AVS Notes 8th December 2017

JCSA English Deadline
Third year students have been completing their Classroom Based Assessments (CBA) over the last number of weeks. “The CBA is creative writing which is a vital part of English. It allows students to develop a voice and an identity, a good sense of audience, and an awareness of the process of writing – making notes from their reading and personal experience, trying things out, revising, and polishing their work. They have been given supportive feedback and scaffolding from their English teacher. This Classroom Based Assessment offers students a chance to celebrate their achievements as creators of texts by compiling a collection of their texts in a variety of genres over time and choosing a number of pieces to present for summative assessment”. (www.jcsa.ie). The deadline for the collection of texts is Friday 15th December. Students are asked to be responsible and ensure their work is in on time.

JCSA English Assessment Task Week
From the 17th – 23rd December Junior Cert classes will complete their Assessment Task. The task varies from year to year, the Assessment Task will be devised from some or all of the following elements:

  • A short stimulus in written, audio, audio-visual or multi-modal format to prepare for the written task. The purpose of the stimulus is to prompt discussion about the writing process, but students are assessed on their own experiences of creating their collection, not on their understanding of or response to the stimulus.
  • A written task that tests the students in one or more of:
    1. their ability to outline and/or discuss their experience of compiling The Collection of the Student’s Texts
    2. their understanding and evaluation of that experience
    3. their capacity to demonstrate and reflect on the skills they have developed.

Students will complete this in their English classes. Teachers will explain the process to students in class.

Wayne Denner Internet Safety
Wayne Denner is coming to speak to our students on Thursday 14th December. He is also completing a staff session for an hour after school on this day also. Wayne set up Ireland’s First Social Network platform in the early nineties – before Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Bebo – Yes Bebo!. Wayne is a Motivational Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur, Educator and Trainer known for his engaging approach. With over 18 years’ experience in the digital space Wayne is a self-confessed Digital Ninja, working with professionals around the globe and delivering the Online Reputation Matters Program in schools and with businesses and organisations in Ireland, the UK and the UAE. Wayne will speak to us about Social Media matters.

1st Year Cinema Trip
1st year students are being treated to a cinema trip in Bundoran next Wednesday 13th December. The students are going to see ‘Wonder’ by R.J Palacio, nearly all of the first year classes have read an extract of the novel in class. ‘Wonder’ focuses on the story of “August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?”. We are sure our first year trip will be a success! Thank you to Year Head Ms Bennett for organising this trip.

Ms Readathon
Thank you to all our junior students who raised funds for the MS Readathon, over €1,500 was raised due to your efforts! Thank you and well done!

Book Club
Ms Logue intends to start up the first year book club this year again, the first meeting will be on Tuesday 12th December, lunchtime in room 9. All first years are welcome and can come on Tuesday to see what it’s about – no strings attached or obligation to return! Students can have their lunch in room 9 and Ms Logue will provide tea/coffee.

Well Read Campaign
We are encouraging and reminding all students to carry a reading for pleasure book in their school bag. It is envisaged that they would be able to take this out whenever possible, e.g. a supervision class where they have no work or have completed the work assigned etc. “The PDST ‘Well-read National Award’ is a national initiative designed and organised by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It aims to create heightened awareness about the importance of creating a culture of reading in school communities for our young people as part of their personal and academic development” (www.pdst.ie/wellread)

Mini companies – Business Department
We look forward to some festive cheer on Thursday 21st when our Transition Year students host a Christmas Fair in our main assembly area.  It will be an opportunity for the groups to showcase their mini company products along with tasty snacks and fun Christmas games. All students of the school will be given a class to browse through the stalls while in the background we will have carol singing from the music department. Spot prizes for most imaginative display, most enthusiastic salesperson and the best Christmas costume.

6th year Geography Field Trip
Leaving Cert Geography students will complete their field trip study next week on Thursday 14th or Friday 15th December in Bundoran. This trip is weather permitting as it is an outdoor activity. “Fieldwork is an essential part of Leaving Cert Geography, representing 20% of the marks. In general, the fieldwork is done as whole class activity when the class go to a particular area and carry out the fieldwork. Each student then writes up their own report booklet based on the information they gathered during the fieldwork. Each year, the State Exams Commission decides the fieldwork topics.

Bebras®
We are awaiting the results of the Bebras® challenge to see if any student from the AVS has qualified for the nationals. “The Bebras® Computing Challenge introduces computational thinking to students, by allowing them to solve interactive tasks online. It is run in over 40 countries and takes place every November. The tasks can be answered without prior knowledge about computational thinking or information and communication technology. The aim of Bebras is to get students all over the world excited about computing” (www.bebras.ie)

CSI Workshop
I.T Sligo are completing a forensic science workshop with 5th year students. The workshop was extremely interesting and included an introduction to forensic science in I.T. Sligo and the more interesting part where students have to solve crimes! A majority would have seen the popular C.S.I TV show at some point and our students got a real taste of a crime scene investigation. They analysed finger prints on the day also!

Guidance Department
Ms Mc Morrow and Ms Faherty would like to remind 6th year students that they should be making their 1:1 appointments as soon as possible.  The Guidance Department are here to help in any way they can over the course of this very important year.

An Apprenticeship talk by Donegal ETB’s apprenticeship department will take place on Wednesday, 10th January 2018 at 11.15 a.m. in the library.  The talk is aimed at 6th Years and LCAs. Student attendance at the talk is optional.

LCA Trip
LCA’s as part of their enterprise module are attending the RDS Christmas markets on Thursday 14th December. They will examine the role of sole traders and enjoy some festive cheer! There is an ice rink on the grounds, “Ice skating has become part of an Irish Christmas”. ISkate-on-Ice was introduced to the RDS in 2012 with huge success. ISkate-on-Ice now becomes part of Winter Funderland. Covering an area of 1000 Sq. meters, ISkate-on-Ice  – Ireland’s only OUTDOOR ice skating rink –offers an unrivalled ice skating experience” so students are surely going to enjoy the day! (www.winterfunderland.ie)

FIFA Tournament
A FIFA tournament will take place on Monday 11th December which is being organised by TY students. You can enter solo or as part of a team.

Leaving Cert Prefect Lunch
The Leaving Cert prefects were treated to a Christmas lunch on Wednesday 6th December to say thank you to them for their contribution to the school. We appreciate all your hard work and dedication to the AVS; we hoped you thoroughly enjoyed your lunch!

Architects in School
Siobhan Ní Ghallchóir is visiting the school on Monday 11th December for The National Architects in Schools Initiative. This 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. This initiative builds on five years of successful schools programming from the Irish Architecture Foundation and provides students with the opportunity to develop an appreciation of architecture and design, learn a variety of new skills and gain insight to the professional life of designers and architects.

Participating architects are recruited and mentored by the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) and placed in schools to devise and facilitate workshops in collaboration with teachers.

Art
The LCA1 classes Christmas cards went on sale this week. We would appreciate if all staff and students can purchase some of the student designed cards as the profits are going to a worthy cause, MS Donegal. The LCA students were in Supervalu this week selling the winning cards and they are also on sale in the school. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Music
This year’s Carol Service will take place in St. Patricks’ Church, Donegal Town. All parents, families and community members are welcome to join us on Tuesday 19th December. Well done to all our students who auditioned for solo parts. Aoife Joyce will sing ‘Oh Holy Night’ in this years’ service.

Preparations are in progress for our End of School Year Concert on the 22nd December. We are expecting many great acts to be in the concert. Last year was great fun and it’s an enjoyable way to end the school year. Anyone interested in taking part can speak to any 6th year music student as they are organising the event.

Music rehearsals during the week are as follows; Monday – Orchestra, Tuesday – Trad Group, Wednesday – Ukulele and Thursday – Choir.

Well check with your music teacher for rehearsal times.

Big Brother, Big Sister
Big Brother, Big Sister has been postponed until next Tuesday 12th of December. Big Brother, Big Sister is a mentoring training programme for a selection of Leaving Cert students. All our senior students taking part in the programme will receive the appropriate training; a mentor from Foróige Ireland will deliver the training. The programme forms supportive friendships for young people inspiring them to brighter futures.

Countdown
We have huge numbers of students who have a mathematic flair and we hope they will make a greater effort to take part in Countdown. There is a new countdown competition on screens around the school. Enter to be in with a chance of winning a prize. Put your answer sheets in the box at the office window, name to be put on entry. We encourage all of our students to enter this competition.

Transition Year:

TY Work Experience
TY students completed their first week of work experience next week. It is a great opportunity for the students to get to see how different businesses work and get a taste of what they might want to do in the future. We hope they enjoyed participating in this wonderful experience and gained valuable knowledge from it; we can’t wait to hear the feedback next week!

TY Expo Projects
The due date for the TY Expo projects is the 14th December.

TY C.S.I Workshop
TY’s will complete the same CSI experience as our 5th year students. It will give them an exciting taste of forensic science and what Sligo I.T has to offer.

TY Christmas Fair
The TY classes will have their mini – companies on show in the school assembly on Thursday 21st December. Their mini – company products will be on sale and there will be food, fun and games with the Christmas atmosphere in mind.

Sligo Christmas Trip
On the 15th December TY students are travelling to Sligo for a Christmas outing. The students will go ice-skating, shopping and to Sligo Omniplex cinema. This trip follows the completion to the TY Christmas Assessment sessions.

TY Christmas Assessment
Students will be formatively assessed at Christmas and at the end of year. There Christmas assessment is worth 30%.  All TY students have to keep a portfolio of their work completed during the year.  Each student is asked to have at least three pieces of work per subject uploaded onto their portfolio by the end of the school year.  The student is responsible for choosing the pieces of work. Subject teachers will assist students in choosing appropriate pieces.

TY students will complete an interview on Wednesday 12th December which is worth 20%. Students must sit two interviews; another one will be conducted in May. The interview is marked and directed by the student’s tutor teacher.

TY Road Safety Show
Transition year students will attend a car safety and maintenance workshop on 12th December. The workshop will be facilitated by Mechanic Michael O’Gorman who invented the MOG car, which has been modified to show all working parts through the removal of panels. O’Gorman, a mechanic for more than 30 years, says he is appalled at the state of disrepair of many vehicles he has come across. He says people have no idea whatsoever of what they are driving. The MOG car safety demonstration is a unique practical training programme that reveals all the key components of a car. The demonstration will show our would-be drivers the practical function of car components, covering safety and car maintenance. The workshop will be both an entertaining and educational event!

TY Chess
An interclass TY Chess competition will take place on Monday 19th December, the week before the Christmas holidays and will be run by Ms Mohan. All four TY classes will compete against each other using knowledge on what they have recently learned about chess. It’s bound to get competitive and it will just be a successful as last year.

TY Activities
For the next two weeks, after they complete work experience, the TY activities are as follows:

4A – Surfing, 4B – Aqua aerobics 4C – Self-defense and 4D – Yoga.

The TYs are currently working in class on their sports leadership. Class 4D will help out with the first year Rowathon as part of their Sports Leadership Programme which is taking place on Monday 18th December. After Christmas, all TY students will be attending local primary schools to coach students, which will also be part of their Sports Leadership. A number of TY’s are taking our students swimming once a week as part of their activity; some TY students are also involved in this as part of their Sports Leadership Programme.

THE YOUNG AMERICANS
THE YOUNG AMERICANS is a non-profit organisation founded in 1962, by Milton C Anderson. They are a voice, music, sound and dance company consisting of over 200 talented 17 – 21 year old college and high school students, 45 of whom will be teaching singing, dancing and performance to the students of The Abbey Vocational school. The organisation is looking to the AVS on Friday 26th January to stage a series of performing arts workshops, which will culminate in two performances.

Participants will learn all aspects of music and performance. On Sunday 28th January 2018 the entire company will perform a fantastic two-act show, with THE YOUNG AMERCIANS performing the first act, and all local students joining them for act two.

The workshop is open to all students aged 12 – 18 and the cost is €70 for all three days. Application forms are available from the school office now. You can contact Ms Rooney, Mr Clarke or Ms Murray for more information.

Sports:

Girls Active
Girls Active will resume after the Christmas break.

First Year Rowathon
Thank you to all first years who collected sponsorship money for the Rowathon, it will take place on Monday 18th December. First years will participate in their class groups in the Rowathon. Each student will row for 2 minutes. The quickest class group wins a prize! Good luck to all our participants and may the best team win!

1st Year Boys Soccer
The first years had their first game of the season when they took on Deele College, Raphoe in a league encounter played in Convoy on Monday 4th December. A strong squad travelled and after a scrappy opening 10mins, the team settled well and created a number of chances in a tight and close first half against a strong Deele side. With Jack and Ethan Kenny at left and right full back and Daniel Quinn in midfield playing particularly well, the Abbey were unlucky not to take the lead. Declan Duignan delivered a fantastic corner from the left hand side and Daniel Quinn flashed a shot just wide of the keepers post. With Liam Gallagher coming on up front for the Abbey, they had a real threat on the counter attack with his pace. However, it was Deele who struck first with a well worked team goal 10mins into the second half.  Deele quickly followed this up with a second and then a third goal to end any hopes of a comeback. Credit to the Abbey players however, as they persevered and never gave up. They did manage to get a goal back through a great free kick from Daniel Quinn from all of 25 yards that found the bottom corner of the net. The game had few chances after this and ended up 3-1 to Deele College. A very good team performance overall from the Abbey.

Senior Boys Football
The senior boys’ Gaelic team travelled to Naomh Mhuire pitch on Tuesday last to compete against Rosses C.S. In blustery conditions the AVS put in a great performance and were 2 points up at half-time. In the second half RCS came more into the game and hit 2 goals in quick succession to put them in control. Despite the best efforts of the AVS team, RCS held out for the victory. The team have one remaining match to play against Glenties and should they win that game, they will be in a play-off to progress from their group.

U15’s Soccer
The U15 boys’ team travelled to Raphoe on Wednesday to play Deele College, Raphoe, in their League semi-final.  Having had two good results in the group stages with wins over St. Columba’s, Stranorlar and Rosses Community School, Dungloe, optimism amongst the players was certainly high. Straight from kick off, the Abbey settled into the game much quicker and were playing some of their best football of the year so far, setting the tempo with some quick attacking football and retaining the majority of possession. They got the breakthrough they deserved when Conor Campbell floated in a cross/shot from the left wing that deceived the Deele keeper and nestled into the back of the net after 15mins of play.  Not happy with only a one goal lead, the Abbey continued to press and after some great football around the middle from Halim and Conor Campbell. Mark Jordan played a great ball in behind the Deele defense and Senan Quinn made no mistake with a great effort, drilling the ball low under the Deele goalkeeper. This is the way it stayed until half time, 2-0.  In a second half of few chances, Deele started to gain some more possession of the ball but were rarely threatened, with the Abbey back line in top form and being well marshalled by both Ultan O’Grady and Ethan Potter as well as Dermott McGuckin from midfield. Following a great cross from the right hand side by Conor Campbell which just evaded Senan in the box, Mark Jordan followed up at the back post and coolly slotted past the Deele keeper for Abbey’s third goal midway through the second half.  With that goal ending any Deele hopes of a comeback, the game was played out at a slower pace, however Deele did have a player sent off late for a 2 footed lunge.  Great team work and a huge well done to the lads!

