AVS Notes 25th May 2018

House Exams
House exams for 1st, 2nd and 5th year students commence Tuesday 29th May until Friday 1st June. We remind all students to ensure they are prepared and continue their efforts with their study. The exam timetable is available on the school website under Curriculum – Examinations – House Exams. All students should study their timetable carefully. We remind students: all students must be present for the entire day during the examinations. In addition please be mindful of the following:

  • All students must be in their designated labelled seat before the second bell each morning irrespective of the start time of the examination. This is to ensure the room has the correct number of papers.
  • Students must have the proper equipment for all examinations as borrowing or sharing of equipment (calculators, rulers, pens, etc) is not permitted.
  • MOBILE PHONES must be switched off completely (not simply silenced) and not visible during the examination sessions. They must not be used as a calculator.
  • Students should bring study materials with them to revise during non-exam sessions.
  • All students are required to wear their full uniform for the duration of the summer examinations.
  • Please show consideration for all other students doing the examinations by behaving appropriately at all times.

End of Term
Our school term ends on Friday 1st June.

Leaving Certificate Ecumenical Service
The Leaving Cert Ecumenical Service was special event for our students leaving the Abbey behind to move on to new exciting opportunities. The event took place on a sunny evening on Wednesday 23rd May. Students enjoyed a lovely meal prior to the service with staff who have taught them over the years. Parents and Guardians joined our students also on the evening to wish them well. This was a very special service as we see our students move on to the next chapter in their educational careers. Lastly, to the class of 2018 we wish you luck and from the staff of the AVS it has been a pleasure to teach you over the last six years, we hope you achieve all your hopes and dreams for the future.

Monster Book Fair
A huge thank you to the Parents’ Association, in conjunction with the “Well Read” Committee of the school who held a Monster Book Fair on Saturday 26th May from 11am to 6pm in the AVS, Donegal Town. We acquired excellent books and we would like to thank the local community for all their donations. It was a huge success and we hope it will promote reading in our community.

Donegal Youth Orchestra
AVS student Aina Branchet performed a solo on the cello at the Donegal Youth Orchestra’s summer concert in the Highlands Hotel in Glenties at the weekend. Aina returns to Spain shortly after a very successful year with the orchestra. Congratulations and well done Aina!  Liam Smith performed a solo (Clarinet) he leaves the orchestra now to go to college.

Pictured in photo are students from the AVS who are members of the orchestra along with their conductor.  Also in the picture is Helen Howells and Katie Thomas (Viola), Kitty Mc Nulty and Nora Carr (Flute), Oonagh Mc Hugh (Clarinet), Joseph Edwards (Bassoon).  Missing form photo Kevin Boy​le (Flute).
 

Transition Year:

TY Showcase
Congratulations to our TY’s for finishing off an action-packed year on a high note! On Monday night our showcase took place and all parents and guardians of our TY students joined us for the TY showcase which was an energetic night. TY students worked in co – ordination with Ms Rooney and Ms O’ Donnell to create the showcase which highlighted the events, talks, activities, trips and outings the TY’s ventured on this year. Students spoke wonderfully on the night as they delivered speeches and skits. A huge thank you to Eilish Mc Intyre who is working tirelessly with TY’s to perfect their acts on the night.

TY Interviews
On Thursday 24th May our TY’s completed their TY interviews. The interviews are conducted in professional clothes so students understand the dynamics of interviews in the world of work. On the day students discussed activities, their work placement and involvement in the community.

Sports:

Buncrana Cup
AVS students Shane Meehan, Ryan Coughlan and Richard O’Rourke who were members of the County U16 squad won the Buncrana Cup recently they brought the cup into school this week which highlighted their excellent win. Thomas White and Shay Travers were also a part of this astonishing win. 

 

Sports Day
We had cracking weather for this year’s Sports Day with temperatures soaring into the high teens. There was a range of a events available for students to participate in on the day such as: soccer, basketball, tug of war, novelty events, athletics, unihoc and rowing. The students were very competitive on the day and even some teachers attempted the events in good spirits. Ms Cunningham, Ms O’ Donnell, Ms Ní Dhomhnaill, Ms Murray and Ms Mc Partlan attempted to beat some of the Leaving Cert students in the ski’s event but lost by 15 seconds. They said they are going work hard and practice to beat this year’s ski record of 32 seconds. The novelty events and tug of war was most enjoyed on the day. You can check on some of the photos on our school Twitter page! Thank you to the PE Department: Ms Gallagher, Mr Carty, Mr Mc Hugh and Ms Mc Donnell for organising such a well-run event. Thank you to all teaching staff and SNA’s who supervised the events.

