AVS Notes 13th October 2017

Parent Teacher Meetings
Thank you to all 6th year parents/guardians who attended the 6th year Parent/Teacher meeting on Thursday 12th. Our 3rd year students Parent/Teacher meeting will take place on Wednesday 25th October. We encourage all parents to attend, where possible.

Parents Association AGM 2017
The AGM of the Parents’ Association took place this week on Tuesday night, October 10th. We thank all of our parents who have been part of our Parents’ Association over the years. Your contribution to our school is invaluable. The first meeting of the year takes place on Monday night 16th at 8 pm in the school.

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

Talk for Parents
A talk by the organisation Jigsaw was held on Wednesday in the school on ‘Supporting Young People’s Mental Health’. This was for parents, guardians and those interested. Thank you to ‘Jigsaw’for hosting the informative talk.

Dates for your Diary

Organisation Date Title Target Audience
AVS Guidance Department

 

 November 6th
  • School Leavers Information Evening

This will include information on CAO, UCAS, HEAR, DARE, SUSI (Grants),

Scholarships, FET, Apprenticeships & Studying Abroad

Leaving Certs Parents
Parents’ Association Wed,

22 Nov

6.30 pm

  • Mock Interviews for Leaving Cert Students
Leaving Cert Students

 

AVS Tues,

06 Feb 2018

  • Subject Choices talk for the parents of present 3rd years & TYs
  • Information session on TY and LCA for the parents of present 3rd years & TYs
Parents of present 3rd years & TYs
AVS Tues,

01 May 2018

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

 

 Wellbeing
This week was Mental Health Week and we had many positive mental health activities lined up for the week including drop everything and walk, sing for your mental health, study skills sessions, yoga, relax and read and many other such sessions for students. 2nd, 3rd and 6th year students participated in Headspace Meditation classes which were held with Ms Rooney this week; headspace aims to teach students how to meditate and relax for a few minutes each day. Mr Mc Hugh completed a 1st year ‘Drop Everything and Walk’ session where our students got out for some fresh air on the track this week. All week there was a playlist of music playing in the assembly area to help create a happy atmosphere. Ms. Carr and Ms. Gallagher conducted a lovely sing – song on Friday as the assembly area was once again filled with music, this time from the AVS’ own music classes. The staff of the AVS had a relaxation area in the staff room on Friday so they could unwind during some of their hectic day. Thank you to the Guidance and Music Department, The Healthy School’s team: Ms Rooney, Rosemarie Myers and Mr Mc Hugh for running such an amazing week highlighting the importance of positive mental health. Feel free to check out the #MyWee5 campaign on Twitter to see what we got up to this week!

Amber Flag
The Abbey Vocational School ws awarded the Amber Flag and this flag was raised on Friday last which was the final day of our Mental Health week. The awarding of the AMBER FLAG is to schools who are due recognition for the effort and commitment they have put into generating greater understanding and awareness of mental health issues. The school have introduced many programmes and incentives such as;

  • Mental Health Week and Health Promoting S
  • Senior Prefects and TY mentoring.
  • Tree of Hope and Amber flag notice board.
  • AVS Positive Mental Health Video.

Cycle against Suicide Ambassador school
The Abbey Vocational school was honored to be chosen as an Ambassador school for the Cycle Against Suicide. The school was presented with this award alsao on Friday as part of Mental Health week.  Ambassador School Programme aims to encourage schools to become actively involved in mental health promotion. The programme provides a framework, structure and incentive for schools to integrate mental health activities into their school planning and rewards schools that go the extra mile. The 5 gears achieved by the school last year were:

  • Mental Health Education
  • Project Work
  • Community Engagement
  • #SchoolsGo Orange
  • Get Active

 Staff Training
We have had many of our staff attending training in Instructional Leadership over the last few years as part of Donegal ETB initiative. This week some of our staff attended training in Carlow and two Donegal ETB schools presented to those who attended the IL conference on how they rolled out IL in schools. The Abbey Vocational School and Deele College were priviledged to be asked to present at this conference. We thank Mr Michael Leyden and Mr Christopher Hegarty for their excellent presentation .

Art
Work has now begun on the sets for this year’s musical. Thank you to all our wonderful students who have helped out painting the sets. All Credit Union Art Competition entries are now in; well done to all our entrants. The annual Junior Cert art exhibition, Suile na n’Og, is currently on at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny and it features work from a number of our students.

Countdown
Countdown returns with even more challenges for our students. The competition will run weekly until Easter. Countdown is a maths based challenge and Junior and Senior students can participate which will ultimately allow them to partake in the semi-finals and then a final round. The more times you enter, the more chances you have of being selected for the semi – finals. The winners are in with a chance to win Shop Local Vouchers. Please visit the TV screens in the assembly and canteen area weekly for the challenges and more information on Countdown.

Guidance Department
The IT Sligo Open Day will take place on Thursday, 19 October 2017. A bus for 5th years will leave from the school.  The day out is optional.  A €5 fee towards the cost of the bus must be paid to Ms Mc Morrow by Tuesday, 17 October at 4 p.m. In addition, The North-West Regional College, Derry, are visiting the school on Friday, 20th October. There will be a talk from 2.40 p.m. until 3.20 p.m. for Leaving Certs. Please let your Guidance Councillor know if you would like to attend. Lastly, Dublin City University (DCU) will hold a careers talk in the library on Tuesday, 17 October at 2.40 p.m. If you are interested in attending the talk please let the Guidance Department know during class this week.

Study Skills Courses
Our Leaving Cert students participated in a 6th year study skills session with Mr Michael Bond who delivered an excellent session on study skills and motivation. Our 5th year students participated in a study workshop with the trudent enrichment services on Wednesday, 11th October which also was a excellent workshop on how to approach study and to break down sizeable areas of study into manageable pieces. Students benefit from such sessions in reviewing how best to study and they pick up many tools to assist them in this area.

Prefects
Congratulations to our students who are prefects this year and we know you will uphold the duty with respect and diligence. Prefects are in place to help the student body and community. This years prefects are:

Juniors (red badge)
Laura Kennedy, Maeve Eccles, Rachel Kerrigan, Grace Cannon, Aoife Duffy, Beth Taggart, Jennifer Blain, Rachel Shovlin, Louise Burke, Niamh Doherty and Aine Gallagher.

Senior (blue badges)
Aine Gillespie, Kara Meehan, Cathal Canavan, Patrick Breslin, Caitlin Norby, Eryn Doherty, Neasa Gorrell, Aoife Curran, Patrick Boyle, Georgia Gallagher and Lauren Kee.

MS Readathon
We encourage all students involved in this year’s MS Readathon who are involved to continue with their efforts. Well done so far!

Spanish
Spanish Club continues on Monday in Room 1 with Ms Mc Nulty. All first year’s welcome.

Debate Club
The AVS are recruiting any first-year students who are interested in joining a debate club. Students who are interested may give their name to their English teacher or Ms Murray. We will have more details to follow soon.

Transition Year:

Musical
Wednesday and Thursday dance rehearsals will take place for ‘Mammia Mia’ from 6-8pm. The Sunday dance rehearsals have been cancelled. On Wednesday music rehearsals will take place from 3:30-5:30pm. All rehearsals will take place in the library unless stated otherwise.

Safety Road Show
The Safety Road Show was held this Tuesday in the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny. A huge thank you to The Donegal County Council who hosted the event. Our TY’s felt it was a valuable experience as it offered them different perspectives of how poor driving behaviour on the roads can affect families, doctors, paramedics and victims involved.

Public Speaking Workshop
Alan Devine returned this Thursday to deliver his public speaking class. Alan delivered four highly exciting workshops to our TY students last year. He has over twenty years’ experience as an actor therefore, he is not fearful of speaking in front of a crowd. The TY’s said “it was really fun” and “he definitely made me more aware of how it’s important to sound confident, even if you don’t feel it!”. It will be of great benefit to this year’s TY’s in preparation for life! Alan will complete three more workshops with other TY classes on: 25th October and 27th & 28th November.

Ger Carey – Standup Comedian
The TY’s had a hilarious time in Ballybofey on Wednesday when they watched Ger Carey’s hilarious stand – up comedy show. Thirty – four students, Ms Mc Partlan, Ms Murray and Mary Crawford had a cracking time at the show where Ger Carey uncovered the strange world of the teenager and their life in school.

The aim of the show is to get our students to laugh at themselves and understand that we are all different. This trip was part of their English course to teach students how confidence is important in life, not just when you’re on the stage! Before and after the show students had some time to grab a coffee and food in Ballybofey.

Sports:

Atheltics
First year students are participating in trials for our Sports Hall Athletics team. The top 12 boys and girls will represent the school at the Donegal Regional Competition on October 23rd . Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups.

Cross country training is on Friday at lunch time. We encourage all interested to attend.

Good luck to Rachel Gallagher and Leo Carey McDermott who are both competing in the All Irelands on the 28th October.

Girls Basketball
Well done to the U16 girls who won yet another match! The U16 girls are having a great year so far.

The U16s girls defeated St. Ronans, Lurgan last Thursday the 12th of October 39 – 15. Overall great team performance with Courtney Harron, Katie Timoney and Sophie Carr on flying form.

They now go on to meet the winners of Castlerea CS vs St. Catherine’s Killybegs in the All Ireland Quarter Final Cup.

