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.
Desmond College Transition Year students with members of the Brothers of Charity.
Thomas Curtin, Dylan Moloney and Jason Ryan with WJ from the Brothers of Charity.
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.
Students enjoying Yoga as part of National Wellbeing Day.
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.
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.
Aoife Corbett, Michéal Murphy, Roz Barrett, Alice Duffy and Hannah McMahon all completed the Anois Programme. (Missing from the photo is Thomas Curtin).
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.
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.
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.
TY student Hannah McMahon is the perfect ‘buddy’
for new first years Ciara Ryan and Emma Brennan.
TY student Alice Duffy teams up with some
of our new First Years to help them adapt to their new school.
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.