Monthly Archives: March 2012
Our eagerly awaited bi-annual Fashion Show took place in the Devon Inn on Mach 21st.
Teachers, especially many of our new teachers, and students alike strut their stuff as they took to the catwalk with the support of local fashion boutiques to raise money for school funds.
See some fantastic photos of the fashion show by Bridie Murphy Photography, here:
Fairtrade Limerick ran a Christmas card competition for schools in the Limerick City and County area. Students were asked to design a Fairtrade Christmas card.
Congrats to Gavin Browne (3rd year) and Ciara Madigan (1st year) were prize winners in their categories. The prize giving ceremony took place in Thomond Park in December attended by the Lord Major of Limerick as well as representatives from the Limerick Fairtrade Committee.
Well done to all the students who submitted cards for the competition.
More information about Fairtrade can be found on www. fairtrade.ie.
Transition year students are in the process of registering Desmond college as a ‘Fairtrade school’. Watch this space as a number of initiatives will take place during Fairtrade Fortnight in February. Watch out for their book mark competition!
Blackrock Observatory visit is a unique virtual display in the Science dome.
This year we invited Gaelscoil students ,our own First Year Science students and 5th year Physics students to the presentations.
With a remix of hit single and a twist on a popular TV show, our Transition Year students at Desmond College are hoping to provide a boost to a number of charities and community projects in West Limerick.
On the 6th of December students, teachers and invited guests launched the ‘West Limerick Charity Secret Millionaire’ project.
T.Y has been joined by Newcastle West Chamber of Commerce and the Lions Club in the initiative and are supporting them in the fundraising activities. The project will benefit a number of local clubs, voluntary groups and charitable organisations over the coming weeks.
Special guest on the night was John Concannon, one of the stars of RTE’s ‘Secret Millionaire’ TV programme, which has provided the template for the Transition Year project.
Transition year teacher Carol Liston explained that the scheme is all about civic pride. “Back in September, the class sat down and discussed problems and issues within their community that they could help under the Young Social Innovators project. They wanted to help clubs and organisations which might be struggling for money at the moment”.
The twenty one students have recorded a charity single a version of Aloe Blacc’s “I Need a Dollar”, which will be on sale across West Limerick. The students also plan to hold a number of fundraisers, starting with a primary school colouring competition.
The young social innovators programme ethos places huge emphasis on young people working with their community. Our TY Students have embraced this ethos by enrolling the help of the Newcastle West and District Lyons Club and the Chamber of Commerce. These organisations are extremely enthusiastic about working with young people, they will no doubt supply the students with encouragement, knowledge and assistance that will be vital to the success of the West Limerick Charity Secret Millionaire.
We encourage all parents and students who are involved in any non profit making organisations to ensure that their club or charity apply. It is a fantastic opportunity that should not be missed. Organisations interested in benefiting from the proceeds can download an application form from the West Limerick Charity Secret Millionaire website, http://www.wlsm.tk/ or application forms are available in the school Reception.
In March, the winning charities will be named at a special gala night.
The Desmond Factor has become an annual event for Desmond College, Newcastle West over the last seven years.
It is true to say that each year, the event becomes more professional due to the dedication and hard work of the teachers and the students that are involved.
This year, Desmond College decided to run the show for two nights and also hold a matinee performance for the local primary schools. At each show the audience were treated to a huge variety of performances, catering for many areas of the arts.
Thursday Night, saw 30 acts perform including winners from the past; Edyta Soltys, Leanne Quilligan, Alicia Magner, Vincent Markham, Leon Bourke and Laura Fitzpatrick all graced the stage.
The Desmond Factor diaspora combined with our current talented pupils, performed to 400 people for the Variety Show Night.
The audience were awe struck by the professional attitude of the performing pupils and the professional screens and camera shots. It is true that there is a science in producing such an event; attempting to merge appropriate lighting, slick sound and creative camera work with an ‘X factor’ sound introduction for each performer.
With good decision making by our organisers and technicians, every piece of the jigsaw fit together to give the public an outstanding nights entertainment.
On Friday afternoon, local primary school children were treated to a sample of the acts. It was an exciting show as many little sisters and brothers grew in pride as they watched their siblings perform on stage. The children returned to their primary schools with dreams in their hearts of the day they too will take to the stage and perform at the Desmond Factor!