Our U19 girls’ basketball team are away to Loreto College, Mullingar this Monday 19th October in the first round of the All Ireland Cup.

Both teams also play St Catherine’s Killybegs in the next round of the league.  We wish both teams good luck in their games.

Training continues Mondays and Thursdays after school for our U16 and U19 girls.

Training for 1st and 2nd year girls is on Wednesday after school.

Boys Basketball
First and second year boys’ basketball training will be every Friday 3:30 – 5:00. U16 and senior’s boys basketball training will be every Monday 5:30 – 7.00. Good luck to the U16 boys who take on their first match on the 26th October at home to Ballina.

Girls Gaelic
U14, U16 and U20 girls training will change to every Tuesday from 4:15-5:15 from this week and it will be coached by Ms Rooney. Please bring runners, a warm top, water and a gumshield.

The U14 league will start after Christmas. The U20’s are up against Dean Maguire first and they will also play St. Catherine’s, Killybegs, on the 13th November, Carndonagh on the 23rd November and Colaíste Ailigh on the 30th November.

U16’s played their first game last Friday against St Catherine’s Killybegs. It was a very competitive game. Both teams shared scores throughout the game but St Catherine’s edged in front with two goals in the last few minutes of the game.The girls will now play Deele Collage and Gairmscoil Chú Uladh on the 10th November.

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

U16 boys Gaelic training will continue every Wednesday after school. Mr Carty and Mr Lafferty manage the team this year.

U14 boys Gaelic football training is every Thursday 3:30-4:45pm. Please ensure to bring runners, a warm top, water and a gum shield. The U 14s beat Glenties Comprehensive on Friday last 1.16 to 4.03. Our boys were winning by 10 points at half time having played very well in the first half. With the breeze Glenties came back to within a point before the AVS pulled away again to win by 4. We play Carrick this Wednesday in our final group game.

Boys Soccer
Well done to are senior boys who drew against Dungloe in Maraghy. They AVS boys were 2-0 up at half time with Eoghan Curly chipping the keeper in a 1v1 and Shaun Kennedy crossing the ball from the corner with a follow up from Ryan Brogan. In the 2nd half things began to get more intense.

Within five minutes Dungloe got a goal but the AVS boys responded straight away. In late injury Kieran Monaghan broke away and was brought down by the last man; he got sent off. The AVS’ equalising goal was scored by Kieran Monaghan from a rebound off Ben Sweeney’s shot. The final score was 3-3. The boys’ next game is their last in the group, it’s against St. Columba’s in the coming weeks.

Golf
Good luck to Mr Plunkett’s team who will play the next round in the Donegal golf course next Thursday.

 

 

AVS Notes 6th October 2017

Parents Association AGM 2017
The AGM of the Parents’ Association takes place next Tuesday night, October 10th at 8 pm in the Library. We encourage parents to attend on the night. Thank you to all of our parents who have been part of our Parents’ Association over the years. Your contribution to our school is invaluable.

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

Talk for Parents
A talk will be given by the organisation Jigsaw on Wednesday, 11th October at 7.30 p.m. in the School on ‘Supporting Young People’s Mental Health’ this workshop is for parents, guardians and those interested. All are welcome to attend.

Dates for your Diary

Organisation Date Title Target Audience
Jigsaw Wed,

11 Oct

7.30pm

  • Supporting Young People’s Mental Health
All Parents
AVS Guidance Department

 

Tue,

17 Oct

7.00pm

  • School Leavers Information Evening

This will include information on CAO, UCAS, HEAR, DARE, SUSI (Grants),

Scholarships, FET, Apprenticeships & Studying Abroad

Leaving Certs Parents
Parents’ Association Wed,

22 Nov

6.30 pm

  • Mock Interviews for Leaving Cert Students
Leaving Cert Students

 

AVS Tues,

06 Feb 2018

  • Subject Choices talk for the parents of present 3rd years & TYs
  • Information session on TY and LCA for the parents of present 3rd years & TYs
Parents of present 3rd years & TYs
AVS Tues,

01 May 2018

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

 

Countdown
Countdown returns with even more challenges for our students. The competition will run weekly until Easter. Junior and Senior students can participate which will ultimately allow them to partake in the semi-finals and then a final round. The more times you enter, the more chances you have of being selected for the semi – finals. The winners are in with a chance to win Shop Local Vouchers. Please visit the TV screens in the assembly and canteen area weekly for the challenges and more information on Countdown.

 Study Skills
Michael Bond will be in the school on Monday, 9th October to deliver a Study Skills seminar to all Leaving Certs. The study skills guru and motivator Michael Bond is known to many for his exploits on the sideline of hurling pitches the length and breadth of the country, having brought the Offaly Hurling Team of 1998 to All Ireland success. However, his skills extend far beyond the GAA grounds of the nation, he is also widely acknowledged for his skills of communicating with young people. The seminar focuses on motivating students on timetabling study for maximum results.

 Student Council
The Student Council had their first meeting on Thursday, 5th October. The following students are members of the council: 1st year – Rion Carr and Orlaith Conaghan, 2nd year – Caitlin Ward and Shane O’ Driscoll, 3rd year – Hannah Crawford and Hugh O’ Donnell, TY- Aoibhe Timoney, Cliodhna Dunleavey, David Keaney and Wiktor Smus, 5th year – Aine Mc Gowan and Curtis Roper and 6th year – Roisin Ward and Shaun Kennedy. We wish them well for the academic year 2017/2018.

Guidance Department
IT Sligo will host its Open Day on Thursday, 19th October. This is an excellent opportunity for 5th Years to see what the Institute has to offer. A bus will leave from the school for interested fifth year students. Time of departure will be confirmed next week.

In addition, The North-West Regional College, Derry are visiting the school on Friday, 20th October. There will be a talk from 2.40 p.m. until 3.20 p.m. for Leaving Certs. Please let your Guidance Counsellor know if you wish to attend the talk.

Ecumenical Service
Our whole school Ecumenical Service took place on Tuesday, October 3rd at 11.15 am. This was a wonderful event where our whole school united for the opening of the school year. We would like to thank the staff and students involved in the smooth running of this event and all our students who participated by reading. We would also like to extend a warm thank you to our priests and ministers who were involved in the service.

Streetwise
Our first year students took part in an alcohol awareness programme over three days this week. This programme was delivered by a group called Streetwise and was a follow on from work done in Primary schools. Students were very engaged in the programme and feedback was very positive. Thank you to those who delivered the programme.

MS Readathon
First year students received a MS Readathon pack from their English teacher last week. We are delighted to take part in the 30th MS Readathon, which encourages children to open a wonderful world of adventure and imagination through reading for a great cause! MS Readathon is the perfect opportunity to encourage your children to read and the AVS is running it this year! We encourage all our students who are involved to continue with their efforts.

Wellbeing
A positive notice board is now established near room 10 which will contain uplifting quotes, positive school achievements and wellbeing activities. Keep on an eye on the board throughout the year! Ceilí dancing with Clement Gallagher was on all day Thursday in the library for a selection of 1st year students. Some students already had dancing experience therefore, they assisted our newcomers. All enjoyed it. Next week is Mental Health Week and we have many positive mental health activities lined up for the week including drop everything and walk, sing for your mental health, study skills sessions, yoga, relax and read and many other such sessions.

Spanish
Spanish Club started again this week on Monday, 2nd October 2017 in Room 1 with Ms Mc Nulty. All first year’s welcome. Last year was a huge success and we hope to see the same numbers as this year.

Debate Club
The AVS are recruiting any first-year students who are interested in joining a debate club. Students who are interested may give their name to their English teacher or Ms Murray. We will have more details to follow soon.

LCA Trip
The LCAs will attend a cinema trip on Monday, 9th October with Ms Mc Partlan. They will be viewing the new film ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle” the sequel to ‘Kingsman: Secret Service’ as part of their LCA course.

Transition Year:

Musical
Wednesday and Thursday dance rehearsals will take place for ‘Mammia Mia’ from 6-8pm. The Sunday dance rehearsals have been cancelled. On Wednesday music rehearsals will take place from 3:30-5:30pm. All rehearsals will take place in the library unless stated otherwise.

Safety Road Show
The Safety Road Show will take place in the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny on Tuesday 10th October. The Donegal County Council will host this event; it offers young people the opportunity to learn about the consequences of poor driving behaviour on the roads. The show hopes it will have a positive influence on young people and help to keep them safe on the roads in the future.

Public Speaking Workshop
The TY students will participate in a public speaking workshop next Thursday 12th October. Alan Devine will return this year to deliver the workshop; Alan has delivered four highly exciting workshops to our TY students last year. He has over twenty years’ experience as an actor therefore, he is not fearful of speaking in front of a crowd. The TY’s said last year they really enjoyed the interactive class. It will be of great benefit to this year’s TY’s in preparation for the musical. The dates are as follows: 12th & 25th October and 27th & 28th November.

Ger Carey – Standup Comedian
“Ger Carey is a hilarious stand-up comedian and is presenting a show for TY students on Wednesday, 11th October in the Balour Theatre, Ballybofey. Over forty students will travel to watch the show next week. By secretly observing his subjects in their natural habitat, such as leaning on lampposts, in chippers, outside chippers, in shopping centres and sitting on any kind of steps, Ger has uncovered the weird and frightening world of the teenager! The aim of the show is to get teenagers to laugh at themselves and appreciate the differences of others”. (www.hawkswell.com). This trip will assist students in their English course and teach them how confidence is important in life and not just when you’re on the stage!

