AVS Notes 13th April 2018

PA Fundraising Quiz
The Parents’ Association are hosting a fundraising Quiz in Dom’s Pier1 on Friday 20th April. All are welcome and we would very much value your support. Teams of 4 – €20 – great prizes, fun and refreshments!

Spanish and French
Well done to all the students who had their Spanish and French Orals this week. You should be proud to have completed the first step on your exam journey.

Home Economics
Well done to all the students who had their cooking practical this week. Many of our students created well-presented and delicious dishes.

The Irish Orals will take place next week from 16th – 20th April. The Irish Oral is worth 40% of the total marks in the Leaving Certificate. The oral lasts approximately 15 minutes and is comprised of four sections. Ádh mór ar dhaltaí na hardteiste sna scrúduithe béil!

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. 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. 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

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.

Health Promoting Schools Recognition Visit
Anne McAteer, Senior Health Promoting Office, HSE will visit the AVS to carry our recognition visit of the good work carried out by our Health Promoting team on Tuesday 17th April. This programme aims to: foster the healthy development of the whole school community and it provides an outline for developing health promotion initiatives in a way that supports and improves the operation of the curriculum. You can view the details of this programme on: www.healthpromotion.ie.

Results of this years’ Texaco Art competition will be released later this month. Students from the AVS have a number of very good entries this year. In addition, Leaving Cert and Junior Cert Practicals will commence in early May. Lastly, LCA Art students are working on Mr Lafferty’s “Path to Nationhood” project. They are currently creating the lettering for the project in wood.

Guidance Department Website
The Guidance Department has created a new website. It can be viewed by clicking on the Guidance and Counselling tab on the school website: avsdonegal.com.  The aim is to keep our students and their parents/guardians up-to-date on all things Guidance related.  The Department will be updating the website regularly. Students and parents can view school and national events on the site.

Guidance Department

All Leaving Certs have been made aware of the OPTUM Scholarship. Application forms are available in their Guidance Counsellor’s office. The closing date for receipt of application is 4th May 2018. Students must inform their Guidance Counsellor as soon as possible of their intention to apply

In addition, it is very important that Leaving Certs are clear on all of the Scholarships available within the Republic of Ireland. Students should research what is available in their 3rd level institution(s) of choice.

Two members of the Air Corps spoke to Senior Cycle students in the Library on Friday 13th April. The air component of the Permanent Defence Forces (PDF), the Air Corps constantly strives to recruit the best personnel. There are three entry levels for joining the Air Corps i.e. as a Cadet, a Recruit or as an Apprentice. Each approach offers a different career path and differing challenges. The presentation focused on the recruitment process.  Lastly, a number of 3rd level institutions offer Summer Schools for TY and 5th Year students. They are a great “taster” opportunity for the different areas of learning after the Leaving Cert. Please ask your Guidance Counsellor for further information required on the courses.

Transition Year:

TYs are embarking on stocks and shares competition where they are given €6,000 to invest in companies in one stock exchange over the next 6 weeks. This competition has been organised by the Enterprise Department. TY B are involved in a Junior Achievement Ireland Project Management’s Course over the next 4 weeks.

TY Interviews
On Thursday 19th and Friday 20th April, interviews will be held for 3rd year students going into Transition Year next year. Mr Sean Magee will conduct interviews with the students on their hopes and reasons for wanting to do TY.

Derry Trip
TY B and TY D will be travelling to Derry on Monday the 16th April for a History trip. The students will visit the walls of Derry, Museum of Free Derry and the Siege museum to learn more about the Northern Ireland troubles, which they are studying in class. The trip has been organised by Ms Markey.

Lough Key Forest Park Trip Maths Trip
TY students will be going on a trip to Lough Key Forest Park on Friday 4th May organised by Ms Mohan and Ms Mc Goldrick. Students will take part in The Boda Borg challenge. The challenge is based on teamwork, ingenuity, trial error and skills you have which will allow you to progress through the 47 room challenge. It contains fun filled activities, imaginative puzzles and enjoyable tasks with no instructions.

Relationship Sexuality Education Talk
A member of the HSE who is a clinical sexual health nurse will be coming in to speak to TYs and some 5th year students as part of their senior cycle relationship sexuality education module. The talk was organised by Ms Cunningham and Ms Rooney.

TY Sports Leadership
On Friday 13th April, a member of Donegal Sports Partnership assessed TY students participating in the Sports Leadership Programme in order to receive a certificate from the Donegal Sports Partnership at the end of the year. The programme aims to: encourage students to take up active leisure pastimes, apply their knowledge and skills to plan, organise and lead safe, enjoyable activity sessions with small groups and assist in the planning, organising and running of community sports days. Thank you to Ms Gallagher for organising this event. The TYs are currently working very hard on their portfolios and coaching. They are coaching 1st years, lunchtime activities and primary school students. Their test will take place in May.

‘Good4U’ Talk
On Thursday 12th April the TYs had a talk from Emma Brennan, a nutritionist who works for the company ‘Good4U’. ‘Good4U’ is a Sligo-based, family run company who aim to create healthy and nutritious treats for the public. Emma went through the important guidelines for a healthy balanced diet. She mainly discussed nutrition and all the myths that associated with food such as “carbs being bad for you”. She then gave TY students sample products for students to try to encourage them to eat healthy and promote their company. The students really enjoyed the talk and learned a lot about their diet and small improvements they can make.


Irish Dancing World Championship
Huge congratulations to Ailbhe Wang, Aine Byrne, Gerard Byrne and Emma Farren, who over the Easter break participated in the World Championships in Glasgow. We are extremely proud of the students, the results are as follows: Ailbhe Wang – 3rd, Gerard Byrne – 3rd, Emma Farren – 17th and Áine Byrne. Qualifying for the World Championships is an extraordinary achievement but to have five students finish in the top twenty is outstanding. It is an inspiring achievement as the juggle their commitment to dance and school life, well done again to all!

Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups. Cross-country training is on Friday at lunchtime.

Upcoming competitions
The Donegal schools track and field competition takes place next Thursday in Lifford.

The team will be travelling to the Antrim Forum on 4th May for the Ulster’s E District.

The local Primary School athletics competition takes place on 11th May on the school track. This has been very successful in the previous years. This event caters for over 600 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 please Eamonn Harvey or the school office.

Well done to Rachel Gallagher and Niamh Mohan who were members of the winning relay that won the 4 x 200m race in the All Irelands representing Tir Chonaill last weekend. Good luck to the girls who are part of the Donegal Sportshall team travelling to Manchester this weekend for the British Finals.

We would like to welcome the Special Olympics team who train every Wednesday and have been for several years on the track, the TYs will begin to help coach which is part of the Sports Leadership this is a very beneficial experience.

Girls Basketball
The 1st year girls are training very hard for the All Ireland play offs on Monday April 23rd, which take place in Navan. Good luck to all involved!

Boys Basketball
The 1st year boys will be travelling to Jordanstown on 24th April. Good luck to Mr Mc Hugh and his team

Girls Gaelic
Well done to all the girls who dedicated their time to school football team this year; we appreciate your hard work and effort.

Boys Football
On Thursday 12th April the 1st year boys had a football blitz in MacCumhaill Park. The boys drew in their first game and won their second game. It was a great team performance from the boys. Well done to David Crawford who made his debut for the AVS. The boys now qualify for Ulster’s. We wish the boys the best of luck with that!

Active Week
The active school committee are very busy putting together a programme for the beginning of May. This year’s sports day will take place in May, weather permitting.