AVS Notes 24th November 2017

Numerous Prestigious Awards for AVS students

Students from the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town have received numerous scholarships in recent weeks following their outstanding Leaving Certificate results in June, giving the school cause for celebration.

Hollie Roper was recently awarded a UCD Entrance Scholarship, based on excellent Leaving Certificate results and is now studying veterinary medicine in UCD. Hollie has also been awarded a JP Mc Manus Scholarship which she received on Saturday, 25th November in the University of Limerick for her outstanding results.

The All Ireland Scholarships Programme has been in operation for nearly ten years and provides 125 Third Level Education Scholarships per annum throughout the thirty-two counties of Ireland, North and South. A minimum of two scholarships is awarded in each county each year. The scholarship programme was established in 2008 with a very generous donation of €30m from JP McManus.

Four students, Kate Gurren, Emily Mc Gill, Anna Morrow and Eoin Slevin have been awarded DCU Entrance Scholarships for their outstanding Leaving Certificate results. Kate is studying Communications and Media, Emily is studying Applied Physics, Anna is studying Actuarial Maths and Eoin is studying Global Business and Spanish.

Emily Mc Gill was also awarded the Naughton Scholarship at a ceremony in Trinity College in September for her outstanding application and Leaving Certificate results. Each year 36 students are awarded Naughton Scholarships.

There is at least one winner from each County in the Republic of Ireland.  The scholarship is intended as a reward and encouragement to exceptional students who would like to study in the STEM field (science, technology, engineering and maths) at University. Emily is studying Applied Physics at DCU.

Abbey Vocational School Principal, Geraldine Diver, is delighted with their success, “We at the Abbey Vocational School are absolutely delighted with the success of our former students in being awarded these prestigious scholarships. These students are extremely deserving of these scholarships and I wish them every success with their future studies and careers. I would like to acknowledge all of our staff here in the school for all of the support given to all of our students during their time here.”

The Abbey Vocational School is one of fifteen post-primary schools in the county under the direction of Dr Martin Gormley, Donegal ETB Director of Schools. Dr Gormley paid tribute to the students and the school staff, “I would like to congratulate all the students on receiving these prestigious scholarships. “It is a testament to their hard work and dedication, assisted and supported by the staff and management of the Abbey Vocational School. It is also further evidence of the exceptional standards of teaching and learning being promoted across Donegal ETB schools, colleges and centres. On behalf of Donegal ETB, I would like to wish all of the students every success in their studies

Parent/Teacher Meeting
1st year students will have their Parent/Teacher meeting on Wednesday, 29th November. In addition, the 2nd year Parent/Teacher meeting will take place on Thursday, 7th December. We encourage all parents to attend, where possible.

Mock Interviews
The Mock Interviews for 6th Years took place in school this Wednesday. It was a great evening involving the school, students, the whole community and the Parents’ Association. We welcomed a variety of people with such a broad range of expertise to the school and thank you to all of those who very kindly gave of their time to support our students. We would like to thank the Parents’ Association and the Career Guidance Department for planning this wonderful evening.

Art
First year Art students have almost completed their work for the Donegal Domestic Violence Services Project. The work, which is aimed at raising awareness about the issue of domestic violence against women and healthy relationships, will /be on display in the Public Services Centre at Drumlonagher from Monday, 27th November.

AVS winners in The Credit Union Art Competition were as follows: Sophie Anderson, Eoin Meehan, Rachel Reid, Adam Bustard, Lily Brogan, Aine McGroarty, Anna Gillow, Laura Kelly, Marguerita McHugh, Elle Battle, Ava Harold, Shannon Patton and Louise Burke. Congratulations to all the winners.

The Mount Charles Big School Cook Off
Irish News has teamed up with food-service firm, Mount Charles, to find budding young chefs in the 2nd annual Big School Cook Off. Pupils aged 11-14 from Northern Ireland and Donegal could apply to take part in the competition. The competitions first stage involved creating a recipe for a main course for two people on a budget of £7.50. Two students from our school – Chloe Boyle and Aimee Gallagher (3rd year) have reached the Regional final stage of the competition which is to be held in January 2018. Best of luck to the girls and well done for reaching this point in the competition. (See Irish News website)

Junior Cycle RACE Testing
Junior Cert RACE testing took place this week. RACE allows for certain accommodations in State Examinations and identifies which students are eligible.

Guidance Department
LYIT will hold a careers talk for Leaving Certs in the library on Wednesday, 29th November at 9.40 a.m. Attendance at the talk is optional.

Wellbeing
Big Brother, Big Sister mentoring training takes place on 5th December 2017 for a selection of Leaving and TY students. “Big Brother Big Sister” is an internationally recognised youth mentoring programme that forms supportive friendships for young people inspiring them to brighter futures. Big Brother Big Sister nationally and internationally is proven through research to improve young people’s wellbeing, improve their social support and relationships with others. BBBS is operated in Ireland by Foróige. Our staff continue with their yoga sessions and they now have only three weeks left.

The Late Late Toy Show
This year three of our students will feature this Friday, 1st December on the Late Late Toy show. The girls, Ellen McGroary, Aoife Breslin and Síofra Maurerhofer will take to the stage in front of 1.6 million viewers on the Late Late Toy Show as Revolutionary. The hugely popular edition of RTE’s chat show always proves to be a major hit with audiences. An incredible 1.57 million people tuned into last year’s edition, making it the second most watched television show of the century so far.

Transition Year

TY Work Experience
Ty students will begin their first week of work experience on the 4th December. It is a great opportunity for the students to get to see how different businesses work and get a taste of what they might want to do in the future. Some businesses and services that students are attending this year are The Mater Private Hospital in Dublin, Abbots, a variety of primary schools in Donegal Town, Eske pharmacy, Blue Poopy Dentist and The Atlantic Aviation airport in Shannon. We wish the TYs the best of luck during there week.

TY activities
For the next three weeks, the TY activities are as follows:

4A – Surfing, 4B – Aqua aerobics 4C – Self-defence and 4D – Yoga.

The TYs are currently working in class on their sports leadership. Well done to the students of 4B who helped organise and manage the first year inter class sports hall competition which was held on Monday. It was a very successful day for class 4B due to it being a very well run event. Class 4D will help out with the first year Rowathon as part of their Sports Leadership Program which will take place in the coming weeks.

