Trips and Tours
On Thursday 24th September 2015, TY and 5th Year students hit the road at 6am to travel to this year’s National Ploughing Championships. The total attendance figure came to a record breaking 281,00 over the 3 days. This marks the most successful National Ploughing Championships in history.
On Thursday 24th September the First Years ventured to Doneraile Forest Park.
They took part in the Cork Autumn League schools orienteering event.
TY and 5th year students travelled to Dublin for the first inaugural PE Expo to showcase their knowledge of the theory side of physical education. The students researched projects in various topics including the components of fitness, balanced diets for certain athletes, analysis of fitness tests and pre-testing of various athletes before undertaking a fitness programme.
On the day the students were greeted by the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism Pascal Donoghue and various other dignitaries. Dr Niall Moyna from Operation Transformation was one of the judges and showed great interest in the projects our students presented.
Following the exhibition the students got to participate in some sports they wouldn’t usually have the opportunity to experience including fencing, kick boxing, judo, futsal and many more.
A great day out with a huge emphasis on the theory side of physical education. When speaking to Dr Niall Moyna on the day he said this is the first step in PE becoming a Leaving Cert subject.
On Monday 27th April, the Desmond College Transition Year class departed on their London Tour – a trip of a lifetime! The group of 36 met at Shannon Airport at 5am – and here is where the fun began. After landing and checking into the hotel at the foot of Wembly Stadium, the group travelled the city viewing the famous landmarks of Buckingham Palace, Westminister Square, Big Ben, the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament. The group travelled around the busy shopping area of Oxford Street and Regent Street before visiting the World Famous Natural History Museum in South Kenningston.
The group browsed, ate and shopped around the busy carnival atmosphere of Covent Garden before resting their legs in New London Theatre to watch the renowned West-End Show of ‘War Horse’. What a thoroughly enjoyable experience that proved to be. Following this the class saw the lights of Piccadilly Circus and Leister Square, including a visit to the sickling sweet M&M store!!
On Tuesday the group departed the hotel to travel to Thorpe Park Theme Park. The sun shone gloriously for the fun-loving and thrill-seeking teenagers (and teachers!) and rides like ‘The Saw’, ‘Swarm’ and ‘Collossis’ were undeniably enjoyed. With smiles still on faces we departed to spend the evening in Westfield shopping centre.
Wednesday proved to be another adventure filled day, with sightseeing around the London Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast ship. The group were treated to a tour of Shakespeare’s reconconstructed Globe Theatre and a workshop on the Shakespearian Play Hamlet (the acting skills of all were highly commendable – and entertaining!). The group discovered their artistic side with a visit to the Tate Modern Art Gallery (and the Star-bucks café next door!). Following this an Underground Train ride to Trafalgar Square – to see the impressive London National Gallery and statues of the iconic Trafalgar square Lions. The group strolled through the streets to do the last bit of shopping and soaking in of the London sights, scenes and atmosphere before leaving to return home. A cram-packed trip – full of new experiences and lots of laughs amidst the wonders of London. A big thank you to Ms Kerrie Collins the TY Co-ordinater for organising a fantastic trip and for making it so special for the students. Thanks also to Mr Donal Enright and Ms Joanne Guiry for going on the trip also.
On Tuesday 14th April the 5th year Agricultural Science students travelled to Pallaskenry Agricultural College tas part of their farm experience. The Students got an insight into the management practices on different farming enterprises including Dairy, Beef and Sheep.
Eoin Considine, a Transition Year student in Desmond College is currently enjoying a trip to China which has been organised by University College Cork (UCC) and Shanghai University.
Eoin along with a selected few TY students across Ireland will get to experience Chinese culture and society first hand. The students will visit a number of schools in Shanghai that will enable them to actively practice their Chinese, and nurture lifelong friendships and mutual understanding between Ireland and China.
The trip, which is sponsored by the Headquarters of the Confucius Institute (Hanban) in Beijing, will include sessions to discuss relations between Ireland and China.
