Wellbeing

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

Active Schools Week 2016: FRIDAY

May 3, 2016

Winners


22nd April 2016: Congratulations to Laoise Curtin, winner of a pass to Zumba Classes, as part of Desmond College Active Schools Week 2016

Congratulations to Laoise Curtin, winner of a pass to Zumba Classes,
as part of Desmond College Active Schools Week 2016.


22nd April 2016: Congratulations to Cormac Long, Desmond College winner of Free Gym Membership in Killeline Leisure Centre, as part of 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

22nd April: Second Year Zumba and Team Challenges ActiveFriday at Desmond College Active Schools Week 2016


22nd April: Second Year Zumba and Team Challenges ActiveFriday at Desmond College Active Schools Week 201622nd April: Second Year Zumba and Team Challenges ActiveFriday at Desmond College Active Schools Week 201622nd April: Second Year Zumba and Team Challenges ActiveFriday at Desmond College Active Schools Week 2016


22nd April: Second Year Zumba and Team Challenges ActiveFriday at Desmond College Active Schools Week 2016


22nd April: Second Year Zumba and Team Challenges ActiveFriday at Desmond College Active Schools Week 201622nd April: Second Year Zumba and Team Challenges ActiveFriday at Desmond College Active Schools Week 201622nd April: Second Year Zumba and Team Challenges ActiveFriday at Desmond College Active Schools Week 201622nd April: Second Year Zumba and Team Challenges ActiveFriday at Desmond College Active Schools Week 201622nd April: Second Year Zumba and Team Challenges ActiveFriday at Desmond College Active Schools Week 201622nd April: Second Year Zumba and Team Challenges ActiveFriday at Desmond College Active Schools Week 201622nd April: Second Year Zumba and Team Challenges ActiveFriday at Desmond College Active Schools Week 2016


22nd April: Second Year Zumba and Team Challenges ActiveFriday at Desmond College Active Schools Week 201622nd April: Second Year Zumba and Team Challenges ActiveFriday at Desmond College Active Schools Week 201622nd April: Second Year Zumba and Team Challenges ActiveFriday at Desmond College Active Schools Week 201622nd April: Second Year Zumba and Team Challenges ActiveFriday at Desmond College Active Schools Week 201622nd April: Second Year Zumba and Team Challenges ActiveFriday at Desmond College Active Schools Week 201622nd April: Second Year Zumba and Team Challenges ActiveFriday at Desmond College Active Schools Week 2016

Jersey Day


22nd April 2016: Jersey Day at Desmond College as part of Active Schools Week 201622nd April 2016: Jersey Day at Desmond College as part of Active Schools Week 2016


22nd April 2016: Jersey Day at Desmond College as part of Active Schools Week 201622nd April 2016: Jersey Day at Desmond College as part of Active Schools Week 2016


22nd April 2016: Jersey Day at Desmond College as part of Active Schools Week 2016

Tug of War


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22nd April 2016: Active Schools Week 2016 Desmond College: Tug Of War22nd April 2016: Active Schools Week 2016 Desmond College: Tug Of War

Active Schools Week 2016: FRIDAY

May 3, 2016

Teacher v Student Volleyball Match

Final Score: Teachers 5 : 3 Students

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Active Schools Week 2016 Schedule

April 21, 2016

2016 April : desmond College active schools week from Monday 18th April to Friday 22nd April

Raising the Flag at the 1916 Commemoration Ceremony

March 25, 2016

2016 March: Declan Kennedy and Cromac Browne picture after raising the flag at the 1916 commemoration ceremony in Desmond College

Declan Kennedy and Cormac Browne picture after raising the flag
at the 1916 commemoration ceremony in Desmond College.

March 2016: Pupils gathering to watch the raising of the flag at the 1916 commemoration ceremony in Desmond College

Pupils gathering to watch the raising of the flag at
the 1916 commemoration ceremony in Desmond College.

March 2016: Students and staff that performed at the 1916 commemoration ceremony in Desmond College pictured with school principal Ms. Gavin-Barry

Students and staff that performed at the 1916 commemoration ceremony
in Desmond College pictured with school principal Ms. Gavin-Barry.

March 2016: Johnny Hunt treated us to some fantastic bagpipe playing during the 1916 commemoration in Desmond College

Johnny Hunt treated us to some fantastic bagpipe
playing during the 1916 commemoration in Desmond College.

Collecting The Flag at the 1916 Commemoration Service

March 11, 2016

March 2016: Flag Collection Ceremony at the 1916 Commemoration Service in Croke Park March 2016: the 1916 Flag Collection Ceremony in Croke Park for Post Primary Schools March 2016: Desmond College at the 1916 Flag Collection Ceremony in Croke Park March 2016: the 1916 Flag Collection Ceremony in Croke Park for Post Primary Schools March 2016: Desmond College attended the Flag Collecting Ceremony in Croke Park and Met Ryan Tubridy
March 2016: Flag Collection Ceremony at the 1916 Commemoration Service in Croke Park March 2016: Desmond College Students Collecting the Flag at the 1916 Commemoration Service in Croke Park


March 2016: Mr Kelly and Ms Hennessy with students Latina Massey, Laoise Curtin and Darragh Collins collecting The Flag at the 1916 Commemoration Service in Croke Park

Mr Kelly and Ms Hennessy with students Latina Massey, Laoise Curtin and Darragh Collins collecting The Flag at the 1916 Commemoration Service in Croke Park.