Primary School Track and Field Athletics
The local primary school athletics competition took place on Thursday 24th May on the school track. The sun shone and there was a positive atmosphere for a very successful day. This event catered for over 600 students from 22 schools, both big and small local schools. Well done to everyone who competed and represented their school. There was long distance, relays, javelin, shot put, sprints, long jump and high jump. The event was very well organised and officiated which was done by are TY Sports Leaders and it was also in conjunction with Tir Chonaill A.C. A huge thank you to everyone who helped out and made it such a successful day.

AVS Notes 18th May 2018

House Exams
House exams for 1st, 2nd and 5th year students commence Tuesday 29th May until Friday 1st June. We remind all students to ensure they are prepared and continue their efforts with their study. The exam timetable is available on the school website under curriculum – Examinations – House Exams,

Leaving Certificate Ecumenical Service
The Leaving Cert Ecumenical Service will take place on Wednesday 23rd May at 7pm. Parents and Guardians of our Leaving Cert students are most welcome on the evening. This is a very special service as we see our students move on to the next chapter in their educational careers. The students are invited to a meal prior to the service with all our staff to celebrate their end of senior cycle.

English Oral Communication
Well done to our students in 2nd year who have completed their Oral Communication task in their English lessons.

LCA Leisure Trip
LCA classes went on their end of year adventure trip Monday 14th May. They visited Letterkenny Adventure Centre to participate in team challenges; this was an excellent team bonding day. All involved had a great day and some wonderful sunny weather too!

LCA Orals
Students in LCA sat their orals this week in Spanish and Irish. Well done to our students on taking the first step on their exam journey.

Transition Year:

Balmoral
Our TY students and several teachers travelled to the Balmoral show in Lisburn, Belfast on Thursday 17th May. The Balmoral show is Northern Ireland’s largest agricultural show featuring farming and agricultural displays and competitions. Students had the day to explore the stalls however, the highlight of the day was the funfair on site. They also watched competitions such as dressage and sheep shearing. They had lunch at the wide variety of food stalls the grounds contained. The TYs were very fortunate as the weather was beautiful on the day which added to the enjoyment.

TY Showcase
Preparation for the showcase continues! TY students are actively working in co–ordination with teachers and Eilish McIntyre. The showcase focuses on all the events, talks, activities, trips and outings the TY’s ventured on this year. It promises to be fun filled night highlighting the TY year through wonderful speeches, skits, PowerPoints full of memories and an abundance of photos! The showcase takes place in the AVS on Monday 21st May. All TY parents and guardians are welcome as well as incoming TYs and their parents.

TY Sports Leadership Inspection
For weeks our TY’s have worked endlessly on their Sports Leadership programme. Maria Mc Gill, Donegal Sports Partnership visited the AVS to give feedback to TY sports leaders. TY students who are involved in this were removed from timetabled lessons in groups of two or three throughout the day. Two groups of first year students assisted throughout the day with the demonstrations. Our students completed modules in: planning, leading and reviewing a sports activity, developing leadership activities, leading activities that promote healthy lifestyles etc. This week, the TY’s reached the end of the programme therefore, today they demonstrated the skills they had learned through the programme over the course of it.

Transition to 5th year Talk
Our TY students are coming to the end of their TY experience. 5th year will be the next chapter of their lives and students will now have to focus their efforts on senior cycle and the Leaving Certificate exam. On Friday 18th, Mr Sean Magee visited the AVS to speak with Transition Year students regarding their transition to 5th year. Students will now begin to focus more on career choices and their academic subjects. TY is a beneficial year as it takes the pedal off exams and places more of a focus on fostering responsibility. The TY programme offers students an educational experience with a view to achieve increased maturity, before proceeding to further study. It is important that TY students understand the importance of 5th year and how to settle in as they transition from a programme which placed greater responsibility on learning and decision making.

Sean spoke to students about motivating themselves to start studying and to remember that fifth and sixth year requires hard work from the beginning. He reminded students to make sure to pace themselves well with their study and not to burn out. Some students find it difficult to study after TY, he gave students ideas on how to cross this barrier. Thank you to Sean for the informative talk!