Law Course
James Fahy returned this week to the school to deliver a workshop to Transition Year students. James Fahy, a Barrister, from Galway presented his ‘Law Education for Schools’ course to our students over the course of the day on Thursday and Friday. The students learnt a variety of definitions used in the legal system and about how the legal system works in Ireland.  They were also given information on a sample legal case and were set a challenge based on this. On the second day, the students received information on a second case. The students spent Thursday afternoon in Donegal Town Court House and they enacted the Trial.

NUIG Open Day
NUIG Galway hosted its successful Open Day on Friday, 6th October on campus. The Open Day was an excellent day for TY’s to see what the university has to offer. Students experienced the campus in the Bailey Allen and visited many stalls the University has to offer. They spoke to current students and staff and explored what the NUIG has to offer. A huge thank you to Ms Mc Morrow for organising the trip.

TY Activities
TY active leisure activities continue this week. TY (a) are participating in aqua aerobics in the Mill Park Hotel. TY (b) will be surfing in Bundoran. TY (c) will be relaxing in yoga and TY (d) are completing a self-defence class. Each class takes part in the activity for three weeks before rotating to the next.

Sports:

Lunchtime Activities
There are a number of sporting activities organised daily during lunchtimes. All students are encouraged to get involved. Everyone can participate in uniform but are advised to change into runners. The following activities are planned until Halloween:

Monday with Mrs. Regan & Mr. McLoone
Indoors: 1st & 2nd Year Girls Gaelic
Outdoors: 3rd Year Soccer

Tuesday with Ms. Rooney & Mr. Hegarty
Indoors: 1st Year Boys Soccer
Outdoors: Senior games
All-Weather pitch: Hurling with Mr. O’Neill

Wednesday with Mr. Daly & Mr. Gorman
Indoors: 3rd Year Soccer
Outdoors: 2nd Year Soccer

Thursday with Mr. Mc Hugh & Mr. O Donnell
Indoors: 1st Year Soccer
Outdoors: 2nd Year Soccer

Friday with Mrs. Gallagher & Mr. McLoone
Indoors: 1st & 2nd Year Girls Games
Outdoors: Senior Games
Track: Cross-Country Training

U-19 Hurling 
A South Donegal Combined Schools Hurling team involving students from Abbey VS and St. Catherine’s VS Killybegs competed in the county U-19 blitz in Convoy on Monday, 2nd October.
The team put it in a great performance with wins over Buncrana and Dungloe. They were beaten in the final against Letterkenny Combined Schools by 4 points, however, both the South Donegal and Letterkenny teams will now progress to compete in U-19 Ulster Colleges’ Competitions. Training continues every Tuesday at lunchtime.

Athletics
First year students are participating in trials for our Sports Hall athletics team. The top twelve boys and girls will represent the school at the Donegal Regional Competition on October 23rd. Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups. Cross-country training is on Friday at lunchtime.

Girls Basketball
Training continues every Monday and Thursday after school for U16s with Ms Carr. 1st and 2nd year girls training is every Wednesday after school in the school gym with Mr Mc Hugh.

At 11:00am on Wednesday in the AVS gym the U16’s Abbey girls played Ballinamore; they had a great opening with Sophie Carr scoring the first basket. The Abbey girls had a strong base line with Lucy Clinton, Aoife Greene and Katie Timoney each scoring a basket in the second quarter to help them take the winning position going in to the third quarter. The offence for the AVS girls remained calm and controlled with Aoife Greene completing some great runs on the day. The Ballinamore girls continued to play with a tight man-to-man defence. Both teams had strong and fast drives; the final score was Abbey 33 baskets, Ballymore 22. Well done to our U19 girls Basketball team who also played Ballinamore on Wednesday. Our U19’s won 43 – 20.

Boys Basketball
First and Second year boys’ basketball training will be every Friday in the school gym from 3:30-5.00pm. It is great to see such big numbers at training. In addition, U16’s and U19’s training will take place every Monday from 5:30 – 7.00pm in the school gym.

Girls Gaelic
U14’s, U16’s and U20 girls training will continue after school every Friday, 3:30- 4:30 pm and it will be coached by Ms Rooney. All age groups will train together. Please ensure students bring runners, a warm top, water and a gum shield. The U14’s league will start after Christmas. In addition, The U16’s girls’ first game will be against St Catherine’s Killybegs on Friday, 13th October. They will also play Deele Collage and Gairmscoil Chú Uladh.

The U20s are up against Killybegs on the 13th November; their first away game of the season. Start time is: 10:30 am. On 23rd November the girls will play away to Carndonagh at 10:45 am. Lastly, on the 30th November they will play at home against Coláiste Ailigh at 10:45 am. Good luck to all the girls!

Boys Gaelic
Senior boys Gaelic training is every Tuesday after school at 4pm.This year they will be coached by Mr Leyden and Mr Griffin. The Senior boys will have their first game of the year away to Ballyshannon in the next coming weeks.

U16’s boys Gaelic training will continue every Wednesday after school. The team will be managed by Mr Carty and Mr Lafferty this year. U14’s boys Gaelic football training is every Thursday 3:30-4:45pm. Please ensure to bring runners, a warm top, water and a gum shield.

The Abbey boys had their first game of the year away to Ballyshannon on Thursday 5th October. They were against the wind in the first half, hitting wide after wide and failed to put a score on the board but they didn’t give up. Oisín Bryson made some excellent saves, he was quick in reaction and wasn’t afraid to dive. Eoin Gorrell scored an excellent goal from a free kick and popped a point over the bar. In addition, Patrick Lynch and Alex McCalmont got substituted on. It was a rough game with a total of 3 red cards shown. The final score was Ballyshannon 5-5 to Abbey 2-5.

Well done to our U14 boys and coaches Mr O Donnell and Mr Mc Loone who had a good win on Thursday the 5th of October away to Coláiste Cholmcille Ballyshannon?

Final score of the game was 3.15 to 2.03 against Coláiste Cholmcille. The game was played in Ballyshannon, it was well contested in the first half with AVS pulling away in the second half.

The boys played very well on what was their first day out. They now play Glenties Comp away on Friday.

Boys Soccer
The senior boys’ first league game will be on the 9th October away to Dungloe.

Golf
Well done to Mr Plunket’s golf team who took part in the first round on Monday 2nd October. The team consisted of: Connor Mc Goldrick (Captain), Sophie Carr, Jaden Mgbam, Jamie Crawford, Victor Joe Mitchell and Odhrán Quinn. The team competed against St. Eunans, Letterkenny and Loreto, Milford.

 

 

 

AVS Notes 29th September 2017

AVS Notes 29th September 2017

Parents Association AGM 2017
The AGM of the Parents’ Association takes place on Tuesday night October 10th at 8 pm in the Library. We encourage parents to attend on the night. Thank you to all of our parents who have been part of our Parents’ Association over the years. Your contribution to our school is invaluable.

First Year Parents Information Night
A First Year Parent Information Night was held in the school on Monday, 25th September at 7pm. We would like to thank all our staff who participated in organising the night and for the large number of parents and guardians who attended.

Staff Training Day
The staff took part in a JCT training day on Monday 25th last. This was whole staff training around the area of Wellbeing and covered areas such as the school culture, relationships, and the JCT Wellbeing Curriculum Policies associated with Wellbeing. The final JCT training day for this academic year is on November 16th.

Dates for your Diary

Organisation Date Title Target Audience
Jigsaw Wed,

11 Oct

7.30pm

  • Supporting Young People’s Mental Health
All Parents
AVS Guidance Department

 

Tue,

17 Oct

7.00pm

  • School Leavers Information Evening

·      This will include information on CAO, UCAS, HEAR, DARE, SUSI (Grants),

·      Scholarships, FET, Apprenticeships & Studying Abroad

Leaving Certs Parents
Parents’ Association Wed,

22 Nov

6.30 pm

  • Mock Interviews for Leaving Cert Students
Leaving Cert Students

 

AVS Tues,

06 Feb 2018

  • Subject Choices talk for the parents of present 3rd years & TYs
  • Information session on TY and LCA for the parents of present 3rd years & TYs
Parents of present 3rd years & TYs
AVS Tues,

01 May 2018

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

 

SCHOOL CLOSED TO STUDENTS 16th November
  • Final JCT Training day 2017 2018 for all staff
 

Talk for Parents
A talk will be given by the organisation Jigsaw on Wednesday, 11th October at 7.30 p.m. in the School on ‘Supporting Young People’s Mental Health’ this workshop is for parents, guardians and those interested. All are welcome to attend.

School Tour
Deposits for the School Tour were due in on Friday 29th. The contact details form must be returned to Mr Leyden. All details will be available on the tour website which will be accessible through the school website.

Leaving Cert Prefects
The results for the selected prefects will be published next week, good luck to everyone who took part in the interview process. We are looking forward to working with you all!

Student Council
The Student Council will have their first meeting on Thursday, 5th October after break.

English
The SEN Department are processing the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert RACE in school over the next number of weeks.

