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What a fantastic ‘artistic’ week – great fun and great learning. All first, second, third and fifth years took part in a full day of workshops throughout the week culminating in our annual Dress Up Day on Friday 28th October. This year workshops concentrated on areas such as pod-casting and music technology but also the usual favourites were back – African and Samba Drumming, Bodhrán playing, Circus Skills and Juggling to name only some.
The Dress-Up day, in appreciation of the centenary of the 1916 Rising, was to form a human tri-colour flag with different years wearing the Green, White and Orange which we attempted in the drizzle before all students and teachers took part in our annual Whole School Table Quiz. Thanks to Mr Ciarán Duffy for organising the week (again) and for all the staff who helped make this week run so smoothly for our wonderful students.
The SpinRowathon was also introduced this year as a charity fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society and we thank all the students and their families and friends who donated to this great cause. Thanks to Jimmy Stagg from Stagg Cycles Lucan who provided the bikes and rollers for the spinathon.
Enjoy the midterm break.
Students and staff at Lucan CC have fund-raised for many charities over the recent weeks. Ms Ryan and some Transition Year students organised the St Vincent de Paul secret money-bag collection last week and in total €1425 was raised. Cathleen Henry and Kieran McBride from the local branch of St Vincent de Paul are pictured above receiving our donations to help those struggling this Christmas season.
Over €1000 was raised from our non-uniform day which will help the following charities: Focus Ireland, World Youth Day organisation and the Rainbow Child Foundation. Ms Ryan and the prefects team organised the St Vincent de Paul secret money-bag collection last week and in total €1425 was raised. Ms Gallagher and some of the TY fund raising team raised over €800 for Dyslexia Ireland this week in the pouring rain around Lucan. Over €300 was raised from the annual staff coffee morning in aid of St Brigid’s Hospice, The Curragh in memory of past PE and Maths teacher Carol Meehan.
We thank the students, their families and the staff for their generous contributions to extremely worthy causes this Christmas. Enjoy the celebrations and the holidays.
Our prize-giving and End of Year ceremony took place in Lucan Community College last Friday 29th May. Our prestigious Student of the Year award winners are as follows:
A fantastic graduation ceremony was had by all 6th year students, their guests, tutors, teachers, staff of LCC and year head Mr David Byrne on Wednesday 20th May. Thanks to all who helped make this event a huge success and a fitting farewell to these lovely, mature and responsible 125 students. 6th year student of the Year was awarded to Jenny Bowler with Jane Doran receiving the Gannon Shield for the Overall Student of the College for this year.
Supporting Positive Mental Health in Teens
A talk for parents given by Jigsaw
7.30-9pm on Monday 23rd March
For Parents/Guardians of Lucan Community College
Organised by Guidance Department
in partnership with parent volunteers
as part of Mental Health Week
in Lucan CC Dining Hall
27th January 2015
Building Positive Relationships
Dear Parent/Guardian of 2nd, 3rd and Transition Year students
I wish to update you on a number of anti-bullying strategies that we are using in Lucan Community College. Bullying behaviour is considered totally unacceptable in the college and our code of behaviour and anti-bullying policy clearly outlines what kind of behaviour is and is not acceptable. We reinforce expected standards of behaviour in assemblies, in classroom management, as part of our SPHE and RSE programmes and through our co- and extra-curricular programmes. We also run an anti-bullying week and offer support through our pastoral care and guidance systems for students.
In addition we have been piloting a programme designed to educate students to recognise, report and prevent bullying behaviour and build positive relationships. This involves teachers familiar with the programme running anti-bullying surveys with class groups and holding follow-up interviews with a selection of students during which the findings of the surveys are explained and students are invited to sign a statement agreeing to treat others with respect.
In our piloting of this programme to date we have found that this approach serves to:
- explain to students how unwelcome words or actions can be upsetting for others;
- give students an opportunity to change their behaviour at an early stage without recourse to strict punishment;
- identify students who may need counselling support as they have experience bullying behaviour or have engaged in bullying behaviour;
- encourage bystander students to identify bullying behaviour and to refuse to accept it;
- involve parents/guardians at an appropriate stage;
- provide a safe environment in which students can be more confident about disclosing concerns.
If a student who has participated in this process displays bullying behaviour at a later stage, their parents/guardians will be invited for an interview to discuss the matter and both students and parents will be invited to sign the anti-bullying statement. We will continue to roll out this pilot programme across various year groups. If you have any queries in relation to our anti-bullying policy or procedures please contact me at the school.
Our code of behaviour is something that we are proud of and that serves the needs of the school community well. We believe that the addition of this pilot programme will further complement the high standard of behaviour and mutual respect shown by our students. We appreciate your ongoing support in ensuring that our students – your sons/daughters – are educated in a supportive, safe and friendly environment where each person is valued and respected for who they are.
P.S. This letter will be sent home with students (2nd years received it during the week of 26th January and 3rd and TY students will receive it after Mock exams and Work experience).
A fantastic €1000 was raised for our local St Vincent de Paul society by a secret bag collection organised by Ms Margaret Ryan and our 6th year Prefect team. Thank you to all our students and parents and staff who donated to this cause. Photographed is Kathleen Henry and Betty Burke of the local charity with Ms Ryan and the 6th year team.
Lucan Community College will close to all students on Tuesday 2nd December due to the TUI/ASTI strike.
School will reopen on Wednesday morning at usual time.
This week, our students and teachers participated in the National Emotional Well-being Week. There was emphasis on mental health awareness with tips each day from our prefect team to help achieve a healthier, less stressful life. On Wednesday, we had Walk in my shoesday with students and teachers wearing odd shoes which focussed on getting out of our comfort zones and try to remove any stigma associated with mental health difficulties. A collection took place with all proceeds going to St.Patrick’s Hospital Foundation who provide access to mental health services for young adults in Ireland.