U17’s Boys Soccer
The AVS U17 team will play Scoil Mhuire on Tuesday 12th December. A time is yet to be confirmed

Basketball
The U16s team will play St. Gerald’s College, Castlebar in the Sligo Regional Sports Centre, Monday 11th December at 1:15pm. The U16 B North – West final takes place on Monday in the Sports Complex also at 4:30 pm. The U19s team play Carrick – on – Shannon CS in the Sports Complex on Tuesday 12th December at 12:30 pm. The U19’s North West final takes place on the Tuesday.

Girls Gaelic
Well done to our leaving cert student Layla Alvey on winning the Donegal Democrat Youth Sports Award for October. Layla has received this award for her outstanding performance on the field for the St. Naul’s Ladies. Her hard work and determination has helped lead the St. Naul’s Ladies team to win the Donegal Intermediate title. Layla also played a huge part in the defeating the Down champions, Ballymartin, before going down to Latton in the Ulster semi-final.

Layla was nominated for the Gaelic Life team of the Intermediate Championship in the half-forward line.

Since Layla started in first year here in the Abbey Vocational School she has been at the heart of ladies GAA in the school and she is presently the U20 ladies caption. The U20’s are one match away from qualifying for the U20 ladies Ulster quarter final.  Good luck to our U20 girls who are due to play St Catherine’s Killybegs. Date to be confirmed in the coming days.

AVS Notes 1st December 2017

Parent/Teacher Meeting
The 2nd year Parent/Teacher meeting will take place next week on Thursday 7th December. We encourage all parents to attend, where possible.

Scholarships
Congratulations to Eoin Slevin, Anna Morrow, Emily McGill and Kate Gurren who received DCU entrance Scholarships on the 29th November! It was an exceptional occasion to see four students of the AVS receiving these awards and many remarked on their wonderful achievement. These students reflect the high standards of teaching and learning in the school as well as the work ethic amongst so many. We congratulate the students and their families on these excellent achievements.

Sports Capital Grant
The Abbey Vocational School, under the trusteeship of Donegal Education and Training Board and in partnership with Donegal Bay Rowing Club has been awarded funding for new gymnasium equipment under the Sports Capital Grant programme 2017.  The new equipment will greatly enhance the teaching and learning of Physical Education to the whole student body and the wider community.  The Abbey Vocational School has also recently undergone a Physical Education Department of Education Inspection which was extremely affirming in relation to the high standards of teaching and learning in this area and of the overall excellence in this department.

Donegal Bay Rowing Club is one of the oldest and largest Coastal rowing clubs in Donegal.  The club is affiliated to Rowing Ireland and currently has 15 Rowing Ireland qualified coaches with plans for further training in early 2018.  The club recently ran two of the most successful All-Ireland Championships in recent years in 2016 and 2017 at their training facility in Ballyshannon in partnership with the ESB and Erne Enterprise.  The equipment will also be utilised by Donegal Bay Rowing Club members especially our juvenile rowers for coaching and training purposes.

The committee and members of Donegal Bay Rowing club would like to sincerely thank Donegal Education and Training Board, the management team at the Abbey Vocational School especially the principal Mrs Geraldine Diver who was a great assistance in completing the application as was the Physical Education Department within the school who fully supported the proposal.  This is a great development for facilities within the school and for the wider community in Donegal.  Hopefully in time we too will produce our own Olympic rowers!!

Talks for Junior Students
Each of our first, second and third year students attended a talk given by Guard and JLO Eamonn Mc Cooey on the topics of internet safety, substance misuse and road traffic matters. This talk was then supplemented by a talk from the Principal on the school’s Mobile Phone Policy and Acceptable Use Policy and other important matters relating to such matters. We thank Mr Mc Cooey for coming to the school and supporting our students in gaining an understanding of the legal aspects of these areas.

Guidance Department
The UCAS Department are holding a UCAS registration class on Friday 8th December in Room 45.  The start time will be 1 p.m. and the finish time will be 2 p.m. In addition, an Apprenticeship talk by Donegal ETB’s Apprenticeship Department will take place on Wednesday 10th January 2018 at 11.15 a.m. in the library.  The talk is aimed at 6th Years and LCAs.  Student attendance at the talk is optional.

CSI Workshop
I.T Sligo are completing a forensic science workshop with 5th year students on Monday 4th December. The workshop consists of an introduction to forensic science in I.T. Sligo and a more interesting part where students have to solve crimes!

Well Read Campaign
During the first year’s Parent/Teacher meeting, parents participated in a book swap as part of the school’s ‘Well Read’ campaign. First year classes will also get a ‘Well Read’ sticker. This is one of the many ways we hope to grow a reading culture in our school. We aim to encourage all students to carry a reading for pleasure book in their school bag in our school. It is envisaged that they would be able to take this out whenever possible, e.g. a supervision class where they have no work or have completed the work assigned etc. “The PDST ‘Wellread National Award’ is a national initiative designed and organised by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It aims to create heightened awareness about the importance of creating a culture of reading in school communities for our young people as part of their personal and academic development” (www.pdst.ie/wellread)

Art
Winning designs in the LCA1 Christmas card competition will go on sale from next Monday. All profits go to MS Donegal winners were Shannon Patton, Lily Brogan, Aine McGroarty, Caitlin Hone, Emma Thomas and Aedan Travers.

Abbey Mia
An excerpt from the TY musical ‘Abbey Mia’ will be performed by a group of students on the 7th December in The Abbey Hotel. Good luck to all students partaking!

 Music
Huge preparations are taking place in order to organise this year’s Carol Service in St. Patricks’ Church, Donegal Town. All parents, families and community members are welcome to join us on Tuesday 19th December. Auditions for the solo parts in this year’s Carol Service will take place on Tuesday 5th December at lunchtime 1:40 pm in room 13. All are welcome to try out for parts.

Preparations are in progress for our End of School Year Concert on the 23rd December. We are expecting many great acts to be in the concert. Anyone interested in taking part can speak to any 6th year music student as they are organising the event.

Music rehearsals during the week are as follows; Monday – Orchestra, Tuesday – Trad Group, Wednesday – Ukulele and Thursday – Choir.

The 1st year music classes were singing on the Diamond this Friday 1st December at 1:30 pm as part of Donegal Business Focus Group and Christmas Weekend. Well done to all participating in this lovely community event. third year students are travelling to Dublin to the National Concert Hall on Tuesday 5th December to the National Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Concert. This will be followed by a trip shopping to Blanchardstown.

Big Brother, Big Sister
Big Brother, Big Sister mentoring training is on the 5th December 2017 for a selection of Leaving Cert students. All our senior students taking part in the programme will receive the appropriate training; a mentor from Foróige Ireland will deliver the training. “Big Brother Big Sister is an internationally recognised youth mentoring programme that forms supportive friendships for young people inspiring them to brighter futures. Big Brothers Big Sisters nationally and internationally is proven through research to improve young people’s wellbeing, improve their social support and relationships with others” (www.foroige.ie)

School Tour
The next deposit for the school tour abroad is now due and should be paid online over Way2Pay or paid to the office. Contact Mr Leyden for any questions or queries.

Countdown
There is a new countdown competition on screens around the school. Enter to be in with a chance of winning the prize. Put your answer sheets in the box at the office window, name to be put on entry. We encourage all of our students to enter this competition.

Transition Year:

TY Work Experience
TY students will begin their first week of work experience next week. It is a great opportunity for the students to get to see how different businesses work and get a taste of what they might want to do in the future. Best of luck to our TY students next week. We hope you have a lovely week and gain a great experience from it.

Public speaking
The TY students took part in a public speaking workshop with Alan Devine on the 27th and 28th November, for his final workshops. The students learned how to keep an audience interested and interact with an audience, along with many other useful tips on public speaking. The students really enjoyed participating in the workshop and received a lot of advice on public speaking, which we are sure they will use in the future.

Sligo Christmas Trip
On the 15th December TY students are travelling to Sligo for a Christmas outing. The students will go ice-skating, shopping and to the cinema. This trip follows the completion to the TY Christmas Assessment sessions. TYs will be interviewed as a form of assessment on their work to date,

TY Chess
An interclass TY Chess competition will take place the week before the Christmas holidays. All four TY classes will compete against each other using knowledge on what they have recently learned about chess. It’s bound to get competitive and it will just be a successful as last year.

TY Activities
For the next two weeks, after they complete work experience, the TY activities are as follows:

4A – Surfing, 4B – Aqua aerobics 4C – Self-defense and 4D – Yoga.

The TYs are currently working in class on their sports leadership. Well done to the students of 4B who helped organise and manage the first year inter class sports hall competition, which was held on Monday. It was a very successful day for class 4B due to it being a very well run event. Class 4D will help out with the first year Rowathon as part of their Sports Leadership Programme which will take place in the coming weeks. In addition, TYs are also currently working in their groups for the TY P.E. expo projects, which are due before December 14th.

After Christmas, all TY students will be attending the primary schools to coach students, which will also be part of their Sports Leadership. A number of TY’s are taking our students swimming once a week as part of their activity; some TY students are also involved in this as part of their Sports Leadership Programme.

TY GAA Course
Well done to the 18 TY students who took part in the LGFA course?  We would like to thank Elaine Mc Govern who visited the school to provide the GAA course. The students will now begin to prepare a plan for a primary school blitz

THE YOUNG AMERICANS
The Young Americans, winner of the Academy Award for their motion picture with Columbia Artists, are coming to our school on Friday 26th January to stage a series of performing arts workshops, which will culminate in two performances.

THE YOUNG AMERICANS is a non-profit organisation founded in 1962, by Milton C Anderson, are a voice, music, sound and dance company consisting of over 200 talented 17 – 21 year old college and high school students, 45 of whom will be teaching singing, dancing and performance to the students of The Abbey Vocational school.

Participants will learn all aspects of music and performance. On Sunday 28th January 2018 the entire company will perform a fantastic two-act show, with THE YOUNG AMERCIANS performing the first act, and all local students joining them for act two.

The workshop is open to all students aged 12 – 18 and the cost is €70 for all three days. Application forms are available from the school office now.

Sports:

Athletics
Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups. Cross-country training is on Friday at lunchtime. Good luck to Savanah Timoney who will be competing in the Cross Country All Ireland final next weekend in Waterford. She is also a member of the County and Ulster cross-country team, which is a great achievement, as she will be competing against the best in the Country. Cross-country and track and field competitions will start in the New Year.

Well done to the TY students in class 4D for hosting a primary school sports hall competition on Thursday 30th November. It was a very successful day and 4D were excellent as they helped organise and officiate as part of their Sports Leadership.

Congratulations to our boys and TY students also hosted girls’ sports hall team who competed in the county semi-final on Wednesday, which was held in the gym, this. The Gweedore team came first in both the boys and girl’s competition. Well done to the AVS girls who finished second overall, they now go through to the County Final, which will be held after Christmas. The boys finished in third place. The team had a great performance in both track and field events.

Girls Basketball
Training continues every Monday and Thursday after school for U16s. 1st and 2nd year girls training continues every Wednesday after school in the school gym.

U19 and U16 Boys Basketball
AVS 67 – 45 St Nathy’s.

Well done to our AVS senior boys who played St Nathy’s, Roscommon at home on Monday. The AVS boys had a great opening, taking the lead from the opening minutes. The score for the first quarter was 21-11. The AVS boys continued to dominate in the second quarter; they started to have success with their full court press ending up with multiple scores from the runs of Dylan Curran and Ronan O’Donnell. Eoghan Corley had a great half, he blocked St Nathy’s attack and finished off a good run with a basket. 40-18.

In the 3rd quarter, the St Nathy’s boys started to come back but the AVS boys didn’t give up with the boys’ defense system remaining strong. Ryan Pearson and Creegan Alcock had a great game but overall it was a great team performance with the AVS boys winning in style with the score finishing as 67, 45.

Congratulations to the U16 boys’ basketball team who also played against St Nathy’s, Roscommon. They had a great opening, with a good score from Shane Meehan who played a brilliant match. Ultan O’ Grady had a fast break and scored a brilliant basket. The boys’ full court press resulted in them getting the ball back and getting excellent scores from the likes of James Mc Namara and Diarmuid O’Donnell. Ultan O’Grady led the team for the second quarter after a challenging first quarter. After a few minutes, the Donegal side called time out. The score was 16-13. With a few words from their manager, Jordan Carty, the AVS boys came back out showing great determination and this was shown in their play. There was good hustle throughout the second quarter. Donegal ended the half ahead. 22-19. The away boys were not going to give up. After a few minutes of the opening 3rd quarter, the St Nathy’s boys levelled the game on 24 each. It was an intense start to the second half. In the final quarter, the boys came out the stronger side. Evan Gallagher scored an excellent basket form the mid-range. Unfortunately, Frank Cornyn got fouled out after a very good performance throughout the game. The boys kept their heads held high. After a challenging competition, the boys did themselves proud coming out on top. The final score was 49-44.

Senior Boys Gaelic Football
Senior boys’ Gaelic training is every Tuesday after school at 4pm. The boys’ game against Rosses C.S next Tuesday, time and venue tbc. They boys will also face Glenties in the coming weeks.

Ladies Gaelic Football
U14, U16 and U20 girls training will continue after school every Tuesday, 4- 5pm and Fridays from 3:30- 4:30pm. All age groups will train together. The U14 league will start after Christmas. They will also play Deele Collage and Gairmscoil Chú Uladh.

