Literacy and Numeracy

Literacy Week Desmond College

April 13, 2019

Literacy Week was a huge success at Desmond College this week with over 8 million combined words read for the Word Millionaire. A school-wide Drop Everything and Read National initiative saw all teachers and students participating on Friday.

The First Year Team Spelling Bee held in the library was really exciting and with teams being separated by a whisker after several rounds of Top Spelling!

The standard of digital literacy Piccollage multimodal text in 2nd year showed the commitment by students and teachers to incorporate technology in the classroom with Ms Whites class producing a web charter on safe internet use for our students

1st Year Spelling Bee Winners

1st Year Spelling Bee Winners
Teacher Ms Broderick
1. Ciara O’Connor
2. Ciara Lee
3. Dylan O’Connor


Runners Up Spelling Bee Team
Ms O’ Mahony
1. Iona Collins
2. Luke McNamara
3. Marcia


2nd Year Web Charter Winners
Ms. White, teacher

Melanie O’Sullivan
Adam Lee


2nd Year Piccollage Winners
Overall winner
Ms. Aoife Culhane’s Science Student Rebecca Enright

Winners in their subject:


Aine Ni Mhurchu – English, Ms Elaine O’Leary


Orla Mullane – Home Ec, Ms.Boohan


Aurelie Mantaba – French, Ms Deirdre Murphy


Rang Karen Postcards Home Winners:
Teacher Ms. Hennessy:
Jane Fitzgibbon
Robyn Hartigan
Georgina Horgan



Word Millionaire Winners
Ms.O’Leary & Ms.Hennessy Class

Desmond College Student and Teachers
participate in Drop Everything and Read

April 12, 2019


Desmond College "Drop Everything and Read!"

Desmond College "Drop Everything and Read!"

Desmond College "Drop Everything and Read!"

Desmond College "Drop Everything and Read!"

Desmond College "Drop Everything and Read!"


Desmond College "Drop Everything and Read!"

Desmond College "Drop Everything and Read!"

Desmond College "Drop Everything and Read!"

Desmond College "Drop Everything and Read!"

Desmond College "Drop Everything and Read!"

Desmond College "Drop Everything and Read!"

Desmond College "Drop Everything and Read!"

Desmond College "Drop Everything and Read!"

Desmond College "Drop Everything and Read!"

Desmond College "Drop Everything and Read!"

Desmond College "Drop Everything and Read!"

Desmond College "Drop Everything and Read!"

Desmond College "Drop Everything and Read!"

Desmond College "Drop Everything and Read!"

Desmond College "Drop Everything and Read!"

Desmond College "Drop Everything and Read!"

Desmond College "Drop Everything and Read!"

Desmond College Literacy Week 2019, April 8th -12th

April 5, 2019

Desmond College Literacy Week 2019 April 8th -12th

Desmond College Literacy Week 2019 April 8th -12th

World Book Day

March 11, 2019

Students from Rang Grandin visiting the School Library as part of World Book Day 2019
Students from Rang Grandin visiting the School Library as part of World Book Day.

Paired Maths Initiative

February 8, 2019

Our Transition Year students spent a class helping our First Years on various measuring activities as part of their Paired Maths Initiative.

Transition Year students helping First Year students as part of their Paired Maths Initiative

Transition Year students helping First Year students as part of their Paired Maths Initiative

Transition Year students helping First Year students as part of their Paired Maths Initiative

Congratulations to the First and Second Year Numeracy Winners

January 31, 2019

Congratulations to the First Year Numeracy Winners
Congratulations to the First Year Numeracy Winners

Congratulations to the Second Year Numeracy Winners
Congratulations to the Second Year Numeracy Winners

Rang Grandin

January 30, 2019

Alan Wallace picture at the launch of Desmond College Library
Alan Wallace picture at the launch of Desmond College Library

Well done to Ben McCormick, Alan Wallace and Darragh Leahy on their Pic Collage Creation
Well done to Ben McCormick, Alan Wallace and Darragh Leahy on their Pic Collage Creation

Numeracy Week in Desmond College 14th – 18th January 2019

January 30, 2019

Magician Leon put on a magic show today for some of the first and second years as part of Numeracy Week in Desmond College. He even got some of the teachers involved.

Some of Desmond College First and Second Year students enjoying Magician Leon as part of Numeracy Week.
Some of Desmond College First and Second Year students enjoying Magician Leon as part of Numeracy Week.

