AVS Notes 20th April 2018

Parents Subject Option for Second Year Information Night
There will be an Information Night for parents of incoming second year students on Tuesday 24th April at 7pm. This is for parents of students in the present first year group who are now choosing their subjects for next year.

Parents Association Quiz
Thank you to the Parents’ Association who ran the quiz in aid of the activities fund in the school on Friday night last. A great night was had by all and thank you to all those who turned out to support the school on the night.

Maths Quiz
Well done to the 16 AVS Junior Cert Higher Level Maths students who took part in the IMTA County Donegal Maths Quiz in the Radisson Hotel on Friday night last 20th April. The teams represented themselves well. The team of Róisín Feeney, Kevin Canny, Katelyn Duffy and Conor Mc Groary featured in 4th place, a great performance where over 30 teams took place. This quiz was run by Dr Martin Gormley, Director of Schools Donegal ETB and was a great revision of the Junior Cert HL course. The students were accompanied by Ms Begley.

Teams 1: Hannah Marie Slater, Kerry Mitchell, Emma O’Donnell and Ciara Joyce.

Team 2: Lucy Clinton, Emma Coulter, Shane Meehan and Frank Duffy.

Team 3: Róisín Feeney, Katelyn Duffy, Kevin Canny and Conor Mc Groary

Team 4: Laura Mc Goldrick, Jessica Callaghan, Jessica Given and Cian Cassidy.

Chemistry Award
Well done to past student Emily McGill on receiving a gold medal for achieving the top Leaving Cert result in Higher Level Chemistry 2017. A great achievement for Emily and all at the AVS are very proud. Well done to teacher Mr. Hegarty also.

JC Music Practical Exam
Well done to our Junior Certificate students who completed their musical practical’s this week. The music practical exam is worth up to 100 marks, or one quarter of the total. We are proud of our student’s hard work and determination. Well done to all as excellent feedback was reported by the examiner.

JCSA Science
Junior Certificate Science students completed their Continuous Assessment task which is a Extended Experimental Investigation (EEI), which offers students an opportunity to research a question they have, related to one of the following topics: Water Earth/Moon/Sun system Food Plant growth and behaviour Chemical reactions Plastics Forces Energy conservation. For more details you can visit the JCT website. Congratulations to our students and thank you to the students for their hard work.

Leaving Cert Irish Orals
The Irish Orals took place this week from 16th – 20th April. The Irish Oral is worth 40% of the total marks in the Leaving Certificate. Go maith chun ár gcuid mac léinn!

JCSA English Oral Communication
From 27th Apr – 18th May work on and completion of Oral Communication will take place. This will assist students in communicating as a speaker, listener and a writer. Students in 2nd year must present a topic of their choice for 3 minutes.

JC CSPE and Woodwork Deadlines
Friday 27th April is the deadline for coursework in CSPE and Woodwork.

LC History, Geography and Construction Studies Deadlines
Leaving Certificate students studying History, Geography and Construction Studies have until Friday 27th to complete their projects.

RSE Awareness Talks
Last Monday and Tuesday a Clinical Sexual health nurse from the HSE came to the school to deliver a talk to TY’s and a number of 5th yr students. The aim of the talk was to allow students to become more informed about themselves and others and understand the changes they will experience within their own bodies, personal lives and social development, thus allowing them to make more informed decisions, the area of consent was also covered. The talk was provided by the HSE and is directly related to the Senior Cycle RSE module.


Health Promoting Schools’ Learning, sharing and celebration event
On Thursday the AVS Health Promoting Schools team travelled to Letterkenny to once again display their 2 year project and to receive their HPS flag. It was a very enjoyable day where all schools involved got to share all their work. We were delighted to receive our flag at the end of the day. Well done to everyone involved for all their hard work throughout the two years and we look forward to seeing the work continuing and developing in the futures. Thank you to Lisa O’Hagan and Anne McAteer from the HSE for all their work organising the programme.

Details of our Health Promoting Schools Project
The Abbey Vocational School has made a commitment to develop as a Health Promoting School, a Health Promoting School is a school where positive actions are being taken to support and improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in our school community.

