AVS Notes 18th May 2018

House Exams
House exams for 1st, 2nd and 5th year students commence Tuesday 29th May until Friday 1st June. We remind all students to ensure they are prepared and continue their efforts with their study. The exam timetable is available on the school website under curriculum – Examinations – House Exams,

Leaving Certificate Ecumenical Service
The Leaving Cert Ecumenical Service will take place on Wednesday 23rd May at 7pm. Parents and Guardians of our Leaving Cert students are most welcome on the evening. This is a very special service as we see our students move on to the next chapter in their educational careers. The students are invited to a meal prior to the service with all our staff to celebrate their end of senior cycle.

English Oral Communication
Well done to our students in 2nd year who have completed their Oral Communication task in their English lessons.

LCA Leisure Trip
LCA classes went on their end of year adventure trip Monday 14th May. They visited Letterkenny Adventure Centre to participate in team challenges; this was an excellent team bonding day. All involved had a great day and some wonderful sunny weather too!

LCA Orals
Students in LCA sat their orals this week in Spanish and Irish. Well done to our students on taking the first step on their exam journey.

Transition Year:

Balmoral
Our TY students and several teachers travelled to the Balmoral show in Lisburn, Belfast on Thursday 17th May. The Balmoral show is Northern Ireland’s largest agricultural show featuring farming and agricultural displays and competitions. Students had the day to explore the stalls however, the highlight of the day was the funfair on site. They also watched competitions such as dressage and sheep shearing. They had lunch at the wide variety of food stalls the grounds contained. The TYs were very fortunate as the weather was beautiful on the day which added to the enjoyment.

TY Showcase
Preparation for the showcase continues! TY students are actively working in co–ordination with teachers and Eilish McIntyre. The showcase focuses on all the events, talks, activities, trips and outings the TY’s ventured on this year. It promises to be fun filled night highlighting the TY year through wonderful speeches, skits, PowerPoints full of memories and an abundance of photos! The showcase takes place in the AVS on Monday 21st May. All TY parents and guardians are welcome as well as incoming TYs and their parents.

TY Sports Leadership Inspection
For weeks our TY’s have worked endlessly on their Sports Leadership programme. Maria Mc Gill, Donegal Sports Partnership visited the AVS to give feedback to TY sports leaders. TY students who are involved in this were removed from timetabled lessons in groups of two or three throughout the day. Two groups of first year students assisted throughout the day with the demonstrations. Our students completed modules in: planning, leading and reviewing a sports activity, developing leadership activities, leading activities that promote healthy lifestyles etc. This week, the TY’s reached the end of the programme therefore, today they demonstrated the skills they had learned through the programme over the course of it.

Transition to 5th year Talk
Our TY students are coming to the end of their TY experience. 5th year will be the next chapter of their lives and students will now have to focus their efforts on senior cycle and the Leaving Certificate exam. On Friday 18th, Mr Sean Magee visited the AVS to speak with Transition Year students regarding their transition to 5th year. Students will now begin to focus more on career choices and their academic subjects. TY is a beneficial year as it takes the pedal off exams and places more of a focus on fostering responsibility. The TY programme offers students an educational experience with a view to achieve increased maturity, before proceeding to further study. It is important that TY students understand the importance of 5th year and how to settle in as they transition from a programme which placed greater responsibility on learning and decision making.

Sean spoke to students about motivating themselves to start studying and to remember that fifth and sixth year requires hard work from the beginning. He reminded students to make sure to pace themselves well with their study and not to burn out. Some students find it difficult to study after TY, he gave students ideas on how to cross this barrier. Thank you to Sean for the informative talk!

Sport:

Leaving Cert Students V’s the AVS Teachers
Tuesday 15th was one enjoyable afternoon as some of our Leaving Cert students played a volleyball match against our very own AVS teachers. Our brave teachers braved the court to take on a mix of Leaving Certs. It was entertaining to say the least! The teachers were victorious in the end. Refreshments followed the heated game so students could relax and enjoy the social event. Thanks to the PE Dept. and also the Guidance Dept. for all of their work in the planning of this event.

Active Schools
Sports Day is scheduled to take place next Tuesday. This event is weather permitting and with this week’s weather being so beautiful we have our fingers crossed. The students are guaranteed a full filled day with novelty events and more challenging ones like the shot put. Every P.E. class currently are preparing for this event.

Active Week
From Monday 21st May till Friday 25th the AVS will host Active Week. Our Drop Everything and Walk was very successful with staff and students last year and it is guaranteed to be a success this year too as we take to the school track. The active school committee have organised other activities for the week some of the activities include yoga, self-defense and rowing.

Junior Cycle Camogie
On Monday 21st May our junior team will play St. Catherine’s in Drumcliff, Co. Donegal. 1st, 2nd and 3rd year girls will participate in this game as a part of our school’s Active Week.

Golf
Three of our students competed in the Donegal Golf finals on Monday. Jamie Crawford, Jayden Mgbam, Connor McGoldrick travelled to Dunfanaghy. Unfortunately, the team didn’t place in 1st, 2nd or 3rd but they placed well into the top ten. Congratulations to all involved.

AVS Notes 11th May 2018

Induction Day
On Tuesday 15th May an Induction day for 6th class pupils who will be attending the school in September 2018 will be held in the school. TY’s, LCA’s or 1st year will have no school on Tuesday due to this. The aim of the Induction is to give 6th class students a taste of life in the AVS, they will meet our wonderful teachers, explore the school and discover new and interesting subjects. It is a great experience for students as they will become more familiar with the school. On the Induction Day the students will get to sample a “day in the life of the school” and students will follow a timetable for the day, which includes all of the optional subjects, which they can taste. They will follow the school map in moving from classroom to classroom and will have break and lunch in the canteen. We look forward to welcoming our new AVS students!

Monster Book Fair
We would like to remind the community that we are looking for good quality paperback books which can be left at the main entrance of the school by next Friday 18th May. We would appreciate any book donations. The Parents’ Association, in conjunction with the “Well Read” committee in the Abbey Vocational School, are holding a Monster Book Fair on Saturday 26th May from 11am to 6pm in the AVS, Donegal Town. Don’t forget to come along to the Fair on Saturday 26th May. Tea / coffee and light refreshments will be available.

Science Quiz
The Annual Science quiz took place in the Mount Errigal on Thursday last at 6pm. The AVS entered six teams which involved 24 students. Well done to these students who all performed really well on the day and one of our teams took third place, they were:  Emma Coulter, Roisin Feeney, Luke Mc Gee and Conor Mc Groary.  Well done to them! Thank you to the Science Department for supporting this event.

English Oral Communication
Students in 2nd year are preparing for the Oral Communication task which takes place in class from Monday 7th – Friday 18th May. Students are basing their presentation on a variety of interesting topics from local history, inspiring artists, footballers, local clubs and animals. It is an excellent way for our students to develop their presentation skills, confidence and public speaking skills. The Oral Communication also allows students to conduct research e.g. searching for information, reading and note-making, organising material, developing a point of view, preparing a PowerPoint, using props, hand-outs etc. Best of luck to our second years and we know all your practice and effort will be worth it.

5th Year Business Trip
On Friday 11th May 45 of our 5th year Business & LCVP students travelled to Dublin for a tour of Butler’s Chocolate Factory.  The students were give an insight into the history of the award winning Irish company, a full tour of the production process and participated in the all-important quality control where students sampled a wide range of their hand crafted chocolates. We then had the opportunity to decorate our own edible souvenir. The trip was enjoyed by all and will complement future learning.

First Year History Trip
First Students will visit the Donegal Castle as part of their study of Medieval History on Monday 14th May. While they are there they will have a guided tour of the castle and grounds. This will be an interesting way of learning about the history of the castle which dates from the late 15th century. The castle was built by Red Hugh O’Donnell in 1474 and he later built the Donegal Abbey across the bay- it is from this Abbey that our school takes its name. First Year students are currently studying this period and are learning about the importance of such castles and those who lived in them during that era.

First Year Educational Tour
On Wednesday 9th May our 1st year students travelled through the story of the brave emigrants who made the journey across the Atlantic to America hundreds of years ago. They wandered through the thatched cottages and log cabins and meet costumed characters who showed them traditional crafts and told them stories about Ireland in the 1800’s. Students even boarded a full-scale emigrant ship to experience the conditions faced by many as they set sail for a new life in America. The park had over 30 buildings and exhibits to explore, it was a wonderfully unique experience.

Lastly, students had some time to shop and eat in Letterkenny shopping centre. Thank you to the first year form tutor: Ms Bennet and the first year tutors for organising such a lovely day!

LCA Leisure Trip
LCA classes are preparing for their end of year adventure trip on Tuesday 15th May. They will be visiting Letterkenny Adventure Centre to participate in team challenges. Thank you to Ms Gallagher for organising this event.

Transition Year:

YSI Awards
A huge well done to our students: Conor Mc Allister, David Mc Guckin, Oisín Doherty and James Smyth. The boy’s presentation was on SHEHR their aim was to devise an app that stores a patient’s medical information electronically. The app could only be accessed through a fingerprint therefore, it would be confidential for patients. The event showcases young innovators. The boys were superb on the day and hey spoke excellently– well done boys!

John Paul II Trip
50 Transition Year and 5th Year students travelled to Knock on Friday 11th May for the 5th anniversary of Donal Walsh. Donal Walsh, the Kerry teenager who touched so many lives when he tirelessly raised funds for charity while battling Cancer. The Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation was set up by his family primarily in order to promote his anti-suicide #Livelife message. The day was inspiring and reflective and focused on Donal’s message to cherish life and live life. Students from all over Ireland attended and our AVS students said it was an inspiring experience that allowed them to come together with students across the country! Thank you to Ms Mc Callig for organising the trip.

Newsletter Team’s Afternoon Tea
The newsletter team: Lucy Mc Gowan, Hannah Shallow, Ciara Mc Hugh, Katie Timoney, Amy Lorinyenko and Mia Ruck. The girls worked on different areas this year to help produce the newsletter. It’s an excellent skill to include on a CV and their help was greatly appreciated.

Balmoral
All TY students will travel to Balmoral in Lisburn on Thursday 17th May. This is the biggest agricultural and equestrian event in Northern Ireland and draws huge crowds every year to the lovely Balmoral Showgrounds. It’s a three-day event and as well as show jumping and showing classes for horses, there are cattle, sheep, pig and poultry shows and a huge exhibition and trade show of agricultural machinery. We hope our students have a good day and get some nice weather!

TY Sports Leader
Maria Mc Gill, Donegal Sports Partnership will visit the AVS to give feedback to TY sports leaders on Friday 18th May. The students have been working hard and practising over the last number of weeks.

Showcase Rehearsals
TY students are preparing for their end of year Showcase which will be held on the 22nd May in the school. They have been practising with our music teacher Ms Carr and drama teacher Ails McIntyre. The showcase is coming along very well and students are looking forward to the night.

TY Chess Competition
On Wednesday the 8th May 30 TY students took part in a chess competition organised by Ms. Mohan and Ms Mc Loughlin in the Maths Department. The competition was held on the school stage. The 4 semi-finalists were: Barry Herron, Shaun Meehan, Katie Daly and Eoghan O’Donnell. Congratulations to Barry Herron on winning the competition.

