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Lucan CC student crowned national champion for Physics

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Congratulations to Alex Hanley (Transition Year) who has become a national champion after sensationally winning the gold medal for Physics in the IrEUSO national competition held in DCU on Saturday 11th November.

Alex had been selected to compete in the unique competition based on his outstanding Maths and Science Junior Certificate results.

The college also wishes to congratulate Oisín O’Sullivan (5th Year) who was also selected to take part in this prestigious competition based on his own top marks in his Junior Certificate. Oisín can be very proud of his efforts as he competed with students from all over the country.

As gold medal champion, Alex will now participate in training with the other eleven medal winners in physics, chemistry and biology to decide the team of six who will go on to represent Ireland in the 2018 International Science Olympiad.

The EUSO International Science Olympiad will be held between the 28th of April and the 5th of May in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

We wish Alex every success as he now begins his training for what will hopefully be his Ireland debut in Slovenia next April.

Lucan CC goes maths mental for maths week 2017

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Lucan Community College were delighted to place in the top 20 schools in the country for our participation in the national Maths Week 2017 celebrations. Lucan Community College staff and students brought a new level of enthusiasm and energy to Maths Week 2017 and deservedly achieved this national recognition.

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Students eagerly participated in maths poster competitions, daily maths puzzles and the new online Mangahigh Ninja Maths Challenge. The maths department also raised the fashion stakes by donning a range of colourful mathematical themed t-shirts, providing a range of inspiring maths events and competitions and generally making maths feel a fun but important part of all our lives.

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Also contributing to the Maths Week 2017 fun was Ms Ryan, who involved her 2nd year home economics students in the baking and decorating of an imaginative and varied selection of maths themed goodies. This certainly added to the whole school nature of Maths Week as it drew to a close last Friday.

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Almost 250,000 students registered for Maths Week Ireland, with Lucan Community College placing 19th in the country for the Manga High Ninja Maths Challenge. This truly was a remarkable achievement.

Congratulations to all the students who were so enthusiastic with their involvement. Particular mention goes to the 23 students in first and second year who worked so hard they will receive an actual medal from the Mangahigh Ninja Maths organisers.

Congratulations to Teighan Fitzgerald from 3rd year class Hume who won the overall maths puzzle competition. Thank you to Ms Byrne and all the dedicated members of the maths department for their enthusiastic delivery of such a great fun-filled school event.

 

Two Lucan CC students announced as finalists in national Science Olympiad

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Congratulations to two Lucan Community College students who have been announced as finalists in the IrEUSO national competition based on their outstanding Maths and Science Junior Certificate results. The college congratulates and wishes best of luck to Alex Hanley (Transition Year) and Oisín O’Sullivan (5th Year) as they prepare for this unique and prestigious competition.

The national finals of the International Science Olympiad are being held in DCU on 11th November. If successful in DCU, the Lucan Community College students could make the Irish team for the 2018 International Science Olympiad.

Next year’s EUSO International Science Olympiad will be held between the 28th of April and the 5th of May in Ljubljana, Slovenia. We wish every success to both Alex and Oisín as they attempt to make the grade for Slovenia.

 

Applied Mathematics Success

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Congratulations to 6th year students Eric Neville and Abraham Odukoya who won the Kildare regional Applied Mathematics Competition after a nail-biting tie-breaker round. Eric and Abraham will now represent the school in the National Final in few weeks time. We wish them the best of luck.

Mathematics Challenge for March/April

Congratulations to the winners of the Jan/Feb Maths Challenge. The latest challenge for March/April has now been added to the Maths Competition Page and you can see the solutions and the winners on the page also.

Team Maths 2016

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Congratulations to our team of mathematicians who finished joint 12th out of 48 teams at the Dublin leg of the Team Maths Competition held on Friday 29th January. James Burns, Eric Neville, Abraham Odokoya and Heather Wright did us proud as they problem-solved their way through the various rounds. All the more impressive given that the 6th year team members are also in the middle of their Mock examinations!

LearnStorm – formerly Mathletes Competition now open

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Lucan Community College students are once again using their Khan Academy accounts to improve their mathematical knowledge. Following on from the success of last year’s Mathletes competition (renamed LearnStorm this year) students can start earning points now for our school and earn real-life rewards, exclusive badges, and a chance to attend the epic final celebration.

