Wellbeing

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

Desmond College Gets Active for Active Schools Week

April 22, 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.

The theme of the week was “Active Body, Active Mind”. The sun was shining for Desmond Colleges first annual Active Schools Week, where the PE Department hosted a variety of activities throughout the week for both staff and students. Teachers also got involved by incorporating ‘Active lessons’ in their subject area as part of the week.

Ms Creed and Ms Ryan part of the PE Department with Alison Miller Irish Rugby Player for Desmond College's Active Schools Week April 2015

ACTIVE MONDAY

  • The Limerick Sports Partnership hosted a range of fun and active co-operative games for all first year students.
  • During Active School Week all Religion and SPHE classes were invited to take part in ‘Walk a mile, with a Smile’ with their class teacher.
  • 5th Year Students took part in a Box-Fit Class with Kieran Doyle of Crème Dela Crème Fitness (CDC) – “Fitness at Its Finest”.

Aisling Walsh and Chloe O'Riordan walk a Mile with a Smile with Ms O'Connor and Special Guest, Zoe for Desmond College's Active Body Active Mind, Active Schools Week 2015 Patrick Moriarty, Michael O'Flynn and Conor O'Sullivan at Boxercise During Desmond College Active Body Active Mind Week 2015

ACTIVE TUESDAY

  • 6th Year Soccer Tournament, Penalties and Cross-Bar Challenge.
  • Poc Fada at lunchtime in the pitch. Junior and Senior Competition.
  • Free Fruit Tuesday from the School Food Company at lunchtime. Students enjoyed a variety of fresh food at lunchtime.
  • LCA 1 and LCA 2 participated in a fun and active Box-Fit Class with Kieran Doyle of Crème Dela Crème Fitness (CDC) – “Fitness at Its Finest”.
  • Staff Box-Fit class after school Tuesday with Kieran Doyle who put staff through their paces with a great cardio workout filled with boxing, running and conditioning circuits!

 

James-Storiin-winner-of-the-junior-Poc-Fada-with-Mr-Burke Padraig-Collins-winner-of-senior-Poc-Fada-with-Mr-Burke Breda Magner, winner of the Desmond College Active School's Week Junior Poc Fada, pictured with Ms Creed

ACTIVE WEDNESDAY

  • Walk on Wednesdays: Students living within walking distance are encouraged to walk to school on Wednesday.
  • Desmond College was delighted to welcome Ireland women’s rugby player Alison Miller. In August 2014, Alison along with her fellow players on the Irish Team experienced success by beating New Zealand for the first time. They also scored a try and reached the semi-final of the World Cup for the first time in history.
  • Alison Miller is a Sky Sports Project Mentor who gave a talk and activity session with 5th Year Girls who are participating in an ongoing Sky Sports Living for Sport Project.
  • Transition Year students enjoyed a GAA Coaching Course in the pitch all day Wednesday delivered by James Ryan (Limerick Senior Hurler).
  • Basketball for Fun at lunchtime in the PE Hall.

 

2nd Year Basketball team during Desmond College's Active School's Week April 2015 5th Year Girls with Alison Miller for Desmond College Active Schools Week 2015 Rhys Lambardarios, Shannon Supple, Rebecca Folan, William Hurley, Leanne Browne and Sinead Liston with James Ryan at Desmond College Active Schools Week April 13th to April 17th 2015

ACTIVE THURSDAY

  • LCA 2 students and Rang Donal participated in a fun and skilful class of Judo with Mr James Bourke from The Limerick Judo Academy.
  • Second and Third Year Students from Gaelcholáiste U Chonba enjoyed a Box-Fit class with Kieran Doyle.
  • Transition Year students enjoyed Part 2 of the GAA Coaching Course in the pitch all day Wednesday delivered by Ger Downes (GAA Games Development Officer).
  • Free Smoothie Thursday: A smoothie bar was set up by the School Food Company at lunchtime and students availed of some tasty smoothies, which went down a treat!
  • Thursdays afternoon’s events included a 1st & 2nd Year Soccer Blitz. A great audience of students and staff cheered on students during this fun and inclusive competition.

 

Winning-team-from-the-soccer-tournament-Diarmuid-Flynn--Alice-Duffy--Sarah-O-Grady--Corey-Healy--Dylan-Moloney--Tony-O-Sullivan

ACTIVE FRIDAY

  • JERSEY DAY FRIDAY: For €2 Students wore a Jersey of their choice (GAA, Soccer or Club team jersey) for today. The school was full of colour and even staff wore jerseys too.
  • Penalty Competition at lunchtime: Staff and Students fun penalty competition.
  • Hydration Friday: The School Food Company supplied free water with every purchase in the canteen at lunch.
  • Kieran Doyle of Crème Dela Crème Fitness (CDC) – “Fitness at Its Finest” hosted Fitness Friday where he delivered an inclusive Box-Fit session for all Junior Cycle students (1st-3rd Year) in block sessions. For some of our Junior students it was their first time participating in a Box-Fit class which they really enjoyed.
  • Wii Sports many students joined together to enjoy the interactive console.
  • Irish traditional flash mob at lunchtime this was organised by the music department.

