Literacy and Numeracy

Annual JCSP Word Millionaire Reading Challenge

March 28, 2018

All second year students took part in our annual JCSP Word Millionaire Reading Challenge.

The challenge was to read 1-million words.

The winning group – Rang Hannah and 2G, read 3,995,629 words!!

They celebrated their victory with a trip to Superbites for lunch!

Well done to all involved!


March 2018: 2nd years Rang Hannah winners of the JCSP Millionaire Word Challenge go to Superbites to celebrate their victory!


March 2018: 2nd years participate in JCSP Millionaire Word Challenge


March 2018: 2nd years participate in JCSP Millionaire Word Challenge

Literacy Week First Year Spelling Bee

March 12, 2018


March 2018: Desmond College First Year winner in the Spelling Bee with Principal Ms. Vourneen Gavin Barry


March 2018: Desmond College First Years participate in the Spelling Bee as part of Literacy WeekMarch 2018: Desmond College First Years participate in the Spelling Bee as part of Literacy Week


March 2018: Desmond College First Years participate in the Spelling Bee as part of Literacy WeekMarch 2018: Desmond College First Year winner in the Spelling Bee with Principal Ms. Vourneen Gavin Barry


March 2018: Desmond College First Years participate in the Spelling Bee as part of Literacy Week


March 2018: Desmond College First Years participate in the Spelling Bee as part of Literacy WeekMarch 2018: Desmond College First Years participate in the Spelling Bee as part of Literacy Week


March 2018: Desmond College First Years participate in the Spelling Bee as part of Literacy WeekMarch 2018: Desmond College First Years participate in the Spelling Bee as part of Literacy Week


March 2018: Desmond College First Years participate in the Spelling Bee as part of Literacy WeekMarch 2018: Desmond College First Years participate in the Spelling Bee as part of Literacy Week


March 2018: Desmond College First Year winner in the Spelling Bee with Principal Ms. Vourneen Gavin BarryMarch 2018: Desmond College First Years participate in the Spelling Bee as part of Literacy Week


March 2018: Desmond College First Years participate in the Spelling Bee as part of Literacy WeekMarch 2018: Desmond College First Years participate in the Spelling Bee as part of Literacy Week


March 2018: Desmond College First Years participate in the Spelling Bee as part of Literacy WeekMarch 2018: Desmond College First Year winners in the Spelling Bee with Principal Ms. Vourneen Gavin Barry


March 2018: Desmond College First Years participate in the Spelling Bee as part of Literacy WeekMarch 2018: Desmond College First Years participate in the Spelling Bee as part of Literacy Week


March 2018: Desmond College First Years participate in the Spelling Bee as part of Literacy Week


March 2018: Desmond College First Years participate in the Spelling Bee as part of Literacy WeekMarch 2018: Desmond College First Years participate in the Spelling Bee as part of Literacy Week


March 2018: Desmond College First Years participate in the Spelling Bee as part of Literacy WeekMarch 2018: Desmond College First Years participate in the Spelling Bee as part of Literacy Week


March 2018: Desmond College First Years participate in the Spelling Bee as part of Literacy Week

Digital Subject Piccollage

March 12, 2018

Second Year Winners of the Digital Subject Piccollage with their teachers, Ms. Walsh and Mr. O’Leary during Literacy Week!


Well done Leah, Aaron and Ciara!
2018 March: Desmond College second year student winners of Digital Subject Piccollage for Literacy Week

Literacy Week
26th February – 2nd March 2018

February 24, 2018

Book
 

Spelling Bee Competition for 1st years.
Event organised and supported by TY buddies.
Class competition on Wednesday, with final on Friday in the Library
Lots of prizes!
 

Bee
 

Pic Collage Competition for 2nd years.
Brief: Any topic using keywords, which show understanding of topic and can be used as a study aid.
Best from each class to be emailed to Ms Gavin by Wednesday.
Winner will be announced on Friday.
 

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Word Millionaire Competition
will continue this week during period 6.
Class scores are displayed on the Library window!
 

foggy country scene

‘Post a Postcard’
will take place during the week.
Be sure to wrap up warm!

Literacy Week

April 26, 2017


March 2017: Winners of Literacy Week competitions in Desmond College Post Primary School
Collage Winners as part of Digital Literacy for Literacy Week Dylan O Shea, Sean Barrett, Anna De Silva, Muireann Dooley, Chloe Ahern, Shane Baguio, Joanne Lai, Jennifer Cordoso and Marcelina Krzywdainska.


