Principal’s Welcome

September 2, 2015

Desmond College Principal : Ms Vourneen Gavin Barry

I’m delighted to welcome you all to our website.

I hope you enjoy browsing through this site and

getting to know us better.

Ms. Vourneen Gavin Barry
Principal

North Munster Cross Country Championships

February 9, 2016

Desmond College Boys U15 Team at the North Munster Cross Country Championships in Pallaskenry recently
Desmond College Boys U15 Team at the North Munster
Cross Country Championships in Pallaskenry recently.

 

Desmond College Boys U17 Cross Country Team keeping warm ahead of their race at the North Munster Championships
Desmond College Boys U17 Cross Country Team keeping
warm ahead of their race at the North Munster Championships.

Wheelchair Basketball Workshop in Desmond College

February 8, 2016

Feb 2016: Wheelchair Basketball Workshop given by the Irish Wheelchair Association for Desmond College Transition Year Students
Amy Ni Rian, Sophie Bridgeman, Mary O Connor and Amy Ryan pictured during a Wheelchair Basketball Workshop given to TY students by the Irish Wheelchair Basketball Association.

Feb 2016: Wheelchair Basketball Workshop given by the Irish Wheelchair Association for Desmond College Transition Year Students
Caoimhe Danagher and Muireann Tobin pictured during a Wheelchair Basketball workshop given to TY students by the Irish Wheelchair Basketball Association.

Feb 2016: Wheelchair Basketball Workshop given by the Irish Wheelchair Association for Desmond College Transition Year Students
Michael Hogan, Tomas McCarthy, Ronan St. John, Ryan White, John Byrnes, Shane Normoyle and Micheal Collins pictured during a wheelchair basketball workshop in Desmond College recently.

North Munster Cross Country Championships

February 8, 2016

Feb 2016: Nathan Wright, Desmond College, Bronze medal winner at the North Munster Cross Country Championships.
Nathan Wright, Desmond College, Bronze medal winner at the North Munster Cross Country Championships. Nathan has now qualified for the Munster finals next week in CIT.


Feb 2016: Catherine Cahill and Clodagh McNamee pictured at the North Munster Cross Country Championships in Pallaskenry recently.
Catherine Cahill and Clodagh McNamee pictured at the North Munster Cross Country Championships in Pallaskenry recently.

Information on Junior Cycle English for Parents of Second Years

February 8, 2016

February 4th, 2016

 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

 

With the changes to Junior Cycle English there is now a move away from a final exam that accounts for 100% of the final grade to an on-going style of assessment.

The change that has been put in place for English in the current second year class of 2015/2016 is as follows:

  • There is now 10% of the final grade to be achieved in on-going assessment,
  • in addition to this, there is also a grading comment that will be placed on the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA).

The JCPA will be awarded for the first time in Autumn 2017 and will display results in the traditional sense as well as displaying a broader picture of the students’ achievement in other areas of learning after their Junior Cert.

These assessments are to be known as Classroom Based Assessments (CBAs) with one conducted in second year and one conducted in third year. These CBA’s will be completed in school time during a nationally assigned date and they will be specified by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. The CBA Task is worth 10% of the final grade will take place in December of third year during two 40 minute classroom periods. This will be a written assessment that will be graded by the Department of Education examiners with the students final Junior Cert Exam.

The English Department here in Desmond have compiled an information sheet for you overleaf to keep you up to date with the changes relevant to your son/daughter.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS!!

In Desmond College, our current 2nd year students will do:

  • Oral presentation based on research from Friday 29th of April – May 20th 2016
  • A comment will appear on your child’s Junior Cycle Profile Achievement after their Junior Cert Results.
    • ✓ There is great freedom with the topics for oral as they can present on a hobby, an event, a person of interest, any research into an area of interest or a performance piece can be completed.
    • ✓ The Oral Communication Assessment (presentation) will have to be 3 mins long and presented in the class.
    • ✓ It will be graded by the English Department within the school.
      Teachers from the English Department will then meet at a Subject Learning and Assessment Review Meeting following each CBA. At this meeting teachers will share and discuss samples of their students’ work in order to form a common understanding of the quality of student learning and ensure fairness in the awarding of comments.

 

Please remember that we are currently practicing different forms of Oral/presentation with all 2nd year students in English classes so we would encourage you to chat about these and encourage them in their research of the topic and the presenting of it at home.

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES FOR JUNIOR CYCLE ENGLISH:

Friday 2nd December 2016:
2nd Classroom based Assessment, English Teachers will help students to choose 4 pieces of their best work and they will be assessed by the English Department. Again the comment will appear on their Junior Cycle Profile cert after their Junior Cert.

5th-9th December 2016:
Classroom based Assessment Task is an assessment set by the Department of Education and will be carried out in English classes between the 5th-9th December 2016.This assessment will form 10% of the overall grade and will be sent back to the Department to be marked by independent examiners with students’ final Junior cert exam.

 

The English Department have been preparing and informing our students of any relevant information and we will keep parents notified of any important dates and assessment information.

Please contact any of the relevant English teachers if you need any further information. See www.juniorcycle.ie for more details.

We will inform you of any further updates or changes implemented by the Department of Education if they arise.

Desmond College English Department

“Operation Transformation : Fitness Challenge”

February 4, 2016

Feb 2016: Some First Year students from Desmond College participating in ‘Operation Transformation – Fitness Challenge’  as part of their Physical Education Programme
Feb 2016: Some First Year students from Desmond College participating in ‘Operation Transformation – Fitness Challenge’ as part of their Physical Education Programme.

SKY SPORTS Living for Sports Programme visits Desmond College

February 4, 2016

Feb 2016: Darran O Sullivan, Kerry Footballer and SKY SPORTS ambassador with students from Desmond College during a visit as part of the SKY SPORTS living for sports programme
Darran O Sullivan, Kerry Footballer and SKY SPORTS ambassador with students from Desmond College during a visit as part of the SKY SPORTS living for sports programme.

Feb 2016: Desmond College students listening intently to Darran O Sullivan as part of the SKY SPORTS living for sports programme during a recent visit to the school
Desmond College students listening intently to Darran O Sullivan as part of the SKY SPORTS living for sports programme during a recent visit to the school.

Feb 2016: Chloe Collins, Sara Flately, Ciara Noonan, Stacey Flynn, Shauna Hallinan, Kara White and Orla Wrenn pictured during leadership training as part of SKY SPORTS living for sports programme
Chloe Collins, Sara Flately, Ciara Noonan, Stacey Flynn, Shauna Hallinan, Kara White and Orla Wrenn pictured during leadership training as part of SKY SPORTS living for sports programme.