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.

FREE PROJECT MATHS COURSE FOR DESMOND COLLEGE PARENTS!

September 17, 2015

Is your child doing Project Maths?
Do you want to be able to help?

Day or Night Classes?

Text your name & preference of Day / Night to Meadhbh (086) 0442320

Home School Community Liaison

September 16, 2015

Short Courses Available: Enrolling now for September 2015

Free of Charge!

Courses Available:

  • Learn to Use an iPad
  • Internet Safety
  • Health & Beauty
  • Woodwork
  • Irish for Beginners
  • Understanding Project Maths
  • Coping with Teens
  • Photography & Digital Media
  • Driver Theory Test
  • Healthy Eating
  • Cookery
  • Health, Fitness & Wellbeing
  • Sewing & Crafts

Please text your name, your child’s name and class group,
the course you would like to join & your preference of morning / afternoon / evening
to Meadhbh on (086) 0442320. Closing Date Friday 22nd May.

FREE IPAD TRAINING FOR DESMOND COLLEGE PARENTS!

September 11, 2015

Want to learn how to use an iPad?
Day or Night Classes?

Text your name & preference of
Day / Night to Meadhbh (086) 044 2320

First Come, First Served!

Desmond College Launch iPad Initiative

September 11, 2015

Desmond College Students Embrace Technology and Learning
through the launch of the new iPad Initiative.

The 31st of August saw over 70 First Year students arrive at Desmond College equipped with iPads ready to embrace learning through the recommended use of technology. Desmond College decided to launch this iPad Initiative in light of recent studies highlighting the advantages of using iPads in the classroom which include:

  • Facilitates more interactive learning for students
  • Students are more engaged in learning
  • Encourages independent and self-directed learning
  • Replaces the textbooks – no more heavy school bags
  • Students are eager to embrace technology
  • Provides instant access to endless supply of research
  • Excellent educational apps available for all subjects
  • It introduces ICT provisions for the new Junior Cycle
Some of the First Years explore their iPads in French Class

Some of the First Years explore their iPads in French Class

Some of the First Year students enjoying the iPad training from Wriggle

Some of the First Year students enjoying the iPad training from Wriggle

A number of the First Year Students displaying their iPads at their training day

A number of the First Year Students displaying their iPads at their training day

Along with these obvious advantages, other studies carried out by schools using iPads proved that:

  • Students using iPads saw their math test scores increase 20% in one year compared to students using traditional textbooks.
  • Students scored 23 percent higher on national exams than previous unequipped classes.
The Board of Management launch the iPad Initiative at a recent meeting: Miriam Montgomery (Parents Association), Margaret O Connor (Teacher), Donal Enright (Teacher), Damien Reidy (Chairperson), Bill Cashin (Parents Association) and Mike Cregan (LCETB)

The Board of Management launch the iPad Initiative at a recent meeting: Miriam Montgomery (Parents Association), Margaret O Connor (Teacher), Donal Enright (Teacher), Damien Reidy (Chairperson), Bill Cashin (Parents Association) and Mike Cregan (LCETB)

The iPad Initiative Team in Desmond College: Donal Enright, Dave O Brien (Wriggle), Deputy Principal Liz Cregan, Christine (Wriggle), Marie Corkery, Principal Vourneen Gavin

The iPad Initiative Team in Desmond College: Donal Enright, Dave O Brien (Wriggle), Deputy Principal Liz Cregan, Christine (Wriggle), Marie Corkery, Principal Vourneen Gavin

Based on all of this evidence and more, we are delighted that Desmond College has decided to show leadership in learning through the use of technology. To ensure a professional deployment of iPads in Desmond College we have the assistance of a company called Wriggle.

The Wriggle team has 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.

Night Classes

January 22, 2015

Desmond College Night Courses 2015

Desmond College Receives
An Outstanding Whole School Evaluation Report

December 10, 2014

Desmond College Receives an Outstanding Whole School Evaluation Report : Click to Read More!
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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!

LEARNING SCHOOLS PROJECT 3

September 26, 2012

The Learning School Project, funded by Teacher Education Section of the Department of Education and Skills, is an action research project undertaken by the Education Centres in Cork, West Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Clare.

Desmond College’s Proposal was one of seven projects chosen in the Limerick hub. The Project received strong support from Dr. Joe O’ Connell and his Team.

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The Learning Schools Project seeks to:

  • Develop an increased awareness of what constitutes a Learning School
  • Support school-based activities promoting the on-going development of the Learning School
  • Enhance the capacity of individual teachers to contribute to the Learning School
  • Nurture teacher leadership in schools

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Our Project Focus and Results:

  • Our project focused on second year students and was later extended to third year higher maths students. Our focus of our project was on How to Improve Student Effort at Homework.
  • Students were marked on their effort at homework. This resulted in a big increase in effort by all students.
  • Parents reported positively on the project.
  • As a result a new Homework Policy was developed and new report cards were introduced into the student journal. Effort at homework is now being recorded for all pupils.

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The Team:

  • The Project Leaders were Deputy Principal Liz Cregan and Assistant Principal Shirley Supple Looney.
  • The Project Team consisted of Class Tutors Nicola White, Marie Ryan, Carol Liston, Margaret O’Mahony, Anne Hannon and maths teacher Veronica Ryan.

 

Blackrock Observatory

March 20, 2012

Blackrock Observatory visit is a unique virtual display in the Science dome.

 2012 Blackrock Observatory Presentations: Gaelscoil students, first year science students and fifth year physics students from newcastle west schools

This year we invited Gaelscoil students ,our own First Year Science students and 5th year Physics students to the presentations.

Learning Schools Pilot Project

March 7, 2012

As part of Desmond College’s ongoing commitment to best educational practice and opportunity for learning, we are delighted to announce that we are half way through our pilot project on Homework with all our Second Years.

It will run for another four weeks after mid-term break. The focus has been on improving and evaluating students’ efforts at HOMEWORK. The Learning Schools Team and all teachers have been working hard to ensure that students improve their motivation towards homework and thus benefit in their academic performance.

As always the success of students commitment depends on parental support. It is invaluable and greatly appreciated with the focus firmly on encouraging best on-going homework practice that can be used far beyond the pilot scheme.