AVS Notes 9th February 2018

Mock Exams
Good luck to all our Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate students who took their first steps on their exam journey this week. The mock exams will continue after the mid-term and we hope that all students apply themselves as best as they can over this exam period.

Aonad Open Day
A number of 6th class students interested in becoming a student in our Aonad, which is opening in September 2018, enjoyed an Open Day and experienced what the school has to offer on Friday, 9th February. During the day music was performed in Irish, the students were given a talk on the Aonad, they sampled subjects such as Home Economics and Woodwork, played games as Gaeilge, took part in Kahoot puzzles on chrome books, had lunch and finished the day with sports and a ceilí in the Gym. A number of students and staff were involved in helping out too, thank you to all involved.

Subject Choices
Third year and TY students received a talk from school staff Ms Diver and Ms Mc Morrow on Tuesday. They went through the options with students and explained in detail how new subjects such as P.E and Computer Science are examined. We remind students to think carefully about their options and to discuss them before choosing. The students have completed a stage one option form – they will again be given a final option form for completion on their return to school after the midterm break.

Physical Education new Leaving Cert Subject
Thank you to all who attended the information evening for Physical Education as a Leaving Certificate subject for September 2018. Again, we are delighted to announce that two new curriculums for Physical Education at senior cycle will be introduced from September 2018 to our incoming 5th year students.

Senior Cycle Options – Parent Information Evening
Ms Mc Morrow and Ms Faherty facilitated an Information Evening on Tuesday 6th February for parents of Senior Cycle students. The talk covered Senior subjects’ choices and the new options available for students. The Careers Department answered questions and explained the AVS’ options on the night. A huge thank you to the Careers Department!

1st year Enrolment
The deadline for first year enrolment has now passed. It is vital that those planning to enrol return their forms as soon as possible please. We will host an Open Day/Induction Day for our incoming 6th class students on March 6th 2018.

5th Year Physics Trip – IOP Workshops
Mr Hegarty’s 5th year Physics class visited Foyle College campus on Tuesday 6th February. The students enjoyed a fast paced lecture from James Soper, an internationally renowned science presenter, ex-professional circus performer and Guinness World Record holding juggler.

Debate Club
A Debate Club meeting for first year students took place on Wednesday 7th February. Ms Murray discussed the feedback that was given from the previous week in which students enjoyed a workshop with Maura Logue. The club will meet again on Tuesday 27th February. Students of the club have been given a school related topic that they will work on over the next two weeks.


Irish Heart Foundation Coffee Morning
The AVS staffroom hosted a coffee morning on Friday 9th February in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation. The fundraising event was in association with RTÉ 2FM, the foundation urgently need to raise €250k in the fight against heart disease and stroke. You too can ‘Show Some Heart’ this February by purchasing a temporary tattoo in DayBreak or Insomnia stores nationwide. Ms Murray would like to thank all the staff who baked and donated on Friday, your support was appreciated. As we are a school who promotes Wellbeing it is vital we look after our heart health as cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in our country.

Couch to 5k
The ‘Couch to 5k’ programme is well under way with many staff and students participating and making use of our track. There are many mental health benefits of running. The programme will run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday after school on the track. Please feel free to join regardless of your fitness level!

Operation Transformation
A number of staff members are participating in ‘Operation Transformation’. Staff are weighed every Wednesday and at the end of the 12 weeks we are hoping to beat last year’s weight loss. We are doing very well so far and we are eager to keep up the hard work.

Health Promoting schools
Well done to Norin Harron who was the winner of the Health Promoting School bike raffle.

‘Schools Go Orange’ for Cycle Against Suicide
Cycle Against Suicide is an initiative started to raise awareness of the considerable help and supports that are available for anyone battling depression, self-harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide. On Friday 9th February the AVS went orange in support of Cycle Against Suicide. Throughout the day many students wore orange during class, we had many displays around the school and every student got a positive comment posted onto their lockers.

LCA Careers trip
Ms McMorrow took several LCA students to the Northwest Regional College, Derry on Wednesday 7th February. The students had a lovely tour of the campus on the day. In addition, they witnessed many live demos from a variety of courses. “The College has main campuses in Derry-Londonderry, Limavady and Strabane, and supports over 20,000 student enrolments each year. Learners attend from all parts of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, undertaking full-time or part-time study programmes in a range of vocational or non-vocational areas” (www.nwrc.ac.uk)

Construction Studies Talk
Coordinated by Mr O Donnell, Declan Loane, from Quinn Building Products visited the AVS to speak with 6th year Construction Studies students on Monday 5th February. The talk focused on the products the company manufactured and the importance of thermal insulation, u-values, thermal bridging etc. “Since it was first founded in the 1970’s, the Quinn group of companies has grown into one of the most successful manufacturers of building products in the UK and Ireland. From its humble beginnings when its origins lay in the supply of sand and gravel to local builders and farmers, it has now transformed into a multi-national business with an impressive portfolio of products” (www.quinn-buildingproducts.com)

A reminder that entries for this year’s Texaco Art Competition are due on Wednesday 28th February. The Texaco Art Competition are “inviting artists across the island of Ireland to participate in a national celebration of Children’s Art as they mark 64 years of the Texaco Children’s Art Competition.  Acknowledged as the longest running sponsorship in the history of art sponsoring in Ireland the Competition has been in existence since 1955 and has enjoyed an unbroken history of success. The closing date for their next Competition is Wednesday 28th February 2018 and they hope that they will continue to see outstanding creativity and talent reflected in the finest and widest choice of entries that we receive. You can download a School/Art School Application Form or a Home Application Form from www.texacoartcompetition.ie. Mr Daly and Ms Mc Callig have forms available also.

