Wellbeing

Desmond College and Brothers of Charity Celebration

May 15, 2017

Desmond college TY class hosted their friends from the Brothers of Charity in their annual celebration at the start of May.

The group had great fun creating pieces of art together and listening to the Desmond College students perform some traditional Irish music.

There was great craic when the dancing and singing started and there was even a brush-dance competition.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day and look forward to our continued friendship.

May 2017: Desmond College post primary school TY Students with their friends from the Brothers of Charity
Desmond College Transition Year students with members of the Brothers of Charity.


May 2017: Desmond College Transition Year Post Primary School Students with their Friend from the Brothers of Charity
Thomas Curtin, Dylan Moloney and Jason Ryan with WJ from the Brothers of Charity.

National Wellbeing Day

April 27, 2017

Desmond College are very proud to be the involved in the LCETB Wellbeing Initiative. As part of National Wellbeing Day a number of activities were provided to both staff and students in an effort to promote mindfulness. Students and staff participated in 10 at 10 where they had 10 minutes to meditate. Yoga was also provided for both staff and students along with lunchtime meditation.

April 2017: Students in Desmond College Secondary School Limerick, enjoying Yoga as part of National Wellbeing Day
Students enjoying Yoga as part of National Wellbeing Day.

“Go Green”–Non Uniform Day to celebrate St Patrick’s Day

March 27, 2017

March 2017: 2nd Year Desmond College Winner of the "Go Green - Non-Uniform Day" to celebrate St. Patrick's Day
Billy Cunningham 2nd Year student winner of the “Go Green” Non-Uniform Day to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Mr Kelly also made an effort!


March 2017: 1st Year Desmond College Winner of the "Go Green - Non-Uniform Day" to celebrate St. Patrick's Day
Brianna Callanan 1st Year winner of the “Go Green” Non-Uniform Day to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Retirement Party for Carmel Harnett and Bernie Flynn

March 6, 2017

Wishing our two fabulous ladies a very happy and healthy retirement.

Bernie joined the staff in Desmond College back in 2002 while Carmel first joined the team in Desmond College back in 2007 after spending a number of years in Dubai.

Desmond College and its community would like to thank the ladies for their years of commitment and dedication to working with the young people in Desmond College and wish them every success as they begin a new chapter in their lives.


Feb 2017: Carmel Harnett being presented with some Waterford Crystal from Vourneen Gavin Barry at her Retirement Party in the Devon Inn
Carmel Harnett being presented with some Waterford Crystal from Vourneen Gavin Barry at her Retirement Party in the Devon Inn.


Feb 2017: Bernie Flynn being presented with some Waterford Crystal from Principal Vourneen Gavin Barry at her Retirement Party in the Devon Inn
Bernie Flynn being presented with some Waterford Crystal from Principal Vourneen Gavin Barry at her Retirement Party in the Devon Inn.


Deputy Principal Liz Cregan presented Carmel Harnett with a staff photo
Deputy Principal Liz Cregan presented Carmel Harnett with a staff photo.


Feb 2017: Deputy Principal Liz Cregan presented Bernie Flynn with a staff photo
Deputy Principal Liz Cregan presented Bernie Flynn with a staff photo.


Feb 2017: Bernie Flynn and Carmel Harnett pictured recently at their Retirement Party in the Devon Inn
Bernie Flynn and Carmel Harnett pictured recently at their Retirement Party in the Devon Inn.


Feb 2017: Carol Liston and Donal Enright pictured with Carmel Harnett at her Retiremnt Party which took place in the Devon Inn
Carol Liston and Donal Enright pictured with Carmel Harnett at her Retiremnt Party which took place in the Devon Inn.


Feb 2017: Donal Enright presenting Bernie Flynn with a Bouquet of flowers at her recent Retirement Party
Donal Enright presenting Bernie Flynn with a Bouquet of flowers at her recent Retirement Party.


Feb 2017: Donal Enright presenting Carmel Harnett with a Bouquet of flowers at her recent Retirement Party
Donal Enright presenting Carmel Harnett with a Bouquet of flowers at her recent Retirement Party.


Feb 2017: Anne Flanagan and Margaret O Connor pictured at the recent retirement party for Desmond College’s Carmel Harnett and Bernie Flynn
Anne Flanagan and Margaret O Connor pictured at the recent retirement party for Desmond College’s Carmel Harnett and Bernie Flynn.

Free School Meals For Every Student In Desmond College

February 25, 2017

Desmond College is delighted to introduce the School Meals Programme.

This new initiative which has been available to students since Friday, 10th February 2017 allows Desmond College to provide breakfast and lunch provision to all students free of charge.

Desmond College is the only school in the locality to be able to offer such an amazing service to students. So what’s on the menu??

Breakfast:   Scrambled Eggs or Beans on Toast, Plain Toast, Cereal, Tea, Juice, Water and Fruit. (All for free)
 
Break:   Small filled roll or a Scone, Yoghurt or Crackers and Cheese, Fruit and Water (yes, all for free)

Lunch:   If the students would like a bigger lunch or a hot food option (Large Filled Roll / Lasagne / Shepherd’s Pie or Curry, with Fruit and Water) then this is available for just €2 extra.

This Initiative aims to provide regular, nutritious food to all of our students.

Research has shown that inadequate nutrition impacts negatively on children’s ability to learn and benefit from education. Proper nutrition can improve children’s ability to concentrate and reach their potential.

Breakfast

R.S.A.

February 23, 2017

Feb 2017: Eileen Cunningham from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) with Transition Year Students
Eileen Cunningham from the Road Safety Authority with Transition Year Students Ben McCormick, Amy O Shea and Hannah McMahon.

