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This week’s literacy quote comes from the Language department. They have chosen a quote from former South African president Nelson Mandela.
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart”
This quotation from Nelson Mandela is particularly apt as he spoke three languages fluently. His first language was Xhosa, a Nguni Bantu language with click consonants and one of the official languages of South Africa. Nelson Mandela also spoke both English and Afrikaans.
Mandela was elected president of South Africa in 1994 and he remained president until 1999.
He was the first black president of South Africa, and the first president to be elected in a fully representative election.
Mandela received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for his part in peacefully destroying the Apartheid regime and laying the foundation for democracy.
In addition to the Nobel Peace Prize, he won over 250 other international humanitarian awards.
On December 7th, we celebrated human rights day. Our team worked together cohesively, to bring light to human rights abuses all over the world. We did this in many different ways.
We again ran a very successful “Write for Rights” campaign where we chose three cases: the Turkish Ten, Ni Yulan and Shackelia Jackson. We ran a stall in our school raising awareness by signing petitions and our write for rights postcards.
Our centrepiece was a very thought provoking display to show solidarity with refugees. It was the word ‘WELCOME’ spelled out in shoes in our main court yard. The shoes are symbolic of the long journey refugees take to flee their country to gain safety. We then donated the shoes to Oxfam.
The poetry competition continued to grow in quality. This year both 1st and 2nd years vastly exceeded our expectations. Every winner shed a light on human rights issues, through powerful poetry.
Our poster/art competitions had some amazing talent, young people combining art and articles of the declaration of human rights.
The “Great LCC Bake Off ” is getting bigger every year and we had very talented and creative bakers. Students, teachers and parents all got involved to make human rights cakes and included healthy cakes.
Overall the events were very successful. We would like to thank all the students and teachers who took part and to the English, RE, C.S.P.E and Home Economics Departments and the LCC Amnesty group.
Written by Lee, Cian - On behalf of LCC Amnesty Group
This week we celebrate national Computer Science Education Week in the college which coincides with the celebration of 50 years since kids programming languages were first introduced to the world.
For the past number of years here in Lucan Community College we have been doing our bit to encourage students to get involved in coding with Ms McCarthy and Mr Foley run a Scratch Coding Club after school on Wednesday afternoons.
This year, we have a particularly enthusiastic group of students who have impressed us with their creativity and problem solving abilities in the world of coding. Their willingness to help out and to even teach the group is what makes the club a success.
Scratch Club is open to all students and we would like to invite students who are not regular members of the LCC Scratch Club to join us in the hour of code in Room E5 at 1:15 this Wednesday where they can sample some self-led coding tutorials in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Spaces are limited so please contact either Ms McCarthy or Mr Foley in advance to ensure we have a place for you.
Further information on the Hour of Code is available at https://hourofcode.com/ie
Congratulations to former Lucan Community College student, Molly Scuffil-McCabe who has been named in a 12-strong Ireland Women’s Sevens Development squad for the Dubai 7s Invitational tournament.
Molly joins a squad that combines players who have experience on the World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Series with younger talent that is progressing through the Ireland Women’s Sevens programme.
Molly Scuffil-McCabe has previously represented Ireland Sevens at Schools and Under-18 level over the last number of seasons.
The Ireland Development side are in a pool with invitational teams, Wrravens and Almaty RFC, and international side Belgium. Their game against Belgium will take place on the main pitch at the Dubai Sevens Stadium today, November 30th.
Well done Molly – we are all very proud of you here in Lucan Community College.
Due to a large number of requests to postpone the 6th year information meeting due to the Irish soccer match this evening, we have decided to reschedule it to Tuesday 17th October at 7.30pm. Apologies for any inconvenience.
6th Year Management Team & Guidance Department
Lucan CC’s extensive extra-curricular programme has swung back into full effect with student’s already engaging in a wide range of sports, clubs and activities. The programme here in the college is a hallmark of the quality, rounded education we provide to all of our students.
