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.

AVS Notes 2nd March 2018

 

6th Class Induction Day
Induction day for incoming 6th class students is now postponed due to National School Closure last week. All students will now attend school on Tuesday.  We will make contact this week with our incoming students to arrange a new date.

Parents Information Evening for Incoming 6th Class Students
The Information Evening for parents of incoming 6th class students’ takes place on Wednesday Evening March 6th at 7pm. This is a session where we inform you of life in the Abbey Vocational School and plans and expectations for your son or daughter.

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 I attach contact details and further information.  If you are unable to attend, please feel free to contact me to arrange an alternative time to visit. Contacts to assist:-

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

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.

You can 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

Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton TD meets Abbey Vocational School Students:

A selection of students involved in the Coding Programme at Junior Cycle attended the Launch of the School selected for the Computer Science and PE Leaving Cert Subjects during the Minister’s recent visit to Letterkenny. This was a very special day for our students who attended the event with Principal Geraldine Diver and Deputy Principal Mr Ronan Doherty along with Mr Gavin Gorman the Computer Science teacher. A further group of students attended a Computer Programming workshop in LYIT on Wednesday last – this was a wonderful learning experience for the students involved. The Minister spoke to the students from both

schools about the two leaving cert subjects and the importance of both and congratulated both schools for being successful in being selected for the initiatives and for their interest in both

Minster MR Bruton Centre, Principal Ms Geraldine Diver AVS to his left and Principal ST Eunans College Mr. Chris Darby to his right. Mr. Gavin Gorman back row left computer science teacher, Deputy Principal Mr. Ronan Doherty back row fourth from left.

LC Construction Studies Practical Examination
The Leaving Certificate Studies Practical Exam should have taken place on Thursday 1st March however, this was deferred. A new date not yet confirmed.

Home Economics
The Home Economics project deadline is now finished. The projects were to be completed by students doing the Junior Certificate by Friday 1st March.

MS Readthon
A number of students in the school participated in the MS Readathon and they raised much-needed funds for the foundation. The MS Readathon encouraged children to open their minds to the wonderful world of adventure and imagination through reading for a great cause! It gave our students the perfect opportunity to read. For students who were already bookworms, it was a chance to go deeper – perhaps to challenge themselves with longer, more advanced books. The English Department will be presenting students with awards next week. More details will follow.

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.

Debate Club
The club will meet again on Tuesday 6th March. Students of the club have been given a school related topic that they will work on over the next two weeks.

World Book Week
The AVS is delighted to celebrate World Book Day again this year. World Book Day took place all over Ireland on Thursday 1st March 2018 however; we could not celebrate it in the school this year on the set date due to the weather. 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 designs were displayed in the assembly area on Wednesday. The winners will be announced next week.

Well Read Initiative Guest Speaker – Josephine O’Donnell
Josephine O’Donnell workshop with 3A on Friday was cancelled and will be rescheduled in the coming weeks.

5th Year HL English Trip – Macbeth
108 5th year students travelled to the Millennium Forum Theatre in Derry on Wednesday 28th February. The trip benefited students studying the text, which is examined at Leaving Certificate. The Forum promised an excellent take on the Shakespeare classic and a vicious, barbaric and bloodthirsty production.

English teachers of 5th year HL supervised students on the trip. Everyone enjoyed the day and students had some time to shop and chill out after the production. Thank you to the English Department for organising such an enjoyable day.

Art
The closing date for this year’s Texaco Art Competition was Wednesday 28th February. Mr. Daly and Ms. Mc Callig are delighted to have seen so many creative pieces entered. You can view some of the students’ pieces on the Abbey Vocational School Twitter page. Well done to all who entered! Leaving Cert Applied students from the AVS are working with Kerri Waugh and past pupil Cora Murray over the last week. The students are doing a Personal Health and Wellbeing module in conjunction with Foroige.

5th year RE Talk – Stephen Richmond
Thank you to Stephen Richmond, a Presbyterian Minister, who visited the Abbey Vocational School to speak with 5th year Religion students on Monday. The students thoroughly enjoyed this session and welcome another visit in the near future.

Wellbeing:

Leaving Cert Chill out day
On Monday 26th all Leaving Certificate students visited the Bluestack Centre, Letterbarrow, Drimarone. This day had been specially arranged for our students following their Mock Exams. It gave them a day to unwind, relax and re charge the batteries after the exams. Thank you to Ms Mc Morrow who has co-ordinated the day’s events and to all of the staff who attended on the day. Thank you to the staff in the Bluestack Centre who provided an excellent array of activities and a lovely lunch on the day. The trip is always an enjoyable day full of fun filled activities for our students.

Young Social Innovators
Well done to team SHEHR who took part in the Young Social Innovator Speak Out last Tuesday. Young Social Innovators (YSI) is Ireland’s largest social awareness and active citizenship and education programme for 15- to 18-year-old teens. Its main goal is to get young people (15-18yrs) involved in action which helps improve the lives of others in their community. YSI involves thousands of young people in Ireland each year in hundreds of projects and social enterprises which are youth-led, team-based and action-focused. Each year, each YSI team is invited to present their project at the YSI Speak Out Regional fora. This year the team of David McGuckin, Oisín Doherty, James Smith and Conor McAllister presents their ideas in Ballybofey to a panel of judges and an audience of over one hundred. Team SHEHR project is based on giving 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.

They will find out in the coming weeks if their presentation was successful.

Couch to 5k
The couch to 5k programme is in the final few weeks of the programme. All participants are working towards the 9th March were they will take part in the Cara 5k. As this incentive has been such a success for both teachers and leaving cert students it will continue after the race on the 9th March. There are many mental health benefits of running. Taking on the challenge of Couch to 5K can help boost your confidence and self-belief, as you prove to yourself that you can set yourself a target and achieve a goal. This is important as our 6th year students prepare for their Leaving Certificate in the coming months. Running regularly can also be a great stress reliever and has even been shown to combat depression. The programme will continue to run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday after school on the track.