Anois Programme

February 13, 2017

Anois is a leadership training programme run in conjunction with second level schools for students in transition/fifth year.

It has been running in the diocese for over 20 years. It is a residential programme run in St. Patrick’s College in Thurles.

The Anois programme offers young people the chance to develop their leadership skills as well as giving them the opportunity to build up their confidence and self esteem and make lasting friendships.

Desmond College had a number of students who benefited from the programme this year: Alice Duffy, Roz Barrett, Thomas Curtin, Hannah McMahon, Michéal Murphy and Aoife Corbett.

2017: Desmond College Students who participated and completed the Anois Programme
Aoife Corbett, Michéal Murphy, Roz Barrett, Alice Duffy and Hannah McMahon all completed the Anois Programme. (Missing from the photo is Thomas Curtin).

Christmas Spirit in Desmond College

January 11, 2017

Dec 2016: Second Year Students in Desmond College who participated in Secret Santa
Students in Second Year who participated in Secret Santa.


December 2016: Ms Sandra Quaid with her tutor group who participated in Secret Santa
Ms Sandra Quaid with her tutor group who participated in Secret Santa.


Dec 2016: Students from Desmond College Post Primary School delighted with their Secret Santa Presents.
Amy O Sullivan, Nikita Quaid, Shauna O Sullivan, Shane Copse and Alisha O Brien delighted with their Secret Santa presents.


December 2016: Desmond College Post Primary School Staff got into the festive spirit
Desmond College Post Primary School Staff got into the festive spirit.

RSA LifeSaver Course

December 2, 2016

Nov 2016: Sergeant Tony Miniter, co-ordinator of the RSA Lifesaver Course, picturerd with two Desmond College Post Primary School students
Calvin Wolohan and Ben McCormick pictured with
Sergeant Tony Miniter, co-ordinator of the RSA Lifesaver Course.

Barrie Bennett Instructional Leadership Programme

October 19, 2016

Congratulations to Margaret O Mahony, Bernadine Enright and Liz Cregan who just graduated from the Barrie Bennett Instructional Leadership Programme.

Oct 2016: Desmond College Post Primary School staff, Margaret O'Mahoney, Bernadine Enright and Liz Cregan graduated from The Barrie Bennett Instructional Leadership Programme

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

September 14, 2016

Desmond College, Newcastlewest Transition Year class follow in the steps of their predecessors and form new and exciting friendships with the service users in the Brothers of Charity Newcastlewest.

The Transition Years are welcomed into the Charity to be immersed in the daily lives of the service users. 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.


Sept 2016: Desmond College Transition Year Students pictured with Kitty McEnery, Tina Binchy, Margaret Browne, Con Collins, Mary Kirby and service users from the Brothers of Charity
Desmond College Transition Year Students pictured with Kitty McEnery, Tina Binchy, Margaret Browne, Con Collins, Mary Kirby and service users from the Brothers of Charity.

The Buddy System

September 12, 2016

In Transition year, the Buddy system has been running with great success for a number of years. The TYs ‘buddy up’ with the incoming first years and help to ensure a smooth transition from Primary school to Secondary School.

Each of the TYs act as a mentor for their select group of 1st years throughout the year.

They are there to help, support and advise them as they begin their journey through Post primary education.


September 2016: Desmond College TY Student with her two new First Year Buddies
TY student Hannah McMahon is the perfect ‘buddy’
for new first years Ciara Ryan and Emma Brennan.


September 2016: Desmond college First Year Students meet their TY Buddy
TY student Alice Duffy teams up with some
of our new First Years to help them adapt to their new school.

Mental Health Awareness Talk

June 5, 2016

Here are the 5th year students listening to a talk about mental health. Caolan (UL student welfare officer) and Claire talking to them about their personal journey having been faced with mental health issues.

25th May 2016: Desmond College 5th year students listening to a talk about mental health from  Caolan (UL student welfare officer) and Claire.

Health Behaviours and Health Indicators in Older Adolescents

June 3, 2016

TY/5th/6th year students that took part in a research project at the University of Limerick titled “Health Behaviours and Health Indicators in Older Adolescents”.


May 2016: Desmond College students involved in the UL health in Adolescence studyMay 2016: Desmond College students involved in the UL health in Adolescence study


May 2016: Desmond College students involved in the UL health in Adolescence studyMay 2016: Desmond College students involved in the UL health in Adolescence study


May 2016: Desmond College students involved in the UL's research project titled "Health Behaviours and Health Indicators in Older Adolescents"May 2016: Desmond College students involved in the UL's research project titled "Health Behaviours and Health Indicators in Older Adolescents"


May 2016: Desmond College students involved in the UL's research project titled "Health Behaviours and Health Indicators in Older Adolescents"May 2016: Desmond College students involved in the UL's research project titled "Health Behaviours and Health Indicators in Older Adolescents"


May 2016: Desmond College students involved in the UL's research project titled "Health Behaviours and Health Indicators in Older Adolescents"

End of Year Celebration at the Brothers of Charity

May 19, 2016

May 2016: Transition year students from Desmond College pictures with some people from the brothers of charity at the end of year celebration

Transition year students from Desmond College pictures with some people from the brothers of charity at the end of year celebration.

May 2016: Transition year students from Desmond College pictures with some people from the brothers of charity at the end of year celebration


May 2016: Transition year students from Desmond College pictures with some people from the brothers of charity at the end of year celebration


May 2016: Transition year students from Desmond College pictures with some people from the brothers of charity at the end of year celebration


May 2016: Transition year students from Desmond College pictures with some people from the brothers of charity at the end of year celebration