Desmond College Choir with Ms Keane, Ms MacCarthy and Claire Sheehan wowed the audience, along with a vast array of local musical talent, at the wonderful Newcastlewest Lions Club Christmas Carol Service
TYs and 5th Years spend an afternoon with the Brothers of Charity
TY students helping with the fundraising for the Brothers of Charity NewcastleWest on Friday 6th September #community
Well done to Evan Condon who as part of his Silver Gaisce Awards successfully achieved Fairtrade Status for Desmond College.
We are now a certified Fairtrade School.
Evan and Miss O’Connor invited Dolores O’Meara, the Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade to talk to the Student Council and students from Rang Grandin about the Fairtrade Initiative.
Well done also to Alan Wallace who has been very involved with Fairtrade in Desmond College during his 5 years in the school.
Dolores spoke about her travels to various Fairtrade cooperatives around the world and gave us wonderful ideas going forward.
Also congratulations to Edel McMahon who won a fairtrade Hamper kindly donated by Dolores O’Meara, Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade.
Edel McMahon receiving her hamper from Dolores O’Meara, Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade
Evan Condon pictured with Dolores O’Meara, Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade
Ms Margaret O’Connor, Alan Wallace, Principal Ms Vourneen Gavin-Barry, Evan Condon, Dolores O’Meara (Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade) and Kalon O’Brien
Six of our Transition Year students – Kayla McMahon, Matthew O’Connor, Shannon Copse, Ciara Brouder, Dylan O’Shea and Shauna O’Sullivan were afforded the unique opportunity to travel to Kolkata for one week during the Easter Holidays.
They got to witness, first-hand, the work of HOPE and the extremities of life in Kolkata. Supported throughout their time in India, the students were introduced to poverty, the realities of street children and the joy of HOPE.
The students spent time visiting HOPE projects, interacting with children and adolescents who are in HOPE supported projects and immersing themselves in Indian culture.
Our young Ambassadors will remember the experience for the rest of their lives and have become more aware of their place in society and how they can make the world a better place by caring for people who are less fortunate than themselves. We are so proud of these students for not only volunteering their services but also raising a substantial amount of much-needed funds.
Well done to all of the students involved.
Desmond College Students, The HOPE foundation 2019 trip to Kolkata: Matthew O’Connor, Dylan O’Shea, Kayla McMahon, Ciara Brouder, Shannon Copse and Shauna O’Sullivan
On Friday the 18th of January, a selection of the cast of Desmond College’s production of “Thank You for The Music: Our Mamma Mia Story” journeyed to the Brothers of Charity in Bawnmore, Co. Limerick to perform an abridged version of the show for the service users.
This abridged version of the story was designed to give the service users who could not make the show a taste of what it was like to see the show when it was performed.
Having practiced over the last few weeks, the cast drove out especially to the venue and performed a 40 minute show that included all of the major songs tied together with narration. The cast were delighted to be given the opportunity to help give the service users some entertainment.
It was clear that the show got a great response from its audience who enjoyed the show throughout and thanked the cast personally at the end and gave it glowing reviews and couldn’t wait for another performance.
The cast put a lot of time and effort into making sure that the abridged version was just as good and enjoyable as the original and to make sure that the service users had a memorable and enjoyable experience that they won’t soon forget.
Some of the cast of ‘Mamma Mia’ performing in the Brothers of Charity Bawnmore
Darragh Collins as part of the cast of ‘Mamma Mia’ performing in the Brothers of Charity Bawnmore
Each year Desmond College, Newcastle West Transition Year class are invited to form new and exciting friendships with the service users in the Brothers of Charity Newcastle West.
The Transition Years are welcomed on the first week of term and are toured around the facility. They then have the unique opportunity of having a day to experience the day-to-day life of the service users needs. They are taught how to help and respond to all the people they meet under the direction of Mike Sheahan and his colleagues.
The friendship between the school and Brothers of Charity has proven to have a positive effect on all involved.
The Transition Years will have the opportunity to complete work experience and organise different events for their new friends.
The service users of the Brothers of Charity reap the rewards by having new and young faces around the centre, showing assistance in their activities. Desmond College Transition Years also invite their friends in the Brothers of Charity to celebratory events in the school. Friendships are formed and last for years.