Our leaving Cert students had

Transition Year:

Photography Competition
The deadline for the TY photography competition was this Friday 2nd March. The competition was open to all students and there will be a first, second and third place prizes. Winners will be announced in the coming week.

Work Experience
Thank you to all the businesses and work places that took our TY students last week. We appreciate this and the TY’s had a fantastic time.

Architect in Schools Project
Thank you to Ms. Siobhan Gallagher who visited the AVS to work with TY students on Monday 26th February 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.

Cake Decorating
On Tuesday 27th February TY A and B participated in a Cake Decorating workshop. Group C and D were scheduled to do this on Friday on Friday 2nd March however, this will be rescheduled. Group A and B were given white balls of icing and they dyed them different colours like pink, yellow and blue. They then proceeded to mould Easter bunny structures on top of cupcakes. In addition, students were shown how to pipe cupcakes properly. They had to sculpt carrots out of orange icing as well. It was really enjoyable and they also got to keep the cupcakes!

PE Expo
On Wednesday 7th March all TY students will attend the PE Expo in Dublin City University. The event has been coordinated by Mr Carty, Ms M Gallagher, Ms Mc Donnell, Mr Mc Hugh. 3 teams have been entered in this competition with 4 students in each team, 12 students in total. On the day students will be demonstrating 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. Best of luck to our TY who have been entered into the competition.

School Tour
The countdown to the school tour is on! During the Easter holidays from Monday 26th till Thursday 29th March our TY’s 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 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 San Vito during the trip; 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.

More details will follow on the trips activities!

Sport:

Athletics
Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups. Cross country training is on Friday at lunch time. The students participated in the Bank of Ireland Talent ID Masterclass in the National Indoor Arena at the National Sports Campus. Together with 190 other participants they made up the top 200 students from 20 Irish schools, receiving coaching, advice and tips from Irish International Athletes Elizabeth Morland, Barry Pender, Brian Gregan and Dara Kervick in their respective events. Students displayed their talents through a series of testing in the 60m Sprint, High jump and Long jump, and were unfortunate to miss out on the top spots in a highly competitive field. After lunch, Brian took us through his career to date, the challenges he faced and finding the right balance between sport and school. Each of our students put in a great performance on the day, showing great dedication and were excellent representatives of the school. Students included; Sarah Donovan, Dylan Barrett, Rohan O’Hara Nolan, Stefan Parajka, Ciara Gillespie, Seamus Og Caldwell, Declan Duignan, Sophie Kennedy, Matthew Byrne and Catriona Moohan. Well done to all involved!

Girls Basketball
Hard luck to our 2nd years girls who were defeated by St. Catherine’s, Killybegs on Wednesday the 28th February. The AVS girls had a weak opening at the start of the game, the Killybegs girls started strong but it didn’t take the AVS girls long to get into the game. The girls had a good offence. There was also great speed from Amy Carr and Ella Doherty, which helped the girls stay in the game. 5 fresh legs came on for the second quarter including Enya Gallagher who covered a lot of court and scored an excellent basket almost backwards. The girls had a great team performance throughout the game, with excellent support and communication. An improvement on their passes lead to more shot opportunities. The girls were well settled going into half time. The AVS girls game out fighting, upping their game for the third quarter. Catherine Campbell had excellent runs for the remaining of the game.  The girls had good tackling and were great at receiving rebounds. The powerful Killybegs side continued to put good pressure on the AVS girls and dominate them. Ciara Cox and Aisling Murphy were subbed on and were excellent from the minute they stepped onto the court. In the last quarter Aisling scored from a fast drive while Lily held the base well. The AVS girls began to ball watch, which helped the Killybegs side, grab offence rebounds. The pressure got to the girls in the last quarter. Overall, it was an exciting game, with a lot of high quality basketball played. Well done to all involved. Final score- Killybegs 19 , AVS 12.

1st year girls training continues every Wednesday after school in the school gym. The 2nd year girls training has been moved to Monday after school in the gym. The girls game on Friday against Ballinamore in Leitrim was cancelled and will be rescheduled.

1st and 2nd Year Boys’ Basketball
1st and 2nd year boys’ basketball training has moved to Thursday after school with Mr McHugh and Saturday morning at 9-11am in the school gym.

Mr Mc Hugh’s team 1st and 2nd year’s boys’ basketball team played in Castlebar Co. Mayo on Wednesday 21st February where the AVS boys’ played St Gerald’s.

1st Year Team: E. Kenny, J. Kenny, J. Graham, D. Quinn, C. Gillespie, B. McNeely, C. McCallig, S. Óg Caldwell, P. Lyons, N. Prenderville

2nd Year Team: D. Quinn, J. Graham, S. Quinn, M. Jordan, C. Sweeney, H. Pearson, R. Kennedy, D. O’Donnell, L. Carey-McDermott, C. Campbell

Girls Basketball
Well done to the 1st year girls who had a great win over the St Catherine’s side. The AVS girls began to dominate from the opening minutes. Emma Meehan showed great determination from the start which boosted the girls confidence. From the opening minutes the girls gave a great team performance showing good communication and support on the court as well as from the bench. In the first half Sarah Donovan covered a lot of court and scored many baskets to keep the Abbey girls get ahead. Ellie Timoney and Shauna Doherty were subbed on and helped the girls continue to dominate. The girls went in ahead at half time. The girls were full of energy coming out for the third quarter with a few fresh legs. They had a good offence and were excellent at putting the Killybegs girls under pressure. The girls were very good at getting the Killybegs rebounds and got many baskets as a result. For the final quarter the AVS girls finished off the Killybegs girls, there tackling was excellent and there passing was very accurate. It was an excellent game and the AVS girls had an amazing performance overall. Well done to everyone involved.