Hard luck to the U16 girls who played Finntown on Friday. It wasn’t the start the AVS girls were looking for with the Finntown girls scoring two goals in the opening minutes. The AVS girls didn’t drop their heads, they responded with great scores from the likes of Enya Gallagher and Ciara Cox. The AVS’ support play was excellent. Ellen Canavan had a great game, she carried the ball from the full back line and finished it off with a point. The girls had quick reactions to turn overs with Rachel Gallagher covering our 45 line. It was a tight first half. The half time score was Abbey- 1:9, – 3:3

The Finntown girls came out strong and hungry in the second half but the AVS girls showed true determination. A few changes in the team helped the girls keep the score up. The AVS girls took the foot off the pedal for a few minutes, which allowed the Finntown girls to come out on top. The girls fought back, stronger than ever with Ellie Muldoon and Hannah Crawford carrying the team through. The girls fought to the bitter end showing great determination and attitude but eventually running out of time. Abbey 2-11, Finntown 5-8

Boys Soccer
Well done our U15 boys who had a good win against Rosses Community School. After a tight and close opening 20 minutes, the deadlock was broken after Lee Murchan was fouled inside the box for a penalty. Conor Campbell stepped up and scored a cracking penalty into the top right corner. Abbey doubled their lead 10 minutes later after great work done on the wing by Senan Quinn. After turning his man he played a great ball across the box and Lee Murchan made no mistake with a first finish. The half time score was 2-0. Rosses got themselves back into the game 10 minutes into the second half with a great goal from outside the box that gave Oisín McCallig in goals no chance. Halim almost got a 3rd goal for Abbey but was unlucky to see his strike hit the post. Rosses then equalised with 10 minutes left after a mix up in the Abbey penalty area. However, the Abbey railed again and managed to score what was the winning goal with 5 minutes remaining when Conor Campbell put in a great free kick and Dermot Mc Guckin glanced a great header into the bottom corner giving the keeper no chance.

The team play again next week against Deele College on Wednesday 12th December.

1st year Rowathon
The students in first year have been fundraising for their rowathon. The rowathon will be an inter class competition which will take place on the 18th December. Keep up the good training lads and lassies!

Healthy Schools Week
The Healthy Schools Committee will begin to introduce the ‘couch to 5k’ in the coming weeks. It was a very successful last year and a large number of staff and students got involved.

Lunchtime activities
Lunchtime activities continue as normal. Please check the notice board in the gym. There is a least two activities a day.

First Year Boys Soccer
The first year’s boys’ team play Deele College, away, on Monday 4th at 11am. Good luck to Mr Mc Hugh and the team!

U17’s Boys Soccer
The U17’s team play Scoil Mhuire next Friday the 8th December. A time and venue is yet to be decided.

AVS Notes 24th November 2017

Numerous Prestigious Awards for AVS students

Students from the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town have received numerous scholarships in recent weeks following their outstanding Leaving Certificate results in June, giving the school cause for celebration.

Hollie Roper was recently awarded a UCD Entrance Scholarship, based on excellent Leaving Certificate results and is now studying veterinary medicine in UCD. Hollie has also been awarded a JP Mc Manus Scholarship which she received on Saturday, 25th November in the University of Limerick for her outstanding results.

The All Ireland Scholarships Programme has been in operation for nearly ten years and provides 125 Third Level Education Scholarships per annum throughout the thirty-two counties of Ireland, North and South. A minimum of two scholarships is awarded in each county each year. The scholarship programme was established in 2008 with a very generous donation of €30m from JP McManus.

Four students, Kate Gurren, Emily Mc Gill, Anna Morrow and Eoin Slevin have been awarded DCU Entrance Scholarships for their outstanding Leaving Certificate results. Kate is studying Communications and Media, Emily is studying Applied Physics, Anna is studying Actuarial Maths and Eoin is studying Global Business and Spanish.

Emily Mc Gill was also awarded the Naughton Scholarship at a ceremony in Trinity College in September for her outstanding application and Leaving Certificate results. Each year 36 students are awarded Naughton Scholarships.

There is at least one winner from each County in the Republic of Ireland.  The scholarship is intended as a reward and encouragement to exceptional students who would like to study in the STEM field (science, technology, engineering and maths) at University. Emily is studying Applied Physics at DCU.

Abbey Vocational School Principal, Geraldine Diver, is delighted with their success, “We at the Abbey Vocational School are absolutely delighted with the success of our former students in being awarded these prestigious scholarships. These students are extremely deserving of these scholarships and I wish them every success with their future studies and careers. I would like to acknowledge all of our staff here in the school for all of the support given to all of our students during their time here.”

The Abbey Vocational School is one of fifteen post-primary schools in the county under the direction of Dr Martin Gormley, Donegal ETB Director of Schools. Dr Gormley paid tribute to the students and the school staff, “I would like to congratulate all the students on receiving these prestigious scholarships. “It is a testament to their hard work and dedication, assisted and supported by the staff and management of the Abbey Vocational School. It is also further evidence of the exceptional standards of teaching and learning being promoted across Donegal ETB schools, colleges and centres. On behalf of Donegal ETB, I would like to wish all of the students every success in their studies

Parent/Teacher Meeting
1st year students will have their Parent/Teacher meeting on Wednesday, 29th November. In addition, the 2nd year Parent/Teacher meeting will take place on Thursday, 7th December. We encourage all parents to attend, where possible.

Mock Interviews
The Mock Interviews for 6th Years took place in school this Wednesday. It was a great evening involving the school, students, the whole community and the Parents’ Association. We welcomed a variety of people with such a broad range of expertise to the school and thank you to all of those who very kindly gave of their time to support our students. We would like to thank the Parents’ Association and the Career Guidance Department for planning this wonderful evening.

Art
First year Art students have almost completed their work for the Donegal Domestic Violence Services Project. The work, which is aimed at raising awareness about the issue of domestic violence against women and healthy relationships, will /be on display in the Public Services Centre at Drumlonagher from Monday, 27th November.

AVS winners in The Credit Union Art Competition were as follows: Sophie Anderson, Eoin Meehan, Rachel Reid, Adam Bustard, Lily Brogan, Aine McGroarty, Anna Gillow, Laura Kelly, Marguerita McHugh, Elle Battle, Ava Harold, Shannon Patton and Louise Burke. Congratulations to all the winners.

The Mount Charles Big School Cook Off
Irish News has teamed up with food-service firm, Mount Charles, to find budding young chefs in the 2nd annual Big School Cook Off. Pupils aged 11-14 from Northern Ireland and Donegal could apply to take part in the competition. The competitions first stage involved creating a recipe for a main course for two people on a budget of £7.50. Two students from our school – Chloe Boyle and Aimee Gallagher (3rd year) have reached the Regional final stage of the competition which is to be held in January 2018. Best of luck to the girls and well done for reaching this point in the competition. (See Irish News website)

Junior Cycle RACE Testing
Junior Cert RACE testing took place this week. RACE allows for certain accommodations in State Examinations and identifies which students are eligible.

Guidance Department
LYIT will hold a careers talk for Leaving Certs in the library on Wednesday, 29th November at 9.40 a.m. Attendance at the talk is optional.

Wellbeing
Big Brother, Big Sister mentoring training takes place on 5th December 2017 for a selection of Leaving and TY students. “Big Brother Big Sister” is an internationally recognised youth mentoring programme that forms supportive friendships for young people inspiring them to brighter futures. Big Brother Big Sister nationally and internationally is proven through research to improve young people’s wellbeing, improve their social support and relationships with others. BBBS is operated in Ireland by Foróige. Our staff continue with their yoga sessions and they now have only three weeks left.

The Late Late Toy Show
This year three of our students will feature this Friday, 1st December on the Late Late Toy show. The girls, Ellen McGroary, Aoife Breslin and Síofra Maurerhofer will take to the stage in front of 1.6 million viewers on the Late Late Toy Show as Revolutionary. The hugely popular edition of RTE’s chat show always proves to be a major hit with audiences. An incredible 1.57 million people tuned into last year’s edition, making it the second most watched television show of the century so far.

Transition Year

TY Work Experience
Ty students will begin their first week of work experience on the 4th December. It is a great opportunity for the students to get to see how different businesses work and get a taste of what they might want to do in the future. Some businesses and services that students are attending this year are The Mater Private Hospital in Dublin, Abbots, a variety of primary schools in Donegal Town, Eske pharmacy, Blue Poopy Dentist and The Atlantic Aviation airport in Shannon. We wish the TYs the best of luck during there week.

TY activities
For the next three weeks, the TY activities are as follows:

4A – Surfing, 4B – Aqua aerobics 4C – Self-defence and 4D – Yoga.

The TYs are currently working in class on their sports leadership. Well done to the students of 4B who helped organise and manage the first year inter class sports hall competition which was held on Monday. It was a very successful day for class 4B due to it being a very well run event. Class 4D will help out with the first year Rowathon as part of their Sports Leadership Program which will take place in the coming weeks.

After Christmas, all TY students will be attending the primary schools to coach students which will also be part of their Sports Leadership. In addition, TYs will begin to prepare for the TY P.E. expo after Christmas.

A number of TY’s are taking our students swimming once a week as part of their activity; some TY students are also involved in this as part of their Sports Leadership Program.

Primary School Sportshall Athletics Event
This event will take place on Thursday, 30th November, from 10:20am – 2:00pm.

Public Speaking Workshop
Alan Devine returns this week on the 27th and 28th November for this final round of workshops. Alan delivered four highly exciting workshops to our TY students last year. He has over twenty years’ experience as an actor and is extremely inspiring.

Sports

Athletics
Well done to all the first-year students who competed in an inter class competition held in the gym on Monday as part of the first year P.E. programme. It was a very successful day and well done to the TY students in 4B who helped organise and officiate as part of their Sports Leadership.

Well done to our sports hall team who competed in the county final on Wednesday which was held in the gym. The Gweedore team came first in both the boys and girls competition. The AVS girls finished second overall, and the boys finished third. The team had a great performance in both track and field events. Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups.

Cross country training is on Friday at lunch time.

Girls Basketball
Training continues every Monday and Thursday after school for U16s.

1st and 2nd year girls training continues every Wednesday after school in the school gym.

The U16 and senior girls’ basketball teams travelled to Ballinamore in Co. Leitrim on Tuesday 21st November. Our senior girls were up first defeating the Ballinamore girls 36-26. The game was a close battle up until the last quarter. A great team performance was had by all. Both teams now meet St Catherine’s, Killybegs, in the North West Final, next Wednesday the 29th in St Columba’s, Glenties.

The Ballinamore girls forfeited the U16 game. The game still went ahead as a friendly with some of their senior girls playing. Our panel of 23 girls all got to play and were defeated in the end 35-23. We wish both teams the best of luck.

U19 Boys Basketball
AVS 66 – 64 Gortnor Abbey

AVS got off to an electric start against Liam Mc Hales, Gortnor Abbey, with Captain Ronan O’Donnell and Darragh Griffin leading the way in a high scoring first quarter ending up 25-19 in Abbeys Favour.

Going into the 2nd quarter Gortnor Abbey upped the ante against the AVS with some fine scores from their main man Colm Hegarty who was having success penetrating the AVS’s defence ending up 31-28 in Gortnor Abbeys Favour.

The 3rd quarter was score for score with AVS’s Creegan Alcock getting multiple scores inside but AVS were finding it hard to stop Gortnors Colm Hegarty ending up 49-42 in Gortnor Abbeys Favour.

In the 4th quarter, an energised AVS took the floor and knew what had to be done. The AVS’s press was beginning to stop Gortnor Abbey’s offence and the game was pulled back to one basket in which Liam Mc Hale had to call from a timeout. The AVS took to the floor again and began to take the lead with some fine scores from Creegan Alcock, Darragh Griffin and Ronan O’Donnell but they were matched by Gortnor Abbeys Ruairi Boyle. With 2 minutes to go it was score for score but with Gortnor in foul trouble, the Abbey got to the line and Darragh Griffin made four important free throws & with 40 seconds to go AVS held onto their lead & won what was a thrilling high scoring game 66-64.

M.V.P – Darragh Griffin (24)

Ronan O’Donnel (18)

Creegan Alcock (17)

U16 Boys Basketball
AVS took to the court for what was a ropey first quarter with Captain Shane Meehan leading scoring for the AVS ending up 8-7 in Gortnor Abbeys favour. Going into the 2nd quarter a rejuvenated AVS took to the court and started to have success with their full court press ending up with multiple scores from Evan Gallagher, Shane Meehan and James Mc Namara ending up 26-13 in AVS favour.

In the 3rd quarter, the AVS didn’t let off on the full court pressure and once again had multiple scores coming from some fantastic defence with Frank Cornyn ending up 36-20 at the end of the all-important 3rd quarter.

Going into the 4th quarter with a 16 point lead the AVS still kept the pressure on with some fine scores from Evan Gallagher. The AVS played some fantastic defence with Oisín O’Donnell on top of the press with some fine rebounding from Conall Smyth and Diarmuid O’Donnell the AVS won in style by a massive 18 points with the game finishing out 42-24 in what was a fine performance.

M.V.P – Evan Gallagher (14)

Shane Meehan (14)

Frank Cornyn (10)

The AVS also took to the court for their 4th Game of the season against Coláiste Cholmcille,  Ballyshannon, in what was a good first quarter performance with Shane Meehan and Evan Gallagher leading scoring for the A.V.S ending up 8-7 in AVS favour.  Going into the 2nd quarter AVS took to the court and began to have success with their full court press ending up with scores from Thomas White, Evan Gallagher and Diarmuid O’Donnell ending up with AVS ahead by one basket ending up 14-12 going into the half.

Taking the court in the 3rd quarter, AVS began to fall behind as Coláiste Cholmcille began to get some scores back and took the lead with the game ending up 24-18 at the end of the all-important 3rd quarter.

In the 4th quarter, all was to play for and a composed AVS team took to the court knowing that they had to pull the game back and going on a 6 point run with scores from Thomas White and Shane Meehan the game was level at 24 each with 5 minutes on the clock.

The game began to go score, for score, with AVS matching Coláiste Cholmcille it was 28-28 with 1 minute to go. Timeouts were called on both ends, Ballyshannon took the lead with a fine score from Kyle Mc Caffrey. During the 2nd Overtime, AVS took to the court with their eyes set on the win but with both teams noticeably exhausted and playing strong defence there was no scores in the 2nd Overtime & so came the 3rd OT.

After an important team talk, AVS walked onto the court for the 3rd Overtime and began to pressurise the C.C.S side. Keeping level headed and playing smart defence, AVS found another fast break score in Evan Gallagher. C.C.S couldn’t find a way to beat the AVS press in this quarter and another score from Frank Cornyn sealed the deal with 15 seconds to go. AVS ending up deserving winners in what was a spectacular match.