After Christmas, all TY students will be attending the primary schools to coach students which will also be part of their Sports Leadership. In addition, TYs will begin to prepare for the TY P.E. expo after Christmas.

A number of TY’s are taking our students swimming once a week as part of their activity; some TY students are also involved in this as part of their Sports Leadership Program.

Primary School Sportshall Athletics Event
This event will take place on Thursday, 30th November, from 10:20am – 2:00pm.

Public Speaking Workshop
Alan Devine returns this week on the 27th and 28th November for this final round of workshops. Alan delivered four highly exciting workshops to our TY students last year. He has over twenty years’ experience as an actor and is extremely inspiring.

Sports

Athletics
Well done to all the first-year students who competed in an inter class competition held in the gym on Monday as part of the first year P.E. programme. It was a very successful day and well done to the TY students in 4B who helped organise and officiate as part of their Sports Leadership.

Well done to our sports hall team who competed in the county final on Wednesday which was held in the gym. The Gweedore team came first in both the boys and girls competition. The AVS girls finished second overall, and the boys finished third. The team had a great performance in both track and field events. Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups.

Cross country training is on Friday at lunch time.

Girls Basketball
Training continues every Monday and Thursday after school for U16s.

1st and 2nd year girls training continues every Wednesday after school in the school gym.

The U16 and senior girls’ basketball teams travelled to Ballinamore in Co. Leitrim on Tuesday 21st November. Our senior girls were up first defeating the Ballinamore girls 36-26. The game was a close battle up until the last quarter. A great team performance was had by all. Both teams now meet St Catherine’s, Killybegs, in the North West Final, next Wednesday the 29th in St Columba’s, Glenties.

The Ballinamore girls forfeited the U16 game. The game still went ahead as a friendly with some of their senior girls playing. Our panel of 23 girls all got to play and were defeated in the end 35-23. We wish both teams the best of luck.

U19 Boys Basketball
AVS 66 – 64 Gortnor Abbey

AVS got off to an electric start against Liam Mc Hales, Gortnor Abbey, with Captain Ronan O’Donnell and Darragh Griffin leading the way in a high scoring first quarter ending up 25-19 in Abbeys Favour.

Going into the 2nd quarter Gortnor Abbey upped the ante against the AVS with some fine scores from their main man Colm Hegarty who was having success penetrating the AVS’s defence ending up 31-28 in Gortnor Abbeys Favour.

The 3rd quarter was score for score with AVS’s Creegan Alcock getting multiple scores inside but AVS were finding it hard to stop Gortnors Colm Hegarty ending up 49-42 in Gortnor Abbeys Favour.

In the 4th quarter, an energised AVS took the floor and knew what had to be done. The AVS’s press was beginning to stop Gortnor Abbey’s offence and the game was pulled back to one basket in which Liam Mc Hale had to call from a timeout. The AVS took to the floor again and began to take the lead with some fine scores from Creegan Alcock, Darragh Griffin and Ronan O’Donnell but they were matched by Gortnor Abbeys Ruairi Boyle. With 2 minutes to go it was score for score but with Gortnor in foul trouble, the Abbey got to the line and Darragh Griffin made four important free throws & with 40 seconds to go AVS held onto their lead & won what was a thrilling high scoring game 66-64.

M.V.P – Darragh Griffin (24)

Ronan O’Donnel (18)

Creegan Alcock (17)

U16 Boys Basketball
AVS took to the court for what was a ropey first quarter with Captain Shane Meehan leading scoring for the AVS ending up 8-7 in Gortnor Abbeys favour. Going into the 2nd quarter a rejuvenated AVS took to the court and started to have success with their full court press ending up with multiple scores from Evan Gallagher, Shane Meehan and James Mc Namara ending up 26-13 in AVS favour.

In the 3rd quarter, the AVS didn’t let off on the full court pressure and once again had multiple scores coming from some fantastic defence with Frank Cornyn ending up 36-20 at the end of the all-important 3rd quarter.

Going into the 4th quarter with a 16 point lead the AVS still kept the pressure on with some fine scores from Evan Gallagher. The AVS played some fantastic defence with Oisín O’Donnell on top of the press with some fine rebounding from Conall Smyth and Diarmuid O’Donnell the AVS won in style by a massive 18 points with the game finishing out 42-24 in what was a fine performance.

M.V.P – Evan Gallagher (14)

Shane Meehan (14)

Frank Cornyn (10)

The AVS also took to the court for their 4th Game of the season against Coláiste Cholmcille,  Ballyshannon, in what was a good first quarter performance with Shane Meehan and Evan Gallagher leading scoring for the A.V.S ending up 8-7 in AVS favour.  Going into the 2nd quarter AVS took to the court and began to have success with their full court press ending up with scores from Thomas White, Evan Gallagher and Diarmuid O’Donnell ending up with AVS ahead by one basket ending up 14-12 going into the half.

Taking the court in the 3rd quarter, AVS began to fall behind as Coláiste Cholmcille began to get some scores back and took the lead with the game ending up 24-18 at the end of the all-important 3rd quarter.

In the 4th quarter, all was to play for and a composed AVS team took to the court knowing that they had to pull the game back and going on a 6 point run with scores from Thomas White and Shane Meehan the game was level at 24 each with 5 minutes on the clock.

The game began to go score, for score, with AVS matching Coláiste Cholmcille it was 28-28 with 1 minute to go. Timeouts were called on both ends, Ballyshannon took the lead with a fine score from Kyle Mc Caffrey. During the 2nd Overtime, AVS took to the court with their eyes set on the win but with both teams noticeably exhausted and playing strong defence there was no scores in the 2nd Overtime & so came the 3rd OT.

After an important team talk, AVS walked onto the court for the 3rd Overtime and began to pressurise the C.C.S side. Keeping level headed and playing smart defence, AVS found another fast break score in Evan Gallagher. C.C.S couldn’t find a way to beat the AVS press in this quarter and another score from Frank Cornyn sealed the deal with 15 seconds to go. AVS ending up deserving winners in what was a spectacular match.