While in Shanghai, the students will attend language classes, and learn about practical martial arts, paper cuttings, and calligraphy. They will also get to visit Shanghai, and the neighbouring cities of Suzhou and Hangzhou.
Vourneen Gavin Barry, Principal of Desmond College also travelled to China during the midterm break as part of an educational delegation organised by the Confucius Institute in UCC. The delegation visited the Confucius Headquarters in Shanghai and spent time at Shanghai University, touring the campus and meeting with a group of Irish students studying Business, Arts & Chinese, from UCC.
The delegation also visited a number of schools and met with Minister for Education & Skills, Jan O’Sullivan at Shibei Junior High School in Shanghai. Minister O’Sullivan spoke of the introduction of a Short Course on Chinese Language & Culture in the new Junior Cycle Student Award.
Desmond College intends to continue their collaboration with the Confucius Institute in UCC, in order to provide this Short Course to incoming 1st years.
This year’s Irish Language Course will be held at Gaelcholáiste Uí Chonbá, Newcastlewest for two weeks commencing on Monday, June 29th and ending on Friday, July 10th, 2015. In addition to the language provision the curriculum also includes Irish dance and music and daily sporting activities with an excursion trip for each group. Each day’s activities will run from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
This course is planned to cater for students with varying degrees of competence in the Irish language, from completion of 2nd Class Primary School right up to the end of 2nd Year Post Primary School.
Completed Application Forms together with Full Fee must be received by Friday, 29th May, 2015.
Please note that there are a limited number of places which are allocated on a first come first served basis.
|1 Student||€160 per student|
|2 Students from one family||€150 per student|
|3 Students or more from one family||€140 per student|
Application forms available from Desmond College and Gaelcholáiste Uí Chonbá
or CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.
The Second Year students travelled to France last week on their school tour which was organised by the Deputy Principal Ms Cregan. Ms Ryan and Ms Nicholas also travelled on the tour. They spent time in the Montparnasse area. They enjoyed a relaxing Bateaux Mouches cruise down the Seine taking in all the magnificent Parisian sights.
They visited the Louvre, one of the largest museums in the world. They shopped for a while on the Champs Elysées. This prestigious avenue is considered to be one of the most beautiful avenues in the world. Abercrombie and Fitch proved very popular!
They spent an evening in Aquaboulevard, home to an array of water slides, wave pools, jacuzzis, giant toboggans and an outdoor sandy beach. The group soaked up the atmosphere at the sensational symbol of Paris: The Eiffel Tower. From here they enjoyed the breathtaking view of the city.
The students concluded their trip with a magical experience at Disneyland Paris; Disneyland is home to astounding attractions such as Big Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain, many fabulous musical shows, street parades and plenty of your favourite characters to meet. A fantastic trip was had by all – plans are already in place for next year’s tour.
A sincere thanks to Ms Cregan, Ms Nicholas and Ms Ryan for making the trip so special.
This weeks sees our second year students preparing for their school trip to France.
They will spend time in the Montparnasse area where the group can climb the Montparnasse Tower, enjoy a relaxing Bateaux Mouches cruise down the Seine taking in all the magnificent Parisian sights, receive a self-guided tour of the Louvre, one of the largest museums in the world.
They will visit the Champs Elysées. This prestigious avenue is considered to be one of the most beautiful avenues in the world. An evening will be spent in Aquaboulevard, this aquatic pool stretches across 7000 m². It has a tropical temperature of 29 °C and is home to an array of water slides, wave pools, jacuzzis, giant toboggans and an outdoor sandy beach.
The group will take a trip to the sensational symbol of Paris: The Eiffel Tower. From here they are given a breathtaking view of the city. They will have the opportunity to visit Notre Dame and the Sacre Coeur.
To conclude the trip the group will head for Disneyland Paris, Disney is home to astounding attractions such as Big Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain, many fabulous musical shows, street parades and plenty of your favourite characters to meet. We hope they have a fantastic trip and we are looking forward to see the pictures and hearing about their experiences.