AVS Notes 20th April 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wellbeing

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

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

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

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

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

Transition Year:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sports:

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

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

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

Medal winners on the day were:

Alex Anderson – 1st in Shot Putt

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

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

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

Savannah Timony – 2nd in 800m

Shane Breslin – 2nd in Shot Putt

Leo Carey – 3rd on Shot Putt

Aisling Mohan – 2nd in High Jump

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

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

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

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

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

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

AVS Notes 13th April 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guidance Department

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

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

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

Transition Year:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sport:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AVS Notes 23rd March 2018

Leaving Certificate Physical Education Launch

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

Bon Voyage!

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

Induction Day for Incoming sixth class students: NEW DATE

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

Practical Exams

Junior Certificate Home Economics

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

Music

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

Oral Exams

French and Spanish Oral Examinations

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

Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science Project

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

Leaving Certificate Art Project Deadline

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

AgriAware Farm Visit

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

Local Farm Visit

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

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

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

‘The Big School Cook Off’

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

TY

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

TY Art

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

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

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

TY Photography Competition

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

Architect in Schools Project

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

Upcoming TY Trips

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

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

Sports

First Year Girls Regional Champions

Abbey VS 37 – Ballinamore C.S. 16

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

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

Team:

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

U14’s Girls’ Football

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

Boys’ Basketball

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

Athletics

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

Boys Football

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