AVS Notes 15th December 2017

Happy Christmas
We wish all of the members of the school community a very happy Christmas and an enjoyable break and thank you all for your continued support to us here in the Abbey Vocational School throughout the year. We are truly grateful.

JCSA English Deadline
Third year students have completed their Classroom Based Assessments (CBA). “This Classroom Based Assessment offers students a chance to celebrate their achievements as creators of texts by compiling a collection of their texts in a variety of genres over time and choosing a number of pieces to present for summative assessment”. (www.jcsa.ie). The deadline for the collection of texts was Friday 15th December. Congratulations to all our third year students on their hard work!

JCSA English Assessment Task Week
From the 17th – 23rd December Junior Cert classes will complete their Assessment Task. The task varies from year to year; the Assessment Task will be devised from some or all of the following elements:

  • A short stimulus in written, audio, audio-visual or multi-modal format to prepare for the written task. The purpose of the stimulus is to prompt discussion about the writing process, but students are assessed on their own experiences of creating their collection, not on their understanding of or response to the stimulus.
  • A written task that tests the students in one or more of:
    1. Their ability to outline and/or discuss their experience of compiling the Collection of the Student’s Texts
    2. Their understanding and evaluation of that experience
    3. Their capacity to demonstrate and reflect on the skills they have developed.

Students will complete this in their English classes. Teachers will explain the process to students in class. Good luck to our students completing the task next week!

Wayne Denner Internet Safety
Thank you to Wayne Denner who spoke to staff and students on Thursday 14th December. Wayne set up Ireland’s First Social Network platform in the early nineties. Wayne is a nationally renowned speaker on “Online Reputation, Cyberbullying and Social Media Safety”. This was an excellent talk that reminded students and staff of how to stay safe online and be aware on their own online reputation. Wayne has addressed almost 700 students and our staff over the 3 sessions.

YOUNG AMERICANS
The YOUNG AMERICANS return to the Abbey Vocational School in January 2018. This will be their third time visiting our school and it is a great experience. Registration forms are available in the Assembly at lunchtime this week. TY students were given registration forms on Friday 15th. Can you please fill out the forms and return them as soon as possible.

1st Year Cinema Trip
1st year students enjoyed a trip to Bundoran cinema on Wednesday 13th December. They saw the highly anticipated ‘Wonder’ by R.J Palacio. Thank you to their Year Head Ms Bennett for organising this trip, the tutors: Ms Cunningham, Ms Canning, Ms Dunnion, Ms Plunkett and Ms Murray. In addition, thank you to Louise Campbell, Eilish Mc Neilis, and Lorraine Quinn for accompanying the students on the trip. 

Book Club
Ms Logue started her first year book club this week, the first meeting took place on Tuesday 12th December. Members are welcome to join the club again at lunchtime on Tuesday 19th December. Students have started reading ‘Knights of the Borrowed Dark’ by Dave Rudden. This is the first book in a new series about an orphan boy who discovers he is part of a secret army that protects the world from a race of shadowy monsters. Students can enjoy the text over the Christmas period.

Pilot School
The Abbey Vocational School is delighted to have been selected as a Pilot school for the Leaving Certificate Computer Science course from September 2018. This is a fantastic opportunity for the school.

Well Read Campaign
We are encouraging and reminding all students to carry a reading for pleasure book in their school bag for the PDST ‘Well-read National Award’.

Mini Companies – Business Department
We look forward to some festive cheer on Thursday 21st when our Transition Year students host a Christmas Fair in our main assembly area.  It will be an opportunity for the groups to showcase their mini company products along with tasty snacks and fun Christmas games. All students of the school will be given a class to browse through the stalls while in the background we will have carol singing from the Music Department. Spot prizes for most imaginative display, most enthusiastic salesperson and the best Christmas costume. 

6th year Geography Field Trip
Leaving Cert Geography students will complete their field trip study next week on Monday 18th December in Bundoran. The trip was rescheduled due to bad weather conditions. This trip is weather permitting as it is an outdoor activity. Fieldwork is an essential part of Leaving Cert Geography, representing 20% of the marks. In general, the fieldwork is done as whole class activity when the class go to a particular area and carry out the fieldwork. Each student then writes up their own report booklet based on the information they gathered during the fieldwork. 

6th Year Business Trip
Leaving Cert Business students will attend a trip to the ‘Coca Cola’ Factory on Tuesday 19th December. The factory opens its doors to visitors to share a glimpse into the production, history and marketing of the great products made at the Knockmore Hill plant. We are sure it will be an exciting and enjoyable day with hopefully a few freebies thrown in!

Guidance Department
After the Christmas break an Apprenticeship talk by Donegal ETB’s Apprenticeship Department will take place on Wednesday, 10th January 2018 at 11.15 a.m. in the Library.  The talk is aimed at 6th Years and LCAs. Student attendance at the talk is optional. The Department would like to remind Leaving Cert students that the fee for an online CAO application is currently €45.
There is an online discounted fee of €30 if you apply before 20th January (17:15).

LCA Trip
LCA as part of their enterprise module attended the RDS Christmas markets on Thursday 14th December. They examined the role of sole traders, enjoyed the festive grounds and went ice skating (and didn’t fall!). It was a successful day and was enjoyed by all. 

