matched and stayed within three points for most of the game with the Abbey behind, but in the end of the third quarter and the fourth quarter they pulled ahead by three points and maintained that lead and ended up winning by 5 points.

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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.

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Rowing

The “RowingDonegal” pilot programme in conjunction with Donegal Bay Rowing Club and Donegal Sports Partnership started last week, with help from some TY students. The First year students will be introduced to the basics of rowing.

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U16 Girls Basketball

Hard luck to the AVS girls’ U16 basketball team who were defeated against Ballinamore, Leitrim on Monday 8th October. Ballinamore started off very strong with getting some good scores. Catherine Campbell and Ellen Canavan contributed well in the first half but Abbey were falling behind unfortunately. Some great play was shown by Enya Gallagher and Ciara Cox which helped bring the score difference closer, but it was an unlucky loss for the AVS girls. The final score was 17:33 making Ballinamore come out on top. Hard luck to Abbey but best of luck in the rest of the games.

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Senior Girls Basketball

Congratulations to the U19s ladies basketball team who had a great win against Ballinamore, Leitrim in The AVS school hall on Monday 8th October. It was a very fast moving first quarter for both Abbey and Ballinamore for the senior girls’ teams, but in the 2nd quarter, Abbey were obviously the stronger team. There were some fantastic scores from Sophie Carr and Aine Mc Groarty, giving Abbey the lead of 21:7 with contributing free shots in that.

It was a tense third quarter as both teams put in a great amount of effort, with Ellie Muldoon playing a big half with great defence. The girls showed great determination and were leading comfortably by 29:13. Catherine Campbell who stepped up from the U16’s squad played an excellent last quarter assisting the U19’s very well. The final score resulted in a 36:13 with Abbey coming out on top. Well done to the girls on a super win and best of luck in the future games!

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Weekly Newsletter – 08th Oct 2018

Parents’ Association

The AVS Parents’ Association Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday 11th October 2018 at 8 pm in the school library.  

The Parents’ Association promotes and fosters cooperation between parents, teachers and the school Board of Management to ensure the best possible educational outcome for the students. The Parents’ Association is also involved in reviewing school policies, provides support for parents in the school and is involved in fund raising activities. The Parents’ Association would encourage as many parents as possible to attend the AGM

The next committee meeting will be on Monday 15th October 2018 at 8pm in the staff room. 

First Year Information Evening for Parents

An Information evening for parents of First year’s took place on October 4th at 7pm in the school. On the night we were fortunate to have Mr Ray Langan as our visiting speaker who over the last 10 years has worked with nearly 30,000 students in over 100 schools. He has a strong track record in the education sector and is a very inspirational and entertaining speaker. He discussed moving up into secondary school. We also looked at the nuts and bolts of secondary school now that the first years have a few weeks behind them. Mrs Diver addressed the parents on the parents role in the education of their child, Ms Kane spoke about the Cognitive ability tests carried out for students and the supports that are in place for all. Mr Doherty spoke about Vsware and other important resources the school uses to support parents and Mr Sweeney covered the school Journal

First Year Cyber Awareness

Ray Langan visited our school on Thursday last and spent the day with our first years. He covered areas such as

  1. Rise of Social Media and its importance in the 21st century.
  2. Dangers of Social Media including Cyberbullying, Sexting and Online Porn.
  3. Negative Effects of Social Media, Teenage Identity and How to Build Confidence
  4. How the Social Media Game is Set Up For Teenagers to Lose.
  5. How to Change the Game, Focus Attention and The Importance of your Name and Online reputation.
  6. The Power of Personal Brand.
  7. Social Media Power Principles.

The benefits of attending this workshop included: increased awareness of the pitfalls and dangers of social media, heightened understanding of cyberbullying and sexting, reduced oversharing, increased awareness of negative online behaviour, the importance of protecting your name and reputation, reduced screen time and better social etiquette.

Career Guidance

CV Workshop

The Leaving Cert students attended a CV workshop in advance of the upcoming Mock Interviews. This was a very informative session and students are now eager to put into practice the many tips received on the day. Thank you to the guidance Department for organising this event.

Maynooth University will do a presentation to 6th years on Thursday, 11 October @ 11.55 a.m. in the Library.

  1. A MEGADOJO event aimed at teaching young people aged between 7 and 17 to code will be held in Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) on Saturday, 13 October. See megadojo.ie/letterkenny for full details.
  2. The Guidance Department will take 5th Year students to the IT Sligo Open Day on Thursday, 18 October.
  3. An important event for Parents interested in finding out more about careers for young people in ICT/FinTech in the North-West will take place on Thursday, 18 October 2018 in the Abbey Hotel @ 6 p.m. See our Guidance website for full details: http://www.AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

 

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

Tuesday, 06 November 2018 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

 

Information Sessions on Career Education

The Donegal ICT/FinTech Working Group are hosting two information sessions (at 6.00pm on 11 October in Letterkenny and 18 October in Donegal Town) for parents, teachers, post-primary school Guidance Counsellors and Principals to find out more about career, education and training opportunities for their children and students in the areas of ICT/FinTech in Donegal. It follows on from the recent report published by the North West Regional Skills Forum which identified the ICT/FinTech sectors amongst the fastest growing in the region with significant numbers of new high tech jobs being created in the coming years.

The companies involved (Pramerica, Optum, SITA, Randox, Gartan Technologies and ERNACT) will highlight the career opportunities in a range of disciplines including IT, finance, business, marketing, engineering, law, design and sciences. LYIT and Donegal ETB will also promote their wide range of programmes that support these industry needs.

The event is free and there’ll be complimentary refreshments from 5.30pm but we’d like people to register in advance here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/building-donegals-future-in-ictfintech-tickets-50115496800

You can find more information on our website here: https://www.donegaletb.ie/2018/09/donegal-ict-fintech-working-group-to-host-information-sessions-for-parents-and-school-staff/

Nifty Programme

On Tuesday 2nd October the business teachers completed training for the Nifty Foróige programme training. The teachers will now deliver the programme to their TY enterprise classes, and will run an in-house Dragons Den competition to select the groups that will be entered into the Nifty competition to represent our school. The teachers were presented workbooks for the TY students. The students will also be given seed capital for the setup of their mini companies.

 

Student Voice

All Prefects, Student Council and Class Captains for 2018/19 have been elected. Prefects will have their first meeting on Friday.

Student Council

All the Student Council members have been elected for the 2018/19 school year and will have their first meeting next Wednesday.

The student council for 2018/19 is:

1st year:

  • Conor Lang
  • Maeve McNamara

2nd Year:

  • Rion Carr
  • Ellie Timoney

3rd Year:

  • Fearghal Quinn
  • Joanne Wymentowska

4th Year:

  • Shane Meehan
  • Jessica Given

5th Year:

  • Joseph Reid
  • Robyn Harvey Moulding

6th Year:

  • Arming O’Hara Nolan
  • Jasmine Kennedy

Prefect Interviews

A big thank you to Seán McGee for carrying out the Prefect Interviews this year. We are delighted to welcome a further team of students to add to our student voice – Thank you to Ms Carr and Ms Mulrain for all of their work with this group.

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Wellbeing

Mental Health week will take place in the school this week the following activities will take place:

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Healthy School

Work is continuing on our review of healthy eating in the school and the surveys will be rolled out in the coming weeks.

Fire Safety week

Since it is fire safety week we would like to thank our guest fireman speaker Kevin Coulter who is a station officer in Donegal Town for visiting this Wednesday to speak to our TYs. He informed us on many useful topics from prevention, to escape routes to his own experiences at home and as a firefighter.

Active School Flag

On 8th-12th October is Active School Flag Awareness week. This is to raise awareness about the ASF across the whole school community. Class tutors will give a slideshow to their class with information on ASF. Each class will select an ASF rep who will attend meetings throughout the year.

Headstrong

On Thursday 4th October four TY students and their teacher Ms Rooney went to the Honorable Kings Inn Dublin to the Headstrong summit. HEADSTRONG is an evidenced based schools programme that trains and enables a select number of students to become mental health champions within their school with the help/oversight of the teacher. The students learned a lot about mental health and how to deal with it. They heard about people’s stories of how they dealt with depression.