M.V.P – Shane Meehan (19)

Thomas White (6)

Evan Gallagher (6)

Girls Gaelic
The U20’s second game of the league was against Carndonagh. The girls travelled to Carndonagh on a very wet and miserable day. Abbey got off to a great start with a goal from Aine McGroarty. The girls continued the scoring with some fine points by Layla Alvey and Erin Harvey. Abbey were in the lead for the first 25 minutes until Carndonagh started their come back and went in at half time up by 4 points. As the first half came to an end the rain started to pour and didn’t stop until the final whistle, this proved to influence the flow of the game and made it very hard for both teams to compete. Carndonagh came out stronger in the second half adding to their lead from the end of the first half. Abbey had a large gap to closed in the last 10 minutes, but they showed great passion and pride to pull the score back to 4 points with goals and points from Hannah Shallow, Layla Alvey and Aine Mc Groarty as the fought to the bitter end but eventually running out of time.  Well done to Carndonagh.

U19 Hurling
Well done to Abbey VS hurlers who competed in an Ulster Semi Final as part of the South Donegal Colleges team against St Columba’s of Derry. Despite a valiant display and some excellent hurling by a young South Donegal side, an experienced St Columba’s team won the match. As always, Abbey VS players represented the school with great sportsmanship. Final score 3-13 to 6-13.

Boys Gaelic Football
Senior boys’ Gaelic training is every Tuesday after school at 4pm. The boys’ game against Glenties has been postponed until further notice.

The U16 boys were knocked out of the competition at the quarter final stage by Carndonagh on Thursday. The physically stronger Carndonagh team adopted much better to the very poor weather conditions and were the deserved winners. A lot of the Abbey team are underage for the competition next year and will learn a lot from this years’ experience. They also have the semi-final of the Donegal competition to look forward to in the New Year.

The AVS U14s played St. Joseph’s Donaghmore in the Ulster Quarter Final on Friday. In what were very difficult conditions the AVS were the better team in the first half and lead at half time by 4 points. Despite this, St Joseph’s grew into the match in the 2nd half and hit 3 goals and unfortunately our lads were unable to reply despite having good possession. Final score AVS 2-08, St Joseph’s 4-09

U20 Girls Gaelic Football
Well done to the U20 girls who had a great week of football. They started off the week travelling to Omagh on Monday to play Dean Maguire in their first game of the league. The girls had a strong start, showing great support play from the throw in. Good scores came from the runs of Layla Alvey and Aine McGroarty.

The girls continued to dominate in the first half with the full forward line continuing to score. The AVS girls had a strong defence line with Elizabeth Mackle and Anna Campbell winning 50/50 balls. The Abbey girls took the foot off the pedal before half time and as the score difference became smaller, tension began to build between the two teams. The Dean Maguire girls came out strong in the opening minutes of the second half, but great saves from Eilish Meehan kept the Abbey girls ahead. The Abbey girls didn’t give up and continued to work hard together. Changes in the team helped them stay in front. Hannah Crawford came on for her first game of the year due to injury and had a blinder scoring 3 points in the final minutes which secured the win. The final score was Abbey 4-13, Dean Maguire 4-09.

Senior Boys Soccer
The senior boys played St Eunans away on Thursday 23rd November. The match was played under terrible conditions, hail stones made playing on the day very difficult. St Eunans proved too strong for the AVS boys leaving St. Eunans progressing to the next round and Abbey exiting the tournament. The full time score was, 5-2.

The U17 boys’ soccer team were beaten by Rosses Community School in the Donegal Schoolboys League recently. Best for Donegal were Wiktor Smus and Jordan Jervis. The U15 Boys Soccer team, coached by Mr Mc Hugh, will play Rosses Community School next Tuesday 28th November.

AVS Notes 17th November 2017

Scholarship Awards for AVS Students with outstanding Leaving Cert results

UCD Entrance Scholarship
Congratulations to Hollie Roper who was recently awarded the entrance Scholarship to UCD on Wednesday last. This award was based on excellent leaving cert results. Hollie is studying Vetinary medicine in UCD.

Four DCU Entrance Scholarships
Kate Gurren, Emily Mc Gill, Anna Morrow and Eoin Slevin will be awarded an entrance scholarship to DCU non Wednesday 29th for their outstanding leaving cert results. Kate is studying Communications and Media, Emily is studying Applied Physics, Anna is studying Actuarial Maths and Eoin is studying Global Business and Spanish.

JP Mc Manus Scholarship
Hollie Roper will be awarded the JP Mc Manus scholarship on Saturday next 25th November in the University of Limerick for her outstanding Leaving Certs Results. The All Ireland Scholarships Programme has been in operation for nearly ten years and provides 125 Third Level Education Scholarships per annum throughout the thirty-two counties of Ireland, North and South. A minimum of two scholarships is awarded in each county each year.
The scholarship programme was established in 2008 with a very generous donation of €30m from JP McManus for application as follows:

Naughton Scholarship
Emily Mc Gill has been awarded the Naughton Scholarship in Trinity College for her outstanding application and leaving Cert results. Each year 36 students are awarded Naughton Scholarships. There is at least one winner from each County in the Republic of Ireland.  The scholarship is intended as a reward and encouragement to exceptional students who would like to study in the STEM field (science, technology, engineering and maths) at University. Emily is studying Applied Physics in DCU.

Parent/Teacher Meeting
1st year students will have their Parent/Teacher meeting on Wednesday, 29th November. In addition, the 2nd year Parent/Teacher meeting will take place on 7th December. We encourage all parents to attend, where possible.

Dates for your Diary

Parents’ Association Wed, 22 Nov

6.30 pm

Mock Interviews for Leaving Cert Students Leaving Cert Students
AVS Tues,

06 Feb 2018

Subject Choices talk for the parents of present 3rd years & TYs

Information session on TY and LCA for the parents of present 3rd years & TYs

Parents of present 3rd years & TYs
AVS Tues,

01 May 2018

Subject Choices talk for the parents of present 1st years Parents of 1st & 2nd years

Junior Cert Profile of Achievement
This year our students who completed the Junior Cert state examination in June will be awarded a profile of achievement as part of the new Junior cert. From 2017 onwards Junior Certificate students will receive a document called a ‘Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement’. This document, contains three main pieces of information:-

  • The results from the June 2017 State Examinations
  • The results of the students Classroom Based Assessments
  • ‘Other Areas of Learning’

Other Areas of Learning
This section of the document provides an opportunity for other areas of learning which the student has participated in other than those which are formally assessed in examinations, to be highlighted which is a strong focus on the new JCT.