Wheelchair Basketball Workshop in Desmond College

February 8, 2016

Feb 2016: Wheelchair Basketball Workshop given by the Irish Wheelchair Association for Desmond College Transition Year Students
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.

Feb 2016: Wheelchair Basketball Workshop given by the Irish Wheelchair Association for Desmond College Transition Year Students
Caoimhe Danagher and Muireann Tobin pictured during a Wheelchair Basketball workshop given to TY students by the Irish Wheelchair Basketball Association.

Feb 2016: Wheelchair Basketball Workshop given by the Irish Wheelchair Association for Desmond College Transition Year Students
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.

Transition Year Students go on Anois Leadership Training

January 28, 2016

Jan 2016: Gary Byrnes, Michael Hogan, Muireann Tobin, Leah Barry, Aine Upton, Amy Ryan and Sophie Bridgeman Transition Year students from Desmond College heading off on Anois Leadership training.
Gary Byrnes, Michael Hogan, Muireann Tobin, Leah Barry,
Aine Upton, Amy Ryan and Sophie Bridgeman, Transition Year students
from Desmond College, heading off on Anois Leadership training.

Christmas Markets in Desmond College

December 22, 2015

2015 December: Christmas Market in Desmond College

Declan Kennedy and Nathan Wright were manning the hot chocolate stall.

 

December 2015: Christmas Market in Desmond College

Matthew O Connor and Mellissa Flaherty selling
some crafts and gingerbread at the Desmond College Christmas Markets.

 

2015 December: Christmas Market in Desmond College

Mr. Damien Culhane enquiring about some of the lovely gifts
made by Mary Sexton and Yvonne Leahy at the Desmond College Christmas Markets.

Visit from Tomi Reichental – Holocaust Survivor

December 18, 2015

Tomi Reichental  a Holocaust survivor with Desmond College TY students following a wonderful talk.

Tomi Reichental a Holocaust survivor with Desmond College
TY students following a wonderful talk.

Desmond College was delighted to host Tomi Reichental on December 8th. Staff and students spent the morning with Tomi who recounted the harrowing and courageous story of his time he spent in Bergen Belsen concentration camp in Nazi Germany as a child and to promoted religious and racial tolerance to all. Tomi is one of the only survivors of the Holocaust living in Ireland and frequently travels around the country visiting secondary schools telling his inspiring story.

Students of Desmond College, ready to listen to Tomi Reichental's story

Desmond College Students listening to talk by Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental

Tomi was unable to speak about his traumatic experience for over 50 years but ultimately decided that he owes it to the souls of those 6 million Jewish people who lost their lives during this torturous time in history, including 35 members of Tomi’s own family.

Tomi is an inspirational figure to all those who encounter him and without surprise has been awarded the International Person of the Year award, is an award winning author and more recently earned an Honorary Doctorate from Trinity College.

Tomi Reichental Meets Desmond College Student

Tomi Reichental and Natalia Janska at a presentation he gave to Desmond College students about his life including his time in a concentration camp.
Natalia is also from Solvakia and he was delighted to meet and share his experience with a fellow Solvakian.

Desmond College Transition Year students have completed projects about the life of Mr. Reichental and will continue to study the holocaust and World War II in detail. Tomi was kind enough to offer signed copies of his book ‘I was a Boy in Belsen’ for our school library. All at Desmond College were honoured and delighted to partake in this unique opportunity.

Senior Cycle Physical Education (SCPE) Research Project

November 19, 2015

Desmond College along with ten other schools have been chosen to be involved in an exciting project with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and the University of Limerick. This project aims to inform future planning and assessment in Senior Cycle Physical Education.

Students from Rang Donnacha (5th Year) are participating in a structured curriculum model called ‘Sport Education’. Through this model students will get to experience a seven week Sport Education Season of ‘Ultimate Frisbee’. The seven weeks will end in a culminating event, where students will compete against Coláiste Mhuire Askeaton in an ‘Ultimate Frisbee’ tournament.

November 2015: Picture of Desmond College Senior Cycle Students participating in a Physical Education Research Project with NCCA and University of Limerick.

Sport Education seeks to make sport experiences in Physical Education more real for ALL students. Its central goal is to teach students to be competent, literate and enthusiastic sports people. All students have a role to play throughout the seven weeks. These roles include; Participant, Captain, Coach, Equipment Manager, Team Statistician, Team Photographer plus many more. All students will get to experience each role and then each team will assign a team member to a role, based on interest. The focus over the seven weeks will be on sportsmanship, fair-play and participation, and teams will gain points each week based on these team attributes.

The overall aim of Sport Education is full participation by ALL students and students will learn to perform sporting roles other than that of a player. Team affiliation for the seven weeks allows students to maintain a positive and enthusiastic culture within the class, school and community. Keep an eye on the school website to follow Rang Donnachas progress in their Sport Education model.