This is a contact education programme where the ideas students come up with will form a plan for the rest of the academic year. The HEADSTRONG stigma-reduction and positive health messages continue to be delivered to the entire school population. Students’ innovation and creativity, along with the support of a school staff member, means they will have so much to share about mental health, recovery, and available resources both in the school and the wider community.

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TY Art Trip

TY art students travelled to Glebe House and Gallery in Churchill near Letterkenny on Tuesday 2nd to visit the home of painter and landscape artist Derek Hill and to see the work of Donegal born artist Rian Kerrane. While they were there the students produced some “selfies” in clay and a stop off in Letterkenny on the way home to refuel capped off what was a most enjoyable day.

NUIG Trip

On Friday 5th October over 70 TY students travelled to the NUIG open day. They attended talks about career choices. This was a superb opportunity for students to get a taste of college life and see the culture that awaits them in the coming years. The day was enjoyed by all.

GAA Future Leaders Programme

Mr P O’Donnell is leading out on the GAA future Leaders TY programme. The Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) on Monday last provided training and development to the teachers involved in this initiative.

The PDST have been involved in the preparation of the Future Leaders Programme providing advice on curriculum links, ensuring alignment with the TY programme, embedding the core concept of Physical Literacy, developing educational resources and delivering training to the participating schools. The six modules meaningfully relate to several curriculum areas, promoting the development of Physical Literacy in particular and also encompassing the key skills taught at Junior Cycle. 

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

Course Structure:

The programme is comprised of 8 modules.

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

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

The programme utilises the Learning Management Software of the GAA Learning Portal (learning.gaa.ie) to share information and provide each student with an online e-Portfolio to store and share documentation and assignments. Staff involved in the delivering of this course is as follows: Future Leader Staff Members

  • Portfolio and Assessment – Pauric O’Donnell
  • Sports Journalism – Helen McPartlan
  • Performance Analysis – Clive Monahan
  • Administration – Amanda Sweeney
  • Nutrition – Michelle Harvey
  • Event Management – Patrice Rooney
  • Refereeing – Michael Leyden
  • Wellness – Emer O’Mahony
  • GAA Foundation Coaching – Michelle Harvey / Patrice Rooney (PE Department)

TY Wellbeing Event

On Thursday 4th October all TY students went to the Abbey Hotel for the Foróige Wellbeing event. There were cooking demonstrations, talks, dance workshops and yoga. There were guest speakers: Breifne Earley gave a talk about his difficulties with depression and how he overcame it. “Jigsaw” gave a talk about wellbeing. The day was enjoyed by all.

AVS Senior Educational Tour

Applications for this year’s tour to Barcelona are now closed – any latecomers will be placed on a reserve list. The tour website will be updated shortly and will have all relevant information. The first deposit should now have been paid (preferably using the ‘way2pay’ system). All contact details forms must be returned to Mr. Leyden ASAP.

TY Actvities

Our TY’s have completed their first 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.

All classes will be changing to a new activity this Monday:

  • 4A- Surfing                 
  • 4B – Self-defence                    
  • 4C – Strength & Conditioning            
  • 4D – Yoga

TY Sports Leader Award

This week all PE classes are beginning their sports leadership training. This will give our students a great opportunity to work hard on their coaching skills and gain in confidence every week. The main aim of this qualification is to help students hone in on their leadership skills whilst helping themselves and others stay physically active.

They are will be working with a number of first year classes in preparation to coach in the local primary schools in the coming months.

Foróige leadership Programme

19 transition year students have been selected to take part in the Foróige Leadership Programme. This will take place every Tuesday from 9:10 to 11 o’clock. There will be three modules that our TY students will take on. They are as follows. Module 1
• Enables participants to explore what leadership is and the type of leaders they would like to be. The module focuses on core leadership skills such as communication, problem solving, self-awareness, values and action planning.
Module 2
• Enables participants to work with others to achieve a leadership goal. The module focuses on how leadership can have a positive impact on society by tackling both local and global issues. Module 2 also focuses on research skills, conflict resolution, critical thinking and exploring leadership styles.
Module 3
• Enables participants to put into practice their learning from previous modules by actively engaging in a community action project of their choice, keeping a learning journal of their experiences and presenting a portfolio upon completion.

The students who have been selected are:

  • Chris Darby             
  • Tom Daly                               
  • Frank Duffy                           
  • Ella Pearmain
  • Gwenaelle Donovan     
  • Ryan Coughlan                      
  • James McNamara                  
  • Halim Egberongbe
  • Adam Maziri                           
  • Ella Forde                               
  • Roisin Feeney                        
  • Aoife Mackle
  • Emma O’Sullivan                   
  • Amy Barron                            
  • Katelyn Duffy                         
  • Jessica Given
  • Jessica Culloo                        
  • Joe Leape                               
  • Shane Meehan

TY Coaching

A group of transition year girls have signed up to assist in coaching Primary school athletics every Thursday evening from 5:45 to 7:00 pm. They help in organising and running the different events and have great fun whilst doing it. This time spent assisting counts as community care that every transition year is asked to complete by the end of this school year.

Musical Beauty and the Beast 

Since the auditions have taken place for Beauty and the Beast, we now have a great cast in place and are busy rehearsing. The whole creative team are working very hard to bring this fabulous show to the Bosco Centre. Set has been devised and props are being sourced. We are rich in talent and enthusiasm and no doubt we should have a stellar production. After school rehearsals have started for the musical on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Well done to our teachers Mr Sean Donegan and Ms Claire Breslin who are now taking to the stage themselves in the coming months! Ms Breslin is the leading lady in the Ballyshannon Musical Society of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mr Donegan is the leading male in the Ballyshannon Pantomime – Treasure Island.

 

Musical Performance in honour of our Chaplain

Thank you to Ms Carr and Ms Breslin and the exceptional musicians who performed today in honour of our Chaplain Fr. O’Donnell. It was a very special occasion and the music students excelled in the standard and variety of entertainment. Thank you to them all!

LUNCHTIME ACTIVITIES

Our lunchtime activities programme is running every day. Thank 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:

Traditional Music Group

Trad group has commenced  this Monday in room 13 with Mrs. Carr at 1:30 pm. Choir practice has also began every Friday in room 16 at 12:45pm.

Music

Students are needed to take part in the choir for this year’s school musical. If you can play a musical instrument, it would be a great opportunity to join the orchestra and would be much appreciated.

First Year Book Club

The first year book club started last Friday and will meet every third Friday from now on. It has been organised by Ms Logue and all first years are welcome. The first years are currently reading ‘Wilderness’ by Roddy Doyle.

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. 

Girls Gaelic

Training continues every Monday for all u16 and u20 girls Gaelic. The u16 will play Deele College in their next game and u20 will play Coláiste Ailigh. Well done to Aine McGroarty and Niamh Boyle who were nominated for an Ulster All Star trails last Tuesday. The girls will find out in the coming days if they have been picked for the team. Good luck girls and we are all very proud of your nomination.

Athletics

Good luck to Niamh Moohan who has qualified for the All Ireland School’s Multi Events in Athlone on Saturday 13th September. She will compete against the top athletes from across the country over a range of five events, involving running, jumping and throwing.

  • Wednesday: 3.30pm – 4.45pm
  • Thursday: Lunchtime cross country
  • Thursday: 6.30pm – 8pm
  • Sunday: 10.30 – 12pm

U16 Boys Gaelic

Congratulations to the u16 boys who had a great win against Glenties Comprehensive School on Monday 1st October in Tir Chonaill Park. The boys had an overall good, strong performance with good displays from Shane Breslin and Shane Meehan in defence. Richard O’Rourke and Alex Mc Calmont held the mid field strong and were supported by the forward line who had some brilliant scores by Conor Campbell and Thomas White. Final score was 5:13 to 1:09 to Abbey. Well done to the boys and best of luck to them in their future games!  Thanks to coaches Mr Lafferty and Mr Carty.

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AVS Senior Boys Gaelic

The senior boys Gaelic team got their season off to a perfect start with an away win over Glenties Comprehensive. Playing with the wind in the first half the AVS boys had built up a good lead before they were hit with a sucker punch just before half-time when Glenties got through for a goal. The half-time score was AVS 0-08 to Glenties 1-02.
In the second half the AVS lads upped the ante and began to pull away from their hosts. The final score was AVS 0-14 to Glenties 1-06. Up next for the AVS is a home game against Carrick VS. Thanks to Mr Leyden and Mr Monahan the team coaches.

