Literacy and Numeracy

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

Leaving Cert Students at the Lime Tree Theatre in Limerick

January 29, 2016

Jan 2016: Leaving Cert Students at the Lime Tree Theatre in Limerick following a performance of King Lear as part of their English Syllabus
Leaving Cert Students at the Lime Tree Theatre in Limerick
following a performance of King Lear as part of their English Syllabus.

The Merchant of Venice

January 27, 2016

January 2016: Desmond College Third Year Students at the Merchant of Venice
Third Year Students pictured at a performance of The Merchant of Venice at the Lime Theatre Limerick as part of the Junior Cert course.

Emojis to Boost Literacy

January 8, 2016


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Vocabulary Week

January 7, 2016

Desmond College Transition Year students mentored First Year students in a vocabulary blitz initiative by creating interactive vocabulary games, a vocabulary rich environment and running vocabulary activities in classes facilitated by English teachers.

The busy week culminated in the hosting of a very successful ‘word of the day’ and a highly competitive ‘Spelling Bee’ spell-athon challenge in the new school library, where victorious First Year spelling winners were crowned.

2016: Spelling Bee Finalists during Vocabulary Week in Desmond College

Spelling-bee finalists during Vocabulary week in Desmond College,
Cian Nolan, Dan O’Sullivan, Declan Kennedy, Shane Baguio and Fiona Kelly

2016: Vocabulary Week Spelling Bee Winners

Vocabulary Week spelling-bee winners Cian Nolan and Shane Baguio with
Principal Ms. Vourneen Gavin Barry and
English teachers, Ms. Denise Ryan and Ms. Margaret O Mahony

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

FREE PROJECT MATHS COURSE FOR DESMOND COLLEGE PARENTS!

September 17, 2015

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Peer Mentoring in Maths to Improve Numeracy Skills

May 22, 2015

Desmond College Newcastle West 2015 : Peer Mentoring in Maths to Improve Numeracy Skills

Desmond College Newcastle West 2015 : Peer Mentoring in Maths to Improve Numeracy Skills

TY Reading Initiative

January 25, 2015

TY Reading Initiative January 2015 TY Reading Initiative 2015 Transition Year Reading Initiative January 2015 Transition Year Reading Initiatve 2015 Desmond College TY Reading Initiative 2015 Desmond College Transition Year Reading Initiative January 2015 Desmond College Transition Year Reading Initiative 2015

Essay Competition : “I Should Have Listened”

October 10, 2014

Write a short story which includes the words ‘I should have listened’.

English Essay by Siún Ní Cheallaigh

Hooves collided with frozen snow to create rhythmic thudding sounds as a troop of armoured men rode north through snow-capped mountains. The resonant pounding of the horses’ hooves reverberated through the mountain range as the sound bounced from one icy tower to the next. In the end it was difficult to tell what direction it came from if the group was out of your sight.

Brilliant reds and royal blues billowed behind the mounted men as their cloaks rippled and flapped in the wind. Their faces were relatively expressionless and their eyes narrowed, in the hopes of keeping the cold air from affecting their vision or causing their eyes to water. If they had had much of a say in the matter, they wouldn’t have ventured out this far into the frigid unknown of this mountainous wasteland. But as explorers or adventurers of the realm, they had been ordered to journey further south and report any findings. People were still wary of the unknown, but growing a lot more curious. They wanted to know whether the legends of monstrous mountain beasts, told by the elderly, were true or not.

“Madley! You’re lagging behind!” boomed one of the leading riders, Commander Emure. His voice was loud, and even though he needed to be loud to be heard over the pounding of horses, his voice was probably bordering too loud. Too loud for a mountainous area anyway, especially with the avalanche risks.

“You shouldn’t be so loud sir— the legends say that giant beasts sleep inside these mountains,” warned the commander’s squire as his horse caught up again to side with his master’s.

“Never mind your bedtime stories. There isn’t anything dangerous here other than this weather. Now, do you see any passage through the spires up ahead?”

Raising a copper-coloured telescope and peering through, the boy tightly clutched his horse’s reins with his free hand. “No sir, it’s all blocked up ahead. We’ll need to turn back and find a different route,” he responded while dropping the telescope again to grab his reins with both hands, not yet that confident on his horse.

With a curt nod, the commander yelled another order, perhaps slightly louder than the previous time, if possible, and the group curved a sharp u-turn as they turned back the way they came. Eventually the accumulation of thunderous sounds, both of the horses and yelling men, was enough.

The frozen ground began to shudder and with a rumble the earth cracked, crevices splitting through the ice like veins. Alarmed neighs filled the air as numerous horses skidded to a halt, some stopping in time while others weren’t so lucky. Riders were thrown off as their mounts either tripped or bucked them out of their saddles out of fear. Commander Emure managed to veer away from the largest of the crevices, and only had a second to presume he was out of harm’s way, before the ground then started to rise as if a new mountain was being born.

Snow and ice rained down on riders, and those unlucky enough to not have time to get out of the way were pummelled to the ground. When the commander next had the chance to look up, presuming to see some sort of rock formation, he paled at the sight of a giant Wyrm; a winged serpent-like creature believed only to exist in tales. And that had only been its head that broke up from the ice-covered ground. The rest of its massive body was breaking free from the surrounding masses of snow, along with a tail that instantly knocked more riders cold with one swish.

Now it was only the dragon and the commander that remained, reptilian eyes focusing upon him while his horse kicked and reared. ‘Oh gods— I should have listened,’ was his only thought as he was faced with impending death, one hand lowering to pull a longsword from its sheathe. He might as well go down fighting, even if there wasn’t as much as a sliver of a chance for him.

Junior Irish Maths Competition

May 15, 2014

Desmond College Students and their teacher: invited participants to the Junior Irish Maths Competition

Two of the students from Desmond College, Ben Montgomery and David O’Donovan, who were invited to participate in the Junior Irish Maths Competition, with their teacher Marie Ryan.

Friendship Week Poetry Competition Winners 2013

October 21, 2013

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Photo 1: Ms P Nash and Megan O Farrell
Photo 2: Mr P Daly and Sean Walton
Photo 3: Ms M O Mahony and Katie-Marie Cleary
Photo 4: Ms N White and Shane O Mahony
Photo 5: Ms E O Sullivan and Emily Duffy

Interactive Maths Initiative 2010-2011

August 9, 2011

Ms. Marie Ryan introduced Rang Aoghain to a new and exciting way to learn Maths.

Interactive maths software was bought and uploaded to the computers in the computer room.

For two class periods per week students got to interact with this software and improve their numeracy skills.

This was a new, fun and innovative way of improving numeracy skills and the students involved really enjoyed this practical approach to maths.