Eileen Cunningham from the Road Safety Authority with Transition Year Students Ben McCormick, Amy O Shea and Hannah McMahon.
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).
Students in Second Year who participated in Secret Santa.
Ms Sandra Quaid with her tutor group who participated in Secret Santa.
Amy O Sullivan, Nikita Quaid, Shauna O Sullivan, Shane Copse and Alisha O Brien delighted with their Secret Santa presents.
Desmond College Post Primary School Staff got into the festive spirit.
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.
Congratulations to Laoise Curtin, winner of a pass to Zumba Classes,
as part of Desmond College Active Schools Week 2016.
Congratulations to Cormac Long, Desmond College winner of Free Gym Membership in Killeline Leisure Centre, as part of Active Schools Week 2016
2nd Year Zumba Classes and Team Challenges
Tug of War
at the 1916 commemoration ceremony in Desmond College.
the 1916 commemoration ceremony in Desmond College.
in Desmond College pictured with school principal Ms. Gavin-Barry.
playing during the 1916 commemoration in Desmond College.
Amy Ni Rian, Sophie Bridgeman, Mary O Connor and Amy Ryan pictured during a Wheelchair Basketball Workshop given to TY students by the Irish Wheelchair Basketball Association.
Caoimhe Danagher and Muireann Tobin pictured during a Wheelchair Basketball workshop given to TY students by the Irish Wheelchair Basketball Association.
Michael Hogan, Tomas McCarthy, Ronan St. John, Ryan White, John Byrnes, Shane Normoyle and Micheal Collins pictured during a wheelchair basketball workshop in Desmond College recently.