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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. 

Rowing

This week a number of our PE classes began their #RowingDonegal programme in our refurbished fitness area. This is being run by Patrick Brady from Donegal Bay Rowing Club in assistance with Donegal Sports Partnership. We are one of three schools in Donegal on this pilot programme. Students will learn the rowing technique on erg rowing machines over a number of weeks and will get the opportunity to experience rowing in offshore boats at the end of the program. Thank you to all involved and our TY coaches who are assisting with the programme.

 

 

Weekly Newsletter – 01st Oct 2018

Parents Association

The AVS Parents’ Association Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday 11th October 2018 at 8 pm in the school library.  

The Parents’ Association promotes and fosters cooperation between parents, teachers and the school Board of Management to ensure the best possible educational outcomes for the students. The Parents’ Association is also involved in reviewing school policies, provides support for parents in the school and is involved in fund raising activities. The Parents’ Association would encourage as many parents as possible to attend the AGM.

The next committee meeting will be on Monday 15th October 2018 at 8pm in the staff room. 

 

Junior Cycle Talk for Parents of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Year

Ms Jacqui Dillon the Director of Donegal Education Centre, delivered a talk on the new Junior Cycle for parents of Junior Cycle students on Thursday night last. Mr S O Neill complimented this by outlining the subject English and how it has rolled out over the three years. Mr C Hegarty outlined the Science subject and how the new Junior Cert has been in this regard. There was a large attendance at the event and we are very grateful to all who came out on the night to what was a very informative and helpful information night.

 

First Year Information Evening

An Information evening for parents of First years will take place on October 4th at 7pm in the school. On the night we are fortunate to have Mr Ray Langan as our visiting speaker who over the last 10 years has worked with nearly 30,000 students in over 100 schools. He has a strong track record in the education sector and is a very inspirational and entertaining speaker. He will discuss moving up into secondary school. We will also look at the nuts and bolts of secondary school now that your child has a few weeks behind them and speak to you about a variety of relevant areas of school life

 

Career Guidance

An important event for Parents interested in finding out more about careers for young people in ICT/FinTech in the North-West will take place on Thursday, 18 October 2018 in the Abbey Hotel @ 6 p.m. See our Guidance website for full details: http://www.AVSDonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.
The Guidance Department will take TY students to the NUI Galway Open Day on Friday, 05 October. There is 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.

The Guidance Department will take 5th year students to the IT Sligo Open Day on Thursday, 18 October. There will be a €5 charge per student. Ms. McMorrow is collecting the money. Places are limited and will be offered on a 1st come, 1st served basis.
A CV workshop for Leaving Certs will take place in the school on Thursday, 04 October. The class Guidance Counsellor will provide further instruction.
Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to http://www.avsdonegal.com – click on the Guidance logo.

Please take note of the following dates

 

Tuesday, 06 November 2018 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

Information Sessions on Career Education

The Donegal ICT/FinTech Working Group are hosting two information sessions (at 6.00pm on 11 October in Letterkenny and 18 October in Donegal Town) for parents, teachers, post-primary school Guidance Counsellors and Principals to find out more about career, education and training opportunities for their children and students in the areas of ICT/FinTech in Donegal. It follows on from the recent report published by the North West Regional Skills Forum which identified the ICT/FinTech sectors amongst the fastest growing in the region with significant numbers of new high tech jobs being created in the coming years.

 

The companies involved (Pramerica, Optum, SITA, Randox, Gartan Technologies and ERNACT) will highlight the career opportunities in a range of disciplines including IT, finance, business, marketing, engineering, law, design and sciences. LYIT and Donegal ETB will also promote their wide range of programmes that support these industry needs.

The event is free and there’ll be complimentary refreshments from 5.30pm but we’d like people to register in advance here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/building-donegals-future-in-ictfintech-tickets-50115496800

You can find more information on our website here: https://www.donegaletb.ie/2018/09/donegal-ict-fintech-working-group-to-host-information-sessions-for-parents-and-school-staff/

 

Student Voice

The Student Council election has taken place and the members of the student council will be elected early next week. Thank you to Ms Carr and Ms Mulrain for organising and running the elections.

 

Prefect Interviews

On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, interviews for prefects took place. This year there are 35 applicants. They are being interviewed by Seán McGee. The position of Prefect is a position with great responsibility and are positive role model for the younger students. Our Prefects have a large student voice in the school and act as mentors to first years as well as support for their own year group.

 

LCA

As part of their Leaving Cert Applied course, the LCA students organised a trip to Letterkenny cinema on Tuesday 18th September. This was anchored by the English and Communications subject area and teacher Ms Mc Partlan. The comedy ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ was their chosen film and was enjoyed by all.

 

School Tour Abroad

This year’s senior educational tour will be to Barcelona, Spain. It will take place during the first week of the Easter holidays – the final dates will be finalised in the coming weeks. All applications must be handed to Mr. Leyden before Friday 21st September – any late applications will be placed on a waiting list. The tour website will be updated shortly and will display all relevant information regarding this year’s tour.

Wellbeing

Healthy Schools

Ms B Duane and Rosemary Myers attended a Healthy Eating training workshop this week. They intend to audit staff students and parents on the type of food that they would like to see on sale in the school in terms of promoting health. This is a two year programme where the intention is to educate our school community around healthy eating and encourage many positive lifestyle changes in this regard. The teachers will work with the student Council and Parents Association on this project.

 

Active School Flag 

Our school is very proud to be involved in the pilot programme for the Active Schools Flag this year. Only 3 schools in the country are taking part in this exciting program. Coláiste Bride, Clondalkin, St. Olivers CC, Drogheda and ourselves Abbey Vocational school. The University of Limerick and the HSE are also part of the design process for the program and our pupils and staff will be involved in a unique research project in how to solve the global issue of getting our teenagers moving more often.

The Active School flag is a whole school process to move away from the mind-set that the promotion of physical activity is the sole responsibility of the PE department. It is really important that the health, well-being, and academic benefits of being physically active are reinforced at all levels ad by many voices throughout the year. The Active School Flag team along with the student leaders will be working hard to get our staff and pupils in AVS moving and enjoying physical activity in many different ways throughout the normal school day and terms ahead.

Our launch of the ASF process kicks off with a school Tug of War competition sponsored by Tug of War Ireland.  The University of Limerick have visited the school on September 28th to begin the research on how active our pupils are and how we can get them moving more often.

 

Transition Year

GAA Future Leaders Programme

Mr P O’Donnell is leading out on the GAA future Leaders TY programme. The Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) on Monday last provided training and development to the teachers involved in this initiative.

The PDST have been involved in the preparation of the Future Leaders programme providing advice on curriculum links, ensuring alignment with the TY programme, embedding the core concept of Physical Literacy, developing educational resources and delivering training to the participating schools. The six modules meaningfully relate to several curriculum areas, promoting the development of Physical Literacy in particular and also encompassing the key skills taught at Junior Cycle. 

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

Course Structure:

The programme is comprised of 8 modules.

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

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

The programme utilises the Learning Management Software of the GAA Learning Portal (learning.gaa.ie) to share information and provide each student with an online e-Portfolio to store and share documentation and assignments. Staff involved in the delivering of this course is as follows : Future Leader Staff Members

  • Portfolio and Assessment – Pauric O’Donnell
  • Sports Journalism – Helen McPartlan
  • Performance Analysis – Clive Monahan
  • Administration – Amanda Sweeney
  • Nutrition – Michelle Harvey
  • Event Management – Patrice Rooney
  • Refereeing – Michael Leyden
  • Wellness – Emer O’Mahoney
  • GAA Foundation Coaching – Michelle Harvey / Patrice Rooney (PE Department)

Headstrong

On Thursday 4th October four TY students and their teacher will go to the Honorable Kings Inn Dublin to the Headstrong Summit. HEADSTRONG is an evidenced based schools programme that trains and enables a select number of students to become mental health champions within their school and, with the help/oversight of the teacher in attendance on October 4th, they introduce the programme into their school and  train other students in a domino effect. 

This is a contact education programme where the ideas students come up with will form a plan for the rest of the academic year. The HEADSTRONG stigma-reduction and positive health messages continue to be delivered to the entire school population. Students’ innovation and creativity, along with the support of a school staff member, means they will have so much to share about mental health, recovery, and available resources both in the school and the wider community.