Art
Entries for this year’s Credit Union Art Competition will be collected within the school by the end of the week. Please speak to Mr Daly or Mrs Mc Callig for more information. You can also visit the Credit Union Art Competition website.

Cracking the Code
The Abbey Vocational School is one of four schools leading the way when it comes to cracking the code. Next Wednesday, ahead of EU Code Week 2017, Donegal ETB will host a Coding Initiative cluster day for staff from four of its schools to support them in rolling out cutting edge teaching in the area of coding. In 2016, two of Donegal ETB’s schools, one being the Abbey Vocational School and the other Crana College in Buncrana were among only twenty-two schools nation-wide to introduce coding to their schools as part of the “New Junior Cycle Reform”

Dr Martin Gormley, Donegal ETB’s Director of Schools, spoke about the initiative stating the “delivery of this cutting edge course in our schools is evidence of the exceptional standards of teaching and learning being promoted across Donegal ETB’s schools, colleges and centers. I’d like to commend the willingness of the staff to take on this new innovation. Thank you to all our staff in the AVS who are participating in delivering this new initiative.

NUI Maynooth
NUI Maynooth are visiting the school on Tuesday, 10th October. There will be a talk from 2.40 p.m. until 3.20 p.m. Students interested in attending the talk please let your Guidance Counsellor know.

Study Skills
Michael Bond will be in the school on Monday, 9th October to deliver a Study Skills seminar to all Leaving Certs. The study skills guru and motivator Michael Bond is known to many for his exploits on the sideline of hurling pitches the length and breadth of the country, having brought the Offaly Hurling Team of 1998 to All Ireland success. However his skills extend far beyond the GAA grounds of the nation, he is also widely acknowledged for his skills of communicating with young People. The seminar focuses on motivating students on timetabling study for maximum results.

Ecumenical Service
Our whole school Ecumenical Service will take place on Tuesday, October 3rd at 11.15 am. This is a wonderful event where our whole school unites for the opening of the school year.

MS Readathon
First year students will receive a MS Readathon pack from their English teacher next week. We are delighted to take part in “the 30th MS Readathon, which encourages children to open a wonderful world of adventure and imagination through reading for a great cause! MS Readathon is the perfect opportunity to encourage your children to read and the AVS is running it this year! For kids who are already bookworms, it’s a chance to go deeper – perhaps to challenge themselves with longer, more advanced books. For children who aren’t so keen on reading, the MS Readathon can help them rediscover the sense of wonder and adventure they once felt when they first heard you say those magic words, “Once upon a time…” And it’s all for a fantastic cause!” (www.msreadathon.ie). We hope to raise much needed funds for MS and encourage our students to enjoy reading.

Healthy Schools
The Healthy Schools Committee is attending a training day on 18th October in Letterkenny. Following this event they will form a committee including some parents, students and staff and select a focus for 2017/2018. All ideas welcome.

Music
The Traditional Group continues every Tuesday in room 13 at 1:30pm. All new members are welcome. The coordinators are TY students Rebekah Sweeney and Sarah McGrory.

Spanish
Spanish Club with Ms McNulty will commence next week on Monday, 2nd October 2017 in Room 1. All first year’s welcome. Last year was a huge success and we hope to see the same numbers as this year.

Debate Club
The AVS are recruiting any first-year students who are interested in joining a debate club. Students who are interested may give their name to their English teacher or Ms Murray. We will have more details to follow soon.

LCA Trip
The LCAs will attend a cinema trip on Monday, 9th October with Ms Mc Partlan. They will be viewing the new film ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle” the sequel to ‘Kingsman: Secret Service’ as part of their LCA course.

Amber Flag
In June 2017 the school was awarded the Amber Flag. The Amber flag initiative aims to encourage Schools/Colleges/ Clubs/Societies/Organisations to promote and actively bring about a cultural change in the promotion of positive mental health within the educational system and other organisations. This flag will be raised in the school at the end of this month.

Transition Year:

John Paul II Awards
Ms Susan Kenny visited the AVS last week to speak with our TY students about the John Paul II Award. The John Paul II awards coordinated by Ms Mc Callig have been running in the school for a number of years. It is €15 to enrol and for more information students can visit www.johnpaulii.com. Students will receive a gold, silver or bronze medal for their participation and a cert. It would be of tremendous value for prospective employers and for completion of CV’s.

Law Course
James Fahy will return this year and deliver a workshop to Transition Year students. James Fahy, a Barrister, from Galway will present his ‘Law Education for Schools’ course to our students over a two-day period.  This will take place on 5th and 6th October. The students will learn a variety of definitions used in the legal system and how the legal system works in Ireland.  They will also be given information on a sample legal case and will set a challenge based on this. On the second day, the students will receive information on a second case. The students will also spend one afternoon in Donegal Town Court House and enact the Trial.

NUIG Open Day
NUIG Galway, will host its Open Day on Friday, October 6th on campus. The Open Day is an excellent day for TY’s to see what the university has to offer. “Open days are the perfect opportunity for students to experience life at NUI Galway first hand. They can talk to current students and staff, explore the campus, check out the facilities and learn more about the programmes they are interested in. Students will leave school at 7am on the morning of the trip.

TY Activities
TY active leisure activities begin this week. TY (a) are participating in aqua aerobics in the Mill Park Hotel. TY (b) will be surfing in Bundoran. TY (c) will be relaxing in yoga and TY (d) are completing a self-defence class. Each class takes part in the activity for three weeks before rotating to the next.

Alan Devine Public Speaking Workshop
Alan Devine will complete a full day workshop with each TY in October and November on:  12th and 25th October & 27th and 28th November.

The aim of the workshop is to help students:

  • Find confidence in their voice
  • Connect with their audience
  • Understand how to create and deliver short speeches

The workshop teaches students that anyone can speak publicly confidently.

 Ceilí dancing
Ceilí dancing takes place for all TY’s on Thursday in the library up until Halloween as part of their Irish class.

TY Musical
Well done to all our TY’s who auditioned for the musical. Finally here is a list of the lead roles in the musical “Mamma Mia”: Rebekah Sweeney (Donna Sheridan), Mia McCalmont (Sophie Sheridan), Conor McAllister (Sam Carmichael), Eamonn Devlin (Harry Bright), Darragh Griffin (Bill Austin), Gary Given (Sky), Saerlaith Lusson (Rosie Mulligan), Emily Erskine (Tanya Chesham-Leigh), Jake Gillespie (Pepper), Eoin Timoney (Eddie), Hannah Shallow (Ali), Nolwenn Ní Dhonnabháin (Lisa). Dance rehearsals for the musical will take place on Wednesday and Thursday from 6-8 pm. Drama rehearsals for the leads will take place on Tuesday and Thursday from 1:20-3:20 pm. In addition, music rehearsals for the leads will take place on Wednesday from 3:30-5.00pm. We ask all students to ensure that they attend rehearsals where possible.

Sport:

Girls Basketball
Training continues every Monday and Thursday after school for U16’s.

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

The first match of the year got underway against Killybegs last Friday for the U16 and senior girls. The U16s fought hard in the first half but Killybegs just had that edge to win by five baskets despite the girls efforts towards the end. The seniors also had a tough match and had a tight match to end in an unfortunate loss. Training continues as normal this week.

Girls Gaelic
U14, U16 and U20 Girls’ Gaelic training commenced after school on Friday coached by Ms. Rooney. All age groups are welcome. It will take place on the all-weather pitch from 3:30–4:30 pm. Please ensure you bring runners, a warm top, water and a gum shield. The U14 league will start after Christmas. The U16 first game will be against St Catherine’s Killybegs in addition, they will also play Deele College and Gairmscoil Chú Uladh. The U20s are up against Seán Maguire first and they will also play St Catherine’s Killybegs, Carndonagh and Coláiste Ailigh.

Boys Basketball
First and Second year boys’ basketball training will be every Friday in the school gym from 3:30-5.00pm. It is great to see such big numbers at training. In addition, U16’s and U19’s training will take place every Monday from 5:30 – 7.00pm in the school gym.

Senior and Junior Boys Gaelic
Senior boys’ Gaelic training starts next Tuesday after school at 4pm. This year they will be coached by Mr Griffin and Mr Ledyen.

U16 boys’ Gaelic training will be on every Wednesday after school. The team will be managed by Mr Carty and Mr Lafferty this year.

U14 boys’ Gaelic training will kick off on Thursdays from 3:30-4:45 pm. Please ensure you bring runners, a warm top, water and a gum shield. Mr O’Donnell and Mr McLoone will be the U14 boys’ team managers this year.

Hurling/Camogie
U19 match next Monday will take place in Convoy. We wish the boys and Mr O’Neill the very best of luck.

Golf
The first round of golf is on Monday in Letterkenny Golf club. The team will be competing against St. Eunans Letterkenny and Loreto Milford

Sportshall Athletics
First year students are participating in trials for our Sportshall Athletics team. The top 12 boys and girls will represent the school at the Donegal Regional Competition on October 23rd.

Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups.

Cross country training is on Fridays at lunchtime.

Lunchtime Activities
There are a number of sporting activities organised daily during lunchtimes. All students are encouraged to get involved. Everyone can participate in uniform but are advised to change into runners.

