Abbey Vocational School notes 15-10-15

Abbey Vocational School notes 15-10-15
Abbey Vocational School Notes - October 10th 2015

Abbey Vocational School Notes - October 10th 2015

Staff Training Day

Just a reminder to all that the school will be closed for a staff training day on Friday, October 16th.

Student Council

Congratulations to this years Student Council:

1st year – Hannah Crawford, Hugh McDonnell

2nd year – Anaoise Alvery, David Keaney

3rd year – Kerry McHugh, Killian Faulkner

4th year – Shaun Kennedy, John Relihan, Anna Griffin, Anna Travers

5th year – Michal Drzewiecki, Damaris Scott

6th year – Mark Boyle, Billie Jane Burns

Leaving Cert CAO, UCAS, Hear & Dare and Apprenticeships

A talk for parents of Leaving Cert students will take place on Monday, 19th October at 7.00pm in the School Library.

Study Skills

Amazing Brains will conduct a study skills seminar for all students in Leaving Cert on Thursday, October 15th.


The theme for this years Credit Union Art Competition is,” Happiness is.......” All non-exam students will shortly begin working on their pieces for the competition.

Numeracy Committee

The Numeracy Committee within the school have organised a countdown challenge, where every day there is a numerical challenge on the TVs around school for the pupils to complete. It has been a great success so far with hope of continuing it.

Green Schools

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


Any students wishing to partake in the new Gaisce group this year, are asked to register online at


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



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 go towards The Gambia project.


The TY students all participated in European Language Day last week. Each pupil wore a name tag which had a variety of versions of “hello” in many European languages. The pupils also completed projects on assigned European countries and found the task interesting and beneficial.

Ceílí Dancing

The TY students of classes 4A and 4C are participating in Ceílí Dancing classes once a week as part of their Irish projects, with dance teacher Sarah Gillespie from The Hub, Donegal Town.


A number of TY students went to NUIG Galway on Friday the 2nd, for an open day. This was a great chance for all these students to have a taster of college life, and get an inside to all the different courses that are offered in NUIG.

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 social roles and how media can impact these.

Road Safety Road Show

Last Tuesday the TY students attended the Road Safety Show in the Aura Centre Letterkenny. The students found this to be a learning curve about road safety and its importance in life. They found it a worthwhile and quite touching trip.

Hawks Well Theatre

A group of TY pupils travelled to the Hawkswell Theatre in Sligo last Wednesday. The pupils viewed,” Requiem for Julie”, and thoroughly enjoyed the production.

Sligo I.T

On the 22nd of October the TY students will attend the Sligo I.T. Open Day, to help give them an outlook on 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 students have been participating in these activities for a number of weeks now and from the feedback, are having a fantastic time and thoroughly enjoying the activities!


The TY musical, Scrooge, will be commencing on the 14th December to the 17th December. The roles were given out this week and many pupils got a part. There was great excitment throughout the year! Rehearsals have started this week and a great production is promised!


A group of TY students are in the process of producing a new toy for the market! The name is yet to be revealed but the toy will be tried and tested next week, so keep an eye out!

Senior Prefects

Congratulations to this year’s Senior Prefects: Evan Gorrell, Carol Gillespie, Shannon White, Brendan McCole, Rebecca Faulkner, Norma Taggart, Chloe Masterson

Mental Health Week Ireland

Last week was Mental Health Week Ireland throughout the country. Our school got involved in many ways and areas. The students had guest speakers talking to them about the importance of a positive mental attitude. We would like to sincerely thank all the speakers who came in to the school, which included, Christy Toye, Kerri Gallagher, Eskie Britton and Breffni Earley.

The students also attended a “beat the blues” workshop that was carried out by Emer Mullen. This workshop focused on positive mental health and on creating an awareness of when mental health isn’t at its best. It was a very beneficial and worthwhile workshop.

Thanks to Ryan O Donnell who ran workshops on a healthy lifestyle for second year students, Kerri Gallagher who cover cyber awareness talks for first years and for all involved in running the 1st Year Marathon. The staff took part in mindfulness workshops on the Friday to complete week!

The students took part in a “sing for your mental health project”. This involved a group of 45 guitarists and all of the TY and Music students in the school. The students sang a variety of happy upbeat songs to make them feel good and this was because it is a proven fact that singing is good for your mental health!

The TY students also organised a “tree of hope”, in the school which was a great success!

Any pupil in the school that wanted to, wrote down a word that makes them feel happy onto a piece of card and that word was then placed onto a wooden tree made by a group of TY boys. This was a great idea produced by the students and the tree had lots of positive words on it by the end of the week!

There was playlist of upbeat, positive songs playing around the school in the mornings and at break time everyday of the week. The students really enjoyed the vibe this gave around the school; and we hope to continue this. There was also various students who performed at lunchtime everyday during the week and we would like to complement the wonderful musicians.

A group of pupils from the school took part in an organised cycle for mental health during the week. Last Wednesday the group set off from the school and cycled around Lough Eske, back to Lidl roundabout, up to Laghey and back to the school. Congratulations to all who took part in the cycle.

Thank you to all of the staff involved in running this very successful week.

Walk In My Shoes

The whole school took part in the “Walk In My Shoes”, project. This meant that the whole school wore whatever type of shoes they wanted to wear to school and donated €2 to go towards a variety of mental health charities. €650 was raised.


Training continues at the same times with the girls U16 and Senior teams training on Mondays and Wednesdays after school and the 1st yr girls basketball will begin on Fridays after school.

Hard luck to the Senior girls team who were defeated by Dundalk in the All Ireland Quarter Final of the Cup competition. The girls put up a very good fight but were unlucky.


The U14 girls train every Thursday evening after school for their upcoming match against Loreto Letterkenny with Ms Patton as their coach.

Training for the U16 and Senior girls’ teams is on Fridays after school from 3:30-5:00pm with Ms Rooney as coach. The U16 girls are preparing for their first match against Glenties, while the Seniors are playing Dean Maguire from Co. Tyrone.

Training for the U14 boys commences on Tuesdays after school.

Training for the U16 boys is on Thursdays after school and Monday morning at 8.00am.

The U16 boys played St Catherine’s Killybegs last Thursday in Mountcharles but unfortunately they were narrowly beaten by just 2 points.

Training for the Senior boys commences after school on Wednesdays.

The seniors played on Tuesday morning against St Catherine’s of Killybegs and our boys came out with a comfortable win, with a scoreline of 4-17 to 0-8. Congratulations boys!


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.


The first game for U14 is away to the Royal and Prior in Raphoe.


Athletics training takes place on Tuesdays after school from 4.00-5.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come and join with competitions hoping to begin soon. There is a Cross Country Competition taking place on Friday and training for cross country teams takes place on Fridays at lunchtimes.

Reading Room

There is a new reading room up and running in the school at the moment. It is a great success and the staff are getting a great response from the pupils about it.

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