M.V.P – Shane Meehan (19)

Thomas White (6)

Evan Gallagher (6)

Girls Gaelic
The U20’s second game of the league was against Carndonagh. The girls travelled to Carndonagh on a very wet and miserable day. Abbey got off to a great start with a goal from Aine McGroarty. The girls continued the scoring with some fine points by Layla Alvey and Erin Harvey. Abbey were in the lead for the first 25 minutes until Carndonagh started their come back and went in at half time up by 4 points. As the first half came to an end the rain started to pour and didn’t stop until the final whistle, this proved to influence the flow of the game and made it very hard for both teams to compete. Carndonagh came out stronger in the second half adding to their lead from the end of the first half. Abbey had a large gap to closed in the last 10 minutes, but they showed great passion and pride to pull the score back to 4 points with goals and points from Hannah Shallow, Layla Alvey and Aine Mc Groarty as the fought to the bitter end but eventually running out of time.  Well done to Carndonagh.

U19 Hurling
Well done to Abbey VS hurlers who competed in an Ulster Semi Final as part of the South Donegal Colleges team against St Columba’s of Derry. Despite a valiant display and some excellent hurling by a young South Donegal side, an experienced St Columba’s team won the match. As always, Abbey VS players represented the school with great sportsmanship. Final score 3-13 to 6-13.

Boys Gaelic Football
Senior boys’ Gaelic training is every Tuesday after school at 4pm. The boys’ game against Glenties has been postponed until further notice.

The U16 boys were knocked out of the competition at the quarter final stage by Carndonagh on Thursday. The physically stronger Carndonagh team adopted much better to the very poor weather conditions and were the deserved winners. A lot of the Abbey team are underage for the competition next year and will learn a lot from this years’ experience. They also have the semi-final of the Donegal competition to look forward to in the New Year.

The AVS U14s played St. Joseph’s Donaghmore in the Ulster Quarter Final on Friday. In what were very difficult conditions the AVS were the better team in the first half and lead at half time by 4 points. Despite this, St Joseph’s grew into the match in the 2nd half and hit 3 goals and unfortunately our lads were unable to reply despite having good possession. Final score AVS 2-08, St Joseph’s 4-09

U20 Girls Gaelic Football
Well done to the U20 girls who had a great week of football. They started off the week travelling to Omagh on Monday to play Dean Maguire in their first game of the league. The girls had a strong start, showing great support play from the throw in. Good scores came from the runs of Layla Alvey and Aine McGroarty.

The girls continued to dominate in the first half with the full forward line continuing to score. The AVS girls had a strong defence line with Elizabeth Mackle and Anna Campbell winning 50/50 balls. The Abbey girls took the foot off the pedal before half time and as the score difference became smaller, tension began to build between the two teams. The Dean Maguire girls came out strong in the opening minutes of the second half, but great saves from Eilish Meehan kept the Abbey girls ahead. The Abbey girls didn’t give up and continued to work hard together. Changes in the team helped them stay in front. Hannah Crawford came on for her first game of the year due to injury and had a blinder scoring 3 points in the final minutes which secured the win. The final score was Abbey 4-13, Dean Maguire 4-09.

Senior Boys Soccer
The senior boys played St Eunans away on Thursday 23rd November. The match was played under terrible conditions, hail stones made playing on the day very difficult. St Eunans proved too strong for the AVS boys leaving St. Eunans progressing to the next round and Abbey exiting the tournament. The full time score was, 5-2.

The U17 boys’ soccer team were beaten by Rosses Community School in the Donegal Schoolboys League recently. Best for Donegal were Wiktor Smus and Jordan Jervis. The U15 Boys Soccer team, coached by Mr Mc Hugh, will play Rosses Community School next Tuesday 28th November.

AVS Notes 17th November 2017

Scholarship Awards for AVS Students with outstanding Leaving Cert results

UCD Entrance Scholarship
Congratulations to Hollie Roper who was recently awarded the entrance Scholarship to UCD on Wednesday last. This award was based on excellent leaving cert results. Hollie is studying Vetinary medicine in UCD.

Four DCU Entrance Scholarships
Kate Gurren, Emily Mc Gill, Anna Morrow and Eoin Slevin will be awarded an entrance scholarship to DCU non Wednesday 29th for their outstanding leaving cert results. Kate is studying Communications and Media, Emily is studying Applied Physics, Anna is studying Actuarial Maths and Eoin is studying Global Business and Spanish.

JP Mc Manus Scholarship
Hollie Roper will be awarded the JP Mc Manus scholarship on Saturday next 25th November in the University of Limerick for her outstanding Leaving Certs Results. The All Ireland Scholarships Programme has been in operation for nearly ten years and provides 125 Third Level Education Scholarships per annum throughout the thirty-two counties of Ireland, North and South. A minimum of two scholarships is awarded in each county each year.
The scholarship programme was established in 2008 with a very generous donation of €30m from JP McManus for application as follows:

Naughton Scholarship
Emily Mc Gill has been awarded the Naughton Scholarship in Trinity College for her outstanding application and leaving Cert results. Each year 36 students are awarded Naughton Scholarships. There is at least one winner from each County in the Republic of Ireland.  The scholarship is intended as a reward and encouragement to exceptional students who would like to study in the STEM field (science, technology, engineering and maths) at University. Emily is studying Applied Physics in DCU.

Parent/Teacher Meeting
1st year students will have their Parent/Teacher meeting on Wednesday, 29th November. In addition, the 2nd year Parent/Teacher meeting will take place on 7th December. We encourage all parents to attend, where possible.

Dates for your Diary

Parents’ Association Wed, 22 Nov

6.30 pm

Mock Interviews for Leaving Cert Students Leaving Cert Students
AVS Tues,

06 Feb 2018

Subject Choices talk for the parents of present 3rd years & TYs

Information session on TY and LCA for the parents of present 3rd years & TYs

Parents of present 3rd years & TYs
AVS Tues,

01 May 2018

Subject Choices talk for the parents of present 1st years Parents of 1st & 2nd years

Junior Cert Profile of Achievement
This year our students who completed the Junior Cert state examination in June will be awarded a profile of achievement as part of the new Junior cert. From 2017 onwards Junior Certificate students will receive a document called a ‘Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement’. This document, contains three main pieces of information:-

  • The results from the June 2017 State Examinations
  • The results of the students Classroom Based Assessments
  • ‘Other Areas of Learning’

Other Areas of Learning
This section of the document provides an opportunity for other areas of learning which the student has participated in other than those which are formally assessed in examinations, to be highlighted which is a strong focus on the new JCT.

This is described by the Department of Education and Skills as ‘other learning experiences and events that the student has participated in outside of the schools junior cycle programme’. Examples of such activities may include: membership of the student council, membership of school clubs or societies, sporting teams, debating teams, taking part in a science fair, quiz, engagement in the schools own religious education programme, engagement with elements of the Physical Education (PE), Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) curriculum and CSPE.

 Transition Year

Musical
A HUGE well done to all our TY’s for their hard work and dedication in making ‘Abbey Mia’ a fantastic success.  The show played to packed houses every night to an audience of over 1300 people.  Thank you to all of those involved in organising the musical and to our staff and parents who assisted in various areas on the three nights. Sincere congratulations and a huge well done to all our students involved in the production of the show your commitment and dedication was admirable. We are very proud of your hard work! Thank you to all those who supported the show in anyway – to our staff, to the Parents Association, to members of the community and the many people who donated raffle prizes and supported us in so many ways.

TY Work Experience
TY work experience commences this year from the 4-8th December. Over the years TY’s have experienced various placements and undertaken many interesting roles over the last number of years in the AVS. We hope this class of TY’s will enjoy it just as much as previous years.

The Big School Cook Off
Our promising cooks took part in ‘The Big School Cook Off’ this week. “Mount Charles, Ireland’s largest locally owned foodservice company, alongside “The Irish News launched the 2017/8 Big School Cook Off! It is being run in association with the Irish News and Business in the Community, the Mount Charles Big School Cook Off was open to post primary school pupils aged between 11 – 14, and schools across every county in Northern Ireland plus Donegal!”. Our very own AVS students accepted the challenge as they attempted to be Donegal’s answer to Jamie Oliver! Chloe Boyle and Amy Gallagher, Lily Doherty and Catherine Campbell doing a Bacon and Broccoli Bake. Kara Pearson and Rachel Crawford doing a Creamy Chicken & Spinach Pasta.

Mock Interviews
The Mock Interviews for 6th Years will take place in the school on Wednesday 21st November 2017. The start time will be 6 p.m. This is a wonderful evening in the school where the Community, the Parents’ Association and the school work together in preparation for the mock interviews on the night. The process helps prepare students for the world of work by asking participants questions similar to job interview situations. We are honored to welcome so many people with such a broad range of expertise to the school and thank all of those who very kindly give of their time to support our students. We would like the Parents’ Association and the Career Guidance Department for planning this wonderful evening.

College Trips and Talks
NUI Galway will hold a careers talk for Leaving Certs in the library on Tuesday, 21st November at 2.40 p.m. Attendance at the talk is optional. It is your responsibility to inform your class teacher that you will be absent from their class due to the talk.

The TY’s will attend the LYIT Open Day on Friday 24th November 2017.  A bus will leave the school at 9 a.m. A small fee towards the bus will be applicable. Ms. Mc Morrow and Ms Faherty will discuss further in class.

Thank you to the University of Limerick (UL) who held a careers talk for Leaving Certs in the library this week. The talk was very beneficial and students were able to ask questions about courses, the campus etc. on the day.

The DCU Open Day was on Friday 17th of November and the day is a great experience for any student interested in the college. “DCU Open Days are open to all 6th year, 5th year and transition year students, prospective mature students, guidance counsellors, teachers and parents. The Open Day helped any student who is interested decide if DCU is right for them. Students were able to get a feel for what it means to be a DCU undergraduate” (www.dcu.ie).

Christmas Card Competition
LCA1 students are organising a Christmas card competition in order to raise money for a local charity. There is a 50-euro prize for the winning design and 8 designs will be printed. The deadline was this Wednesday and results will follow next week.

CSPE Action Project
Two Third year classes enjoyed a lovely trip to Dublin Zoo on Tuesday 14th of November. The trip is part of their action project for CSPE. During the trip students had to choose an endangered animal, complete group work, they debated and completed a write up on the trip.

The project helps students practice the following skills: awareness, analyzing, evaluating and communicating. “Action projects have been designed to help students to develop the skills of active citizenship. The key word here is ACTION.

An Action Project involves the following steps:

  • Students investigate an issue as a class
  • Students reflect collectively on what they might do in response to that issue
  • Students agree upon an action and carry it out, e.g. carry out a survey, organise a campaign, invite a guest speaker, organise a visit, publish a booklet, etc.
  • Students evaluate their action and learning. Action projects are not traditional projects where students research their own individual topic and present their findings in a scrapbook.” (www.education.ie). The project is worth 60% of the overall marks.

Gaeilge
On Tuesday, 14th November our 5th year Higher Level Irish students took part in ‘Gaeilge 24’. The aim of this challenge was to encourage our 5th year students to try and speak Irish non – stop for one whole day. Therefore, they had to speak it for 24 hours at home, in school, in shops, with friends and in businesses around the town. This challenge allowed our students to experience the Irish language in a unique and positive way. 30’000 pupils nationwide participated in this challenge. Well done to all our students who participated in the event! Our teacher Ms M Hugh was interviewed on radio na Gaeltacht about the event in the school.

Science Week
Science Week 2017 took place this week in the AVS. There was interactive Kahoot Quizzes on Wednesday for all 1st and 2nd year Students. 3rd years took part in a Junior Certificate Science interclass Quiz. Nine senior cycle students took part in the ISTA Senior Science Quiz on Thursday evening. “The regional rounds of the ISTA Senior Science Quiz is an event that also ran in 14 venues nationwide to celebrate Science week. Congratulations to our students Connor McGoldrick, Conor Timoney, Sasha Browne, Jack Yang, Kailan Mitchell; Ronan O’Donnell, Laura O’Donnell, Madeline Romilly, and Andrew Gillespie who made it through to the top ten unfortunately, they didn’t make it through to the final.

English – MS Readathon
The closing date for the MS Readathon was this week; reading is important and the MS Readathon was the perfect opportunity for all students to rediscover their love of reading. We are delighted that so many students participated and collected money for such a wonderful cause. We will announce the total amount raised next week.

Chess Club
Chess club started again this week after a successful run last year. Any 1st and 2nd years who are interested it will take place next Wednesday in Room 4. Chess competition for senior students will take place in the coming weeks, date and details to be confirmed. Winner will be crowned Grand Master.

Wellbeing
Big brother Big sister mentoring is on the 5th December 2017 for a selection of leaving and TY students. “Big Brothers Big Sisters is an internationally recognised youth mentoring programme that forms supportive friendships for young people inspiring them to brighter futures. Big Brothers Big Sisters nationally and internationally is proven through research to improve young people’s wellbeing, improve their social support and relationships with others. BBBS is operated in Ireland by Foróige.

Late Late Toy Show
This year three of our students will feature on Friday, 1st December on the Late Late Toy show. The girls, Ellen McGroary, Aoife Breslin and Síofra Maurerhofer will take to the stage in front of 1.6 million viewers on the Late Late Toy Show as Revolutionary. The hugely popular edition of RTE’s chat show always proves to be a major hit with audiences. An incredible 1.57 million people tuned into last year’s edition, making it the second most watched television show of the century so far.

Sports

Boys Soccer
The Abbey Vocational School U15 boys’ soccer team defeated St. Columba’s from Stranorlar 5-0 on Friday in the Donegal Schoolboys U15 Schools League. The boys were in good control from start to finish with a win of 5-0. Senan Quinn scored the first goal after 15 minutes finishing well from a tight angle and Conor Campbell then scored a great goal from outside the box. Campbell then got a second goal outside the box. To top it all off, Conor Campbell completed a hat trick after the keeper made a good save from Michael Harvey. Michael Gallagher completed the scoring with a good strike to the top corner. The boys have a game next Tuesday against Rosses Community, a time and venue is yet to be confirmed. U15 boys training continue after school on Tuesdays.

Athletics
Good luck to the first year students who will represent the school in the Sportshall County Final, which will be held in Dungloe on the 22nd November.

On Monday 20th the first years will have an inter class athletics competition, which the TYs will be helping with as part of their sports leadership. Students will take part in many challenges on the day such as: sprints, relay races and the shot putt. Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups. Cross-country training is on Friday at lunchtime.

Girls Basketball
Training continues every Monday and Thursday after school for U16s. Good luck to the U16 and senior girls who have a match next Tuesday 21st against Ballinamore, Leitrim.  1st and 2nd year girls training is every Wednesday after school in the school gym.