The following activities are planned until Halloween:

Monday with Mrs. Regan & Mr. McLoone

Indoors: 1st & 2nd Year Girls Gaelic

Outdoors: 3rd Year Soccer

Tuesday with Ms. Rooney & Mr. Hegarty

Indoors: 1st Year Boys Soccer

Outdoors: Senior games

All-Weather pitch: Hurling with Mr. O’Neill

Wednesday with Mr. Daly & Mr. Gorman

Indoors: 3rd Year Soccer

Outdoors: 2nd Year Soccer

Thursday with Mr. Mc Hugh & Mr. O Donnell

Indoors: 1st Year Soccer

Outdoors: 2nd Year Soccer

Friday with Mrs. Gallagher & Mr. McLoone

Indoors: 1st & 2nd Year Girls Games

Outdoors: Senior Games

Track: Cross-Country Training

AVS Notes 22nd September 2017

AVS Notes 22nd September 2017

Parents Association AGM 2017
The AGM of the Parents’ Association takes place on Tuesday night October 10th at 8 pm in the Library. We encourage parents to attend on the night. Thank you to all of our parents who have been part of our Parents’ Association over the years. Your contribution to our school is invaluable.

Scholarships
Congratulations to Emily Mc Gill who was awarded the Naughton Scholarship in Trinity College Dublin on Saturday last. Our Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, presented this scholarship on the day. Emily is now studying Applied Physics in DCU.

More good news this week when we were informed that Hollie Roper received the JP Mc Manus Scholarship. This is an excellent achievement for Hollie and we wish her our heartiest congratulations. Hollie is studying Veterinary Medicine in UCD.

TV Documentary
The Abbey Vocational School featured in a Documentary called “The Classroom Divide” on RTE 1 TV after the 9 o’clock news on Monday night 18th. This programme focused on the challenges that face those from rural areas attending college as opposed to those living in cities, as well as other educational topics. Following the programme Ms Diver said that the programme highlighted many challenges our students face around third level, however, they are rounded, focused young people who grasp these and many other opportunities and we are proud of them all.

Staff Training Day
The Staff took part in a JCT Training day on Wellbeing for Junior Cycle on Monday of this week.  Our next whole school JCT training day for staff will be on Thursday, 16th November.

Wellbeing
A positive notice board is being erected in the assembly area to display positive achievements, comments and activities. Some of our staff will commence yoga classes after school as part of our overall wellbeing programme.

‘Friends for youth’ is a school – based programme focused on positive mental health that is being rolled out in the AVS. The World Health Organisation cites as the ‘only evidence based programme effective at all levels of intervention for anxiety in children (WHO 2004). The programme teaches children how to deal with worry, stress and change and teaches the skills required to reduce anxiety and promote resilience. It is beneficial for all students irrespective of their anxiety level. Teachers will run the programme as a whole class or a small group intervention.

Guidance Department
The Guidance Department would like to inform Senior Cycle students that there are opportunities available to study in Europe after completing the Leaving Cert.  See www.eunicas.ie for details. In addition, they would like all TY students to have their two work experience placements confirmed and recorded with their teacher by week ending Friday, 29th September 2017.  The first work experience placement is scheduled for the week beginning Monday, 04th December 2017. The student is expected to be on placement from Monday to Friday.

First Year Parents Information Night
There will be a first year Parent Information Night held in the school on Monday, 25th September at 7pm. This evening informs parents on the various matters arising for first years.

Prefects
We have many applications for the role of prefect this year and interviews for Leaving Cert prefects were held on Friday to determine this year’s prefects. We will announce the list next week.

Student Council
Elections are currently being held for 1st year, Transition Year and 5th year student council. Thank you to all of our hard working members from last year’s Council and we are delighted to have sorted the selection process for this year’s committee under Mr Plunkett’s guidance. New members of the 1st, TY and 5th year student councils were elected this week and those elected are as follows;

1st year – Rion Carr and Orlaith Conaghan

TY– Aoibhe Timoney, Cliodhna Dunleavy, David Keeney and Wiktor Smus

5th year– Curtis Roper and Aine McGowan

Well done to all!

Ecumenical Service
Our Whole School Ecumenical Service will take place on Tuesday, October 3rd at 11.15 am. This is a wonderful event where our whole school unites for the opening of the school year.

MS Readathon
“The 30th MS Readathon encourages children to open a wonderful world of adventure and imagination through reading for a great cause! MS Readathon is the perfect opportunity to encourage your children to read and the AVS is running it this year! For kids who are already bookworms, it’s a chance to go deeper – perhaps to challenge themselves with longer, more advanced books. For children who aren’t so keen on reading, the MS Readathon can help them rediscover the sense of wonder and adventure they once felt when they first heard you say those magic words, “Once upon a time…” And it’s all for a fantastic cause!” (www.msreadathon.ie).

Art
This year’s Fresh Film Festival Competition was launched recently. Details are available at www.freshfilmfestival.net.

Students are currently working on this year’s Credit Union Art Competition. The theme is ‘set your imagination free’.

Music
The Traditional group continues every Tuesday in room 13 at 1:30pm. All new members are welcome. The coordinators are TY students Rebekah Sweeney and Sarah McGrory.

Spanish
Spanish Club with Ms McNulty will commence on Monday, 2nd October 2017 in Room 1. All first year’s welcome.

Business
6th year LCVP students held a treasure hunt for the first years to help them settle into the school last Friday. The winners were Jack O’Rourke, Ava Harold, David Crawford and John Connolly. Their prize was a feast from Apache Pizza. Jack, Ava, David and John enjoyed their winnings saying it was “delicious”.

Occupational First Aid
There is a First Aid course taking place Mondays and Wednesday from 7pm to 10pm it will begin on Monday, 4th October and is open to anyone over the age of 18. The fee for the course is €180 and any enquires can be directed to Ms Mohan.

LCA Trip
The LCAs went on their first recreational module on Monday. They went to the Bundoran Adventure Centre and took park in surfing, high ropes and team challenges. All had a great day. They will prepare for their next module, hill walking, in the coming weeks.

Healthy Schools
A committee for the Healthy Schools team is being set up yet again this year after the very successful programme of events last year. The committee will work alongside the first year Active Leisure classes. Throughout the year they will be promoting healthy eating, fitness, a healthy mind and a healthy environment.

The Healthy Schools committee is attending a training day on 18th October in Letterkenny.

Amber Flag
In June 2017 the school was awarded the Amber Flag. The Amber flag initiative aims to encourage Schools/Colleges/ Clubs/Societies/Organisations to promote and actively bring about a cultural change in the promotion of positive mental health within the educational system and other organisations. This flag will be raised in the school at the end of this month.

 Transition Year:

 Ploughing Championship

The TYs travelled to Tullamore to attend the Ploughing Championships on Tuesday. It was an early start on Tuesday for 96 of our TY students and five members of staff who were among the 100,000 people to travel to Screggan outside Tullamore for the Opening Day of the 86th Ploughing Championships. While there students enjoyed the horse ploughing, tractor football, the funfair, not to mention the hundreds of displays and stalls from a variety of companies and organisation. The early start and long journey were well worth it.

John Paul II Awards
Ms Susan Kenny visited the AVS Friday morning to speak with our TY students about the John Paul II Award. The John Paul II awards coordinated by Ms Mc Callig have been running in the school for a number of years. A majority of work is done in the parish for the John Paul II awards. “The Pope John Paul II Award enables participants to take an active part in the life of their Church – in the life of their community and society.

The Award was created to commemorate the late Pope John Paul II who was so committed to young people and who had such belief and confidence in them” (www.johnpaulii.com). The award is broke down into 3 components: involvement in the parish, social awareness and a presentation.

Awards are earned by taking part in parish and social activities – 1 hour per week over 8, 14 or 20 weeks. There are 3 Award levels – Gold, Silver & Bronze.

It is €15 to enrol and for more information students can visit www.johnpaulii.com. Students will receive a gold, silver or bronze medal for their participation and a cert. It would be of tremendous value for prospective employers and for completion of CV’s.

Enterprise
The TY’s took part in an Enterprise Workshop in the Mill Park Hotel on Thursday. The students got involved in business plans and the design of new products. The students enjoyed the experience and look forward to the upcoming Enterprise Competition.

 Law Course
James Fahy will return this year and deliver a workshop to Transition year students. James Fahy, a barrister, from Galway will present his ‘Law Education for Schools’ course to our students over a two-day period.  This will take place on 5th and 6th October. The students will learn a variety of definitions used in the legal system and how the legal system works in Ireland.  They will also be given information on a sample legal case and will be set a challenge based on this. On the second day, the students will receive information on a second case. The students will also spend one afternoon in Donegal Town Court House and act out the trial.

NUIG Open Day
NUIG Galway, will host its wonderful open day on Friday, October 6th on campus. The open day is an excellent day for TY’s to see what the university has to offer before the stress of senior cycle. “Open days are the perfect opportunity for students to experience life at NUI Galway first hand. They can talk to current students and staff, explore the campus, check out the facilities and learn more about the programmes they are interested in. Students can take a tour of the impressive campus and grounds. A programme of talks and workshops will run throughout the day. It would be beneficial to attend subject talks in all areas of interest so please check the timetable and room locations carefully” (www.nuigalway.ie). See www.nuigalway.ie for more information.

