AVS Notes 4th May 2018

Student Awards Evening
On Thursday, 3rd May at 7.00 pm the Abbey Vocational School hosted its Annual Awards evening to celebrate student achievement. We were honoured to have Mr. Patsy McGonagle attend the event as our guest speaker. We would like to thank those who were involved in the organisation of this event and to all of those who attended on the night as well those who provided entertainment on the night.  Please see details in the paper of all the Award winners.

LCA Finner Camp Trip
Our LCA students visited Finner Camp on Tuesday 2nd May. The barracks which was built in 1890 is the home of 28th Infantry Battalion, Irish Army. The students got a tour of the base by a member of the Defence Forces which gave them an insight into the daily routines and demands that officers face. It was an invaluable experience that gave students food for thought as a future career possibility.

Guidance Department
The CAO Online change of mind facility became available on Friday, 04 May. Students now have up until 5.15 p.m. on 01 July 2018 to make their final CAO course choices.  Students are most welcome to make an apt. to see their Guidance Counsellor or discuss further during Career Guidance class.

English – Oral Communication
Students in 2nd year are working hard to complete their oral communication in English. Students deliver a 3 minute presentation. It is one of the methods being used to assess a broader range of student skills, rather than exclusive reliance on a single set of, mainly written, exams after three years. The aim of this particular exercise is to assess research and communication/presentation skills.

Monster Book Fair
The Parents’ Association, in conjunction with the “Well Read” committee in the Abbey Vocational School, are holding a Monster Book Fair on Saturday 26th May from 11am to 6pm in the AVS, Donegal Town. We are looking to acquire good quality paperback and hardback books covering a variety of interests/areas. We would greatly appreciate and assistance you could give us by providing suitable books at the main entrance to the AVS up to and including Friday 18th May. Don’t forget to come along to the Fair on Saturday 26th May. Tea / coffee and light refreshments will be available.

Young Social Innovators
Best of luck to David McGuckin, James Smith and Oisín Doherty on reaching the YSI All Ireland final in Croke Park, Dublin on Tuesday 8th May. The boys created the app SHEHR, the project aim is to give patients the power to collate, organise & share their medical records & health data easily & securely. The project is in the running to win the Making Our World Healthier – Physical Health or the overall Young Social Innovators of the Year title Awards at this year’s event.

Project Deadlines
Students sitting JCSA Science are completing their latest assessments as part of their exams. Classroom-Based Assessment in Science allows for students to research a question they have, related to certain set topics. The Science CBA is due for completion by May 18th.

Junior Cert Art Practical
Students completing Junior Certificate Art will complete their practical exams on Thursday 10th May from 9 am to 1pm. Good luck to all our students.

Leaving Certificate students sat their LCVP exam on Wednesday 2nd May. The exam consisted of: an audio visual, a case study and multi – part questions. The written examination, which is offered at common level is worth 40% and is marked out of a total of 160 marks. Well done to all for completing another step on their journey this week.

Engineering Practical Exam
On Thursday 3rd May and Friday 4th students would have completed prep work before the exam. Each candidate is required to prepare materials and make components, according to the materials list and drawings shown. Prepared materials and finished components must be the candidate’s own individual work and should be clearly identified and stored safely until examination day.

Credit Union Visit
Ms Gordon’s 2nd year Business class will visit the local Credit Union in the town on Tuesday 8th May. This will allow students to view how the organisation is managed and the day to day running of the establishment.

Transition Year:

TY Portfolio
The Transition Year students will be finishing up their portfolios in the next couple of days as they are due on the 8th May. The students have recorded all their trips, activities and projects that they have done throughout the year. Best of luck and well done on all your continued efforts this year.

TY Sports Leader
On Thursday the 3rd May a Donegal Sports Partnership representative came into the school to assess the Transition Year students participating in the Sports leadership programme. The students have been practicing their routines for the assessment with first years for the past couple of days.

John Paul II trip to Knock
50 Transition Year and 5th Year students will be going to Knock on Friday 11th May for the 5th anniversary of Donal Walsh. Donal Walsh, the Kerry teenager who touched so many lives when he came to prominence through his writings and subsequent appearance on Brendan O’Connor’s ‘The Saturday Night Show’. Donal who fund raised tirelessly while battling Cancer has now had the Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation set up by his family primarily in order to promote his anti-suicide #Livelife message. The foundation will also assist in his other causes of providing age appropriate teenage facilities in hospital and hospice care centres.

Abbott Youth Achievement
TYB completed a project management course in conjunction with Abbotts in the past week. Abbott Ireland cater for a variety of health needs such as: nutrition, diagnostics, vascular care, diabetes and pharmaceuticals. Abbot have designed an innovative diabetes device; our students were shown this and a range of other products Abbot’s create. In addition, students were given a tour of the factory and grounds. Thank you to Abbots Donegal for accommodating our students.

Lough Key trip
On 4th May TY students went on a trip to Lough Key Forest Park in Roscommon. The trip was organised by Ms Mohan and Ms Mc Goldrick in the Maths Department. The students took part in the Boda Borg Challenge. The Boda Borg challenge consists of 47 rooms. Using teamwork, ingenuity and trial and error skills the students had to try and progress through the rooms. The rooms contained fun filled activities, imaginative puzzles and enjoyable tasks but with no instructions. The students had a great day away.

TY Showcase
From Wednesday 9th students in TY will be rehearsing for their TY showcase. The showcase which will take place on Monday 21st highlights the work, trips, talks and events that TYs attended and were involved in this year. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend the event which is a delightful way to showcase their hard work and involvement in activities throughout the year to their family and friends.


On Friday 4th May the team travelled to the Antrim Forum for the Ulster’s E District. Our students done exceptional on the day; congratulations to Rachel Gallagher who came 1st and Niamh Moohan who placed 2nd in the 75m Hurdles. Savannah Timony also won bronze in the 1500m. It is an excellent achievement by our 3 students and it promotes and encourage others to participate in track and field athletics and cross country running in secondary schools. We encourage students to attend training and it continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups. Cross country training is on Friday at lunch time.

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 800 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 Eamon Harvey or the school office.

Active Schools
Sports Day is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 22nd May. This event is weather permitting. The students are guaranteed a full filled day with events taking place such as spud and spoon, sack race and more challenging events like the shot put. Every P.E. class currently is practicing very hard at some of the events, including track and field. The classes have been working together as a team to wisely select who does what event.

The active school committee were very busy putting together a programme for this month; some of the activities include yoga, self-defence and rowing. We will also have a drop everything and walk which will take place on the track. We encourage everyone to get active during this month!