Sport:

Leaving Cert Students V’s the AVS Teachers
Tuesday 15th was one enjoyable afternoon as some of our Leaving Cert students played a volleyball match against our very own AVS teachers. Our brave teachers braved the court to take on a mix of Leaving Certs. It was entertaining to say the least! The teachers were victorious in the end. Refreshments followed the heated game so students could relax and enjoy the social event. Thanks to the PE Dept. and also the Guidance Dept. for all of their work in the planning of this event.

Active Schools
Sports Day is scheduled to take place next Tuesday. This event is weather permitting and with this week’s weather being so beautiful we have our fingers crossed. The students are guaranteed a full filled day with novelty events and more challenging ones like the shot put. Every P.E. class currently are preparing for this event.

Active Week
From Monday 21st May till Friday 25th the AVS will host Active Week. Our Drop Everything and Walk was very successful with staff and students last year and it is guaranteed to be a success this year too as we take to the school track. The active school committee have organised other activities for the week some of the activities include yoga, self-defense and rowing.

Junior Cycle Camogie
On Monday 21st May our junior team will play St. Catherine’s in Drumcliff, Co. Donegal. 1st, 2nd and 3rd year girls will participate in this game as a part of our school’s Active Week.

Golf
Three of our students competed in the Donegal Golf finals on Monday. Jamie Crawford, Jayden Mgbam, Connor McGoldrick travelled to Dunfanaghy. Unfortunately, the team didn’t place in 1st, 2nd or 3rd but they placed well into the top ten. Congratulations to all involved.

AVS Notes 11th May 2018

Induction Day
On Tuesday 15th May an Induction day for 6th class pupils who will be attending the school in September 2018 will be held in the school. TY’s, LCA’s or 1st year will have no school on Tuesday due to this. The aim of the Induction is to give 6th class students a taste of life in the AVS, they will meet our wonderful teachers, explore the school and discover new and interesting subjects. It is a great experience for students as they will become more familiar with the school. On the Induction Day the students will get to sample a “day in the life of the school” and students will follow a timetable for the day, which includes all of the optional subjects, which they can taste. They will follow the school map in moving from classroom to classroom and will have break and lunch in the canteen. We look forward to welcoming our new AVS students!

Monster Book Fair
We would like to remind the community that we are looking for good quality paperback books which can be left at the main entrance of the school by next Friday 18th May. We would appreciate any book donations. The Parents’ Association, in conjunction with the “Well Read” committee in the Abbey Vocational School, are holding a Monster Book Fair on Saturday 26th May from 11am to 6pm in the AVS, Donegal Town. Don’t forget to come along to the Fair on Saturday 26th May. Tea / coffee and light refreshments will be available.

Science Quiz
The Annual Science quiz took place in the Mount Errigal on Thursday last at 6pm. The AVS entered six teams which involved 24 students. Well done to these students who all performed really well on the day and one of our teams took third place, they were:  Emma Coulter, Roisin Feeney, Luke Mc Gee and Conor Mc Groary.  Well done to them! Thank you to the Science Department for supporting this event.

English Oral Communication
Students in 2nd year are preparing for the Oral Communication task which takes place in class from Monday 7th – Friday 18th May. Students are basing their presentation on a variety of interesting topics from local history, inspiring artists, footballers, local clubs and animals. It is an excellent way for our students to develop their presentation skills, confidence and public speaking skills. The Oral Communication also allows students to conduct research e.g. searching for information, reading and note-making, organising material, developing a point of view, preparing a PowerPoint, using props, hand-outs etc. Best of luck to our second years and we know all your practice and effort will be worth it.

5th Year Business Trip
On Friday 11th May 45 of our 5th year Business & LCVP students travelled to Dublin for a tour of Butler’s Chocolate Factory.  The students were give an insight into the history of the award winning Irish company, a full tour of the production process and participated in the all-important quality control where students sampled a wide range of their hand crafted chocolates. We then had the opportunity to decorate our own edible souvenir. The trip was enjoyed by all and will complement future learning.

First Year History Trip
First Students will visit the Donegal Castle as part of their study of Medieval History on Monday 14th May. While they are there they will have a guided tour of the castle and grounds. This will be an interesting way of learning about the history of the castle which dates from the late 15th century. The castle was built by Red Hugh O’Donnell in 1474 and he later built the Donegal Abbey across the bay- it is from this Abbey that our school takes its name. First Year students are currently studying this period and are learning about the importance of such castles and those who lived in them during that era.