TY Wellbeing Event

All TY students will be attending a Foróige and Connect Mental Health workshop on the 4th October in the Abbey Hotel. The students were divided into different groups with other schools and they will take part in multiple workshops. The workshops included a lively cooking demonstration, a peaceful meditation session, a Jigsaw workshop, dance session and much more. It hopes to be a fun and enjoyable day as it has been in the past.

Last week a number of TY students took part in mentoring training in The Big Brother, Big Sister Programme. The training was delivered by Finghin McClafferty who is a member of Foróige. In the coming weeks each TY student will be paired up with a 1st year student. These students will meet up weekly and the TY student will support the 1st year students for the rest of the year. 

TY Activities

Our TY’s have completed their first 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.

All classes will be changing to a new activity this Monday.

4A- Surfing

4B – Self defence

4C – Strength & Conditioning

4D – Yoga

TY Sports Leader Award

This week all PE classes are beginning their sports leadership training. This will give our students a great opportunity to work hard on their coaching skills and gain in confidence every week. The main aim of this qualification is to help students hone in on their leadership skills whilst helping themselves and others stay physically active.

They are will be working with a number of first year classes in preparation to coach in the local primary schools in the coming months.

TY Coaching

As part of TY’s community involvement task, we have a large number of students engaging in coaching and helping others. Students have got involved with various sports clubs throughout the community.

Currently, twenty students are working with Tir Chonaill AC every Thursday evening. They are coaching basic fundamental movement and skills to primary school children.

A number of students have also volunteered to coach rowing to first years in the coming weeks. They will be working under the guidance Donegal Bay Rowing club and Donegal Sports Partnership.

Thank you to all local clubs for affording them this opportunity.

 

Musical Cast Announced

Auditions for the TY musical ‘Beauty and the Beast’ are complete. Students were auditioned for singing, acting and dancing. It was an extremely hard decide and we thank all the 110 students for auditions. The musical this year will take place on the 27th, 28th and 30th November in the St. John Bosco Centre. Here is the cast and it makes for a really exciting Show!

  • Belle:  Katie Bell
  • Beast: Conall Smith
  • Mrs. Potts: Ciara Joyce
  • Chip: Conor Ryder
  • Cogsworth:  Thomas White
  • Lumiere:   Adam Maziri
  • Babette:  Hannah Crawford
  • Maurice:  Kevin Canny
  • Gaston:  Frank Cornyn
  • Le Fou:  Oisín O Donnell
  • Madame Le Grande Bouche:  India Kennedy
  • Monsieur d’Arque: Jack Lennox
  • Narrator:  Fergal O’Connor
  • Bookseller:  Christopher Darby
  • Baker: Luke Kelly
  • Enchantress:   Annie McFadden
  • Prince Silhouette:  Frank Duffy
  • Silly Girls: Lily Mc Callig
  •                         Annabell O’Donnell
  •                         Aimee Gallagher

Villagers/Gaston’s Gang/Mob/Wolves

  • Jennifer Burns
  • Emma O’Sullivan
  • Gwenaelle Ni Dhonnabhain
  • Anna Borrell Font
  • Evan Gallagher
  • Halim Ademola Egberongbe
  • Richard O’Rourke

 

Enterprise Day

Our transition year students attended an enterprise workshop in Lough Eske Castle on Monday 25th September along with a number of other students from nearby secondary schools. They took part in many brainstorms and came up with some wonderful new inventions and ideas suitable for creating their own mini company. Martin O’Reilly from O’Reilly sports was kind enough to come as a guest speaker and tell us all about his journey as an entrepreneur and how he grew as successful as he is today. Thank you to all who organized the event and to Lough Eske Castle for having us.

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TY Art Trip

On Tuesday the 2nd October a number of TY students will be going to the Glebe Gallery in Letterkenny. The students will get a great insight into the operation and running of an Art Gallery.

Gaeilge

On Friday 28th September, TY students travelled to the Lakeside Centre at Dunlewey. The students experienced aspects of Irish rural life, culture and the language throughout the course of the day.  They participated in various activities at the centre, which included a boat trip, tour of the cottage, water zorbing, bungee jumping, bumping cars and pedalos on the pond. Activities were conducted through the medium of Irish to improve and foster the students’ understanding of the Irish language.

 

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:

Trad group

Trad group will begin this Monday in room 13 with Mrs. Carr at 1:30 pm. Choir practice has also began every Friday in room 16 at 12:45pm.

Music

Students are needed to take part in the choir for this year’s school musical. If you can play a musical instrument, it would be a great opportunity to join the orchestra and would be much appreciated.

First Year Book Club

The first year book club started last Friday and will meet every third Friday from now on. It has been organised by Ms Logue and all first years are welcome. The first years are currently reading ‘Wilderness’ by Roddy Doyle.

 

6th Year History Trip

Mr. Clarke’s Leaving Cert history class is going to the Donegal Town library to research for their Leaving Cert project and to find sources to reference for this project. The library will be a very valuable asset to students in our school.

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.

After School Training
Most of our training sessions have started after school. The timetable is posted on the sports boards. Please see your coach if you have any questions. Thank you to the many coaches and staff members who give their time to our teams.

Boys Basketball

U16 and U19 boys’ basketball training will be every Monday in the school gym from 4:00 – 5.45pm. Their games will be starting in the coming weeks. 1st and 2nd year boys basketball training will be commencing in the coming weeks, the games are due to start in the New Year.

Girls Gaelic

The girls’ senior Gaelic team played their first game of the season on Thursday 27th September at 11am. The girls played against Carndonagh in the neutral venue of Newtowncunningham. It was a tough game from start to finish. Carndonagh had a very strong start to the game and added a lot of scores to the scoreboard, but our girls didn’t give up, they fought hard to the end trying to catch up with Carndonagh but they just ran out of time at the end. Hard luck to the girls and good luck with the rest of your games.

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Senior Boys Gaelic

Trials for this year’s boys senior Gaelic panel will take place on Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th Sept. Anyone interested in playing senior Gaelic this year must attend. The team managers for this year are Mr Leyden & Mr Monaghan. 

U19 Girls Basketball

On Tuesday the 25th September, the AVS U19 girls’ basketball team travelled to Clondalkin in Dublin to play their first game of the school season against Coláiste Bríde. It was an early start for the girls as they left the school at 7:30 in the morning and later arrived at 12pm in Dublin. The girls played very well in the first half, giving Abbey a 10pt lead at halftime. However with some tactical changes from the home side in the second half, Abbey unfortunately lost the game after an intense ending. The final score was a very close 43-41. Congratulations to Coláiste Bríde on winning, and hard luck to our Abbey girls. Best of luck to them in their future games!

Scorers: Sophie Carr

              Beibhinn Reid

              Courtney Harron

              Carmen Diaz

              Aine McGroarty

 U19 Girls Basketball

Cross Country

On Wednesday 26th of September our athletes competed in a cross-country event at the Finn Valley centre. We had a number of outstanding performances on the day. Mia Mc Calmont made a welcome return to school’s athletics to win gold in the senior girl’s race. Kitty Mc Nulty had a solid performance to finish 6th in this race. Savannah Timony (3rd year) had a strong run to work her way through the field to win silver. First-year student Caolan Sweeney gave a gutsy performance from the gun to finish second in his race. Other notable performances were from Dylan Barrett, Anna Mc Guckin, Sean Boyle, Ciara Gillespie-Cassidy, and Ethan Mangan. This competition was a great warm-up event in preparation for the Donegal School’s final in October. Well done to all.

Our first years are currently participating in Sportshall athletics trials. The top 12 boys and girls will have the opportunity to represent the school in the secondary school’s competition next month.

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Athletics training times are as follows:

  • Wednesday: 3.30pm – 4.45pm
  • Thursday: Lunchtime cross country
  • Thursday: 6.30pm – 8pm
  • Sunday: 10.30 – 12pm

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U14 boys Gaelic

On Thursday 27th September the U14 boys had a match against Glenties Comprehensive School. It was a high scoring game. Glenties: 4-11 Abbey: 4-6. Hard Luck to the boys.

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Sports Leader

Congratulations to all forty four students who were awarded their Level 1 Sports Leaders certificates this week.

