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The English Department & the LLN value the benefits of reading at Lucan Community College. We are aware that the humble book regularly competes with the myriad of digital entertainment surrounding our students. This is why we invest time in our Reading Week each year. This week students & staff are getting the opportunity to Drop Everything And Read each day and take part in some competitions.
A healthy air of silence permeates the school during DEAR Time each day as we stop whatever we are doing & escape into our books.
We look forward to some more DEAR Time during the year. Competition winners will be announced next week.
Our Reading Week themed Wise Saying of the Week is: “The book to read is not the one that thinks for you, but the one which makes you think“.
Thank you to the English department for spearheading this wonderful event and to each and everyone of our school community who have embraced it.
This week’s literacy quote comes from the Woodwork/Construction Department. They have chosen a quote from a famous American lawyer, Louis Nizer.
“A person who works with their hands is a labourer; a person who works with their hands and their brain is a craftsman; but a person who works with their hands and their brain and their heart is an artist.” Louis Nizer
Louis Nizer was born in London on February 6th, 1902, moving to the United States as a child. He became a world-famous lawyer and had a long career of representing people in famous cases.
His autobiography, “My Life in Court,” was published in 1962 and went on to be a global bestselling book.
This week’s literacy quote comes from the Technical Graphics/DCG department. They have chosen a quote from a co-founder and former CEO of Intel.
"How well we communicate is determined not by how well we say things, but how well we are understood." Andrew Grove
Andrew Stephen ‘Andy’ Grove, born on 2nd September 1936 was a Hungarian-born American businessman, engineer, author and a pioneer in the semiconductor industry.
He escaped from Communist-controlled Hungary at the age of 20 and moved to the United States where he finished his education.
He was one of the founders and the CEO of Intel, helping transform the company into the world’s largest manufacturer of semiconductors.
Andrew Grove passed away on the 21st March 2016.
This week’s literacy quote of the week comes from the Religion department who have chosen a quote from Buddha to enlighten all in our community as we approach the Christmas break.
“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” Buddha
The life story of the Buddha begins in Lumbini, near the border of Nepal and India, about 2,600 years ago, where the man Siddharta Gautama was born.
Although born a prince, he realized that conditioned experiences could not provide lasting happiness or protection from suffering.
“I teach because you and all beings want to have happiness and want to avoid suffering. I teach the way things are.”
The Buddha decided he had to leave his royal responsibilities and his family in order to realize full enlightenment. He left the royal palace secretly and set off alone into the forest.
Over the next six years, he met many talented meditation teachers and mastered their techniques. Always he found that they showed him mind’s potential but not mind itself.
Finally, at a place called Bodhgaya, the future Buddha decided to remain in meditation until he knew mind’s true nature and could benefit all beings.
After spending six days and nights cutting through mind’s most subtle obstacles, he reached enlightenment on the full moon morning of May, a week before he turned thirty-five.
This state of unconditional and lasting happiness has become known as the state of enlightenment.
After his enlightenment, Buddha traveled on foot throughout northern India for the next forty-five years where he taught others how to reach this same state.
“I can die happily. I have not kept a single teaching hidden in a closed hand. Everything that is useful for you, I have already given. Be your own guiding light.”
Buddha’s non-dogmatic teachings still characterize Buddhism today.
This week’s whole-school literacy quote comes from the history department. They have chosen a quote from an Irish politician who has become famous in modern times for his perceptive and often prophetic quotes.
Edmund Burke (12 January 1730 – 9 July 1797) was born in Dublin and became infamous as an Irish political philosopher, Whig politician and statesman. Burke is often regarded as the father of modern conservatism.
“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it”
Over his long career Edmund Burke fought five great political battles: for more equal treatment of Catholics in Ireland; against British oppression of the 13 American colonies; for constitutional restraints on royal patronage; against the power of the East India Company in India; and most famously, against the dogma of the French Revolution.
The common theme in Burke’s battles is his detestation of injustice and the abuse of power.
In modern times, Edmund Burke has become famous for his prophetic quotes that ring as true today as they did in the 1700s. These include the famous quote that the history department have taken for this week’s literacy quote, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it” but also “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”.
Other Burkean quotes include “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little” and “The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse”.
We encourage all parents to discuss this week’s quote with their children and for students to record it in their journal or their quote copy.
Thanks again to the Language, Literacy and Numeracy team for developing the quotes of the week concept and for coordinating each department to contribute towards it.
The Language Literacy Numeracy (LLN) committee are continuing the development and encouragement of literacy skills within our college community with a new, exciting inter-departmental activity.
The LLN committee will be running a weekly departmental quote from each department over the next few months. This is a great way for our students to experience the rich language associated with the full range of our college departments.
Each quote is included in the daily announcements announced by Ms Birnie, placing each quote as central to our school day here in the college.
Students are also asked to record each departmental quote in their journal or to organize a separate quotes notebook.
The quotes, while representing the different departments, will prove incredibly useful for both Junior Cert and Leaving Cert essay writing.
So far since we started the school focus on quotes we have had a mathematics quote from Albert Einstein and a Pablo Picasso quote from the Art department.
Next week will see the school adopt a Virginia Woolf quote from the Home Economics Department, which is very fitting for our whole-school Wellbeing programme!
Traditionally literacy has been considered as having the skills needed for reading and writing; but today our understanding of literacy encompasses much more than that.
Literacy includes the capacity to read, understand and critically appreciate various forms of communication including spoken language, printed text, broadcast media, and digital media.
Literacy may be encountered in traditional written forms or through the internet and digital media, when we follow signs and instructions, through working or enjoying leisure time.
Please encourage your son/daughter to recite for you these quotes at home and keep an eye on the website for more news as we roll out more quotes from every department in the college.
D.E.A.R. – Drop Everything And Read during our annual Reading Week.
All students will be reading their own novel for the 12.35pm class this week during our annual Reading Week. Enjoy the ‘quiet’ time…
In conjunction with Reading Week, there will be the ‘Pleonasm’ competition running across the school – please listen out for the announcements over the PA system.
Original artwork displayed around the school for Reading Week. This amazing poster is by Gail Elises (5th year).
Our first Parents’/Guardians’ Newsletter for the 2016/17 school year is now available to download and read.
First year students received a paper copy of the newsletter to bring home to get them started. There is a typo in the expected opening date for our extension in the printed version that has been corrected in the electronic version. Planned completion date is September 2019 (not 2018). Typo also in early closing date for ICT inservice which should read Wednesday 19th October at 11.55 (corrected in electronic version).
We invite all parents/guardians to keep in touch with what is going on in the college and to consider how you can use your skills, talents and resources to assist the work that we do in the education of your sons and daughters.
Click to read the PARENTS NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2016
The Poetry of Love – Our English Department Spring competition winners:
David Holmes, Hannah Moore, Ryan O’Dowd, Shauna Conway, Louise Chung, Julia Trajdos, Conor Devoy, Kelly Celine Costa, Matt Moriarty, Darragh Gorman, Bozena Gapajeva, Chloe Hand
Nikita Marakova, Alex Healy, Gayatrai Sangra, Mark Lombard, Daragh Bacon, Olivia Walsh, Fjoralb Pashaj, Kingsley Okakpu, Carla Delmar, Aine Burke,
TY, 5th & 6th year:
Amy Cassidy, Emily Coleman, Ruairi Nolan, Jordan Cross, Cathriona Murray
Overall junior winner: Alex Healy
Overall senior winner: Ruairi Nolan