First Year Educational Tour
On Wednesday 9th May our 1st year students travelled through the story of the brave emigrants who made the journey across the Atlantic to America hundreds of years ago. They wandered through the thatched cottages and log cabins and meet costumed characters who showed them traditional crafts and told them stories about Ireland in the 1800’s. Students even boarded a full-scale emigrant ship to experience the conditions faced by many as they set sail for a new life in America. The park had over 30 buildings and exhibits to explore, it was a wonderfully unique experience.

Lastly, students had some time to shop and eat in Letterkenny shopping centre. Thank you to the first year form tutor: Ms Bennet and the first year tutors for organising such a lovely day!

LCA Leisure Trip
LCA classes are preparing for their end of year adventure trip on Tuesday 15th May. They will be visiting Letterkenny Adventure Centre to participate in team challenges. Thank you to Ms Gallagher for organising this event.

Transition Year:

YSI Awards
A huge well done to our students: Conor Mc Allister, David Mc Guckin, Oisín Doherty and James Smyth. The boy’s presentation was on SHEHR their aim was to devise an app that stores a patient’s medical information electronically. The app could only be accessed through a fingerprint therefore, it would be confidential for patients. The event showcases young innovators. The boys were superb on the day and hey spoke excellently– well done boys!

John Paul II Trip
50 Transition Year and 5th Year students travelled to Knock on Friday 11th May for the 5th anniversary of Donal Walsh. Donal Walsh, the Kerry teenager who touched so many lives when he tirelessly raised funds for charity while battling Cancer. The Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation was set up by his family primarily in order to promote his anti-suicide #Livelife message. The day was inspiring and reflective and focused on Donal’s message to cherish life and live life. Students from all over Ireland attended and our AVS students said it was an inspiring experience that allowed them to come together with students across the country! Thank you to Ms Mc Callig for organising the trip.

Newsletter Team’s Afternoon Tea
The newsletter team: Lucy Mc Gowan, Hannah Shallow, Ciara Mc Hugh, Katie Timoney, Amy Lorinyenko and Mia Ruck. The girls worked on different areas this year to help produce the newsletter. It’s an excellent skill to include on a CV and their help was greatly appreciated.

Balmoral
All TY students will travel to Balmoral in Lisburn on Thursday 17th May. This is the biggest agricultural and equestrian event in Northern Ireland and draws huge crowds every year to the lovely Balmoral Showgrounds. It’s a three-day event and as well as show jumping and showing classes for horses, there are cattle, sheep, pig and poultry shows and a huge exhibition and trade show of agricultural machinery. We hope our students have a good day and get some nice weather!

TY Sports Leader
Maria Mc Gill, Donegal Sports Partnership will visit the AVS to give feedback to TY sports leaders on Friday 18th May. The students have been working hard and practising over the last number of weeks.

Showcase Rehearsals
TY students are preparing for their end of year Showcase which will be held on the 22nd May in the school. They have been practising with our music teacher Ms Carr and drama teacher Ails McIntyre. The showcase is coming along very well and students are looking forward to the night.

TY Chess Competition
On Wednesday the 8th May 30 TY students took part in a chess competition organised by Ms. Mohan and Ms Mc Loughlin in the Maths Department. The competition was held on the school stage. The 4 semi-finalists were: Barry Herron, Shaun Meehan, Katie Daly and Eoghan O’Donnell. Congratulations to Barry Herron on winning the competition.

Sports:

Athletics
Again well done to our athletes who travelled to the Antrim Forum for the Ulster’s E District last Friday. Our students done exceptional on the day; congratulations to Rachel Gallagher- U15 hurdles, triple jump and relay. Niamh Moohan- U15 hurdles, long jump and relay, Caoimhe Greene- U14 shot putt, Emily McNulty- U15 triple jump and relay, Savannah Timoney-  U15 1500m and relay, Gwenaelle Ní Dhonnabhain- U17 high jump and long jump, Anna Riebeling- U17 Pole Vault, Leo Carey McDermott – U15 shot put and 800m and Diarmuid O Donnell –  U17 discuss. These students have qualified for the Ulster Final which takes place Friday the 18th – Sunday the 20th in the Antrim Forum. It is an excellent achievement and it promotes and encourage others to participate in track and field athletics and cross country running in secondary schools. We encourage students to attend training and it continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups. Cross-country training is on Friday at lunchtime.