This is described by the Department of Education and Skills as ‘other learning experiences and events that the student has participated in outside of the schools junior cycle programme’. Examples of such activities may include: membership of the student council, membership of school clubs or societies, sporting teams, debating teams, taking part in a science fair, quiz, engagement in the schools own religious education programme, engagement with elements of the Physical Education (PE), Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) curriculum and CSPE.

 Transition Year

Musical
A HUGE well done to all our TY’s for their hard work and dedication in making ‘Abbey Mia’ a fantastic success.  The show played to packed houses every night to an audience of over 1300 people.  Thank you to all of those involved in organising the musical and to our staff and parents who assisted in various areas on the three nights. Sincere congratulations and a huge well done to all our students involved in the production of the show your commitment and dedication was admirable. We are very proud of your hard work! Thank you to all those who supported the show in anyway – to our staff, to the Parents Association, to members of the community and the many people who donated raffle prizes and supported us in so many ways.

TY Work Experience
TY work experience commences this year from the 4-8th December. Over the years TY’s have experienced various placements and undertaken many interesting roles over the last number of years in the AVS. We hope this class of TY’s will enjoy it just as much as previous years.

The Big School Cook Off
Our promising cooks took part in ‘The Big School Cook Off’ this week. “Mount Charles, Ireland’s largest locally owned foodservice company, alongside “The Irish News launched the 2017/8 Big School Cook Off! It is being run in association with the Irish News and Business in the Community, the Mount Charles Big School Cook Off was open to post primary school pupils aged between 11 – 14, and schools across every county in Northern Ireland plus Donegal!”. Our very own AVS students accepted the challenge as they attempted to be Donegal’s answer to Jamie Oliver! Chloe Boyle and Amy Gallagher, Lily Doherty and Catherine Campbell doing a Bacon and Broccoli Bake. Kara Pearson and Rachel Crawford doing a Creamy Chicken & Spinach Pasta.

Mock Interviews
The Mock Interviews for 6th Years will take place in the school on Wednesday 21st November 2017. The start time will be 6 p.m. This is a wonderful evening in the school where the Community, the Parents’ Association and the school work together in preparation for the mock interviews on the night. The process helps prepare students for the world of work by asking participants questions similar to job interview situations. We are honored to welcome so many people with such a broad range of expertise to the school and thank all of those who very kindly give of their time to support our students. We would like the Parents’ Association and the Career Guidance Department for planning this wonderful evening.

College Trips and Talks
NUI Galway will hold a careers talk for Leaving Certs in the library on Tuesday, 21st November at 2.40 p.m. Attendance at the talk is optional. It is your responsibility to inform your class teacher that you will be absent from their class due to the talk.

The TY’s will attend the LYIT Open Day on Friday 24th November 2017.  A bus will leave the school at 9 a.m. A small fee towards the bus will be applicable. Ms. Mc Morrow and Ms Faherty will discuss further in class.

Thank you to the University of Limerick (UL) who held a careers talk for Leaving Certs in the library this week. The talk was very beneficial and students were able to ask questions about courses, the campus etc. on the day.

The DCU Open Day was on Friday 17th of November and the day is a great experience for any student interested in the college. “DCU Open Days are open to all 6th year, 5th year and transition year students, prospective mature students, guidance counsellors, teachers and parents. The Open Day helped any student who is interested decide if DCU is right for them. Students were able to get a feel for what it means to be a DCU undergraduate” (www.dcu.ie).

Christmas Card Competition
LCA1 students are organising a Christmas card competition in order to raise money for a local charity. There is a 50-euro prize for the winning design and 8 designs will be printed. The deadline was this Wednesday and results will follow next week.

CSPE Action Project
Two Third year classes enjoyed a lovely trip to Dublin Zoo on Tuesday 14th of November. The trip is part of their action project for CSPE. During the trip students had to choose an endangered animal, complete group work, they debated and completed a write up on the trip.

The project helps students practice the following skills: awareness, analyzing, evaluating and communicating. “Action projects have been designed to help students to develop the skills of active citizenship. The key word here is ACTION.

An Action Project involves the following steps:

  • Students investigate an issue as a class
  • Students reflect collectively on what they might do in response to that issue
  • Students agree upon an action and carry it out, e.g. carry out a survey, organise a campaign, invite a guest speaker, organise a visit, publish a booklet, etc.
  • Students evaluate their action and learning. Action projects are not traditional projects where students research their own individual topic and present their findings in a scrapbook.” (www.education.ie). The project is worth 60% of the overall marks.

Gaeilge
On Tuesday, 14th November our 5th year Higher Level Irish students took part in ‘Gaeilge 24’. The aim of this challenge was to encourage our 5th year students to try and speak Irish non – stop for one whole day. Therefore, they had to speak it for 24 hours at home, in school, in shops, with friends and in businesses around the town. This challenge allowed our students to experience the Irish language in a unique and positive way. 30’000 pupils nationwide participated in this challenge. Well done to all our students who participated in the event! Our teacher Ms M Hugh was interviewed on radio na Gaeltacht about the event in the school.

Science Week
Science Week 2017 took place this week in the AVS. There was interactive Kahoot Quizzes on Wednesday for all 1st and 2nd year Students. 3rd years took part in a Junior Certificate Science interclass Quiz. Nine senior cycle students took part in the ISTA Senior Science Quiz on Thursday evening. “The regional rounds of the ISTA Senior Science Quiz is an event that also ran in 14 venues nationwide to celebrate Science week. Congratulations to our students Connor McGoldrick, Conor Timoney, Sasha Browne, Jack Yang, Kailan Mitchell; Ronan O’Donnell, Laura O’Donnell, Madeline Romilly, and Andrew Gillespie who made it through to the top ten unfortunately, they didn’t make it through to the final.

English – MS Readathon
The closing date for the MS Readathon was this week; reading is important and the MS Readathon was the perfect opportunity for all students to rediscover their love of reading. We are delighted that so many students participated and collected money for such a wonderful cause. We will announce the total amount raised next week.

Chess Club
Chess club started again this week after a successful run last year. Any 1st and 2nd years who are interested it will take place next Wednesday in Room 4. Chess competition for senior students will take place in the coming weeks, date and details to be confirmed. Winner will be crowned Grand Master.