Last year’s transition year students undertook the qualification in Sports Leadership as part of their PE programme and in conjunction with Donegal Sports Partnership. Through this course, students learned and demonstrated important life skills such as effective communication and organisation, whilst leading basic physical and sports activities with younger students, their peers, and within primary schools in the community. The transferable skills learned will be useful in college, the workplace and life in general.

At the end of the programme the following six students Michael Coughlan, Eoin Jordan, Darragh Griffin, Mia Mc Calmont, Hannah Shallow and Tia McGrath Quinn were nominated for the ‘Spirit of Leadership’ award. These students stood out for their leadership qualities, confidence and motivation throughout the course.

Well done to all on this great achievement.

 

 

 

Weekly Newsletter – 24th Sept 2018

Parents Association

The AVS Parents’ Association Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday 11th October 2018 at 8 pm in the school library.  

The Parents’ Association promotes and fosters cooperation between parents, teachers and the school Board of Management to ensure the best possible educational outcomes for the students. The Parents’ Association is also involved in reviewing school policies, provides support for parents in the school and is involved in fund raising activities. The Parents’ Association would encourage as many parents as possible to attend the AGM

The next committee meeting will be on Monday, 15th October 2018 at 8pm in the staff room. 

 


Junior Cycle Talk for Parents of 1st, 2nd and 3rd year

The new Junior Cycle features newly developed subjects and short courses, a focus on key skills and new approaches to assessment and reporting. An information evening for parents will take place on Thursday, September 24th at 7.30 pm. An outline of the new Junior Cycle will be given as well as details of Assessment Methods and Practices. All parents are welcome. Jacqui Dillon of Donegal Education Centre will deliver the talk on the night as well as Staff members and management

 


First Year Information Evening

An Information evening for parents of First years will take place on October 4th at 7pm in the school. Ray Langan who over the last 10 years has worked with nearly 30,000 students in over 100 schools. He has a strong track record in the education sector and is a very inspirational and entertaining speaker. He will discuss moving up into secondary school. We will also look at the nuts and bolts of secondary school now that your child has a few weeks behind them and speak to you about a variety of relevant areas of school life.

 


Leaving Cert PE – New State Exam Subject and Leaving Cert Framework

In February this year, the Minister for Education and Skills announced a small selection of schools to implement either the examinable Physical Education Leaving Certificate subject or the new Senior Cycle Physical Education Framework which is not for examination, or both. 

AVS can consider it itself extremely privileged as a school and more importantly the students within it to have been chosen to phase in both. An incredible tribute given the 369 schools who applied to participate. All of our 5th year students will experience a new modern curriculum for learning in Physical Education (PE).

However one class of 27 students have chosen to undertake the examinable Leaving Certification specification. These students from the outset are learners who have an interest in and commitment to participation and performance in physical activity. They have already begun developing their capacity to become informed, skilled, self-directed and reflective performers in PE. They are a highly motivated group currently discussing and researching the different components of fitness relevant to their chosen activity areas. As a class they have selected Games (Volleyball), Athletics (sprints) and Personal and Exercise Fitness as the areas they will be submitting their performance assessments in. Additionally, each student has also selected a physical activity area personal to their own talents for the creation of Personal Activity Project (PAP). These range from Kayaking to Pole Vault to Golf and many others. This wealth of talent that exists in this unique class group will be the envy of those who have gone before them and will no doubt take full advantage of the opportunity. Plans are currently underway for an official launch of the new subject area and formal recognition of this particular cohort of students in selecting PE as one of their subjects.


Irish club

Ms Giblin and Ms Sweeney will be starting an Irish club to encourage students of all levels to speak more Irish. It starts on Wednesday the 26th September in room 16 at lunchtime. All are encouraged to join.


Career Guidance

  1. A CV workshop for Leaving Certs will take place in the school on Thursday, 04th October. Further details will be given to students by their Guidance Counsellor.
  2. Leaving Certs wishing to apply to UCAS – UCAS registration will take place on Thursday, 27 September in Room 47 @ 11.15 a.m. Your Guidance Counsellor will provide you with further information.
  3. The Guidance Department will take Transition Year students to the NUI Galway Open Day on 05th October. There will be a €10 charge per student. Ms Faherty will collect the money from students on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
  4. Be sure to keep an eye on our regularly updated Guidance website. Go to AVSDonegal.com, click on the Student Support tab – Guidance.

Please take note of the following dates

Tuesday, 06 November 2018 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

 


Student Voice

The vote has taken place for the School Student Council positions. We very much welcome the student voice in the AVS and we have three channels in which to involve students in the decision making in the school. Each of our classes have class Captains who feed into the Student Council. Our Captains for 2018/2019 have been appointed. We also have a team of Leaving Cert Prefects.  This year the applications for Prefects are now closed and the interviews for Prefects will be held next Wednesday and Thursday. 


School Tour Abroad

This year’s senior educational tour will be to Barcelona, Spain. It will take place during the first week of the Easter holidays – the final dates will be finalised in the coming weeks. All applications must be handed to Mr. Leyden before Friday, 21st September – any late applications will be placed on a waiting list. The tour website will be updated shortly and will display all relevant information regarding this year’s tour.


Wellbeing

On Wednesday last, September 12th, the now annual Cycle Against Suicide Ambassador Schools’ Awards ceremony was held at the honourable society of King’s Inns, Dublin. These awards recognised the immense efforts of 99 schools around the island of Ireland who have completed the Ambassador Schools’ Programme, and became actively involved in mental health promotion. The Ambassador Schools’ Programme is one aspect of a wide range of Cycle Against Suicide initiatives and programmes, is school-led, and involves the completion of “Five Gears” over the course of a year, all of which are aimed at raising awareness of the message that “It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help”. 
The programme provides a framework for schools to integrate mental health activities into the school plan, and rewards schools who go the extra mile. The programme also aims to recognise innovative and effective initiatives, and facilitates schools to share and showcase good practice.
At the special reception, the Abbey Vocational School was awarded the prestigious status of Ambassador School by Cycle Against Suicide in recognition of their fulfilment of the Five Gears, and their exceptional commitment to the promotion of positive mental health.
The Abbey Vocational School was represented at the event by Link Teacher Ms Rooney.  The Ambassador Schools’ Awards ceremony was a great day. It’s wonderful to attend such a positive event, and have the efforts of the students recognised. Our participation in the Ambassador Schools’ Programme has had an enormously positive impact on our school community, fostered a school-wide approach to the promotion of positive mental health, and provided incredible opportunities for student leadership”. Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee, Dr. Harry Barry author and mental health expert and Adam Weaver actor and musician presented the awards to students on what was a very positive enjoyable day for all involved. More information on the Ambassador School Programme is available on http://www.cycleagainstsuicide.com


Active School Flag

Our school is very proud to be involved in the pilot program for the Active Schools Flag this year. Only 3 schools in the country are taking part in this exciting program. Coláiste Bride, Clondalkin, St. Oliver’s CC, Drogheda and ourselves Abbey Vocational school. The University of Limerick and the HSE are also part of the design process for the program and our pupils and staff will be involved in a unique research project in how to solve the global issue of getting our teenagers moving more often.

The Active School flag is a whole school process to move away from the mind-set that the promotion of physical activity is the sole responsibility of the PE department. It is really important that the health, wellbeing, and academic benefits of being physically active are reinforced at all levels ad by many voices throughout the year. The Active School Flag team along with the student leaders will be working hard to get our staff and pupils in AVS moving and enjoying physical activity in many different ways throughout the normal school day and terms ahead.

Our launch of the ASF process kicks off with a school Tug of War competition sponsored by Tug of War Ireland.  The University of Limerick will be visiting the school on September 28th to begin the research on how active our pupils are and how we can get them moving more often.


Big Brother, Big Sister

Big Brother, Big Sister mentoring training took place on last Friday for a selection of TY students. The training was delivered by Finghin McClafferty from Foróige Ireland. In the coming days the TY mentors will be paired up with a first year student to support them in the school. “Big Brothers Big Sisters programme is an internationally recognised youth mentoring programme that forms supportive friendships for young people inspiring them to brighter futures. Big Brothers Big Sisters nationally and internationally is proven through research to improve young people’s wellbeing, improve their social support and relationships with others” (www.foroige.ie)


Transition Year

“An Offaly Long Way to Bundoran!”

