On Tuesday May 7th, The day finally arrived that 35 of our Second Year students along with Ms Ryan, Ms Hennessy, Mr O’Leary and Mr Russell would set off to the beautiful city of Barcelona.
Our flight departed from Dublin airport before we knew it ,we had arrived!! We were in Barcelona, with the sun beaming and the clear blue skies we had a feeling it was going to be a holiday to remember. We had a jam packed itenary, giving us the opportunity to explore the wonderful attractions that Barcelona had to offer. We visited the Olympic Stadium and the Gothic Quarter. We got an insight into the cultural wonder La Sagrada Familia, the architectural masterpiece designed by Gaudi. We experienced the vibrant shopping centres surrounding Las Ramblas and spent a few euros along the way!! We then travelled to the thrill seekers paradise of Port Adventura and Ferrari Land, an experience never to be forgotten. For the soccer lovers amongst us, their dream had come true with a visit to the Nou Camp, home to Barcelona FC. The tour of the stadium was thoroughly enjoyed by all. A huge thank you to Ms Ryan for organising the trip and to Ms Hennessy, Mr O’Leary and Mr Russell for accompanying us on the trip also.
Six of our Transition Year students – Kayla McMahon, Matthew O’Connor, Shannon Copse, Ciara Brouder, Dylan O’Shea and Shauna O’Sullivan were afforded the unique opportunity to travel to Kolkata for one week during the Easter Holidays.
They got to witness, first-hand, the work of HOPE and the extremities of life in Kolkata. Supported throughout their time in India, the students were introduced to poverty, the realities of street children and the joy of HOPE.
The students spent time visiting HOPE projects, interacting with children and adolescents who are in HOPE supported projects and immersing themselves in Indian culture.
Our young Ambassadors will remember the experience for the rest of their lives and have become more aware of their place in society and how they can make the world a better place by caring for people who are less fortunate than themselves. We are so proud of these students for not only volunteering their services but also raising a substantial amount of much-needed funds.
Well done to all of the students involved.
Desmond College Students, The HOPE foundation 2019 trip to Kolkata: Matthew O’Connor, Dylan O’Shea, Kayla McMahon, Ciara Brouder, Shannon Copse and Shauna O’Sullivan
The 5th and 6th Year Agricultural Science students went to Pallaskenry Agricultural College on Wednesday 20th March to carry out a farm walk as part of the Ag Science syllabus. The students got a practical, hands-on insight into life on the farm.
Jason Corbett and Bobby Donovan in Pallaskenry Agricultural College
Chloe Walsh, Edel O’Connor, and Yvonne Leahy at Pallaskenry Agricultural College
Sean Barrett on a farm walk at Pallaskenry Agricultural College
Desmond College Agricultural Science Students at a Farm Walk in Pallaskenry Agricultural College
On Wednesday 13th March, the Transition Year students along with Ms. O’Mahony and Ms. Corkery travelled to Killarney for an overnight trip to take part in adventure activities including mountain hiking and biking and kayaking. Unfortunately, due to bad weather conditions, the students didn’t kayak.
The group stayed in Killarney International Youth Hostel and went to the cinema and enjoys walks around Killarney and got an insight into the history associated with the National Park.
Thank you to Ms. Collins for organising a fantastic trip.
Some of Desmond College Transition Year getting ready to Mountain bike in Killarney
Some of Desmond College Transition Year getting ready to Hike in Killarney
Some of Desmond College Transition Year enjoying the scenery in Killarney during their adventure trip