Girls Gaelic
The U14’s girls’ Gaelic team were set to play Virginia College, Cavan, away on Thursday 1st March but again the date will be rescheduled.

Boys’ Soccer

1st year boys Gaelic
The boys have begun training for the U13’s competition in March. We are delighted also to have county coach Paddy Hegarty visiting the school to do some coaching.

Ladies Gaelic Football
U14 girls training will continue after school every Tuesday.  Please bring runners, a warm top, water and a gum shield. The U14 league will start in the coming weeks.

Girls Active
The girls will be participating in running in the hope of building up to a 5k in the coming weeks.

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.

AVS Notes 23rd February 2018

Launch of Leaving Cert Computer Science
Students from the school involved in the computer science area of coding attended a launch of the Leaving Cert Computer Science event in St Eunans on Friday last. The Minister of Education Mr Richard Bruton launched the subject area for the two Donegal schools selected to offer this subject to the incoming fifth year students. The Principal Ms Diver, Deputy Principal Mr Doherty and Computer Science teacher Mr Gorman attended the event as well as Joe Mc Hugh TD, Pearse Doherty TD Leas-Cheann Comhairle TD Pat the Cope Gallagher, Charles Mc Conalogue TD and Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn.

This was a very special occasion for the Abbey Vocational School.

Mock Exams
Congratulations to all our exam students for completing their mocks. Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate students sat mocks the Thursday and Friday before the mid – term and all of last week. Well done on completing the first step! Thank you to students for their co – operation with regard to noise on the corridors during this stressful time. In addition, thank you to all of those who assisted in the planning and preparation of the Mocks.

School Closure – Half Day
On Tuesday next, 27th February, the school will close at 1.15 p.m. to facilitate staff training in Child Protection.

Leaving Cert Chill out day
On Monday 26th all Leaving Certificate students will visit the Bluestack Centre, Letterbarrow, Drimarone. This day has been specially arranged for our students following their Mock Exams. It gives them a day to unwind, relax and re charge the batteries after the exams. Thank you to Ms Mc Morrow who has co-ordinated the day’s events. . All Leaving Certificate students will attend this trip. The trip is always an enjoyable day full of fun filled activities for our students.

MS Readthon
A number of students participated in the MS Readathon and raised money for the foundation. The MS Readathon encouraged children to open their minds to the wonderful world of adventure and imagination through reading for a great cause! It gave our students the perfect opportunity to read. For kids who were already bookworms, it was a chance to go deeper – perhaps to challenge themselves with longer, more advanced books. The English Department will be presenting students with awards next weeks. More details will follow.

Induction day for 6th class students
An Induction day for 6th class students will take place on Tuesday, 6th March 2018. 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.

Physical Education new Leaving Cert Subject
Thank you to all who attended the Information Evening for Physical Education as a Leaving Certificate subject for September 2018. Again, we are delighted to announce that two new curriculums for Physical Education at senior cycle will be introduced from September 2018 to our incoming 5th year students.

Debate Club
The club will meet again on Tuesday 27th February. Students of the club have been given a school related topic that they will work on over the next two weeks.

World Book Week
The AVS is delighted to be celebrating World Book Day again this year. World Book Day takes place on Thursday 1st March 2018. 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 will be hosting various competitions to celebrate the day second year students will be allowed time in class to design a book cover (they can choose any book they wish). The designs will be displayed around the assembly area for World Book Day and there may be prizes for the best designs! In addition, first years students will be creating a poster to promote World Book Day and to encourage reading as a leisure activity. Ms Logue’s coding classes are working on posters in their classes to promote the day.

Well Read Initiative Guest Speaker – Josephine O’Donnell
Josephine O’Donnell is conducting a workshop with Ms Canning’s class 3A on Friday 2nd March. Josephine is a local historian and writer, she will be going through the creative process of writing a book, composing and the publishing stages. The initiative aims to create heightened awareness about the importance of creating a culture of reading in school communities for our young people as part of their personal and academic development.

5th Year HL English Trip – Macbeth
108 5th year students will travel to the Millennium Forum Theatre in Derry on Wednesday 28th February. The trip will benefit students studying the text which is examined at Leaving Certificate. The Forum promises an excellent take on the Shakespeare classic and the vicious, barbaric undercurrent in Shakespeare’s most fear-filled tragedy erupts in this kinetic, blood-thirsty production.

Set in the 11th century and culminating in an epic battle filled with revenge, justice, and beheadings, the production gives life to some of literature’s most vibrant language and characters.

Wellbeing:

Irish Heart Foundation Coffee Morning
Thank you to all those who donated to the coffee morning before the mid – term break; the event raised a total of €336.20. The event highlighted heart health and as we are a school who promotes Wellbeing it is vital we look after our heart health as cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in our country. Thank you again to all who baked and donated!

Couch to 5k
Our runners are still training hard for the ‘Couch to 5k’! There are many mental health benefits of running as well as health benefits for our students and staff. The programme will run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday after school on the track. Please feel free to join regardless of your fitness level!

Operation Transformation
The pounds are slowly dropping off as the staff continue to battle with shifting weight as part of ‘Operation Transformation’. We hope we can keep up the healthy eating and loose even more!

Art
A reminder that entries for this year’s Texaco Art Competition are due on Wednesday 28th February. The Texaco Art Competition are “inviting artists across the island of Ireland to participate in a national celebration of Children’s Art as they mark 64 years of the Texaco Children’s Art Competition.  Acknowledged as the longest running sponsorship in the history of art sponsoring in Ireland the Competition has been in existence since 1955 and has enjoyed an unbroken history of success. The closing date for their next Competition is Wednesday 28th February 2018 and they hope that they will continue to see outstanding creativity and talent reflected in the finest and widest choice of entries that we receive. You can download a School/Art School Application Form or a Home Application Form from www.texacoartcompetition.ie. Mr Daly and Ms Mc Callig have forms available also.

