AVS Notes 16th March 2018

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The winners from first year were:

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

The winners from second year were:

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

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

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

Transition Year:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Sport:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AVS Notes 9th March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Transition Year:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sports:

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

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

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

Girls Basketball 

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

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

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

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

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

AVS Notes 2nd March 2018

 

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

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

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

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

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

We look forward to seeing you on the evening but in the meantime I attach contact details and further information.  If you are unable to attend, please feel free to contact me to arrange an alternative time to visit. Contacts to assist:-

Gaeloideachas
Was established in 1973 as a national voluntary organisation to support the

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

Helpline 01 8535195

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

www.gaeloideachas.ie

Our website provides comprehensive information on Irish-medium education: news, a directory and

map of naíonraí and schools, research, resources and more.

www.irishforparents.ie

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

You can contact Clare Spáinneach, Development Officer with Gaeloideachas directly:

clare@gaeloideachas.ie | Mobile: 087 9724020 | Office: 01 8535193

The Parents Committee for the Aonad are also available to speak with you, you can contact: Catherine James: 0857577742 Marcus Flannery: 0874109204

Or you can contact Deputy Principal Mr Ronan Doherty or the Principal Ms Geraldine Diver on: 074 9721105

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JCSA – Business in Action CBA
From the 12th – 20th March 2018 students in 2nd year will complete their Business Classroom Based Assessment. During this period students spend four weeks completing the Business in Action CBA.

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

World Book Week
The AVS is delighted to celebrate World Book Day again this year. World Book Day took place all over Ireland on Thursday 1st March 2018 however; we could not celebrate it in the school this year on the set date due to the weather. Over the last 22 years, World Book Day has become firmly established as Ireland’s biggest annual event promoting the enjoyment of books and reading. The main aim is to encourage children to explore the pleasure of books and reading by providing them with an opportunity to have a book of their own. The English Department in the last 2 weeks hosted competitions in 1st and 2nd year classes. 2nd year students were given time in class to design a book cover (they could choose any book they wish) and 1st year students created posters to promote the day. The designs were displayed in the assembly area on Wednesday. The winners will be announced next week.

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

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

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

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

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

Wellbeing:

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

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

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

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

Our leaving Cert students had

Transition Year:

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

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

Architect in Schools Project
Thank you to Ms. Siobhan Gallagher who visited the AVS to work with TY students on Monday 26th February on the TY Architect in Schools Project. The National Architects in Schools Initiative is an exciting programme for Transition Year students. Architects are placed in schools to facilitate hands-on design workshops with student groups in 25 schools across Ireland. This initiative builds on five years of successful schools programming from the Irish Architecture Foundation and provides students with the opportunity to develop an appreciation of architecture and design, learn a variety of new skills and gain insight to the professional life of designers and architects. Participating architects are recruited and mentored by the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) and placed in schools to devise and facilitate workshops in collaboration with teachers.

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

PE Expo
On Wednesday 7th March all TY students will attend the PE Expo in Dublin City University. The event has been coordinated by Mr Carty, Ms M Gallagher, Ms Mc Donnell, Mr Mc Hugh. 3 teams have been entered in this competition with 4 students in each team, 12 students in total. On the day students will be demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of one of the following category titles:

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

The students have been researching and putting together their project with their PE teachers over the last number of months. Best of luck to our TY who have been entered into the competition.

School Tour
The countdown to the school tour is on! During the Easter holidays from Monday 26th till Thursday 29th March our TY’s and 5th years will be enjoying the lovely weather in the Lake Garda district, Italy. We ask all parents and students to ensure they review the itinerary and prohibited items list on the school website. The page can be found under the activities tab, foreign tours and the information on the trip is located here. Students are reminded they must ensure they have their passports and European Health Card with them. In addition, students will be flying with Aer Lingus and Ryanair Baggage – Any person checking in more than one bag will be charged an additional cost by the airline both on the outgoing and on the return journey even if the combined weight is less than 15KG. There are strict limits regarding the size and weight of the carry on bag. It must not exceed 55cmx40cmx20cm in size and 10KG in weight. Please see Aer Lingus and Ryanair websites for full details. We are staying in the Hotel San Vito during the trip; the staff hope that the students all have an enjoyable and memorable tour. The information should be reviewed on the site prior to the trip as it is provided to improve your experience.

More details will follow on the trips activities!

Sport:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boys’ Soccer

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

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

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

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

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