Music
This year’s Carol Service will take place in St. Patricks’ Church, Donegal Town. All parents, families and community members are welcome to join us on Tuesday 19th December. Thank you to all out students who are rehearsing diligently over the last 2 weeks.

Preparations are in progress for our End of School Year Concert on the 22nd December. We are expecting many great acts to be in the concert. Last year was great fun and it’s an enjoyable way to end the school year. Anyone interested in taking part can speak to any 6th year music student as they are organising the event. Thank you to Ms Carr and Ms Doherty for all their hard work in preparing the concerts.

Level 2 Christmas Trip
Six students will visit the Millpark Hotel on Wednesday 20th December for a festive afternoon tea treat.

Healthy schools week
The healthy schools committee will begin to introduce the couch to 5k in the coming weeks. It was a very successful last year.

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

Transition Year:

TY Road Safety Show
The TY car safety and maintenance workshop on 12th December was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. The workshop was due to be facilitated by Mechanic Michael O’Gorman who invented the MOG car however; it will now be rescheduled to a later date.

Defibrillator Fundraising
A number of our TY students will be helping to raise funds so the school can purchase a defibrillator. This life saving equipment will be placed on the outdoor tracks on the school grounds. The students will be fundraising next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Donegal Town. Any help is appreciated.

TY Chess
Good luck to our TY classes who are competing in the interclass Chess competition on Monday 19th December. All four TY classes will compete against each other using knowledge on what they have recently learned about chess. It’s bound to get competitive and it will just be a successful as last year.

TY Cardiac First Responder Course
The course organized by Mr O’Neill will take place after the Christmas break between the 9th to 12th January (a date is yet to be decided).

TY CSI
On Tuesday 12th December students took part in a CSI workshop over the course of two days. Two men that were previously part of CSI in Ireland and in the Gardaí gave the talk. They started off by explaining what the CSI is, and showed students the different ways to investigate a crime. The first practical thing they did was illustrating how fingerprints are taken by putting black magnetic powder on the fingertips. They demonstrated this then by using their own fingerprints on a page by rolling them in ink. They were also shown how to make a shoe print cast. In addition, the students were presented with different examples of unusual crime scenes. At the end of the day a crime scene was set up in the library and students were given various jobs to solve the crime. They all played their part and figured out the details of how the crime happened. It was very interesting and opened up a whole world of scientific enquiry for the students. All had a great day

Ceili Dancing
All TY classes will participate in Ceili dance lessons after the break. This is being coordinated by Ms Mc Hugh and is instructed by Mr Clement Gallagher.

TY Work Experience
TY students completed their first week of work experience last week. The students went to a variety of business and services around the country. The students really enjoyed their week away. They learnt valuable skills, which they can carry with them in the future. Students now have a better idea of what they do and don’t want to do in the future. Well done to them all on presenting themselves so well during the week. They will complete another term of work experience after the break.

TY Interviews
TY students had their interviews on Wednesday 13th December. The students spoke about their online portfolio and their TY experience so far. The students were well prepared and presented at the interviews, well done to all. Their Christmas assessment is worth 30%.  All TY students have to keep a portfolio of their work completed during the year.  Each student is asked to have at least three pieces of work per subject uploaded onto their portfolio by the end of the school year.  The student is responsible for choosing the pieces of work. Subject teachers will assist students in choosing appropriate pieces.

Christmas Trip
On Friday 15th December TY students travelled to Sligo where they went ice-skating, shopping and to the cinema. The students really enjoyed their Christmas trip away. They would like to thank the year head Mr Griffin and Ms Rooney for organising the day.

Flower Arranging Workshop
TY students took part in a flower arranging workshop organised by Ms Keeney. During the workshop the students made Christmas flower bouquets. It was a new experience for the students and they enjoyed it immensely.

TY GAA Course
Recently 18 TY students took part in the LGFA course. We would like to thank Elaine Mc Govern who visited the school to provide the GAA course. The students will now begin to prepare a plan for a primary school blitz.

Sports:

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

U19 Boys Basketball

Regional Semi Final
AVS had slow start in the first quarter in which Carrick On Shannon took advantage of and pushed the tempo with some great scores leading to AVS going down by 11 points going into the end of the quarter.

Going into the 2nd quarter, A.V.S switched up their defence and began to get some scores back with some excellent defence from Creegan Alcock and rebounding from Ronan O’Donnell leading to scores from A.V.S guards Eoghan Corley and Darragh Griffin in which the A.V.S pulled the game back & led by one point going into the all-important second half.

The 3rd quarter began and a fired up AVS team took to the court but once again Carrick – on – Shannon pulled some scores back due to some turnovers from AVS leading by 7 points going into the 4th quarter.
The final quarter began with all to play for but once again fatigue led to mistakes and turnovers by the AVS in which Carrick – on – Shannon got easy baskets in transition and ended up going up by 15 points. The match finished in Carrick – on – Shannon’s favour in what was ultimately an out of character performance from the AVS, thus concluding the end of the U19 Season, however this team are a credit to the school and are a serious prospect for the future with all players being underage for next year’s season at U19 Level. Congrats to all players on doing themselves & their school proud.

U16 Boys Basketball

Our U16 boys team will face St Gerards Castlebar in the Regional Semi Final next week in Summerhill College, Sligo and we would like to wish them the best of luck.