Transition Year students are organizing a photography competition which is open to all students in the school. There will be a first, second and third place prizes. There is no specific theme or format (dimensions) and images may be colour or black and white. Entries can be submitted as hard copy to room 38 or can be emailed to avsphotographycompetition@gmail.com. The deadline for entries is Friday 2nd March.

Transition Year:

Work Experience
This week our TY students completed their second week of work experience. We can’t wait to hear the feedback next week and see how they got on in the world of work!

Young Social Innovators (YSI)
A number of our TY students are in the middle of preparing their YSI projects which they will present at the Speak Out competition next week in Ballybofey on the 27th February. Our students will be hoping to progress from the regional stages of the competition on this day. YSI is Ireland’s largest social awareness and active citizenship and education programme for 15-18 year old teens. Its main goal is to get young people (15-18yrs) involved in action which helps improve the lives of others in their community. YSI involves thousands of young people in Ireland each year in hundreds of projects and social enterprises which are youth-led, team-based and action-focused. Each year, each YSI team is invited to present their project at the YSI Speak Out Regional fora. A national Showcase of Young Social Innovators takes place in May each year where thousands of young social innovators come together and showcase their projects.

Architect in Schools Project
Ms Siobhan Gallagher will visit AVS to work with TY students on Monday 26th  February 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.

Cake Decorating
On Tuesday 27th February the TY’s will participate in a Cake Decorating workshop – we are hoping for some cakes that Mary Berry would be proud of! Groups A and B will participate in this Tuesday and C and D on Friday 2nd March.

Sport:

Athletics
Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups. Cross country training is on Friday at lunch time.  The Donegal schools cross country final will be held in the coming weeks.

The finals for the Ulster Schools Cross Country were held this week in Mullish playing fields Belfast on Wednesday 21st February. Thank you to Dara Kervick from Athletics Ireland who came into the school on Tuesday 20th in conjunction with the Bank of Ireland to do a series of fitness tests with our 1st and 2nd year athletes. The students had to do a warm – up, then a series of timed sprints, standing long – jumps, vertical jumps and they played games. The 1st year are attending an athletics workshop

Girls Basketball
1st year girls training continues every Wednesday after school in the school gym. The 2nd year girls training has been moved to Monday after school in the school gym. The girls play St. Catherine’s Vocational school in Killybegs on Thursday 1st March. In addition, there’s no rest for the girls as they play Ballinamore Community School on Friday 2nd March, in Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim, Ireland. Good luck to Ms Mc Donnell and the team.

1st and 2nd Year Boys’ Basketball
Mr Mc Hugh’s team will take on the 1st and 2nd year’s boys’ basketball team in Castlebar Co. Mayo on Wednesday 21st February where the AVS boys’ will play St Gerald’s. 1st and 2nd year boys’ basketball training has moved to Thursday after school with Mr McHugh and Saturday morning at 9-11 in the school gym. Our 1st and 2nd years played St Nathy’s College on Thursday at home.

Both 1st & 2nd Year Boys teams played their second games of the league on Thursday 23rd February at home against St. Nathy’s of Roscommon. The 1st years produced another fine display, to go along with their win two weeks ago against Coláiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon, by recording a second win in as many matches. After a closely contested first quarter, the Abbey boys found their feet and ran out convincing winners by 45-15.

The 2nd Year game was a much closer affair and indeed needed overtime to separate the sides. After a real nip and tuck game, St.Nathy’s took the lead for the first time in the final quarter and led by 4pts with 40seconds remaining. However, the AVS battled bravely, scoring two late baskets to bring the game to OT. Within OT, AVS opened up a 5pt lead which they never looked like relinquishing to seal a dramatic win.

1st Year Team: E. Kenny, J. Kenny, J. Graham, D. Quinn, C. Gillespie, B. McNeely, C. McCallig, S. Óg Caldwell, P. Lyons, N. Prenderville

2nd Year Team: D. Quinn, J. Graham, S. Quinn, M. Jordan, C. Sweeney, H. Pearson, R. Kennedy, D. O’Donnell, L. Carey-McDermott, C. Campbell

Girls Gaelic
The U14’s girls Gaelic team will play Virginia College, Cavan, away next Thursday 1st March – best of luck to the girls!

Boys’ Soccer
Mr Mc Hugh’s U15 Boys Soccer team will play Cootehill, Cavan next Tuesday, 27th February. Good luck to the team!

1st year boys Gaelic
The boys have begun training for the U13’s competition in March. We are delighted also to have county coach Paddy Hegarty visiting the school to do some coaching.

Ladies Gaelic Football
U14 girls training will continue after school every Tuesday.  Please bring runners, a warm top, water and a gum shield. The U14 league will start in the coming weeks.

Girls Active
The Girls’ active is every Friday 3:45pm- 4:45 pm. These groups are taking part in hip-hop, which will finish this week. All 1st, 2nd and 3rd years are welcome. After dancing the girls will be participating in running in the hope of building up to a 5k.

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.

AVS Notes 9th February 2018

Mock Exams
Good luck to all our Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate students who took their first steps on their exam journey this week. The mock exams will continue after the mid-term and we hope that all students apply themselves as best as they can over this exam period.

Aonad Open Day
A number of 6th class students interested in becoming a student in our Aonad, which is opening in September 2018, enjoyed an Open Day and experienced what the school has to offer on Friday, 9th February. During the day music was performed in Irish, the students were given a talk on the Aonad, they sampled subjects such as Home Economics and Woodwork, played games as Gaeilge, took part in Kahoot puzzles on chrome books, had lunch and finished the day with sports and a ceilí in the Gym. A number of students and staff were involved in helping out too, thank you to all involved.

