Wellbeing

Desmond College and The Brothers of Charity
Start Another Year of New Friendships

September 14, 2018

Each year Desmond College, Newcastle West Transition Year class are invited to form new and exciting friendships with the service users in the Brothers of Charity Newcastle West.

The Transition Years are welcomed on the first week of term and are toured around the facility. They then have the unique opportunity of having a day to experience the day-to-day life of the service users needs. They are taught how to help and respond to all the people they meet under the direction of Mike Sheahan and his colleagues.

Sept 2018: Desmond College Transition Year Students and Brothers of Charity service users

The friendship between the school and Brothers of Charity has proven to have a positive effect on all involved.

The Transition Years will have the opportunity to complete work experience and organise different events for their new friends.

The service users of the Brothers of Charity reap the rewards by having new and young faces around the centre, showing assistance in their activities. Desmond College Transition Years also invite their friends in the Brothers of Charity to celebratory events in the school. Friendships are formed and last for years.

Brothers of Charity

May 18, 2018


TY students and the Brothers of Charity celebrations.


May 2018: Desmond College and their friends in the Brothers of Charity


May 2018: TY Students and Brothers of Charity group celebrate!May 2018: TY Students and Brothers of Charity group celebrate!


May 2018: TY Students and Brothers of Charity group celebrate!May 2018: TY Students and Brothers of Charity group celebrate!

Darkness into Light 2018 (Limerick Leader)

May 13, 2018

Shining a light on Darkness:
Thousands take part in dawn Limerick walk for Pieta House

“Yellow-tshirt clad fundraisers gathered at Thomond Park in the city, the Desmond College in Newcastle West and Kilmallock and Murroe for the the emotional walk, which symbolises the darkness of depression into the light of day.​

Up to 10,000 people were expected to take part in the city, with around 4,000 more potentially in Newcastle West” …read more on LimerickLeader.ie

TY Collect for Irish Heart Foundation

May 12, 2018

May 2018: TY Students collecting for the Irish Heart FoundationMay 2018: TY Students collecting for the Irish Heart Foundation

TY Students Walk The School Day

March 13, 2018


March 2018: Desmond College TY Students participating in Walk the School Day
 

March 2018: Desmond College TY Students participating in Walk the School Day March 2018: Desmond College Transition Year Students participating in Walk the School Day
 

March 2018: Desmond College Transition Year Students participating in Walk the School Day
March 2018: Desmond College Transition Year Students participating in Walk the School Day

March 2018: Desmond College Transition Year Students participating in Walk the School DayMarch 2018: Desmond College TY Students participating in Walk the School Day

March 2018: Desmond College TY Students participating in Walk the School Day

Internet Safety and Cyberbullying

March 9, 2018


Forensic psychologist, Dr. Maureen Griffin, visited Desmond College
on Monday 5th March 2018 and gave a lecture to students
on Internet Safety and Cyberbullying.
March 2018: Internet Safety and Cyberbullying Lecture by Dr. Maureen Griffin for Desmond College students


March 2018: Internet Safety and Cyberbullying Lecture by Dr. Maureen Griffin for Desmond College students

Literacy Week
26th February – 2nd March 2018

February 24, 2018

Book
 

Spelling Bee Competition for 1st years.
Event organised and supported by TY buddies.
Class competition on Wednesday, with final on Friday in the Library
Lots of prizes!
 

Bee
 

Pic Collage Competition for 2nd years.
Brief: Any topic using keywords, which show understanding of topic and can be used as a study aid.
Best from each class to be emailed to Ms Gavin by Wednesday.
Winner will be announced on Friday.
 

trophy
 

Word Millionaire Competition
will continue this week during period 6.
Class scores are displayed on the Library window!
 

foggy country scene

‘Post a Postcard’
will take place during the week.
Be sure to wrap up warm!

TY Students Making Perfect Pancakes!

February 21, 2018


13th February 2018: Desmond College TY Students Make Perfect Pancakes


13th February 2018: Desmond College TY Students Make Perfect Pancakes


13th February 2018: Desmond College TY Students Make Perfect Pancakes

Healthy Eating Week

February 2, 2018


Jan 2018: Desmond College Second Year students preparing fruit kebabs as Part of Healthy Eating Week
Desmond College Second Year students preparing fruit kebabs as Part of Healthy Eating Week.

Jigsaw Talk

February 2, 2018


Jan 2018: Desmond College Leaving Cert students attending a Jigsaw Talk as part of Wellbeing.
Desmond College Leaving Cert students attending a Jigsaw Talk as part of Wellbeing.

Healthy Eating Week 2018

January 29, 2018

Healthy Eating Week took place in Desmond College from Jan 22nd -26th 2018.

A range of activities took place including healthy eating presentations during wellbeing class, Mary Ryan a guest speaker presented a Healthy Eating talk to a number of students. A healthy eating fact of the day was announced daily to all students.

Fruit cups and smoothies were on sale throughout the week.

The students were also given the opportunity to take part in a Master Chef Healthy Eating Cook Off Competition.


Jan 2018: Winner of the Desmond College 2nd year Healthy Eating Cook Off
Well done to Aaron Moinbhiol and Leah Culloty who won the 2nd year healthy eating cook off which was part of healthy eating week.
Aaron made a chicken and mixed vegetable soup and Leah made a Thai green curry with brown rice.


