Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town

Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town
Notes 09.05.16

Family Fun 5K Run/Walk

The Parents’ Association is holding a Family Fun 5k Run/Walk on Friday, May 13, starting at 7pm from the school. Registration is from 5.30pm, €8 per person, €5 for students, €20 per family.

Refreshments will be served after the race at the AVS. Come and support us and have a fun evening.

For further information contact 086 8223255.

Awards Presentations

The Awards Ceremony took place on Friday night last here in school. The night recognised outstanding achievement in many areas such as academic excellence and endeavours, sport, art,

drama, music, literature, poetry and other such areas. We congratulate all the award recipients and commend staff and parents for the important role they play in nurturing them. Well done to all of our students who received an award on the night. We are very proud of you all.

Our guest speaker for the evening was Mr Stephen Doak who delivered a most interesting and inspiring speech. Stephen Doak is a 24 year old from Creeslough who, after completing the Leaving Certificate eight years ago, began studying for a degree in Public Health and Health Promotion in the IT Sligo where he received a 1:1 Degree. Stephen was elected as Vice-President for Education in the Sligo IT Students Union where he worked full time for a year after his course and was then elected as President the year after. His job in the SU involved a vast and varied amount of work from lobbying An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to helping students struggling with college life.

Cardiac First Responder

Fifty-eight students completed the course under supervision and instruction from the team First Aid Aware. It is hoped to establish a team of CFR among the senior students in the near future. More than 250 students have now been trained to use AED.

Ecumenical Service

The Leaving Cert end of year Ecumenical Service will take place on Wednesday, May 25 at 6.30pm. All parents of our Leaving Cert students are invited to attend this special occasion.

Transition Year

Interviews - Transition Years students are busy getting ready for their interviews that will start next Wednesday. These interviews are a portfolio based assessment. The TYs are also preparing for their end of year showcase which takes place at the end of term. They are still busy with outdoor education activities such as surfing and trips to Letterkenny IT and Ikea etc. They are completing their sports leadership workshops and Foroige courses.

Coaching - Twenty TY students took part in a Gaelic coaching course on Wednesday, May 4. They had an instructor in from the LGFA. They are now qualified to referee games and hope to organise a Blitz Day for the Primary Schools in the near future. Well done to all who took part.

Lough Key - Some of our Transition Year students travelled to Lough Key on Friday, May 6 to take part in problem solving and complete the Boda Borg.

Lion King Workshop

A selection of our students are designing the costumes and sets for a production of The Lion King. Students are making animal costumes such as lions and birds. Our students are thoroughly enjoying this experience.


Fifty TY students travel to IKEA on today as part of their business module. They will tour the shop and see the business operations as well as the behind the scenes activities of the shop. Afterwards they will get to go to the popular sports shop Decathlon.

Balmoral Show

This is an annual three day show which features farming, agriculture displays and competitions. Fifty of our TY students will travel to the show with the H.E. Department in the school this week. It is guaranteed to be a great day’s fun.


Some students are travelling to Letterkenny LYIT on Monday where they will attend Science and Nursing talks and experience a small taster programme in that area. They will sample a day in the life of a LYIT student.


Seven first year students - Chloe Boyle, Maeve Morrow Herbert, Jack Lenox, Jake O’Donnell, Alex McCalmont, Emma Coulter and Richard O'Rourke - travelled to St. Columbia’s College in Stranorlar to take part the Irish Junior Maths competition. Congratulations to Jake O’Donnell who came second overall.

State Exams

The JC Metalwork day exam took place on May 6. Everyone did very well and were very pleased after it. The Leaving Cert practicals will take place on May 9 and 10.


The Art practical exam began this week. Students have their craft exam behind them and are now preparing for their still life and figure drawing exams. Entries for the CI Hub Logo Competition are now submitted and the results will be out shortly. Congratulations to Erin Bennett, Junior AVS Art prize winner, and to Jack Sweeney, Senior AVS Art prize winner.


Our school welcomed over 600 primary school children to the school for the Annual South West Donegal Athletics Competition. There were schools from all over South West Donegal. Thanks to all 35 Senior and Transition Year students who helped out on the day and organised the event. It was a great success. Thirty athletics students also travelled to Antrim for the Ulster Districts Competition with the aim of qualifying for the finals at the end of May. Next Wednesday, our top students who were successful in the Mile Challenge will compete against each other. Best of luck to all students taking part.