Subject Choices
Third year and TY students received a talk from school staff Ms Diver and Ms Mc Morrow on Tuesday. They went through the options with students and explained in detail how new subjects such as P.E and Computer Science are examined. We remind students to think carefully about their options and to discuss them before choosing. The students have completed a stage one option form – they will again be given a final option form for completion on their return to school after the midterm break.

Physical Education new Leaving Cert Subject
Thank you to all who attended the information evening for Physical Education as a Leaving Certificate subject for September 2018. Again, we are delighted to announce that two new curriculums for Physical Education at senior cycle will be introduced from September 2018 to our incoming 5th year students.

Senior Cycle Options – Parent Information Evening
Ms Mc Morrow and Ms Faherty facilitated an Information Evening on Tuesday 6th February for parents of Senior Cycle students. The talk covered Senior subjects’ choices and the new options available for students. The Careers Department answered questions and explained the AVS’ options on the night. A huge thank you to the Careers Department!

1st year Enrolment
The deadline for first year enrolment has now passed. It is vital that those planning to enrol return their forms as soon as possible please. We will host an Open Day/Induction Day for our incoming 6th class students on March 6th 2018.

5th Year Physics Trip – IOP Workshops
Mr Hegarty’s 5th year Physics class visited Foyle College campus on Tuesday 6th February. The students enjoyed a fast paced lecture from James Soper, an internationally renowned science presenter, ex-professional circus performer and Guinness World Record holding juggler.

Debate Club
A Debate Club meeting for first year students took place on Wednesday 7th February. Ms Murray discussed the feedback that was given from the previous week in which students enjoyed a workshop with Maura Logue. The club will meet again on Tuesday 27th February. Students of the club have been given a school related topic that they will work on over the next two weeks.

Wellbeing:

Irish Heart Foundation Coffee Morning
The AVS staffroom hosted a coffee morning on Friday 9th February in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation. The fundraising event was in association with RTÉ 2FM, the foundation urgently need to raise €250k in the fight against heart disease and stroke. You too can ‘Show Some Heart’ this February by purchasing a temporary tattoo in DayBreak or Insomnia stores nationwide. Ms Murray would like to thank all the staff who baked and donated on Friday, your support was appreciated. As we are a school who promotes Wellbeing it is vital we look after our heart health as cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in our country.

Couch to 5k
The ‘Couch to 5k’ programme is well under way with many staff and students participating and making use of our track. There are many mental health benefits of running. The programme will run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday after school on the track. Please feel free to join regardless of your fitness level!

Operation Transformation
A number of staff members are participating in ‘Operation Transformation’. Staff are weighed every Wednesday and at the end of the 12 weeks we are hoping to beat last year’s weight loss. We are doing very well so far and we are eager to keep up the hard work.

Health Promoting schools
Well done to Norin Harron who was the winner of the Health Promoting School bike raffle.

‘Schools Go Orange’ for Cycle Against Suicide
Cycle Against Suicide is an initiative started to raise awareness of the considerable help and supports that are available for anyone battling depression, self-harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide. On Friday 9th February the AVS went orange in support of Cycle Against Suicide. Throughout the day many students wore orange during class, we had many displays around the school and every student got a positive comment posted onto their lockers.

LCA Careers trip
Ms McMorrow took several LCA students to the Northwest Regional College, Derry on Wednesday 7th February. The students had a lovely tour of the campus on the day. In addition, they witnessed many live demos from a variety of courses. “The College has main campuses in Derry-Londonderry, Limavady and Strabane, and supports over 20,000 student enrolments each year. Learners attend from all parts of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, undertaking full-time or part-time study programmes in a range of vocational or non-vocational areas” (www.nwrc.ac.uk)

Construction Studies Talk
Coordinated by Mr O Donnell, Declan Loane, from Quinn Building Products visited the AVS to speak with 6th year Construction Studies students on Monday 5th February. The talk focused on the products the company manufactured and the importance of thermal insulation, u-values, thermal bridging etc. “Since it was first founded in the 1970’s, the Quinn group of companies has grown into one of the most successful manufacturers of building products in the UK and Ireland. From its humble beginnings when its origins lay in the supply of sand and gravel to local builders and farmers, it has now transformed into a multi-national business with an impressive portfolio of products” (www.quinn-buildingproducts.com)

Art
A reminder that entries for this year’s Texaco Art Competition are due on Wednesday 28th February. The Texaco Art Competition are “inviting artists across the island of Ireland to participate in a national celebration of Children’s Art as they mark 64 years of the Texaco Children’s Art Competition.  Acknowledged as the longest running sponsorship in the history of art sponsoring in Ireland the Competition has been in existence since 1955 and has enjoyed an unbroken history of success. The closing date for their next Competition is Wednesday 28th February 2018 and they hope that they will continue to see outstanding creativity and talent reflected in the finest and widest choice of entries that we receive. You can download a School/Art School Application Form or a Home Application Form from www.texacoartcompetition.ie. Mr Daly and Ms Mc Callig have forms available also.

Transition Year students are organizing a photography competition which is open to all students in the school. There will be a first, second and third place prizes. There is no specific theme or format (dimensions) and images may be colour or black and white. Entries can be submitted as hard copy to room 38 or can be emailed to avsphotographycompetition@gmail.com. The deadline for entries is Friday 2nd March.

Music
Well done to all our exam students in their mock practical exams we wish them luck in the upcoming exam. Thank you to all the students who performed at our Open Night. You all sounded great.

Good luck to a number of students who will perform in ‘Grease’ the Musical in the Central Hotel this weekend. A great number of our students are involved such as Anna Campbell, Síofra Maurerhofer, Aoife Breslin, Killain Faulkner, Ellen Mc Groary, Daniel Gallagher, Brian Fegan, Gerard Mc Intyre, Aidan Mc Hugh. Well done, it is amazing to see our students involved in such a remarkable production. The schools Trad Group will continue at lunch time on Tuesdays.