TY Activities
TY active leisure activities begin this week. TY (a) are participating in aqua aerobics in the Mill Park Hotel. TY (b) will be surfing in Bundoran. TY (c) will be relaxing in yoga and TY (d) are completing a self-defence class. Each class takes part in the activity for three weeks before rotating to the next.

TY Wellbeing
Students were in the Abbey Hotel all day on Friday, 22nd September for a Foróige and Connect Mental Health workshop. The students were divided up into 4 colour-coded groups and they took part in multiple workshops. The workshops included a lively cooking demonstration with Fin’s Food Demo, a peaceful meditation session with Bláithin which was followed by a tasty lunch. After lunch students had a Jigsaw workshop with the lovely Karen followed up with an active dance class. At the end of the day each student received a Foróige goodie bag. This was a fun and enjoyable day for all the students involved. Thank you to all the speakers on the day and staff in the Abbey Hotel for hosting the event.

In the coming weeks a number of TY students will undergo mentoring training in the Big Brother, Big Sister Programme. A member of Foróige will deliver the training. After the training each TY student will be paired up with a 1st year student. These students will meet up weekly and the TY student will support the 1st year students for the rest of the year.

Irish Ceilí Dancing
The Transition Years have been doing Ceilí dancing in the library every Thursday afternoon with Clement Gallagher. They are only starting out but they are making steady progress.

Alan Devine Public Speaking Workshop
Alan Devine will complete a full day workshop with each TY in October and November on:  12th and 25th October & 27th and 28th November. Alan Devine is an actor who has performed in “Glenroe, King Arthur, Hamlet, Veronica Guerin, The Tudors, Vikings and Fair City, Alan has over twenty years’ experience working as an actor in Ireland”.

Drama club is a programme established to encourage public speaking. The aim of the workshop is to help students:

  • Find confidence in their voice
  • Connect with their audience
  • Understand how to create and deliver short speeches

The workshop teaches students that anyone can speak publicly confidently.

Musical
The musical rehearsals ‘Mammia Mia’ are well under way! The cast list has been finalised and will be listed next week. This week they had dance rehearsals on Monday after school for 1st and 2nd years involved in the musical; they learned off the dance to the song ‘Mammia Mia’. On Thursday a rehearsal was held for the main leads and this will take place again on Monday. Well done to all involved and we can’t wait to see all your hard work!

Sports:

Girls Basketball
The first girls’ basketball match of the year for the U16’s and seniors against Killybegs took place on Friday 22nd.

Training continues every Monday and Thursday after school.

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

Girls Gaelic
U14’s, U16’s and U20’s girls’ Gaelic training starts after school on Friday coached by Ms. Rooney. All age groups are welcome. It will take place on the all – weather pitch from 3:30–4:30 pm. Please ensure you bring runners, a warm top, water and a gum shield. The U14’s league will start after Christmas. The U16’s first game will be against St Catherine’s Killybegs. They will also play Deele College and Gairmscoil Chú Uladh. U20’s are up against Seán Maguire first and they will also play St Catherine’s Killybegs, Carndonagh and Coláiste Ailigh.

Boys Basketball
1st and 2nd year boys’ basketball training will be every Friday in the school gym from 3:30-5.00pm. It is great to see such big numbers at training, keep it up lads. In addition, U16’s and U19’s training will take place every Monday from 5:30 – 7.00pm in the school gym.

Senior and Junior Boys Gaelic
Senior boys’ Gaelic training starts next Tuesday after school at 4pm. This year they will be coached by Mr Griffin and Mr Leyden.

U16 boys’ Gaelic training will be on every Wednesday after school. The team will be managed by Mr Carty and Mr Lafferty this year.

U14 boys’ Gaelic training will kick off on Thursdays from 3:30-4:45 pm. Please ensure you bring runners, a warm top, water and a gum shield. Mr O’Donnell and Mr McLoone will be the U14 boys’ team managers this year.

Athletics
Thank you to Tirchonaill A.C. who hosted the Athletics Ireland Leader course for our TY coaches on Saturday. They gained confidence in coaching a range of running, jumping and throwing events. They will put their skills into practice over the coming months, while working with primary school groups.

Sportshall Athletics
First year students are participating in trials for our Sportshall Athletics team. The top 12 boys and girls will represent the school at the Donegal Regional competition on October 23rd.

Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups.

Cross country training is on Fridays at lunchtime.

Lunchtime Activities
There are a number of sporting activities organised daily during lunchtimes. All students are encouraged to get involved. Everyone can participate in uniform but are advised to change into runners.

The following activities are planned until Halloween:

Monday with Mrs. Regan & Mr. McLoone

Indoors: 1st & 2nd Year Girls Gaelic

Outdoors: 3rd Year Soccer

Tuesday with Ms. Rooney & Mr. Hegarty

Indoors: 1st Year Boys Soccer

Outdoors: Senior games

All-Weather pitch: Hurling with Mr. O’Neill

Wednesday with Mr. Daly & Mr. Gorman

Indoors: 3rd Year Soccer

Outdoors: 2nd Year Soccer

Thursday with Mr. Mc Hugh & Mr. O Donnell

Indoors: 1st Year Soccer

Outdoors: 2nd Year Soccer

Friday with Mrs. Gallagher & Mr. McLoone

Indoors: 1st & 2nd Year Girls Games

Outdoors: Senior Games

Track: Cross-Country Training

AVS Notes 15th September 2017

AVS Notes 15th September 2017

Junior Cert Results

Junior Cert results were given out this week on Wednesday 13th September. Congratulations to each student on their outstanding results. We are proud of your hard work and the dedication that you have shown to your studies here in the AVS. We hope you continue this admirable level in senior cycle. Thank you to all of our staff for their continued care, hard work and support to these students over the last three years. We can all be very proud of these students.

Guidance Department – Junior Cert Congratulations

The Guidance Department would like to congratulate all of those who received their Junior Cert results on Wednesday, 13th September.
If any student would like to discuss their result please feel free to make contact with the Guidance Department. Ms Mc Morrow will look after those that were in 3 a, b or c. Ms Faherty will look after those that were in 3 d, e or f.

Naughton Foundation Scholarship

We are delighted to announce that a student of our school, Emily McGill, has been awarded a scholarship of €20,000 towards her third level studies in the area of Engineering, Science or Technology at University in Ireland. Emily received 625 points in her Leaving Cert this year. The Naughton Scholarships are a scheme of scholarships to promote the study of Engineering, Science and Technology at third level by students in Ireland. The programme seeks to connect exceptional students at undergraduate, masters and postgraduate level with leading faculty in those fields,

The school will also receive an award of €1,000 towards its Science facilities as an appreciation of your assistance. “Abbey Vocational School Principal, Geraldine Diver, is absolutely delighted with Emily’s success; “We are delighted at the Abbey Vocational School to hear of Emily’s success in being awarded this prestigious scholarship. Emily is extremely deserving of this scholarship and I wish her every success in the very bright future I know that she has ahead.

“I would like to acknowledge all of our staff here in the school for all of the support given to Emily and indeed all of our students during their time here. “This programme seeks to connect exceptional students at undergraduate, masters and postgraduate level with leading faculty in those fields, stimulating collaborative research among the participating students and faculty and build stronger connections between the host institutions and countries. “It is an excellent opportunity for Emily and I know we will hear more of this marvellous young lady in the future!”

The Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday 23rd September 2017 at 1pm in Trinity College Dublin. There were only 34 scholarships awarded in the country and only one in Donegal so this is phenomenal for Emily and for the AVS.

TV Documentary

The Abbey Vocational School features in a Documentary called “The Classroom Divide” on RTE 1 TV after the 9 o’clock news on Monday night 18th. It featured our principal, staff and students and one of our families. It is about the challenges that face those from rural areas attending college etc. as opposed to those living in cities – as well as other educational topics.

Instructional Leadership in the AVS

On the 19th June 2017, a national conference was held in Carlow for Principals and Deputy Principals from all over Ireland. The conference was centered on Instructional Leadership and staff members of Abbey Vocational School were fortunate enough to be asked to deliver a presentation outlining their experience in this active learning initiative. Mr M Leyden, Mr C Hegarty and Miss A Cunningham undertook the task and came together to plan their presentation. The presentation shared the school’s practices with Instructional Leadership and plans for the future and informed the audience of the school’s Instructional Leadership committee and the work that they have done to date. This included information and display of a booklet produced by staff for all teachers incorporating teaching approaches and graphic organisers for use within the classroom. It was a valuable and insightful day as schools countrywide shared and collaborated on methods to improve teaching and learning. Thank you to these teachers for all their work in this area.

First Year Parents Information Night

There will be a First Year Parent Information Night held in the school on Monday 25th September at 7pm. This evening informs parents on the various matters arising for first years.

Art

Art students are currently working on a poster for all school classrooms along the theme of respect, effort and attention. Congratulations to our Junior Cert Art students who received their results on Wednesday, all their hard work paid off.

Prefects

We have many applications for the role of prefect this year and interviews for Leaving Cert prefects will be held on Friday next to determine this year’s prefects.

Student Council

Elections are currently being held for 1st year, Transition Year and 5th year student council. Council members will be announced next week. Thank you to all of our hard working members from last year’s Council and we look forward to getting the selection process underway for this year’s committee under Mr Plunkett’s guidance.