March 2017: Winners of Literacy Week competitions in Desmond College Post Primary School
Spelling Bee Finalists for Literacy Week Ciaran McKenna, Aaron Moinbhiol, Adam Grimes, Deirdre McMahon, Sarah Barrett and Aoife Lee. Winner of the Challenge was Aoife Lee.


March 2017: Winners of Literacy Week competitions in Desmond College Post Primary School
Word of the Day Challenge Winners Aaron Moinbhiol, Ciaran McKenna, Jamie Fahy, Declan Kennedy, Adam Grimes, Sarah Barrett, Andy Mukosha and Dylan O’Shea.

A Sample of Second Year Pic Collages from Literacy Week

April 26, 2017

27th March 2017: Second Year Students from Desmond College sample of collages from Literacy Week

27th March 2017: Second Year Students from Desmond College sample of collages from Literacy Week

27th March 2017: Second Year Students from Desmond College sample of collages from Literacy Week

27th March 2017: Second Year Students from Desmond College sample of collages from Literacy Week

27th March 2017: Second Year Students from Desmond College sample of collages from Literacy Week

27th March 2017: Second Year Students from Desmond College sample of collages from Literacy Week

27th March 2017: Second Year Students from Desmond College sample of collages from Literacy Week

27th March 2017: Second Year Students from Desmond College sample of collages from Literacy Week

27th March 2017: Second Year Students from Desmond College sample of collages from Literacy Week

27th March 2017: Second Year Students from Desmond College sample of collages from Literacy Week

27th March 2017: Second Year Students from Desmond College sample of collages from Literacy Week

27th March 2017: Second Year Students from Desmond College sample of collages from Literacy Week

27th March 2017: Second Year Students from Desmond College sample of collages from Literacy Week

27th March 2017: Second Year Students from Desmond College sample of collages from Literacy Week

27th March 2017: Second Year Students from Desmond College sample of collages from Literacy Week

Celebration of Numeracy in Spanish Class

February 22, 2017


Feb 2017: Desmond College Students taking part in Numeracy activities as part of numeracy week
Gary Farnan and Michael Barrett taking part in
Numeracy activities as part of Numeracy Week.


Feb 2017: Desmond College student working through the Spanish Numeracy Challenges
Pawel Kaminski working through the Spanish Numeracy Challenges.


Feb 2017: Desmond College students taking part in numeracy week in Spanish class
Ava McDonagh, Holly Kelly and Connor Collins
celebrating Numeracy Week in Spanish Class.

Numeracy Week in Desmond College

January 26, 2017

Raising Awareness of the Importance of Numeracy at School and Beyond

January 2017: The Student Council launched the beginning of the Numeracy Week in Desmond College Post Primary School
Ciara Brouder, Emma Herbert, Leah Barry, Caoimhe Danaher, Michéal Collins, Cian Mason and Cormac Browne members of The Student Council launched the beginning of Numeracy Week in Desmond College.

 

Jan 2017: Desmond College Students using the trundle wheel to-measure-the-area-of-the-school
Cian Mason, Cormac Browne and Michéal using the Trundle Wheel to measure the area of the School.


January 2017: Latina Massey, Chloe Walsh, Erkina Dbe Bakoubayia and William Lane  measuring as part of Numeracy Week.
Latina Massey, Chloe Walsh, Erkina Dbe Bakoubayia and William Lane measuring as part of Numeracy Week.


January 2017: Leon Anderson Mathemagician putting on a show for some of the Desmond College
Leon Anderson Mathemagician putting on a show for some of the Desmond College.


January 2017: Even the teachers  Mr Enright and Mr Murphy got involved in Numeracy Week!
January 2017: Even the teachers Mr Enright and Mr Murphy got involved in Numeracy Week!


January 2017: Luke O Sullivan, Sarah Barrett, Nikita  Lysaght, and Deirdre McMahon with Mathemagician Leon Anderson during Numeracy Week at Desmond College
January 2017: Luke O Sullivan, Sarah Barrett, Nikita Lysaght, and Deirdre McMahon with Mathemagician Leon Anderson during Numeracy Week at Desmond College.