Transition Year

Work Experience
After midterm, from the 19th – 23rd TY students will complete their second week of work experience. Students are expected to have their work placement organised at this point. Students are completing work experience in places such as Primary and Secondary schools, Pharmacy’s, Veterinary Clinics and Catering Colleges. We wish our students the best of luck during their week of work experience.

Interview Skills Workshop
Nicola Dunnion from LYIT conducted an Interview Skills workshop in the AVS on Friday 9th February. Interviewing may be the most important skill a person will need when looking for a suitable job. They decision to hire someone is based on the interviews. Students looked at CV’s in the workshop and how CV’s may secure you an interview but an interview authenticates your CV. Students learnt very valuable tips and tricks which is a great benefit to them going forward. In addition, they learnt how to present themselves in interviews, how to answer questions properly, they discovered what employers look for in employees and many more tips. The students found the workshop very interesting and enjoyable.

Young Social Innovators (YSI)
A number of our TY students are in the middle of preparing their YSI projects which they will present at the Speak Out competition in Ballybofey on the 27th February. Our students will be hoping to progress from the regional stages of the competition on this day. YSI is Ireland’s largest social awareness and active citizenship and education programme for 15-18 year old teens. Its main goal is to get young people (15-18yrs) involved in action which helps improve the lives of others in their community. YSI involves thousands of young people in Ireland each year in hundreds of projects and social enterprises which are youth-led, team-based and action-focused. Each year, each YSI team is invited to present their project at the YSI Speak Out Regional fora. A national Showcase of Young Social Innovators takes place in May each year where thousands of young social innovators come together and showcase their projects.

 Sport:

Athletics
Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups. Cross country training is on Friday at lunch time.  The Donegal schools cross country final will be held in the coming weeks.

Well done to three of our pupils who qualified for the Ulster Schools Cross Country finals after participating in the E District competition in Necorne Estate, Irvinestown on Wednesday.  Savannah Timoney ran an outstanding race and finished second in the Junior Girl’s competition. Kitty Mc Nulty finished an incredible 6th in a tough intermediate girl’s competition and Oisín Joyce came 11th in the Senior Boys race. Well done to all are athletes who struggled through the wintery conditions to represent the school in the cross country competition. The finals will be held in Mullish playing fields Belfast on Wednesday 21st February. Best of luck to all are athletes in the final!

Girls Basketball
1st year girls training continues every Wednesday after school in the school gym. The 2nd year girls training has been moved to Monday after school in the school gym.

Boys Basketball
1st and 2nd year boys’ basketball training has moved to Thursday after school with Mr McHugh and Saturday morning at 9-11 in the school gym.

Well done to the 1st and 2nd year boys who played Ballina Community School on Friday. They also play St Gerald’s Castlebar in Castlebar on Wednesday the 21st February.

1st and 2nd Year Basketball
Mr Mc Hugh’s team will take on the 1st and 2nd year’s boys’ basketball team in Castlebar Co. Mayo on Wednesday 21st February where the AVS boys’ will play St Gerald’s.

1st year boys Gaelic
The boys have begun training for the U13s competition in March. We are delighted also to have county coach Paddy Hegarty visiting the school to do some coaching.

Ladies Gaelic Football
U14 girls training will continue after school every Tuesday.  Please bring runners, a warm top, water and a gum shield. The U14 league will start in the coming weeks.

Girls Active
The Girls’ active is every Friday 3:45pm- 4:45 pm. They are still taking part in hip hop. All 1st, 2nd and 3rd years are welcome. €1 per session.

Hurling
U16 hurling training continues Tuesday at lunch time. All Hurlers are welcome.

Lunch time activities
Lunch time 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.

AVS Notes 2nd February 2018

Physical Education new Leaving Cert Subject
We are delighted to announce that two new curriculums for Physical Education at senior cycle will be introduced from September 2018 to our incoming 5th year students:

  1. Leaving Certificate Physical Education (optional subject for examination in the Leaving Certificate). This subject will consist of three components for assessment. Students will be required to complete a physical activity project, a performance assessment and a written examination.
  2. The Senior Cycle Physical Education Framework (not for examination).

Phase 1 of the implementation process will involve a small cohort of schools who have the capacity to introduce Physical Education as a Leaving Certificate subject and/or the Senior Cycle Physical Education Framework in September 2018. The Abbey Vocational School has been selected for both of these subjects. There will be an information evening on this and the optional subjects on Tuesday February 6th at 7.30 pm in the school.

Open Night
The AVS welcomed in the public in on Wednesday 31st, we were delighted to give parents and prospective parents a tour of the school grounds. Students and parents experienced the school through the tour and were treated to many active demonstrations. There was a variety of activities available for students to participate in on the night; the Science Department allowed students to take a look at some exciting experiments they will engage in throughout their school career, Modern Languages had French and Spanish food on offer plus some games for students to take part in and Home Economics had tasty treats that some of our AVS students cooked on the night. We hope that parents of prospective students of Donegal Town and the wider community enjoyed this opportunity to view our excellent facilities.  Again, a huge thank you to the staff and students without you the night would not have been possible; your hard work is appreciated! Thank you again. The deadline for enrolment is Friday, 9th February 2018.

We will host an Open Day/Induction Day for our incoming 6th class students on March 6th 2018.

Aonad Gaeilge – An Irish Medium Education Initiative
The AVS hosted their first Information Evening on open night for all parents and students interested in the Aonad Gaeilge. The Aonad Gaeilge will cater for students who wish to be educated in an Irish medium environment, instilling a love of Irish language and culture among the students.