Boys Basketball
Our U16 and U19 boys will play their third match of the league this Monday away to St Nathys, Crossmolina. The U16’s hope to make it two wins out of three and our U19 are looking for their first win of the campaign. Good luck to both teams.  Training continues every Monday from 5:30-7.00 for U16 and U19. The 1st and 2nd years continue to training every Friday from 3:30-5:00. First and second year boys basketball training will be every Friday 3:30-5:00. U16 and senior boys’ basketball training will be every Monday 5:30-7.00.

Girls Gaelic
U20 girls will play their first game of the league against Dean Maguire from Tyrone on Monday, 20th November. U16 girls will play Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, Ballinamore on Tuesday, 21st November. Training continues every Tuesday’s from 4:00-5:15.

Well done and good luck to our U20 ladies caption Layla Alvey who has been nominated as a half forward for the Gaelic Life Ulster Ladies Football All Star team for 2017.

The U14 league will start after Christmas; they will play Deele Collage and Gairmscoil Chú Uladh. Good luck to the U16 girls will play Chú Uladh on the 21st and the U20s who are up against St Catherine’s on Monday, Carndonagh on the 23rd and Coláiste Ailigh in the coming weeks.

Boys Gaelic
Senior boys’ Gaelic training is every Tuesday after school at 4pm.  The senior boys are playing at home to Glenties on Friday (24th). Throw-in is at 10:30, venue to be confirmed.

U16 boys’ Gaelic training will continue every Wednesday after school. U14 boys Gaelic football training is every Thursday 3:30-4:45pm. Please ensure to bring runners, a warm top, water and a gum shield. Well done to the U14 boys who are having a great year. U14 boys Gaelic Ulster final will be played on Friday 24th November against St Joseph’s Donaghmore, in the Bawnacre Comples, Irvinestown.  Throw in is at 11am.

U16 Boys qualified for the quarter finals of the Ulster Competition on Thursday.  They had to play a three way play off in Convoy between Coláiste Cholmcille and Carrick.  As in the group this play off proved to be a very tight affair with little to separate the three teams.  Abbey Vocational eventually progressed on a superior score difference despite missing a few regulars.  The boys performed very well and look forward to meeting Carndonagh on Thursday.

AVS Notes 10th November 2017

 

Parent/Teacher Meeting
1st year students will have their Parent/Teacher meeting on Wednesday, 29th November. We encourage all parents to attend, where possible.

Staff Training Day
The final JCT training day for this academic year is next Thursday, November 16th. There will be no school for students on this day.

Dates for your Diary

Parents’ Association Wed,

22 Nov

6.30 pm

·       Mock Interviews for Leaving Cert Students Leaving Cert Students
AVS Tues,

06 Feb 2018

Subject Choices talk for the parents of present 3rd years & TYs

Information session on TY and LCA for the parents of present 3rd years & TYs

Parents of present 3rd years & TYs
AVS Tues,

01 May 2018

·   Subject Choices talk for the parents of present 1st years Parents of present 1st years

Transition Year:

Musical
The sound of ABBA’s greatest hits can be heard ringing through the corridors of the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town as our TY students are making final preparations for their TY musical ‘Abbey Mia’ which begins on Tuesday, 14th November. All the TY students have been working very hard at rehearsals which have been held in the school library, the Bosco Centre and the Parish Hall. The rehearsals have been going well and the students are looking forward to performing it.

The AVS has developed a reputation for staging exciting and enjoyable musicals over the years with productions such as Oklahoma!, Scrooge and last year’s outstanding production of Hairspray. Building on the success of recent years the Transition Year students of 2017 are busy putting the finishing touches to their production. The leading cast is drawn from the TY year group and they will be ably supported by a chorus of students from other year groups.

Rehearsals have been taking place since early September under the watchful eye of the production team Ailish McIntyre (Director), Eileen Carr, Claire Doherty, Tara Gallagher (Musical Directors) and Julianne Murphy and Karla Gallagher (Choreographers). Students not appearing in the show have been drafted in to help out with the show working in PR, set construction and design, stage management and hair and makeup. This is truly a whole team production. TY students Anna Riebeling, Tia Quinn, Sarah Mc Neely and Viktor Smus have been working together on painting the sets for the school’s upcoming musical. The four students have been working hard and the sets are coming along very well. The musical will take place in the Bosco centre on the 14th, 15th and 17th November. You can purchase tickets from the office and the assembly area at break and lunch. Adult tickets are: €10 and a child is: €7. Please see our Facebook ‘Abbey Vocational School presents Abbey Mia’ page to win tickets to the production.

TY Work Experience
TY work experience commences this year from the 4-8th December. Over the years TY’s have experienced various placements and undertaken many interesting roles over the last number of years in the AVS. We hope this class of TY’s will enjoy it just as much as previous years.

TY Sports Leader Award
All students are working hard on their coaching skills and are growing in confidence every week. The main aim of this qualification is to help students hone in on their leadership skills whilst helping themselves and others stay physically active.

They are currently working with a number of first year classes in preparation to coach in the local primary schools in the coming months.

Irish Department
On 7th November, the Irish Higher Level classes went to see ‘An Trial’ in the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon. The production is being directed by a past pupil of the school, Seamus Campbell. ‘An Trial’ is a drama on the Higher Level course and is part of the Leaving Cert syllabus. “The play is set in 1960’s Ireland and follows Máire Ní Cathasaigh on her relentless journey through life when she falls pregnant to a new school teacher in the area, Pádraig MacCarthaigh”. (see www.abbeycentre.ie for more). The students found the play very beneficial and felt it enriched their learning. The students had some time in Ballyshannon after the production.

Guidance Department
St. Angela’s College, Sligo (school of NUI Galway) held a careers talk in the library on Wednesday, 08th November at 2.40 p.m. The guest speaker gave students information on course and career choices available in St. Angela’s.

A School Leavers Information evening took place on Monday 6th November in the school. It will include information on CAO, UCAS, HEAR, DARE, SUSI (Grants), Scholarships, FET, Apprenticeships & Studying Abroad. Please see our school website for more information on this using the Guidance tab.

The CAO is now accepting applications for 2018. Apply by 20th January for reduced rate of €30 on http://www.cao.ie . The University of Limerick (UL) will hold a careers talk for Leaving Certs in the library on Tuesday, 14th November at 2.40 p.m. Attendance at the talk is optional. It is your responsibility to inform your class teacher that you will be absent from their class due to the talk.

The DCU Open Day will take place on Friday, 17th November 2017. A bus for 5th years will leave from the school (departure and arrival TBC).  The day out is optional.  A €10 fee towards the cost of the bus must be paid to Ms Mc Morrow by Tuesday, 14 November at 4 p.m.

Well Being and Health Promoting Schools
As part of the Health Promoting Schools programme, a defibrillator demonstration for staff took place on Wednesday the 8th November in the library The staff of the AVS completed an introductory session for the use of a Defibrillator in the case of an emergency until a first responder or emergency services arrive. Our thanks go to Ronan O’Keeney, John Campbell and Shane Connolly our three wonderful Paramedics from the National Ambulance Service, for the demonstration which is valuable knowledge to know in order to help save someone’s life.

Christmas Card Competition
LCA1 students are organising a Christmas card competition in order to raise money for a local charity. Students are being asked to produce a design in either landscape or portrait format using as many colours as they wish. It is not necessary to put text on your image. There is a 50 euro prize for the winning design and 8 designs will be printed. The finished entries are needed by Wednesday 15th November and can be left into Mr. Daly’s Art room.

Maths Competition
Well done to Kerri Marie O’ Sullivan from 1C who won the recent Kahoot Maths week competition.

Gaeilge
On Tuesday, 14th November our 5th year Higher Level Irish students will take part in ‘Gaeilge 24’. The aim of this challenge is to encourage our 5th year students to try and speak Irish non – stop for one whole day. Therefore, they must speak it for 24 hours at home, in school, in shops, with friends and in businesses around the town. This challenge will help allow the students to experience the Irish language in a unique and positive way. 30’000 pupils nationwide are participating in this challenge. Different events will be scheduled for students over the course of the day.

Teach Week
As part of Ireland techweek Ms Logue’s ICT classes are taking part in the Bebras Challenge. The Bebras Challenge introduces computational thinking to students by allowing them to solve interactive tasks online. It is run over 40 countries and takes place every November. The aim of Bebras is to get students all over the world excited about computing.

Science Week
Science Week 2017 takes place from 12-19th November. In the school there will be an interactive Kahoot Quiz running on Wednesday for all 1st and 2nd Year Students. 3rd Year classes will take part in a Junior Certificate Science Quiz interclass Quiz. 9 senior cycle students will take part in the ISTA Senior Science Quiz on Thursday evening.

Art
Well done to all those students who exhibited their work at the annual “Smile na nÓg” exhibition at the regional cultural centre. It was a huge success and the feedback relating to their work was fantastic. The sets for “Abbey Mia” are now complete and are amazing. Well done to Tia, Anna, Mia, Sarah, Wiktor and Eddie for all their hard work and patience over the last number of weeks.

English – MS Readthon
The closing date for reading in the MS Readathon is the 13th November. Sponsorship is then to be collected, and students are asked to return the money to their English teachers when possible.

Chess Club
Chess club will begin for 1st and 2nd years on Wednesday, November 15th in Room 4.

Chess competition for senior students will take place in the coming weeks, date and details to be confirmed. Winner will be crowned Grand Master.

School tour
The second deposit of €150 is due to be paid to the office or by Way2Pay by Friday, 17th November. The total cost of this year’s tour was finalised and details can be found from Mr Leyden or on the school tour tab on the AVS website.

Sports :

Well done to our students and staff in the PE Dept. on an excellent inspection last week. The feedback was very positive.

First Years
They have a number of events to look forward to in the coming weeks.

All classes will participate in an interclass Sportshall Athletics competition on Monday, 20th November organised by TY coaches. This will be a multi-event competition with the main emphasis on participation and team work.

In their Wellbeing class they are preparing to take part in a “Row Around Ireland” event at the start of December. Rowing was introduced to the school last year in conjunction with Donegal Bay Rowing Club and proved to be very popular. The rowing club has just begun their winter training in the gym on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm. It is open to all newcomers.

Our sixth years have insisted on starting their volleyball module early this year. They have high hopes for their end of year volleyball match against the staff.

Our staff training continues every Wednesday morning at 7am in the gym!

Good luck to our First Yr Sportshall Athletic teams who will compete in the county semi-final on Wednesday, 22nd November.

Training continues on Tuesdays after school and Friday during lunchtime.

Club training takes place on Thursdays from 6.30-8pm and Sunday from 10.30am-12pm. All students are welcome.

 

Girls Active
Girls Active will commence again in the coming week. The girls will be focusing on gymnastics; a date will follow.

Athletics
Good luck to the First year students who will represent the school in the Sportshall County final which will be held in Dungloe in the coming weeks. In the next coming weeks the first years will have an inter class athletics competition, which the TYs will be helping out with. Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups. Cross country training is on Friday at lunch time.

Well done to Leo Carey Mc Dermott and Rachel Gallagher on finishing in the top 8 at the All-Ireland Schools multi-events in Athlone. This is a fantastic achievement and should give them great confidence for the season ahead. This is the first time that the school has been represented at this high level in over ten years. Well done.

Girls Basketball
Training continues every Monday and Thursday after school for u16s.

1st and 2nd year girls training is every Wednesday after school in the school gym.

Our U16 girls were defeated by neighbours St Catherine’s on Wednesday 28-48 in the All Ireland Cup Quarter Final. The girls had a close first half with a great performance from Courtney Harron and Katie Timoney but the St Catherine girls were the stronger girls for the 3rd and 4th quarter with a great performance from Killybegs Olra Carbery. The girls never gave up and were unlucky to come out as runner ups. We wish them the best of luck in the semifinal.

Boys’ basketball
First and second year boys basketball training will be every Friday 3:30 – 5:00.

U16 and seniors boys basketball training will be every Monday 5:30 – 7.

Well done to our U16 boys’ basketball team who had a great win on Friday, 10th November against St Gerald’s. Castlebat 41-32. The boys had a great game with Shane Meehan scoring 23 points. Christopher Darby and Evan Gallagher had excellent games as did many of the boys.. Hard luck to our U19 boys’ basketball team who lost out to St Gerald’s on the same day despite huge effort on their part. Well done to both teams on the day

Girls Gaelic
U14, U16 and U0 girls training will continue after school every Tuesday, 4- 5pm and it will be coached by Ms Rooney. All age groups will train together. As stated previously, The U14 league will start after Christmas.

Hard luck to the U16 girls in their first game against St Catherine’s Killybegs. They will also play Deele Collage and Gairmscoil Chú Uladh.

The U20s are up against Séan Maguire first and they will also play St Catherine’s Killybegs, Carndonagh and Coláiste Ailigh.

Boys Gaelic
Senior boys’ Gaelic training is every Tuesday after school at 4pm. Hard luck to the senior boys and coaches Mr Leyden and Mr Griffin who lost to Carrick on Friday. They will have their next game against Glenties, in the next week, the time and date is yet to be confirmed.

U16 boys’ Gaelic training will continue every Wednesday after school. Good luck to the boys who play away to Carrick on Monday.

U14 boys Gaelic football training is every Thursday 3:30-4:45pm. Please ensure students bring all necessary gear. Well done to the U14 boys who are having a great year. They won 6-11, 1-4 against Carrick. The boys had a great game with Leo Carey McDermott and Josh McCrea showing great determination. The boys continued to dominate and finished the Carrick boys off in the second half.

Soccer
U15 boys training continues after school on Tuesdays. Good luck to the boys who will have their first game next Friday against St Columba’s, Stranorlar. A time and date is yet to be decided.

AVS Notes 27th October 2017

Parent/Teacher Meetings
Parent/Teacher meeting will take place after the midterm for 5th year students. The 5th year Parent/Teacher meeting will take place on Thursday, 16th November. In addition, the 1st year students will have their Parent/Teacher meeting on Wednesday 29th November. We encourage all parents to attend, where possible.

Staff Training Day
The final JCT training day for this academic year is on November 16th. There will be no school for students on this day.

Dates for your Diary

Organisation Date Title Target Audience
AVS Guidance Department Nov 6th School Leavers Information Evening

This will include information on CAO, UCAS, HEAR, DARE, SUSI (Grants), Scholarships, FET, Apprenticeships & Studying Abroad

Leaving Cert Parents
Parents’ Association Wed,

22 Nov

6.30 pm

Mock Interviews for Leaving Cert Students Leaving Cert Students
AVS Tues,

06 Feb 2018

Subject Choices talk for the parents of present 3rd years & TYs

Information session on TY and LCA for the parents of present 3rd years & TYs

Parents of present 3rd years & TYs
AVS Tues,

01 May 2018

Subject Choices talk for the parents of present 1st years Parents of present 1st years

Wellbeing
Yoga commenced last week for staff in the school and will continue for the next 4 weeks. Yoga is part of our wellbeing initiative for the school.

