Principal’s Welcome / Fáilte ón bPríomhoide

Desmond College Principal : Ms Vourneen Gavin Barry

“I’m delighted to welcome you all to our website. I hope you enjoy browsing through this site and getting to know us better.”

“Tá áthas orm fáilte a chur romhaibh chuig ár suíomh gréasáin. Tá súil agam go mbainfidh tú taitneamh as a bheith ag brabhsáil ar an suíomh gréasáin seo agus as aithne níos fearr a chur orainn.”

Ms. Vourneen Gavin Barry
Principal

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Updated Covid 19 Measures from Monday 28th February 2022

Website Notice

Updated Covid-19 Measures from Monday 28 February 2022

Parents/Guardians and students are advised that the Government has accepted the recommendations of the NPHET to remove remaining restrictions relating to mask-wearing and physical distancing in schools.

Therefore, as students return to school after the midterm break on Monday, 28 February 2022, social distancing measures and face-masks will no longer be required in school settings.

Further details regarding the Government’s decision are available via the Information Note to schools from the Department of Education on their website.

Staying At Home If You Have Symptoms

The requirement to stay at home if you have symptoms remains – for students and staff alike. One of the key messages to manage the risks of COVID-19 is to do everything practical to avoid the introduction of COVID-19 into the school. If infection is not introduced it cannot be spread in our school.

Hand Hygiene

We will continue to promote good hygiene. Hand hygiene can be achieved by hand washing or use of a hand sanitiser (when hands look clean).  Funding from the DE will continue to issue to schools for the purchase of PPE, including  hand sanitiser, so all students and staff are expected to ensure that they practice good hand hygiene at all times.

Face Coverings/Mask Wearing

It is no longer a requirement for staff or pupils/students to wear a face covering/mask in school. However staff and students can continue to wear a face covering/mask if they wish to do so on a personal basis for their safety and/or safety of others. Our school will continue to make masks available on request, as we have been doing.  Funding to support the purchase of PPE, including masks, will continue to be made available to schools from the DE.

School Transport and Face Coverings/Mask Wearing

With effect from Monday 28 February the wearing of face coverings/masks on school transport will no longer be mandatory but will continue to be advised. All other measures relating to hygiene (including the provision of hand sanitiser  and additional cleaning of services) and pre-assigned seating will remain in place subject to further review.

Cleaning And Hygiene in Schools

The Department of Education has provided additional funding to schools to support the enhanced cleaning required to minimise the risks of COVID-19. This funding will continue for this academic year and will be reviewed in  advance of the start of the next school year.

 

Vourneen Gavin Barry

Principal

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Letter to Parents January 2022

January 2022 Letter

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Incoming First Years 2022.2023: Welcome Letter

Dear Parent and 6th Class Pupil,

This is a new and exciting time for you, a time to think about next year and choose your post-primary school and plan for the years ahead!

This year due to continuing Covid Restrictions, we do not have the opportunity of inviting you into our school for our yearly Taster Days and Open Night.

However, we are delighted that you have come to visit our school website Desmond College & Colaiste, and we invite you to check out our Facebook Page and Twitter Account. A School Starter Pack has been delivered to all Primary Schools in the area for distribution to your child. This Starter Park contains all the relevant information that you need. 

We hope that this School Starter Pack and the visit to www.desmondcollege.ie , will give you an insight into what we offer in Desmond College and Colaiste.

1.     While on www.desmondcollege.ie you will be able to take a Virtual Tour and see our School Prospectus. 

2.     We also have  ‘A Day in the Life’ series running on Facebook and Twitter during the month of October, where you will get to see a variety of photos and captions which will give you a taste of life here.

3.     Our School Promotion Video will drop at the end of the month. Each of you will receive an invitation QR Code link to view this video.  We hope that you enjoy it.

We won’t get the chance this year to meet with you, chat to you or answer questions but please do email us on info@desmondcollege.ie at any stage and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

We look forward to you joining us in Desmond College and Colaiste. Our school has a very proud tradition of excellence in education, with strong pastoral care. We recruit the best of teachers, only those who are highly qualified and child-centred educators. We are a leading school in Digital Technology, with our students using iPads and digital devices to enhance their learning experience.

Our subject options and programmes are second to none, offering the widest choice of subjects in the area and so enabling each child to study the subject best suited to their skills and talents, thus ensuring excellent results in State Examinations.

Our large school campus and state of the art facilities – woodwork rooms, science labs, music room, engineering room, PE Hall, home economics room, art rooms and canteen facility, along with bright modern classrooms, provide opportunities and experiences for each student on their educational journey.

Our Colaiste provides students with the opportunity to study their chosen subjects through Irish in our Aonad Lan Gaeilge.

Extra curricular provision gives students opportunities to play a wide range of sports on our fabulous school pitch, basketball and soccer court – hurling, football, ladies football, soccer, camogie, basketball, or athletics.

The budding scientists and entrepreneurs among you will get the chance to represent our school and county at BT Young Scientist Competition annually, to participate in Scifest, and to enter a variety of Enterprise Competitions, where we have a well earned reputation for success and prize winning year after year!

For those who like music, dance and singing, we have a vibrant Music Department who produce shows, musicals, trad group concerts and we even have our own School Radio Show!

We hope that you will join us in Desmond College & Colaiste in September 2022. We are a great Team, a team of staff, students and parents, a team who always support each other and work together, to make sure that the students of our school have a positive and happy experience of education, where each are treated with respect, dignity and kindness and then leave us to pursue courses at Universities and Colleges, take up apprenticeships or begin careers of their choice, as well rounded and accomplished young people, ready to take their place in society.

If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@desmondcollege.ie.

Our Application Forms are enclosed in this School Starter Pack, or can be requested from the school (069-62205 or info@desmondcollege.ie).

Completed Application Forms must be posted to Desmond College before 19th November, 2021.

We look forward to welcoming you!

 Yours sincerely,

 Vourneen Gavin-Barry (Principal)

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Incoming First Years 2022.2023: Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour

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Incoming First Years 2022.2023: Colaiste Prospectus

Colaiste

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Incoming First Years 2022.2023: Desmond College Prospectus

Desmond College – Prospectus

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Admissions Notice 2022.2023

Admissions Notice Desmond College 22.23

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Back to School Advice for Parents September 2021

Back to School September 2021

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Return to School Letter for Parents 18th August 2021

Communication to Parents and Guardians 18 August 2021

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iPads for Incoming First Years 2021.2022


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Please see Letter from Principal to Parents and Students re Return to School on April 12th 2021

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Presentation for Parents & Students on Leaving Certificate and Accredited Grades 2021

Please clink on the link below to see a presentation on the Leaving Certificate and Accredited Grades 2021

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Leaving Certificate Applied 2021 issued March 9th 2021


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Before You Start – A User Guide to the Student Portal 2021

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Important Information for students and parents re Leaving Certificate 2021 9th March

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