At the information evening further details were provided on the running of the new programme which will open in September 2018. In addition, parents were given the opportunity to ask questions. Thank you to Ms R O’ Donnell, head of the Irish Department in the AVS, spoke to parents on the night and was available to answer any questions after. Thank you to all the staff who are working in the Aonad next September who spoke to parents on the night about our new addition to the AVS.

Well Read Initiative
Room 12 opened its doors this week at lunchtime and will continue to every Monday and Wednesday from this week on. Students are invited to pop in and borrow some of the books from the shelves, which have recently been updated with some great new titles.

Irish Orals
Congratulations to our Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate students who completed their Irish oral mock this week. Thank you to our students who created a quiet atmosphere in the areas where the mocks were being held.

Mock Exams
Good luck to our Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate students who start their mock exams next Thursday 8th February. Our exam students are now preparing for these exams which are very important in the overall preparation for the State Exams in June. Note, that evening study continues for students and we now have arrangements in place for lunchtime study groups for Leaving Certs in the Library.

Senior Cycle Options Night
The Senior Cycle Options Night for parents of those students going into TY or Fifth year will take place next Tuesday night 6th February in the school. The talk will cover the Transition Year Programme and the subject choice available for 5th years. We encourage all parents to attend.

5th Year Physics Trip – IOP Workshops
Mr Hegarty’s 5th year Physics class will visit Foyle College campus on Tuesday, 6th February. Students are in for a treat as James Soper, internationally renowned science presenter, ex-professional circus performer and Guinness World Record holding juggler, will perform a fast-paced and interactive show especially written for 14-16 year olds.

Gaeltacht Talk
Thank you to the Irish Department and Ms Mc Geehan for organising a representative, Kevin Cassidy, from Coláiste Chú Chulainn, Gweedore, to speak to our 1st and 2nd years this Friday, 2nd February. The Gaeltacht is an excellent way for students to improve their Irish and allow themselves to be submersed in the Irish culture while engaging with native Irish speakers, attending Irish classes and conversing through Irish. There are many courses available for the summer month which can be seen on their website.

5th Year Talk – Shane Martin
Shane Martin is a psychologist dedicated to teaching the very best self-help psychology to empower people to enhance the quality of their lives. His ‘Moodwatchers’ Psychology Course has been delivered at community venues throughout the length and breadth of Ireland.

Shane has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences on a range of topics around empowerment, recovery and happiness. A leader within the area of education, he has visited hundreds of educational institutions nationwide working with management teams, teachers/lecturers, students and parents. Shane gave an inspiring talk to our fifth year students on Thursday last and covered areas on positive mental health 1. MINDING OURSELVES: Uprooting the roots of stress 2. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF RESILIENCE: How to Build Resilience within Ourselves 3. HEALTH AND HAPPINESS: How to refresh your life.

Leaving Certificate Talk – Jason Black
Jason Black visited our Leaving Certs on Friday last for a very memorable talk. He was both inspiring and personal and touched a chord with each and every one of our school community at a very special event. Born in Ireland & growing up in Co. Donegal as a young boy, his love for the great outdoors was heavily influenced through cubs and scouts. Mother Nature providing the mountains waterways & unspoiled coast line, Ireland was to be his perfect adventure playground. Jason’s light hearted fun filled nature makes expedition life an adventure to enjoy. But his unfaltering determination as a very keen athlete from a very early age, has always played centre stage in his daily life allowing no obstacle stand between him and success in life.

Sometimes we choose the challenges, but what do we do when the challenges choose us? You are in control. You decide your place in the future.  You can create a culture in which people contribute and invest their energy, where they motivate themselves.  Jason delivered a high-impact talk to our students which reminded the students that they have a choice. They have the capacity to dig deep to overcome the challenges of life.

Career Guidance
The Guidance Department have set up a Google Classroom for Apprenticeship information provision.  Please ask your Guidance Counsellor or one of your practical subject teachers for the Google Classroom code.

Ms Mc Morrow and Ms Faherty would like to remind 6th year students that they should be making their 1:1 appointments as soon as possible.  The Guidance Department are here to help in any way we can over the course of the next very important couple of months.  5th year students are also welcome to request a 1:1 appointment.

LC Links Module
The deadline for the Leaving Certificate Links module is next week on Wednesday, 7th February. Students need to ensure their portfolio is handed in by Wednesday and no later.

Debate Club
Approximately fifty students in 1st year took part in an introduction to debate on Tuesday, 30th January. Maura Logue delivered the workshop and she worked on a number of key factors that are important in debate such as body language, confidence, commanding your audience, role play, group vocalisation, tone of voice, counter – arguments and how to use strong opening statements effectively. Next week on Tuesday 6th the club will meet to be given their new topic “Uniforms in schools”. Students will prepare for this topic in the class on Tuesday. Following on from this they will speak in another workshop on their given topic for 30 seconds in another workshop with Maura Logue in the coming weeks.

Couch to 5k
The couch to 5k programme is well under way with many staff and students participating and making use of our track. There are many mental health benefits of running. The programme will run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday after school on the track. Please feel free to join regardless of your fitness level!

Operation Transformation
A number of staff members are participating in ‘Operation Transformation’. Staff are weighed every Wednesday and at the end of the 12 weeks we are hopeful to beat our weight loss from last year.

LCA Careers trip
Ms McMorrow will be taking several LCA students to the Northwest Regional College, Derry on Wednesday, 7th February. The students will be able to take a tour of the campus and see what courses and apprenticeships they have to offer.

Transition Years:

Personal Safety
TYs participated in a Personal Safety workshop on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd of February.

This programme helps secondary school students develop increased personal safety and awareness. The students on the day learnt how to recognise and evaluate a range of situations and assess their own position within those situations. Students were taught methods and skills to protect themselves and promote their personal awareness. Personal Safety and Awareness is an invaluable aspect of student development, beneficial to all students moving on through the school senior cycle, third level education and throughout their adult life.