The local primary school athletics competition takes place on 24th May on the school track. This has been very successful in the previous years. This event caters for over 800 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 Eamon Harvey or the school office.

Active Schools

Sports Day is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 22nd May. This event is weather permitting. The students are guaranteed a full filled day with events taking place such as spud and spoon, sack race and more challenging events like the shot put. Every P.E. class currently are preparing for this event.
The active school committee were very busy putting together a programme for this month; some of the activities include yoga, self-defence and rowing. We will also have a drop everything and walk which will take place on the track. We encourage everyone to get active during this month!

Rowing
The Donegal Sports Partnership launched there #rowingdonegal programme on Thursday the 9th of May, this programme will introduce rowing to secondary schools next year. The three schools which been accepted onto pilot scheme are the Abbey Vocational School, The Comp Glenties and Na Rossa community School in Dungloe. This is a great opportunity and we are very excited about it.

Golf
Good luck to Jamie Crawford, Jayden Mgbam, Connor McGoldrick and who compete in the Donegal Golf finals next Monday. The boys will be traveling to Dunfanaghy, we wish them all the best.

Donegal U16 GAA
Congratulations to the following students who were on the U16 Donegal team who defeated Tyrone in the final of the Buncrana cup: Shane Meehan, Ryan Coughlan, Shay Travers, Richard O’Rourke and Thomas White.

U17 Soccer
Congratulations to Jordan Jervis who got AVS U17 Soccer player of the year. This is a great achievement for Jordan – well done!

AVS Notes 4th May 2018

Student Awards Evening
On Thursday, 3rd May at 7.00 pm the Abbey Vocational School hosted its Annual Awards evening to celebrate student achievement. We were honoured to have Mr. Patsy McGonagle attend the event as our guest speaker. We would like to thank those who were involved in the organisation of this event and to all of those who attended on the night as well those who provided entertainment on the night.  Please see details in the paper of all the Award winners.

LCA Finner Camp Trip
Our LCA students visited Finner Camp on Tuesday 2nd May. The barracks which was built in 1890 is the home of 28th Infantry Battalion, Irish Army. The students got a tour of the base by a member of the Defence Forces which gave them an insight into the daily routines and demands that officers face. It was an invaluable experience that gave students food for thought as a future career possibility.

Guidance Department
The CAO Online change of mind facility became available on Friday, 04 May. Students now have up until 5.15 p.m. on 01 July 2018 to make their final CAO course choices.  Students are most welcome to make an apt. to see their Guidance Counsellor or discuss further during Career Guidance class.

English – Oral Communication
Students in 2nd year are working hard to complete their oral communication in English. Students deliver a 3 minute presentation. It is one of the methods being used to assess a broader range of student skills, rather than exclusive reliance on a single set of, mainly written, exams after three years. The aim of this particular exercise is to assess research and communication/presentation skills.

Monster Book Fair
The Parents’ Association, in conjunction with the “Well Read” committee in the Abbey Vocational School, are holding a Monster Book Fair on Saturday 26th May from 11am to 6pm in the AVS, Donegal Town. We are looking to acquire good quality paperback and hardback books covering a variety of interests/areas. We would greatly appreciate and assistance you could give us by providing suitable books at the main entrance to the AVS up to and including Friday 18th May. Don’t forget to come along to the Fair on Saturday 26th May. Tea / coffee and light refreshments will be available.

Young Social Innovators
Best of luck to David McGuckin, James Smith and Oisín Doherty on reaching the YSI All Ireland final in Croke Park, Dublin on Tuesday 8th May. The boys created the app SHEHR, the project aim is to give patients the power to collate, organise & share their medical records & health data easily & securely. The project is in the running to win the Making Our World Healthier – Physical Health or the overall Young Social Innovators of the Year title Awards at this year’s event.

Project Deadlines
Students sitting JCSA Science are completing their latest assessments as part of their exams. Classroom-Based Assessment in Science allows for students to research a question they have, related to certain set topics. The Science CBA is due for completion by May 18th.

Junior Cert Art Practical
Students completing Junior Certificate Art will complete their practical exams on Thursday 10th May from 9 am to 1pm. Good luck to all our students.