LCA

LCA students will begin their weekly work experience this Friday. Good luck to all our students on their placement. These LCA students travelled to Bundoran Adventure Centre on Monday 11th September to participate in team building events. Students felt this was an excellent and enjoyable day as they participated in bonding activities.

Evening Study

Evening Study commenced this week for all those Junior and Leaving Certs who wish to attend. Please collect and complete the form at the school office in order to take part.

School Closed to Pupils – Staff Training Day

The school will be closed to students on Monday 25th September for a staff training day on the new Junior Cert. The DES has again instructed schools to hold training days this academic year in this regard.

Parents Association

The AGM of the Parents Association will be held in early October – date to be advised soon.

Musical

Auditions for the TY musical ‘Mamma Mia’ are complete. The lead cast will be announced on Monday. Well done to all our students who auditioned for parts. We are looking forward to a great show in November.

Irish Traditional Group

The Irish Trad Group will commence every Tuesday at lunch from the 26th September in room 13 at 1:30pm. Please bring your own instruments.

Spanish

Spanish Club will be re-commencing for first year students with Ms Mc Nulty. All first years are welcome to attend at lunchtimes and they will participate in fun learning activities to enrich their understanding of Spanish. A classroom and date is yet to be confirmed.

Business

The 6th year LCVP students held a treasure hunt for first years to help them settle into the school on Friday. It was an exciting event that created a buzz around the school and helped first years find their way around. The winners received a feast from Apache pizza!

Cycle Against Suicide

Last Sunday evening the school was extremely honoured to be presented with the Cycle Against Suicide Awareness Banner. The Banner displays numbers for many useful organisations that are there to help. Last year the school had the honour of being an Ambassador School for Cycle Against Suicide, to congratulate us on all our hard work throughout the year the school will be presented with a special plaque in the coming weeks. It was a privilege to work alongside such a wonderful organisation. We look forward to continuing our work as an Ambassador School for Cycle Against Suicide this year.

Amber Flag

Last June the school was awarded the Amber Flag award. The Amber flag initiative aims to encourage Schools/Colleges/ Clubs/Societies/Organisations to promote and actively bring about a cultural change in the promotion of positive mental health within the educational system and other organisations. This flag will be raised in the school at the end of this month.

Healthy Schools

A committee for the Healthy Schools team is in the process of being set up yet again this year after the very successful programme of events last year. When set up, the committee will work alongside the 1st year Active Leisure classes. Throughout the year they will be promoting; healthy eating, health and fitness, a healthy mind and a healthy environment.

Big Brother, Big Sister

In the coming weeks a number of TY students will undergo mentoring training in the Big Brother, Big Sister Programme. The training will be delivered by a member of Foróige. After the training each TY student will be paired up with a 1st year student. These students will meet up weekly and the TY student will support the 1st year students for the rest of the year.

Transition Year:

Gartan Outdoor Adventure Trip

The wet and windy weather didn’t stop our 110 TY students travelling and participating in outdoor events in Gartan Outdoor Adventure centre on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. The weather was not as bad as the group initially thought and it surely didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of our groups! They were split into three groups with a range of five activities over the two days. All groups participated in: archery, orienteering, team building, wall climbing and kayaking. The groups thoroughly enjoyed the kayaking activity which lasted approximately 2 hours; some managed to stay dry during it! A huge thanks to Gartan Adventure Centre for serving students and staff a lovely dinner and breakfast. A big thank you to Mrs Crawford, Miss Rooney, Mr Hegarty and Mr O’Donnell who supervised the trip. The students stopped in McDonalds on the way home which was a lovely treat after all their adventurous activities. They returned to receive their Junior Cert results thereafter, congratulations to all our TY’s!

Enterprise Day

There is an Enterprise Day in the Mill Park Hotel for TY students on Thursday 21st September. This will help them brainstorm ideas for their mini companies this year.

Alan Devine Public – Speaking Workshop

Alan Devine will return this year; Alan will deliver four highly exciting workshops to our TY students. He has over twenty years’ experience as an actor therefore, he is not fearful of speaking in front of a crowd. The TY’s said last year they really enjoyed the interactive workshop. It will be of great benefit to this year’s TY’s in preparation for the musical. The dates are as follows: 12th and 25th October and 27th and 28th November.

Ger Carey – Stand-up Comedian

“Ger Carey is a hilarious stand-up comedian and is presenting a show for TY students on Wednesday 11th October in the Balor Theatre, Ballybofey. By secretly observing his subjects in their natural habitat, such as leaning on lampposts, in chippers, outside chippers, in shopping centres and sitting on any kind of step, Ger has uncovered the weird and frightening world of the teenager! The aim of the show is to get teenagers to laugh at themselves and appreciate the differences of others” (www.hawkswell.com). This trip will assist students in their English course and teach them how confidence is important in life and not just when you’re on the stage!

Ploughing Championships

TYs who are attending The Ploughing Championships this year will be heading to Tullamore on Tuesday 19th September. The bus will be leaving the school at 6:45 am and will return in the evening. The Ploughing Championships is an Annual Agricultural event held every September and is Europe’s largest outdoor event, “The National Ploughing Championships” given the triumph of this year’s event. The total attendance figures for the 2016 Championship came to a record breaking 283,000. This marks the most successful National Ploughing Championships in history. It’s sure to be an enjoyable day for TY’s!

Dance Workshop

On Monday 11th TY’s took to the library to dance the day away at a lively dance workshop.

School Tour Abroad

This year’s Senior Educational Tour will be to Lake Garda, Italy and takes place during the Easter holidays. We will be visiting Venice, Verona and Milan during the 4 day trip. The closing date for application forms has now passed.

Sport:

Athletics

Ulster Schools Multi-Events: Four students (Niamh Moohan, Rachel Gallagher, Gwenaelle Ní Dhonnabhain and Leo Carey McDermott) travelled to Antrim on Thursday 14th to compete against the top athletes from across the province. They participated in a multi- discipline competition consisting of running, jumping, hurdling and throwing events. The top three athletes in each category will qualify for the All Ireland’s in October. Well done to Rachel Gallagher who came third this Friday in the Ulster Schools multi event and has qualified for the All Irelands at the end of October. Rachel completed high performances throughout all of her events coming first in her hurdles and 800m heats. Well done also to Leo Carey McDermott too who also qualified for the All Irelands next month. Leo performed very well getting a personal best in the 200m to finish 4th overall.

Athletics training Tuesday after school – 5:30 open to all students.

Cross-country

The first Cross Country event of the season took place in the Holmes this Friday. They raced against athletes from South Donegal and this event ran in conjunction with the Primary School Competition.
It was also the TY coaches’ first outing at cross country event at the Holmes pitch for first and second years. It was a successful day of cross country event with Savannah Timoney (2nd year) and Connor Campbell (2nd) year both winning their races.

Training times for cross – country are as follows: Tuesday 4.00-5.30pm and Friday lunchtime.

Girls Basketball

Senior and U16 girls’ basketball training started again this week. The girls are competing in the B competition this year and have been entered into the Cup Competition. The first league fixture for both teams was this week against St Catherine’s Killybegs. Next month our seniors are away to Loreto Mullingar and our U16s are away to St, Ronan’s Lurgan. We wish them well in their preparation and games.

Golf

The first round is expected to take place in a week’s time. For a student to participate they must be part of a Golf Club and have their own personal handicap. The 1st round of Donegal schools golf will take place on Monday the 2nd October in Letterkenny golf club competing against St Eunans and Loretto, Milford.

Boys Basketball

1st and 2nd year boys’ basketball training will be on every Friday from 3:30-4:45 pm.

Gaelic training

U14 boys Gaelic training/trials begin next week in preparation for their competition which starts next month. Good luck to all involved.

Girls Basketball

Seniors and U16’s training takes place on Monday’s and Thursday’s. In addition, first and second year training will take place Wednesday after school.

Girls Active

After a successful year, last year Girls Active returns after school Thursday in parish hall 3:45-4:45 pm.

AVS Notes 11th September 2017

     AVS Notes 11th September 2017

A warm welcome back to all our students and staff! We would like to wish everyone a successful new academic year and we hope you enjoyed your summer holidays. We are delighted to especially welcome our new staff members. With our growing number of students we also welcome on board our new Deputy Principal Mr Johnny Sweeney.

First Year Parents Information Night

There will be a First Year Parent Information Night held in the school on Monday 25th September at 7pm. This evening informs parents on the various matters arising for first years.

Leaving Cert Results

Congratulations to the class of 2017 on their outstanding Leaving Cert results. We are proud of your hard work and the application that you have shown to your studies here in the school. We are delighted that you have reached way beyond your potential and wish you all the very best in the future. Thank you to all of our staff for their continued care, hard work and support to these students over their years here. We can all be very proud of these fine young people. High results were achieved throughout the school with over 40 per cent of our students achieving over 400 points. We congratulate Emily Mc Gill on her achievement of the maximum number of points 624 and the 18 students who received over 500 points. AVS students were accepted into colleges all around the country, both far and wide and many CAO offers have been accepted.