Wellbeing
Big brother Big sister mentoring is on the 5th December 2017 for a selection of leaving and TY students. “Big Brothers Big Sisters is an internationally recognised youth mentoring programme that forms supportive friendships for young people inspiring them to brighter futures. Big Brothers Big Sisters nationally and internationally is proven through research to improve young people’s wellbeing, improve their social support and relationships with others. BBBS is operated in Ireland by Foróige.

Late Late Toy Show
This year three of our students will feature on Friday, 1st December on the Late Late Toy show. The girls, Ellen McGroary, Aoife Breslin and Síofra Maurerhofer will take to the stage in front of 1.6 million viewers on the Late Late Toy Show as Revolutionary. The hugely popular edition of RTE’s chat show always proves to be a major hit with audiences. An incredible 1.57 million people tuned into last year’s edition, making it the second most watched television show of the century so far.

Sports

Boys Soccer
The Abbey Vocational School U15 boys’ soccer team defeated St. Columba’s from Stranorlar 5-0 on Friday in the Donegal Schoolboys U15 Schools League. The boys were in good control from start to finish with a win of 5-0. Senan Quinn scored the first goal after 15 minutes finishing well from a tight angle and Conor Campbell then scored a great goal from outside the box. Campbell then got a second goal outside the box. To top it all off, Conor Campbell completed a hat trick after the keeper made a good save from Michael Harvey. Michael Gallagher completed the scoring with a good strike to the top corner. The boys have a game next Tuesday against Rosses Community, a time and venue is yet to be confirmed. U15 boys training continue after school on Tuesdays.

Athletics
Good luck to the first year students who will represent the school in the Sportshall County Final, which will be held in Dungloe on the 22nd November.

On Monday 20th the first years will have an inter class athletics competition, which the TYs will be helping with as part of their sports leadership. Students will take part in many challenges on the day such as: sprints, relay races and the shot putt. Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups. Cross-country training is on Friday at lunchtime.

Girls Basketball
Training continues every Monday and Thursday after school for U16s. Good luck to the U16 and senior girls who have a match next Tuesday 21st against Ballinamore, Leitrim.  1st and 2nd year girls training is every Wednesday after school in the school gym.

Boys Basketball
Our U16 and U19 boys will play their third match of the league this Monday away to St Nathys, Crossmolina. The U16’s hope to make it two wins out of three and our U19 are looking for their first win of the campaign. Good luck to both teams.  Training continues every Monday from 5:30-7.00 for U16 and U19. The 1st and 2nd years continue to training every Friday from 3:30-5:00. First and second year boys basketball training will be every Friday 3:30-5:00. U16 and senior boys’ basketball training will be every Monday 5:30-7.00.

Girls Gaelic
U20 girls will play their first game of the league against Dean Maguire from Tyrone on Monday, 20th November. U16 girls will play Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, Ballinamore on Tuesday, 21st November. Training continues every Tuesday’s from 4:00-5:15.

Well done and good luck to our U20 ladies caption Layla Alvey who has been nominated as a half forward for the Gaelic Life Ulster Ladies Football All Star team for 2017.

The U14 league will start after Christmas; they will play Deele Collage and Gairmscoil Chú Uladh. Good luck to the U16 girls will play Chú Uladh on the 21st and the U20s who are up against St Catherine’s on Monday, Carndonagh on the 23rd and Coláiste Ailigh in the coming weeks.

Boys Gaelic
Senior boys’ Gaelic training is every Tuesday after school at 4pm.  The senior boys are playing at home to Glenties on Friday (24th). Throw-in is at 10:30, venue to be confirmed.

U16 boys’ Gaelic training will continue every Wednesday after school. U14 boys Gaelic football training is every Thursday 3:30-4:45pm. Please ensure to bring runners, a warm top, water and a gum shield. Well done to the U14 boys who are having a great year. U14 boys Gaelic Ulster final will be played on Friday 24th November against St Joseph’s Donaghmore, in the Bawnacre Comples, Irvinestown.  Throw in is at 11am.

U16 Boys qualified for the quarter finals of the Ulster Competition on Thursday.  They had to play a three way play off in Convoy between Coláiste Cholmcille and Carrick.  As in the group this play off proved to be a very tight affair with little to separate the three teams.  Abbey Vocational eventually progressed on a superior score difference despite missing a few regulars.  The boys performed very well and look forward to meeting Carndonagh on Thursday.

AVS Notes 10th November 2017

 

Parent/Teacher Meeting
1st year students will have their Parent/Teacher meeting on Wednesday, 29th November. We encourage all parents to attend, where possible.

Staff Training Day
The final JCT training day for this academic year is next Thursday, November 16th. There will be no school for students on this day.

Dates for your Diary

Parents’ Association Wed,

22 Nov

6.30 pm

·       Mock Interviews for Leaving Cert Students Leaving Cert Students
AVS Tues,

06 Feb 2018

Subject Choices talk for the parents of present 3rd years & TYs

Information session on TY and LCA for the parents of present 3rd years & TYs

Parents of present 3rd years & TYs
AVS Tues,

01 May 2018

·   Subject Choices talk for the parents of present 1st years Parents of present 1st years

Transition Year:

Musical
The sound of ABBA’s greatest hits can be heard ringing through the corridors of the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town as our TY students are making final preparations for their TY musical ‘Abbey Mia’ which begins on Tuesday, 14th November. All the TY students have been working very hard at rehearsals which have been held in the school library, the Bosco Centre and the Parish Hall. The rehearsals have been going well and the students are looking forward to performing it.

The AVS has developed a reputation for staging exciting and enjoyable musicals over the years with productions such as Oklahoma!, Scrooge and last year’s outstanding production of Hairspray. Building on the success of recent years the Transition Year students of 2017 are busy putting the finishing touches to their production. The leading cast is drawn from the TY year group and they will be ably supported by a chorus of students from other year groups.

Rehearsals have been taking place since early September under the watchful eye of the production team Ailish McIntyre (Director), Eileen Carr, Claire Doherty, Tara Gallagher (Musical Directors) and Julianne Murphy and Karla Gallagher (Choreographers). Students not appearing in the show have been drafted in to help out with the show working in PR, set construction and design, stage management and hair and makeup. This is truly a whole team production. TY students Anna Riebeling, Tia Quinn, Sarah Mc Neely and Viktor Smus have been working together on painting the sets for the school’s upcoming musical. The four students have been working hard and the sets are coming along very well. The musical will take place in the Bosco centre on the 14th, 15th and 17th November. You can purchase tickets from the office and the assembly area at break and lunch. Adult tickets are: €10 and a child is: €7. Please see our Facebook ‘Abbey Vocational School presents Abbey Mia’ page to win tickets to the production.

