Abbey Vocational School Notes – 19th September 2016

Waiting finally over for Junior Cert results

Submitted by AVS


Submitted by AVS

Junior Cert Results
The waiting was finally over for many of our students on the afternoon of September 14th as this was when the Junior Cert results were issued. 145 students received their results in the school gym. Many happy faces were to be seen as students were delighted with their achievements and we congratulate them and are very proud of each and every one of them.

Junior Cert Training Day

The school staff took part in a Junior Cycle training day around the new Junior Cert with the JCT support team. The Statements of Learning and the Key Skills were covered on the day as well as the New Level Two Programme which is also being introduced.

First Year Information Night
An Information Night for parents of our first year students will take place on Monday 26th September at 7.00 pm. The evening will address the various issues that students encounter as they transfer and settle into secondary school. We are also very fortunate in having Helen Kelly give a talk to parents on the challenges that students encounter at this stage of their lives.

CAO, UCAS, DARE & HEAR Information Night for parents of Leaving Cert students

The Guidance Department will host an Information Night for parents of Leaving Cert students on October 18th at 7pm here in the school. Many aspects will be covered on the night including how best to support your son/daughter throughout this very difficult year.

Parents' Association

The AGM of the Parents' Association will take place Monday, 3rd October at 8pm in the school Library. The New Committee will be announced in next week’s newspaper notes.

Evening Study
Evening study for Junior and Leaving Certificate students continues after school, Monday to Thursday.

Leaving Cert Prefects

Interviews took place last week for the role of Leaving Cert Prefects. We will shortly announce our team of prefects for 2016/2017.

School Tour

This year’s educational school tour will be to Barcelona during the Easter holidays. Any TY, 5th yr or LCA 1 students interested in going can collect an application form from Mr Leyden. All forms must be completed and returned to Mr Leyden before Thursday 22nd September.

Student Council

The elections for this year’s Student Council will take place this week for any students in 1st, TY and 5th year. Anyone interested can contact Mr Plunkett. Any student interested in representing the Abbey Vocational School on the Donegal Student Council can collect a nomination form from Mr Plunkett. 


Students who took part in Gaisce last year must return their record cards to Ms Mc Devitt this week. This year’s Gaisce programme is now under way.


On Tuesday, 13th September the school celebrated 100 years of Roald Dahl. The TY’s surveyed the first years and found that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was their favourite Dahl book and the BFG their favourite character. Throughout the day the English Department held Roald Dahl classes and at lunchtime a group of students including Rebecca Sweeney performed songs from the musical Matilda accompanied by their music teacher Ms Carr.


The Business Department will run a Dragons Den computation this year for TY students to help them in preparation for their mini company business that they will set up over the coming months. A printed Business Plan, a Prototype, a PowerPoint Presentation – max 6 slides and a speech – max 3 mins) is needed. Companies will be at the start up/planning stage of the process but the idea has to be fully thought through. Each team member should have a clearly defined role and be able to answer relevant questions. Sales are not required. All need to show the Dragon’s what the start-up money will be used for.


Congratulations to Robyn Harvey Moulding who was highly commended in the National Competition Song for 16 for her newly composed song. Britain’s Got Talent choir director Veronica McCarron will hold choral master classes for our first years and TY students this week.  We are all looking forward to this event.   Congratulations to all our students that took part in ‘Les Miserables’ last week in the Bosco Centre, it was a thoroughly entertaining show with outstanding performances from many of our students. Well done to everyone involved.

Lunchtime Activities:

A variety of lunchtime activities takes place this term as follows:

Monday: Ultimate Frisbee for all: Sportshall.  First year Soccer: Tennis courts

Tuesday – Futsal Leagues for all: Sportshall. 3rd year soccer: Tennis court

Wednesday 2nd year Soccer: Tennis Court.  Senior Gaelic: All weather

Thursday – 1st year Gaelic: Sportshall. 2nd year Soccer: Tennis court

Friday – 3rd year Soccer: Gym. Senior Soccer: Tennis court

First Year Lunchtime Mentoring

Board games, draughts, cards, etc all take place on the stage area for all first year students from next Monday. All those who wish to enjoy these activities along with our Transition Year Mentors are welcome to attend.


Cinema Trip
On the 14th September the TY students went to Bundoran Cinema to see the movie ‘Hairspray’, as the school will be staging ‘Hairspray’ the musical this year. An enjoyable morning was had by all.  The students are now looking forward to taking part and helping out with this production.

