AVS Notes 25th 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. All students should study their timetable carefully. We remind students: all students must be present for the entire day during the examinations. In addition please be mindful of the following:

  • All students must be in their designated labelled seat before the second bell each morning irrespective of the start time of the examination. This is to ensure the room has the correct number of papers.
  • Students must have the proper equipment for all examinations as borrowing or sharing of equipment (calculators, rulers, pens, etc) is not permitted.
  • MOBILE PHONES must be switched off completely (not simply silenced) and not visible during the examination sessions. They must not be used as a calculator.
  • Students should bring study materials with them to revise during non-exam sessions.
  • All students are required to wear their full uniform for the duration of the summer examinations.
  • Please show consideration for all other students doing the examinations by behaving appropriately at all times.

End of Term
Our school term ends on Friday 1st June.

Leaving Certificate Ecumenical Service
The Leaving Cert Ecumenical Service was special event for our students leaving the Abbey behind to move on to new exciting opportunities. The event took place on a sunny evening on Wednesday 23rd May. Students enjoyed a lovely meal prior to the service with staff who have taught them over the years. Parents and Guardians joined our students also on the evening to wish them well. This was a very special service as we see our students move on to the next chapter in their educational careers. Lastly, to the class of 2018 we wish you luck and from the staff of the AVS it has been a pleasure to teach you over the last six years, we hope you achieve all your hopes and dreams for the future.

Monster Book Fair
A huge thank you to the Parents’ Association, in conjunction with the “Well Read” Committee of the school who held a Monster Book Fair on Saturday 26th May from 11am to 6pm in the AVS, Donegal Town. We acquired excellent books and we would like to thank the local community for all their donations. It was a huge success and we hope it will promote reading in our community.

Donegal Youth Orchestra
AVS student Aina Branchet performed a solo on the cello at the Donegal Youth Orchestra’s summer concert in the Highlands Hotel in Glenties at the weekend. Aina returns to Spain shortly after a very successful year with the orchestra. Congratulations and well done Aina!  Liam Smith performed a solo (Clarinet) he leaves the orchestra now to go to college.

Pictured in photo are students from the AVS who are members of the orchestra along with their conductor.  Also in the picture is Helen Howells and Katie Thomas (Viola), Kitty Mc Nulty and Nora Carr (Flute), Oonagh Mc Hugh (Clarinet), Joseph Edwards (Bassoon).  Missing form photo Kevin Boy​le (Flute).

Transition Year:

TY Showcase
Congratulations to our TY’s for finishing off an action-packed year on a high note! On Monday night our showcase took place and all parents and guardians of our TY students joined us for the TY showcase which was an energetic night. TY students worked in co – ordination with Ms Rooney and Ms O’ Donnell to create the showcase which highlighted the events, talks, activities, trips and outings the TY’s ventured on this year. Students spoke wonderfully on the night as they delivered speeches and skits. A huge thank you to Eilish Mc Intyre who is working tirelessly with TY’s to perfect their acts on the night.

TY Interviews
On Thursday 24th May our TY’s completed their TY interviews. The interviews are conducted in professional clothes so students understand the dynamics of interviews in the world of work. On the day students discussed activities, their work placement and involvement in the community.


Buncrana Cup
AVS students Shane Meehan, Ryan Coughlan and Richard O’Rourke who were members of the County U16 squad won the Buncrana Cup recently they brought the cup into school this week which highlighted their excellent win. Thomas White and Shay Travers were also a part of this astonishing win. 


Sports Day
We had cracking weather for this year’s Sports Day with temperatures soaring into the high teens. There was a range of a events available for students to participate in on the day such as: soccer, basketball, tug of war, novelty events, athletics, unihoc and rowing. The students were very competitive on the day and even some teachers attempted the events in good spirits. Ms Cunningham, Ms O’ Donnell, Ms Ní Dhomhnaill, Ms Murray and Ms Mc Partlan attempted to beat some of the Leaving Cert students in the ski’s event but lost by 15 seconds. They said they are going work hard and practice to beat this year’s ski record of 32 seconds. The novelty events and tug of war was most enjoyed on the day. You can check on some of the photos on our school Twitter page! Thank you to the PE Department: Ms Gallagher, Mr Carty, Mr Mc Hugh and Ms Mc Donnell for organising such a well-run event. Thank you to all teaching staff and SNA’s who supervised the events.

Primary School Track and Field Athletics
The local primary school athletics competition took place on Thursday 24th May on the school track. The sun shone and there was a positive atmosphere for a very successful day. This event catered for over 600 students from 22 schools, both big and small local schools. Well done to everyone who competed and represented their school. There was long distance, relays, javelin, shot put, sprints, long jump and high jump. The event was very well organised and officiated which was done by are TY Sports Leaders and it was also in conjunction with Tir Chonaill A.C. A huge thank you to everyone who helped out and made it such a successful day.