This project is based on the Health Promoting School programme. The overall aim of the programme is to promote good health and awareness within our school community. As a team our aim was to actively work together to develop and create an awareness which will help to make our school a healthier place to be. Throughout the two years of our HPS programme the following activities took place and has been embedded into our school culture: Couch to 5K, Skipathon and Rowathon, Girls Active, Wellbeing walks and Drop all and walk, Yoga, Fitness classes, Operation Transformation, No chip Tuesday and Free water and fruit at break

During the second part of our programme we have educated the students and staff on CFR training and the use of an A.E.D. Throughout the project we linked up with first responders and health professionals. Through fundraising “Heart Health” we raised money to buy an outdoor defibrillator that is situated outside the school gym, with 24 hr access to the public. The final stage of the project was to develop a mapping system where all the A.E.D in the Donegal area can be located from our school website.

An excellent cooperative relationship has now been established between the Abbey Vocational School and the local ambulance service. This project has also developed a school wide awareness of the importance of living a healthy life. The introduction of the mapping system on our school website means that all A.E.D’s in the Donegal area can be found with a click of a button.

Transition Year:

History trip
On Monday the 16th April TY B and TY D History students travelled to Derry. Students visited the Seige museum, walked the walls of Derry and visited the museum of Free Derry. They got to learn more about the Northern Ireland Troubles in greater detail from people who experienced the troubles themselves. The information they learned will benefit them greatly in the projects they are completing on The Northern Ireland Troubles. The trip was organised by Ms Marky and Mr Lafferty in the History Department.

Tayto Park
On Friday 20th April TY students went on a trip to Tayto Park which was organised by Ms Mulrain and Ms Gordon. Tayto Park is an amusement park situated in County Meath. The students had a fun filled day and had a great time.

TY Interviews 2018 – 2019
Students in 3rd year completed their TY interviews this week. Students are interviewed so it can be established what they expect to gain for a TY experience and whether they are suitable candidates.

Pramerica Trip – Pramerica
This Friday fifty of our TY students will be going to visit Pramerica in Letterkenny. The purpose of the visit is to give the students an insight into the corporate world, enabling them to make more informed career choices. During the visit the students will be given the opportunity to present a TY project of choice.

Sports Leadership
On the 3rd May TY’s who took part in Sports Leader will be assessed. They will have to coach first year classes or national school classes. They have been busy practising and getting ready for this. In addition, 4D went surfing for Active Leisure Studies. The students went out to a surf school in Rossnowlagh beach and had a 1hr lesson with instructors.

ETB Awards Entries 2018
The following have been entered into this year’s ETB awards. The awards will take place this year on Thursday 26th April. The awards seek to encourage, promote and acknowledge excellence by recognising learners and staff for either group or individual achievements.

There are five categories in total which schools, centres, students, learners and staff can apply for:

  1. Arts and Culture
  2. Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering (STEM)
  3. Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship
  4. Healthy Living and Wellbeing
  5. Further Education and Training

A team of judges will consider each entry and select the winning submission in each category on the day of the awards.

Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship – AVS Roots – Supervising Teacher, L Gordon./ student’s involved, Niamh Leahy, Hannah Harraghy and Katie Harraghy. This project is part of our enterprise mini company module. The product is called AVS Roots. The group created a product that was both unique and creative. Scrabble art is a popular trend at the moment and they decided to put their own twist on it by making framed family trees. The team wrote the names of the family members on wooden hearts and using scrabble pieces they wrote the family surname underneath a wooden tree with pearl embellishments. The team decided on the name AVS Roots because it symbolises both the roots of the tree and the connections between the families.

Healthy Living and Wellbeing – Heart Health – Supervising Teachers P Rooney and R Myers. Students involved Olivia Graham, Anya Meehan, Anthony Neal, Brian Peter Gallagher and Kyle O’Neill. This project is based on the Health Promoting School programme. The overall aim of the programme is to promote good health and awareness within our school community. As a team our aim was to actively work together to develop and create an awareness which will help to make our school a healthier place to be. Throughout the two years of our HPS programme we aimed to promote physical health and our inner health, many activities took place and has been embedded into our school culture.