Jan 2018: Transition Year students, winners of the Transition Year Master Chef Healthy Eating Cook Off.
Congratulations to Transition Year students Sarah Leahy and Genevive Collins who were the winners of the Transition Year Master Chef Healthy Eating Cook Off. The girls are pictured with their teachers Ms Guiry and Ms Boohan along with their Principal Ms Vourneen Gavin Barry.


Jan 2018: Guest Speaker Mary Ryan giving a Healthy Eating talk to the First and Second Year students.
Guest Speaker, Mary Ryan, giving a Healthy Eating talk to the First and Second Year students during Healthy Eating Week.


Jan 2018: Guest Speaker Mary Ryan giving a healthy eating presentation during Healthy Eating Week
Guest Speaker, Mary Ryan, pictured with Ms Sinead Broderick and Ms Elaine O’Leary, giving a healthy eating presentation during Healthy Eating Week.

TY Activities to date

January 29, 2018
Date Activity Group
06/09/2017 Brothers of Charity visit All
Different dates Brothers of charity work placement All at different times
18/09/2017 Achill All
25/09/2017 Primary school blitz All
28/09/2017 Space programme All
02/10/2017 Music generation workshop All
03/10/2017 St.Ita’s project All
Every Tuesday afternoon St.Ita’s 3/4 students
05/10/2017 ISA Rose Campaign All
09/10/2017 Garda work experience 3 Students
09/10/2017 Denis sexton talk All
11/10/2017 Ethiopia Workshop(Donal) All
12/10/2017 Open night Selected
16/10/2017 Narrative four workshop Selected
19/10/2017 Ballyhoura walk with 1st years All
23/10/2017 Anois interviews Selected
25/10/2017 G.A.A coaching course All
Selected Dates Gym for P.E. All
13/11/2017 Alan Devine public speaking workshop All
14/11/2017 Life saver project All
17/11/2017 Enterprise in Desmond College Selected
17/11/2017 Candy canes & bun sale Selected
20/11/2017 U.C.C. guest speaker All
21/11/2017 Science workshop All
21/11/2017 Alan Devine public speaking follow up All
22/11/2017 Griffith college talk All
23/11/2017 Adrian O’Brien talk All
30/11/2017 Liam Lawton Concert Selected
13/12/2017 Shannon hotel management guest speaker All
13/12/2017 Tablet draw for Ty’s All
14/12/2017 Butlers trip All
15/12/2017 School mass Selected
09/01/2018 Leave for young scientist Selected
15/01/2017 Anois Selected
10/01, 17/01,
24/01, 31/01 ,07/01
(2018)
Judo All

Healthy Eating Week (January 22nd-26th 2018)

January 22, 2018

Healthy Eating Week in Desmond College 2018
There will be a poster competition for 1st and 2nd years. All students will have the opportunity to design their posters in SPHE. The aim is to promote healthy eating.

Desmond College TY Students participate in the
“Narrative 4 Inter Generational Story Exchange” with members
of the NCW Active Retirement Group, at the Desmond Complex.

December 11, 2017

On Monday morning the 4th of December 2017 the Desmond College Transition Years took part in an Inter Generational Story Exchange. The project is funded by the Irish American Fund though Narrative 4. Its purpose is to promote connection and empathy between the generations.

Desmond College students were paired with members of the NCW active retirement group at the Desmond Complex.

A warm, thought provoking and humorous morning saw stories told and friendships formed between a group of people with more in common than they thought.

The session was facilitated expertly by Sheila Quealey of Narrative 4 and was an experience that will not be forgotten by both young and old.


Dec 2017: Desmond College TY students taking part in the Narrative 4 Story Exchange program with the NCW active retirement group
Bryan Mortell sharing stories as part of the Narrative 4 story exchange programme.


Dec 2017: Desmond College TY students taking part in the Narrative 4 Story Exchange program with the NCW active retirement group
Breda Magner sharing stories as part of the Narrative 4 story exchange programme.


Dec 2017: Desmond College TY students taking part in the Narrative 4 Story Exchange program with the NCW active retirement group
Sophie Leenders sharing stories as part of the Narrative 4 story exchange programme.


Dec 2017: Desmond College TY students taking part in the Narrative 4 Story Exchange program with the NCW active retirement group
Members of the TY students in Desmond College taking part in the Narrative 4 Story Exchange program with members of the NCW active retirement group at the Desmond Complex.


Dec 2017: Desmond College TY students taking part in the Narrative 4 Story Exchange program with the NCW active retirement group
Erkina Dbe Bakoubayia sharing stories as part of the Narrative 4 story exchange programme.

Irish Society for Autism

December 8, 2017

The Irish Society for Autism was created in 1963, and has long campaigned for the cause of Autism in Ireland and Worldwide. The society are the longest established specialist service for people with Autism in Ireland. The Society was formed with the goal of creating awareness about Autism, and convincing the authorities that early diagnosis and specialised education would greatly enhance the quality of life for people with Autism.

Since 1963, the Irish Society for Autism has been providing information for thousands of people, parents, families, educators, students and health care workers. We have helped to establish residential services for adults with Autism in Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Meath, Westmeath and Wexford.


Dec 2017: Denis and Noleen Sexton giving a talk to the Transition Year Students about the work being done by the Irish Society for Autism
Denis and Noleen Sexton giving a talk to the Transition Year Students about the work being done by the Irish Society for Autism.