Senior Boys Gaelic Football
Senior boys’ Gaelic training is every Tuesday after school at 4pm.

Ladies Gaelic Football
U14, U16 and U20 girls training will continue after school every Tuesday 4-5pm and Fridays from 3:30-4:30pm. All age groups will train together. Please bring runners, a warm top, water and a gum shield. The U14 league will start after Christmas. They will also play Deele Collage and Gairmscoil Chú Uladh.

Boys Soccer
The U17 soccer team was beaten by Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana this week. They came in at half time undeservedly one nil down, having hit the post on two occasions and having had two shots cleared off the line. The second half saw Scoil Mhuire get an early goal and despite a good performance from the Abbey boys they were unable to find a way back into the game. Best for AVS were Wiktor Smus, Loughlan Mulroy and Jordan Jervis.

1st Year Rowathon
The 1st year Rowathon will take place on Monday 18th December. First years will participate in their class groups in the Rowathon. The following is the running order for Monday:

P3 – 10:20        1B
P4- 11:15          1E
P5 – 11:55         1D
P7 – 14:00        1C
P8 – 14:40        1A
P9 – 15:20        1F

Each student will row for 2 mins then, the total class distance is added up when all students have rowed. The class that row the longest distance is the winner. The winner will be announced over the intercom by Tuesday.

 

 

AVS Notes 8th December 2017

JCSA English Deadline
Third year students have been completing their Classroom Based Assessments (CBA) over the last number of weeks. “The CBA is creative writing which is a vital part of English. It allows students to develop a voice and an identity, a good sense of audience, and an awareness of the process of writing – making notes from their reading and personal experience, trying things out, revising, and polishing their work. They have been given supportive feedback and scaffolding from their English teacher. This Classroom Based Assessment offers students a chance to celebrate their achievements as creators of texts by compiling a collection of their texts in a variety of genres over time and choosing a number of pieces to present for summative assessment”. (www.jcsa.ie). The deadline for the collection of texts is Friday 15th December. Students are asked to be responsible and ensure their work is in on time.

JCSA English Assessment Task Week
From the 17th – 23rd December Junior Cert classes will complete their Assessment Task. The task varies from year to year, the Assessment Task will be devised from some or all of the following elements:

  • A short stimulus in written, audio, audio-visual or multi-modal format to prepare for the written task. The purpose of the stimulus is to prompt discussion about the writing process, but students are assessed on their own experiences of creating their collection, not on their understanding of or response to the stimulus.
  • A written task that tests the students in one or more of:
    1. their ability to outline and/or discuss their experience of compiling The Collection of the Student’s Texts
    2. their understanding and evaluation of that experience
    3. their capacity to demonstrate and reflect on the skills they have developed.

Students will complete this in their English classes. Teachers will explain the process to students in class.

Wayne Denner Internet Safety
Wayne Denner is coming to speak to our students on Thursday 14th December. He is also completing a staff session for an hour after school on this day also. Wayne set up Ireland’s First Social Network platform in the early nineties – before Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Bebo – Yes Bebo!. Wayne is a Motivational Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur, Educator and Trainer known for his engaging approach. With over 18 years’ experience in the digital space Wayne is a self-confessed Digital Ninja, working with professionals around the globe and delivering the Online Reputation Matters Program in schools and with businesses and organisations in Ireland, the UK and the UAE. Wayne will speak to us about Social Media matters.

1st Year Cinema Trip
1st year students are being treated to a cinema trip in Bundoran next Wednesday 13th December. The students are going to see ‘Wonder’ by R.J Palacio, nearly all of the first year classes have read an extract of the novel in class. ‘Wonder’ focuses on the story of “August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?”. We are sure our first year trip will be a success! Thank you to Year Head Ms Bennett for organising this trip.

Ms Readathon
Thank you to all our junior students who raised funds for the MS Readathon, over €1,500 was raised due to your efforts! Thank you and well done!

Book Club
Ms Logue intends to start up the first year book club this year again, the first meeting will be on Tuesday 12th December, lunchtime in room 9. All first years are welcome and can come on Tuesday to see what it’s about – no strings attached or obligation to return! Students can have their lunch in room 9 and Ms Logue will provide tea/coffee.

Well Read Campaign
We are encouraging and reminding all students to carry a reading for pleasure book in their school bag. It is envisaged that they would be able to take this out whenever possible, e.g. a supervision class where they have no work or have completed the work assigned etc. “The PDST ‘Well-read National Award’ is a national initiative designed and organised by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It 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” (www.pdst.ie/wellread)

Mini companies – Business Department
We look forward to some festive cheer on Thursday 21st when our Transition Year students host a Christmas Fair in our main assembly area.  It will be an opportunity for the groups to showcase their mini company products along with tasty snacks and fun Christmas games. All students of the school will be given a class to browse through the stalls while in the background we will have carol singing from the music department. Spot prizes for most imaginative display, most enthusiastic salesperson and the best Christmas costume.

