AVS Notes 23rd March 2018

Leaving Certificate Physical Education Launch

Ms Diver and PE teacher Ms O Regan attended the launch of the Leaving Cert PE in Port Laoise on Wednesday last. This was a very exciting event for so many bodies including the PEAI who have fought for 20 years to have this subject as a Leaving Cert subject. It is wonderful for so many of our students to now have this available in the AVS this year but for all school going forward in the future.

Bon Voyage!

We wish all of our students well as they head off on the Annual School Tour abroad. This tour takes place during the Easter holidays from Monday 26th – Thursday 29th March to Italy.  The group spend the first day in Verona enjoying all the spectacular sights the city has to offer such as the Arena Amphitheatre, Juliet’s House and the Lambreti Tower. The second day will be spent in Venice and we hope students bring good footwear, as they will partake in a 2-hour walking tour of the fabulous city. On Wednesday students will travel to Venice and explore the National Museum. Lastly, an exciting day awaits them on the Thursday as they will visit Gardaland which boasts fifty exciting attraction. The staff hope that the students all have an enjoyable and memorable tour. The information should be reviewed on the site prior to the trip as it is provided to improve your experience.

Induction Day for Incoming sixth class students: NEW DATE

The incoming first-year Induction Day now takes place on Tuesday, May 15th.  There will be no school for Transition Year, LCA or 1st year on this day. All other students will have class as normal on this day.

Practical Exams

Junior Certificate Home Economics

Junior Certificate Home Economics Practical Examination will take place between the 9th and 20th of April. The Junior Certificate examination involves a culinary skills assessment. This examination is held in school where an external examiner visits the school and assesses student’s skills.  Students are aware of their tasks at least two weeks before the examination.  It accounts for 50% of the higher level overall grade and 60% of the ordinary level. Days are yet to be confirmed for the practical.


Music practical will also take place after the holidays from the 9th to 11th April. The performance component of the course involves preparing a programme of music to perform for an examiner who will visit your school around Easter of sixth year. Performance activities can include: singing and/or playing solo, singing or playing as a member of a musical group or conducting a musical group. Higher level students are expected to perform three songs or pieces, ordinary level students must perform two songs or pieces.

Oral Exams

French and Spanish Oral Examinations

Leaving Certificate students studying French and Spanish will complete their oral examinations after the Easter holidays. The orals will commence on the 9th April until the 13th April; days are yet to be confirmed. This exam takes the form of an informal conversation between the examiner and the student. It normally lasts between 12-15 minutes. Students are reminded to take their time and be themselves.

Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science Project

All sixth-year students must now have their projects completed for Agricultural Science. The deadline was Friday 23rd March. The Agricultural Science practical coursework assessment is worth 100 marks or 25% of the total marks available in this subject.  This means that students can gain a high proportion of their grade before the exam in June.

Leaving Certificate Art Project Deadline

Students completing Art for their Leaving Certificate examinations have now reached their project deadline. The project consists of various elements: imaginative composition or still life and craftwork or design at both Higher Level and Ordinary Level. 200 marks are assigned to the coursework component, i.e. 50% of the total marks for Art. Congratulations to those who have completed this first step ahead of their exam in June.

AgriAware Farm Visit

On Wednesday 21st March fifth and sixth Agricultural Science classes visited Ballyhaise College, Teagasc, Drumcrow, Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan. The college offers a wide variety of courses in agriculture, equine, food, milking skills and a Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management. The Farm Project, officially known as “Practical Experience” but more commonly known as the farm project is coursework which involves students writing about their own farm or an “adopted farm” that they visited or a combination of the two. It is worth a total of 35 of the 100 marks assigned to the practical coursework. The students went on a lovely walk on the properties grounds which allowed them to take any necessary photos for their project. This was a very beneficial visit for students who are also interested in going to Ballyhaise and completing the Green Cert.