Sports:

Athletics
Again well done to our athletes who travelled to the Antrim Forum for the Ulster’s E District last Friday. Our students done exceptional on the day; congratulations to Rachel Gallagher- U15 hurdles, triple jump and relay. Niamh Moohan- U15 hurdles, long jump and relay, Caoimhe Greene- U14 shot putt, Emily McNulty- U15 triple jump and relay, Savannah Timoney-  U15 1500m and relay, Gwenaelle Ní Dhonnabhain- U17 high jump and long jump, Anna Riebeling- U17 Pole Vault, Leo Carey McDermott – U15 shot put and 800m and Diarmuid O Donnell –  U17 discuss. These students have qualified for the Ulster Final which takes place Friday the 18th – Sunday the 20th in the Antrim Forum. It is an excellent achievement and it promotes and encourage others to participate in track and field athletics and cross country running in secondary schools. We encourage students to attend training and it continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups. Cross-country training is on Friday at lunchtime.

The local primary school athletics competition takes place on 24th May on the school track. This has been very successful in the previous years. This event caters for over 800 students from local schools, it will be organised by are TY Sports Leaders and it is also in conjunction with Tir Chonaill A.C. All schools should have received information, if not contact Eamon Harvey or the school office.

Active Schools

Sports Day is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 22nd May. This event is weather permitting. The students are guaranteed a full filled day with events taking place such as spud and spoon, sack race and more challenging events like the shot put. Every P.E. class currently are preparing for this event.
The active school committee were very busy putting together a programme for this month; some of the activities include yoga, self-defence and rowing. We will also have a drop everything and walk which will take place on the track. We encourage everyone to get active during this month!

Rowing
The Donegal Sports Partnership launched there #rowingdonegal programme on Thursday the 9th of May, this programme will introduce rowing to secondary schools next year. The three schools which been accepted onto pilot scheme are the Abbey Vocational School, The Comp Glenties and Na Rossa community School in Dungloe. This is a great opportunity and we are very excited about it.

Golf
Good luck to Jamie Crawford, Jayden Mgbam, Connor McGoldrick and who compete in the Donegal Golf finals next Monday. The boys will be traveling to Dunfanaghy, we wish them all the best.

Donegal U16 GAA
Congratulations to the following students who were on the U16 Donegal team who defeated Tyrone in the final of the Buncrana cup: Shane Meehan, Ryan Coughlan, Shay Travers, Richard O’Rourke and Thomas White.

U17 Soccer
Congratulations to Jordan Jervis who got AVS U17 Soccer player of the year. This is a great achievement for Jordan – well done!

AVS Notes 4th May 2018

Student Awards Evening
On Thursday, 3rd May at 7.00 pm the Abbey Vocational School hosted its Annual Awards evening to celebrate student achievement. We were honoured to have Mr. Patsy McGonagle attend the event as our guest speaker. We would like to thank those who were involved in the organisation of this event and to all of those who attended on the night as well those who provided entertainment on the night.  Please see details in the paper of all the Award winners.

LCA Finner Camp Trip
Our LCA students visited Finner Camp on Tuesday 2nd May. The barracks which was built in 1890 is the home of 28th Infantry Battalion, Irish Army. The students got a tour of the base by a member of the Defence Forces which gave them an insight into the daily routines and demands that officers face. It was an invaluable experience that gave students food for thought as a future career possibility.

Guidance Department
The CAO Online change of mind facility became available on Friday, 04 May. Students now have up until 5.15 p.m. on 01 July 2018 to make their final CAO course choices.  Students are most welcome to make an apt. to see their Guidance Counsellor or discuss further during Career Guidance class.

English – Oral Communication
Students in 2nd year are working hard to complete their oral communication in English. Students deliver a 3 minute presentation. It is one of the methods being used to assess a broader range of student skills, rather than exclusive reliance on a single set of, mainly written, exams after three years. The aim of this particular exercise is to assess research and communication/presentation skills.

Monster Book Fair
The Parents’ Association, in conjunction with the “Well Read” committee in the Abbey Vocational School, are holding a Monster Book Fair on Saturday 26th May from 11am to 6pm in the AVS, Donegal Town. We are looking to acquire good quality paperback and hardback books covering a variety of interests/areas. We would greatly appreciate and assistance you could give us by providing suitable books at the main entrance to the AVS up to and including Friday 18th May. Don’t forget to come along to the Fair on Saturday 26th May. Tea / coffee and light refreshments will be available.

Young Social Innovators
Best of luck to David McGuckin, James Smith and Oisín Doherty on reaching the YSI All Ireland final in Croke Park, Dublin on Tuesday 8th May. The boys created the app SHEHR, the project aim is to give patients the power to collate, organise & share their medical records & health data easily & securely. The project is in the running to win the Making Our World Healthier – Physical Health or the overall Young Social Innovators of the Year title Awards at this year’s event.

Project Deadlines
Students sitting JCSA Science are completing their latest assessments as part of their exams. Classroom-Based Assessment in Science allows for students to research a question they have, related to certain set topics. The Science CBA is due for completion by May 18th.

Junior Cert Art Practical
Students completing Junior Certificate Art will complete their practical exams on Thursday 10th May from 9 am to 1pm. Good luck to all our students.

LCVP Exam
Leaving Certificate students sat their LCVP exam on Wednesday 2nd May. The exam consisted of: an audio visual, a case study and multi – part questions. The written examination, which is offered at common level is worth 40% and is marked out of a total of 160 marks. Well done to all for completing another step on their journey this week.

Engineering Practical Exam
On Thursday 3rd May and Friday 4th students would have completed prep work before the exam. Each candidate is required to prepare materials and make components, according to the materials list and drawings shown. Prepared materials and finished components must be the candidate’s own individual work and should be clearly identified and stored safely until examination day.

Credit Union Visit
Ms Gordon’s 2nd year Business class will visit the local Credit Union in the town on Tuesday 8th May. This will allow students to view how the organisation is managed and the day to day running of the establishment.

Transition Year:

TY Portfolio
The Transition Year students will be finishing up their portfolios in the next couple of days as they are due on the 8th May. The students have recorded all their trips, activities and projects that they have done throughout the year. Best of luck and well done on all your continued efforts this year.

TY Sports Leader
On Thursday the 3rd May a Donegal Sports Partnership representative came into the school to assess the Transition Year students participating in the Sports leadership programme. The students have been practicing their routines for the assessment with first years for the past couple of days.

John Paul II trip to Knock
50 Transition Year and 5th Year students will be going to Knock on Friday 11th May for the 5th anniversary of Donal Walsh. Donal Walsh, the Kerry teenager who touched so many lives when he came to prominence through his writings and subsequent appearance on Brendan O’Connor’s ‘The Saturday Night Show’. Donal who fund raised tirelessly while battling Cancer has now had the Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation set up by his family primarily in order to promote his anti-suicide #Livelife message. The foundation will also assist in his other causes of providing age appropriate teenage facilities in hospital and hospice care centres.

Abbott Youth Achievement
TYB completed a project management course in conjunction with Abbotts in the past week. Abbott Ireland cater for a variety of health needs such as: nutrition, diagnostics, vascular care, diabetes and pharmaceuticals. Abbot have designed an innovative diabetes device; our students were shown this and a range of other products Abbot’s create. In addition, students were given a tour of the factory and grounds. Thank you to Abbots Donegal for accommodating our students.

Lough Key trip
On 4th May TY students went on a trip to Lough Key Forest Park in Roscommon. The trip was organised by Ms Mohan and Ms Mc Goldrick in the Maths Department. The students took part in the Boda Borg Challenge. The Boda Borg challenge consists of 47 rooms. Using teamwork, ingenuity and trial and error skills the students had to try and progress through the rooms. The rooms contained fun filled activities, imaginative puzzles and enjoyable tasks but with no instructions. The students had a great day away.

TY Showcase
From Wednesday 9th students in TY will be rehearsing for their TY showcase. The showcase which will take place on Monday 21st highlights the work, trips, talks and events that TYs attended and were involved in this year. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend the event which is a delightful way to showcase their hard work and involvement in activities throughout the year to their family and friends.

Sports:

Athletics
On Friday 4th May the team travelled to the Antrim Forum for the Ulster’s E District. Our students done exceptional on the day; congratulations to Rachel Gallagher who came 1st and Niamh Moohan who placed 2nd in the 75m Hurdles. Savannah Timony also won bronze in the 1500m. It is an excellent achievement by our 3 students and it promotes and encourage others to participate in track and field athletics and cross country running in secondary schools. We encourage students to attend training and it continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups. Cross country training is on Friday at lunch time.

The local primary school athletics competition takes place on 11th May on the school track. This has been very successful in the previous years. This event caters for over 800 students from local schools, it will be organised by are TY Sports Leaders and it is also in conjunction with Tir Chonaill A.C. All schools should have received information, if not contact Eamon Harvey or the school office.

Active Schools
Sports Day is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 22nd May. This event is weather permitting. The students are guaranteed a full filled day with events taking place such as spud and spoon, sack race and more challenging events like the shot put. Every P.E. class currently is practicing very hard at some of the events, including track and field. The classes have been working together as a team to wisely select who does what event.

The active school committee were very busy putting together a programme for this month; some of the activities include yoga, self-defence and rowing. We will also have a drop everything and walk which will take place on the track. We encourage everyone to get active during this month!

AVS Notes 27th April 2018

ETB Awards
Donegal ETB hosted its fifth annual awards ceremony in the Radisson Hotel, Letterkenny on Thursday 26th April. The judges had a tough job assessing this wonderful showcase of creativity and innovation taking place in ETB schools, centres and programmes across the County, which were a testament to the excellent teaching and learning taking place every day.

Forty-four entries were submitted from Donegal ETB’s schools, centres, programmes and services which was a substantial increase on last year. They were competing for an award in five categories: Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering (STEM); Healthy Living and Wellbeing; Further Education and Training; Arts and Culture and Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (www.donegaletb.ie)

A big well done to all representatives of the school that took part in the ETB Awards 2018. Well done to David McGuckin, James Smith and Oisin Doherty, creators of SHEHR who placed 2nd in the STEM category of the awards. In addition, a huge congratulations to team Heart Health, Kyle O’Neill, Brian Gallagher, Anthony Neal, Olivia Graham and Anya Meehan who also placed 2nd in their category.

Monster Book Fair
The Parents’ Association, in conjunction with the “Well Read” committee in the Abbey Vocational School, are holding a Monster Book Fair on Saturday 26th May from 11am to 6pm in the AVS, Donegal Town. We are looking to acquire good quality paperback and hardback books covering a variety of interests/areas. We would greatly appreciate and assistance you could give us by providing suitable books at the main entrance to the AVS up to and including Friday 18th May. Don’t forget to come along to the Fair on Saturday 26th May. Tea / coffee and light refreshments will be available.

Parents Subject Option for Second Year Information Night
There was an Information Night for parents of incoming second year students on Tuesday 24th April at 7 pm. This was for parents of students in the present first year group who are now choosing their subjects for next year. Thank you to the members of the guidance department for organising this event.

Maths Competition
Well done to Kian O’Donnell who came 2nd in the IMTA junior Maths competition on Friday night last.. He scored 112. The winning score was 117 so he was very close. This is an excellent achievement for our first year student. Welldone to Kian and his teacher Ms Mohan. 

Art
Well done to our TY students who completed their second large scale window panel for the Art room. The latest panel is a copy of Van Gogh’s ‘Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear’. They are now working on a third panel, Magritte’s ‘Son of Man’. Exam students are currently preparing for their drawing examinations.

Young Social Innovators
Best of luck to David McGuckin, James Smith and Oisin Doherty on reaching the YSI All Ireland final in Croke Park, Dublin on Tuesday 8th May. The boys created the app SHEHR, the project aim is to give patients the power to collate, organise & share their medical records & health data easily & securely The  project is in the running to win the Making Our World Healthier – Physical Health or the overall Young Social Innovators of the Year title Awards at this year’s event.