6th year Geography Field Trip
Leaving Cert Geography students will complete their field trip study next week on Thursday 14th or Friday 15th December in Bundoran. This trip is weather permitting as it is an outdoor activity. “Fieldwork is an essential part of Leaving Cert Geography, representing 20% of the marks. In general, the fieldwork is done as whole class activity when the class go to a particular area and carry out the fieldwork. Each student then writes up their own report booklet based on the information they gathered during the fieldwork. Each year, the State Exams Commission decides the fieldwork topics.

Bebras®
We are awaiting the results of the Bebras® challenge to see if any student from the AVS has qualified for the nationals. “The Bebras® Computing Challenge introduces computational thinking to students, by allowing them to solve interactive tasks online. It is run in over 40 countries and takes place every November. The tasks can be answered without prior knowledge about computational thinking or information and communication technology. The aim of Bebras is to get students all over the world excited about computing” (www.bebras.ie)

CSI Workshop
I.T Sligo are completing a forensic science workshop with 5th year students. The workshop was extremely interesting and included an introduction to forensic science in I.T. Sligo and the more interesting part where students have to solve crimes! A majority would have seen the popular C.S.I TV show at some point and our students got a real taste of a crime scene investigation. They analysed finger prints on the day also!

Guidance Department
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 they can over the course of this very important year.

An Apprenticeship talk by Donegal ETB’s apprenticeship department will take place on Wednesday, 10th January 2018 at 11.15 a.m. in the library.  The talk is aimed at 6th Years and LCAs. Student attendance at the talk is optional.

LCA Trip
LCA’s as part of their enterprise module are attending the RDS Christmas markets on Thursday 14th December. They will examine the role of sole traders and enjoy some festive cheer! There is an ice rink on the grounds, “Ice skating has become part of an Irish Christmas”. ISkate-on-Ice was introduced to the RDS in 2012 with huge success. ISkate-on-Ice now becomes part of Winter Funderland. Covering an area of 1000 Sq. meters, ISkate-on-Ice  – Ireland’s only OUTDOOR ice skating rink –offers an unrivalled ice skating experience” so students are surely going to enjoy the day! (www.winterfunderland.ie)

FIFA Tournament
A FIFA tournament will take place on Monday 11th December which is being organised by TY students. You can enter solo or as part of a team.

Leaving Cert Prefect Lunch
The Leaving Cert prefects were treated to a Christmas lunch on Wednesday 6th December to say thank you to them for their contribution to the school. We appreciate all your hard work and dedication to the AVS; we hoped you thoroughly enjoyed your lunch!

Architects in School
Siobhan Ní Ghallchóir is visiting the school on Monday 11th December for The National Architects in Schools Initiative. This 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.

Art
The LCA1 classes Christmas cards went on sale this week. We would appreciate if all staff and students can purchase some of the student designed cards as the profits are going to a worthy cause, MS Donegal. The LCA students were in Supervalu this week selling the winning cards and they are also on sale in the school. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Music
This year’s Carol Service will take place in St. Patricks’ Church, Donegal Town. All parents, families and community members are welcome to join us on Tuesday 19th December. Well done to all our students who auditioned for solo parts. Aoife Joyce will sing ‘Oh Holy Night’ in this years’ service.

Preparations are in progress for our End of School Year Concert on the 22nd December. We are expecting many great acts to be in the concert. Last year was great fun and it’s an enjoyable way to end the school year. Anyone interested in taking part can speak to any 6th year music student as they are organising the event.

Music rehearsals during the week are as follows; Monday – Orchestra, Tuesday – Trad Group, Wednesday – Ukulele and Thursday – Choir.

Well check with your music teacher for rehearsal times.

Big Brother, Big Sister
Big Brother, Big Sister has been postponed until next Tuesday 12th of December. Big Brother, Big Sister is a mentoring training programme for a selection of Leaving Cert students. All our senior students taking part in the programme will receive the appropriate training; a mentor from Foróige Ireland will deliver the training. The programme forms supportive friendships for young people inspiring them to brighter futures.

Countdown
We have huge numbers of students who have a mathematic flair and we hope they will make a greater effort to take part in Countdown. There is a new countdown competition on screens around the school. Enter to be in with a chance of winning a prize. Put your answer sheets in the box at the office window, name to be put on entry. We encourage all of our students to enter this competition.

Transition Year:

TY Work Experience
TY students completed their first week of work experience next week. 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. We hope they enjoyed participating in this wonderful experience and gained valuable knowledge from it; we can’t wait to hear the feedback next week!

TY Expo Projects
The due date for the TY Expo projects is the 14th December.

TY C.S.I Workshop
TY’s will complete the same CSI experience as our 5th year students. It will give them an exciting taste of forensic science and what Sligo I.T has to offer.

TY Christmas Fair
The TY classes will have their mini – companies on show in the school assembly on Thursday 21st December. Their mini – company products will be on sale and there will be food, fun and games with the Christmas atmosphere in mind.

Sligo Christmas Trip
On the 15th December TY students are travelling to Sligo for a Christmas outing. The students will go ice-skating, shopping and to Sligo Omniplex cinema. This trip follows the completion to the TY Christmas Assessment sessions.

TY Christmas Assessment
Students will be formatively assessed at Christmas and at the end of year. There Christmas assessment is worth 30%.  All TY students have to keep a portfolio of their work completed during the year.  Each student is asked to have at least three pieces of work per subject uploaded onto their portfolio by the end of the school year.  The student is responsible for choosing the pieces of work. Subject teachers will assist students in choosing appropriate pieces.