Jan 2017: Michéal Collins, Sean Walton, Kealon O Connor and Dylan O'Connell with Mathemagician Leon Anderson during Numeracy Week at Desmond College Post Primary School NewcastleWest
Michéal Collins, Sean Walton, Kealon O Connor and Dylan O Connell with Mathemagician Leon Anderson during Numeracy Week at Desmond College.


January 2017: Winners of the Numeracy Table Quiz as part of Numeracy Week in Desmond College. Eve Shepherd, Jamie Fahy, Conor Mulqueen, Kellie Griffin, Aoife Lee, Ciara Ryan, Mary McCarthy and Luke O Sullivan
January 2017: Winners of the Numeracy Table Quiz as part of Numeracy Week in Desmond College. Eve Shepherd, Jamie Fahy, Conor Mulqueen, Kellie Griffin, Aoife Lee, Ciara Ryan, Mary McCarthy and Luke O’Sullivan.

Maths Week in Desmond College 2016

November 10, 2016

The students in Desmond College took part in a wide range of mathematical activities in celebration of Maths Week. Maths week in Desmond College aims to promotes awareness, appreciation and understanding of maths through a huge variety of events and activities.

Nov 2016: Desmond College Post Primary School Students Participating in the Desmond College Maths week.
Andy O Doherty, Daniel O Sullivan, Marcelina Krzywdainska and Joanne Lai.

Nov 2016: Maths Poster designed for Maths Week by First Year Student in Desmond College Post Primary School
A maths poster designed by Kacper Kazmierczak in First Year as part of Maths Week.

Nov 2016: Desmond College Post Primary School First Year Student receiving his prize for his Maths Week Poster.
Kacper Kazmierczak receiving his prize from teacher Ms Murphy for winning the First Year Maths Poster Competition.

Promoting Numeracy with Number Millionaire

September 16, 2016

Second year students got the opportunity to take part in Number Millionaire, an initiative run by Ms Sandra Quaid and the numeracy team in Desmond College.

Students played the game that is based on the ever popular television programme.

It allowed students to showcase their numeracy skills in a fun and comfortable atmosphere.

Over the coming school year students will get more opportunities to partake in further activities that will be run by the numeracy team.


September 2016: Second Year Students play Millionaire to help practice their numeracy skills
Dan O Sullivan, Amy O’Sullivan, Declan Kennedy, Blanc De Jesus, Ana Da Silva.


September 2016: Desmond College Second Year Students play Millionaire to help practice their numeracy skills
Shauna O Sullivan, Alisha O’Brien, Julia Borrego, Willie Quilligan, Joanne Lai.

German Breakfast Morning

June 4, 2016


May 2016: Desmond College First year students enjoying a German breakfast as part of their German studies in Desmond College


May 2016: Desmond College First year students enjoying a German breakfast as part of their German studies in Desmond College


May 2016: Desmond College First year students enjoying a German breakfast as part of their German studies in Desmond College


May 2016: Desmond College First year students enjoying a German breakfast as part of their German studies in Desmond College


May 2016: Desmond College First year students enjoying a German breakfast as part of their German studies in Desmond College

Numeracy Quiz Winners

February 18, 2016


Jan 2016: Numeracy Week in Desmond College
James Shepherd, Brandon Nash. Gavin Massey and Brian Hartigan winners of the second year Numeracy quiz as part of Numeracy Week in Desmond College

Numeracy Week at Desmond College

January 31, 2016

Desmond College staff and students embraced everything numeracy last week. Students were treated to a feast of number and numeracy for the week.

Monday kicked off with Magician Leon showing our students lots of number and problem solving tricks through the medium of magic. During the week all classes had a focus on numeracy with some fun educational lessons being taught.

Jan 2016: Mike Nash, Konrad Papierowski, Corey Healy and AJ O Donovan watching intently as Magician Leon show them one of his amazing card tricks during Numeracy week in Desmond College Jan 2016: Clodagh McNamee, Sarah Leahy, Catherine Cahill, Genevieve Collins, Michael Conlon and AJ O Donovan pictures with Magician Leon following a magic show in Desmond College as part of Numeracy week. Jan 2016: First and Second Year students from Desmond College pictured with Magician Leon as part of Numeracy Week Jan 2016: First and Second Year students from Desmond College pictured with Magician Leon as part of Numeracy Week Jan 2016: First and Second Year students from Desmond College pictured with Magician Leon as part of Numeracy Week Jan 2016: First and Second Year students from Desmond College pictured with Magician Leon as part of Numeracy Week Jan 2016: First and Second Year students from Desmond College pictured with Magician Leon as part of Numeracy Week Jan 2016: First and Second Year students from Desmond College pictured with Magician Leon as part of Numeracy Week

Numeracy just didn’t happen in school, students had to record their ‘numeracy moments’ at home during the week and complete a picture collage on their iPad app.