LCVP Exam
Leaving Certificate students sat their LCVP exam on Wednesday 2nd May. The exam consisted of: an audio visual, a case study and multi – part questions. The written examination, which is offered at common level is worth 40% and is marked out of a total of 160 marks. Well done to all for completing another step on their journey this week.

Engineering Practical Exam
On Thursday 3rd May and Friday 4th students would have completed prep work before the exam. Each candidate is required to prepare materials and make components, according to the materials list and drawings shown. Prepared materials and finished components must be the candidate’s own individual work and should be clearly identified and stored safely until examination day.

Credit Union Visit
Ms Gordon’s 2nd year Business class will visit the local Credit Union in the town on Tuesday 8th May. This will allow students to view how the organisation is managed and the day to day running of the establishment.

Transition Year:

TY Portfolio
The Transition Year students will be finishing up their portfolios in the next couple of days as they are due on the 8th May. The students have recorded all their trips, activities and projects that they have done throughout the year. Best of luck and well done on all your continued efforts this year.

TY Sports Leader
On Thursday the 3rd May a Donegal Sports Partnership representative came into the school to assess the Transition Year students participating in the Sports leadership programme. The students have been practicing their routines for the assessment with first years for the past couple of days.

John Paul II trip to Knock
50 Transition Year and 5th Year students will be going to Knock on Friday 11th May for the 5th anniversary of Donal Walsh. Donal Walsh, the Kerry teenager who touched so many lives when he came to prominence through his writings and subsequent appearance on Brendan O’Connor’s ‘The Saturday Night Show’. Donal who fund raised tirelessly while battling Cancer has now had the Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation set up by his family primarily in order to promote his anti-suicide #Livelife message. The foundation will also assist in his other causes of providing age appropriate teenage facilities in hospital and hospice care centres.

Abbott Youth Achievement
TYB completed a project management course in conjunction with Abbotts in the past week. Abbott Ireland cater for a variety of health needs such as: nutrition, diagnostics, vascular care, diabetes and pharmaceuticals. Abbot have designed an innovative diabetes device; our students were shown this and a range of other products Abbot’s create. In addition, students were given a tour of the factory and grounds. Thank you to Abbots Donegal for accommodating our students.

Lough Key trip
On 4th May TY students went on a trip to Lough Key Forest Park in Roscommon. The trip was organised by Ms Mohan and Ms Mc Goldrick in the Maths Department. The students took part in the Boda Borg Challenge. The Boda Borg challenge consists of 47 rooms. Using teamwork, ingenuity and trial and error skills the students had to try and progress through the rooms. The rooms contained fun filled activities, imaginative puzzles and enjoyable tasks but with no instructions. The students had a great day away.

TY Showcase
From Wednesday 9th students in TY will be rehearsing for their TY showcase. The showcase which will take place on Monday 21st highlights the work, trips, talks and events that TYs attended and were involved in this year. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend the event which is a delightful way to showcase their hard work and involvement in activities throughout the year to their family and friends.

Sports:

Athletics
On Friday 4th May the team travelled to the Antrim Forum for the Ulster’s E District. Our students done exceptional on the day; congratulations to Rachel Gallagher who came 1st and Niamh Moohan who placed 2nd in the 75m Hurdles. Savannah Timony also won bronze in the 1500m. It is an excellent achievement by our 3 students and it promotes and encourage others to participate in track and field athletics and cross country running in secondary schools. We encourage students to attend training and it continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups. Cross country training is on Friday at lunch time.

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 800 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 Eamon Harvey or the school office.

Active Schools
Sports Day is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 22nd May. This event is weather permitting. The students are guaranteed a full filled day with events taking place such as spud and spoon, sack race and more challenging events like the shot put. Every P.E. class currently is practicing very hard at some of the events, including track and field. The classes have been working together as a team to wisely select who does what event.

The active school committee were very busy putting together a programme for this month; some of the activities include yoga, self-defence and rowing. We will also have a drop everything and walk which will take place on the track. We encourage everyone to get active during this month!

AVS Notes 27th April 2018

ETB Awards
Donegal ETB hosted its fifth annual awards ceremony in the Radisson Hotel, Letterkenny on Thursday 26th April. The judges had a tough job assessing this wonderful showcase of creativity and innovation taking place in ETB schools, centres and programmes across the County, which were a testament to the excellent teaching and learning taking place every day.