Project Deadlines
Junior Certificate CSPE, Science and Woodwork projects had to be handed in at the end of last week. In addition, Leaving Certificate students completed their Geography, Construction and History coursework. Well done to all on completing such a vital step in their exam journey.

Youth Musical Theatre Award
Erin Ryder is a wonderful student in first year pupil in the Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town and a previous student of Scoil Mhuire, Pettigo.

She took drama lessons at the young age of six at the O’Brien school of drama. Recently, she appeared in her 6th pantomime at the Ardhowen Theatre in Enniskillen. This is a fantastic achievement at such a young age and in addition to this, she is studying for her grade 7 drama exam with the Irish board of speech and drama.

Eryn has of late been awarded a place on Youth Musical Theatre’s production of ‘Paperboy’ in Belfast this summer. She will learn from West End directors and choreographers in this three-week experience. Over 1000 young people were auditioned and approx. 200 were chosen to work with YMT this summer. Well done on this superb achievement Eryn.

Staff Volleyball
The Annual Volleyball match against Ballyshannon took place this Friday 27th. Staff from the AVS played members of staff from Coláiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon. Thank you to all members of staff who played in the game and supported the commemorative event for Bernard Doherty RIP.

Guidance Department
You can view our new Guidance website on the Guidance & Counselling section of AVSdonegal.com.  The aim is to keep our students and their parents/guardians up-to-date on all things Guidance related. Please ensure all Leaving Certs have considered applying for the OPTUM Scholarships. All the required information has been given to students by their Guidance Counsellor. Full details can be viewed on the Guidance and Counselling section on www.AVSDonegal.com. Closing date is 04th May 2018. The Guidance Department held a Subject Choices information evening for 1st year students on Tuesday of last week. The evening was very well attended. Thank you to all of the parents who attended.

Transition Year

TY Sports Leadership
TY sports leader students are busy coaching 1st year classes and local primary schools. Maria McGill will be visiting the students on the 3rd May to check in on the students, she will also be doing an inspection on the 16th of May on the students coaching skills.

Pramerica
Last Friday 50 TY students travelled to Pramerica in Letterkenny. When they arrived they were giving a tour through the second floor of what was a massive building. The students visited  the ‘Rock Theater’ where they were giving an interactive talk on what Pramerica is and what they do. They were told that at Pramerica, they provide a vast range of business and technology services to our parent company, Prudential Financial in the USA which provides financial products and services to retail and institutional customers in over 30 countries. Their aim is to enhance Prudential Financial’s business performance by bringing forward strategic, innovative and cost effective solutions.

The company was founded in 2000 with less than 100 employees, they have grown steadily and now have over 1,800 individuals who benefit from working in a thriving and diverse company where the opportunities are endless.

At the end of the talk, they invited a group of students up to present a project that they have been working on throughout the year. The group Moonball present their product to the other students and three members of the Pramerica team.

It was a great day out and thank you to Mary and David for giving our students the opportunity and looking after them all so well during their visit.

Balmoral
On the 17th May TY students will be going to the Balmoral Show. The Balmoral Show is one of Ireland’s largest agricultural events, and one of the biggest events on the local farming calendar. It includes showjumping competitions, motorcycle displays, bands, shopping, tasting, a children’s farm, and displays of falconry, pedigree horses, ponies, cattle, sheep, poultry, pigs and goats. The trip was organised by Mr Clarke and we are sure our students will have a wonderful day.

Maths Trip – Lough Key Forest Park
On Friday 4th May fifty Transition Year students will be travelling to Lough Key Forest Park in Boyle, Co. Roscommon. The students will spend the day at the lake participating in different events such as Boda Borg. Boda Borg is the innovative, weather independent concept unique to Ireland and is challenging for both adults and children.

Once you enter the two-storey Boda Borg only teamwork, ingenuity, trial and error and skills will allow you to progress through its 47 rooms! It contains fun-filled activities, imaginative puzzles and enjoyable tasks but no instructions. Thank you to Maths department for organising it.

Sports:

Athletics
Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups. Cross country training is on Friday at lunch time.

Upcoming competitions
Good luck to the athletics team who will be competing on 4th May. The team will be travelling to the Antrim Forum for the Ulsters E District.

The local primary school athletics competition takes place on the 11th May on the school track. This has been very successful in the previous years. This event caters for over 800 students from local schools, it will be organised by are TY Sports Leaders and it is also in conjunction with Tir Chonaill A.C. All schools should have received information, if not contact Eamon Harvey or the school office.

We would like to welcome the Special Olympics team who train every Wednesday and have been for several years on the track, the TYs will begin to help coach which is part of the Sports Leadership this is a very beneficial experience.

Girls basketball
Hard luck to our 1st year girls who trained very hard all year. They qualified for the All Ireland play offs which took place on Monday April 23rd in Navan.

The girls played three games on the day. They won their first game. They played the second game back to back which was very challenging. It was a tight battle throughout and they were very unlucky to lose by a basket. A few hours later they had their final game. The team were very strong side and ended up winning the entire competition on the day. Well done to everyone who took part on the day. It was an excellent team performance for each game. We are very proud of the girls for their commitment and determination.

Boys Basketball
Hard luck to the 1st year boys who travelled to Jordanstown on 24th April for the All Ireland qualifiers. The boys played a great first game and won 50-40. It was a very good team performance. Daniel Quinn had an excellent game scoring 24 points. After the first quarter the score was tight at 15-11.

Boys football
Hard luck to are U16 boys who played Letterkenny in Convoy last Wednesday. The boys had a very tough game, and were unlucky to lose. The final score was 1-8, 0-7. The boys played very well as a team despite being short key players. Full back Shane Meehan and midfielder Alex McCalmont, who was top scorer on the day, had excellent performances.

Girls Active
The Girls Active day was very successful. The girls went to Gartan on Wednesday for the celebration of girls active which five other schools also attended. The activities were team bonding, archery and orienteering. Thank you to Rosemary Myers and Ms McPartlan for their efforts throughout the year and well done to all the girls that participated throughout the year.

Active Schools
The active school committee are very busy putting together a programme for the beginning of May. Some of the activities include yoga, self defence and rowing. We will also have a drop everything and walk which will take place on the track. We encourage everyone to get active during this week! This years sports day will take place on May 22nd, weather permitting.

Every P.E. class currently is practising very hard at some of the events, including track and field. The classes have been working together as a team to wisely select who does what event. On Friday, Form Classes decided what events they would like to participate in. The teachers are also currently training very hard, some are taking it very serious! Training for teachers for the three-legged race takes place Tuesdays on the track at 7am.

Sports Leadership
We would like to thank Karen from Donegal Sports Partnership who visited the sports leaders on Friday last week will be returning to the school on May 3rd.

The TYs are currently working very hard on their portfolios and coaching. They are coaching 1st years, lunchtime activities and primary school students. Their test will take place in May.

 

AVS Notes 20th April 2018

Parents Subject Option for Second Year Information Night
There will be an Information Night for parents of incoming second year students on Tuesday 24th April at 7pm. This is for parents of students in the present first year group who are now choosing their subjects for next year.

Parents Association Quiz
Thank you to the Parents’ Association who ran the quiz in aid of the activities fund in the school on Friday night last. A great night was had by all and thank you to all those who turned out to support the school on the night.

Maths Quiz
Well done to the 16 AVS Junior Cert Higher Level Maths students who took part in the IMTA County Donegal Maths Quiz in the Radisson Hotel on Friday night last 20th April. The teams represented themselves well. The team of Róisín Feeney, Kevin Canny, Katelyn Duffy and Conor Mc Groary featured in 4th place, a great performance where over 30 teams took place. This quiz was run by Dr Martin Gormley, Director of Schools Donegal ETB and was a great revision of the Junior Cert HL course. The students were accompanied by Ms Begley.

Teams 1: Hannah Marie Slater, Kerry Mitchell, Emma O’Donnell and Ciara Joyce.

Team 2: Lucy Clinton, Emma Coulter, Shane Meehan and Frank Duffy.

Team 3: Róisín Feeney, Katelyn Duffy, Kevin Canny and Conor Mc Groary

Team 4: Laura Mc Goldrick, Jessica Callaghan, Jessica Given and Cian Cassidy.

Chemistry Award
Well done to past student Emily McGill on receiving a gold medal for achieving the top Leaving Cert result in Higher Level Chemistry 2017. A great achievement for Emily and all at the AVS are very proud. Well done to teacher Mr. Hegarty also.

JC Music Practical Exam
Well done to our Junior Certificate students who completed their musical practical’s this week. The music practical exam is worth up to 100 marks, or one quarter of the total. We are proud of our student’s hard work and determination. Well done to all as excellent feedback was reported by the examiner.

JCSA Science
Junior Certificate Science students completed their Continuous Assessment task which is a Extended Experimental Investigation (EEI), which offers students an opportunity to research a question they have, related to one of the following topics: Water Earth/Moon/Sun system Food Plant growth and behaviour Chemical reactions Plastics Forces Energy conservation. For more details you can visit the JCT website. Congratulations to our students and thank you to the students for their hard work.

Leaving Cert Irish Orals
The Irish Orals took place this week from 16th – 20th April. The Irish Oral is worth 40% of the total marks in the Leaving Certificate. Go maith chun ár gcuid mac léinn!

JCSA English Oral Communication
From 27th Apr – 18th May work on and completion of Oral Communication will take place. This will assist students in communicating as a speaker, listener and a writer. Students in 2nd year must present a topic of their choice for 3 minutes.

JC CSPE and Woodwork Deadlines
Friday 27th April is the deadline for coursework in CSPE and Woodwork.

LC History, Geography and Construction Studies Deadlines
Leaving Certificate students studying History, Geography and Construction Studies have until Friday 27th to complete their projects.

RSE Awareness Talks
Last Monday and Tuesday a Clinical Sexual health nurse from the HSE came to the school to deliver a talk to TY’s and a number of 5th yr students. The aim of the talk was to allow students to become more informed about themselves and others and understand the changes they will experience within their own bodies, personal lives and social development, thus allowing them to make more informed decisions, the area of consent was also covered. The talk was provided by the HSE and is directly related to the Senior Cycle RSE module.

Wellbeing

Health Promoting Schools’ Learning, sharing and celebration event
On Thursday the AVS Health Promoting Schools team travelled to Letterkenny to once again display their 2 year project and to receive their HPS flag. It was a very enjoyable day where all schools involved got to share all their work. We were delighted to receive our flag at the end of the day. Well done to everyone involved for all their hard work throughout the two years and we look forward to seeing the work continuing and developing in the futures. Thank you to Lisa O’Hagan and Anne McAteer from the HSE for all their work organising the programme.

Details of our Health Promoting Schools Project
The Abbey Vocational School has made a commitment to develop as a Health Promoting School, a Health Promoting School is a school where positive actions are being taken to support and improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in our school community.

This project is based on the Health Promoting School programme. The overall aim of the programme is to promote good health and awareness within our school community. As a team our aim was to actively work together to develop and create an awareness which will help to make our school a healthier place to be. Throughout the two years of our HPS programme the following activities took place and has been embedded into our school culture: Couch to 5K, Skipathon and Rowathon, Girls Active, Wellbeing walks and Drop all and walk, Yoga, Fitness classes, Operation Transformation, No chip Tuesday and Free water and fruit at break

During the second part of our programme we have educated the students and staff on CFR training and the use of an A.E.D. Throughout the project we linked up with first responders and health professionals. Through fundraising “Heart Health” we raised money to buy an outdoor defibrillator that is situated outside the school gym, with 24 hr access to the public. The final stage of the project was to develop a mapping system where all the A.E.D in the Donegal area can be located from our school website.