Drama Workshop

Ms. Maura Logue visited the school this week to conduct Drama Workshops with all TY students. This workshop was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The entire TY group of 109 students attended the programme. Groups looked at life skills using creative methods. Role play and "issue based" themes were explored using freeze frames and scene building techniques. The pupils were offered a “kit bag" of drama exercises, easy transferable for youth leadership youth clubs or sports coaching activities. The groups looked at how simple things like - stance - directly looking at someone when engaging in conversation, - listening with full focus can offer  a better public image when in a new situation e.g. work placement. The pupils created a series of short "issue based" plays with themes of friendships conflict and "domino effect" scenarios The core theme being everything we do starts with "Self" .

Enterprise Workshop

On Thursday 15th September all Transition Year students were invited to the Millpark Hotel to attend an "Idea Generation Workshop" organised by the Donegal Enterprise Board. They participated in various team exercises that forced them to think outside the box and solve problems. The skills they would develop by working as part of a business team were highlighted. Each student received a workbook to assist them in this year’s mini company programme.

TY Activities
Each week TY students participate in TY activities. There is a different activity for each class and the classes do their activity for 3 weeks and then the activities rotate. At the beginning of the year the activities are Yoga, Aqua Aerobics, Surfing and Zumba. Rehearsals for 'Hairspray’ the Musical is ongoing and dance rehearsals take place every, Monday and Thursday after school.

TY Walk
A walk for all TY students will be held on Friday, 30th September. It is being held in order to raise funds for the school support activities throughout the year. The walk will follow a route in the Bluestacks and will be led by a tour guide and several teachers will accompany the students.

Latest “Hairspray” News 

Rehearsals are fully underway. This promises to be a fantastic show! The musical is open to all 1st years, 2nd years, TYs and 5th years.  The show takes place from 22nd November to 25th inclusive. 

Rehearsal schedule is as follows:

Monday - Full Cast lunchtime (singing)........   Drama 2pm-4pm. Full cast after school (library)

Tuesday - dance after school

Wednesday - drama after lunch (leads) 1:20-3:20

Thursday - 1.20-3.20 dance/lead songs

Leads, council, seaweed gang after school (library)

Friday - lunch everyone singing



Our U15 Boys soccer team will play St. Columba's away in their first game of the season on Monday 19th October. We wish the boys and their manager Mr Daly good luck in their first game. 


The U16 boys will start their competition next week.  Good luck to Mr Leyden, Mr Griffin and the boys. 

The U14 boys have also commenced training. Mr Carty, Mr Murrin and the boys will continue training ever Thursday evening after school. The boys’ first game is against Glenties this week. 

Girls GAA

The girls had their first training session last Wednesday. There was a great turn out with over 40 girls at training.  U20 will play St Columba’s Glenties, Sacred Heart Omagh and Holy Trinity Tyrone in the coming months. U16 are also due to play Rosses College, St Columba’s Glenties and St Catherine’s Killybegs in the coming months. 


The first round of the Donegal Schools Golf competition will take place in Letterkenny before the end of September. The Abbey Vocational School has drawn with Rosses, St Columbus and Gweedore. Good luck to Mr Plunkett and all the students involved in the computation. 


Training for the season has commenced with Under 16 and senior girls basketball training on Monday and Thursday evenings after school.  Training for first and second years takes place on Wednesday after school with Mrs O'Mahony. 


Athletics training will be held every Tuesday after school. This is for all age groups and Mr Aaron O Donnell is the school coach. Everyone is welcome to join. 


First year boys’ soccer training will be on every Wednesday after school from 3:30-4:30. Mr A O'Donnell will be the coach for the first year team this year. 

U16 and senior training will start this week. Anyone interested in playing U16 can contact Mr Gorman and anyone interested in play senior can contact Mr Hegarty. 


Boys U16 rugby will start this Wednesday from 3:30-5:30. Mr A O'Donnell is the manager, all players welcome. 

Girls Active

Girls Active will take place every Tuesday from 4pm-5pm in the school gym. Ms Helen Mc Partlan is the school contact for Girls Active. Girls Active is a physical activity programme that targets teenage girls. Girls are encouraged to stay fit and active in a fun, competition free environment. The activities range from Jiving, Crossfit, Yoga and many more. If you’re interested in meeting new people or trying something new then come along. Listen out for this terms schedule which will soon be announced.