Students from First Year enjoying Magician Leon as part of Numeracy Week
Students from First Year enjoying Magician Leon as part of Numeracy Week

Cathal Nolan, Eamon Conlon, Edel McMahon, Sarah Hallett  and Leah Mai Fitzpatrick enjoying the magic show from Magician Leon as  part of Numeracy Week.
Cathal Nolan, Eamon Conlon, Edel McMahon, Sarah Hallett and Leah Mai Fitzpatrick enjoying the magic show from Magician Leon as part of Numeracy Week.

Jane Fitzgibbon, Georgina Horan and Robyn Hartigan enjoying the magic show from Magician Leon as  part of Numeracy Week.
Jane Fitzgibbon, Georgina Horan and Robyn Hartigan enjoying the magic show from Magician Leon as part of Numeracy Week.

Mr Hegarty and Mr O'Leary getting involved in the magic as part of Numeracy Week.
Mr Hegarty and Mr O Leary getting involved in the magic as part of Numeracy Week.

December Events in Desmond College

December 21, 2018


Dec 2018: Ms.Hannon with a number of students who organized a non uniform day to raise money for students going to Lourdes
Ms.Hannon with a number of students who organized a non uniform day to raise money for students going to Lourdes.


Dec 2018: Ms O'Mahony and Ms Hennessy giving prizes to students who completed the Reading Challenge.
Ms.O’Mahony and Ms.Hennessy giving prizes to students who completed the Reading Challenge.

Desmond College Maths Week 2018

November 21, 2018

Maths week ran in Desmond College from 12th – 16th Nov.

The Maths Department organised a range of activities for the students throughout the week to highlight the importance of maths in everyday life.


Nov 2018: Foustas Stankevicius and Sean Flaherty measuring as part of maths week
Foustas Stankevicius and Sean Flaherty measuring as part of maths week.

Nov 2018: students in Ms Fahey’s class working with Tangrams as part of Maths Week.
students in Ms Fahey’s class working with Tangrams as part of Maths Week.

Nov 2018: students in Ms Fahey’s class working with Tangrams as part of Maths Week.
students in Ms Fahey’s class working with Tangrams as part of Maths Week.

New Library Update

October 30, 2018

Desmond College Library was reopened on Monday with the first year Scary Story Competition. Each first-year English class were tasked with creating a spooky tale to start the Halloween spirit in Desmond College.

Students read their stories in the library and all stories were of a very high standard. The following students were chosen as winners:

Rhys O’Connor
Eamon Conlon
Sarah Horan
Jasmin Salamah
Jane Fitzgibbon
Robyn Hartigan
Dylan O’Connor
Michael Mason

Since September, the LCA 2 students, along with Ms Nash and Ms O’Brien have been restructuring, reorganising and redecorating Desmond College Library.

Monday was a reopening to kick off the Reading Challenge “Drop Everything and Read” initiative, which all first-year students will partake in over the coming weeks.

Our school library will continue to be updated throughout the year. We will keep you posted!


October 2018: Desmond College New Library Update

Leaving Cert Students attend “An Triail” at the Belltable

October 5, 2018

Our Leaving Cert. students attended a thought-provoking production of An Triail at the Belltable, Limerick. Bhain gach duine sult agus taitneamh as.

Oct 2018: Leaving Certificate students attend An Triail in the Belltable Limerick


Oct 2018: Leaving Certificate students attend An Triail in the Belltable Limerick

National DEAR Day 2018

May 1, 2018

The staff and students of Desmond College took part in the National Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) Day on Friday the 27th April 2018.

This nationwide event promotes the joy of reading for pleasure. The staff and students had the opportunity to take a break from their busy work and study schedules.

It was a lovely relaxing and enjoyable event!


27th April 2018: National Drop Everything and Read Day (DEAR 2018)


27th April 2018: National Drop Everything and Read Day (DEAR 2018)


27th April 2018: National Drop Everything and Read Day (DEAR 2018)


27th April 2018: National Drop Everything and Read Day (DEAR 2018)


27th April 2018: National Drop Everything and Read Day (DEAR 2018) 27th April 2018: National Drop Everything and Read Day (DEAR 2018)


27th April 2018: National Drop Everything and Read Day (DEAR 2018)

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