Forty-four entries were submitted from Donegal ETB’s schools, centres, programmes and services which was a substantial increase on last year. They were competing for an award in five categories: Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering (STEM); Healthy Living and Wellbeing; Further Education and Training; Arts and Culture and Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (www.donegaletb.ie)

A big well done to all representatives of the school that took part in the ETB Awards 2018. Well done to David McGuckin, James Smith and Oisin Doherty, creators of SHEHR who placed 2nd in the STEM category of the awards. In addition, a huge congratulations to team Heart Health, Kyle O’Neill, Brian Gallagher, Anthony Neal, Olivia Graham and Anya Meehan who also placed 2nd in their category.

Monster Book Fair
The Parents’ Association, in conjunction with the “Well Read” committee in the Abbey Vocational School, are holding a Monster Book Fair on Saturday 26th May from 11am to 6pm in the AVS, Donegal Town. We are looking to acquire good quality paperback and hardback books covering a variety of interests/areas. We would greatly appreciate and assistance you could give us by providing suitable books at the main entrance to the AVS up to and including Friday 18th May. Don’t forget to come along to the Fair on Saturday 26th May. Tea / coffee and light refreshments will be available.

Parents Subject Option for Second Year Information Night
There was an Information Night for parents of incoming second year students on Tuesday 24th April at 7 pm. This was for parents of students in the present first year group who are now choosing their subjects for next year. Thank you to the members of the guidance department for organising this event.

Maths Competition
Well done to Kian O’Donnell who came 2nd in the IMTA junior Maths competition on Friday night last.. He scored 112. The winning score was 117 so he was very close. This is an excellent achievement for our first year student. Welldone to Kian and his teacher Ms Mohan. 

Art
Well done to our TY students who completed their second large scale window panel for the Art room. The latest panel is a copy of Van Gogh’s ‘Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear’. They are now working on a third panel, Magritte’s ‘Son of Man’. Exam students are currently preparing for their drawing examinations.

Young Social Innovators
Best of luck to David McGuckin, James Smith and Oisin Doherty on reaching the YSI All Ireland final in Croke Park, Dublin on Tuesday 8th May. The boys created the app SHEHR, the project aim is to give patients the power to collate, organise & share their medical records & health data easily & securely The  project is in the running to win the Making Our World Healthier – Physical Health or the overall Young Social Innovators of the Year title Awards at this year’s event.

Project Deadlines
Junior Certificate CSPE, Science and Woodwork projects had to be handed in at the end of last week. In addition, Leaving Certificate students completed their Geography, Construction and History coursework. Well done to all on completing such a vital step in their exam journey.

Youth Musical Theatre Award
Erin Ryder is a wonderful student in first year pupil in the Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town and a previous student of Scoil Mhuire, Pettigo.

She took drama lessons at the young age of six at the O’Brien school of drama. Recently, she appeared in her 6th pantomime at the Ardhowen Theatre in Enniskillen. This is a fantastic achievement at such a young age and in addition to this, she is studying for her grade 7 drama exam with the Irish board of speech and drama.

Eryn has of late been awarded a place on Youth Musical Theatre’s production of ‘Paperboy’ in Belfast this summer. She will learn from West End directors and choreographers in this three-week experience. Over 1000 young people were auditioned and approx. 200 were chosen to work with YMT this summer. Well done on this superb achievement Eryn.

Staff Volleyball
The Annual Volleyball match against Ballyshannon took place this Friday 27th. Staff from the AVS played members of staff from Coláiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon. Thank you to all members of staff who played in the game and supported the commemorative event for Bernard Doherty RIP.

Guidance Department
You can view our new Guidance website on the Guidance & Counselling section of AVSdonegal.com.  The aim is to keep our students and their parents/guardians up-to-date on all things Guidance related. Please ensure all Leaving Certs have considered applying for the OPTUM Scholarships. All the required information has been given to students by their Guidance Counsellor. Full details can be viewed on the Guidance and Counselling section on www.AVSDonegal.com. Closing date is 04th May 2018. The Guidance Department held a Subject Choices information evening for 1st year students on Tuesday of last week. The evening was very well attended. Thank you to all of the parents who attended.

Transition Year

TY Sports Leadership
TY sports leader students are busy coaching 1st year classes and local primary schools. Maria McGill will be visiting the students on the 3rd May to check in on the students, she will also be doing an inspection on the 16th of May on the students coaching skills.