The event came to a climax with Competition Night on Friday. Even in competition it was so evident that students helped out their fellow contestants, which shows the positive and caring ethos of the College.
In all 25 acts performed in front of a packed crowd of 530 people and 3 judges. We were delighted and honoured that Denis Allen (Writer of the famous song Limerick You’re My Lady) was able to join us as one of our judges. The other judges were well known dance co-ordinator and producer, Niamh Toomey along with Ola Goodman from Limerick’s School of Dance.
There were 6 categories of prizes, with a winner and runner up in each. The judges really had their work cut out for them as there were so many truly gifted performers.
The overall winner on the Desmond Factor was a wonderful and unique performance by James O’Connor on the Bodhran playing Avicci Level combined with dance music. It was a truly stunning and popular performance.
Group winners included Niamh Nolan, TY Drama (The Witches), Anastasija Kostockina (gymnastics and ballet combined), Rachel O’Mahony, Robert Toomey and The Show Goes On (Jeff Kadima, Van Mambouana and Damian Frackowiak).
Runners up in each category were Gemma Lacey, Shauna Cronin and Sarah Enright, Adrenalin dance (choreographed by Suan Murphy and 3rd year girls), Rose Magner, and the Republic of Desmond (drama sketch).
Particularly poignant was the dedication by Dance Group ‘Adrenalin’ and Drama Sketch ‘Republic of Desmond’ of their win to their dear friend Darra O’Donovan who passed away in December.
Each performance would not have been out of place on any talent competition aired on any television station. It was a credit to the students, parents, teachers and the wider community, to have a production of such magnitude and a calibre of student that can perform the arts to such a wonderful level. The show was made all the more special by the wonderful presenters on both nights. This difficult job was professionally done by the beautiful Nicola O’Brien and the charming Tom Flavin.
Special recognition must go to the gifted Daniel Cremin, for putting together the ‘X- Factor’ style introduction for each act. It was a master piece of technical ability. We are already looking forward to our show next year!
Thank you to Donie O’Conor and Bridie Murphy for the photographs.
View more photos of the Desmond Factor on Bridie Murphy Photography’s Facebook page:
James Keenan receiving his national award for his Leaving Cert.Construction Studies From Minister for Trade and Skills Ciaran Cannon T.D at the National Students Awards 2011 at GMIT.
Left to right: Ciaran Cannon T.D., James Keenan, Colum Lowe Teacher and
Padraig Cawley Chairperson Technoteachers Association.
Desmond College Leaving Certificate History student, Joanne Dowling, pictured with History teacher Ms. White, had her new research on “Josephine Baker” published by www.blackpast.org.
Desmond College first year student accepting his award as winner in the Tidy Towns category of the SuperValu West Limerick Tourism Schools Photography Competition.
Pictured also with other participating students and CSPE teacher, Ms. Margaret O’Connor at the Awards Ceremony in Desmond Complex.
Good Luck to our five groups participating in the qualifying heat of the “Nationwide AgriAware Green Dragon” competition on Wednesday March 22nd in Athlone.
At the BT Young Scientist they were invited by representatives of Green Dragon to submit their projects to the Agriculture and Environmental categories of the competition.
The projects and teams participating are:
- Chimney Turbine
- Warning Device for Slurry Tower Valve
- The Veterinary Caesarean section device ‘Calving Jack’
- Environmental Alternative to Pesticides for the control of Wasps
- Hair Today Gone Tomorrow
Desmond College’s under 18 football team in the Co. Limerick Post Primary Championships.
James Moynihan, Chairman of the County Board presenting the Camogie team with their award for winning the U/161⁄2 County Final. Pictured with Ms. Corkery and Mr. Nash.
Desmond College students’ interest in International cultures and traditions is alive and active in the school with the development of a new initiative, a week long range of educational activities especially dedicated to Multicultural Studies.
The brainchild of German and French teacher Ms. Meadhbh Nash and supported by many teachers, First Year students explored, researched and made presentations on various different cultures and traditions.
They enjoyed International cookery and tasting workshops, sports ‘country playoff’ matches and quiz competitions with a multicultural theme. The theme of the week helped develop students’ awareness, respect and inclusion of International cultures and traditions.