Local Farm Visit

Agricultural Science students visited a local farm on Thursday 22nd March. Mr Eamon Quinn was very gracious to allow our students to visit his active farm to assist them in their studies. Students captured photos of the farm and experienced lambing season. The students visited the inside of a diary parlour and were shown the equipment farmers used inside this area. In addition, they gained an insight into the lambing process, lambing techniques and any difficulties farmers may experience and how they deal with them. Lastly, they participated in soil testing; they process is vital as otherwise, farmers may not be planting crops on the correct type of soil.

A majority of our students studying this subject do not come from a farm background thus, the visit is essential so can comprehend the theory of the course. This work can also be done on a student’s own farm if their family owns one. The visit allowed students to focus on the ‘farm layout’ section of their project which is worth 10 marks. This part of the coursework is worth students are required to present a sketch plan of: The farmhouse, buildings and the farm. The farmhouse and buildings sketch should show all the main buildings and their function while the farm sketch will be more zoomed out and show the entire farm, with all the paddocks and house shown (www.studyclix.ie). A big thank you to Philip, Eamon and Seamus Quinn for all their help with the student’s coursework.

Well done to 2nd year art students Emma Thomas and Olivia Szelaq whose Texaco Art Competition entries were featured on the Donegal Daily website.
The two girls are bringing a massive splash of colour to the Texaco Children’s Art Competition! 14-year-old Emma Thomas’ flair for art is showcased in her entry ‘Fly Away My Little Butterfly’, with 14-year-old Olivia Szelag’s piece, ‘Beyond the Distance’, serving as colourful evidence of her remarkable talent. It is extraordinary that two young students from the AVS have been recognised for their exceptional talents. Adjudicator Denise Ferran will have a very tough time picking the winners for the national art competition as over 400 excellent entries have been received from across the country (www.donegaldaily.com). The winners will be announced in April – good luck to all!

‘The Big School Cook Off’

The final of ‘The Big School Cook Off’ took place in Belfast Metropolitan College on Wednesday 21st March. Third years, Chloe Boyle and Aimee Gallagher, did the school proud with their salmon dish – ‘Killybegs salmon with a gazpacho salsa served with Hassel back potatoes. Well done to Chloe and Aimee on reaching the last eight from an entry of nearly 188. Keep up the cooking girls maybe we might see you on ‘MasterChef’ in the near future!


‘The Great TY Bake Off’
On Tuesday the 20th March 16 groups of Transition Year students competed in a ‘Bake Off’ style event in the school. The event was coordinated by Ms Gallagher therefore, we would like to extend a huge thank you to her for her hard work in organising such a creative event. The students were in groups of two and had two hours from 9am-11am to bake a cake and decorate it with an Easter theme. Some of these students had participated in a cupcake decorating event the previous week therefore, many had the upper hand when it came to fashioning ideas for the Easter theme. ‘The Bake Off’ was judged by Leanne Gallagher who is a local baker and she took time out from her busy schedule to judge our bakers. The winners of the ‘Bake Off’ were Roisin McNulty and Rebekah Sweeney, 2nd place went to Karina Drury and Shauna Carr and 3rd place went to Hannah Harraghy and Caoimhe Callaghan Walsh. A great display of talent was shown and a great day was had by all. Well done to all and we may have some budding bakers in the making!

TY Art

Well done to TY students Lucy May Timoney, Bridin Murphy. Tia Quinn, Sarah McNeely, Mia McCalmont, Sarah McGrory and Anna Riebeling who completed their large scale reproduction of Picasso’s ‘Weeping Woman’ for the art room window this week. You can view the girls masterpiece on our schools Twitter page.

TY Fundraiser Walk
On Friday 23rd March Transition Year students donned their finest walking gear as they set off for their fundraising walk in Drimarone. The event was coordinated by Mr Griffin and a number of staff were also involved on the day. The students got a bus from the school to the Bluestack centre in Letterbarrow and walked a colossal 12 miles up to the Letterbarrow football club and back to raise money for their trips and activities.

‘Good for You’ Talk
On Thursday 12th April Emma Brennan will be coming into the school to give a ‘Good for you’ Talk to the transition year students. The Talk is coordinated by Ms Mulrain.