Pramerica
Last Friday 50 TY students travelled to Pramerica in Letterkenny. When they arrived they were giving a tour through the second floor of what was a massive building. The students visited  the ‘Rock Theater’ where they were giving an interactive talk on what Pramerica is and what they do. They were told that at Pramerica, they provide a vast range of business and technology services to our parent company, Prudential Financial in the USA which provides financial products and services to retail and institutional customers in over 30 countries. Their aim is to enhance Prudential Financial’s business performance by bringing forward strategic, innovative and cost effective solutions.

The company was founded in 2000 with less than 100 employees, they have grown steadily and now have over 1,800 individuals who benefit from working in a thriving and diverse company where the opportunities are endless.

At the end of the talk, they invited a group of students up to present a project that they have been working on throughout the year. The group Moonball present their product to the other students and three members of the Pramerica team.

It was a great day out and thank you to Mary and David for giving our students the opportunity and looking after them all so well during their visit.

Balmoral
On the 17th May TY students will be going to the Balmoral Show. The Balmoral Show is one of Ireland’s largest agricultural events, and one of the biggest events on the local farming calendar. It includes showjumping competitions, motorcycle displays, bands, shopping, tasting, a children’s farm, and displays of falconry, pedigree horses, ponies, cattle, sheep, poultry, pigs and goats. The trip was organised by Mr Clarke and we are sure our students will have a wonderful day.

Maths Trip – Lough Key Forest Park
On Friday 4th May fifty Transition Year students will be travelling to Lough Key Forest Park in Boyle, Co. Roscommon. The students will spend the day at the lake participating in different events such as Boda Borg. Boda Borg is the innovative, weather independent concept unique to Ireland and is challenging for both adults and children.

Once you enter the two-storey Boda Borg only teamwork, ingenuity, trial and error and skills will allow you to progress through its 47 rooms! It contains fun-filled activities, imaginative puzzles and enjoyable tasks but no instructions. Thank you to Maths department for organising it.

Sports:

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

Upcoming competitions
Good luck to the athletics team who will be competing on 4th May. The team will be travelling to the Antrim Forum for the Ulsters E District.

The local primary school athletics competition takes place on the 11th May on the school track. This has been very successful in the previous years. This event caters for over 800 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 Eamon Harvey or the school office.

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
Hard luck to our 1st year girls who trained very hard all year. They qualified for the All Ireland play offs which took place on Monday April 23rd in Navan.

The girls played three games on the day. They won their first game. They played the second game back to back which was very challenging. It was a tight battle throughout and they were very unlucky to lose by a basket. A few hours later they had their final game. The team were very strong side and ended up winning the entire competition on the day. Well done to everyone who took part on the day. It was an excellent team performance for each game. We are very proud of the girls for their commitment and determination.

Boys Basketball
Hard luck to the 1st year boys who travelled to Jordanstown on 24th April for the All Ireland qualifiers. The boys played a great first game and won 50-40. It was a very good team performance. Daniel Quinn had an excellent game scoring 24 points. After the first quarter the score was tight at 15-11.

Boys football
Hard luck to are U16 boys who played Letterkenny in Convoy last Wednesday. The boys had a very tough game, and were unlucky to lose. The final score was 1-8, 0-7. The boys played very well as a team despite being short key players. Full back Shane Meehan and midfielder Alex McCalmont, who was top scorer on the day, had excellent performances.

Girls Active
The Girls Active day was very successful. The girls went to Gartan on Wednesday for the celebration of girls active which five other schools also attended. The activities were team bonding, archery and orienteering. Thank you to Rosemary Myers and Ms McPartlan for their efforts throughout the year and well done to all the girls that participated throughout the year.

Active Schools
The active school committee are very busy putting together a programme for the beginning of May. Some of the activities include yoga, self defence and rowing. We will also have a drop everything and walk which will take place on the track. We encourage everyone to get active during this week! This years sports day will take place on May 22nd, weather permitting.

Every P.E. class currently is practising very hard at some of the events, including track and field. The classes have been working together as a team to wisely select who does what event. On Friday, Form Classes decided what events they would like to participate in. The teachers are also currently training very hard, some are taking it very serious! Training for teachers for the three-legged race takes place Tuesdays on the track at 7am.

Sports Leadership
We would like to thank Karen from Donegal Sports Partnership who visited the sports leaders on Friday last week will be returning to the school on May 3rd.

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.