Junior Cert Results

Junior Cert results will be given out on Wednesday 13th Sept at 2pm in the Gym. All students should attend school as usual on that day. Parent/Guardian must accompany each student to get results and can meet in the gym at 2pm. TY students will also receive their Junior Cert results on Wednesday at 2pm in the Gym. All TY students will return from Gartan at 2pm where Parents/Guardian can meet them at the gym and must accompany each student to get the results. Best of luck to all our students!

TV Documentary

The Abbey Vocational School features in an RTE TV Documentary on ‘The Classroom Divide” on Monday 18th September after the 9 o’clock news. The piece features the school, various interviews around education and access to third level.

Evening Study

Evening Study commences this week for all those Junior and Leaving Certs who wish to attend. Please collect and complete the form at the school office in order to take part.

Welcome First Years

We especially welcome our new first years and the many new girls and boys that have joined other year groups. Thank you to the staff for the welcoming coffee morning for the new students held last week. Our first years have been assisted in their transition from Primary School with our team of Mentors and their Tutors, SNAs and Guidance Department as well as their Year Head, Ms Bennett. We are looking forward to meeting all of the first year parents for the First Year Parent Information Night which takes place in the school.

School Closed to Pupils – Staff Training Day

The school will be closed to students on Monday 25th September for a staff training day on the new Junior Cert. The DES has again instructed schools to hold training days this academic year in this regard.

Leaving Cert Prefects

Thank you to our Leaving Cert Prefects who have completed application forms in order to be selected for this prestigious position in our school. These students will now be interviewed over the coming days. This position gives our students a much-valued voice in our school where they contribute to the overall wellbeing and support for students as senior role models.

Student Council

The Student Council is a representative structure through which students in a post-primary school can become involved in the affairs of the school, working in partnership with school management and staff and parents for the benefit of the school and its students. Thank you to all of our hard working members from last year’s Council and we look forward to getting the selection process underway for this year’s committee under Mr Plunkett’s guidance.

Parents Association

The AGM of the Parents Association will be held in early October – date to be advised soon.

Board of Management

Our Parent rep Mrs Mary Coughlin has no longer a student attending the school and is therefore no longer eligible for the Board of Management. We thank her most sincerely for her invaluable contribution to both the schools Parents’ Association and also the Board of Management. A new female parent nominee must now be elected onto the Board and parents have received a letter in this regard. A special debt of gratitude is owed to all those who serve on Boards of Management. This work is done on a voluntary basis; nevertheless, it requires a commitment in terms of time and goodwill. On behalf of all of our school community we would like to sincerely thank our current parent nominee, Chris Darby and past nominee Mary Coughlin for their hard work and dedication. Their willingness and commitment to our school have been invaluable.

Spanish

Spanish Club will be re-commencing for first year students with Ms Mc Nulty. All first years are welcome to attend at lunchtimes and they will participate in fun learning activities to enrich their understanding of Spanish. A classroom and date is yet to be confirmed.

Music

Good luck to the students in the Donegal Youth Orchestra who will be playing on Arranmore Island this Sunday at 2pm. Donegal Youth Orchestra with conductor Vincent Kennedy will surely be an excellent day out!
Well done to all AVS students that took part in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ during the summer in Letterkenny; it was a wonderful achievement.

Art

This year’s Mental Health Ireland Art and Photography competition is up and running. The theme is ‘Mind Your Mental Health’. Details are on the school website.

Credit Union Art Competition

Students are currently working on the Credit Union Art Competition. This year’s theme is ‘Set Your Imagination Free’. “The Credit Union Art Competition is one of the most successful annual promotions undertaken by the Credit Union Movement and the 2017 competition aims to continue this winning formula. The competition is about encouraging and rewarding self- expression, creativity and imagination among young artists throughout Ireland. Competition entrants are free to express their creativity using a wide variety of media. The competition requires entrants to draw or paint posters on the theme using pencil, charcoal, pen or ink, felt- tip markers, crayon, pastel, watercolours, gouache, acrylics, oils, poster colour or collage”. (www.creditunionart.ie).

School Tour Abroad

This year’s Senior Educational Tour will be to Lake Garda, Italy and takes place during the Easter holidays. We will be visiting Venice, Verona and Milan during the 4 day trip. Application forms are due back this week.

Career Guidance

The AVS would like to welcome the new Career Guidance teacher to the team Ms Faherty. The Guidance Department are very busy planning talks and presentations for the year especially to prepare our exam students. N.U.I Maynooth are planning a trip to the AVS to speak to our Leaving Cert students. A date is yet to be confirmed.

Transition Year:

Drama Workshop

The TY’s took part in a Drama Workshop with Ailis Mc Intyre on Tuesday 5th September. The workshop was held in the library throughout the day and each TY class participated in drama games and warm – up exercises. This was an enjoyable workshop as it helped the students prepare for the upcoming musical ‘Mamma Mia’. Students improvised scenes and performed lines on the day which they thoroughly enjoyed.

School Musical

The school musical this year will be ‘Mamma Mia’. The musical will be held on the 14th, 15th and 16th of November in the Bosco Centre, Donegal Town. Auditions were organised for all TY students this Friday 8th September by Ailis Mc Intyre, Mc Carr, Ms Murray and Ms O’ Donnell. Ms Carr will hold music auditions on Monday. All students will have to sing but students who have been selected specifically for lead roles will have to sing solo’s. Good luck to all the TY’s participating in this year’s musical.

TY PE Activities

PE activities begin next week. Each class will take part in the following activities for three weeks, 4B surfing, 4D self-defence, 4C Yoga and 4A aqua aerobics.

Ploughing Championships

 The Ploughing Championships this year will be held in Tullamore on the 19th September. TY

students will attend the event. The bus will be leaving the school at 6:45 am and will return in the evening. The Ploughing Championships is an Annual Agricultural event held every September and is Europe’s largest outdoor event, “The National Ploughing Championships” given the triumph of this year’s event. The total attendance figures for the 2016 Championship came to a record breaking 283,000. This marks the most successful National Ploughing Championships in history. It’s sure to be an enjoyable day for TY’s!

Gartan Outdoor Adventure Trip

All TY students will have an overnight bonding trip to Gartan Outdoor Adventure centre on Tuesday 12th and 13th September. A bus will leave from the school on Tuesday 12th at 11:00 am and be back in school on Wednesday 13th September at 2:00 pm. An example of some of the activities may be: archery, canoeing, kayaking, coasteering, orienteering, raft building, rock climbing and surfing.

Dance Workshop

TY’s will be completing a hip/hop, modern and contemporary dance workshop on Monday 11th September. It promises to be an energetic and lively class.

Alan Devine Public – Speaking Workshop

Alan Devine will return this year; Alan will deliver four highly exciting workshops to our TY students. He has over twenty years’ experience as an actor therefore, he is not fearful of speaking in front of a crowd. The TY’s said last year they really enjoyed the interactive class. It will be of great benefit to this year’s TY’s in preparation for the musical. The dates are as follows: 12th and 25th October and 27th and 28th November.

Ger Carey – Stand-up Comedian

“Ger Carey is an hilarious stand-up comedian and is presenting a show for TY students on Wednesday 11th October in the Balor Theatre, Ballybofey. By secretly observing his subjects in their natural habitat, such as leaning on lampposts, in chippers, outside chippers, in shopping centres and sitting on any kind of step, Ger has uncovered the weird and frightening world of the teenager! The aim of the show is to get teenagers to laugh at themselves and appreciate the differences of others” (www.hawkswell.com). This trip will assist students in their English course and teach them how confidence is important in life and not just when you’re on the stage!

LCA Bonding Trip

LCA’s will travel to Bundoran Adventure Centre on Monday 11th September to participate in team building events. We look forward to a very positive LCA programme this year.

Sports:

European Youth Olympics

Well done to Mia Mc Calmont who finished 12th in the 3000m at the European Youth Olympics in a personal best time of 10mins 12secs this summer. Mia participated in the Youth Olympics in Győr, Hungary this summer in June and we are very proud of her achievements.

Athletics

Ulster School’s Multi-Events: Four students (Niamh Moohan, Rachel Gallagher, Gwenaelle Ní Dhonnabhain and Leo Carey McDermott) will travel to Antrim on Thursday to compete against the top athletes from across the province. They will participate in a multi-discipline competition consisting of running, jumping, hurdling and throwing events. The top three athletes in each category will qualify for the All Ireland’s in October.

Cross-country

The first Cross Country event of the season will take place at the Holmes this Friday. They will race against athletes from South Donegal. This event is run in conjunction with the Primary School Competition and will start at 12pm. Training times: Tuesday 4.00-5.30pm and Friday lunchtime.

Coaching

A large number of transition years have volunteered to coach athletics on Thursday evenings. They will gain valuable experience coaching primary school age children for the year. They will also be responsible for organising various athletic events throughout the year.

Girls Basketball

Senior and U16 girls’ basketball training commences this week. They are competing in the B competition this year. The first league fixture for both teams is next week against St Catherine’s Killybegs. Both teams are also entered into the Cup Competition. Next month our seniors are away to Loreto Mullingar and our U16s are away to St, Ronan’s Lurgan. We wish them well in their preparation and games.

Golf

Mr Plunkett hopes to establish his very successful golf club this year. The first round is expected to take place in two weeks’ time.

Other Sport:

Next week we will publish the lunchtime activities timetable as well as the after school events along with the list of various teams and coaches.