TY Photography Competition

Prize Winners in the AVS TY Photography Competition were as follows 1st-‘Jump’ by Karina Drury (TY), 2nd-‘Inver Sunset’ by Matthew Harvey (6th year), 3rd-‘Forty Shades of Green’ by Nathan Wray (5th year), 4th-‘Woodland Sunrise’ by Matthew Harvey (6th year). The photos are available to view on the schools Twitter page. We would like to thank each and every one of you who entered the competition and urge you to keep on snapping.

Architect in Schools Project

TY students are continuing to work on their Architect in Schools Project. The National Architects in Schools Initiative is an exciting programme for Transition Year students. Architects are placed in schools to facilitate hands-on design workshops with student groups in 25 schools across Ireland. Students learn a variety of new skills and gain insight to the professional life of designers and architects. Currently, students are

Upcoming TY Trips

Our TY students have a busy few weeks coming up with many trips, workshops and talks, the following is an example of what they are looking forward to:

History Education trip to Derry, Disability Awareness Talk, Maths Lough Key Forest Park Trip, Sports Performance Analysis Workshop, Balmoral Shows and many more.


First Year Girls Regional Champions

Abbey VS 37 – Ballinamore C.S. 16

The Abbey VS 1st year girls’ basketball team had an emphatic win over Ballinamore C.S. in the Minor Regional final. The Abbey VS girls led 12 points to 5 at the end of the first quarter with baskets from Roisin Gillespie, Sofia Maziri and Emma Meehan. Ballinamore C.S. were kept scoreless in the 2nd quarter thanks to some great defensive work and baskets from Sarah Donovan, Shauna Doherty and Aisling Smith. This brought the score to Abbey 21 Ballinamore 5. The Abbey weathered the storm in the 3rd quarter as Ballinamore hit a purple patch. Abbey scores came from Maziri and Meehan. The last quarter was one-way traffic with the Abbey girls scoring 5 baskets to Ballinamore 1. Shauna Doherty, Emma Meehan, Ella McKinney and Roisin Gillespie on the scoresheet again. The game finished 37- 16 in favour of the Abbey.

The girls now progress to the All-Ireland playoffs on the 23rd April and we wish them all the best in this the ALAl Ireland Play offs. Well done to the girls and their coach Ms Mc Donald and Mr Mc Hugh


Sofia Maziri (8) Ella McKinney (2) Shauna Doherty (6) Sarah Donovan (4) Emma Meehan (6) Roisin Gillespie (6) Ailing Smith (2) 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, Katie Gillespie

U14’s Girls’ Football

The girls began their first game against Virginia with a strong fight this Thursday. The first half was performed greatly by Aine Ward who was full centre back by blocking the ball and carrying it to safety. Towards the second half the girls began to fight harder and got some great scores from Captain Ellen Canavan. There were also great saves from goalie Sarah Canny. Their second game was straight after where they played Loretto. Sarah Canny who played mid fought for the ball and succeeded. Emily Gallagher had a hard game getting knocks and hits but kept the defence line strong, making sure everyone was on their toes. The girls had a great performance throughout the game from Amy Mc Inern, who played full forward, she ran up and down the pitch looking for kick outs and carrying as much as she could, although unfortunately it didn’t work out for them in the end and they suffered a loss.

Boys’ Basketball

The 2nd Year boys had a basketball league game on the 21st March 2018. The boys played in Ballyshannon against Coláiste Cholmcille. Their coaches were Mr McHugh who was assisted by Ray Balogun. Their captain was Diarmuid O’ Donnell and their highest scorer was Jake Graham. It was a tough game in even tougher conditions. However, the boys picked up momentum in the 2nd quarter but in the end, it wasn’t enough. Hard luck boys, better luck next time.


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

Boys Football

The 1st year boys will compete in a Gaelic blitz after Easter, this will be organised by Mr Mc Loone and Ms O Donnell, more details in the coming weeks.


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