AVS Notes 18th May 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Transition Year:

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

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

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

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

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

Sport:

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

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

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

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

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