At 6:45 Wednesday morning, two buses left the school filled with excited TYs as they made their way to Tullamore for the Annual Ploughing Championships. Three hours later on a bus later and the Ploughing was in sight.  That was until it was cancelled due to strong winds destroying the stalls and tents. Teachers and students alike were left reeling and devastated by the news. But the teachers of the Abbey Vocational School worked quickly to save the day by organising a cinema trip to see a movie in our local cinema Eclipse Bundoran. The longest 6 hours to Bundoran in history. 


Musical Cast Announced

Auditions for the TY musical ‘Beauty and the Beast’ are complete. Students were auditioned for singing, acting and dancing. It was an extremely hard decision and we thank all the 110 students for auditions. The musical this year will take place on the 27th, 28th and 30th November in the St John Bosco centre. Here is the cast and it makes for a really exciting Show!

  • Belle:  Katie Bell
  • Beast: Conal Smith
  • Mrs. Potts: Ciara Joyce
  • Chip: Conor Ryder
  • Cogsworth:  Thomas White
  • Lumiere:   Adam Mazuri
  • Babette:  Hannah Crawford
  • Maurice;   Kevin Canny
  • Gaston:  Frank Cornyn
  • Le Fou:  Oisin O Donnell
  • Mdme Le Grande Bouche:  India Kennedy
  • Monsieur d’Arque: Jack Lennox
  • Narrator:  Fergal O Connor
  • Bookseller:  Christopher Darby
  • Baker: Luke Kelly
  • Enchantress:   Annie McFadden
  • Prince Silhouette:  Frank Duffy
  • Silly Girls:
    • Lily Mc Callig
    • Annabel O’Donnell
    • Aimee Gallagher

Villagers/Gaston’s Gang/Mob/Wolves

  • Jennifer Burns
  • Emma O’Sullivan
  • Gwenaelle Ni Dhonnabhain
  • Anna Borrell Font
  • Evan Gallagher
  • Halim Ademola Egberongbe
  • Richard O Rourke

Enterprise Day

There is an Enterprise Day in Solis Lough Eske for a selection of TY students on Monday the 24th of September. This day will be delivered by the Local Enterprise Board to assist students in their enterprising endeavours. This will help them brainstorm ideas for their mini companies this year and for the Student Enterprise Programme. The Student Enterprise Programme is practical in nature, encouraging students to start a small business of their own choosing, then use their own written report to participate in the programme at schools level, further competing at County level, then at National level.

 


Gaeilge

On Friday 28th September, TY students will travel to Dunlewey to the Lakeside Centre. Students will experience the Irish culture and the language throughout the course of the day. They will participate in various activities over the course of the day. All activities are conducted through the medium of Irish to improve and foster their understanding of the Irish language.


LUNCHTIME ACTIVITIES

Our lunchtime activities programme is running every day. Thank 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:

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 35 for 1st and 2nd years
Spanish Club in the library for 1st years.
Friday
Choir in Room 16 for all students

Book Club in room 9 for all students.


After School Training

Most of our training sessions have started after school. The timetable is posted on the sports boards. Please see your coach if you have any questions. Thank you to the many coaches and staff members who give their time to our sports teams.

Boys Basketball

U16 and U19 boys’ basketball training will be every Monday in the school gym from 4:00 -5.45pm. Their games will be starting in the coming weeks. 1st and 2nd year boys basketball training will be commencing in the coming weeks, the games are due to start in the New Year.

Girls Gaelic

Congratulations to the U16 ladies team who had an outstanding performance and won against St Catherine’s of Killybegs on Thursday 20th. The game started at 11am in Tir Chonaill Park with dry, cool weather conditions. Abbey started off strong with winning the throw-in and kept up great momentum throughout the first half. Lucy Monaghan scored great goal in the first half, as well as Caoimhe Walsh, Enya Gallagher and Erin Doherty scoring some great points. Half time score: 2-6 to 1-4 to Abbey. In the second half, the girls showed pure determination to win the game with super running by Aoife Greene in mid-field, and defending by Aine Ward and Ellen Canavan in the back line. The girls later got another two goals scored by Caoimhe Walsh and Erin Doherty, Abbey now well ahead. Abbie Chambers scored the final point of the day with our girls winning 4-12 to 2-6...and what was real team effort with everybody contributing to this fantastic result. This was a comprehensive victory and we wish the best of luck to the U16 girls in their next coming games! Training continues every Monday after school from 4 to approx. 5pm. Bring boots, gum shield and gloves.

U 14 girls

U16 Boys GAA

The U16 boys got them league underway today against Ballyshannon. They had a very impressive win, 6 11 to 2 4. Overall it was good team performance in very windy conditions.  Alex McCalmont had his shooting boots on as he scored four excellent goals.  Connor Campbell was very prominent throughout the game and the team worked well together defensively. Well done to all the boys and their management team of Mr Carty and Mr Lafferty. The next game will be a tough test against Glenties.

Senior Boys Gaelic

Trials for this year’s boys senior Gaelic panel will take place on Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th Sept. Anyone interested in playing senior Gaelic this year must attend. The team managers for this year are Mr Leyden & Mr Monaghan. 


Athletics

Sports Leader
Congratulations to all forty four students who were awarded their Level 1 Sports Leaders certificates this week.

Last year’s transition year students undertook the qualification in Sports Leadership as part of their PE programme and in conjunction with Donegal Sports Partnership. Through this course, students learned and demonstrated important life skills such as effective communication and organisation, whilst leading basic physical and sports activities with younger students, their peers, and within primary schools in the community. The transferable skills learned will be useful in college, the workplace and life in general.
At the end of the programme the following six students Michael Coughlan, Eoin Jordan, Darragh Griffin, Mia Mc Calmont, Hannah Shallow and Tia Mc Grath Quinn were nominated for the Spirit of Leadership award. These students stood out for their leadership qualities, confidence and motivation throughout the course.
Well done to all on this great achievement.

Athletics
Well done to Niamh Moohan on finishing 5th in the Ulster Schools Multi Events in Antrim last Thursday. She participated against the best athletes from Ulster in a multi-discipline competition consisting of running, jumping, hurdling and throwing events.

Cross-country

The first cross country event of the season was held at the Holmes last Friday. Our 1st and 2nd years raced against athletes from South Donegal. Well done to all who competed and special mention to Sarah Donovan, Ciara Gillespie, Matthew McNamee, Caolan Sweeney, and Anna Mc Guckin. This event was run in conjunction with the primary school competition. Our next race will be on 26th September at Finn Valley.
Thanks you to our TY coaches who helped organise and officiate at his event.

TY Coaching

A large number of transition years have volunteered to coach athletics on Thursday evenings. They will gain valuable experience coaching primary school age children for the year. They will also be responsible for organising various athletic events throughout the year.

Athletics Training Times

Wednesday 3.30- 4.45pm

Thursday lunchtime.

TY Activities

Our TY’s have started their weekly activities last week. Every Monday afternoon they get the opportunity to try new activities and visit a number of local gyms and venues. Thanks you to all the local coaches for accommodating us.

  • 4A: Self Defence
  • 4B: Strength & Conditioning
  • 4C: Yoga
  • 4D: Surfing

Abbey VS Newsletter – 17th Sept 2018

Junior Cycle Results

Congratulations to all of our Junior Cycle students who received their results on Wednesday last. These results were excellent and we are proud of each and every one of our students. We are delighted to see each of them doing so well and would like to thank all of the parents who supported us in their education to date. A particular thanks to all of our staff who have done so much for our students in terms of care and support as well as supporting and encouraging them in their studies.

 

 

Cycle Against Suicide

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

 

Parents Association

The AVS Parents’ Association Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday 11th October 2018 at 8 pm in the school library.  

The Parents’ Association promotes and fosters cooperation between parents, teachers and the school Board of Management to ensure the best possible educational outcomes for the students. The Parents Association is also involved in reviewing school policies, provides support for parents in the school and is involved in fund raising activities. The Parents’ Association would encourage as many parents as possible to attend the AGM

The next committee meeting will be on Monday 15th October 2018 at 8pm in the staff room. 