TY students will complete an interview on Wednesday 12th December which is worth 20%. Students must sit two interviews; another one will be conducted in May. The interview is marked and directed by the student’s tutor teacher.

TY Road Safety Show
Transition year students will attend a car safety and maintenance workshop on 12th December. The workshop will be facilitated by Mechanic Michael O’Gorman who invented the MOG car, which has been modified to show all working parts through the removal of panels. O’Gorman, a mechanic for more than 30 years, says he is appalled at the state of disrepair of many vehicles he has come across. He says people have no idea whatsoever of what they are driving. The MOG car safety demonstration is a unique practical training programme that reveals all the key components of a car. The demonstration will show our would-be drivers the practical function of car components, covering safety and car maintenance. The workshop will be both an entertaining and educational event!

TY Chess
An interclass TY Chess competition will take place on Monday 19th December, the week before the Christmas holidays and will be run by Ms Mohan. All four TY classes will compete against each other using knowledge on what they have recently learned about chess. It’s bound to get competitive and it will just be a successful as last year.

TY Activities
For the next two weeks, after they complete work experience, the TY activities are as follows:

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

The TYs are currently working in class on their sports leadership. Class 4D will help out with the first year Rowathon as part of their Sports Leadership Programme which is taking place on Monday 18th December. After Christmas, all TY students will be attending local primary schools to coach students, which will also be part of their Sports Leadership. 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 Programme.

THE YOUNG AMERICANS
THE YOUNG AMERICANS is a non-profit organisation founded in 1962, by Milton C Anderson. They are a voice, music, sound and dance company consisting of over 200 talented 17 – 21 year old college and high school students, 45 of whom will be teaching singing, dancing and performance to the students of The Abbey Vocational school. The organisation is looking to the AVS on Friday 26th January to stage a series of performing arts workshops, which will culminate in two performances.

Participants will learn all aspects of music and performance. On Sunday 28th January 2018 the entire company will perform a fantastic two-act show, with THE YOUNG AMERCIANS performing the first act, and all local students joining them for act two.

The workshop is open to all students aged 12 – 18 and the cost is €70 for all three days. Application forms are available from the school office now. You can contact Ms Rooney, Mr Clarke or Ms Murray for more information.

Sports:

Girls Active
Girls Active will resume after the Christmas break.

First Year Rowathon
Thank you to all first years who collected sponsorship money for the Rowathon, it will take place on Monday 18th December. First years will participate in their class groups in the Rowathon. Each student will row for 2 minutes. The quickest class group wins a prize! Good luck to all our participants and may the best team win!

1st Year Boys Soccer
The first years had their first game of the season when they took on Deele College, Raphoe in a league encounter played in Convoy on Monday 4th December. A strong squad travelled and after a scrappy opening 10mins, the team settled well and created a number of chances in a tight and close first half against a strong Deele side. With Jack and Ethan Kenny at left and right full back and Daniel Quinn in midfield playing particularly well, the Abbey were unlucky not to take the lead. Declan Duignan delivered a fantastic corner from the left hand side and Daniel Quinn flashed a shot just wide of the keepers post. With Liam Gallagher coming on up front for the Abbey, they had a real threat on the counter attack with his pace. However, it was Deele who struck first with a well worked team goal 10mins into the second half.  Deele quickly followed this up with a second and then a third goal to end any hopes of a comeback. Credit to the Abbey players however, as they persevered and never gave up. They did manage to get a goal back through a great free kick from Daniel Quinn from all of 25 yards that found the bottom corner of the net. The game had few chances after this and ended up 3-1 to Deele College. A very good team performance overall from the Abbey.

Senior Boys Football
The senior boys’ Gaelic team travelled to Naomh Mhuire pitch on Tuesday last to compete against Rosses C.S. In blustery conditions the AVS put in a great performance and were 2 points up at half-time. In the second half RCS came more into the game and hit 2 goals in quick succession to put them in control. Despite the best efforts of the AVS team, RCS held out for the victory. The team have one remaining match to play against Glenties and should they win that game, they will be in a play-off to progress from their group.

U15’s Soccer
The U15 boys’ team travelled to Raphoe on Wednesday to play Deele College, Raphoe, in their League semi-final.  Having had two good results in the group stages with wins over St. Columba’s, Stranorlar and Rosses Community School, Dungloe, optimism amongst the players was certainly high. Straight from kick off, the Abbey settled into the game much quicker and were playing some of their best football of the year so far, setting the tempo with some quick attacking football and retaining the majority of possession. They got the breakthrough they deserved when Conor Campbell floated in a cross/shot from the left wing that deceived the Deele keeper and nestled into the back of the net after 15mins of play.  Not happy with only a one goal lead, the Abbey continued to press and after some great football around the middle from Halim and Conor Campbell. Mark Jordan played a great ball in behind the Deele defense and Senan Quinn made no mistake with a great effort, drilling the ball low under the Deele goalkeeper. This is the way it stayed until half time, 2-0.  In a second half of few chances, Deele started to gain some more possession of the ball but were rarely threatened, with the Abbey back line in top form and being well marshalled by both Ultan O’Grady and Ethan Potter as well as Dermott McGuckin from midfield. Following a great cross from the right hand side by Conor Campbell which just evaded Senan in the box, Mark Jordan followed up at the back post and coolly slotted past the Deele keeper for Abbey’s third goal midway through the second half.  With that goal ending any Deele hopes of a comeback, the game was played out at a slower pace, however Deele did have a player sent off late for a 2 footed lunge.  Great team work and a huge well done to the lads!