Arts & Culture – Christmas Carol Service – Supervising Teacher E Carr and C Doherty. The Carol service took place in St Patrick’s Church in Donegal Town in December. Involved in the night was an orchestra, a traditional group, a ukulele orchestra and over 150 in choir, soloists and readers. The highlight was Silent Night, our community where accompanied by choir and raising of flags, students from all the countries in school read silent night in their own native tongue. It was a very enjoyable night for all who attended.

Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering (STEM) – SHEHR – Supervising Teacher P Rooney and C Hegarty- Students involved, David McGuckin, James Smith and Oisín Doherty.

This project was designed by our TY student David McGuckin. The aim is to give patients the power to collate, organise and share their own medical records and health data easily and securely and make healthcare providers more efficient and connected. It is a simple, easy to use platform for patients and healthcare providers. It is a secure hub for patients’ medical records and healthcare data. Finally it is an easy means of sharing records and data.

Monster Book Fair AVS Saturday 26th May as part of the School Well-read Initiative –
The Parents’ Association are holding a Monster Book Fair on Saturday 26th May.  Please donate books in good condition, hardback and paperback, children’s, etc. to the school before Friday 18th May. The fair will be held in the school assembly area from 11am to 6pm on Saturday 26th. Tea/coffee/cakes/raffle. All welcome. Come along and get your holiday book supply.


Girls Basketball
Our 1st year girls’ basketball team are through to the All-Ireland playoffs after a comprehensive win in the regional final against Ballinamore Community School, Leitrim. The playoffs take place in Loreto Navan on Monday 23rd April. The girls will play three games against Coláiste Iognaid, Loreto Navan and Coláiste Iosagain Portarlington.

Team: Sofia Maziri, Ella McKinney, Shauna Doherty, Sarah Donovan, Emma Meehan, Roisin Gillespie, Ailing Smith, Grace Gallagher, Rosie Campbell, Ide Waugh, Sophie Kennedy, Orlaith Conaghan, Ellie Timoney, Chloe Love, Caitlin Williamson, Niamh McCauley, Bree Hanna, Alicia Love, Louise Boyle, Skye Murrin, Anna Mitchell and Katie Gillespie.

The Abbey Vocational School had a very successful day at the Donegal Track Athletics in Lifford on Thursday. All athletes competed brilliantly and did the school proud.

Medal winners on the day were:

Alex Anderson – 1st in Shot Putt

Gwenaelle Ni Dhonnabhain- 1st in High Jump and 1st in Shot Putt

Rachel Gallagher – 1st in High Jump and 1st in 200m

Niamh Moohan – 1st in long jump and 3rd in High Jump

Savannah Timony – 2nd in 800m

Shane Breslin – 2nd in Shot Putt

Leo Carey – 3rd on Shot Putt

Aisling Mohan – 2nd in High Jump

Tessa Duke, Rachel Gallagher, Emily McNulty and Niamh Moohan also came 1st in the 2nd Year relay. Congratulations to all involved.

1st Year Boys Basketball
1st years boy Basketball team will participate in their All – Ireland playoffs on Tuesday in Johnstown, Belfast. They will play against Cnoc Mhuire Granard, Aquinas Diocesan Grammar School and Coláiste Íosagáin. If the boys are successful on the day they will qualify for all Irelands. Best of luck!

Girls Active Day Out
On Wednesday 25th April the girls involved in Girl’s Active will travel to Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre.

Sports Day
Sports day is on the 22nd May during active week. The theme for active week is “Team Work”. First years are busy working away on posters to promote active week during their active leisure class.

U16’s Boys Football
U16 boys will play in Convoy against St. Eunans on Wednesday. Good luck to the boys with their quarter finals.

UK Sportshall
Well done to Rachel Gallagher and Niamh Mohan who travelled over to Manchester to compete in the UK Sportshall Finals. Rachel Gallagher who is in 2nd year and competed for the AVS and also Tir Chonaill did exceptionally well. She came third in the 4th lap and 3rd in the paralauf along with Niamh Moohan who also competed brilliantly.