 

Junior Cycle Talk for Parents of 1st, 2nd and 3rd year

The new Junior cycle features newly developed subjects and short courses, a focus on key skills, and new approaches to assessment and reporting. An information evening for parents will take place on Thursday September 27th at 7.30 pm. An outline of the new Junior Cycle will be given as well as details of assessment methods and practices. All parents are welcome. Jacqui Dillon from the Donegal Education Centre will deliver the talk on the night as well as Staff members and management.

 

First Year Information Evening

An Information Evening for parents of First Years will take place on October 4th at 7pm in the school. Ray Langan who over the last 10 years has worked with nearly 30,000 students in over 100 schools.  He has a strong track record in the education sector and is a very inspirational and entertaining speaker. He will discuss moving up into secondary school. We will also look at the nuts and bolts of secondary school now that your child has a few weeks behind them and speak to you about a variety of relevant areas of school life.

 

Website update

Thank you to Mr O’Neill who has updated our school Website and it is really looking good! Please have a look at all of the information in relation to the school on this website avsdonegal.com. Our Twitter page is @AbbeyVS and we post many school updates and information on this page also.

 

Career Guidance

The Guidance Department would like to congratulate all of those who received their Junior Cert results on Wednesday, 12th September.

The Guidance Department have developed a website which is updated regularly with career related articles, notices and events. The aim is to keep our students and their parents/guardians informed about all things Guidance related.  Go to http://www.avsdonegal.com, click on the Student Support tab and then Guidance.

NUI Galway will do a presentation to 6th years on Thursday, 20 September 2018 @ 11.55 a.m. in the Library

 

Please take note of the following dates

Tuesday, 06 November 2018 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

 

Study Skills Courses

The first years, second years, third years and leaving certs had a busy week attending Study Skills courses. The fifth year’s course will take place in early October. They are all ready and focused for a fruitful year ahead.  

 

Student Voice

Ms Carr and Ms Mulrain are overseeing student voice in the school. The Class Captains are now in place for each class and we congratulate each of these students. These are as follows

Class Captains

First Year

1A – Evan Higgins, Emily Reid, 1B – Joseph Mc Callig, Ciara Cannon, 1C – Shayne Martin, Ugne Kubilimkait, 1D – Ben O’Gorman, Holly Roarty, 1E – Conor Lang, Meabh Mcnamara, 1F – Anthony McCauley, Amy Mc Groary, 1G – Hughie McShane, Anna Mc Guckin

Second Year

2A – Fiachra O’Donnell, Sarah Canny, 2B – Rory Kelly, Rosie Campbell 2C – Ruairi Mc Garrigle-Molloy, Danielle Greene, 2D – Kian O’Donnell, Niamh Downey, 2E – Conor Gallagher, Bree Hanna, 2F – Rion Carr, Ellie Timoney

Third Year

3A – Jamie Gorrell, Amy McInern, 3B – Shaun Govan, Emily McNulty, 3C – Stephen Monaghan, Aine Gallagher, 3D – Cian Mac Suibhne, Laura Kelly, 3E – Oisín McCallig, Savannah Timoney, 3F – Shaun O’Driscoll, Joanna Wymentowska, 3G – Fearghal Quinn, Gabriella Byrne.

Transition Year

4A – Shane Meehan, Annie McFadden, 4B – Frank Duffy, Jennifer Burns, 4C – Conor Kerrigan, Jessica Given, 4D – Aaron Pearson, Meabh Morrow Herbert

Fifth Year

5A – Ethan Mangan, Alana Murray, 5B – Columb Twomey, Robyn Harvey Moulding, 5C -Wiktor Smus, Rebecca Kee, 5D – Shay Traver, Lucy Mc Gowan, 5E – Joseph Reid, Bridin Murphy, 5F – Emily Erskine, Christopher Gallagher

Sixth Year

6A – Cathal Feeney, Aine McGowan, 6B – Patrick Harley, Laura Taylor, 6C – Dylan Curran, Sarah Harrison,

6D – Eoin McCauley, Jasmine Kennedy, 6E – Killian Faulkner, Karla Kelly, 6F – Armin O’Hara Nolan, Maria Harris

LCA

Patrick McMullin, Weronika Kilmanek.

Abbey VS Newsletter – 10th Sept 2018

Welcome Back

The Staff and management of The Abbey Vocational School would like to welcome all of our students back to school. It has been a very eventful first few weeks, surely a sign of the good work and good times for the year ahead.

Leaving Cert Results

Congratulations to each and every one of our Leaving Cert students. We are so proud of you all. The Leaving Certs results this year was once again excellent and well ahead of national averages. Each of our students reached beyond their capacity and expectations so each one of them should be so proud of themselves. Many of them go on to pastures new so we wish them all well in this regard.  Once again they head too many diverse new courses and careers.  We had many students who achieved over 500 points as well as 600 so well done to those on this fantastic achievement. Here is a flavour of where some of these students will go –

  • Nóirín Boyle, Commerce at UCD
  • Emma Boyle, Creative writing with Arts (English, Psychology and History) at NUIG
  • Emma Glenn, Primary School Teaching ST Pats at DCU
  • Aine Gillespie, Media Studies and Spanish.  Maynooth
  • Anna Griffin, Commerce (International) with Spanish NUIG
  • Laura O Donnell, Computer Science and Information Technology at NUIG
  • Erika Price, Law and French at Trinity
  • Caoimhe Lusson, BA in Arts with Creative Writing at NUIG
  • Connor Mc Goldrick, Science at UCD
  • Roisin Ward, Psychology at DCU
  • Orlagh Coughlin, Law and Marketing at Maynooth
  • Lia Mc Intyre, Speech Pathology at Strathclyde Glasgow
  • Kailan Mitchell, Environmental Science at NUIG
  • Cathal Canavan, General Business at DCU
  • Eilish Mc Govern, Bachelor of Nursing science (General) at NUIG
  • Shaun Kee, Enterprise Computing at DCU
  • Johnny Weitbrecht, Aviation Management at DCU

First Year Induction

We are delighted to welcome our new first years to the Abbey Vocational School. They are by now beginning to find their feet and settle in. They took part in a two-day induction programme, which went extremely well. Our first year Year Head is Ms. Caroline Feeney and Tutors are 1A Ms. Murray 1B Ms. Cunningham 1C Ms. Logue 1D Ms. Dunnion 1E Ms. Canning 1F Ms. McPartlan 1G Mr. O Neill.  Ms. Carr is our first year general support teacher and Ms. Kane is our first year learning support person.

The first years also participated in a series of workshops as follows:

Bullying and Cyber Bullying delivered by ZEEKO

Topics covered in the session included:  Cyberbullying, Digital Footprint, Online Relationship and Excessive Screen Time. Inappropriate Content. The Internet and the Law.

They took part in a wellbeing workshop which included bonding activities such as – Ice breakers and then play a few short games which focus on individual strengths such as communication, observation, problem solving, team strategy etc.

We will be holding a first year parents Information Night on October 4th to assist you in supporting your son/daughter during this transition.

Study Skills

Leaving Certs

The study skills guru and motivator Michael Bond will spend the day delivering study skills courses to our Leaving Cert students.  This Co. Galway man is known to many for his exploits on the side-line of hurling pitches the length and breadth of the country, having brought the Offaly Hurling Team of 1998 to All Ireland success. However his skills extend far beyond the GAA grounds of the nation, he is also widely acknowledged for his skills of communicating with young People and Michael will work with our Leaving Certs around focus motivation and planning for a successful leaving cert year.

Third Years

The third year study programme delivered by Amazing Brains will empower the student to:-

  • Become empowered by investigating the incremental theory of intelligence – the idea that your intelligence can grow
  • Apply the growth mind-set and understand that effort and focused practise matter more than IQ
  • Practise success visualisation and goal setting
  • Investigate the link between learning preferences, study and revision
  • Learn and devise visual and sound mnemonics
  • Manage on-going assignments and coursework
  • Practise effective methods of reading, summarising and note taking
  • Develop specific, personalised time management techniques
  • Identify individualised revision strategies
  • Prepare for sitting exams

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Second Years

Amazing brains will help your students:

  • Understand how their brain, learning and memory work
  • Investigate how their brain constantly grows and changes in response to their environment and to what they experience
  • Challenge and to re-think the notion that anyone has a fixed level of intelligence
  • Develop effective homework habits
  • Become familiar with target setting, specifically in relation to study
  • Understand the importance of collaborative learning
  • Investigate the optimum conditions of the ‘perfect study environment’

First Years

The first year of secondary school is crucial to enabling students to develop both the mind-set and study habits to succeed at school. If those habits can be embedded at this early stage then the journey through second level education can be smoother and much more rewarding.
Blast Off is an upbeat, interactive and fun programme that has been designed to captivate, motivate and educate young people about their brain and learning. It aims to create a success-oriented mind-set amongst students, boost academic performance and foster a positive, lifelong attitude to learning.
This programme is guaranteed to reinforce and compliment the work being done by teachers in the school.