U17’s Boys Soccer
The AVS U17 team will play Scoil Mhuire on Tuesday 12th December. A time is yet to be confirmed

Basketball
The U16s team will play St. Gerald’s College, Castlebar in the Sligo Regional Sports Centre, Monday 11th December at 1:15pm. The U16 B North – West final takes place on Monday in the Sports Complex also at 4:30 pm. The U19s team play Carrick – on – Shannon CS in the Sports Complex on Tuesday 12th December at 12:30 pm. The U19’s North West final takes place on the Tuesday.

Girls Gaelic
Well done to our leaving cert student Layla Alvey on winning the Donegal Democrat Youth Sports Award for October. Layla has received this award for her outstanding performance on the field for the St. Naul’s Ladies. Her hard work and determination has helped lead the St. Naul’s Ladies team to win the Donegal Intermediate title. Layla also played a huge part in the defeating the Down champions, Ballymartin, before going down to Latton in the Ulster semi-final.

Layla was nominated for the Gaelic Life team of the Intermediate Championship in the half-forward line.

Since Layla started in first year here in the Abbey Vocational School she has been at the heart of ladies GAA in the school and she is presently the U20 ladies caption. The U20’s are one match away from qualifying for the U20 ladies Ulster quarter final.  Good luck to our U20 girls who are due to play St Catherine’s Killybegs. Date to be confirmed in the coming days.

AVS Notes 1st December 2017

Parent/Teacher Meeting
The 2nd year Parent/Teacher meeting will take place next week on Thursday 7th December. We encourage all parents to attend, where possible.

Scholarships
Congratulations to Eoin Slevin, Anna Morrow, Emily McGill and Kate Gurren who received DCU entrance Scholarships on the 29th November! It was an exceptional occasion to see four students of the AVS receiving these awards and many remarked on their wonderful achievement. These students reflect the high standards of teaching and learning in the school as well as the work ethic amongst so many. We congratulate the students and their families on these excellent achievements.

Sports Capital Grant
The Abbey Vocational School, under the trusteeship of Donegal Education and Training Board and in partnership with Donegal Bay Rowing Club has been awarded funding for new gymnasium equipment under the Sports Capital Grant programme 2017.  The new equipment will greatly enhance the teaching and learning of Physical Education to the whole student body and the wider community.  The Abbey Vocational School has also recently undergone a Physical Education Department of Education Inspection which was extremely affirming in relation to the high standards of teaching and learning in this area and of the overall excellence in this department.

Donegal Bay Rowing Club is one of the oldest and largest Coastal rowing clubs in Donegal.  The club is affiliated to Rowing Ireland and currently has 15 Rowing Ireland qualified coaches with plans for further training in early 2018.  The club recently ran two of the most successful All-Ireland Championships in recent years in 2016 and 2017 at their training facility in Ballyshannon in partnership with the ESB and Erne Enterprise.  The equipment will also be utilised by Donegal Bay Rowing Club members especially our juvenile rowers for coaching and training purposes.

The committee and members of Donegal Bay Rowing club would like to sincerely thank Donegal Education and Training Board, the management team at the Abbey Vocational School especially the principal Mrs Geraldine Diver who was a great assistance in completing the application as was the Physical Education Department within the school who fully supported the proposal.  This is a great development for facilities within the school and for the wider community in Donegal.  Hopefully in time we too will produce our own Olympic rowers!!

Talks for Junior Students
Each of our first, second and third year students attended a talk given by Guard and JLO Eamonn Mc Cooey on the topics of internet safety, substance misuse and road traffic matters. This talk was then supplemented by a talk from the Principal on the school’s Mobile Phone Policy and Acceptable Use Policy and other important matters relating to such matters. We thank Mr Mc Cooey for coming to the school and supporting our students in gaining an understanding of the legal aspects of these areas.

Guidance Department
The UCAS Department are holding a UCAS registration class on Friday 8th December in Room 45.  The start time will be 1 p.m. and the finish time will be 2 p.m. In addition, an Apprenticeship talk by Donegal ETB’s Apprenticeship Department will take place on Wednesday 10th January 2018 at 11.15 a.m. in the library.  The talk is aimed at 6th Years and LCAs.  Student attendance at the talk is optional.

CSI Workshop
I.T Sligo are completing a forensic science workshop with 5th year students on Monday 4th December. The workshop consists of an introduction to forensic science in I.T. Sligo and a more interesting part where students have to solve crimes!

Well Read Campaign
During the first year’s Parent/Teacher meeting, parents participated in a book swap as part of the school’s ‘Well Read’ campaign. First year classes will also get a ‘Well Read’ sticker. This is one of the many ways we hope to grow a reading culture in our school. We aim to encourage all students to carry a reading for pleasure book in their school bag in our school. It is envisaged that they would be able to take this out whenever possible, e.g. a supervision class where they have no work or have completed the work assigned etc. “The PDST ‘Wellread National Award’ is a national initiative designed and organised by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It 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” (www.pdst.ie/wellread)

Art
Winning designs in the LCA1 Christmas card competition will go on sale from next Monday. All profits go to MS Donegal winners were Shannon Patton, Lily Brogan, Aine McGroarty, Caitlin Hone, Emma Thomas and Aedan Travers.