Irish Department
On 7th November, the Irish Higher Level classes will see ‘An Trial’ in the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon. The production is being completed by a past pupil of the school, Seamus Campbell. ‘An Trial’ is a drama on the Higher Level course and is part of the Leaving Cert syllabus. “The play is set in 1960’s Ireland and follows Máire Ní Cathasaigh on her relentless journey through life. When the young, vulnerable girl falls pregnant to a new school teacher in the area, Pádraig MacCarthaigh, even her own mother disowns her and her ‘leanbh tabhartha’.  Máire has no option but to travel to Dublin to create a new life for her and her precious child”. (see www.abbeycentre.ie for more)

Guidance Department
Can all Leaving Cert students ensure they have submitted their Mock Interview application form and CV to their Guidance Teacher as soon as possible please. In addition, St. Angela’s College, Sligo (school of NUI Galway) will hold a careers talk in the library on Wednesday, 08th November at 2.40 p.m. If you are interested in attending the talk please let your Guidance Counsellor know during class this week.

Wellread Award Winners
The PDST Wellread National Award aims to promote the development of a reading culture in school communities towards supporting the personal and academic development of our young people.

As part of this the Wellread committee held a Halloween short story and poetry competition for our First and Second years.

The winners were 2nd year short stories: 1st Savannah Timoney, 2nd Eva Jichi and 3rd Megan Molloy.

1st year poetry: 1st Sarah Canney, 2nd Ella Bruton and 3rd Conor Reid.

Transition Year:

Musical
The sound of ABBA’s greatest hits can be heard ringing through the corridors of the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town this November as students prepare for their production of ‘ABBEY MIA!’ a musical set to the music of ABBA.

The AVS has developed a reputation for staging exciting and enjoyable musicals over the past number of years with productions such as Oklahoma!, Scrooge and last year’s outstanding production of Hairspray. Building on the success of recent years the Transition Year students of 2017 are busy putting the finishing touches to their production. The leading cast is drawn from the TY year group and they will be ably supported by a chorus of students from other year groups.

Rehearsals have been taking place since early September under the watchful eye of the production team Ailish McIntyre (Director), Eileen Carr, Claire Doherty, Tara Gallagher (Musical Directors) and Julianne Murphy and Karla Gallagher (Choreographers). Students not appearing in the show have been drafted in to help out with the show working in PR, set construction and design, stage management and hair and makeup. This is truly a whole school production. TY students Anna Riebeling, Tia Quinn, Sarah Mc Neely and Viktor Smus have been working together on painting the sets for the school’s upcoming musical. The four students have been working hard and the sets are coming along very well. The musical will take place in the Bosco centre on the 14th, 15th and 17th November. You can purchase tickets from the office and the assembly area at break and lunch. Adult tickets are: €10 and a child is: €7.

Public Speaking Workshop
Alan Devine returned this week for his second public speaking class. He has over twenty years’ experience as an actor therefore, he is not fearful of speaking in front of a crowd. Alan will complete two more workshops with other TY classes on: 27th and 28th November. All TY’s will receive a cert of completion for their end of year portfolios. In addition, this workshop is vital as it will benefit them in writing a speech in their Theatre and Stage classes.

Ceilí
TY students have been learning the Ceilí with Ceilí dancer Clement Gallagher in the library every Thursday. The dance lessons were organised by the Irish Department. The students are thoroughly enjoying learning the dance and have been having great fun with Clement.

Mini companies
TY students have been planning Mini companies organised by the Enterprise and Business Department. A big selection of companies have been formed and the students are now developing the companies which they look forward to show casing at the school’s Christmas fair for the students and teachers.

TY Athletics Coaching
Several TY students helped organise and coach the 1st years Athletics Sports Hall competition which was held in the school gym. The students did a great job at teaching the 1st year’s new skills as well as coaching 1st years from the AVS who competed on the day.

Sports:

Girls Active
The final week of girls active will take place this week and it will start again after mid-term.

Athletics
The first-year Sports Hall Athletic competition took place in the gym on Monday; the first years competed against five other schools in a series of events between track and field. Well done to both the girls and boys team who finished in the top two and now qualify for the county championships; the final will be held in Dungloe. Thank you to all the TY students who helped and congratulations on an excellent run event. Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups and cross-country training is on Friday at lunch time. Good luck to Rachel Gallagher and Leo Carey-McDermott who are both competing in the All Irelands in Athlone at the weekend.

Camogie
Well done to the Camogie team who played on Thursday 26th October. The AVS girls travelled to Convoy Centre of Excellence where they played St Catherine’s and St Columba’s in a blitz. The girls lost against Killybegs 2-1, 0-1. It was a tough game but the girls had a great defence line with Katie Timoney and Roisin Feeney making excellent blocks. Abbie Chambers made excellent saves and it was her first ever camogie game. In addition, the girls had a great game against St Columba’s, winning 1-1, 0. New players Rachel Gallagher and Ciara Gillespie had great games and it was also there first time playing.

Boys Gaelic
Senior boys’ Gaelic training is every Tuesday after school at 4pm. This year they will be coached by Mr Leyden and Mr Griffin. U16 boys’ Gaelic training will continue every Wednesday after school. The team will be managed by Mr Carty and Mr Lafferty this year. Good luck to the boys who will play Glenties on Friday. U14 boys Gaelic football training is every Thursday 3:30-4:45pm. Please ensure to bring runners, a warm top, water and a gum shield.

Golf
The golf was postponed this week and there will now be a competition instead the second week after midterm.

Girls Gaelic
U14, U16 and U20 girls training will continue after school every Tuesday 4-5pm and every Friday for circuits, 3:30- 4:30pm and it will be coached by Ms Rooney. All age groups will train together. The U14 league will begin after Christmas. The U16 girls will have their second game on the 10th November against Gairmscoil Chú Uladh. They will also play Deele College. The U20s are up against Dean Maguire first and they will also play St Catherine’s Killybegs on the 13th November, Carndonagh on the 23rd November and Coláiste Ailigh on the 30th November.

 

Boys’ basketball
First and second year boys’ basketball training will be every Friday 3:30 – 5:00pm. U16 and Senior boys’ basketball training will be every Monday 5:30 – 7.00pm. The U16 boys had their first game on Thursday the 26th October. They had a great opening with Shane Meehan scoring a few baskets in the opening quarter.

Well done to the Abbey Vocational U16 boys who played St Muredach’s Ballina on Thursday at home. The boys had a good game with Shane Meehan scoring two baskets in the opening minute. Benny Murphy’s Mayo side had a good defence line but that didn’t stop Thomas White and his excellent runs. Ballina’s Spanish student (no 10) continued to make things difficult for the AVS boys, but the boys never gave up and kept up there had work. The boys had an overall great performance but unfortunately didn’t secure the win. The final score was 28 baskets to 22.

Hard luck to the AVS senior boys who travelled to Carrick on Shannon on Friday to try to take home a win. The boys had a slow start but they continued to work hard. Eoghan Curly and Darragh Griffin lead the team. The Leitrim team were out on top until the AVS boys came back in the third quarter. They had a great performance in their second half. Unfortunately they didn’t take home a win. The final score was 54 – 42.

Girls Basketball
Training continues every Monday and Thursday after school for U16s. 1st and 2nd year girls training is every Wednesday after school in the school gym. Good luck to the U19 girls who play Loreto Mullingar away.

Wellbeing
Yoga for staff continues every Thursday after school for the next 3 weeks. Yoga is part of our wellbeing initiative for the school. The student wellbeing committee have been working hard over the past few weeks on improving our school environment, they have designed and displayed our wellbeing wall which is situated in the main assembly. They have also displayed a welcoming board with all 14 languages that are represented within our student body. Our committee have plans for many more projects in the coming weeks. Well done to Mikaela McConnon who was the winner of our Wellbeing poster competition.

 

AVS Notes 20th October 2017

Parent/Teacher Meetings
Our 3rd year students Parent/Teacher meeting will take place on Wednesday, 25th October. We encourage all parents to attend, where possible.

Staff Training Day
The final JCT training day for this academic year is on November 16th. There will be no school for students on this day.

Dates for your Diary

Organisation Date Title Target Audience
AVS Guidance Department

 

 Nov 6th
  • School Leavers Information Evening

·This will include information on CAO, UCAS, HEAR, DARE, SUSI (Grants),

·Scholarships, FET, Apprenticeships & Studying Abroad

Leaving Cert Parents
Parents’ Association Wed, 22 Nov 6.30 pm
  • Mock Interviews for Leaving Cert Students
Leaving Cert Students

 

AVS Tues, 06 Feb 2018
  • Subject Choices talk for the parents of present 3rd years & TYs
  • Information session on TY and LCA for the parents of present 3rd years & TYs
Parents of present 3rd years & TYs
AVS Tues, 01 May 2018
  • Subject Choices talk for the parents of present 1st years
Parents of present 1st years

 

Amber Flag

The Abbey Vocational School was awarded the Amber Flag and this flag was raised on Friday last which was the final day of our Mental Health week. The awarding of the AMBER FLAG is to schools who are due recognition for the effort and commitment they have put into generating greater understanding and awareness of mental health issues. The school have introduced many programmes and incentives such as;

  • Mental Health Week and Health Promoting S
  • Senior Prefects and TY mentoring.
  • Tree of Hope and Amber Flag notice board.
  • AVS Positive Mental Health Video.

First Year Ceili Dancing
The first years will be participating in a Ceili dancing workshop with Clement Gallagher on Friday, 27th October. The year group will be divided up on the day to partake in the workshop.

Art
The opening of the Annual Suile na nOg Art Exhibition at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny took place last Friday. Approximately 40 students from the AVS have work in the exhibition which runs until Friday, 27th October. Work continues on the painting of the sets for the TY musical ‘Abbey Mia’.

Countdown
New Countdown numbers are now on the TV screens. Place all entries in the box at main office. The competition will run weekly until Easter. Countdown is a maths based challenge and Junior and Senior students can participate which will ultimately allow them to partake in the semi-finals and then a final round. The more times you enter, the more chances you have of being selected for the semi – finals. The winners are in with a chance to win Shop Local Vouchers. Please visit the TV screens in the assembly and canteen area weekly for the challenges and more information on Countdown.

MS Readathon
We encourage all students involved in this year’s MS Readathon who are involved to continue with their efforts. Well done so far!

Halloween Competition
The English Department are running a 1st Year Halloween poetry competition and a 2nd Year Halloween short story competition next week. The poems can be any length and students can decorate them. Their work will then be displayed later in the week. Three entries from each class will be selected and an independent adjudicator will select the overall winners! Please give your entry to your English teacher by Wednesday, 25th October. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each year. Best of luck!

Wellbeing
Yoga commenced this week for staff in the school and will continue for the next 4 weeks. Yoga is part of our wellbeing initiative for the school.

Irish Department
On 7th November, the Irish Higher Level classes will see ‘An Trial’ in the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon. The production is being completed by a past pupil of the school, Seamus Campbell. ‘An Trial’ is a drama on the Higher Level course and is part of the Leaving Cert syllabus. “The play is set in 1960’s Ireland and follows Máire Ní Cathasaigh on her relentless journey through life. When the young, vulnerable girl falls pregnant to a new school teacher in the area, Pádraig MacCarthaigh, even her own mother disowns her and her ‘leanbh tabhartha’.  Máire has no option but to travel to Dublin to create a new life for her and her precious child”. (see www.abbeycentre.ie for more)

Guidance Department
Can all Leaving Cert students ensure they have submitted their Mock Interview application form and CV to their Guidance Teacher as soon as possible please. In addition, St. Angela’s College, Sligo (school of NUI Galway) will hold a careers talk in the library on Wednesday, 08th November at 2.40 p.m. If you are interested in attending the talk please let your Guidance Counsellor know during class this week.

Poster Competition
www.tacklebullying.ie The Tacklebullying.ie poster competition is for post-primary students to create posters which raise awareness, provide support to other students and tackle bullying. Enter by the 6th November and win fantastic prizes! You can find all the resources you need for the competition by visiting www.tacklebullying.ie.

Transition Year:

Musical
Wednesday and Thursday dance rehearsals will take place from 6-8pm and Sunday from 2-5pm. Rehearsals during the mid-term break will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday all day. We encourage all students involved to attend.

Public Speaking Workshop
Alan Devine returns next week to deliver his public speaking class. Alan delivered four highly exciting workshops to our TY students last year. He has over twenty years’ experience as an actor therefore, he is not fearful of speaking in front of a crowd. Alan will complete three more workshops with other TY classes on: 25th October and 27th & 28th November.

Ceili Dancing
TY’s are still actively enjoying their Ceili dance sessions with Clement Gallagher every Thursday. A huge thank you to Clement for all his hard work.

ETB Enterprise 2017
Ten TY students along with Ms Mogan visited LYIT for the ETB Enterprise 2017 on Wednesday, 18th October. Twenty-one schools partook and each team had to develop a product. The product was then judged in a Dragon’s Den-type set up. Teams were given a business mentor and an LYIT business studies student to guide them throughout the day. Entrepreneur Stephen Maguire from Donegal Daily spoke to participants in the morning on entrepreneurship success and failure. Another entrepreneur, Katie McGloin, the founder of the award winning KT Clothing Company and a student at Donegal ETB School Magh Éne College, Bundoran, spoke to participants on how to pitch a business idea.

The judges found it very difficult to pick an outright winner due to the high standard of work presented to them. Finn Valley College, Stranorlar who are this year’s winners. Second place went to Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Arranmore Island, while Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny came third. Well done to our students who participated we are proud of your involvement!

Further information and photos of the day can be found on Donegal ETB’s website (www.donegaletb.ie). Photos from the day can be seen on our school Twitter page! (www.donegaldaily.com)

Young Americans
The Young Americans will return this year for a three-day workshop in January from 26th – 28th. “The International Music Outreach Tours were created by The Young Americans® in 1992 to bring music back into schools, opening doors of discovery for the musical talents of young people. Since the first group of Young Americans stepped into a high school gymnasium in Florida in 1992, their Music Outreach programs continue to lead the way, creating the largest music education movement in the world.