TY Work Experience
TY work experience commences this year from the 4-8th December. Over the years TY’s have experienced various placements and undertaken many interesting roles over the last number of years in the AVS. We hope this class of TY’s will enjoy it just as much as previous years.

TY Sports Leader Award
All students are working hard on their coaching skills and are growing in confidence every week. The main aim of this qualification is to help students hone in on their leadership skills whilst helping themselves and others stay physically active.

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

Irish Department
On 7th November, the Irish Higher Level classes went to see ‘An Trial’ in the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon. The production is being directed by a past pupil of the school, Seamus Campbell. ‘An Trial’ is a drama on the Higher Level course and is part of the Leaving Cert syllabus. “The play is set in 1960’s Ireland and follows Máire Ní Cathasaigh on her relentless journey through life when she falls pregnant to a new school teacher in the area, Pádraig MacCarthaigh”. (see www.abbeycentre.ie for more). The students found the play very beneficial and felt it enriched their learning. The students had some time in Ballyshannon after the production.

Guidance Department
St. Angela’s College, Sligo (school of NUI Galway) held a careers talk in the library on Wednesday, 08th November at 2.40 p.m. The guest speaker gave students information on course and career choices available in St. Angela’s.

A School Leavers Information evening took place on Monday 6th November in the school. It will include information on CAO, UCAS, HEAR, DARE, SUSI (Grants), Scholarships, FET, Apprenticeships & Studying Abroad. Please see our school website for more information on this using the Guidance tab.

The CAO is now accepting applications for 2018. Apply by 20th January for reduced rate of €30 on http://www.cao.ie . The University of Limerick (UL) will hold a careers talk for Leaving Certs in the library on Tuesday, 14th November at 2.40 p.m. Attendance at the talk is optional. It is your responsibility to inform your class teacher that you will be absent from their class due to the talk.

The DCU Open Day will take place on Friday, 17th November 2017. A bus for 5th years will leave from the school (departure and arrival TBC).  The day out is optional.  A €10 fee towards the cost of the bus must be paid to Ms Mc Morrow by Tuesday, 14 November at 4 p.m.

Well Being and Health Promoting Schools
As part of the Health Promoting Schools programme, a defibrillator demonstration for staff took place on Wednesday the 8th November in the library The staff of the AVS completed an introductory session for the use of a Defibrillator in the case of an emergency until a first responder or emergency services arrive. Our thanks go to Ronan O’Keeney, John Campbell and Shane Connolly our three wonderful Paramedics from the National Ambulance Service, for the demonstration which is valuable knowledge to know in order to help save someone’s life.

Christmas Card Competition
LCA1 students are organising a Christmas card competition in order to raise money for a local charity. Students are being asked to produce a design in either landscape or portrait format using as many colours as they wish. It is not necessary to put text on your image. There is a 50 euro prize for the winning design and 8 designs will be printed. The finished entries are needed by Wednesday 15th November and can be left into Mr. Daly’s Art room.

Maths Competition
Well done to Kerri Marie O’ Sullivan from 1C who won the recent Kahoot Maths week competition.

Gaeilge
On Tuesday, 14th November our 5th year Higher Level Irish students will take part in ‘Gaeilge 24’. The aim of this challenge is to encourage our 5th year students to try and speak Irish non – stop for one whole day. Therefore, they must speak it for 24 hours at home, in school, in shops, with friends and in businesses around the town. This challenge will help allow the students to experience the Irish language in a unique and positive way. 30’000 pupils nationwide are participating in this challenge. Different events will be scheduled for students over the course of the day.

Teach Week
As part of Ireland techweek Ms Logue’s ICT classes are taking part in the Bebras Challenge. The Bebras Challenge introduces computational thinking to students by allowing them to solve interactive tasks online. It is run over 40 countries and takes place every November. The aim of Bebras is to get students all over the world excited about computing.

Science Week
Science Week 2017 takes place from 12-19th November. In the school there will be an interactive Kahoot Quiz running on Wednesday for all 1st and 2nd Year Students. 3rd Year classes will take part in a Junior Certificate Science Quiz interclass Quiz. 9 senior cycle students will take part in the ISTA Senior Science Quiz on Thursday evening.

Art
Well done to all those students who exhibited their work at the annual “Smile na nÓg” exhibition at the regional cultural centre. It was a huge success and the feedback relating to their work was fantastic. The sets for “Abbey Mia” are now complete and are amazing. Well done to Tia, Anna, Mia, Sarah, Wiktor and Eddie for all their hard work and patience over the last number of weeks.

English – MS Readthon
The closing date for reading in the MS Readathon is the 13th November. Sponsorship is then to be collected, and students are asked to return the money to their English teachers when possible.

Chess Club
Chess club will begin for 1st and 2nd years on Wednesday, November 15th in Room 4.

Chess competition for senior students will take place in the coming weeks, date and details to be confirmed. Winner will be crowned Grand Master.

School tour
The second deposit of €150 is due to be paid to the office or by Way2Pay by Friday, 17th November. The total cost of this year’s tour was finalised and details can be found from Mr Leyden or on the school tour tab on the AVS website.

Sports :

Well done to our students and staff in the PE Dept. on an excellent inspection last week. The feedback was very positive.

First Years
They have a number of events to look forward to in the coming weeks.

All classes will participate in an interclass Sportshall Athletics competition on Monday, 20th November organised by TY coaches. This will be a multi-event competition with the main emphasis on participation and team work.

In their Wellbeing class they are preparing to take part in a “Row Around Ireland” event at the start of December. Rowing was introduced to the school last year in conjunction with Donegal Bay Rowing Club and proved to be very popular. The rowing club has just begun their winter training in the gym on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm. It is open to all newcomers.

Our sixth years have insisted on starting their volleyball module early this year. They have high hopes for their end of year volleyball match against the staff.

Our staff training continues every Wednesday morning at 7am in the gym!

