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TY Geography Fieldstudy in Donabate

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The Geography students in Transition Year undertook their fieldstudy of a marine environment this week in Donabate on what should have been a sunny May day.

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The students were amazingly enthusiastic as they battled the unseasonal May weather to record various data that measures whether coastal deposition is occurring along the stretch of North Dublin coastline.

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A huge thank you to Ms. Quirke, Ms. Murphy and Ms. Bean and Mr. Morris for organizing the students and the educational trip.

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Lucan CC’s Attendance Strategy

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In Lucan Community College we pride ourselves on providing excellent education for the local community of Lucan.

Lucan Community College places all of our students at the centre as active agents in their own education.

Each student’s personal growth is encouraged through the development of self-esteem, self-confidence and self-discipline.

Consistent attendance and excellent punctuality is a vital part of this learning journey, enabling all students to reach their potential and be the best that they can be.

This Strategy for School Attendance aims continues this approach.

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The strategy outlines our positive approach to the management of attendance within our school environment to encourage attendance and participation in school.

We appreciate the effort and commitment that all members of our school community put into ensuring that all of our students are at where they learn best – the classroom.

Class Keller shine in the first year of their Leaving Certificate

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The Leaving Certificate Applied class had their presentation of session one certificates this week.

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This first session for the group was a great success and student really took their opportunity to shine.

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In particular there were terrific grades in the Art task, which were among the highest ever awarded.

The students will now be examined in three more tasks over the coming weeks.

They will also undertake their Oral German exam during the first week of May and will sit their written German paper in June making it a busy time for Class Keller.

Well done to all of the students for their hard work and to all of their teachers for helping them reach achieve.

TY student take their teachers on a guided tour

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Well done to all TY students who trained to be tour guides  as part of the Glasnevin Cemetery tour guiding course.

They gave an outstanding tour in front of their teachers and peers.

All students received a certificate of participation.

A special mention to Emmet Bellew who will go on to represent the school in a tour of the cemetery on Saturday 28th April.

Best of luck Emmet and a big thanks to Ms Gallagher for organising the event.

March 2018 Parents Newsletter

The Easter Parents Newsletter is now available. We hope you enjoy the read.

We would like to wish everyone in our school community a relaxing and enjoyable Easter break.

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Lucan CC students attend special concert in French Embassy

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On Monday 13th March, 18 first year students from classes Freeman and Roche attended a concert and a workshop organised by the French Embassy for “Le mois de la Francophonie”.

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Students were enthusiastic and delighted to sing with Caroline Moreau some famous French songs like “Les cactus” by Jacques Dutronc.

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During this workshop Caroline asked students to come up on the stage.

We were delighted as one of our students, Anna O’Connor volunteered to sing with her. They sang “Tous les garçons et les filles de mon âge” by Françoise Hardy.

Congratulations Anna for having the courage to sing in French in front of a large group of people.

Also well done to our wonderful group of students for your involvement and excellent behaviour. T

hanks to Madame Gonzalez and Ms. O’Gara for taking the time to organise this wonderful experience for her students.

Lucan CC seal thrilling quarter final win in Kilkenny

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Lucan CC progress to the Leinster semi finals after thrilling victory against Grennan College, Kilkenny

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Lucan CC emerged 4-3 victors in a Leinster cup quarter final that had all the elements of an epic Hollywood sporting drama.

In a game that saw a man sent off, a converted penalty, a saved penalty, a red card, rattled woodwork and wonder goals the lads from Lucan CC showed immense heart and determination to emerge victorious.

After dominating possession in the opening 10 minutes, Lucan CC saw themselves 1-0 down after a quick break in a classic counter acting move.

Lucan equalised with a superb strike from Daniel Gaffney following a text book training ground routine involving Ciaran Behan and captain Daniel Grant.

The half progressed in pretty much the same fashion with the Dublin side dominating possession but failing to take advantage on the scoreboard.

The start of the second half saw Lucan concede a penalty early.

Goalkeeper Imrich Toth save expertly from the spot-kick but the rebound fell nicely to lads from Kilkenny who converted to reassert their lead.

However the lads from Dublin had an opportunity very soon after to level the match when they were awarded their own penalty but the ball hit the crossbar and Kilkenny cleared their lines.

Manager Colum O’Gorman was forced into a substitution when Callum Jones was injured and needed to be replaced by Ireland U-17 international Josh Giorgiu.

It didn’t take long for the youngest squad member to show exactly why he deserves his place in this senior squad.

He shot sublimely from outside the box to score an absolute wonder goal to level proceedings at 2-2.

In the continuation of this ding dong battle Kilkenny reclaimed the lead following a free kick just outside the box with Lucan unfortunate to concede as it went in off one of their own players.

In what will clearly be seen in the future as a managerial masterclass, O’Gorman replaced Jack Colgan with Conor Finn who rose exquisitely to score a peach of a goal after getting his head to a super cross from Amos Nohilly.

The tie, now poised at 3-3 had been a thrilling encounter up to this point, but the final 10 minutes proved the most dramatic.

With a Herculean effort which saw all of the Lucan lads commit to the cause and rally to support each other Josh Giorgiu popped up again with a strike that sent the Lucan team, subs and supporters into a ferocious frenzy of euphoric celebrations.

The strike, albeit scored by an individual, perfectly epitomised the lads’ dogged determination and will to fight to the end.

Within minutes Kilkenny had regrouped and some tricky ball carrying saw Lucan CC mistime a tackle and find themselves down to 10 men with 6 mins of normal time left.

The lads dug deep and used all of their mental reserve to come out on top which also saw Kilkenny hit the woodwork with the last kick of the game from an excellently taken free kick.

There were amazing individual performances on display during the game but it was the overall team performance at the end of the encounter that enabled Lucan CC to emerge triumphant.

A Leinster senior semi final awaits for a super bunch of young men.

Huge congratulations must go to Mr O’Gorman and Mr Duffy for their work with the Senior Boys team. Thanks also to Mr Duffy for providing this match report.

Lucan CC’s emphatic win in Senior Dublin West league final

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Lucan Community College’s senior soccer players turned in a stunning performance in the Dublin West league final beating St. Vincents CBS 6-0.

Lucan dominated the game from the off and put their opponents to the sword with a supremely competent and confident display.

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Man of the match, captain Daniel Grant put in yet another standout performance of a hallmark year for the senior side with a 4 goal haul.

He was joined on the scoresheet by Jake McEntee and Amos Nohilly.

The final outcome of the game was down to more than just the scorers, secured instead by a committed performance by all players in Lucan colours.

Well done to the whole team and in particular to their dedicated and hard-working coach, Mr. O’Gorman.

Quote of the Week: Language Department

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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”

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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.

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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.

LCC Amnesty Group raise awareness for Human Rights Day 2017

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Our poster/art competitions had some amazing talent, young people combining art and articles of the declaration of human rights.

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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.

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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.

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Written by Lee,  Cian –  On behalf of LCC Amnesty Group

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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.
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