Music brings people together for many purposes: teamwork, respect, accomplishment, caring, self-discipline, a sense of self-worth, and MUCH more. Their youth programs have touched lives in nearly all 50 states and beyond including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Ukraine, Gibraltar, Spain, Poland, Czech Republic, Sweden, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, China, Japan, and South Africa.

On average, each year the Young Americans visit over 200 communities and work with over 52,000 students from kindergarten to high school. Their signature workshops continue to inspire youth, empower teachers, and strengthen education systems across the globe” (see www.youngamericans.org for more information).

We hope as many students as possible will get involved this year. Registration will open in the coming weeks.

John Paul II Awards
Well done to the following students Philip Myres, Shaun Campbell, Margherita McHugh, Aidan McHugh, Cliodhna Thomas, Rebecca Caldwell, Ella Duffy, Cathal Feeney, Elizabeth Mackel, Mark O’Driscoll, Molly Quinn, Mia Reynolds and Matthew Wilson who were presented last week with their Pope John Paul ll Guild awards last week.

The Pope John Paul II Award was created to commemorate the late Pope John Paul II who was so committed to young people and who had such belief and confidence in them. The Pope John Paul II Award is for young people between the age of 16 and 18. The Award is non-competitive, flexible and voluntary and requires an ongoing commitment

Gold Award requirements
To achieve a Gold Award participants must complete the following:

Gold Award Activities Requirements
Parish Involvement: 1 hour per week x 20 weeks
Social Awareness: 1 hour per week x 20 weeks
Personal Reflection:
Top-Ups: 6 hours

 

Sports:

Atheltics
First year students are participating in trials for our Sports Hall Athletics team. The top 12 boys and girls will represent the school at the Donegal Regional Competition next week – October 23rd . Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups.

Cross Country
Cross country training is on Friday at lunch time. We encourage all interested to attend.

Good luck to Rachel Gallagher and Leo Carey McDermott who are both competing in the All Irelands on 28th October.

Boys Basketball
First and second year boys’ basketball training will be every Friday 3:30 – 5:00. U16 and senior’s boys basketball training will be every Monday 5:30 – 7.00. Good luck to the U16 boys who take on their first match next week on 26th October at home to Ballina.

U19 boys will also play their first game of the league this week, they will play Carrick on Shannon on Friday, 27th October.

Girls Basketball
1st and 2nd girls’ basketball training continues every Wednesday from 3:30-500pm.

U16 and U19 training continues every Monday from 4.00-5:30 and every Thursday from 3:20-5:00. U19 girls will play Loreto Mullingar in the cup on 27th October.

Girls Gaelic
Girls GAA teams will continue to train every Tuesday from 4.00pm-5:15pm. Please bring runners, a warm top, water and a gumshield. The next U16 game will be against Garimscoil Chú Uladh, Ballinamore on the 10th November. The U20’s will start their league on the 20th November when they play away to St Catherine’s, Killybegs.

Boys Gaelic
Senior boys Gaelic training is every Tuesday after school at 4.00pm. The boys will play Collaiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon on the 23rd October in Ballyshannon.

U16 boys Gaelic training will continue every Wednesday after school. They will play Glenties Comprehensive on the 27th October.

U14 boys Gaelic football training is every Thursday 3:30-4:45pm. Please ensure to bring runners, a warm top, water and a gum shield

Camogie
The girls Camogie team continue to train Friday at Lunch. Girls from 1st – 6th year will play in the Ulster Blitz on the 26th October, in the Donegal center of excellence in Convoy. If the girls are successful they will progress to the Ulster semi finals in November.

Boys Soccer
U15’s will train every Tuesdays after school. Their coach this year will be Mr McHugh. They will have a game against St. Columba’s, Stranorlar Thursday, 9th November.

AVS Notes 13th October 2017

Parent Teacher Meetings
Thank you to all 6th year parents/guardians who attended the 6th year Parent/Teacher meeting on Thursday 12th. Our 3rd year students Parent/Teacher meeting will take place on Wednesday 25th October. We encourage all parents to attend, where possible.

Parents Association AGM 2017
The AGM of the Parents’ Association took place this week on Tuesday night, October 10th. We thank all of our parents who have been part of our Parents’ Association over the years. Your contribution to our school is invaluable. The first meeting of the year takes place on Monday night 16th at 8 pm in the school.

Staff Training Day
The final JCT training day for this academic year is on November 16th. There will be no school for students on this day.

Talk for Parents
A talk by the organisation Jigsaw was held on Wednesday in the school on ‘Supporting Young People’s Mental Health’. This was for parents, guardians and those interested. Thank you to ‘Jigsaw’for hosting the informative talk.

Dates for your Diary

Organisation Date Title Target Audience
AVS Guidance Department

 

 November 6th
  • School Leavers Information Evening

This will include information on CAO, UCAS, HEAR, DARE, SUSI (Grants),

Scholarships, FET, Apprenticeships & Studying Abroad

Leaving Certs Parents
Parents’ Association Wed,

22 Nov

6.30 pm

  • Mock Interviews for Leaving Cert Students
Leaving Cert Students

 

AVS Tues,

06 Feb 2018

  • Subject Choices talk for the parents of present 3rd years & TYs
  • Information session on TY and LCA for the parents of present 3rd years & TYs
Parents of present 3rd years & TYs
AVS Tues,

01 May 2018

  • Subject Choices talk for the parents of present 1st years
Parents of present 1st years

 

 Wellbeing
This week was Mental Health Week and we had many positive mental health activities lined up for the week including drop everything and walk, sing for your mental health, study skills sessions, yoga, relax and read and many other such sessions for students. 2nd, 3rd and 6th year students participated in Headspace Meditation classes which were held with Ms Rooney this week; headspace aims to teach students how to meditate and relax for a few minutes each day. Mr Mc Hugh completed a 1st year ‘Drop Everything and Walk’ session where our students got out for some fresh air on the track this week. All week there was a playlist of music playing in the assembly area to help create a happy atmosphere. Ms. Carr and Ms. Gallagher conducted a lovely sing – song on Friday as the assembly area was once again filled with music, this time from the AVS’ own music classes. The staff of the AVS had a relaxation area in the staff room on Friday so they could unwind during some of their hectic day. Thank you to the Guidance and Music Department, The Healthy School’s team: Ms Rooney, Rosemarie Myers and Mr Mc Hugh for running such an amazing week highlighting the importance of positive mental health. Feel free to check out the #MyWee5 campaign on Twitter to see what we got up to this week!

Amber Flag
The Abbey Vocational School ws awarded the Amber Flag and this flag was raised on Friday last which was the final day of our Mental Health week. The awarding of the AMBER FLAG is to schools who are due recognition for the effort and commitment they have put into generating greater understanding and awareness of mental health issues. The school have introduced many programmes and incentives such as;

  • Mental Health Week and Health Promoting S
  • Senior Prefects and TY mentoring.
  • Tree of Hope and Amber flag notice board.
  • AVS Positive Mental Health Video.

Cycle against Suicide Ambassador school
The Abbey Vocational school was honored to be chosen as an Ambassador school for the Cycle Against Suicide. The school was presented with this award alsao on Friday as part of Mental Health week.  Ambassador School Programme aims to encourage schools to become actively involved in mental health promotion. The programme provides a framework, structure and incentive for schools to integrate mental health activities into their school planning and rewards schools that go the extra mile. The 5 gears achieved by the school last year were:

  • Mental Health Education
  • Project Work
  • Community Engagement
  • #SchoolsGo Orange
  • Get Active

 Staff Training
We have had many of our staff attending training in Instructional Leadership over the last few years as part of Donegal ETB initiative. This week some of our staff attended training in Carlow and two Donegal ETB schools presented to those who attended the IL conference on how they rolled out IL in schools. The Abbey Vocational School and Deele College were priviledged to be asked to present at this conference. We thank Mr Michael Leyden and Mr Christopher Hegarty for their excellent presentation .

Art
Work has now begun on the sets for this year’s musical. Thank you to all our wonderful students who have helped out painting the sets. All Credit Union Art Competition entries are now in; well done to all our entrants. The annual Junior Cert art exhibition, Suile na n’Og, is currently on at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny and it features work from a number of our students.

Countdown
Countdown returns with even more challenges for our students. The competition will run weekly until Easter. Countdown is a maths based challenge and Junior and Senior students can participate which will ultimately allow them to partake in the semi-finals and then a final round. The more times you enter, the more chances you have of being selected for the semi – finals. The winners are in with a chance to win Shop Local Vouchers. Please visit the TV screens in the assembly and canteen area weekly for the challenges and more information on Countdown.

Guidance Department
The IT Sligo Open Day will take place on Thursday, 19 October 2017. A bus for 5th years will leave from the school.  The day out is optional.  A €5 fee towards the cost of the bus must be paid to Ms Mc Morrow by Tuesday, 17 October at 4 p.m. In addition, The North-West Regional College, Derry, are visiting the school on Friday, 20th October. There will be a talk from 2.40 p.m. until 3.20 p.m. for Leaving Certs. Please let your Guidance Councillor know if you would like to attend. Lastly, Dublin City University (DCU) will hold a careers talk in the library on Tuesday, 17 October at 2.40 p.m. If you are interested in attending the talk please let the Guidance Department know during class this week.

Study Skills Courses
Our Leaving Cert students participated in a 6th year study skills session with Mr Michael Bond who delivered an excellent session on study skills and motivation. Our 5th year students participated in a study workshop with the trudent enrichment services on Wednesday, 11th October which also was a excellent workshop on how to approach study and to break down sizeable areas of study into manageable pieces. Students benefit from such sessions in reviewing how best to study and they pick up many tools to assist them in this area.

Prefects
Congratulations to our students who are prefects this year and we know you will uphold the duty with respect and diligence. Prefects are in place to help the student body and community. This years prefects are:

Juniors (red badge)
Laura Kennedy, Maeve Eccles, Rachel Kerrigan, Grace Cannon, Aoife Duffy, Beth Taggart, Jennifer Blain, Rachel Shovlin, Louise Burke, Niamh Doherty and Aine Gallagher.

Senior (blue badges)
Aine Gillespie, Kara Meehan, Cathal Canavan, Patrick Breslin, Caitlin Norby, Eryn Doherty, Neasa Gorrell, Aoife Curran, Patrick Boyle, Georgia Gallagher and Lauren Kee.

MS Readathon
We encourage all students involved in this year’s MS Readathon who are involved to continue with their efforts. Well done so far!

Spanish
Spanish Club continues on Monday in Room 1 with Ms Mc Nulty. All first year’s welcome.

Debate Club
The AVS are recruiting any first-year students who are interested in joining a debate club. Students who are interested may give their name to their English teacher or Ms Murray. We will have more details to follow soon.

Transition Year:

Musical
Wednesday and Thursday dance rehearsals will take place for ‘Mammia Mia’ from 6-8pm. The Sunday dance rehearsals have been cancelled. On Wednesday music rehearsals will take place from 3:30-5:30pm. All rehearsals will take place in the library unless stated otherwise.

Safety Road Show
The Safety Road Show was held this Tuesday in the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny. A huge thank you to The Donegal County Council who hosted the event. Our TY’s felt it was a valuable experience as it offered them different perspectives of how poor driving behaviour on the roads can affect families, doctors, paramedics and victims involved.

Public Speaking Workshop
Alan Devine returned this Thursday to deliver his public speaking class. Alan delivered four highly exciting workshops to our TY students last year. He has over twenty years’ experience as an actor therefore, he is not fearful of speaking in front of a crowd. The TY’s said “it was really fun” and “he definitely made me more aware of how it’s important to sound confident, even if you don’t feel it!”. It will be of great benefit to this year’s TY’s in preparation for life! Alan will complete three more workshops with other TY classes on: 25th October and 27th & 28th November.

Ger Carey – Standup Comedian
The TY’s had a hilarious time in Ballybofey on Wednesday when they watched Ger Carey’s hilarious stand – up comedy show. Thirty – four students, Ms Mc Partlan, Ms Murray and Mary Crawford had a cracking time at the show where Ger Carey uncovered the strange world of the teenager and their life in school.

The aim of the show is to get our students to laugh at themselves and understand that we are all different. This trip was part of their English course to teach students how confidence is important in life, not just when you’re on the stage! Before and after the show students had some time to grab a coffee and food in Ballybofey.

Sports:

Atheltics
First year students are participating in trials for our Sports Hall Athletics team. The top 12 boys and girls will represent the school at the Donegal Regional Competition on October 23rd . Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups.

Cross country training is on Friday at lunch time. We encourage all interested to attend.

Good luck to Rachel Gallagher and Leo Carey McDermott who are both competing in the All Irelands on the 28th October.

Girls Basketball
Well done to the U16 girls who won yet another match! The U16 girls are having a great year so far.

The U16s girls defeated St. Ronans, Lurgan last Thursday the 12th of October 39 – 15. Overall great team performance with Courtney Harron, Katie Timoney and Sophie Carr on flying form.

They now go on to meet the winners of Castlerea CS vs St. Catherine’s Killybegs in the All Ireland Quarter Final Cup.

Our U19 girls’ basketball team are away to Loreto College, Mullingar this Monday 19th October in the first round of the All Ireland Cup.

Both teams also play St Catherine’s Killybegs in the next round of the league.  We wish both teams good luck in their games.

Training continues Mondays and Thursdays after school for our U16 and U19 girls.

Training for 1st and 2nd year girls is on Wednesday after school.

Boys Basketball
First and second year boys’ basketball training will be every Friday 3:30 – 5:00. U16 and senior’s boys basketball training will be every Monday 5:30 – 7.00. Good luck to the U16 boys who take on their first match on the 26th October at home to Ballina.

Girls Gaelic
U14, U16 and U20 girls training will change to every Tuesday from 4:15-5:15 from this week and it will be coached by Ms Rooney. Please bring runners, a warm top, water and a gumshield.

The U14 league will start after Christmas. The U20’s are up against Dean Maguire first and they will also play St. Catherine’s, Killybegs, on the 13th November, Carndonagh on the 23rd November and Colaíste Ailigh on the 30th November.

U16’s played their first game last Friday against St Catherine’s Killybegs. It was a very competitive game. Both teams shared scores throughout the game but St Catherine’s edged in front with two goals in the last few minutes of the game.The girls will now play Deele Collage and Gairmscoil Chú Uladh on the 10th November.

Boys Gaelic
Senior boys Gaelic training is every Tuesday after school at 4pm.

U16 boys Gaelic training will continue every Wednesday after school. Mr Carty and Mr Lafferty manage the team this year.

