AVS Notes 11th May 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Transition Year:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

The local primary school athletics competition takes place on 24th May on the school track. This has been very successful in the previous years. This event caters for over 800 students from local schools, it will be organised by are TY Sports Leaders and it is also in conjunction with Tir Chonaill A.C. All schools should have received information, if not contact Eamon Harvey or the school office.

Active Schools

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

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

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

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

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