Monthly Archives: May 2013
Transition Year students from Desmond College took part in the prestigious Young Social Innovator Competition which was held in City West Hotel Dublin on May 8th. This competition, founded by Sr. Stanislause Kennedy, encourages young students to take part in a social activity, to believe in it, act on it and change the world for good.
The TY class from Desmond College succeeded in getting two projects into the competition. The Beat the Blues project aimed at raising awareness of mental health issues and the Cardiac Screening Campaign focused on mandatory screening of young people for SADS.
As part of this campaign the TY Class, along with their teacher Ms Ciara Broderick, met the Health Committee and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny for a private meeting, to discuss the implementation of mandatory screening. It was with great joy and delighted that the TY class won a Young Social Innovator Award for their campaign.
However they all agreed that while they were delighted with their prestigious Award, their ultimate goal is to have free screening available to all people in Ireland under the age of thirty-five. This project was motivated by the loss of two young people, both of whom were very special and important in the lives of this Desmond College Transition Year Class and it is a project goal that all are determined to achieve.
Young Social Innovators believes young people are a powerful force in a community and one which can bring about change for good. This TY class certainly live up to this description of young people and are worthy winners of the Award.
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The annual overnight trip to the Burren is a much anticipated event in the First Year Physical Education Programme. In total 65 students went on the trip. The groups were split over two days, one group going on Wednesday 8th arriving back to on Thursday and the other leaving Thursday 9th arriving back on Friday 10th May. Each group set off in high spirits to The Burren Activity Centre, Co. Clare. The teachers accompanying students on the trip included Ms Creed, Ms Quaid, Ms Ryan, Ms Cregan, Ms O Callaghan, Mr O Brien and Mr Bourke.
The activities depended greatly on weather, and as we neared the Burren the weather did not look good with dark skies overhead. Windy weather was forecast so the planned kayaking had to be cancelled however an exciting alternative was offered; Caving. Students were unfamiliar with what was involved in Caving so the anticipation for this activity was high, a mixture of apprehension and excitement. This new experience for students proved to be a highly adventurous activity which offered students a rare opportunity to explore the underground stream ways of the Burren. The students got to see underground waterfalls, stalactites and stalagmites; squeeze their way through narrow gaps to reach further caves and use specialist equipment including helmets and lights provided by the Burren Outdoor Education Centre.
Students also participated in a number of land based activities including a hill walk up through the rocky limestone landscape of the Burren to a steep rock face where students took part in Rock-climbing. After a safety talk from the instructors, students had the opportunity to use ropes and harnesses to help each other climb the rock face. This was a real team working exercise which promoted trust, motivation and confidence in the group. Although it was a major personal challenge for each student, the help and support of the instructors and their peer group successfully helped each student to succeed to their own personal best. As students reached the highest they could go, they got to sit back and abseil back down the rock face with the help of their peers below. It was great to see students work so well together, guiding one another, communicating with each other and most importantly having fun on this rewarding activity.
Once back at the centre students got to relax, shower and change for dinner. Dinner was a great opportunity for students to share stories of their activities and the events of the day. Evening activities included orienteering, table tennis, soccer, and board games such as twister, and just before bed students got to unwind and watch a DVD. Over the two days, each group of students experienced new activities and challenges which the majority of students would not previously have tried or participated in. Students involvement in the activities helped strengthen team work, problem solving, co-operation and leadership within the group. Each group returned home to Newcastlewest after their overnight trip tired but happy.
Steven Brosnan, Tom Flavin, Shauna Tobin, Luke Barry & Simon Geaney, all TY Students from Desmond College trading under the name of F21-D represented Limerick Enterprise Board at the National Finals of the Student Enterprise Awards in Croke Park last week.
The students who featured in Dragons’ Den as well as the National Finals of Get Up & Go Mini Company have developed and sold their unique brand of screen wash.
At the national finals held on the 17th April, the students received a Special Merit award and were also chosen among the top 15 students in the country based upon their overall score, based on that they were also chosen to partake in a Business Boot Camp to be held in the University of Limerick next June.
The Bootcamp is being organised by the County & City Enterprise Boards with support from Ulster Bank. The venue for the Bootcamp is the state of the art Nexus Innovation Centre at University of Limerick. The 5-day Bootcamp will feature a range of interactive enterprise workshops delivered by highly experienced trainers to help students further develop their business ideas.
Students will also get to work closely with members of the Nexus community of entrepreneurs, including:
• Albert Quigley – Gnarly Adventure
• Aislinn O’Flynn – Sensory Toys
• Kris Zima – Mosquito
• Grainne Barry – Blue Leprechaun Games
TY students, Tom Flavin and Steven Brosnan, are presented with a cheque and framed picture by Bank of Ireland officials following their appearance on RTÉ’s junior Dragons’ Den.
Desmond College Cycle Club at 80km cycle in aid of CRY.
Cycle was in memory of Niamh Herlihy and Dara O’Donovan.
First year students visit Bunratty Castle as part of a History Tour which also took them to Craggaunowen.