The 6th Year Agricultural Science students in Desmond College travelled to Pallaskenry Agricultural College on Tuesday 3rd Feb. The students got a guided tour of the Dairy, Beef and Sheep farm by the three farm managers. The students had a very enjoyable day and obtained a lot of information and photos to include in their Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science projects. Many past pupils of Desmond College met up with the students on the day to share their experiences of working on a farm.
Trips and Tours
Vourneen Gavin Barry, Principal of Desmond College, Newcastle West and Norma O’Brien, Principal of Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton, travelled to China during the midterm break as part of an educational delegation organised by the Confucius Institute in UCC. The delegation visited Beijing & Shanghai, visiting sights such as the Great Wall of China and Tiananmen Square and experiencing Chinese culture first-hand.
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 and both Coláiste Mhuire and Desmond College intend to continue their collaboration with the Confucius Institute in UCC, in order to provide this Short Course to incoming 1st years.
Pictured: (back l to r), Norma O’Brien, Principal, Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton, Máire de Brún, Principal, Scoil Bhríde, Galway, Vourneen Gavin Barry, Principal, Desmond College, Newcastle West. (front l to r) Austin Gormley, Consul-General of Ireland in Shanghai, Minister Jan O’Sullivan, Headmaster He, Shibei Junior school Shanghai
On the 17th of September 2014 approximately 30 of our Leaving Certificate Geography students undertook their compulsory ‘Fieldwork Investigation’.
We began our investigation at the Burren Outdoor Centre where students were given a briefing on the day ahead, from here we travelled to Creg Beach and Clauhan Bay to exam features of coastal erosion.
We also visited the tourist town of Lahinch to examine both the coastal erosion protection structures and, tourist attractions and services. It was a very successful day, as students had an opportunity to put their geographical skills and knowledge to practical use.
Desmond College Transition Year student’s spent an unforgettable couple of days at Coláiste Acla on Achill Island last week. In addition to improving their Irish, students completed an array of daily activities including surfing, cliff jumping and bog snorkelling.
Twenty eight students boarded the bus at 7.30am for the long journey to the West of Ireland accompanied by their teachers Ms Collins and Ms Broderick. Coláiste Acla is renowned for its excellent waters ports trí Gaeilge and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
Once off the bus, students were greeted by The Príomhoide in Acla who undoubtly tries to instil a grá don teanga in all the students. A hearty lunch of soup and sandwiches were served on arrival and then the activities commenced. As the sun shone brightly and the waves were optimal, students took to their surf boards on Keel beach to break those crashing waves! (Or fall off their boards in many cases!!!). Next on the list of exciting water based activities was cliff-jumping. Just as the name suggests, it involves students jumping from an idyllic cove straight into the water. (Wearing life-jackets!!!!) Audible gasps of excitement could be heard as students took the leap of fate to the many cheers from their friends. The students then returned to their Bean an Tí’s where a hearty dinner was served up to all. It certainly went down a treat! Twenty eight tired and contented daltaí made their way to bed after a fun-filled day.
But the most fun was had on Thursday morning with a two hour session of “craic sa phortach” which translates as fun in the bog. This bog snorkelling activity was certainly one of the highlights of the trip to the island. Students certainly spent the best part of the morning “mucking around” before a hot shower and a bite of food was the order of the day. Students arrived back in Newcastlewest shortly after 5pm tired but sásta!
This trip to the West will certainly be considered as one of the highlights of Desmond College’s Transition year class of 2014/2015!
On Wednesday the 25th of September, the Transition Year class from Desmond College hit the road on a fun over night adventure to Achill Island, County Mayo.
The 35 students were bright eyed and eager for the early morning departure at 7 am. Our destination was Colaíste Acla, nestled in the glorious landscape of Achill. A number of exhilarating outdoor pursuits and Team Building activities were on the agenda for our visit.
The first day of our visit was an exciting one as students were given Kayak lessons. They braved the cold waters and their enthusiasm for the activity was praised by Team Leader, Martan O Donaghair. Our evening activity was Bog snorkelling! This unique experience was thoroughly enjoyed by all! The following morning allowed the students to embrace their inner dare devils with an opportunity to surf the Atlantic waves once more. It was certainly an action packed trip!
This excursion provided students with the occasion to be immersed in the Irish language. All activities were conducted through Irish and the students had the pleasure of staying with two local “Bean an Ti”. This meant they had lovely home cooked meals and a warm welcome when they returned from their activities!
The unique and breath taking scenery was enjoyed by all and certainly provided for much Team Building and bonding amongst the group who are eagerly looking forward to the rest of Transition Year in Desmond College.
The 2013 annual overnight trip to the Burren is a much anticipated event in the First Year Physical Education Programme.
In total 65 students went on the trip. The groups were split over two days, one group going on Wednesday 8th arriving back to on Thursday and the other leaving Thursday 9th arriving back on Friday 10th May 2013. Each group set off in high spirits to The Burren Activity Centre, Co. Clare. The teachers accompanying students on the trip included Ms Creed, Ms Quaid, Ms Ryan, Ms Cregan, Ms O Callaghan, Mr O Brien and Mr Bourke.
The activities depended greatly on weather, and as we neared the Burren the weather did not look good with dark skies overhead. Windy weather was forecast so the planned kayaking had to be cancelled however an exciting alternative was offered; Caving. Students were unfamiliar with what was involved in Caving so the anticipation for this activity was high, a mixture of apprehension and excitement. This new experience for students proved to be a highly adventurous activity which offered students a rare opportunity to explore the underground stream ways of the Burren. The students got to see underground waterfalls, stalactites and stalagmites; squeeze their way through narrow gaps to reach further caves and use specialist equipment including helmets and lights provided by the Burren Outdoor Education Centre.
Students also participated in a number of land based activities including a hill walk up through the rocky limestone landscape of the Burren to a steep rock face where students took part in Rock-climbing. After a safety talk from the instructors, students had the opportunity to use ropes and harnesses to help each other climb the rock face. This was a real team working exercise which promoted trust, motivation and confidence in the group. Although it was a major personal challenge for each student, the help and support of the instructors and their peer group successfully helped each student to succeed to their own personal best. As students reached the highest they could go, they got to sit back and abseil back down the rock face with the help of their peers below. It was great to see students work so well together, guiding one another, communicating with each other and most importantly having fun on this rewarding activity.
Once back at the centre students got to relax, shower and change for dinner. Dinner was a great opportunity for students to share stories of their activities and the events of the day. Evening activities included orienteering, table tennis, soccer, and board games such as twister, and just before bed students got to unwind and watch a DVD. Over the two days, each group of students experienced new activities and challenges which the majority of students would not previously have tried or participated in. Students involvement in the activities helped strengthen team work, problem solving, co-operation and leadership within the group. Each group returned home to Newcastlewest after their overnight trip tired but happy.