An excellent cooperative relationship has now been established between the Abbey Vocational School and the local ambulance service. This project has also developed a school wide awareness of the importance of living a healthy life. The introduction of the mapping system on our school website means that all A.E.D’s in the Donegal area can be found with a click of a button.

Transition Year:

History trip
On Monday the 16th April TY B and TY D History students travelled to Derry. Students visited the Seige museum, walked the walls of Derry and visited the museum of Free Derry. They got to learn more about the Northern Ireland Troubles in greater detail from people who experienced the troubles themselves. The information they learned will benefit them greatly in the projects they are completing on The Northern Ireland Troubles. The trip was organised by Ms Marky and Mr Lafferty in the History Department.

Tayto Park
On Friday 20th April TY students went on a trip to Tayto Park which was organised by Ms Mulrain and Ms Gordon. Tayto Park is an amusement park situated in County Meath. The students had a fun filled day and had a great time.

TY Interviews 2018 – 2019
Students in 3rd year completed their TY interviews this week. Students are interviewed so it can be established what they expect to gain for a TY experience and whether they are suitable candidates.

Pramerica Trip – Pramerica
This Friday fifty of our TY students will be going to visit Pramerica in Letterkenny. The purpose of the visit is to give the students an insight into the corporate world, enabling them to make more informed career choices. During the visit the students will be given the opportunity to present a TY project of choice.

Sports Leadership
On the 3rd May TY’s who took part in Sports Leader will be assessed. They will have to coach first year classes or national school classes. They have been busy practising and getting ready for this. In addition, 4D went surfing for Active Leisure Studies. The students went out to a surf school in Rossnowlagh beach and had a 1hr lesson with instructors.

ETB Awards Entries 2018
The following have been entered into this year’s ETB awards. The awards will take place this year on Thursday 26th April. The awards seek to encourage, promote and acknowledge excellence by recognising learners and staff for either group or individual achievements.

There are five categories in total which schools, centres, students, learners and staff can apply for:

  1. Arts and Culture
  2. Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering (STEM)
  3. Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship
  4. Healthy Living and Wellbeing
  5. Further Education and Training

A team of judges will consider each entry and select the winning submission in each category on the day of the awards.

Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship – AVS Roots – Supervising Teacher, L Gordon./ student’s involved, Niamh Leahy, Hannah Harraghy and Katie Harraghy. This project is part of our enterprise mini company module. The product is called AVS Roots. The group created a product that was both unique and creative. Scrabble art is a popular trend at the moment and they decided to put their own twist on it by making framed family trees. The team wrote the names of the family members on wooden hearts and using scrabble pieces they wrote the family surname underneath a wooden tree with pearl embellishments. The team decided on the name AVS Roots because it symbolises both the roots of the tree and the connections between the families.

Healthy Living and Wellbeing – Heart Health – Supervising Teachers P Rooney and R Myers. Students involved Olivia Graham, Anya Meehan, Anthony Neal, Brian Peter Gallagher and Kyle O’Neill. This project is based on the Health Promoting School programme. The overall aim of the programme is to promote good health and awareness within our school community. As a team our aim was to actively work together to develop and create an awareness which will help to make our school a healthier place to be. Throughout the two years of our HPS programme we aimed to promote physical health and our inner health, many activities took place and has been embedded into our school culture.

Arts & Culture – Christmas Carol Service – Supervising Teacher E Carr and C Doherty. The Carol service took place in St Patrick’s Church in Donegal Town in December. Involved in the night was an orchestra, a traditional group, a ukulele orchestra and over 150 in choir, soloists and readers. The highlight was Silent Night, our community where accompanied by choir and raising of flags, students from all the countries in school read silent night in their own native tongue. It was a very enjoyable night for all who attended.

Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering (STEM) – SHEHR – Supervising Teacher P Rooney and C Hegarty- Students involved, David McGuckin, James Smith and Oisín Doherty.

This project was designed by our TY student David McGuckin. The aim is to give patients the power to collate, organise and share their own medical records and health data easily and securely and make healthcare providers more efficient and connected. It is a simple, easy to use platform for patients and healthcare providers. It is a secure hub for patients’ medical records and healthcare data. Finally it is an easy means of sharing records and data.

Monster Book Fair AVS Saturday 26th May as part of the School Well-read Initiative –
The Parents’ Association are holding a Monster Book Fair on Saturday 26th May.  Please donate books in good condition, hardback and paperback, children’s, etc. to the school before Friday 18th May. The fair will be held in the school assembly area from 11am to 6pm on Saturday 26th. Tea/coffee/cakes/raffle. All welcome. Come along and get your holiday book supply.

Sports:

Girls Basketball
Our 1st year girls’ basketball team are through to the All-Ireland playoffs after a comprehensive win in the regional final against Ballinamore Community School, Leitrim. The playoffs take place in Loreto Navan on Monday 23rd April. The girls will play three games against Coláiste Iognaid, Loreto Navan and Coláiste Iosagain Portarlington.

Team: Sofia Maziri, Ella McKinney, Shauna Doherty, Sarah Donovan, Emma Meehan, Roisin Gillespie, Ailing Smith, Grace Gallagher, Rosie Campbell, Ide Waugh, Sophie Kennedy, Orlaith Conaghan, Ellie Timoney, Chloe Love, Caitlin Williamson, Niamh McCauley, Bree Hanna, Alicia Love, Louise Boyle, Skye Murrin, Anna Mitchell and Katie Gillespie.

Athletics
The Abbey Vocational School had a very successful day at the Donegal Track Athletics in Lifford on Thursday. All athletes competed brilliantly and did the school proud.

Medal winners on the day were:

Alex Anderson – 1st in Shot Putt

Gwenaelle Ni Dhonnabhain- 1st in High Jump and 1st in Shot Putt

Rachel Gallagher – 1st in High Jump and 1st in 200m

Niamh Moohan – 1st in long jump and 3rd in High Jump

Savannah Timony – 2nd in 800m

Shane Breslin – 2nd in Shot Putt

Leo Carey – 3rd on Shot Putt

Aisling Mohan – 2nd in High Jump

Tessa Duke, Rachel Gallagher, Emily McNulty and Niamh Moohan also came 1st in the 2nd Year relay. Congratulations to all involved.

1st Year Boys Basketball
1st years boy Basketball team will participate in their All – Ireland playoffs on Tuesday in Johnstown, Belfast. They will play against Cnoc Mhuire Granard, Aquinas Diocesan Grammar School and Coláiste Íosagáin. If the boys are successful on the day they will qualify for all Irelands. Best of luck!

Girls Active Day Out
On Wednesday 25th April the girls involved in Girl’s Active will travel to Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre.

Sports Day
Sports day is on the 22nd May during active week. The theme for active week is “Team Work”. First years are busy working away on posters to promote active week during their active leisure class.

U16’s Boys Football
U16 boys will play in Convoy against St. Eunans on Wednesday. Good luck to the boys with their quarter finals.

UK Sportshall
Well done to Rachel Gallagher and Niamh Mohan who travelled over to Manchester to compete in the UK Sportshall Finals. Rachel Gallagher who is in 2nd year and competed for the AVS and also Tir Chonaill did exceptionally well. She came third in the 4th lap and 3rd in the paralauf along with Niamh Moohan who also competed brilliantly.

AVS Notes 13th April 2018

PA Fundraising Quiz
The Parents’ Association are hosting a fundraising Quiz in Dom’s Pier1 on Friday 20th April. All are welcome and we would very much value your support. Teams of 4 – €20 – great prizes, fun and refreshments!

Spanish and French
Well done to all the students who had their Spanish and French Orals this week. You should be proud to have completed the first step on your exam journey.

Home Economics
Well done to all the students who had their cooking practical this week. Many of our students created well-presented and delicious dishes.

Irish
The Irish Orals will take place next week from 16th – 20th April. The Irish Oral is worth 40% of the total marks in the Leaving Certificate. The oral lasts approximately 15 minutes and is comprised of four sections. Ádh mór ar dhaltaí na hardteiste sna scrúduithe béil!

ETB Awards Entries 2018
The following have been entered into this year’s ETB awards. The awards will take place this year on Thursday 26th April. The awards seek to encourage, promote and acknowledge excellence by recognising learners and staff for either group or individual achievements.

There are five categories in total which schools, centres, students, learners and staff can apply for:

  1. Arts and Culture
  2. Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering (STEM)
  3. Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship
  4. Healthy Living and Wellbeing
  5. Further Education and Training

A team of judges will consider each entry and select the winning submission in each category on the day of the awards.

Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship – AVS Roots – Supervising Teacher, L Gordon. This project is part of our enterprise mini company module. The product is called AVS Roots. The group created a product that was both unique and creative. Scrabble art is a popular trend at the moment and they decided to put their own twist on it by making framed family trees. The team wrote the names of the family members on wooden hearts and using scrabble pieces they wrote the family surname underneath a wooden tree with pearl embellishments. The team decided on the name AVS Roots because it symbolises both the roots of the tree and the connections between the families.

Healthy Living and Wellbeing – Heart Health – Supervising Teachers P Rooney and R Myers. This project is based on the Health Promoting School programme. The overall aim of the programme is to promote good health and awareness within our school community. As a team our aim was to actively work together to develop and create an awareness which will help to make our school a healthier place to be. Throughout the two years of our HPS programme we aimed to promote physical health and our inner health, many activities took place and has been embedded into our school culture.

Arts & Culture – Christmas Carol Service – Supervising Teacher E Carr and C Doherty. The Carol service took place in St Patrick’s Church in Donegal Town in December. Involved in the night was an orchestra, a traditional group, a ukulele orchestra and over 150 in choir, soloists and readers. The highlight was Silent Night, our community where accompanied by choir and raising of flags, students from all the countries in school read silent night in their own native tongue. It was a very enjoyable night for all who attended.

Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering (STEM) – SHEHR – Supervising Teacher P Rooney and C Hegarty

This project was designed by our TY student David McGuckin. The aim is to give patients the power to collate, organise and share their own medical records and health data easily and securely and make healthcare providers more efficient and connected. It is a simple, easy to use platform for patients and healthcare providers. It is a secure hub for patients’ medical records and healthcare data. Finally it is an easy means of sharing records and data.

Health Promoting Schools Recognition Visit
Anne McAteer, Senior Health Promoting Office, HSE will visit the AVS to carry our recognition visit of the good work carried out by our Health Promoting team on Tuesday 17th April. This programme aims to: foster the healthy development of the whole school community and it provides an outline for developing health promotion initiatives in a way that supports and improves the operation of the curriculum. You can view the details of this programme on: www.healthpromotion.ie.

Art
Results of this years’ Texaco Art competition will be released later this month. Students from the AVS have a number of very good entries this year. In addition, Leaving Cert and Junior Cert Practicals will commence in early May. Lastly, LCA Art students are working on Mr Lafferty’s “Path to Nationhood” project. They are currently creating the lettering for the project in wood.

Guidance Department Website
The Guidance Department has created a new website. It can be viewed by clicking on the Guidance and Counselling tab on the school website: avsdonegal.com.  The aim is to keep our students and their parents/guardians up-to-date on all things Guidance related.  The Department will be updating the website regularly. Students and parents can view school and national events on the site.

