School Transport Provision 2017/2018

November 15, 2016

Business Eireann School Transport Provision 2017/2018

1. Who is eligible?

Children who reside at least 4.8 kilometres from and attending their nearest school are eligible for post primary school transport.

2. How do I apply?

Online to Bus Éireann at

3. When do I apply?

Applications should be submitted before the last Friday in April. Late applicants are not guaranteed a seat.

4. What is the charge?

The current annual charge is €350 per child with a family maximum of €650.

5. Can I spread the payment over the school year?

Payments may be made in two instalments in July and December.

6. Are some children exempt from paying?

Yes. Only eligible children i.e. children residing at least 4.8 kilometres from and attending their nearest school, who hold valid Medical Cards (GMS Scheme), do not pay. All other children must pay.

7. Where can I get more details on the scheme?

Full terms of the Post Primary School Transport Scheme are available at and

8. Where can I get further information?

From your local Bus Éireann School Transport Office.

To contact your local Bus Éireann School Transport Office by email please go to

Barrie Bennett Instructional Leadership Programme

October 19, 2016

Congratulations to Margaret O Mahony, Bernadine Enright and Liz Cregan who just graduated from the Barrie Bennett Instructional Leadership Programme.

Oct 2016: Desmond College Post Primary School staff, Margaret O'Mahoney, Bernadine Enright and Liz Cregan graduated from The Barrie Bennett Instructional Leadership Programme

Department of Education and Skills Inspection

October 12, 2016

Desmond College received wonderful feedback from an inspection by a Department of Education and Skills Inspector on Tuesday 11th October. Here is a summary of the feedback received:

  • Teaching and Learning is of a very high quality in all classes observed.
  • Great focus on preparation and planning.
  • Clarity of Learning Intention and clear structure of lessons shown.
  • Active engagement by all students in all lessons – No passive students.
  • Homework as central to the learning, was evident.
  • Good routines displayed in classes – Homework/Journals/rules etc.
  • Very positive interaction between students and teachers and between student and student – great respect shown between all.
  • Teachers knew their students well – they knew their individual needs.
  • Skilled experienced and reflective teachers.
  • Clear evidence of whole school focus on teaching and learning.
  • Compliments paid to Learning Intention/Homework/Keywords Boards.
  • Compliments paid to use of IT in school.
  • Compliments paid to positive tone of student focused school rules in Journal.
  • Positive atmosphere in school was evident.

Open Night: TONIGHT, Wednesday 5th Oct

October 5, 2016

Open Night for 5th and 6th class pupils and their parents on Wednesday 5th October presentation by principal at 7pm

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.

Marie Hennessy – Our Limerick Rose

August 31, 2016

Huge congratulations to Marie Hennessy after the Rose of Tralee festival.

Marie is our very own Limerick Rose. We are very proud of her here in Desmond College.

Marie Hennessy, The Limerick Rose, on stage in the Dome at the Rose of Tralee Festival 2016 Marie Hennessy, Desmond College, Our Limerick Rose 2016