Good luck to our First Yr Sportshall Athletic teams who will compete in the county semi-final on Wednesday, 22nd November.

Training continues on Tuesdays after school and Friday during lunchtime.

Club training takes place on Thursdays from 6.30-8pm and Sunday from 10.30am-12pm. All students are welcome.

 

Girls Active
Girls Active will commence again in the coming week. The girls will be focusing on gymnastics; a date will follow.

Athletics
Good luck to the First year students who will represent the school in the Sportshall County final which will be held in Dungloe in the coming weeks. In the next coming weeks the first years will have an inter class athletics competition, which the TYs will be helping out with. Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups. Cross country training is on Friday at lunch time.

Well done to Leo Carey Mc Dermott and Rachel Gallagher on finishing in the top 8 at the All-Ireland Schools multi-events in Athlone. This is a fantastic achievement and should give them great confidence for the season ahead. This is the first time that the school has been represented at this high level in over ten years. Well done.

Girls Basketball
Training continues every Monday and Thursday after school for u16s.

1st and 2nd year girls training is every Wednesday after school in the school gym.

Our U16 girls were defeated by neighbours St Catherine’s on Wednesday 28-48 in the All Ireland Cup Quarter Final. The girls had a close first half with a great performance from Courtney Harron and Katie Timoney but the St Catherine girls were the stronger girls for the 3rd and 4th quarter with a great performance from Killybegs Olra Carbery. The girls never gave up and were unlucky to come out as runner ups. We wish them the best of luck in the semifinal.

Boys’ basketball
First and second year boys basketball training will be every Friday 3:30 – 5:00.

U16 and seniors boys basketball training will be every Monday 5:30 – 7.

Well done to our U16 boys’ basketball team who had a great win on Friday, 10th November against St Gerald’s. Castlebat 41-32. The boys had a great game with Shane Meehan scoring 23 points. Christopher Darby and Evan Gallagher had excellent games as did many of the boys.. Hard luck to our U19 boys’ basketball team who lost out to St Gerald’s on the same day despite huge effort on their part. Well done to both teams on the day

Girls Gaelic
U14, U16 and U0 girls training will continue after school every Tuesday, 4- 5pm and it will be coached by Ms Rooney. All age groups will train together. As stated previously, The U14 league will start after Christmas.

Hard luck to the U16 girls in their first game against St Catherine’s Killybegs. They will also play Deele Collage and Gairmscoil Chú Uladh.

The U20s are up against Séan Maguire first and they will also play St Catherine’s Killybegs, Carndonagh and Coláiste Ailigh.

Boys Gaelic
Senior boys’ Gaelic training is every Tuesday after school at 4pm. Hard luck to the senior boys and coaches Mr Leyden and Mr Griffin who lost to Carrick on Friday. They will have their next game against Glenties, in the next week, the time and date is yet to be confirmed.

U16 boys’ Gaelic training will continue every Wednesday after school. Good luck to the boys who play away to Carrick on Monday.

U14 boys Gaelic football training is every Thursday 3:30-4:45pm. Please ensure students bring all necessary gear. Well done to the U14 boys who are having a great year. They won 6-11, 1-4 against Carrick. The boys had a great game with Leo Carey McDermott and Josh McCrea showing great determination. The boys continued to dominate and finished the Carrick boys off in the second half.

Soccer
U15 boys training continues after school on Tuesdays. Good luck to the boys who will have their first game next Friday against St Columba’s, Stranorlar. A time and date is yet to be decided.

AVS Notes 27th October 2017

Parent/Teacher Meetings
Parent/Teacher meeting will take place after the midterm for 5th year students. The 5th year Parent/Teacher meeting will take place on Thursday, 16th November. In addition, the 1st year students will have their Parent/Teacher meeting on Wednesday 29th November. We encourage all parents to attend, where possible.

Staff Training Day
The final JCT training day for this academic year is on November 16th. There will be no school for students on this day.

Dates for your Diary

Organisation Date Title Target Audience
AVS Guidance Department Nov 6th School Leavers Information Evening

This will include information on CAO, UCAS, HEAR, DARE, SUSI (Grants), Scholarships, FET, Apprenticeships & Studying Abroad

Leaving Cert Parents
Parents’ Association Wed,

22 Nov

6.30 pm

Mock Interviews for Leaving Cert Students Leaving Cert Students
AVS Tues,

06 Feb 2018

Subject Choices talk for the parents of present 3rd years & TYs

Information session on TY and LCA for the parents of present 3rd years & TYs

Parents of present 3rd years & TYs
AVS Tues,

01 May 2018

Subject Choices talk for the parents of present 1st years Parents of present 1st years

Wellbeing
Yoga commenced last week for staff in the school and will continue for the next 4 weeks. Yoga is part of our wellbeing initiative for the school.

Irish Department
On 7th November, the Irish Higher Level classes will see ‘An Trial’ in the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon. The production is being completed by a past pupil of the school, Seamus Campbell. ‘An Trial’ is a drama on the Higher Level course and is part of the Leaving Cert syllabus. “The play is set in 1960’s Ireland and follows Máire Ní Cathasaigh on her relentless journey through life. When the young, vulnerable girl falls pregnant to a new school teacher in the area, Pádraig MacCarthaigh, even her own mother disowns her and her ‘leanbh tabhartha’.  Máire has no option but to travel to Dublin to create a new life for her and her precious child”. (see www.abbeycentre.ie for more)

Guidance Department
Can all Leaving Cert students ensure they have submitted their Mock Interview application form and CV to their Guidance Teacher as soon as possible please. In addition, St. Angela’s College, Sligo (school of NUI Galway) will hold a careers talk in the library on Wednesday, 08th November at 2.40 p.m. If you are interested in attending the talk please let your Guidance Counsellor know during class this week.

Wellread Award Winners
The PDST Wellread National Award aims to promote the development of a reading culture in school communities towards supporting the personal and academic development of our young people.

As part of this the Wellread committee held a Halloween short story and poetry competition for our First and Second years.

The winners were 2nd year short stories: 1st Savannah Timoney, 2nd Eva Jichi and 3rd Megan Molloy.

1st year poetry: 1st Sarah Canney, 2nd Ella Bruton and 3rd Conor Reid.

Transition Year:

Musical
The sound of ABBA’s greatest hits can be heard ringing through the corridors of the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town this November as students prepare for their production of ‘ABBEY MIA!’ a musical set to the music of ABBA.

