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Young Social Innovators is a unique opportunity for Transition Year Students in Ireland to make a project to create awareness about a chosen social issue, thus attempting provoking change.
This year our team has decided to focus on the topic of Mental Health.
Mental Health is an indiscriminate issue that can affect anyone. For this reason, we as a group felt it was the most prominent social issue among teenagers today.
Instead of focusing on the darker and more depressing aspects of Mental Health, we decided to base the project around positive mental wellbeing.
We created the ‘Feel Good 5 A Day’, which are 5 steps a person can take daily in order to maintain positive mental wellbeing.
We assigned a colour to each of these 5 steps. Incorporating the colours was the best way to brighten up the topic that is often associated with sadness.
The steps include; Exercise, Mindfulness, Giving Back, Happiness and Communication.
These steps are vital for maintaining positive mental wellbeing, especially for students in Secondary school, who are most susceptible to poor mental health.
We also organised a ‘Feel Good Day’ in the school to spread awareness about our project. This was a massive success as we incorporated each of the steps from the ‘Feel Good 5 A Day’ into different aspects of the day.
An amazing €400+ was raised and donated to Mental Health Ireland from the day.
Our main objective is to make people aware of how to maintain positive mental health. If at least one person benefits from our campaigns it will have been worth it.
Congratulations to Amy Martin(class Markievicz) who has been selected for an award for her anti-bullying poster by the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre.
Amy will now get to attend Facebook International Headquarters in Grand Canal Square to receive her award and also receive a guided tour of the social media tech-giant.
Amy, along with a huge number of Lucan Community College students, entered the www.TackleBullying.ie art competition and was selected from thousands for a special award.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing bullying please speak to someone about it. Tell a friend and ask them to them to come with you to tell a teacher or other member of staff.
You can also tell your parents, someone in your family, a member of staff in school, your tutor, year head or the school’s guidance counsellor.
Remember that bullying is not okay and if you witness or experience bullying to tell someone about it.
Quote of the week – PE Department: You cannot buy your health; you must earn it through healthy living
This week’s literacy quote comes from the Physical Education department. They have chosen a quote from American doctor Joel Fuhrman to encourage us all to take care of bodies and our minds as we enter 2018.
Their quote encapsulates this as it encourages us all to place looking after our bodies and our health as our number one priority.
You cannot buy your health; you must earn it through healthy living - Joel Fuhrman
We hope you take encouragement from the PE department’s quote and begin 2018 by really looking after yourself and your wellbeing.
Lucan Community College’s Amnesty Group was very busy today as they became Amnesty Elves and delivered shoe donations to Oxfam Ireland.
A big thank you to all students, parents and staff who donated shoes as part of Human Rights Day refugee solidarity action.
The shoes created an amazing display as part of our Human Rights Day in the college and we are delighted to be able to pass them on to a worthy charity in Oxfam so that they can continue to do their great work.
A big thank you to Ms. Doyle and Ms. McCarthy and the LCC Amnesty Group for their tireless work throughout this campaign.
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
Lucan Community College staff, students and parents rallied together again this Christmas 2017 to raise much needed funds for St. Vincent de Paul.
The entire school community have embraced this special fundraising for SVP over the last number of years and it has grown both in strength and numbers.
The year staff and students continued with the tradition of the secret bag collection during morning registration. This allows for secret donations to be given in a pressure free capacity.
Lucan Community College’s commitment to the work of St. Vincent de Paul goes back many years having started in 1986.
In our old school building in Lucan Village, currently the site of Lucan Youthreach, staff and students made Christmas hampers that were distributed by SVP throughout the local community.
This Christmas 2017 has seen a further increase in pressure for families in difficulty. We hope that the funds we raise as a school community alleviate these pressures for some in our community.
If you or someone you know are in need of help this Christmas please contact St Vincent de Paul.
The college would like to thank Ms. Ryan for her continued dedication and commitment to this annual fundraising event.
This year we would also like to thank Ms Walsh and Ms. Mulhern for helping to organising the secret collection and also to the Transition Year and 6th year Prefect teams.
Lucan Community College celebrates Human Rights Day on Thursday 7th December to mark the anniversary of the composition of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
As passionate believers of Human Rights, the Lucan Community College Amnesty group, with the help of our English, CSPE, Home Economics and R.E. departments, have decided to organise a variety of activities and events to raise awareness throughout the whole school tomorrow.
These events and activities will include; The Great LCC Human Rights Bake Off’ competition and bake sale, poetry and poster/art competitions, the decoration of the school with different articles in the Universal Declaration written onto colourful art balloon and a global Amnesty ‘Write for Rights’ campaign.
Thank you to Ms Doyle and Ms McCarthy, all the teachers who have helped in any way and especially to the Amnesty student team in the college for their dedicated drive to bring the importance of Amnesty International and human rights to the fore.
As part of Human Rights Day events at Lucan Community College, Lt. Commander Michael Brunicardi, from the Irish Navy, talked to over 150 TY students.
Lt Commander Brunicardi spoke passionately about his experiences in recent refugee search and rescue humanitarian missions in the Mediterranean.
The talk was thought provoking and very emotional at times with Lt. Commander Brunicardi including details of personal stories of the people he met and the desperate circumstances in which they were rescued.
Lt. Commander concluded that all of these people were human beings and as such deserved human rights.
He also visited the beautiful visual display of the articles from the Declaration of Human Rights on the wall in the H area, created with work from 1st and 2nd year CSPE students.
Thanks to Ms McCarthy, Ms Doyle and the LCC Amnesty Committee for organizing the visit and to all the Transition Year and 5th Year LCA students who listened attentively and learned so much.
This week the college delivered a series of internet safety workshops in a bid to educate and ensure all of our students know the importance of staying safe online.
The workshops and presentations were delivered to all of our new first years and also to the Transition Year students on Tuesday morning by Pat McKenna, founder of the cyber safety company, childwatch.ie.
The risks for children online are ever-increasing with easy access to the internet. This makes educating our students about the risks involved when online even more important.
Even more so when recent surveys suggest that half of all teenagers in Ireland hide their online history from their parents and that one in 10 children have met someone in person that they first made contact with online.
Please read the following ten tips for staying safe online and ensure that your son/daughter is aware of them.
1) Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
2) Think very carefully before posting any pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
3) Keep your privacy settings as high as possible
4) Never give out your passwords
5) Don’t befriend people you don’t know.
6) Don’t meet up with anyone you’ve met online.Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do!
7) Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are
8) Think carefully about what you say before you post something online
9) Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude
10) If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediate
We urge all parents to use these tips as an opportunity to discuss with their children the importance of staying safe online and agree together how best to do this.
We hope that all of our students learned a great deal from the safety talks and we thank Ms Williams for organising this important safety event.
Lucan CC Transition Year students were among 50 select teenagers gathered together to discuss the importance of staying safe online at Twitter’s Dublin HQ. The digital activism event, organised by UNICEF, involved Lucan Community College students discuss ways to stay safe online when using social media.
The students had plenty of opportunity to discuss the numerous challenges and opportunities of growing up in a digital age at the event organised by UNICEF.
Executive Director of UNICEF Ireland, Peter Power said the digital activism event was about listening to young people as UNICEF “believe they should be given every opportunity to influence their own futures.”
Sinead McSweeney, Managing Director of Twitter Ireland, said Twitter was “committed to helping students engage with an increasingly diverse online environment, while empowering them to use digital platforms when they feel compelled to speak out on issues they’re passionate about”.
A big thank you to the Transition Year students who actively engaged in the event and also to Ms McCarthy for organising the trip.