Abbey Vocational School notes

Abbey Vocational School.


The choir and traditional groups are up and running with big numbers attending each week. Everyone is welcome to come and join in!

Student Council

Our student council nominees have been chosen throughout each year group. All of the student council members are doing a marvellous job at representing their year groups and are putting in a lot of hard work. Keep up the good work!


This year’s Junior Cert Art students visited the annual “Suile Na Nóg” art exhibition at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny last week.

The deadline for the Credit Union Art Competition is Friday 23rd October.


Many students have begun enrolment to participate in the Pope John Paul II award. We wish all of these students the best of luck on completing their task.

Numeracy Committee

The Numeracy Committee within the school have organised a Countdown Challenge and everyday there is a numerical challenge posted on the TVs around school for the pupils to complete. It has been a great success so far and they hope to continue it.

Green Schools

Green Schools meetings will now be commencing on Thursdays at 12:55pm in room 33 for those interested in joining.

Study Skills

Our Leaving Cert students participated in a Study Skills course with Amazing Brains last week and found it very beneficial and worthwhile.

Leaving Cert Parents Information Night

An information night for the parents of all Leaving Cert students was held on Monday night in the school. The Career Guidance Department covered areas such as UCAS, CAO, HEAR, DARE and apprentischip programmes.


Good luck and well done to Emma Cotton who left this weekend to join up with a professional Irish dancing group in Shanghai China. This is an incredible achievement and opportunity for Emma at such a young age.  Well Done!

Parents’ Association

The first meeting of the Parents’ Association took place on Monday 18th October at 8.00pm in the school. Officers will be announced in next weeeks paper. We thank the Parents’ Association for their continued support of our school.

Transition Year


The musical production of “Scrooge”, will take place on the 14th-17th of Decmeber. The students are putting in a lot of hard work and effort in rehearsals already and it is going to be a great show that is not to be missed!


Each TY class will be given a scene of a play to act out and perform in a TY All-Ireland Drama competition in Mullingar. The play was written by our very talented English teacher Ms Breada Logue. The students are in the process of rehearsing for their scenes; we wish them the best of luck!

A group of TY students travelled to the Hawks Well Theatre in Sligo last Wednesday to see the production of “Requiem for Julie”. They thought it was a very worth while trip and an excellent musical production.

Home Economics

A number of TY students are fundraising to go on a trip on the 17th November to professional TV chef Jenny Bristow’s cookery school. The students are currently selling lines for a very impressive Halloween hamper, and are holding bake sales every Friday at lunchtime. The students are enjoying the fundraising and we enjoy tasting their delicious treats on a Friday afternoon!


Alec Reid came into the school to talk to the TY pupils about The Gambia project last Monday. This was an interesting talk and now many students are raising money to put towards The Gambia project.

Gender Talk

All TY students took part in a Gender Equality workshop. The students learned a lot of beneficial information at this talk. The talk was delivered by Finola Brennan and Danielle Bonnor. It was a two hour workshop with both male and female students in TY. The workshop was an interactive introduction to human rights, equality and gender. Looking at identity, gender and social roles and how media can impact on these conceptions.

Road Safety Road Show

Last Tuesday the TY students attended the Road Safety Road Show in the Aura Centre Letterkenny.  It enlightened students about the importance of road safety and provided much valuable information. They considered it to be both beneficial and quite a touching trip.

Sligo IT

On the 22nd October the TY students will attend the Sligo IT open day. This will give them an insight to college life and to get a brief taste of different courses available there.


Each Friday afternoon the TY classes participate in a number of activities; including surfing, aqua aerobics, yoga and Zumba. The activities have been running for a number of weeks now and from the feedback, the students are having a fantastic time and throughly enjoying it!

Thank You

We would like to sincerely thank all of our TY students who helped out, putting in tremendous work and efforts during Mental Health Week.

Poetry Workshop

The TY students participated in a poetry workshop last week. The students really enjoyed the day and found it a fun and interesting way to creatively express their thoughts.

Sports leadership

The sports leadership course dates are to be announced very soon.

Sports News


10 students travelled to Gweedore on Friday 16th October for the Donegal Cross Country event. After the long journey the 2nd year boys were first out on the course. The AVS boys were Jorje Gimenez who was placed 12th, Conor Gallagher, Kacsper Pawlowski and Daley Bardini all placed in the top 30. Next on the course was the 3rd year girls. All 3 girls ran a super race, Kerri O’Loughlin 5th, Elaine Wright 6th and Abi Boyle 9th out of over 50 athletes. The last race of the day saw Oisin Joyce and Diarmuid Gallagher coming to the finish line side by side with Oisin just edging in front to get 19th position and Diarmuid in behind him in 20th place. Well done to all the athletes that took part.


The boys train every Wednesday at lunch time, with Mr O’Neill as coach. They are hoping to join the Danske Bank Noone Cup this year.

Gaelic U14 Girls

The girls train every Thursday evening after school for their upcoming match against Loreto Letterkenny, with Ms Patton as their coach.

Gaelic U16 & U20 Girls

The U16 and U20 girls’ teams train every Friday from 3:30-5:00 with Ms Rooney as coach. The U16 girls are preparing for their first match against Glenties, while the U20’s will go up against Dean Maguire, Tyrone on Tuesday.

U16 Boys Soccer

The U16 boys’ soccer had a great performance on Monday against Na Rossa with a winning score of 4-2. Great performances from Peadar Mogan, Graham Harron and Matthew McKenna with Peadar and Graham each scoring 2 fantastic goals! Well done boys!

U16 Girls Basketball

The girls followed on from their success against Killybegs last Monday and enjoyed a win in a great game against Carrick on Thursday. They put in a super performance against both teams. Well done girls!

U14 Boys Basketball

Any boy in 1st or 2nd year interested in playing basketball please give your name to Kara Meehan in 4C.

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