The AVS has developed a reputation for staging exciting and enjoyable musicals over the past number of years with productions such as Oklahoma!, Scrooge and last year’s outstanding production of Hairspray. Building on the success of recent years the Transition Year students of 2017 are busy putting the finishing touches to their production. The leading cast is drawn from the TY year group and they will be ably supported by a chorus of students from other year groups.

Rehearsals have been taking place since early September under the watchful eye of the production team Ailish McIntyre (Director), Eileen Carr, Claire Doherty, Tara Gallagher (Musical Directors) and Julianne Murphy and Karla Gallagher (Choreographers). Students not appearing in the show have been drafted in to help out with the show working in PR, set construction and design, stage management and hair and makeup. This is truly a whole school production. TY students Anna Riebeling, Tia Quinn, Sarah Mc Neely and Viktor Smus have been working together on painting the sets for the school’s upcoming musical. The four students have been working hard and the sets are coming along very well. The musical will take place in the Bosco centre on the 14th, 15th and 17th November. You can purchase tickets from the office and the assembly area at break and lunch. Adult tickets are: €10 and a child is: €7.

Public Speaking Workshop
Alan Devine returned this week for his second public speaking class. He has over twenty years’ experience as an actor therefore, he is not fearful of speaking in front of a crowd. Alan will complete two more workshops with other TY classes on: 27th and 28th November. All TY’s will receive a cert of completion for their end of year portfolios. In addition, this workshop is vital as it will benefit them in writing a speech in their Theatre and Stage classes.

Ceilí
TY students have been learning the Ceilí with Ceilí dancer Clement Gallagher in the library every Thursday. The dance lessons were organised by the Irish Department. The students are thoroughly enjoying learning the dance and have been having great fun with Clement.

Mini companies
TY students have been planning Mini companies organised by the Enterprise and Business Department. A big selection of companies have been formed and the students are now developing the companies which they look forward to show casing at the school’s Christmas fair for the students and teachers.

TY Athletics Coaching
Several TY students helped organise and coach the 1st years Athletics Sports Hall competition which was held in the school gym. The students did a great job at teaching the 1st year’s new skills as well as coaching 1st years from the AVS who competed on the day.

Sports:

Girls Active
The final week of girls active will take place this week and it will start again after mid-term.

Athletics
The first-year Sports Hall Athletic competition took place in the gym on Monday; the first years competed against five other schools in a series of events between track and field. Well done to both the girls and boys team who finished in the top two and now qualify for the county championships; the final will be held in Dungloe. Thank you to all the TY students who helped and congratulations on an excellent run event. Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups and cross-country training is on Friday at lunch time. Good luck to Rachel Gallagher and Leo Carey-McDermott who are both competing in the All Irelands in Athlone at the weekend.

Camogie
Well done to the Camogie team who played on Thursday 26th October. The AVS girls travelled to Convoy Centre of Excellence where they played St Catherine’s and St Columba’s in a blitz. The girls lost against Killybegs 2-1, 0-1. It was a tough game but the girls had a great defence line with Katie Timoney and Roisin Feeney making excellent blocks. Abbie Chambers made excellent saves and it was her first ever camogie game. In addition, the girls had a great game against St Columba’s, winning 1-1, 0. New players Rachel Gallagher and Ciara Gillespie had great games and it was also there first time playing.

Boys Gaelic
Senior boys’ Gaelic training is every Tuesday after school at 4pm. This year they will be coached by Mr Leyden and Mr Griffin. U16 boys’ Gaelic training will continue every Wednesday after school. The team will be managed by Mr Carty and Mr Lafferty this year. Good luck to the boys who will play Glenties on Friday. U14 boys Gaelic football training is every Thursday 3:30-4:45pm. Please ensure to bring runners, a warm top, water and a gum shield.

Golf
The golf was postponed this week and there will now be a competition instead the second week after midterm.

Girls Gaelic
U14, U16 and U20 girls training will continue after school every Tuesday 4-5pm and every Friday for circuits, 3:30- 4:30pm and it will be coached by Ms Rooney. All age groups will train together. The U14 league will begin after Christmas. The U16 girls will have their second game on the 10th November against Gairmscoil Chú Uladh. They will also play Deele College. The U20s are up against Dean Maguire first and they will also play St Catherine’s Killybegs on the 13th November, Carndonagh on the 23rd November and Coláiste Ailigh on the 30th November.

 

Boys’ basketball
First and second year boys’ basketball training will be every Friday 3:30 – 5:00pm. U16 and Senior boys’ basketball training will be every Monday 5:30 – 7.00pm. The U16 boys had their first game on Thursday the 26th October. They had a great opening with Shane Meehan scoring a few baskets in the opening quarter.

Well done to the Abbey Vocational U16 boys who played St Muredach’s Ballina on Thursday at home. The boys had a good game with Shane Meehan scoring two baskets in the opening minute. Benny Murphy’s Mayo side had a good defence line but that didn’t stop Thomas White and his excellent runs. Ballina’s Spanish student (no 10) continued to make things difficult for the AVS boys, but the boys never gave up and kept up there had work. The boys had an overall great performance but unfortunately didn’t secure the win. The final score was 28 baskets to 22.

Hard luck to the AVS senior boys who travelled to Carrick on Shannon on Friday to try to take home a win. The boys had a slow start but they continued to work hard. Eoghan Curly and Darragh Griffin lead the team. The Leitrim team were out on top until the AVS boys came back in the third quarter. They had a great performance in their second half. Unfortunately they didn’t take home a win. The final score was 54 – 42.

Girls Basketball
Training continues every Monday and Thursday after school for U16s. 1st and 2nd year girls training is every Wednesday after school in the school gym. Good luck to the U19 girls who play Loreto Mullingar away.

Wellbeing
Yoga for staff continues every Thursday after school for the next 3 weeks. Yoga is part of our wellbeing initiative for the school. The student wellbeing committee have been working hard over the past few weeks on improving our school environment, they have designed and displayed our wellbeing wall which is situated in the main assembly. They have also displayed a welcoming board with all 14 languages that are represented within our student body. Our committee have plans for many more projects in the coming weeks. Well done to Mikaela McConnon who was the winner of our Wellbeing poster competition.