Monthly Archives: August 2011

Launch of New Website

August 26, 2011

Desmond College New Website
 

Desmond College launched its new website on Monday, 29th August 2011.  It will provide a valuable resource for students, parents and staff.

The website was designed by Shavac Bawn Consultancy.

Also, don’t forget to find us on Facebook – www.facebook.com/DesmondCollegeNCW and click LIKE to always have up to date information about your school on your Facebook News Feed.

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All Ireland Limerick Ladies Football Champions Visit

August 26, 2011

There was rapturous applause and jubilant celebration here at Desmond College to welcome some of the All-Ireland Limerick Ladies Football Champions to the school.

It was especially pleasing for students and staff to see our very own Maedhbh Nash, a teacher in the school, joined by Jessie Quaid and Catriona Davis both past pupils, victorious Captain Sandra Larkin, Alva Neery and Sandra Healy.

The Ladies gave simple and practical advice during a question and answers session with our eager students.

Our up and coming female footballers in the school were delighted to be given the opportunity to meet the players and to get their hands on the coveted cup during a photo session.

Our many thanks to the panelists for their time, and again congratulations on the wonderful victory.

1st year Trip

August 25, 2011

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Back to School …

August 25, 2011

Back to School

Student Return Dates 2011.

Friday 26th August – 1st years and TY ( Half day only).

Monday 29th August – 5th years, 6th years, LCA1, LCA2.

Tuesday 30th August – 3rd years.

Wednesday 31st August – 2nd years.

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New Principal of Desmond College

August 24, 2011

2010-2011 Desmond College Deputy Principal, Ms Vourneen Gavin Barry and Principal, Mr Padraig Flanagan

Former Deputy Principal, Vourneen Gavin Barry, succeeds Padraig Flanagan as Principal of Desmond College and Gaelcholaiste Ui Chonba.

Padraig Flanagan is moving to a new position as Principal of Castletroy College.

Vourneen Gavin Barry, who has been Deputy Principal at Desmond College for many years, is looking forward to taking up her new post and said “I am delighted to have been appointed Principal of this school.  I look forward to working in partnership with students, parents and staff, in maintaining the high standards of excellence that we have achieved over the years, both academic and extra-curricular.”

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Homework Club Trip

August 23, 2011

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CSPE Trip to Dublin

August 23, 2011

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2nd Year Trip to Paris

August 23, 2011

On Wednesday December 1st 2010, a group of 64 lucky Second Year students and even luckier teachers departed for Paris amid ferocious weather conditions.

Not to be outdone, they were one of only three flights to depart Dublin airport on the night.

Christmas time in Paris gave the enthusiastic Second year students the opportunity to enjoy the magical atmosphere, the lights, Santa and the giant Christmas Tree in EuroDisney.

A first time for most they experienced visits to the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, a stroll along the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe, a boat trip on the Seine and of course a trip right to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

It was effortless enjoyment for all especially as the unusual occurance of snow added to the atmosphere.

Students still had time to cram in some pre-Christmas shopping before returning home to Newcastle West.

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Transition Year Trips 2010 – 2011

August 21, 2011

The 2010 – 2011 T.Y. group have had many trips and we wish to thank every one of the teachers that made such an effort to give up their own time to organise these for the group.

The class visited:

  • Knock
  • Killaloe Outdoor and Adventure Centre
  • Clarion Hotel (“Spagetti Show”)
  • Thomand Park
  • Mary Immaculate College Music Recital
  • Hunt Museum
  • Killfinane Outdoor Centre
  • London

The year has been an enlightening and exciting opportunity for all the class. Each individual has grown in maturity and have developed personal and social skills that will stand to them for many years ahead.


They have been a fantastic group to work with and have been terrific ambassadors for the programme. Their commitment has made the year a success” – Kerrie Collins.

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2010-2011 Transition Year : Rachel climbing New Heights in Killaloe

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Desmond College Transition Year’s Hit London in Style

What an end to a brilliant year! The Desmond College Transition Year students left Shannon on the early morning flight on Tuesday 17th May, bound for London. And what a jam packed trip.

Seeing the sights of London – Buckingham Palace, Changing of the Guard, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus, Leister Square, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, London Eye ….. the list is endless but each and every sight will never be forgotten.

The group were also able to take part in educational activities such in a workshop in Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.

The natural History museum and the Science Museum were also included.

The highlight of the trip was the trip to the theatre to see “Dirty Dancing”!


Interactive Maths Initiative 2010-2011

August 9, 2011

Ms. Marie Ryan introduced Rang Aoghain to a new and exciting way to learn Maths.

Interactive maths software was bought and uploaded to the computers in the computer room.

For two class periods per week students got to interact with this software and improve their numeracy skills.

This was a new, fun and innovative way of improving numeracy skills and the students involved really enjoyed this practical approach to maths.

 

Paired Maths 2010-2011

August 9, 2011

Paired Maths is an initiative where Senior cycle students act as mentors to Junior cycle students in the Maths classroom.

Ms. Hannon carried out this initiative with Rang Bríd and the students from Transition Year acted as their mentors. This is a great way for first year students to improve their numeracy skills and also to get to know and build up a relationship with more senior students within the school.

Both class groups involved in this initiative really enjoyed the experience: Rang Bríd improved their numeracy skills and the Transition Year students improved their training mentoring skills.

Well done to all involved.

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Literacy in the Classroom 2010-2011

August 9, 2011

This was an initiative undertaken by Ms. Supple with first years, Rang Bríd. Ms. Supple introduced different strategies to make learning a lot more interesting and exciting for the class.

As a result of this the students from Rang Bríd improved their literacy skills and gained a lot more confidence in carrying out their course work.

The poetry contributions made to the yearbook are testament to the hard work of Rang Bríd and there wasn’t an Easter egg in sight!

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Literacy in the Classroom

August 9, 2011

This was an initiative undertaken by Ms. Supple with first years, Rang Bríd. Ms. Supple introduced different strategies to make learning a lot more interesting and exciting for the class.

As a result of this the students from Rang Bríd improved their literacy skills and gained a lot more confidence in carrying out their course work.

The poetry contributions made to the yearbook are testament to the hard work of Rang Bríd and there wasn’t an Easter egg in sight!

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Book Review 2010-2011

August 9, 2011

Rang Aoghain, with the guidance of their class teacher, Mr. Goulding, took part in a Book Review initiative. This involved the students travelling down to the local book shop to buy their chosen book, students also visited the local cafe for refreshments!

Students read their new book along with five other books over a six week period and wrote a review on each book.

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Chess Initiative 2010-2011

August 9, 2011

JCSP 2010-2011 : Chess Initiative

Mr. O’Rahilly our in-house chess expert carried out a chess initiative with first years, Rang Bríd. This was something very new and exciting for Rang Bríd.

Students got to learn how to play chess, compete against each other and a selection of students when on to represent Desmond College in a recent school tournament.

This initiative had a very positive effect on Rang Bríd and students gained a lifelong skill by taking part.

Well done to everybody involved.

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