Wellbeing

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.

Friends For Life Programme

November 28, 2017

This week as part of the “Friends for Life Programme” students from First and Second Year created a pic collage that included positive tips and ways to change negative thinking around exam time to a more positive one.

These posters have been placed around the school and there is also a display on the library windows in the main reception area for all students to see.

Please have a read in preparation for your Christmas exams.

Remember let’s change those red thoughts (unhelpful thoughts) to green thoughts (helpful thoughts) and let’s do our very best to prepare for our Christmas exams. Thanks to all the students involved who put time and effort into this positive poster display that will benefit all students in Desmond College in preparation for exams.

Ms Creed and Ms Barry

A Pic Collage created by the students involved in the Friends for Life Programme
A Pic Collage created by the students involved in the Friends for Life Programme


Students involved in the friends for life programme
Students involved in the friends for life programme – Eimear Quirke, Aaron Enright, Katelyn O’Sullivan, AJ Dee, Lydia Murphy and Clodagh Flatley

Christmas Examinations 2017

November 17, 2017


Christmas Exams 2017: 1st year


Christmas Exams 2017: 2nd year


Christmas Exams 2017: 3rd year


Christmas Exams 2017: 5th year


Christmas Exams 2017: 6th year


Christmas Exams 2017: Transition year

Poetry recitations by Irish poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice

November 16, 2017

Desmond College Gaelcholáiste students along with Transition Year and some 5th years went to the library for a storytelling & poetry recitations by Irish poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice with Ms Marie Hennessy.


10th November 2017: Poetry recitations by Irish poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice for Desmond College Students
Desmond College Gaelcholáiste students, Transition Year and some 5th Year students who attended storytelling & poetry recitations by Irish poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice with Ms Marie Hennessy.

First Year and Transition Year Hike in the Ballyhouras

November 7, 2017


Oct 2017: The First Years and Transition Years go on a hiking trip in the Ballyhouras
The 1st Year and TY students who went on a hiking trip to the Ballyhouras.


Oct 2017: The First Years and Transition Years go on a hiking trip in the Ballyhouras
Some of the TY students on their hiking trip to the Ballyhouras.


Oct 2017: The First Years and Transition Years go on a hiking trip in the Ballyhouras
Some of the 1st Year students on their hiking trip to the Ballyhouras.


Oct 2017: The First Years and Transition Years go on a hiking trip in the Ballyhouras
Some of the 1st Year students on their hiking trip to the Ballyhouras.


Oct 2017: The First Years and Transition Years go on a hiking trip in the Ballyhouras
Mr Colm Lowe, Ms Anne Hannon, Ms Joanne Guiry, Ms Elaine O Leary, Ms Edel Boohan, Ms Nuala O Callaghan and Ms Mary O Doherty who went on a hiking trip to the Ballyhouras with the 1st Year and TY students.


Oct 2017: The First Years and Transition Years go on a hiking trip in the Ballyhouras
Some of the 1st Year students and Transition Year students’’ on their hiking trip to the Ballyhouras.


Oct 2017: The First Years and Transition Years go on a hiking trip in the Ballyhouras
Some of the 1st Year students on their hiking trip to the Ballyhouras.


Oct 2017: The First Years and Transition Years go on a hiking trip in the Ballyhouras
Some of the TY students on their hiking trip to the Ballyhouras.

Friendship Week in Desmond College

October 28, 2017

23rd to 27th October 2017


23rd - 27th Oct 2017: Friendship week in Desmond College
3rd Year student activities during friendship week with Ms A Ryan.


23rd - 27th Oct 2017: Friendship week in Desmond College
Friendship week Poster designed by Ms O Connor and Audrey Cussen.


23rd - 27th Oct 2017: Friendship week in Desmond College
Some student work from Friendship week.


23rd - 27th Oct 2017: Friendship week in Desmond College
Sarah Barrett making a friendship bracelet in Home Ec class during friendship week.


23rd - 27th Oct 2017: Friendship week in Desmond College
First Year/TY Corridors : Friendship Week Moments.


23rd - 27th Oct 2017: Friendship week in Desmond College
Alan Wallace displaying what he produced as part of friendship week under the guidance of Ms O’Connor.


23rd - 27th Oct 2017: Friendship week in Desmond College
Alan Wallace also created this pic collage under the guidance of Ms Creed.


23rd - 27th Oct 2017: Friendship week in Desmond College
Sarah Cashin’s Friendship pic collage winner in Home Ec class with Ms Guiry.


23rd - 27th Oct 2017: Friendship week in Desmond College
Friendship week activities with Ms D Ryan.


23rd - 27th Oct 2017: Friendship week in Desmond College
Anastacja Subova, Jodie Duffy, Lauren McDonagh created Poetry placemats and piccollages together as part of Friendship week.


23rd - 27th Oct 2017: Friendship week in Desmond College
2nd Year science group work activities for friendship week.


23rd - 27th Oct 2017: Friendship week in Desmond College
Kellie Griffin, Ciara O’Connor, Nikita Morrissey and Gary Farnan
displaying their science poster.

Desmond College Students in SciFest 2017 Finals

October 23, 2017

SciFest has had another very successful year to date in 2017. The number of students participating reached 10,000, an increase of 25% on the previous year. In all, some 298 schools and over 600 teachers were actively involved in SciFest at local and/or regional level. Since the project launched nationwide in 2008 some 50,000 students have taken part.

As in previous years SciFest@College fairs took place in 16 regional venues with almost 4000 students participating. These fairs took place between March and June in 14 Institutes of Technology, DCU and St Mary’s College, Derry.

Desmond College will be represented by 5th year students Thomas Curtin & Dylan Moloney with their “Height Adjustable Crutch”. The students represent Limerick Institute of Technology where the won the “Boston Scientific – Best Medical Devices” award and the “Abbott Runner-up Best Project Award” last April.

Desmond College will be represented by 5th year students Thomas Curtin & Dylan Moloney with their “Height Adjustable Crutch”. The students represent Limerick Institute of Technology where the won the “Boston Scientific – Best Medical Devices” award and the “Abbott Runner-up Best Project Award” last April.

Oct 2017: Desmond College Students through to the 2017 SciFest finals
Thomas Curtin and Dylan Moloney through to the 2017 SciFest finals.

Primary School Taster Days in Desmond College

October 18, 2017


Oct 2017: Primary School Students enjoying a taster day at Desmond College Secondary School October 2017: Desmond College hosts Primary School Students at a taster day


October 2017: Desmond College hosts Primary School Students at a taster day Oct 2017: Primary School Students enjoying a taster day at Desmond College Secondary School


Oct 2017: Primary School Students enjoying a taster day at Desmond College Secondary School Oct 2017: Primary School students enjoying a taste of Post Primary School at Desmond College


Oct 2017: Primary School students enjoying a taste of Post Primary School at Desmond College Oct 2017: Primary School students enjoying a taste of Post Primary School at Desmond College


Oct 2017: Taster Day lets prospective students from primary school experience life at Desmond College Oct 2017: Taster Day lets prospective students from primary school experience life at Desmond College


Oct 2017: Taster Day lets prospective students from primary school experience life at Desmond College Oct 2017: Taster Day lets prospective students from primary school experience life at Desmond College

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

September 13, 2017

September 2017: Brothers of Charity and Desmond College start a new year

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

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.

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.