Transition Year students are organizing a photography competition which is open to all students in the school. There will be a first, second and third place prizes. There is no specific theme or format (dimensions) and images may be colour or black and white. Entries can be submitted as hard copy to room 38 or can be emailed to avsphotographycompetition@gmail.com. The deadline for entries is Friday 2nd March.

Well done to all our exam students in their mock practical exams we wish them luck in the upcoming exam. Thank you to all the students who performed at our Open Night. You all sounded great.

Good luck to a number of students who will perform in ‘Grease’ the Musical in the Central Hotel this weekend. A great number of our students are involved such as Anna Campbell, Síofra Maurerhofer, Aoife Breslin, Killain Faulkner, Ellen Mc Groary, Daniel Gallagher, Brian Fegan, Gerard Mc Intyre, Aidan Mc Hugh. Well done, it is amazing to see our students involved in such a remarkable production. The schools Trad Group will continue at lunch time on Tuesdays.

Transition Year

Work Experience
After midterm, from the 19th – 23rd TY students will complete their second week of work experience. Students are expected to have their work placement organised at this point. Students are completing work experience in places such as Primary and Secondary schools, Pharmacy’s, Veterinary Clinics and Catering Colleges. We wish our students the best of luck during their week of work experience.

Interview Skills Workshop
Nicola Dunnion from LYIT conducted an Interview Skills workshop in the AVS on Friday 9th February. Interviewing may be the most important skill a person will need when looking for a suitable job. They decision to hire someone is based on the interviews. Students looked at CV’s in the workshop and how CV’s may secure you an interview but an interview authenticates your CV. Students learnt very valuable tips and tricks which is a great benefit to them going forward. In addition, they learnt how to present themselves in interviews, how to answer questions properly, they discovered what employers look for in employees and many more tips. The students found the workshop very interesting and enjoyable.

Young Social Innovators (YSI)
A number of our TY students are in the middle of preparing their YSI projects which they will present at the Speak Out competition in Ballybofey on the 27th February. Our students will be hoping to progress from the regional stages of the competition on this day. YSI is Ireland’s largest social awareness and active citizenship and education programme for 15-18 year old teens. Its main goal is to get young people (15-18yrs) involved in action which helps improve the lives of others in their community. YSI involves thousands of young people in Ireland each year in hundreds of projects and social enterprises which are youth-led, team-based and action-focused. Each year, each YSI team is invited to present their project at the YSI Speak Out Regional fora. A national Showcase of Young Social Innovators takes place in May each year where thousands of young social innovators come together and showcase their projects.


Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups. Cross country training is on Friday at lunch time.  The Donegal schools cross country final will be held in the coming weeks.

Well done to three of our pupils who qualified for the Ulster Schools Cross Country finals after participating in the E District competition in Necorne Estate, Irvinestown on Wednesday.  Savannah Timoney ran an outstanding race and finished second in the Junior Girl’s competition. Kitty Mc Nulty finished an incredible 6th in a tough intermediate girl’s competition and Oisín Joyce came 11th in the Senior Boys race. Well done to all are athletes who struggled through the wintery conditions to represent the school in the cross country competition. The finals will be held in Mullish playing fields Belfast on Wednesday 21st February. Best of luck to all are athletes in the final!

Girls Basketball
1st year girls training continues every Wednesday after school in the school gym. The 2nd year girls training has been moved to Monday after school in the school gym.

Boys Basketball
1st and 2nd year boys’ basketball training has moved to Thursday after school with Mr McHugh and Saturday morning at 9-11 in the school gym.

Well done to the 1st and 2nd year boys who played Ballina Community School on Friday. They also play St Gerald’s Castlebar in Castlebar on Wednesday the 21st February.

1st and 2nd Year Basketball
Mr Mc Hugh’s team will take on the 1st and 2nd year’s boys’ basketball team in Castlebar Co. Mayo on Wednesday 21st February where the AVS boys’ will play St Gerald’s.

1st year boys Gaelic
The boys have begun training for the U13s competition in March. We are delighted also to have county coach Paddy Hegarty visiting the school to do some coaching.

Ladies Gaelic Football
U14 girls training will continue after school every Tuesday.  Please bring runners, a warm top, water and a gum shield. The U14 league will start in the coming weeks.

Girls Active
The Girls’ active is every Friday 3:45pm- 4:45 pm. They are still taking part in hip hop. All 1st, 2nd and 3rd years are welcome. €1 per session.

U16 hurling training continues Tuesday at lunch time. All Hurlers are welcome.

Lunch time activities
Lunch time activities continue as normal. Please check the notice board in the gym. There is a least two activities a day. We remind all students that anyone can get involved and it’s good to participate in new activities.