Last year a number of our students qualified for the national finals in Google headquarters in Dublin. So please encourage your son/daughter to take some time out of their day to use the Khan Academy website (www.khanacademy.org). Above all, the site encourages students to learn mathematics at their own pace. It encourages independent learning which ties in with our theme this year of ‘Towards Independence’. Students can access resources in many disciplines including science, finance, economics, art, music, history and computer coding/programming. If they are unclear on a topic they can watch videos and learn how to do a particular type of question in the comfort of their own I home and at their own pace.

Many of our 1st/2nd years will be assigned homework using the website over the next while so please help them in this regard where possible.

 

Maths Week

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Maths Week runs in the college from 12th-16th October this year. During the week all first and second year students will be encouraged to design a maths week poster. These will be displayed on Monday and prizes will be provided for the best in each class. Please encourage your son/daughter to use their mathematical imagination when designing their poster and keep their Maths Eyes open!

Maths games and competitions will take place in F1 and F3 at lunchtime everyday next week so we encourage all students to come along and join in.

Dont forget to enter the online Manga High competition – all students scoring over 100 points receive a medal from the website company. The website for Mangahigh is here and your maths teacher will provide the relevant login information.

Check out the Mathseyes website also.

To find out more about Mathsweek and various events taking place to celebrate it look at the the Mathsweek website.
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Five students qualify for Mathletes Final

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Five students from Lucan Community College have been selected to participate in the provincial finals Mathletes 2015. They are Alex Hanley, Carmen Trefas and Eoin O’Sullivan (1st year students) , Ciaran Behan (2nd year) and Hannah Keating (4th year). The final takes place on Saturday 18th April from 9.30am to 2.30pm in Google Headquarters. There were over 12,000 participants in the competition and 680 were selected to take part in the provincial finals.

Maths teacher Ciaran Duffy reports that many of our 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th year students  have been busy working away on the maths website khanacademy.org over the past four weeks. Our students were entered into a national competition called Mathletes which syncs their Khan Academy accounts to a national leaderboard. Since starting this competition our school lies 2nd on the national leaderboard out of over 100 second level schools in the country; a great achievement which we are all extremely proud of. Even more impressive is that our students only joined the competition some 7 weeks after it started.

Particular mention must go to Aidan O’Driscoll of 5th year who has given of his time on Saturday mornings to train as a mathletes coach whereby he brings these skills back to the school to run a mathletes club at lunch times on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Abraham Odokuoya, Donal Flannery and James Burns and Aidan O’Driscoll of 5th year,  Joshua Odidison, Aoife Greally, Dean Gahan-Connolly and Hannah Keating of TY, Ammna Aljubury, Ciarán Behan, Eoin Griffin & Rhiannon Withero in 2nd year and Alex Hanley, Carmen Trefas, TJ Burns and Gabriele Kolesnikovaite in 1st year have all been in the top 10 of the national leaderboards at different times in the past 4 weeks. Alex in fact finished 2nd in the national finals for the month of February and received a certificate for same.

Congrats to all involved from our Maths Department and it’s never too late to get involved – students in any year can log in at any time to www.khanacdemy.org  - it is bound to improve your mathematics at any time. You can check out the leader boards at www.mathletes.ie

Put your Maths Eyes on!

mathseyesCalling all Lucan CC students, parents and staff. As part of our numeracy policy, we are asking everyone to “Put your Maths Eyes on” this summer and share what you see with us. Using the theme of “Summer Maths” we want you to take a photograph associated with the summer holidays which has an element of maths in it. This could be anything from taking a photo of an ice-cream CONE on a sunny day, a beach ball (SPHERE) being used at the beach or a plane/train TIMETABLE used to get you to your holiday destination.

Have a look at the website www.haveyougotmathseyes.com for more ideas.

You can print the photo and drop it into us with your name and class on the back or email it to the school at admin.lucancc@ddletb.ie with your name.

When we gather the photos in September the most imaginative and interesting ones will be displayed on the school website and on a new Lucancc Maths Facebook page and there may even be a prize or two!