The next seven days are “vital” in Ireland’s ongoing battle to curb the spread of coronavirus, according to Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan.
“The next 7 days are vital. Now is the time to #FlattenTheCurve” he declared on Twitter.
Dr Holohan urged everyone to play their part by taking the following steps. These are:
1. Reduce your social contacts – see only a handful of people in your network
2. Distance yourself two metres from people in shops and supermarkets
3. Stop shaking hands or hugging when you say hello
4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
5. Wash your hands regularly and practise cough and sneeze hygiene
6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
7. Check on your vulnerable family members and neighbours
8. Work from home where possible
“The next 7 days are vital. Now is the time to #FlattenTheCurve”.
Staff and students were delighted to welcome back some of the retired staff of Desmond College and the Vocational School Newcastlewest.
The retired staff were given a tour of the school to meet students and teachers, they visited the newly built construction studies room and visited the cluster of newly built classrooms.
While with us they heard our choir sing a number of festive carols and both past and present staff had an opportunity to chat and catch up over tea and mince pies!
During their visit, we launched our new website called The Vocational School History Website. This valuable resource hosts a collection of photos and stories spanning the many years of the Vocational School Newcastlewest.
We hope that past pupils of the school will enjoy browsing through the site and we hope it will bring back many happy memories.
You can visit the site on https://desmondcollege.ie/history/.
Finally, to mark the special occasion, students and staff took part in a Tree Planting Ceremony.
This year alone, Desmond College has planted a large number of native broadleaf trees on the school campus, as a visible sign of their commitment to becoming a Sustainable Development Goals Schools.
Our student council members are:
- Breda Magner – Head Girl
- Jack Corkery – Head Boy
- Cain Mason
- Kellie Griffin
- Daren Bridgeman
- Ciara Brouder
- Cormac Browne
- Aoife Lee
- Giilhermimo Teixevia
- Jodie Duffy
- Tara Danaher
- Edel McMahon
- Micheal Mason
- Aoife O’Carroll
- Ciara Barrett
- Padraig Duffy
Congratulations to Nora O’Sullivan for organising a talk for first years delivered by Limerick Animal Welfare.
To celebrate World Teachers Day, all teachers received a bag of essentials..thanks to Miss Enright, Miss McCarthy and Miss Gavin
TY’s enjoyed a talk from Denis and Noreen Sexton from the Irish Society for Autism.
Thanks to Mr Shiels, Art Department and Mr John English for our Diversity and Inclusivity Tree, reflecting our 22 nationalities.
TYs and 5th Years spend an afternoon with the Brothers of Charity
On September 9th, the 2.8km whole school walk got us ready for the week.
TY students helping with the fundraising for the Brothers of Charity NewcastleWest on Friday 6th September #community
Desmond College rolling out Year 2 of Reusable Water Bottles following last years successful pilot initiative with Schfoodco. Great to see so many sister schools joining us #zeroplastic.
Well done to Evan Condon who as part of his Silver Gaisce Awards successfully achieved Fairtrade Status for Desmond College.
We are now a certified Fairtrade School.
Evan and Miss O’Connor invited Dolores O’Meara, the Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade to talk to the Student Council and students from Rang Grandin about the Fairtrade Initiative.
Well done also to Alan Wallace who has been very involved with Fairtrade in Desmond College during his 5 years in the school.
Dolores spoke about her travels to various Fairtrade cooperatives around the world and gave us wonderful ideas going forward.
Also congratulations to Edel McMahon who won a fairtrade Hamper kindly donated by Dolores O’Meara, Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade.
Edel McMahon receiving her hamper from Dolores O’Meara, Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade
Evan Condon pictured with Dolores O’Meara, Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade
Ms Margaret O’Connor, Alan Wallace, Principal Ms Vourneen Gavin-Barry, Evan Condon, Dolores O’Meara (Chairperson of Limerick Fairtrade) and Kalon O’Brien
Active School Week took place in Desmond from the 29th April to 3rd May 2019. The week of activities was organised by the fantastic PE Department, which consists of Ms. Ryan, Ms. Creed, and Ms. Quaid.
It was a hectic week, jam-packed with a range of exciting activities for both students and staff. Some of the activities included zumba, obstacle courses with active kingdom, strength and conditioning sessions, spinning, walking a mile with a smile, teacher versus student volleyball, long puck, soccer tournament, Sound Bath, table tennis and much more.
It was a great week, which highlighted the importance of physical activity for both the body and the mind.
5th Year Students Enjoying Zumba
Deirdre McMahon and Kristina Horan during Active Week
Eoghan Collins steps up in the Penalty Shootout
Students enjoying a gym session in the arena as part of Active Week
Nicholas Pitaru during Active Week
Long Puck Winners Iris Kennelly, Mr Hegarty, Darragh Collins and Josh Daly
Iris Kennelly in action in Long Puck Competition
Liam Cantwell from Limerick Sports Partnership giving a talk to second years about the importance of exercise for our mental wellbeing
Some of the 5th Year boys doing some strength and conditioning in the Arena Gym
Bryan Mortell and Jack Grimes in the Arena Gym
Adam Greaney and Cameron Wright enjoying Wii-Wednesday in Grandin
The Winners of the Soccer Tournament
Ethan Kirwan Star Goalie and Michael O Brien player of the soccer tournament
Ms Audrey Cussen taking on John English in a game of table tennis
No hard feelings for Ms Creed after she was narrowly defeated by Mr Hegarty in the table tennis final
Students engaging in Sound Bath as part of mindfullness during Active Week
Some of our 1st Year students about to ‘walk a mile with a smile’
Alan Wallace and Shane Scanlon on the obstacle course