Guidance Department

All Leaving Certs have been made aware of the OPTUM Scholarship. Application forms are available in their Guidance Counsellor’s office. The closing date for receipt of application is 4th May 2018. Students must inform their Guidance Counsellor as soon as possible of their intention to apply

In addition, it is very important that Leaving Certs are clear on all of the Scholarships available within the Republic of Ireland. Students should research what is available in their 3rd level institution(s) of choice.

Two members of the Air Corps spoke to Senior Cycle students in the Library on Friday 13th April. The air component of the Permanent Defence Forces (PDF), the Air Corps constantly strives to recruit the best personnel. There are three entry levels for joining the Air Corps i.e. as a Cadet, a Recruit or as an Apprentice. Each approach offers a different career path and differing challenges. The presentation focused on the recruitment process.  Lastly, a number of 3rd level institutions offer Summer Schools for TY and 5th Year students. They are a great “taster” opportunity for the different areas of learning after the Leaving Cert. Please ask your Guidance Counsellor for further information required on the courses.

Transition Year:

Enterprise
TYs are embarking on stocks and shares competition where they are given €6,000 to invest in companies in one stock exchange over the next 6 weeks. This competition has been organised by the Enterprise Department. TY B are involved in a Junior Achievement Ireland Project Management’s Course over the next 4 weeks.

TY Interviews
On Thursday 19th and Friday 20th April, interviews will be held for 3rd year students going into Transition Year next year. Mr Sean Magee will conduct interviews with the students on their hopes and reasons for wanting to do TY.

Derry Trip
TY B and TY D will be travelling to Derry on Monday the 16th April for a History trip. The students will visit the walls of Derry, Museum of Free Derry and the Siege museum to learn more about the Northern Ireland troubles, which they are studying in class. The trip has been organised by Ms Markey.

Lough Key Forest Park Trip Maths Trip
TY students will be going on a trip to Lough Key Forest Park on Friday 4th May organised by Ms Mohan and Ms Mc Goldrick. Students will take part in The Boda Borg challenge. The challenge is based on teamwork, ingenuity, trial error and skills you have which will allow you to progress through the 47 room challenge. It contains fun filled activities, imaginative puzzles and enjoyable tasks with no instructions.

Relationship Sexuality Education Talk
A member of the HSE who is a clinical sexual health nurse will be coming in to speak to TYs and some 5th year students as part of their senior cycle relationship sexuality education module. The talk was organised by Ms Cunningham and Ms Rooney.

TY Sports Leadership
On Friday 13th April, a member of Donegal Sports Partnership assessed TY students participating in the Sports Leadership Programme in order to receive a certificate from the Donegal Sports Partnership at the end of the year. The programme aims to: encourage students to take up active leisure pastimes, apply their knowledge and skills to plan, organise and lead safe, enjoyable activity sessions with small groups and assist in the planning, organising and running of community sports days. Thank you to Ms Gallagher for organising this event. The TYs are currently working very hard on their portfolios and coaching. They are coaching 1st years, lunchtime activities and primary school students. Their test will take place in May.

‘Good4U’ Talk
On Thursday 12th April the TYs had a talk from Emma Brennan, a nutritionist who works for the company ‘Good4U’. ‘Good4U’ is a Sligo-based, family run company who aim to create healthy and nutritious treats for the public. Emma went through the important guidelines for a healthy balanced diet. She mainly discussed nutrition and all the myths that associated with food such as “carbs being bad for you”. She then gave TY students sample products for students to try to encourage them to eat healthy and promote their company. The students really enjoyed the talk and learned a lot about their diet and small improvements they can make.

Sport:

Irish Dancing World Championship
Huge congratulations to Ailbhe Wang, Aine Byrne, Gerard Byrne and Emma Farren, who over the Easter break participated in the World Championships in Glasgow. We are extremely proud of the students, the results are as follows: Ailbhe Wang – 3rd, Gerard Byrne – 3rd, Emma Farren – 17th and Áine Byrne. Qualifying for the World Championships is an extraordinary achievement but to have five students finish in the top twenty is outstanding. It is an inspiring achievement as the juggle their commitment to dance and school life, well done again to all!

Athletics
Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups. Cross-country training is on Friday at lunchtime.

Upcoming competitions
The Donegal schools track and field competition takes place next Thursday in Lifford.

The team will be travelling to the Antrim Forum on 4th May for the Ulster’s E District.

The local Primary School athletics competition takes place on 11th May on the school track. This has been very successful in the previous years. This event caters for over 600 students from local schools, it will be organised by are TY Sports Leaders and it is also in conjunction with Tir Chonaill A.C. All schools should have received information, if not contact please Eamonn Harvey or the school office.

Well done to Rachel Gallagher and Niamh Mohan who were members of the winning relay that won the 4 x 200m race in the All Irelands representing Tir Chonaill last weekend. Good luck to the girls who are part of the Donegal Sportshall team travelling to Manchester this weekend for the British Finals.

We would like to welcome the Special Olympics team who train every Wednesday and have been for several years on the track, the TYs will begin to help coach which is part of the Sports Leadership this is a very beneficial experience.

Girls Basketball
The 1st year girls are training very hard for the All Ireland play offs on Monday April 23rd, which take place in Navan. Good luck to all involved!

Boys Basketball
The 1st year boys will be travelling to Jordanstown on 24th April. Good luck to Mr Mc Hugh and his team

Girls Gaelic
Well done to all the girls who dedicated their time to school football team this year; we appreciate your hard work and effort.

Boys Football
On Thursday 12th April the 1st year boys had a football blitz in MacCumhaill Park. The boys drew in their first game and won their second game. It was a great team performance from the boys. Well done to David Crawford who made his debut for the AVS. The boys now qualify for Ulster’s. We wish the boys the best of luck with that!

Active Week
The active school committee are very busy putting together a programme for the beginning of May. This year’s sports day will take place in May, weather permitting.

AVS Notes 23rd March 2018

Leaving Certificate Physical Education Launch

Ms Diver and PE teacher Ms O Regan attended the launch of the Leaving Cert PE in Port Laoise on Wednesday last. This was a very exciting event for so many bodies including the PEAI who have fought for 20 years to have this subject as a Leaving Cert subject. It is wonderful for so many of our students to now have this available in the AVS this year but for all school going forward in the future.

Bon Voyage!

We wish all of our students well as they head off on the Annual School Tour abroad. This tour takes place during the Easter holidays from Monday 26th – Thursday 29th March to Italy.  The group spend the first day in Verona enjoying all the spectacular sights the city has to offer such as the Arena Amphitheatre, Juliet’s House and the Lambreti Tower. The second day will be spent in Venice and we hope students bring good footwear, as they will partake in a 2-hour walking tour of the fabulous city. On Wednesday students will travel to Venice and explore the National Museum. Lastly, an exciting day awaits them on the Thursday as they will visit Gardaland which boasts fifty exciting attraction. The staff hope that the students all have an enjoyable and memorable tour. The information should be reviewed on the site prior to the trip as it is provided to improve your experience.

Induction Day for Incoming sixth class students: NEW DATE

The incoming first-year Induction Day now takes place on Tuesday, May 15th.  There will be no school for Transition Year, LCA or 1st year on this day. All other students will have class as normal on this day.

Practical Exams

Junior Certificate Home Economics

Junior Certificate Home Economics Practical Examination will take place between the 9th and 20th of April. The Junior Certificate examination involves a culinary skills assessment. This examination is held in school where an external examiner visits the school and assesses student’s skills.  Students are aware of their tasks at least two weeks before the examination.  It accounts for 50% of the higher level overall grade and 60% of the ordinary level. Days are yet to be confirmed for the practical.

Music

Music practical will also take place after the holidays from the 9th to 11th April. The performance component of the course involves preparing a programme of music to perform for an examiner who will visit your school around Easter of sixth year. Performance activities can include: singing and/or playing solo, singing or playing as a member of a musical group or conducting a musical group. Higher level students are expected to perform three songs or pieces, ordinary level students must perform two songs or pieces.

Oral Exams

French and Spanish Oral Examinations

Leaving Certificate students studying French and Spanish will complete their oral examinations after the Easter holidays. The orals will commence on the 9th April until the 13th April; days are yet to be confirmed. This exam takes the form of an informal conversation between the examiner and the student. It normally lasts between 12-15 minutes. Students are reminded to take their time and be themselves.

Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science Project

All sixth-year students must now have their projects completed for Agricultural Science. The deadline was Friday 23rd March. The Agricultural Science practical coursework assessment is worth 100 marks or 25% of the total marks available in this subject.  This means that students can gain a high proportion of their grade before the exam in June.

Leaving Certificate Art Project Deadline

Students completing Art for their Leaving Certificate examinations have now reached their project deadline. The project consists of various elements: imaginative composition or still life and craftwork or design at both Higher Level and Ordinary Level. 200 marks are assigned to the coursework component, i.e. 50% of the total marks for Art. Congratulations to those who have completed this first step ahead of their exam in June.

AgriAware Farm Visit

On Wednesday 21st March fifth and sixth Agricultural Science classes visited Ballyhaise College, Teagasc, Drumcrow, Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan. The college offers a wide variety of courses in agriculture, equine, food, milking skills and a Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management. The Farm Project, officially known as “Practical Experience” but more commonly known as the farm project is coursework which involves students writing about their own farm or an “adopted farm” that they visited or a combination of the two. It is worth a total of 35 of the 100 marks assigned to the practical coursework. The students went on a lovely walk on the properties grounds which allowed them to take any necessary photos for their project. This was a very beneficial visit for students who are also interested in going to Ballyhaise and completing the Green Cert.

Local Farm Visit

Agricultural Science students visited a local farm on Thursday 22nd March. Mr Eamon Quinn was very gracious to allow our students to visit his active farm to assist them in their studies. Students captured photos of the farm and experienced lambing season. The students visited the inside of a diary parlour and were shown the equipment farmers used inside this area. In addition, they gained an insight into the lambing process, lambing techniques and any difficulties farmers may experience and how they deal with them. Lastly, they participated in soil testing; they process is vital as otherwise, farmers may not be planting crops on the correct type of soil.

A majority of our students studying this subject do not come from a farm background thus, the visit is essential so can comprehend the theory of the course. This work can also be done on a student’s own farm if their family owns one. The visit allowed students to focus on the ‘farm layout’ section of their project which is worth 10 marks. This part of the coursework is worth students are required to present a sketch plan of: The farmhouse, buildings and the farm. The farmhouse and buildings sketch should show all the main buildings and their function while the farm sketch will be more zoomed out and show the entire farm, with all the paddocks and house shown (www.studyclix.ie). A big thank you to Philip, Eamon and Seamus Quinn for all their help with the student’s coursework.

Art
Well done to 2nd year art students Emma Thomas and Olivia Szelaq whose Texaco Art Competition entries were featured on the Donegal Daily website.
The two girls are bringing a massive splash of colour to the Texaco Children’s Art Competition! 14-year-old Emma Thomas’ flair for art is showcased in her entry ‘Fly Away My Little Butterfly’, with 14-year-old Olivia Szelag’s piece, ‘Beyond the Distance’, serving as colourful evidence of her remarkable talent. It is extraordinary that two young students from the AVS have been recognised for their exceptional talents. Adjudicator Denise Ferran will have a very tough time picking the winners for the national art competition as over 400 excellent entries have been received from across the country (www.donegaldaily.com). The winners will be announced in April – good luck to all!

