Wellbeing

Waste Wise: “Plastic is NOT Fantastic’’

January 22, 2019

Desmond College reducing plastic waste, helping the environment, and getting healthy
In our quest to encourage best practice in recycling, the Student Council saw an opportunity to reduce the amount of plastic waste that was flowing through our school everyday.

Each day, both staff and students were going through over 400 plastic water bottles. A huge percentage of these water bottles were not empty and were being littered around the school. Not only were we wasting copious amounts of drinkable water, the bottles were being carelessly discarded.

The Student Council monitored this issue and identified that reducing the use of plastics bottles was necessary for Desmond College to play a part in reducing our carbon footprint. Upon working in collaboration with school management, a resolution ensued.

Two fountains, which produce fresh, ice-cold water were introduced to the students and staff. To encourage the reduction in plastic waste, each member of the school community was given a free refillable water bottle.

Even though, this initiative has only been in existence for a short time, there has already been a dramatic decrease in the amount of plastic waste in the school. Also, because the water is so fresh from the fountain, students are drinking even more water.

We want our students to be aware of the effect plastic has on our environment. The free plastic water bottle initiative has received great interest among both staff and students.

Have you got the bottle?

Tomás White, Patrick O Grady and William Ahern showing off their new refillable water bottles
Tomás White, Patrick O Grady and William Ahern showing off their new refillable water bottles

New environmentally friendly water filling machine in Desmond College
New environmentally friendly water filling machine

Jack Kelly, Dominic Scanlon and Nathan Shanahan
Jack Kelly, Dominic Scanlon and Nathan Shanahan

December Events in Desmond College

December 21, 2018


Dec 2018: Ms.Hannon with a number of students who organized a non uniform day to raise money for students going to Lourdes
Ms.Hannon with a number of students who organized a non uniform day to raise money for students going to Lourdes.


Dec 2018: Ms O'Mahony and Ms Hennessy giving prizes to students who completed the Reading Challenge.
Ms.O’Mahony and Ms.Hennessy giving prizes to students who completed the Reading Challenge.

Transition Year learn CPR

December 10, 2018

The Transition Year students as part of their science module and wellbeing learned how to carry out CPR with the help of Ms.Culhane.

Dec 2018: Ms Culhane demonstrating to the Transition Year students how to carry our CPR
Ms Culhane demonstrating to the Transition Year students how to carry our CPR

Dec 2018: Transition Year students practicing the technique of CPR
Transition Year students practicing the technique of CPR

Dec 2018: Transition Year students practicing the technique of CPR
Transition Year students practicing the technique of CPR

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas……

December 6, 2018

Our Transition Year students under the guidance of Ms O Brien designed a Christmas tree out of books
Our Transition Year students under the guidance of Ms O Brien designed a Christmas tree out of books

Students in Rang Grandin getting into the festive spirit
Students in Rang Grandin getting into the festive spirit

Christmas tree with a little creativity from our Art Department #star #Luimineach Abú
Christmas tree with a little creativity from our Art Department #star #Luimineach Abú

Limerick Youth Service Research Project

November 25, 2018

Well done to the 2nd and 5th-year students who participated in the Limerick Youth Service Research Workshop!


Nov 2018: 2nd year students who participated in the Limerick Youth Service Research Workshop!
5th-year students who participated in the Limerick Youth Service Research Workshop


Nov 2018: 5th year students who participated in the Limerick Youth Service Research Workshop!
2nd-year students who participated in the Limerick Youth Service Research Workshop

TY Tae Kwon Do class

October 26, 2018


Oct 2018: Desmond College Transition Year students participate in a Tae Kwon Do class


Oct 2018: Desmond College Transition Year students participate in a Tae Kwon Do class


Oct 2018: Desmond College Transition Year students participate in a Tae Kwon Do class


Oct 2018: Desmond College Transition Year students participate in a Tae Kwon Do class


Oct 2018: Desmond College Transition Year students participate in a Tae Kwon Do class

TY Collect for ISA

October 17, 2018


October 2018: Desmond College students collect for ISA (Irish Society for Autism)


October 2018: Desmond College students collect for ISA (Irish Society for Autism)


October 2018: Desmond College students collect for ISA (Irish Society for Autism)


October 2018: Desmond College students collect for ISA (Irish Society for Autism)


October 2018: Desmond College students collect for ISA (Irish Society for Autism)

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