Declan Kennedy and Nathan Wright were manning the hot chocolate stall.
Matthew O Connor and Mellissa Flaherty selling
some crafts and gingerbread at the Desmond College Christmas Markets.
Mr. Damien Culhane enquiring about some of the lovely gifts
made by Mary Sexton and Yvonne Leahy at the Desmond College Christmas Markets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Desmond College, Newcastle West 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 Newcastle West.
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. Friendships are formed and last for years.
Peer Mentoring Award
Community Leader Award
Innovation and Endeavours Awards
Brothers of Charity Award
Transition Year Student of the Year
Localise Project Award
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Would you like to do SafeTALK training?
Would you like to learn
how to talk to someone around suicide?
What is safeTALK?
safeTALK is a half day training programme that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. These specific skills are called suicide alertness and are taught with the expectation that the person learning them will use them to help reduce suicide risk in their communities. Following a safeTALK workshop you will be more willing and able to perform an important helping role for persons with thoughts of suicide.
Contact Meadhbh (086) 0442320 to book, or for further info. Training date to be confirmed, spaces are limited, book early to avoid disappointment!! (Course provision is subject to interest)
On Thursday May 7, the Global StopCyberbullying Youth Summit took place in the Millennium Theatre in the Limerick Institute of Technology, and will be taking place in Dublin on May 9. Over 200 children from schools in the Midwest aged from 10 to 14 attended the event.
Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan spoke at the Summit, “What we want to do is learn from this, learn from the meetings and the break out groups of today, and bring it to people who can change something, change policies … We want a more caring and conclusive society, where bullying is not tolerated.“
At the Youth Summit, people from the audience were brought on stage as a panel to discuss different topics. One panel elaborated on how Cyberbullying works, the players, the methods and the motives. There was a panel that examined the special risks from cyberbullying, such as vulnerable groups, victims of sexual abuse, special-needs, and at-risk youth. Another panel were asked to voice their opinions on what approaches they’d advise to stop cyberbullying, in the fields of Education, Legal Intervention, Raising Awareness, Cyberwellness, Digital Literacy and Support. The closing panel debated justice from cyberbullying. Five students along with Ms Ryan represented Desmond College at the Summit.
The “Lets Learn about Drugs and Alcohol Together” Programme
will be delivered in Desmond College, Newcastle West this April.
This is the 2nd year the programme has been delivered in Desmond College. The programme involves two workshops; the first workshop is just for 2nd year parents, while the second workshop is for 2nd year parents and their son/daughter. Attendance at both workshops is important and the programme is only open to your son/daughter by your participation.
The parent workshop will look at the following areas:
What is a drug? Why young people use drugs? How to talk to your child about drugs, Importance of Parental influence, Key prevention messages, Information on key substances.
parent and pupil workshop involves working together in a shared learning environment.
This workshop builds on workshop one and supports learning from the SPHE class, through active engagement around three key messages about cannabis, solvents and alcohol.
The dates for the workshop at Desmond College are:
|Tuesday 21st April||7:00 pm – 8.30 pm||Desmond College (parent only)|
|Tuesday 28th April||7:00 pm – 9:00 pm||Desmond College (parent & 2nd year child)|
Registration is not essential but will help us to determine numbers interested. If you wish to attend the programme please text your NAME followed by the word DESMOND to (086) 467 8010 to confirm interest. You are under no obligation to attend if you text the message is purely to determine a level of interest from parents.
It is important to note that this programme is not a lecture but an interactive workshop. The programme is in its 3rd year and has received huge praise and approval from parents, pupils and teachers who attended. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact me directly or indeed contact Aisling Ryan, SPHE Teacher at Desmond College.
Post Primary Substance Use Education Worker
Mon April 13th- Fri April 17th 2015
The Active Schools Week is to raise awareness amongst staff, students and families, and provide schools with an opportunity to reinforce the message that not only is physical activity good for you but it can also be FUN and a great way to spend time with friends.
Different Activities will be organised during Active Schools Week. Keep an eye on the Active Schools Notice Board for a list of activities that will be taking place that week.
Any student or staff member interested in being on the Active Schools Committee please contact any member of the PE Department.
And remember: ACTIVE BODY – ACTIVE MIND!
Forensic psychologist Dr Maureen Griffin — who runs courses for children, parents, and teachers based on online behaviour will be speaking to all 1st, 2nd, 3rd and TY students on issues including Cyberbullying, Social Networking, chatting Online & through Apps, Sharing Information, Privacy Settings and Mobile Phone Safety. This will take place in Desmond College on February 25th 2015.
Dr Maureen Griffin will also hold an information evening for all parents of students in Desmond College and parents of 6th Class Primary School children on Wednesday 25th Feb from 6.30 – 7.30pm. Talks for parents provide an overview of what is currently popular among students, what the potential dangers are and practical advice on how to protect children when they are online or using their mobile phone. All of the above issues, addressed in the student talk, are covered.