The culmination of the week was a numeracy quiz for first and second year students where they showed their knowledge during the ten round brain buster.

Jan 2016: First and Second Year students from Desmond College pictured with Magician Leon as part of Numeracy Week Jan 2016: First and Second Year students from Desmond College pictured with Magician Leon as part of Numeracy Week Jan 2016: First and Second Year students from Desmond College pictured with Magician Leon as part of Numeracy Week Jan 2016: First and Second Year students from Desmond College pictured with Magician Leon as part of Numeracy Week Jan 2016: First and Second Year students from Desmond College pictured with Magician Leon as part of Numeracy Week Jan 2016: First and Second Year students from Desmond College pictured with Magician Leon as part of Numeracy Week Jan 2016: Numeracy Week in Desmond College Jan 2016: Numeracy Week in Desmond College Jan 2016: Numeracy Week in Desmond College Jan 2016: Numeracy Week in Desmond College Jan 2016: Numeracy Week in Desmond College Jan 2016: Numeracy Week in Desmond College Jan 2016: Numeracy Week in Desmond College Jan 2016: Numeracy Week in Desmond College Jan 2016: Numeracy Week in Desmond College Jan 2016: First and Second Year students from Desmond College pictured with Magician Leon as part of Numeracy Week

Emojis to Boost Literacy

January 8, 2016


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Literacy Week for First Years

December 17, 2015

This year as part of our focus on Literacy, we ran a Vocabulary Week for 1st year students. The week was a huge success.

December 2015: Desmond College Literacy week included competitions in Word of the Day, a Spelling Bee and Said is Dead, to broaded vocabulary and spelling skills December 2015: Desmond College Literacy Week 2015 December 2015: Desmond college works hard on promoting literacy focusing on vocabulary and spelling

TY students, along with their English teacher Ms Supple, designed and produced word games which were played in English classes during the week. Ms OMahony, Ms McConnellogue, Ms Griffen and Ms Ryan anchored these games in classes with support from TY students who came to help their First Year Buddies. These games focused on vocabulary and spelling.

2015 December: Transition year students who participated in Literacy Week 2015 December: Transition Year Students from Desmond College and the Gaelcholaiste Ui Chonba 2015 December: Transition Year Students Working With First Year Students during Literacy week to promote broader vocabulary and better english skills December 2015: Transition Year Students from Desmond college help with Literacy Week which included a Spelling Bee

A ‘Said is Dead’ Campaign ran for the week where students were encouraged to use a variety of different words to express themselves. An impressive poster display was on show for all to see on the library window.

December 2015: Desmond College Transition Year students year students participate in the literacy week December 2015: Literacy Week Desmond College First Years participating in English Word Games December 2015: Literacy Week Desmond College First Years December 2015: Literacy Week Desmond College Transition year students and their first year buddies

Following consultation with all Subject Departments at a staff meeting, a designated Word of the Day was chosen. Students received a good note, for the correct use of the word when used in a relevant context, from their subject teachers. Winners for each day received a small prize.

December 2015: Literacy Week Desmond College : Transition year students working with their first year buddies December 2015: Literacy Week Desmond College Vocabulary week for first years December 2015: Literacy Week Desmond College 2015 Literacy Week : December saw Desmond College have games focusing on Vocabulary and Spelling

Finally a Spelling Bee was held in each class with the winners going forward to a final where there were a variety of prizes to be won.

December 2015: Desmond College Literacy Week Desmond College Literacy Week 2015 December December 2015 : Literacy Week in Desmond college; Word of the Day in Conjunction with All Subject Departments

This week was a tremendous success. We look forward to running it again next year.

December 2015: Literacy Week, "Said is Dead" Challenge in Desmond College December 2015: Literacy Week "said is dead" challenge in Desmond College Work done in December 2015 by first year students and their transition year mentors promoting literacy through vocabulary and spelling