Literacy and Numeracy

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.

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.

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

Narrative 4 Ireland

September 24, 2015

James Lawlor from Narrative 4 Ireland recently visited our Transition Year Students. Narrative 4 Ireland is an organization set up to try and preserve Ireland’s history of story telling.

The Irish have a long tradition of storytelling going back to the time when every clan had its own oral historian or “Seanchaí,” whose job was to observe, contemplate and then memorize the stories he was told so that he could retell them to his community.

In the retelling, the story was passed back to the people and recorded in their memories as permanently as if they were set in stone.

Irish history has been preserved through this delicate, yet eloquent oral tradition and Narrative 4 Ireland is happy to help carry it forward.

Transition Year Students pictured with James Lawlor from Narrative 4 Ireland

Transition Year Students pictured with James Lawlor from Narrative 4 Ireland

Literacy in the Classroom 2010-2011

August 9, 2011

This was an initiative undertaken by Ms. Supple with first years, Rang Bríd. Ms. Supple introduced different strategies to make learning a lot more interesting and exciting for the class.

As a result of this the students from Rang Bríd improved their literacy skills and gained a lot more confidence in carrying out their course work.

The poetry contributions made to the yearbook are testament to the hard work of Rang Bríd and there wasn’t an Easter egg in sight!

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Literacy in the Classroom

August 9, 2011

This was an initiative undertaken by Ms. Supple with first years, Rang Bríd. Ms. Supple introduced different strategies to make learning a lot more interesting and exciting for the class.

As a result of this the students from Rang Bríd improved their literacy skills and gained a lot more confidence in carrying out their course work.

The poetry contributions made to the yearbook are testament to the hard work of Rang Bríd and there wasn’t an Easter egg in sight!

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Reading Challenge 2010-2011

August 9, 2011

All first year students took part in this year’s Reading Challenge – no mean feat!

Students were expected to read one book per week for six weeks and they were also expected to write a short review on each book.

The reason for running this initiative was to encourage students to read more and to improve their literacy skills.

During the course of the initiative it was easy to see that students really got into it and enjoyed the class period they got each day to read their chosen book.

This initiative was a total success and students really benefited from it. A big thank you to the English department for all their help in implementing this initiative.

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Word Millionaire 2010-2011

August 9, 2011

All second year students took part in a new literacy initiative called “Word Millionaire”. This initiative was held over six weeks and collectively students were expected to read over a million words.

This initiative did not involve writing reports which added to the enjoyment for students.

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