‘The Big School Cook Off’

The final of ‘The Big School Cook Off’ took place in Belfast Metropolitan College on Wednesday 21st March. Third years, Chloe Boyle and Aimee Gallagher, did the school proud with their salmon dish – ‘Killybegs salmon with a gazpacho salsa served with Hassel back potatoes. Well done to Chloe and Aimee on reaching the last eight from an entry of nearly 188. Keep up the cooking girls maybe we might see you on ‘MasterChef’ in the near future!

TY

‘The Great TY Bake Off’
On Tuesday the 20th March 16 groups of Transition Year students competed in a ‘Bake Off’ style event in the school. The event was coordinated by Ms Gallagher therefore, we would like to extend a huge thank you to her for her hard work in organising such a creative event. The students were in groups of two and had two hours from 9am-11am to bake a cake and decorate it with an Easter theme. Some of these students had participated in a cupcake decorating event the previous week therefore, many had the upper hand when it came to fashioning ideas for the Easter theme. ‘The Bake Off’ was judged by Leanne Gallagher who is a local baker and she took time out from her busy schedule to judge our bakers. The winners of the ‘Bake Off’ were Roisin McNulty and Rebekah Sweeney, 2nd place went to Karina Drury and Shauna Carr and 3rd place went to Hannah Harraghy and Caoimhe Callaghan Walsh. A great display of talent was shown and a great day was had by all. Well done to all and we may have some budding bakers in the making!

TY Art

Well done to TY students Lucy May Timoney, Bridin Murphy. Tia Quinn, Sarah McNeely, Mia McCalmont, Sarah McGrory and Anna Riebeling who completed their large scale reproduction of Picasso’s ‘Weeping Woman’ for the art room window this week. You can view the girls masterpiece on our schools Twitter page.

TY Fundraiser Walk
On Friday 23rd March Transition Year students donned their finest walking gear as they set off for their fundraising walk in Drimarone. The event was coordinated by Mr Griffin and a number of staff were also involved on the day. The students got a bus from the school to the Bluestack centre in Letterbarrow and walked a colossal 12 miles up to the Letterbarrow football club and back to raise money for their trips and activities.

‘Good for You’ Talk
On Thursday 12th April Emma Brennan will be coming into the school to give a ‘Good for you’ Talk to the transition year students. The Talk is coordinated by Ms Mulrain.

TY Photography Competition

Prize Winners in the AVS TY Photography Competition were as follows 1st-‘Jump’ by Karina Drury (TY), 2nd-‘Inver Sunset’ by Matthew Harvey (6th year), 3rd-‘Forty Shades of Green’ by Nathan Wray (5th year), 4th-‘Woodland Sunrise’ by Matthew Harvey (6th year). The photos are available to view on the schools Twitter page. We would like to thank each and every one of you who entered the competition and urge you to keep on snapping.

Architect in Schools Project

TY students are continuing to work on their Architect in Schools Project. The National Architects in Schools Initiative is an exciting programme for Transition Year students. Architects are placed in schools to facilitate hands-on design workshops with student groups in 25 schools across Ireland. Students learn a variety of new skills and gain insight to the professional life of designers and architects. Currently, students are

Upcoming TY Trips

Our TY students have a busy few weeks coming up with many trips, workshops and talks, the following is an example of what they are looking forward to:

History Education trip to Derry, Disability Awareness Talk, Maths Lough Key Forest Park Trip, Sports Performance Analysis Workshop, Balmoral Shows and many more.

Sports

First Year Girls Regional Champions

Abbey VS 37 – Ballinamore C.S. 16

The Abbey VS 1st year girls’ basketball team had an emphatic win over Ballinamore C.S. in the Minor Regional final. The Abbey VS girls led 12 points to 5 at the end of the first quarter with baskets from Roisin Gillespie, Sofia Maziri and Emma Meehan. Ballinamore C.S. were kept scoreless in the 2nd quarter thanks to some great defensive work and baskets from Sarah Donovan, Shauna Doherty and Aisling Smith. This brought the score to Abbey 21 Ballinamore 5. The Abbey weathered the storm in the 3rd quarter as Ballinamore hit a purple patch. Abbey scores came from Maziri and Meehan. The last quarter was one-way traffic with the Abbey girls scoring 5 baskets to Ballinamore 1. Shauna Doherty, Emma Meehan, Ella McKinney and Roisin Gillespie on the scoresheet again. The game finished 37- 16 in favour of the Abbey.

The girls now progress to the All-Ireland playoffs on the 23rd April and we wish them all the best in this the ALAl Ireland Play offs. Well done to the girls and their coach Ms Mc Donald and Mr Mc Hugh

Team:

Sofia Maziri (8) Ella McKinney (2) Shauna Doherty (6) Sarah Donovan (4) Emma Meehan (6) Roisin Gillespie (6) Ailing Smith (2) Grace Gallagher Rosie Campbell Ide Waugh, Sophie Kennedy, Orlaith Conaghan, Ellie Timoney, Chloe Love, Caitlin Williamson, Niamh McCauley, Bree Hanna, Alicia Love , Louise Boyle, Skye Murrin , Anna Mitchell, Katie Gillespie

U14’s Girls’ Football

The girls began their first game against Virginia with a strong fight this Thursday. The first half was performed greatly by Aine Ward who was full centre back by blocking the ball and carrying it to safety. Towards the second half the girls began to fight harder and got some great scores from Captain Ellen Canavan. There were also great saves from goalie Sarah Canny. Their second game was straight after where they played Loretto. Sarah Canny who played mid fought for the ball and succeeded. Emily Gallagher had a hard game getting knocks and hits but kept the defence line strong, making sure everyone was on their toes. The girls had a great performance throughout the game from Amy Mc Inern, who played full forward, she ran up and down the pitch looking for kick outs and carrying as much as she could, although unfortunately it didn’t work out for them in the end and they suffered a loss.

Boys’ Basketball

The 2nd Year boys had a basketball league game on the 21st March 2018. The boys played in Ballyshannon against Coláiste Cholmcille. Their coaches were Mr McHugh who was assisted by Ray Balogun. Their captain was Diarmuid O’ Donnell and their highest scorer was Jake Graham. It was a tough game in even tougher conditions. However, the boys picked up momentum in the 2nd quarter but in the end, it wasn’t enough. Hard luck boys, better luck next time.

Athletics

Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups. Cross country training is on Friday at lunchtime.

Boys Football

The 1st year boys will compete in a Gaelic blitz after Easter, this will be organised by Mr Mc Loone and Ms O Donnell, more details in the coming weeks.

 

AVS Notes 16th March 2018

 

PTM for Leaving Cert Parents
We are holding a second PTM for parents of Leaving Cert students following the completion of the Mock Exams on Wednesday 21st March. Please attend between 3.45pm and 6.15pm. This give the parents of our 6th year students a second opportunity to speak to parents. Thank you

Religion
In light of the recent DES Circular letter 0013/2018 on Religious Instruction and worship in certain second level schools in the context of Article 44.2.4 of the Constitution of Ireland and Section 30 of the Education Act, we have sent out a letter to our with regard to the opting out of or in to RE in our school. You will receive these in the coming days.

Mock Reports
Exam reports for Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate students are now available to view online. Leaving Cert students report will contain a total of their points from their best 6 subjects. These reports have also been sent out to all this week.

‘The Big School Cook Off’ – 3rd Year students
On Wednesday, 21st March Chloe Boyle and Aimee Gallagher will attend ‘The Big School Cook Off in the Belfast Metropolitan College. The girls had to submit a recipe for a main course for two people that demonstrated the use of local produce. In addition, each recipe could only cost no more than £5, to feed two people and must be created within the allotted time of one hour. The girls have a stressful task on their hands but we wish them the best of luck.

Aonad
Thank you to those who attended the Aonad information evening on Tuesday, March 13th. The evening was well organised and was used to address parents’ concerns and questions in an informal setting.  Parents of interested students were given a detailed plan in relation to the Aonad. There was a panel on the night which offered advice and answered any queries. The panel included AVS staff, and a development officer from Gaeloideachas, who support all Irish-medium schools at a national level. Going forward we plan to run some conversational Irish Classes for students interested in this in the coming months in a fun interactive way. If you were unable to attend please feel free to contact Clare Spáinneach, Development Officer with Gaeloideachas directly: clare@gaeloideachas.ie | Mobile: 087 9724020 | Office: 01 8535193. The Parents Committee for the Aonad are also available to speak with you, you can contact: Catherine James: 0857577742 Marcus Flannery: 0874109204. Or you can contact Deputy Principal Mr Ronan Doherty or the Principal Ms Geraldine Diver on: 074 9721105

Chemistry
“Spectroscopy in a Suitcase” is a chemistry workshop that was recently held for 5th and 6th year chemistry students this week. Spectroscopy is the study of the way light and matter interact. This workshop gave students a chance to learn about spectroscopy through hands-on experience. As well as covering the principles of spectroscopy techniques, the activities used real-life situations to demonstrate the uses of these techniques. Thank you to Angela McGlynn who gave the workshop, it was enjoyed by all.

Wellbeing
Our health promoting schools team have been working extremely hard over the past few months promoting the good health and wellbeing of our whole school community. The overall aim of our HPS incentive is to promote good health and awareness within our school community. As a team our aim is to actively work together to develop and create an awareness which will help to make our school a healthier place to be. Throughout the two years of our HPS programme the following activities took place and have been embedded into our school culture: Couch to 5K / Cara Run  Skipathon and Rowathon, Girls Active, Wellbeing walks and Drop all and Walk, Yoga, Fitness classes, Operation Transformation , No chip Tuesday , Free water and fruit at break

During the second part of our programme we have educated the students and staff on CFR training and the use of an A.E.D. Throughout the project we linked up with first responders and health professionals. Through fundraising our team raised money to buy an outdoor defibrillator that is situated outside the school gym, with 24 hr access to the public. The final stage of the project was to develop a mapping system where all the A.E.D in the Donegal area can be located from our school website.

Health Promoting Schools Flag
The Health Promoting schools team met with Lisa O’Hagan, HSE, to discuss and plan what is required for the AVS to be recognised for the Health Promoting Flag. The plans are to be presented in April to the school.

Cara 5k Run
Last Friday in Bundoran many members of our staff and some students participated in the Cara 5k run. Bundoran welcomed the runners and supporters for the challenge and all participants had fun and enjoyed the event in a fair and safe environment.

Operation Transformation
We finally reached week six and overall the staff lost a total of 27 pounds. This is an outstanding result and we hope our participants will continue their efforts!

Debate Club
The club will meet again on Tuesday, 20th March. Last week the members of the clubs worked on phrases to use during a debate. They are continuing to work on their topics.

Seachtain na Gaelige
The AVS celebrated Seachtain na Gaeilge from March 12th – 16th. The Irish Department organised many events this week such as Tráth na gCeist, comórtas cártaí Lá Fhéile Pádraig, comórtas ealaíne, amhránaíocht and céili. The winners of the cómórtas cártaí Lá Fhéile Pádraid.

The winners from first year were:

1st Angela McDwyer
2nd Darcie Kennedy
3rd Emma Kee

The winners from second year were:

1st Veronica Airth
2nd Megan Molloy
3rd Savannah Timoney

The third-year winner was Eleanor Romilly. Well done to everyone on their fantastic entries!

 Well Read Initiative
Author Josephine O’Donnell came into the school to talk to the 3rd years this week about her recent book about ‘The History of Clogher’. She told them all about how she collected and collated information in order to write the book and how putting the book together was a big community effort. Thank you to Josephine for delivering such an insightful talk.

