Literacy and Numeracy

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

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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

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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.

 

Paired Maths 2010-2011

August 9, 2011

Paired Maths is an initiative where Senior cycle students act as mentors to Junior cycle students in the Maths classroom.

Ms. Hannon carried out this initiative with Rang Bríd and the students from Transition Year acted as their mentors. This is a great way for first year students to improve their numeracy skills and also to get to know and build up a relationship with more senior students within the school.

Both class groups involved in this initiative really enjoyed the experience: Rang Bríd improved their numeracy skills and the Transition Year students improved their training mentoring skills.

Well done to all involved.

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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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Book Review 2010-2011

August 9, 2011

Rang Aoghain, with the guidance of their class teacher, Mr. Goulding, took part in a Book Review initiative. This involved the students travelling down to the local book shop to buy their chosen book, students also visited the local cafe for refreshments!

Students read their new book along with five other books over a six week period and wrote a review on each book.

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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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Number Millionaire 2010-2011

August 9, 2011

“Number Millionaire” was an initiative carried out by Ms. Helen Barry with her second year Maths class. This initiative is a mathematical take on the television programme “Who wants to be a Millionaire”.

Students were presented with problems and given multiple choice answers, if they were unsure of the correct answer they were able to avail of lifelines like 50:50 and ask a friend, etc.

This initiative made the Maths class very interesting and enjoyable for the students involved.

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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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