AVS Notes 10th November 2017


Parent/Teacher Meeting
1st year students will have their Parent/Teacher meeting on Wednesday, 29th November. We encourage all parents to attend, where possible.

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

Dates for your Diary

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

Transition Year:

The sound of ABBA’s greatest hits can be heard ringing through the corridors of the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town as our TY students are making final preparations for their TY musical ‘Abbey Mia’ which begins on Tuesday, 14th November. All the TY students have been working very hard at rehearsals which have been held in the school library, the Bosco Centre and the Parish Hall. The rehearsals have been going well and the students are looking forward to performing it.

The AVS has developed a reputation for staging exciting and enjoyable musicals over the years with productions such as Oklahoma!, Scrooge and last year’s outstanding production of Hairspray. Building on the success of recent years the Transition Year students of 2017 are busy putting the finishing touches to their production. The leading cast is drawn from the TY year group and they will be ably supported by a chorus of students from other year groups.

Rehearsals have been taking place since early September under the watchful eye of the production team Ailish McIntyre (Director), Eileen Carr, Claire Doherty, Tara Gallagher (Musical Directors) and Julianne Murphy and Karla Gallagher (Choreographers). Students not appearing in the show have been drafted in to help out with the show working in PR, set construction and design, stage management and hair and makeup. This is truly a whole team production. TY students Anna Riebeling, Tia Quinn, Sarah Mc Neely and Viktor Smus have been working together on painting the sets for the school’s upcoming musical. The four students have been working hard and the sets are coming along very well. The musical will take place in the Bosco centre on the 14th, 15th and 17th November. You can purchase tickets from the office and the assembly area at break and lunch. Adult tickets are: €10 and a child is: €7. Please see our Facebook ‘Abbey Vocational School presents Abbey Mia’ page to win tickets to the production.

TY Work Experience
TY work experience commences this year from the 4-8th December. Over the years TY’s have experienced various placements and undertaken many interesting roles over the last number of years in the AVS. We hope this class of TY’s will enjoy it just as much as previous years.

TY Sports Leader Award
All students are working hard on their coaching skills and are growing in confidence every week. The main aim of this qualification is to help students hone in on their leadership skills whilst helping themselves and others stay physically active.

They are currently working with a number of first year classes in preparation to coach in the local primary schools in the coming months.

Irish Department
On 7th November, the Irish Higher Level classes went to see ‘An Trial’ in the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon. The production is being directed by a past pupil of the school, Seamus Campbell. ‘An Trial’ is a drama on the Higher Level course and is part of the Leaving Cert syllabus. “The play is set in 1960’s Ireland and follows Máire Ní Cathasaigh on her relentless journey through life when she falls pregnant to a new school teacher in the area, Pádraig MacCarthaigh”. (see www.abbeycentre.ie for more). The students found the play very beneficial and felt it enriched their learning. The students had some time in Ballyshannon after the production.

Guidance Department
St. Angela’s College, Sligo (school of NUI Galway) held a careers talk in the library on Wednesday, 08th November at 2.40 p.m. The guest speaker gave students information on course and career choices available in St. Angela’s.

A School Leavers Information evening took place on Monday 6th November in the school. It will include information on CAO, UCAS, HEAR, DARE, SUSI (Grants), Scholarships, FET, Apprenticeships & Studying Abroad. Please see our school website for more information on this using the Guidance tab.

The CAO is now accepting applications for 2018. Apply by 20th January for reduced rate of €30 on http://www.cao.ie . The University of Limerick (UL) will hold a careers talk for Leaving Certs in the library on Tuesday, 14th November at 2.40 p.m. Attendance at the talk is optional. It is your responsibility to inform your class teacher that you will be absent from their class due to the talk.

The DCU Open Day will take place on Friday, 17th November 2017. A bus for 5th years will leave from the school (departure and arrival TBC).  The day out is optional.  A €10 fee towards the cost of the bus must be paid to Ms Mc Morrow by Tuesday, 14 November at 4 p.m.

Well Being and Health Promoting Schools
As part of the Health Promoting Schools programme, a defibrillator demonstration for staff took place on Wednesday the 8th November in the library The staff of the AVS completed an introductory session for the use of a Defibrillator in the case of an emergency until a first responder or emergency services arrive. Our thanks go to Ronan O’Keeney, John Campbell and Shane Connolly our three wonderful Paramedics from the National Ambulance Service, for the demonstration which is valuable knowledge to know in order to help save someone’s life.

Christmas Card Competition
LCA1 students are organising a Christmas card competition in order to raise money for a local charity. Students are being asked to produce a design in either landscape or portrait format using as many colours as they wish. It is not necessary to put text on your image. There is a 50 euro prize for the winning design and 8 designs will be printed. The finished entries are needed by Wednesday 15th November and can be left into Mr. Daly’s Art room.

Maths Competition
Well done to Kerri Marie O’ Sullivan from 1C who won the recent Kahoot Maths week competition.

On Tuesday, 14th November our 5th year Higher Level Irish students will take part in ‘Gaeilge 24’. The aim of this challenge is to encourage our 5th year students to try and speak Irish non – stop for one whole day. Therefore, they must speak it for 24 hours at home, in school, in shops, with friends and in businesses around the town. This challenge will help allow the students to experience the Irish language in a unique and positive way. 30’000 pupils nationwide are participating in this challenge. Different events will be scheduled for students over the course of the day.

Teach Week
As part of Ireland techweek Ms Logue’s ICT classes are taking part in the Bebras Challenge. The Bebras Challenge introduces computational thinking to students by allowing them to solve interactive tasks online. It is run over 40 countries and takes place every November. The aim of Bebras is to get students all over the world excited about computing.