Abbey Mia
An excerpt from the TY musical ‘Abbey Mia’ will be performed by a group of students on the 7th December in The Abbey Hotel. Good luck to all students partaking!

 Music
Huge preparations are taking place in order to organise this year’s Carol Service in St. Patricks’ Church, Donegal Town. All parents, families and community members are welcome to join us on Tuesday 19th December. Auditions for the solo parts in this year’s Carol Service will take place on Tuesday 5th December at lunchtime 1:40 pm in room 13. All are welcome to try out for parts.

Preparations are in progress for our End of School Year Concert on the 23rd December. We are expecting many great acts to be in the concert. Anyone interested in taking part can speak to any 6th year music student as they are organising the event.

Music rehearsals during the week are as follows; Monday – Orchestra, Tuesday – Trad Group, Wednesday – Ukulele and Thursday – Choir.

The 1st year music classes were singing on the Diamond this Friday 1st December at 1:30 pm as part of Donegal Business Focus Group and Christmas Weekend. Well done to all participating in this lovely community event. third year students are travelling to Dublin to the National Concert Hall on Tuesday 5th December to the National Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Concert. This will be followed by a trip shopping to Blanchardstown.

Big Brother, Big Sister
Big Brother, Big Sister mentoring training is on the 5th December 2017 for a selection of Leaving Cert students. All our senior students taking part in the programme will receive the appropriate training; a mentor from Foróige Ireland will deliver the training. “Big Brother Big Sister is an internationally recognised youth mentoring programme that forms supportive friendships for young people inspiring them to brighter futures. Big Brothers Big Sisters nationally and internationally is proven through research to improve young people’s wellbeing, improve their social support and relationships with others” (www.foroige.ie)

School Tour
The next deposit for the school tour abroad is now due and should be paid online over Way2Pay or paid to the office. Contact Mr Leyden for any questions or queries.

Countdown
There is a new countdown competition on screens around the school. Enter to be in with a chance of winning the prize. Put your answer sheets in the box at the office window, name to be put on entry. We encourage all of our students to enter this competition.

Transition Year:

TY Work Experience
TY students will begin their first week of work experience next week. 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. Best of luck to our TY students next week. We hope you have a lovely week and gain a great experience from it.

Public speaking
The TY students took part in a public speaking workshop with Alan Devine on the 27th and 28th November, for his final workshops. The students learned how to keep an audience interested and interact with an audience, along with many other useful tips on public speaking. The students really enjoyed participating in the workshop and received a lot of advice on public speaking, which we are sure they will use in the future.

Sligo Christmas Trip
On the 15th December TY students are travelling to Sligo for a Christmas outing. The students will go ice-skating, shopping and to the cinema. This trip follows the completion to the TY Christmas Assessment sessions. TYs will be interviewed as a form of assessment on their work to date,

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

TY Activities
For the next two weeks, after they complete work experience, the TY activities are as follows:

4A – Surfing, 4B – Aqua aerobics 4C – Self-defense 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 Programme which will take place in the coming weeks. In addition, TYs are also currently working in their groups for the TY P.E. expo projects, which are due before December 14th.

After Christmas, all TY students will be attending the primary schools to coach students, which will also be part of their Sports Leadership. 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 Programme.

TY GAA Course
Well done to the 18 TY students who took part in the LGFA course?  We would like to thank Elaine Mc Govern who visited the school to provide the GAA course. The students will now begin to prepare a plan for a primary school blitz

THE YOUNG AMERICANS
The Young Americans, winner of the Academy Award for their motion picture with Columbia Artists, are coming to our school on Friday 26th January to stage a series of performing arts workshops, which will culminate in two performances.

THE YOUNG AMERICANS is a non-profit organisation founded in 1962, by Milton C Anderson, are a voice, music, sound and dance company consisting of over 200 talented 17 – 21 year old college and high school students, 45 of whom will be teaching singing, dancing and performance to the students of The Abbey Vocational school.

Participants will learn all aspects of music and performance. On Sunday 28th January 2018 the entire company will perform a fantastic two-act show, with THE YOUNG AMERCIANS performing the first act, and all local students joining them for act two.

The workshop is open to all students aged 12 – 18 and the cost is €70 for all three days. Application forms are available from the school office now.

Sports:

Athletics
Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups. Cross-country training is on Friday at lunchtime. Good luck to Savanah Timoney who will be competing in the Cross Country All Ireland final next weekend in Waterford. She is also a member of the County and Ulster cross-country team, which is a great achievement, as she will be competing against the best in the Country. Cross-country and track and field competitions will start in the New Year.

Well done to the TY students in class 4D for hosting a primary school sports hall competition on Thursday 30th November. It was a very successful day and 4D were excellent as they helped organise and officiate as part of their Sports Leadership.