Transition Year:

Tour Talk
Thank you to the parents of TY students who attended the tour talk on Thursday evening. The talk gave parents’ information on the upcoming tour to Lake Garda, Italy. Parents met the tour team: Mr Leyden, Mr Plunkett, Mr Hegarty, Mr Clarke, Mr Mc Hugh, Ms Cunningham, Ms Mc Partlan, Ms Rooney, Ms Murray, Ms Mc Nulty and Mrs M Crawford. Any parent or guardian who was unable to attend we ask that you please contact the school.

The tour takes place during the Easter holidays from Monday 26th – Thursday 29th March. We ask all parents and students to ensure they review the itinerary and prohibited items list on the school’s website. The page can be found under the activities tab, foreign tours and the information on the trip is located here. Students are reminded they must ensure they have their passports and European Health Card with them. In addition, students will be flying with Aer Lingus and Ryanair. Please be aware there are strict limits regarding the size and weight of the carry-on bag. Please see Aer Lingus and Ryanair websites for full details. We are staying in the Hotel San Vito during the trip. We will spend the first day in Verona enjoying all the spectacular sights the city has to offer such as the Arena Amphitheatre, Juliet’s House and the Lambreti Tower. The second day will be spent in Venice and we hope students bring good footwear, as they will partake in a 2-hour walking tour of the fabulous city. On Wednesday students will travel to Venice and explore the National Museum. Lastly, an exciting day awaits them on the Thursday as they will visit Gardaland which boasts fifty exciting attractions! The staff hope that the students all have an enjoyable and memorable tour. The information should be reviewed on the site prior to the trip as it is provided to improve your experience.

Hotel Course
We would like to extend out thanks to Harvey’s Point, Solis Castle and The Abbey Hotel for accommodating students this week. We understand hotels are very busy places especially the day to day running however, our students gained valuable experience required in maintaining such businesses. Training was provided to students in the different areas within the hotel. Students also discovered what is expected of them when applying for a job in a hotel. For example, 4A went to Lough Eske Castle for a Hotel Management course. Catherine Monahan is the HR manager there. She told them about the history of the hotel and described her job. In addition, Lisa, Sales and Marketing manager, talked about her job and what he does daily. They were given a full tour of the hotel. To finish, they had the opportunity to make some of the hotels cocktails in the bar, see how rooms are serviced and they observed what happens in the kitchen.

Dublin Cultural Trip
On the 14th March TY students went on a trip to Croke Park, Kilmainham Gaol and The Dáil. The students had an early start at 5:40am and their first stop on the tour was Croke Park. They watched a video which focused on what happens in the arena on All Ireland game day. TY’s were brought behind the scenes where players go before and after games in the dressing rooms and lounge. They had a wonderful experience as they were also brought out onto the pitch and given a history of what happened on Bloody Sunday and why certain stands have specific names. Afterwards, students had time to explore the museum and play interactive games.

Kilmainham Gaol was a riveting tour for students especially those interested in history. Many members of the Irish Republican movement during the Anglo-Irish War were imprisoned in Kilmainham Gaol, guarded by British troops. Charles Stewart Parnell and the leaders of 1916 will always be associated with the building. Students were given a tour of the building and were given plenty of information on prison life. As an important part of Irish history the tour is a beneficial to students and they felt they became more aware of Irish culture and history.

Students also visited the Seanad Éireann house where he Senators meet for meetings and they discovered where they vote and how it’s organised. They were shown where Leo Varadkar sits and where all other parties sit for the meeting such as the Labour Party. The tour guide gave a brief history about the house and the family that lived there initially. It was a fascinating tour and it delivered a greater knowledge of Irish history to our students. At the end of the day the TY students had time to shop and eat in Blanchardstown.

Bake Off Competition
On Tuesday, 20th March some of the Transition Years will be part taking in a British Bake – Off style competition. The students will be bringing in their own ingredients to bake Easter Themed Cupcakes. Their Home Economics teachers will oversee their delicious bakes. Prior to this competition. The students had a cake decorating class therefore, they should be fully prepared! Teachers will be taste testing their produce and examining their decorative skills. Best of luck to all involved!

Fundraising Walk
Next Friday, 30th March Transition Year students will be hosting a Fundraising event. They will be walking around the Drimarone area. They have been selling lines for the last couple of weeks and we would like to thank them for their efforts. Half of the money will go to charity and the other half will be going towards activities for the Transition Years. We hope they enjoy their day and all goes well.

Leadership for Life
A group of our TY student will start the Leadership for life programme this Tuesday. The programme takes place in the Donegal Town Foróige office. Thank you to Kerry Gallagher for her continued support with running this programme for our students. Foróige’s Leadership for Life is an exciting programme that enables young people to develop the skills and qualities necessary to be effective leaders, as well as challenging them to use these skills for the betterment of society. The Leadership for Life programme sets out to empower young people to make a positive difference to their community through practical actions and projects. Throughout the course of the programme, young people learn the core concepts of leadership and gain skills such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, self-awareness etc. The programme sets about developing the leadership capabilities and potential of young people and gives them an opportunity to harness their skills and attributes to contribute to their society in a fun and encouraging environment.

Our TY students have a busy few weeks coming up with many trips, workshops and talks, the following is an example of what they are looking forward to:

Bake off Computation, History Education trip to Derry, Disability Awareness Talk, Maths Lough Key Forest Park Trip, Sports Performance Analysis Workshop, Balmoral Shows and many more.

Computer Science Workshops
In preparation for the upcoming Computer Science Leaving Cert subject many of our students took part in Computer Science Workshops this week with our Computer Science teacher Mr Gavin Gorman. The map below details those schools that were selected to offer Computer Science as a Leaving Cert subject in their schools. The Abbey Vocational School is delighted to be selected. This week we also attend the launch of the Leaving Cert PE plans. Our Principal Ms Diver and one of our PE teachers Ms Orla Regan will attend this very exciting event in Dublin.

 Sport:

1st Year Soccer
On Tuesday 13th March the 1st year boys had a soccer game in Letterkenny against St. Eunan’s College. Their coach Mr. Mc Hugh travelled with them. They boys had a slow start with 2-0 down in the first 15 mins with Paddy Lyons the goalkeeper having no chance as both goals were scored long range to the top corner. The Abbey boys regrouped and had a foothold in the game and deservedly got a goal back making it 2-1 with 5mins to go in the 2nd half after Dylan McHugh scored a rebound after St. Eunan’s goalkeeper carried out a great effort from Declan Duignan. Daniel Quinn nearly scored an equaliser but unfortunately missed mid-way through second half. St. Eunan’s got the final score making it 3-1 with only 10mins to go. It was a great effort from the boys but it wasn’t their day.

Basketball
On the 12th March 2018 the 2nd Year basketball boys travelled to Gortnor Abbey in Crossmolina in Mayo with Coach Mr. McHugh. The boys did not get off to a great start losing by 9 points and only scoring one free throw. Gortnor Abbey went on to win the 2nd and 3rd quarters. AVS tied in the last quarter each team scoring 8 points that wasn’t enough to get a win. Our highest scorers were Captain Diarmuid O’ Donnell and Senan Quinn. Hard luck boys better luck next week in Carrick on Shannon. The first year boys had a great first quarter scoring 13-0, they carried on to lead the whole game. Daniel Quinn dominated on the last quarter scoring layups and one 3 pointer. The boys won by 23 points. Well done to the boys for their fantastic effort and performance!

U14’s Girls Football
The U14’s team took on a well drilled and disciplined St Clare’s side in Breffni Park on Friday, 16th March. This was the girls’ first game of the season. Although they put in a great performance, St Clare’s were the winners on the say.

Athletics
Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups. Cross country training is on Friday at lunch time.

Girls’ basketball
Good luck to the 1st and 2nd year girls who take on Ballinamore in Ballinamore next Wednesday 21st March.

Boys Basketball
Good luck to the 1st and 2nd year boys who will play Carrick on Shannon away next Tuesday.

Hurling
U14’s hurling training continues Tuesday at lunchtime. All 1st and 2nd years are welcome to attend training especially new members. Declan Sherlock, Ulster coach, will be in attendance with Mr O’Neill at training. Four Masters U14 Hurling are also looking for new members any student interested please contact coach Damien Mc Dermott. The team trains Tuesday at 6:30 pm.

AVS Notes 9th March 2018

School Closure Days
Thank you to all of our students who worked hard from home over the school snow closure days. Parents and students please note that the Bulletin Board on the school website http://avsdonegal.com/bulletin-board will have work posted by our staff in cases of unplanned closures so please look at this board regularly for updates. Please note that we have now cancelled the further half day closures for child protection training to reduce the teaching and learning time lost over these days.

Parents Information Evening for Incoming 6th Class Students
Thank you to all the parents and guardians who attended the Information Evening for incoming 6th class students’ on Wednesday Evening March 6th at 7pm. Parents were informed about school life, subjects and expectations.

PTM for Leaving Cert Parents
We are holding a second PTM for parents of Leaving Cert students following the completion of the Mock Exams on Wednesday 21st March. Please attend between 3.45pm and 6.15pm. This give the parents of our 6th year students a second opportunity to speak to parents. Thank you.

Aonad
We plan to hold an additional information evening for the Aonad 2018 on Tuesday March 13th at 7.30 pm. We appreciate that this is a new development and that you may still have questions. We are therefore organising an evening in the school where we will address your concerns and questions in an informal setting.  We will also outline in more detail the day to day plan for the students who are part of the Aonad.

We now intend to include the Aonad Classroom in the main building of the school and students will integrate with those in the main body of the school for the optional subjects as well as at break time and lunch time and through extracurricular Activities.

We will have a panel to help on the night, including students from Irish-medium schools, AVS staff, and a development officer from Gaeloideachas, who support all Irish-medium schools at a national level. Going forward we plan to run some conversational Irish Classes for students interested in this in the coming months in a fun interactive way.

We look forward to seeing you on the evening but in the meantime contact details are included for further information.  If you are unable to attend, please feel free to contact Clare Spáinneach, Development Officer with Gaeloideachas directly: clare@gaeloideachas.ie | Mobile: 087 9724020 | Office: 01 8535193. The Parents Committee for the Aonad are also available to speak with you, you can contact: Catherine James: 0857577742 Marcus Flannery: 0874109204. Or you can contact Deputy Principal Mr Ronan Doherty or the Principal Ms Geraldine Diver on: 074 9721105

Gaeloideachas
Was established in 1973 as a national voluntary organisation to support the development of Irish-medium schools at primary and post-primary level. They provide advice, assistance and support to parents and guardians who want Irish-medium education for their children, as well as support services for naíonraí and schools. Gaeloideachas provides the following supports for parents, guardians and carers whose children are attending Irish-medium schools

Helpline 01 8535195
Parents are welcome to contact us in Irish or English. Our staff are happy to answer questions and give advice on Irish-medium education for your child. You can also contact us by email or via social media (Facebook and Twitter: @gaeloid)

www.gaeloideachas.ie
Our website provides comprehensive information on Irish-medium education: news, a directory and a map of naíonraí and schools, research, resources and more.

www.irishforparents.ie
Resources for parents who want to teach themselves Irish, and for teachers who provide Irish classes for parents.

LC Construction Studies Practical Examination
The Leaving Certificate Studies Practical Exam took place on Thursday 8th March. The students involved completed a 4 hour practical skills test. Every year for Construction Studies, 6th year students must undertake both a project and a practical skills test. If prepared and done correctly, this can get you huge marks, as together, they’re worth 60% of your final mark. The practical is worth 150 marks and the exam assesses a student’s skills and knowledge in working with wood in terms of reading and interpreting drawings, marking out material, processing material and assembly of components to make the artefact drawn on your working drawing sheet given to you. Well done to all involved!