Student Voice

Ms. Eileen Carr assisted by Ms. Sophia Mulrain are our teachers who are leading out on student voice. Student Voice is a very important part of the success of our school and we continue to develop this area this year with the introduction of class captains. We hope to have a full list of captains compiled shortly for all classes. Our Leaving Cert students have submitted a Prefect application form for the role of Leaving Cert Prefect. These students will be interviewed in the coming weeks and a team of prefects for 2018/2019 selected. Thank you to the many students who have submitted their application forms. The Student Council will be elected in the coming weeks. This Council is also a representative body of students who actively input into the school.

Computer Science Room Officially Opened

We have officially opened our new computer suite for our Leaving Certificate students.

The computer suite has been fully kitted out with state of the art computers, 20 PCs and 10 laptops, which have been funded by Letterkenny based company Pramerica. The school is one of only 40 schools in the country and one of only two in Donegal who were chosen to offer the new Leaving Certificate Computer Science subject to twenty-five of their students starting this September.

The computer science subject was offered to our students last year and the take up was very high. We could easily have filled quite a few classes. Pramerica have made it possible to further extend and enhance the teaching of this subject to more students in an enhanced way. The Pramerica logo of a rock which symbolises durability, dependability and reliability is something we want to model in terms of what we do here in the world of computer science.

The school plans to be proactive in promoting the subject amongst female students in the school and have looked at studies carried out in this regard with a view to taking on board the many recommendations evidenced.

Dr Martin Gormley, Director of Schools, Donegal ETB, said “this day is all about the students and Donegal ETB will do everything it can to support them all.”

Gerard Grant, Vice President of Technology at Pramerica stated, “The students are exceptional and we were delighted to support this new venture in any way that we could.”

The suite was officially opened by Andrea McBride, Vice President of Systems at Pramerica. Also in attendance were Gerard Grant, Vice President of Technology and Shane Grant, Director of Facilities Management, both at Pramerica. Other guests included members of the Board of Management including Chairperson Geoffrey Browne, Gabrielle O Donnell, Mary McGuckin, Chris Darby and Oliver Plunkett, Parents Association Chairperson Patrice Duffy, Donegal ETB’s Director of Schools Dr Martin Gormley, Town Mayor Mr Pauric Kennedy, the AVS ICT team and computer science students.

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Transition Year

Our Transition Year has got off to a busy start this year.  This year sees our group’s big as ever and the core team is Ms. Rooney Mr. O Donnell Ms. O Mahoney and Ms. Harvey. The Year Head is Mr. Griffin. The bonding trip takes place this week where all of our students head off to Gartan Outdoor Education Centre. The below list outlines some of the up and coming events for TYs.

PE Activities – Surfing, Swimming, Yoga, Self Defense, Bfit Fitness Class, Zumba, Drama Workshops, Dance Workshops, Bonding Trip to Gartan, Ploughing Championship trip, Students Enterprise day, Law Course, Road Safety Roadshow.

English trip to Theatre to see Drama production, NUIG Trip – careers.

Alan Devine – Public Speaking, Spanish Workshop, Musical (Beauty and the Beast), Personal Safety/ RSE, GAA Future Leader Course, Architects in Schools Course, Sports Leader Course, FAI Course, Spike Ball Course, First Aid Course.

Young Social Innovator Course TY Mini Company Competition Interview skills course.

Drama Workshop

Ms. Rachael O’Connor visited the school this week to deliver a drama workshops to all TY students. She employed a variety of techniques and games which allowed the students to use their imagination and develop social skills. This workshop was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Wellbeing

HealthySchools

Two members of the Healthy Schools Committee will be attending a training day on 25th September in Letterkenny. Following this event the committee select a focus for 2018/2019.

Motivational talk

The school are very lucky to welcome Katie George Dunlevy  to the school this Monday.  Katie is a double paralympian and world record holder. Katie has spoken to school students in Sussex, where she lives, and also in Mountcharles. Her talks are based around encouraging young people to take up sport.

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First Year Gaelic Football Blitz

Congratulations to all of our first years who took part in a Blitz on Friday last. Thank you to Mr. Griffin who organised the Blitz in conjunction with John Joe O Shea. The day went very well and the AVS fielded two teams. One of the teams took the Shield trophy and the other team were runners up in the final where St Columbus Stranorlar beat them narrowly. Thanks to the Four Masters for the use of their pitch and to Mr. Mc Loone and Mr. O Donnell for assisting in the running of the event as well as to the many teams who took part.

School Activities:

The School Activities Calendar has got underway. Students are encouraged to take part in all extra-curricular events in the school.

We kick off with the following events – more to follow

 Lunchtime  Physical Activities

Mr L Mc Loone Monday Sportshall 2nd Year Boys Games
Mr G Gorman Monday Tennis Courts 3rd Year Boys Games
Mr O Mahony Tuesday Sportshall 1st Year Boys Games
Mr C Hegarty Tuesday Tennis Courts Senior Boys Games
Ms O’Mahony Wednesday Sportshall 2nd & 3rd Year Girls Games
Mr J Daly Wednesday Tennis Courts TY Boys Games
Ms Harvey Thursday Sportshall 1st & 2nd Year Girls Badminton
Mr Monaghan Thursday Tennis Courts 2nd Year Boys Games
Ms Rooney Friday Sportshall 1st Year Girls Games
Mr O Donnell Friday Tennis Courts 1st Year Boys Games
                                             Competitive Sports
Michelle Gallagher Athletics Gym & Track Wednesday 3.30 – 4.30pm
Michelle Gallagher Cross Country Track Thursday Lunchtime
Stephen Carty

Siobhan Mogan

All Boys Basketball Gym Monday 4 – 6pm
Ms O’ Mahony 1 & 2nd  Girls B Ball Gym Thursday 3.30 – 5pm
Claire Breslin U 16 & Sen Gym Tuesday 4 – 5.30 pm

Friday 3.20 – 5.20pm

Chanel Kane Girls GaelicU14 Pitch Mon 4 – 5pm
Amanda Sweeney U16 Girls Gaelic Pitch Mon 4 – 5 pm
Patrice Rooney Sen Girls Gaelic Pitch Mon 4 – 5pm
Mr O Donnell

Mr L McLoone

Boys Gaelic

U14

All weather Tues 4 – 5pm
Mr Carty

Mr Lafferty

Boys U 16 Gaelic Football Pitch Thurs 3.30 – 4.30pm
Mr Leyden

Mr Monaghan

Boys Senior Gaelic Football Pitch TBC
Mr O’Mahony Boys Soccer

U14

Pitch TBC
Mr Daly Boys Soccer U17 Pitch TBC
Mr Gorman Boys Senior Soccer Pitch Wednesday 3.30 – 4.30pm
Mr Plunkett Golf
Ms Mc Partlan

Rosemary Myers

Girls Active Library /

Parish Hall

Thursday 3.30 – 4.30pm
Mr O Neill Hurling All Weather pitch Lunchtime – day TBC
Rosemary Myers Camogie Pitch TBC
Non-Sports Related Activities – days to follow
Name Club Venue Time
Aisling Walls Spanish Club for All Classroom Lunchtimes
Sean Donegan Drama Library Lunchtimes
Claire Breslin Choir Room 16 Lunchtimes
Eileen Carr Trad Group

School Musical

Room 13 Lunchtimes
Deriona Giblin Drama

Public Speaking

Debate

Irish Club

Classroom Lunchtimes
Monaghan Science Club Science Lab Lunchtimes
Emer  Mahony Choreography Library Lunchtimes
Amanda Sweeney Coordination of girls Irish dancing Library Lunchtimes
TBC ICT/ Coding club Lunchtime