On the day students learned how important it is to communicate effectively, develop assertiveness in a positive manner, evaluate attitude and behaviour of others and help students understand consent and the consequences of inappropriate behaviour.

This programme links with existing school modules such Personal and Social Development and Health Education. See www.personalsafety.ie for more information. Our TY’s thoroughly enjoyed the day and they feel it will benefit them throughout their lives and school career. A huge thanks you to Alex and Nick for covering such a great workshop!

Spanish workshop
Spanish students of TY took part in a drama and dance workshop on Monday 29th. Students learned a range of traditional dances. The workshop was conducted through Spanish. Students enjoyed the challenge and their oral Spanish has benefited greatly. The workshop was carried by Arantxa Lopez from ID Languages. ID Languages is a family – owned business run by siblings Arantxa and Mikel López, from Vitoria, the stunning capital of the Basque Country. The workshop is intended to help students communicate better and expand their use of the language.

Young Americans
Students from 1st – 5th year had the amazing experience of taking part in The Young Americans. The Young Americans is a Performing Arts College situated in California. We would like to congratulate all the students for their effort throughout the weekend and for putting on an outstanding show. Thank you to the Young Americans for once again inspiring our students and the community and for giving our students unforgettable memories.

Road Safety
On Tuesday, 2nd February TY and LCA students will take part in a MOG Road Safety course. The course will take place outside on the school track throughout the day. Students will learn more about the risks driving has and how to prevent accidents.

Work Experience
From the 19th – 23rd TY students will complete their second week of work experience. Students are expected to have their work placement organised at this point. Students are completing work experience in places such as Primary and Secondary schools, Pharmacy’s, Veterinary Clinics and Catering Colleges. We wish our students the best of luck during their week of work experience.

Sports:

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

The Donegal Schools Cross Country final will be held in the coming weeks. Our cross-country team will also be travelling to Irvinestown for the Ulster Schools Competition on 7th February – good luck to all involved!

Well done to our 1st year girls Sportshall Team for competing in the County Final. The girls had a very successful day and represented the school very well, finishing 4th place in the county. Well done to Sarah Donovan for finishing 1st overall in the 6th lap. The girls had many top 5 results including the rally B team with Roisin Gillespie, Shauna Doherty, Jessica Gallagher and Jennifer Foster finishing 3rd overall.

Well done to the TY students who helped organise and officiate the Primary School Regional Final as part of the sports leadership and their community hours. It was a very well run event and thank you to all that helped. The top three were St Naul’s- 1st with 103 points, Frosses NS – 2nd with 87 points and Cashel came 3rd with 80 points.

Girls Basketball
1st year girls training continues every Wednesday after school in the school gym. The 2nd year girls training has been moved to Monday after school in the school gym. Good luck to the girls who play Ballinamore on Friday.

Boys Basketball
1st and 2nd year boys basketball training has moved to Thursday after school with Mr McHugh and Saturday morning at 9-11am in the school gym. The 1st and 2nd year league will start in the coming weeks.

U15 Soccer
The boys will now play in the cup, the draw will take place next week.

First Year Boys’ Soccer
The First Year Boys Soccer Team made the long trip on Monday to Buncrana to play Scoil Mhuire in the Cup. After a very entertaining and close opening half with both sides having chances, it was Jake Graham who opened the scoring with a well-placed header from a great corner from Declan Duignan. AVS had a significant height advantage over their opponents and looked to use this to their advantage. Paddy Lyons in the AVS goals made a great save towards the end of the first half to leave the score 1-0 at half time.  Scoil Mhuire started the 2nd half much better and got the equaliser 10 mins into the half after a mix up in the AVS box. AVS responded well and Aaron McGrory restored the AVS lead with a cool finish after a great ball into the box from Jack Kenny. AVS continued to press and scored the goal of the game through Daniel Quinn, after a great run and smashing the ball into the top corner from outside the box. AVS scored the final goal of the game through Liam Gallagher, after a great through ball from Quinn. Final score, 4-1.

Hard luck to the first year boys who played Stranolar on Friday, 2nd February. It was a tough game with the boys going in 2 down at half time. Liam Gallagher kept the boys in the game scoring a brilliant goal but the Stranolar boys scored in the opening minutes of the second half. Well done to David Crawford who made his first appearance on the pitch, he had an excellent game.

1st Year Boys Gaelic
The boys have begun training for the U13s competition in March. We are delighted also to have county coach Paddy Hegarty visiting the school to do some coaching.

Ladies Gaelic Football
U14 girls training will continue after school every Tuesday.  Please bring runners, a warm top, water and a gum shield. The U14 league will start in February.

Hard luck to the U20 girls who were knocked out in the Ulster preliminary round. The girls travelled to Garvaghey in Tyrone to play St Louise’s of Belfast. The AVS girls had a strong opening first half, playing against the wind with Fiona Shovlin and Aine Mc Groarty taking great shots. Captain Layla Alvey and Niamh Boyle had some excellent runs throughout the game covering a lot of ground. The St Louise’s girls went in at half time on top. In the opening 10 minutes of the second half the St Louise’s girls came out strong and began to dominate. The AVS girls took the foot off the pedal for a few minutes, which allowed the Belfast girls to get many scores to remain on top. In the last minutes of the game the AVS girls fought back, stronger than ever with Ellie Muldoon and Elle Battle carrying the team through. The girls fought to the bitter end showing great determination and attitude but eventually running out of time.

Girls Active
The girls’ active is every Friday 3:45- 4:45. We are taking part in hip hop dancing. All 1st, 2nd and 3rd years are welcome. €1 per session.

Hurling
U16 hurling training continues Tuesday at lunch time.

Lunchtime activities
Lunchtime activities continue as normal. Please check the notice board in the gym. There is a least two activities a day.