U14 boys Gaelic football training is every Thursday 3:30-4:45pm. Please ensure to bring runners, a warm top, water and a gum shield. The U 14s beat Glenties Comprehensive on Friday last 1.16 to 4.03. Our boys were winning by 10 points at half time having played very well in the first half. With the breeze Glenties came back to within a point before the AVS pulled away again to win by 4. We play Carrick this Wednesday in our final group game.

Boys Soccer
Well done to are senior boys who drew against Dungloe in Maraghy. They AVS boys were 2-0 up at half time with Eoghan Curly chipping the keeper in a 1v1 and Shaun Kennedy crossing the ball from the corner with a follow up from Ryan Brogan. In the 2nd half things began to get more intense.

Within five minutes Dungloe got a goal but the AVS boys responded straight away. In late injury Kieran Monaghan broke away and was brought down by the last man; he got sent off. The AVS’ equalising goal was scored by Kieran Monaghan from a rebound off Ben Sweeney’s shot. The final score was 3-3. The boys’ next game is their last in the group, it’s against St. Columba’s in the coming weeks.

Golf
Good luck to Mr Plunkett’s team who will play the next round in the Donegal golf course next Thursday.

 

 

AVS Notes 6th October 2017

Parents Association AGM 2017
The AGM of the Parents’ Association takes place next Tuesday night, October 10th at 8 pm in the Library. We encourage parents to attend on the night. Thank you to all of our parents who have been part of our Parents’ Association over the years. Your contribution to our school is invaluable.

Staff Training Day
The final JCT training day for this academic year is on November 16th. There will be no school for students on this day.

Talk for Parents
A talk will be given by the organisation Jigsaw on Wednesday, 11th October at 7.30 p.m. in the School on ‘Supporting Young People’s Mental Health’ this workshop is for parents, guardians and those interested. All are welcome to attend.

Dates for your Diary

Organisation Date Title Target Audience
Jigsaw Wed,

11 Oct

7.30pm

  • Supporting Young People’s Mental Health
All Parents
AVS Guidance Department

 

Tue,

17 Oct

7.00pm

  • School Leavers Information Evening

This will include information on CAO, UCAS, HEAR, DARE, SUSI (Grants),

Scholarships, FET, Apprenticeships & Studying Abroad

Leaving Certs Parents
Parents’ Association Wed,

22 Nov

6.30 pm

  • Mock Interviews for Leaving Cert Students
Leaving Cert Students

 

AVS Tues,

06 Feb 2018

  • Subject Choices talk for the parents of present 3rd years & TYs
  • Information session on TY and LCA for the parents of present 3rd years & TYs
Parents of present 3rd years & TYs
AVS Tues,

01 May 2018

  • Subject Choices talk for the parents of present 1st years
Parents of present 1st years

 

Countdown
Countdown returns with even more challenges for our students. The competition will run weekly until Easter. Junior and Senior students can participate which will ultimately allow them to partake in the semi-finals and then a final round. The more times you enter, the more chances you have of being selected for the semi – finals. The winners are in with a chance to win Shop Local Vouchers. Please visit the TV screens in the assembly and canteen area weekly for the challenges and more information on Countdown.

 Study Skills
Michael Bond will be in the school on Monday, 9th October to deliver a Study Skills seminar to all Leaving Certs. The study skills guru and motivator Michael Bond is known to many for his exploits on the sideline of hurling pitches the length and breadth of the country, having brought the Offaly Hurling Team of 1998 to All Ireland success. However, his skills extend far beyond the GAA grounds of the nation, he is also widely acknowledged for his skills of communicating with young people. The seminar focuses on motivating students on timetabling study for maximum results.

 Student Council
The Student Council had their first meeting on Thursday, 5th October. The following students are members of the council: 1st year – Rion Carr and Orlaith Conaghan, 2nd year – Caitlin Ward and Shane O’ Driscoll, 3rd year – Hannah Crawford and Hugh O’ Donnell, TY- Aoibhe Timoney, Cliodhna Dunleavey, David Keaney and Wiktor Smus, 5th year – Aine Mc Gowan and Curtis Roper and 6th year – Roisin Ward and Shaun Kennedy. We wish them well for the academic year 2017/2018.

Guidance Department
IT Sligo will host its Open Day on Thursday, 19th October. This is an excellent opportunity for 5th Years to see what the Institute has to offer. A bus will leave from the school for interested fifth year students. Time of departure will be confirmed next week.

In addition, The North-West Regional College, Derry are visiting the school on Friday, 20th October. There will be a talk from 2.40 p.m. until 3.20 p.m. for Leaving Certs. Please let your Guidance Counsellor know if you wish to attend the talk.

Ecumenical Service
Our whole school Ecumenical Service took place on Tuesday, October 3rd at 11.15 am. This was a wonderful event where our whole school united for the opening of the school year. We would like to thank the staff and students involved in the smooth running of this event and all our students who participated by reading. We would also like to extend a warm thank you to our priests and ministers who were involved in the service.

Streetwise
Our first year students took part in an alcohol awareness programme over three days this week. This programme was delivered by a group called Streetwise and was a follow on from work done in Primary schools. Students were very engaged in the programme and feedback was very positive. Thank you to those who delivered the programme.

MS Readathon
First year students received a MS Readathon pack from their English teacher last week. We are delighted to take part in the 30th MS Readathon, which encourages children to open a wonderful world of adventure and imagination through reading for a great cause! MS Readathon is the perfect opportunity to encourage your children to read and the AVS is running it this year! We encourage all our students who are involved to continue with their efforts.

Wellbeing
A positive notice board is now established near room 10 which will contain uplifting quotes, positive school achievements and wellbeing activities. Keep on an eye on the board throughout the year! Ceilí dancing with Clement Gallagher was on all day Thursday in the library for a selection of 1st year students. Some students already had dancing experience therefore, they assisted our newcomers. All enjoyed it. Next week is Mental Health Week and we have many positive mental health activities lined up for the week including drop everything and walk, sing for your mental health, study skills sessions, yoga, relax and read and many other such sessions.

Spanish
Spanish Club started again this week on Monday, 2nd October 2017 in Room 1 with Ms Mc Nulty. All first year’s welcome. Last year was a huge success and we hope to see the same numbers as this year.

Debate Club
The AVS are recruiting any first-year students who are interested in joining a debate club. Students who are interested may give their name to their English teacher or Ms Murray. We will have more details to follow soon.

LCA Trip
The LCAs will attend a cinema trip on Monday, 9th October with Ms Mc Partlan. They will be viewing the new film ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle” the sequel to ‘Kingsman: Secret Service’ as part of their LCA course.

Transition Year:

Musical
Wednesday and Thursday dance rehearsals will take place for ‘Mammia Mia’ from 6-8pm. The Sunday dance rehearsals have been cancelled. On Wednesday music rehearsals will take place from 3:30-5:30pm. All rehearsals will take place in the library unless stated otherwise.

Safety Road Show
The Safety Road Show will take place in the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny on Tuesday 10th October. The Donegal County Council will host this event; it offers young people the opportunity to learn about the consequences of poor driving behaviour on the roads. The show hopes it will have a positive influence on young people and help to keep them safe on the roads in the future.

Public Speaking Workshop
The TY students will participate in a public speaking workshop next Thursday 12th October. Alan Devine will return this year to deliver the workshop; Alan has delivered four highly exciting workshops to our TY students last year. He has over twenty years’ experience as an actor therefore, he is not fearful of speaking in front of a crowd. The TY’s said last year they really enjoyed the interactive class. It will be of great benefit to this year’s TY’s in preparation for the musical. The dates are as follows: 12th & 25th October and 27th & 28th November.

Ger Carey – Standup Comedian
“Ger Carey is a hilarious stand-up comedian and is presenting a show for TY students on Wednesday, 11th October in the Balour Theatre, Ballybofey. Over forty students will travel to watch the show next week. By secretly observing his subjects in their natural habitat, such as leaning on lampposts, in chippers, outside chippers, in shopping centres and sitting on any kind of steps, Ger has uncovered the weird and frightening world of the teenager! The aim of the show is to get teenagers to laugh at themselves and appreciate the differences of others”. (www.hawkswell.com). This trip will assist students in their English course and teach them how confidence is important in life and not just when you’re on the stage!

Law Course
James Fahy returned this week to the school to deliver a workshop to Transition Year students. James Fahy, a Barrister, from Galway presented his ‘Law Education for Schools’ course to our students over the course of the day on Thursday and Friday. The students learnt a variety of definitions used in the legal system and about how the legal system works in Ireland.  They were also given information on a sample legal case and were set a challenge based on this. On the second day, the students received information on a second case. The students spent Thursday afternoon in Donegal Town Court House and they enacted the Trial.

NUIG Open Day
NUIG Galway hosted its successful Open Day on Friday, 6th October on campus. The Open Day was an excellent day for TY’s to see what the university has to offer. Students experienced the campus in the Bailey Allen and visited many stalls the University has to offer. They spoke to current students and staff and explored what the NUIG has to offer. A huge thank you to Ms Mc Morrow for organising the trip.

TY Activities
TY active leisure activities continue this week. TY (a) are participating in aqua aerobics in the Mill Park Hotel. TY (b) will be surfing in Bundoran. TY (c) will be relaxing in yoga and TY (d) are completing a self-defence class. Each class takes part in the activity for three weeks before rotating to the next.

Sports:

Lunchtime Activities
There are a number of sporting activities organised daily during lunchtimes. All students are encouraged to get involved. Everyone can participate in uniform but are advised to change into runners. The following activities are planned until Halloween:

Monday with Mrs. Regan & Mr. McLoone
Indoors: 1st & 2nd Year Girls Gaelic
Outdoors: 3rd Year Soccer

Tuesday with Ms. Rooney & Mr. Hegarty
Indoors: 1st Year Boys Soccer
Outdoors: Senior games
All-Weather pitch: Hurling with Mr. O’Neill

Wednesday with Mr. Daly & Mr. Gorman
Indoors: 3rd Year Soccer
Outdoors: 2nd Year Soccer

Thursday with Mr. Mc Hugh & Mr. O Donnell
Indoors: 1st Year Soccer
Outdoors: 2nd Year Soccer

Friday with Mrs. Gallagher & Mr. McLoone
Indoors: 1st & 2nd Year Girls Games
Outdoors: Senior Games
Track: Cross-Country Training

U-19 Hurling 
A South Donegal Combined Schools Hurling team involving students from Abbey VS and St. Catherine’s VS Killybegs competed in the county U-19 blitz in Convoy on Monday, 2nd October.
The team put it in a great performance with wins over Buncrana and Dungloe. They were beaten in the final against Letterkenny Combined Schools by 4 points, however, both the South Donegal and Letterkenny teams will now progress to compete in U-19 Ulster Colleges’ Competitions. Training continues every Tuesday at lunchtime.

Athletics
First year students are participating in trials for our Sports Hall athletics team. The top twelve boys and girls will represent the school at the Donegal Regional Competition on October 23rd. Training continues every Tuesday after school for all age groups. Cross-country training is on Friday at lunchtime.

Girls Basketball
Training continues every Monday and Thursday after school for U16s with Ms Carr. 1st and 2nd year girls training is every Wednesday after school in the school gym with Mr Mc Hugh.

At 11:00am on Wednesday in the AVS gym the U16’s Abbey girls played Ballinamore; they had a great opening with Sophie Carr scoring the first basket. The Abbey girls had a strong base line with Lucy Clinton, Aoife Greene and Katie Timoney each scoring a basket in the second quarter to help them take the winning position going in to the third quarter. The offence for the AVS girls remained calm and controlled with Aoife Greene completing some great runs on the day. The Ballinamore girls continued to play with a tight man-to-man defence. Both teams had strong and fast drives; the final score was Abbey 33 baskets, Ballymore 22. Well done to our U19 girls Basketball team who also played Ballinamore on Wednesday. Our U19’s won 43 – 20.

Boys Basketball
First and Second year boys’ basketball training will be every Friday in the school gym from 3:30-5.00pm. It is great to see such big numbers at training. In addition, U16’s and U19’s training will take place every Monday from 5:30 – 7.00pm in the school gym.

Girls Gaelic
U14’s, U16’s and U20 girls training will continue after school every Friday, 3:30- 4:30 pm and it will be coached by Ms Rooney. All age groups will train together. Please ensure students bring runners, a warm top, water and a gum shield. The U14’s league will start after Christmas. In addition, The U16’s girls’ first game will be against St Catherine’s Killybegs on Friday, 13th October. They will also play Deele Collage and Gairmscoil Chú Uladh.

The U20s are up against Killybegs on the 13th November; their first away game of the season. Start time is: 10:30 am. On 23rd November the girls will play away to Carndonagh at 10:45 am. Lastly, on the 30th November they will play at home against Coláiste Ailigh at 10:45 am. Good luck to all the girls!

Boys Gaelic
Senior boys Gaelic training is every Tuesday after school at 4pm.This year they will be coached by Mr Leyden and Mr Griffin. The Senior boys will have their first game of the year away to Ballyshannon in the next coming weeks.

U16’s boys Gaelic training will continue every Wednesday after school. The team will be managed by Mr Carty and Mr Lafferty this year. U14’s boys Gaelic football training is every Thursday 3:30-4:45pm. Please ensure to bring runners, a warm top, water and a gum shield.

The Abbey boys had their first game of the year away to Ballyshannon on Thursday 5th October. They were against the wind in the first half, hitting wide after wide and failed to put a score on the board but they didn’t give up. Oisín Bryson made some excellent saves, he was quick in reaction and wasn’t afraid to dive. Eoin Gorrell scored an excellent goal from a free kick and popped a point over the bar. In addition, Patrick Lynch and Alex McCalmont got substituted on. It was a rough game with a total of 3 red cards shown. The final score was Ballyshannon 5-5 to Abbey 2-5.

Well done to our U14 boys and coaches Mr O Donnell and Mr Mc Loone who had a good win on Thursday the 5th of October away to Coláiste Cholmcille Ballyshannon?

Final score of the game was 3.15 to 2.03 against Coláiste Cholmcille. The game was played in Ballyshannon, it was well contested in the first half with AVS pulling away in the second half.

The boys played very well on what was their first day out. They now play Glenties Comp away on Friday.

Boys Soccer
The senior boys’ first league game will be on the 9th October away to Dungloe.

Golf
Well done to Mr Plunket’s golf team who took part in the first round on Monday 2nd October. The team consisted of: Connor Mc Goldrick (Captain), Sophie Carr, Jaden Mgbam, Jamie Crawford, Victor Joe Mitchell and Odhrán Quinn. The team competed against St. Eunans, Letterkenny and Loreto, Milford.