Academic

Ecology Trip to Killarney National Park

October 5, 2016

On Thursday 22nd September, the Leaving Certificate Biology and Agricultural Science students from Desmond College travelled to Killarney National Park where they participated in a Ecology study as part of their Leaving Cert course.

The students got to experience first hand what it would be like to be an ecologist through carrying out their own field study.

They used a variety of apparatus to collect and identify a large quantity of flora and fauna. They used mammal traps to catch voles and mice and measured a number of different abiotic factors that influence the particular species present in the habitat.

This is an excellent trip in preparation for both the Biology and Agricultural Science leaving certificate exam.


Sept 22, 2016: A well deserved break for some of Desmond College’s Leaving Cert students on their Ecology Trip to Killarney National Park.
A well deserved break for some of Desmond College’s Leaving Cert students on their Ecology Trip to Killarney National Park.


22nd Sept 2016: Niamh Liston, Roisin Nolan,Orla Wrenn, Emma Herbert and Sinead Leahy enjoying Killarney National Park
Niamh Liston, Roisin Nolan,Orla Wrenn, Emma Herbert and Sinead Leahy enjoying Killarney National Park.


Sept 22, 2016: Micheal Collins and Claire Mortell examine how Deer are adapted to their environment.
Micheal Collins and Claire Mortell examine how Deer are adapted to their environment.


22nd Sept 2016: Chloe Collins, Shannon McKenna, Meaghan Hartigan and Hannah Barrett examine the species present in the habitat using a quadrat
Chloe Collins, Shannon McKenna, Meaghan Hartigan and Hannah Barrett examine the species present in the habitat using a quadrat.


22nd Sept 2016: Jason Byrnes gets up close and personal with a vole
Jason Byrnes gets up close and personal with a vole.

iPad Education Success

September 15, 2016

It’s that time of year again, when our First Year students receive their iPads equipped with the books and apps required for the year ahead.

It is no doubt that iPad education has been a tremendous success since we launched the initiative this time last year. Our students have become masters in the use of ICT and have a new respect for education.

Desmond College has shown leadership in learning through the use of technology, we have taken the steps required to become fully equipped to deliver education to our students to the highest of standards.

We have taken a professional approach to the deployment of iPads in Desmond College – we have the assistance of a company called Wriggle.

The Wriggle team have the expertise and the experience necessary to successfully integrate technology into the education environment. They are currently working with a number of the leading schools across the Country and provide outstanding 1:1 support to our students, teachers and parents.


September 2016: Excitement as some of the Newcastle West Desmond College first year students open their iPads
Excitement as some First Years open their iPads that arrive in school for them.

Meet our First Year Biologists!!

September 17, 2014

Students from Ms Gemma Buicke Science Class in Desmond College Making 3D Animal Cells Students from Desmond College First Year Classes Fionn and Fidelma Making 3D Animal Cells in Science Class September 2014 Desmond College Students from Rang Fionn and Rang Fidelma Making 3D Animal Cells for Ms Gemma Buicke's Science Class 2014 - 2015 Desmond College First Year Students (2014-2015) making 3D Animal Cells in Science Class Desmond College First Year Student in Science Class Desmond College Rang Fionn and Rang Fidelma 3D Animal Cells.

Rang Fionn and Rang Fidelma are out to impress with their fantastic 3D animal cells.

From balloons to jelly –  it’s fair to say that no kitchen cupboard is safe anymore!

Well done Rang Fionn and Rang Fidelma for your hard work in science class with Ms. Gemma Buicke.

Desmond College First Year Biologists!