Wellbeing

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.

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

September 23, 2015

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.

Transition Year Students with the Service Users at the Brothers of Charity

TY Graduation 2015

June 16, 2015

Peer Mentoring Award

Desmond College TY Graduation 2015: Peer Mentoring Award: Cillian McMahon with Ms Guiry
Cillian McMahon with Ms Guiry

Community Leader Award

Desmond College TY Graduation 2015: Community Leader Award: Claire Mortell and Ms Cregan
Claire Mortell and Ms Cregan

Innovation and Endeavours Awards

Desmond College TY Graduation 2015: Innovation and Endeavours Awards: Diarmuid Curtin with Ms Broderick
Diarmuid Curtin with Ms Broderick

Desmond College TY Graduation 2015: Innovation and Endeavours Awards: Seamus Hurley with Ms Broderick
Seamas Hurley with Ms Broderick

Desmond College TY Graduation 2015: Innovation and Endeavours Awards: Eamonn Browne with Ms Broderick
Eamonn Browne with Ms Broderick

Desmond College TY Graduation 2015: Innovation and Endeavours Awards: Eoin Considine with Ms Broderick
Eoin Considine with Ms Broderick

Brothers of Charity Award

Desmond College TY Graduation 2015 : Brothers of Charity Award: Patreeze Nugent with Anne from the Brothers of Charity
Patreeze Nugent with Anne from the Brothers of Charity

Tutor Award

Desmond College TY Graduation 2015: Tutor Award: Shauna Hallinan with Ms Collins
Shauna Hallinan with Ms Collins

Transition Year Student of the Year

Desmond College TY Gradutation 2015: Transition Year: Student of the Year Award: Emma Herbert with Ms Gavin Barry and Ms Collins
Emma Herbert with Ms Gavin Barry and Ms Collins

Localise Project Award

Desmond College TY Graduation 2015: Localize Project Award: Johnny Hunt, Shauna Hallinan and Patreeze Nugent
Johnny Hunt, Shauna Hallinan and Patreeze Nugent

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Desmond College TY Graduation 2015: Emma Herbert with proud Mam and Dad, Anne and Tom
Emma Herbert with proud Mam and Dad, Anne and Tom

Desmond College TY Graduation 2015: Claire Mortell Community Leader Award with her Family at the TY Graduation
Claire Mortell (Community Leader Award) with her family at the TY Graduation

Desmond College TY Graduation 2015 Diarmuid Curtin with his family at the TY Graduation
Diarmuid Curtin with his family at the TY Graduation

Desmond College TY Graduation 2015: Jack O'Connor with his Mam and Dad at the TY Graduation
Jack O Connor with his Mam and Dad at the TY Graduation

Desmond College TY Graduation 2015: Some of the TY Students at their Graduation
Some of the TY students at their Graduation

Home School Community Liaison : SafeTALK Training

May 27, 2015

Desmond College HSCL Parent Group HSE

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)

Transition Year Students enjoy a party with the Brothers of Charity

May 20, 2015

As part of the Transition Year localised project each of the TY students carried out some work experience in the Brothers of Charity. They gained great experience and made life long friendships as a result of their work.
Desmond College Traditional Music Group draiocht entertain at the brothers of charity party; May 2015

Desmond College Transition Year Students Enjoy a Party with the Brothers of Charity May 2015: Dermot Ahern and John McCoy

Desmond College TY Students have a party in May 2015 with the Newcastle West Brothers of Charity: Dermot Ahern and Mr. K O'Rahilly

May 2015: Transition Year Students from Desmond College have a party at the Brothers of Charity, NewcastleWest. Pictured: Patrick Foley and Conor Reidy

The Desmond College TY students with some of the members of the Brothers of Charity: May 2015

Transition Year Students in Desmond College get Certified in First Aid

May 19, 2015

Desmond College students acquire competency in performing CPR as part of the Transition Year First Aid Certificate: May 2015

Transition Year Students in Desmond College Learn Some Essential First Aid Skills : May 2015

The Global Stop Cyberbullying Youth Summit – Ireland 2015

May 11, 2015

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 Global Stop CyberBullying Youth Summit 2015 : Breda Magner, Alice Duffy, Rhea Crowley, Jack Corkery and Danny Moriarty
Breda Magner, Alice Duffy, Rhea Crowley, Jack Corkery and Danny Moriarty

The Global Stop Cyberbullying Youth Summit 2015 : Danny Moriarty, Jack Corkery, Alice Duffy, Rhea Crowley, Breda Magner
Danny Moriarty, Jack Corkery, Alice Duffy, Rhea Crowley, Breda Magner

Substance Use Education Programme For 2nd Yr Parents

April 20, 2015

Let's Learn about Drugs and Alcohol Together

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.

WORKSHOP ONE
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.

WORKSHOP TWO
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:
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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)

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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.

Yours sincerely,
Sancha Power
Post Primary Substance Use Education Worker

Active Schools Week

April 10, 2015

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!

Active Body - Active Mind

Transition Year Students learn Lifesaving skills along with Gym Participation in Killeline Leisure Centre

March 6, 2015

Transition Year students from Desmond college under the guidance of their teacher Ms. Sandra Quaid are currently attending Killeline Leisure Centre as part of their PE module. The students will practice lifesaving skills and get an insight into gym participation.

Desmond College TY students : Lifesaving Skills : Johnny Hunt, Conor Leahy, Cillian McMahon, Claire Mortell, Killian Lynch, Emma Herbert, Diarmuid Curtin, Lauren Moloney, Conor Reidy, Seamus Hurley, Liam Dowling

Cian Cremin and John McCoy enjoy Gym Participation in Killeline

The Student Council welcomes Dr Maureen Griffen to Desmond College for a Cyberbullying Talk

March 4, 2015

The Student Council: Cyberbullying Talk 2015: Caoimhe Danaher, Leah Barry, Jack Corkery, Breda Magner, Dr Maureen Griffin, James O Connor, Rhea Crowley, Alice Duffy, Micheal Collins, Jack Nash

Caoimhe Danaher, Leah Barry, Jack Corkery, Breda Magner, Dr Maureen Griffin, James O Connor, Rhea Crowley, Alice Duffy, Micheal Collins, Jack Nash

Cyberbullying

February 24, 2015

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.