 

Sean Duffy: the winner of the penalty shoot out with Ms Quaid, Desmond College Action Shot from the Penalty Shoot Out at Desmond College Active Schools Week

Peter Shanahan, Luke Barry, Patrick O'Connor, Darragh Breen, Daniel Barrett, Warren Gleeson, Anthony Mullins, Jimmy O'Connell and Aidan O'Connor enjoy some activities in Desmond College Active Schools Week April 2015 Desmond College : Irish Traditional Flash Mob

Alison Miller, Skysports and Irish Rugby officially opening the redeveloped PE Hall at Desmond College during Active Body Active Mind Week April 2015 Alan Wallace enjoying the activities of Active Week in Desmond College April 13-17 2015

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 Week 2015

April 15, 2015

Active Body, Active Mind

Third Year Students Walk a Mile with a Smile for Active Week
Third Year students walk a mile with a smile for Active Week.

First Year Talk Tactics in Games for Active Week 2015 at Desmond College Newcastle West
First Years talk tactics in games for Active Week.

First Year Students enjoying acive Week 2015 in Desmond College with Tracey Mahedy from the Sports Partnership
First Year Students enjoying Active Week in Desmond College
with Tracey Mahedy from the Sports Partnership.

Eileen Ennulat, Leah Kelly, Michelle Casey and Chloe Power enjoy boxercise with Kieran Doyle from Creme de la Creme Newcastle West
Eileen Ennulat, Leah Kelly, Michelle Casey and Chloe Power enjoy Boxercise
with Kieran Doyle from Creme de la creme.

Desmond College Active Schools Week 2015
Roman Creedon, Daniel Flynn and Patrick Moriarty do some boxercise for Active week.

5th Year Students get Active in Boxercise for Active Week 2015 in Desmond College
5th Year students get active in Boxercise for Active Week.

Active School Week Timetable

April 12, 2015
PERIOD ACTIVE
MONDAY
ACTIVE
TUESDAY
ACTIVE
WEDNESDAY
WALK ON
WEDNESDAYS (WOW)
ACTIVE
THURSDAY
ACTIVE
FRIDAY
JERSEY DAY
€2
1 8.57-9.37 TUTOR TIME:
Reminder Active School Week
TRANSITION YEAR JUDO ELVERY SPORTS TEAM
– Nutrition Talk
– Activity Session
2 9.37-10.14 GAA COACHING COURSE JUDO THIRD YEARS
3 10.14-10.51 GAA COACHING (TY) JUDO THIRD YEARS
BREAK 10.51-11.05 OUTSIDE COURT SOCCER OUTSIDE COURT SOCCER OUTSIDE COURT SOCCER OUTSIDE COURT SOCCER
4 11.05-11.42 FIRST YEAR CLASSES 6th Year Soccer Comp FIRST YEARS
5 11.42-12.19 LIMERICK SPORTS 6th Year Soccer Comp FIRST YEARS
6 12.19-12.56 PARTNERSHIP ACTIVITIES FIRST YEARS
LUNCH 12.56-1.39 LONG PUC (PITCH)
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Grandin Wii-Sports
BASKETBALL FOR FUN
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Grandin Wii-Sports
BADMINTON FOR FUN
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Grandin Wii-Sports
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Grandin Wii-Sports
IRISH TRADITIONAL FLASH MOB
(Music Dept.)
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Grandin Wii-Sports
CANTEEN FRUIT TUESDAY FRUIT WEDNESDAY SMOOTHIE THURSDAY HYDRATION FRIDAY
7 1.39-2.16 WALK A MILE WITH A SMILE [RELIGION] 1st & 2nd Year Soccer Blitz SECOND YEARS
8 2.16-2.53 BOX-FIT CIRCUITS(5thYr) BOX-FIT CIRCUITS (LCA) 6th Year Soccer Comp PE HALL SECOND YEARS
9 2.53-3.30 BOX-FIT CIRCUITS(5thYr) BOX-FIT CIRCUITS (LCA) 6th Year Soccer Comp PE HALL SECOND YEARS
3.30-4.30 STAFF BOX-FIT CIRCUIT

 

  • The Limerick Sports Partnership will come in Monday 13th between periods 4-6 to do activities in the PE Hall with all First Year Classes.
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  • Ken at Good Foods has committed to a smoothie tasting on Thursday 16th at Lunchtime. These will be tasters for free (approx. 200). He has committed to a free bottle of water with every purchase in the canteen on Friday 17th April.
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  • “Walk a mile with a Smile” – All SPHE and RELIGION classes (at teachers discretion) will participate in a walk a mile with a smile for a single period.
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  • Walk on Wednesday: Students are encouraged to walk to school on Wednesday. Safety whilst walking.
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  • Judo is organised for Thursday 16th Period 1-3 with LCAs.
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  • Box-fit classes; 5th Year Double Period 8&9 Monday; LCA Period 8&9 Tuesday; Followed by a staff box-fit session 3.45-4.30 Tuesday 14th April. Crème de la Crème Fitness Locally Run Business. Any teachers interested in participating should give their name to Ms. C.Creed.
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  • Elvery’s Sports Team will be coming to the school Friday 17th to deliver a nutrition and activity day
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  • Jersey Day Friday at a cost of €2 per student

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.

The Brothers of Charity Service Users visit Desmond College

February 17, 2015

The Brothers of Charity Service Users with their friends from Transition Year in  Desmond College, helping them to raise funds with their beautiful Valentines products. This is co-ordinated by Ms K Collins.

Pictured are Imelda Chalk, Mary McCann & Sinead o Mahony with Emma Herbert and Claire Mortell