Our extra-curricular programme represents a broad, balanced and diverse approach which aims to meet the needs of all of our students. We encourage every student to get involved in extra-curricular life as it promotes commitment through participation, honesty, integrity, self-discipline and self-worth.
Amazingly, this year we have managed to extend our already wide range of activities. Students can avail of karate, boys and girls rugby, boys and girls gaelic football, hurling and camogie, badminton, traditional music, tin whistle, golf, Green Schools, badminton, computer coding/scratch club, table tennis and a brand new Film Club.
We also offer a Café Francais, German debating, Irish debating, Seomra na Gaelige, choir, orchestra, basketball and hockey.
In fact we have so much on offer there are too many to mention as the list of extra-curricular options now almost totals 50 separate activities. All free and available to all of our school community.
In an effort to make what we offer more accessible we are also providing a link both on this news page and on our home page of the school website. Students and parents can use the link to find out what day and what teacher is in charge of specific activities.
We sincerely thank all of our teachers who continue to give up their time to engage students outside of the school curriculum. As a school we place the highest value on the crucial role that extra-curricular activities play in developing our students as young people and appreciate the efforts by teachers that go into providing such a broad and varied programme.
The TV3 News cameras were in the college to capture some of the excitement and delight of Junior Certificate results day 2017. Students, teachers and support staff were in joyful mood as this year’s Junior Cycle students began opening their results envelopes to celebrate their deserved achievements.
Diane Birnie (Principal) and Deputy Principals Andrew Purcell and Stephen Brett congratulated Junior Cycle students on their outstanding results this year in the first ever Junior Certificate/Junior Cycle examination. Celebrations began as the 164 students who completed their examinations this year collected their results envelopes with the college justifiably proud of their achievements.
Particular mention goes to top achiever Samuel Doyle with 8As and a distinction in the new Junior Cycle English examination. Alex Hanley, Lucy Reade, Delfin Malaj, Sophie Scanlon, Laura Lakes, Sheik Bah, David Akinwale, Emmet Bellew, Aaron McGrath, Stanko Lazerevic, Gabrielle Kolesnikovaite, Sean Egan and Aisling Kavanagh who were among our top achievers achieving at least 5As.
Principal and former Year Head Ms Birnie and Deputy Principals Mr Purcell and Mr Brett joined in congratulating the students who were anxious to contact parents and to thank teachers. In a short assembly, current year head Mr Brett along with tutors reminded students to be proud of their achievements and to build on their results going forward. Students were also advised about celebrating safely this evening with community gardaí on hand to advise about appropriate celebrations.
“While statistics show the overall success of this year group, we celebrate in particular the individual achievements of students who overcame challenges and setbacks and we appreciate the help and support given to them along the way by parents and staff”, Ms Birnie said. “The Lucan Community College Junior Cert/Cycle class of 2017 can justifiably celebrate three years of hard work and effort” Ms Birnie added.
“Well done to all of the teachers, parents and support staff who helped to prepare our students for their examinations and who created opportunities in our curricular and extra-curricular programme to engage students in a broad and balanced educational experience”, Ms Birnie said. “Lucan Community College is extremely proud of this group of students and looks forward to seeing what they accomplish in the future”, she added.
Application process for 1st year 2019/20 opens from Thursday 28th September to Friday 27th October at 4.30pm
We will shortly commence the application process for 1st year 2019/20. Please see the enrolment policy and other relevant information here.
Lucan Community College’s Parents Association will host their first meeting of the new school year on the 5th September at 7.30pm. The Parents Association would love to use the occasion of this first meeting to welcome new members, whether your children are in the college already or if they are new students to us.
The Parents Association is great way to get involved in school life, get to know other parents and contribute in a voluntary capacity. As always, the College would like to thank the Parents Association for their continued work over the years and look forward to working closely with them again over the coming year.