Science Week
Science Week 2017 takes place from 12-19th November. In the school there will be an interactive Kahoot Quiz running on Wednesday for all 1st and 2nd Year Students. 3rd Year classes will take part in a Junior Certificate Science Quiz interclass Quiz. 9 senior cycle students will take part in the ISTA Senior Science Quiz on Thursday evening.

Well done to all those students who exhibited their work at the annual “Smile na nÓg” exhibition at the regional cultural centre. It was a huge success and the feedback relating to their work was fantastic. The sets for “Abbey Mia” are now complete and are amazing. Well done to Tia, Anna, Mia, Sarah, Wiktor and Eddie for all their hard work and patience over the last number of weeks.

English – MS Readthon
The closing date for reading in the MS Readathon is the 13th November. Sponsorship is then to be collected, and students are asked to return the money to their English teachers when possible.

Chess Club
Chess club will begin for 1st and 2nd years on Wednesday, November 15th in Room 4.

Chess competition for senior students will take place in the coming weeks, date and details to be confirmed. Winner will be crowned Grand Master.

School tour
The second deposit of €150 is due to be paid to the office or by Way2Pay by Friday, 17th November. The total cost of this year’s tour was finalised and details can be found from Mr Leyden or on the school tour tab on the AVS website.

Sports :

Well done to our students and staff in the PE Dept. on an excellent inspection last week. The feedback was very positive.

First Years
They have a number of events to look forward to in the coming weeks.

All classes will participate in an interclass Sportshall Athletics competition on Monday, 20th November organised by TY coaches. This will be a multi-event competition with the main emphasis on participation and team work.

In their Wellbeing class they are preparing to take part in a “Row Around Ireland” event at the start of December. Rowing was introduced to the school last year in conjunction with Donegal Bay Rowing Club and proved to be very popular. The rowing club has just begun their winter training in the gym on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm. It is open to all newcomers.

Our sixth years have insisted on starting their volleyball module early this year. They have high hopes for their end of year volleyball match against the staff.

Our staff training continues every Wednesday morning at 7am in the gym!

Good luck to our First Yr Sportshall Athletic teams who will compete in the county semi-final on Wednesday, 22nd November.

Training continues on Tuesdays after school and Friday during lunchtime.

Club training takes place on Thursdays from 6.30-8pm and Sunday from 10.30am-12pm. All students are welcome.


Girls Active
Girls Active will commence again in the coming week. The girls will be focusing on gymnastics; a date will follow.

Good luck to the First year students who will represent the school in the Sportshall County final which will be held in Dungloe in the coming weeks. In the next coming weeks the first years will have an inter class athletics competition, which the TYs will be helping out with. Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups. Cross country training is on Friday at lunch time.

Well done to Leo Carey Mc Dermott and Rachel Gallagher on finishing in the top 8 at the All-Ireland Schools multi-events in Athlone. This is a fantastic achievement and should give them great confidence for the season ahead. This is the first time that the school has been represented at this high level in over ten years. Well done.

Girls Basketball
Training continues every Monday and Thursday after school for u16s.

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

Our U16 girls were defeated by neighbours St Catherine’s on Wednesday 28-48 in the All Ireland Cup Quarter Final. The girls had a close first half with a great performance from Courtney Harron and Katie Timoney but the St Catherine girls were the stronger girls for the 3rd and 4th quarter with a great performance from Killybegs Olra Carbery. The girls never gave up and were unlucky to come out as runner ups. We wish them the best of luck in the semifinal.

Boys’ basketball
First and second year boys basketball training will be every Friday 3:30 – 5:00.

U16 and seniors boys basketball training will be every Monday 5:30 – 7.

Well done to our U16 boys’ basketball team who had a great win on Friday, 10th November against St Gerald’s. Castlebat 41-32. The boys had a great game with Shane Meehan scoring 23 points. Christopher Darby and Evan Gallagher had excellent games as did many of the boys.. Hard luck to our U19 boys’ basketball team who lost out to St Gerald’s on the same day despite huge effort on their part. Well done to both teams on the day

Girls Gaelic
U14, U16 and U0 girls training will continue after school every Tuesday, 4- 5pm and it will be coached by Ms Rooney. All age groups will train together. As stated previously, The U14 league will start after Christmas.

Hard luck to the U16 girls in their first game against St Catherine’s Killybegs. They will also play Deele Collage and Gairmscoil Chú Uladh.

The U20s are up against Séan Maguire first and they will also play St Catherine’s Killybegs, Carndonagh and Coláiste Ailigh.

Boys Gaelic
Senior boys’ Gaelic training is every Tuesday after school at 4pm. Hard luck to the senior boys and coaches Mr Leyden and Mr Griffin who lost to Carrick on Friday. They will have their next game against Glenties, in the next week, the time and date is yet to be confirmed.

U16 boys’ Gaelic training will continue every Wednesday after school. Good luck to the boys who play away to Carrick on Monday.

U14 boys Gaelic football training is every Thursday 3:30-4:45pm. Please ensure students bring all necessary gear. Well done to the U14 boys who are having a great year. They won 6-11, 1-4 against Carrick. The boys had a great game with Leo Carey McDermott and Josh McCrea showing great determination. The boys continued to dominate and finished the Carrick boys off in the second half.

U15 boys training continues after school on Tuesdays. Good luck to the boys who will have their first game next Friday against St Columba’s, Stranorlar. A time and date is yet to be decided.