IGC Event
On Wednesday 7th March 24 TY students visited Jackson’s Hotel in Ballybofey for the annual Careers Fair organised by the Donegal Branch of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.

Approximately 1500 students from all the secondary schools across Co Donegal attended throughout the day where up to 40 further and higher education institutions from across Ireland and the UK gathered to inform the students of the options available to them after their Leaving Certificate. The hotel was a hive of activity as the students collected their pamphlets, prospectuses (as well as the odd free pen!) from the universities and colleges.

Overall, it was a hugely successful day! Thank you to the Guidance Department for organising such an enjoyable event

MS Readthon
The English Department presented students with awards for participating in the 2018 MS Readathon on Friday 9th March. It was beyond exceptional to see so many students involved in such a wonderful cause. Mrs Dunnion, Mrs Canning and Ms Murray presented students with certificates on Friday for their participation in the readathon. AVS students raised €1400 in total, a phenomenal amount – thank you to all our students! We hope they continue their reading efforts.

Art
Leaving and Junior Cert Art students are currently hard at work trying to complete their exam projects. This is the first year of the new Leaving Cert Examination format.

TY art students are close to completing a large window panel for the art room, a picture has been posted on the school website.

World Book Day
Over the last 22 years, World Book Day has become firmly established as Ireland’s biggest annual event promoting the enjoyment of books and reading. The main aim is to encourage children to explore the pleasure of books and reading by providing them with an opportunity to have a book of their own. The English Department in the last 2 weeks hosted competitions in 1st and 2nd year classes. 2nd year students were given time in class to design a book cover (they could choose any book they wish) and 1st year students created posters to promote the day. The winners of the book cover designs in 1st year were: Darcie Kennedy, Orlaith Mc Loughlin, Clodagh Breslin and Sarah Donovan. 2nd years were asked to create a poster to promote the day and the winners were: Ailbhe Liu, Munna Taher Yabel and Catherine Whiteside. The designs were excellent and well done to our winners!

JCSA – Business in Action CBA
From the 12th – 20th March 2018 students in 2nd year will complete their Business Classroom Based Assessment. During this period students spend four weeks completing the Business in Action CBA. Student’s have to design a product, conduct market research, prepare a business plan and produce a prototype for this task. This project will contribute to their Junior Cycle result.

Debate Club
The club will meet again on Tuesday 13th March. Students of the club have been given a school related topic that they will work on over the next two weeks.

Gaeltacht Trip
Ms. O’Donnell and Ms. Ní Dhonaill coordinated this exciting trip and approximately 20 students from 1st and 2nd year attended this weekend. Students were submerged into life in the Gaeltacht. This was a weekend trip to Rann na Feirste where students attended classes, participated in cultural activities including ceili dancing and singing. Thank you to Ms O Donnell and Ms Ní Dhomhnaill for organising the trip and supervising students over the course of the weekend.

Seachtain na Gaelige
Is féile idirnáisiúnta Ghaeilge í Seachtain na Gaeilge, atá ar an gceiliúradh is mó dár dteanga agus dár gcultúr dúchais a bhíonn ar siúl in Éirinn agus in go leor tíortha eile gach bliain. The AVS will celebrate Ireland’s biggest festival from March 12th – 16th. The Irish Department have organized many exciting activities to celebrate the event.

Guidance Department
DARE Applicants – please ensure you have made a 1:1 appointment to meet your Guidance Counsellor to complete the Educational Impact Statement. Remember, all paperwork must be given to the CAO by 01 April at 5.15 p.m.

The Guidance Department have set up a Google Classroom for Apprenticeship information provision.  The classroom is updated regularly.  The classroom code is 9vpzoug.

The Air Corps talk scheduled to take place on Friday of last week was postponed due to the fact that they were involved in ongoing snow operations in the south of the country. It will be re-scheduled at a later date.

There will be TWO talks in the library on Tuesday, 13th March. University of Limerick at 2.00pm and Cavan Institute at 2.40 pm.  The talks are aimed at 6th Years and LCAs.  Student attendance is optional. Students attending must inform their class teacher

Transition Year:

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

PE Expo
On 7th March three groups from TY travelled to Dcu to take part in a PE Expo competition. Amongst those who went were Saerlaith Lusson, Roisin Mc Nulty with a project on inclusion in Olympics and Paralympics. Sophie Carr, Karina Dury, Nolwenn Donovan and Shauna Carr did a project on the physiological effect of superstitions in sport, well done girls!! The overall Games Development Senior Winners were Sophie Tracey, Aoibhe Timoney, Lucy Mc Gowan and Cliodhna Dunleavy, well done to these girls who came up with a ball to help kids and teenagers who suffer from dyspraxia to develop their catching skills. All groups had a very enjoyable day and had lots of opportunities to talk to the judges and get feedback about their projects

Thank you to Mr Carty, Ms M Gallagher, Ms Mc Donnell and Mr Mc Hugh for coordinating and assisting students during the project. 3 teams were entered into the competition with 4 students in each team, 12 students in total. On the day students had to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of one of the following category titles:

  1. I.C.T. and Sports Photography
  2. Power of Sport – Inclusion & Cultural
  3. Wellbeing- Physical, Mental & Social
  4. Components of Fitness – the Science behind sport
  5. Nutrition
  6. Games Development & Teaching games for Understanding (TGfU)
  7. Sports Psychology

The students have been researching and putting together their project with their PE teachers over the last number of months and the hard work paid off!!

LYIT DICE
LYIT believe that designers and creative thinkers can bring real value and growth to business, helping them communicate with clarity and impact, identify opportunities and innovate. The Design, Innovation, Creativity, Enterprise Conference was attended by a large group of TY students on Wednesday last. This was an excellent conference and included speakers such as Mark Shaw LYIT Graduate  and members of the Donegal Film Office –  on Why are so many producers coming to Donegal and Thomas McLaughlin -“Designing with John Rocha” – Hong Kong born Fashion Designer, based in Ireland

Shaun Kelly, a former AVS student, spoke on the day. Shaun is an award winning animator from Donegal and a recent graduate of LYIT Design. The Mountcharles man was crowned ‘Best Student’ in the Department of Design and Creative Media in 2017 and has gone on to premiere his student film at festivals both locally and in the US. His film ‘After’ won best animation at the IndieBoom Film Festival in Brooklyn, earning a streaming slot at Brooklyn On-Demand (BKOD).

Now in full-time employment, Shaun is using his skills to develop courses and characters alongside his colleagues at MetaCompliance creating beneficial assets for the company.

School Tour
The countdown to the school tour is on! During the Easter holidays from Monday 26th – Thursday 29th March our TYs and 5th years will be enjoying the lovely weather in the Lake Garda district, Italy. We ask all parents and students to ensure they review the itinerary and prohibited items list on the school’s website. The page can be found under the activities tab, foreign tours and the information on the trip is located here. Students are reminded they must ensure they have their passports and European Health Card with them. In addition, students will be flying with Aer Lingus and Ryanair. Baggage – Any person checking in more than one bag will be charged an additional cost by the airline both on the outgoing and on the return journey even if the combined weight is less than 15KG. There are strict limits regarding the size and weight of the carry-on bag. It must not exceed 55cmx40cmx20cm in size and 10KG in weight. Please see Aer Lingus and Ryanair websites for full details. We are staying in the Hotel Van Vito during the trip. We will spend the first day in Verona enjoying all the spectacular sights the city has to offer such as the Arena Amphitheatre, Juliet’s House and the Lambreti Tower. The second day will be spent in Venice and we hope students bring good footwear as they will partake in a 2 hour walking tour of the fabulous city. On Wednesday students will travel to Venice and explore the National Museum. Lastly, an exciting day awaits them on the Thursday as they will visit Gardaland which boasts fifty exciting attractions!

The staff hope that the students all have an enjoyable and memorable tour. The information should be reviewed on the site prior to the trip as it is provided to improve your experience.

Hotel Course
TY students will visit Harvey’s point, Solis Castle, The Sandhouse Hotel and The Abbey Hotel to gain experience on the day to day running of a hotel. Training will be provided for students in the different areas within the hotel. Students will also learn what is expected of them when applying for a job in a hotel.

Dublin Cultural Trip
Students will be travelling to Dublin on the 14th March to take part in two exciting tours! Students will get to attend a tour of Croke Park, The Dail and Killmainham Jail. Everyone is looking forward to a fantastic day.

Sports:

2nd Year Boys’ Basketball
The 2nd year boy’s will play Gortnor Abbey in Co. Mayo on Monday 12th March. Best of luck to the team!

1st Year Boys’ Soccer
The 1st year soccer team will play St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny, on Tuesday 13th March.

Athletics
Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups. Cross country training is on Friday at lunch time.

Girls Basketball 

1st years
Well done to the 1st year girls who had a great win over the Ballinamore side. The AVS girls began to dominate from the opening minutes. Their team work was excellent from the beginning. Emma Meehan and Roisin Gillespie worked well together to get shot opportunities. Back court caused problems for both sides in the first quarter but it wasn’t long till the AVS girls, regrouped and fixed the problem. Sarah Donovan held the base very well. In the opening minutes of the second half. Rosie Campbell had a very good turn over she passed to Shauna who had a good run, she got fouled and received two shots, scoring a well-deserved two baskets. The girls defence system was strong, they had fast feet and got many scores from turn overs. The AVS girls dominated. The girls went in to half time AVS – 20, Ballinamore – 2. The AVS stared the third quarter very strong, scoring straight away. Their team performance was excellent on the court and on the bench. The girls kept the pressure on the Ballinamore girls. They were quick on their toes. Katie Gillespie and Shauna Doherty covered a lot of court and got many scores. The score for the end quarter was 30-4. The girls come out for the last quarter with a few fresh legs. They kept the pressure on the Ballinamore girls to finish them off. Over the girls had an outstanding performance and won with a big score of 30 baskets to 4.

2nd years
Hard luck to our 2nd year AVS girls who were defeated by Ballinamore on Friday. The girls had an overall excellent team performance, their support play and communication was very strong. The girls started off the game with both sides running at each other. The sides were even more very powerful. The girls had good runs and very fast breaks. Catherine Campbell showed great determination from the very beginning with excellent runs covering lots of court. The girls got many shot opportunities but were unable to score. The score at the end of the first quarter was 11-2 to Ballinamore.
The Ballinamore girls came out stronger for the second quarter, but Lily Brogan and Enya Gallagher worked hard with the other girls to stay in the game. Ally McClay had excellent passes. The AVS girls let the foot off the pedal. For the 2nd half the Ballinamore girls continued to dominate, the girls put their heads down and started to lose position. Overall, it was a very good team performance but the Ballinamore girls were stronger. The final score was 28-6.

Girls Gaelic
Good luck to the U14’s girls’ Gaelic team who will play Virginia College, Cavan, away this week.

Hurling
U14’s hurling training continues Tuesday at lunchtime. All 1st and 2nd years are welcome to attend training especially new members. Declan Sherlock, Ulster coach, will be in attendance with Mr O’Neill at training. Four Masters U14 Hurling are also looking for new members any student interested please contact coach Damien Mc Dermott. The team trains Tuesday at 6:30 pm.

Lunchtime Activities
Lunchtime activities continue as normal. Please check the notice board in the Gym. There is a least two activities a day. We remind all students that anyone can get involved and it’s good to participate in new activities.