Congratulations to our boys and TY students also hosted girls’ sports hall team who competed in the county semi-final on Wednesday, which was held in the gym, this. The Gweedore team came first in both the boys and girl’s competition. Well done to the AVS girls who finished second overall, they now go through to the County Final, which will be held after Christmas. The boys finished in third place. The team had a great performance in both track and field events.

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.

U19 and U16 Boys Basketball
AVS 67 – 45 St Nathy’s.

Well done to our AVS senior boys who played St Nathy’s, Roscommon at home on Monday. The AVS boys had a great opening, taking the lead from the opening minutes. The score for the first quarter was 21-11. The AVS boys continued to dominate in the second quarter; they started to have success with their full court press ending up with multiple scores from the runs of Dylan Curran and Ronan O’Donnell. Eoghan Corley had a great half, he blocked St Nathy’s attack and finished off a good run with a basket. 40-18.

In the 3rd quarter, the St Nathy’s boys started to come back but the AVS boys didn’t give up with the boys’ defense system remaining strong. Ryan Pearson and Creegan Alcock had a great game but overall it was a great team performance with the AVS boys winning in style with the score finishing as 67, 45.

Congratulations to the U16 boys’ basketball team who also played against St Nathy’s, Roscommon. They had a great opening, with a good score from Shane Meehan who played a brilliant match. Ultan O’ Grady had a fast break and scored a brilliant basket. The boys’ full court press resulted in them getting the ball back and getting excellent scores from the likes of James Mc Namara and Diarmuid O’Donnell. Ultan O’Grady led the team for the second quarter after a challenging first quarter. After a few minutes, the Donegal side called time out. The score was 16-13. With a few words from their manager, Jordan Carty, the AVS boys came back out showing great determination and this was shown in their play. There was good hustle throughout the second quarter. Donegal ended the half ahead. 22-19. The away boys were not going to give up. After a few minutes of the opening 3rd quarter, the St Nathy’s boys levelled the game on 24 each. It was an intense start to the second half. In the final quarter, the boys came out the stronger side. Evan Gallagher scored an excellent basket form the mid-range. Unfortunately, Frank Cornyn got fouled out after a very good performance throughout the game. The boys kept their heads held high. After a challenging competition, the boys did themselves proud coming out on top. The final score was 49-44.

Senior Boys Gaelic Football
Senior boys’ Gaelic training is every Tuesday after school at 4pm. The boys’ game against Rosses C.S next Tuesday, time and venue tbc. They boys will also face Glenties in the coming weeks.

Ladies Gaelic Football
U14, U16 and U20 girls training will continue after school every Tuesday, 4- 5pm and Fridays from 3:30- 4:30pm. All age groups will train together. The U14 league will start after Christmas. They will also play Deele Collage and Gairmscoil Chú Uladh.

Hard luck to the U16 girls who played Finntown on Friday. It wasn’t the start the AVS girls were looking for with the Finntown girls scoring two goals in the opening minutes. The AVS girls didn’t drop their heads, they responded with great scores from the likes of Enya Gallagher and Ciara Cox. The AVS’ support play was excellent. Ellen Canavan had a great game, she carried the ball from the full back line and finished it off with a point. The girls had quick reactions to turn overs with Rachel Gallagher covering our 45 line. It was a tight first half. The half time score was Abbey- 1:9, – 3:3

The Finntown girls came out strong and hungry in the second half but the AVS girls showed true determination. A few changes in the team helped the girls keep the score up. The AVS girls took the foot off the pedal for a few minutes, which allowed the Finntown girls to come out on top. The girls fought back, stronger than ever with Ellie Muldoon and Hannah Crawford carrying the team through. The girls fought to the bitter end showing great determination and attitude but eventually running out of time. Abbey 2-11, Finntown 5-8

Boys Soccer
Well done our U15 boys who had a good win against Rosses Community School. After a tight and close opening 20 minutes, the deadlock was broken after Lee Murchan was fouled inside the box for a penalty. Conor Campbell stepped up and scored a cracking penalty into the top right corner. Abbey doubled their lead 10 minutes later after great work done on the wing by Senan Quinn. After turning his man he played a great ball across the box and Lee Murchan made no mistake with a first finish. The half time score was 2-0. Rosses got themselves back into the game 10 minutes into the second half with a great goal from outside the box that gave Oisín McCallig in goals no chance. Halim almost got a 3rd goal for Abbey but was unlucky to see his strike hit the post. Rosses then equalised with 10 minutes left after a mix up in the Abbey penalty area. However, the Abbey railed again and managed to score what was the winning goal with 5 minutes remaining when Conor Campbell put in a great free kick and Dermot Mc Guckin glanced a great header into the bottom corner giving the keeper no chance.

The team play again next week against Deele College on Wednesday 12th December.

1st year Rowathon
The students in first year have been fundraising for their rowathon. The rowathon will be an inter class competition which will take place on the 18th December. Keep up the good training lads and lassies!

Healthy Schools Week
The Healthy Schools Committee will begin to introduce the ‘couch to 5k’ in the coming weeks. It was a very successful last year and a large number of staff and students got involved.

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

First Year Boys Soccer
The first year’s boys’ team play Deele College, away, on Monday 4th at 11am. Good luck to Mr Mc Hugh and the team!

U17’s Boys Soccer
The U17’s team play Scoil Mhuire next Friday the 8th December. A time and venue is yet to be decided.