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Amnesty Group Sleep Out Raises Awareness about Homelessness Crisis

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The students of Lucan Community College’s Amnesty group held their very successful Annual Sleep Out last Friday night. The Sleep Out’s aim was to raise awareness about the ever-increasing homeless crisis in Ireland as homelessness in Dublin has risen 55% since the first time they did the Sleep Out in 2015.They also wanted to highlight the fact that homelessness is a human rights issue. ”The first year we did the sleep out I was shocked by the number of homeless people and I’m disgusted that numbers are continuing to rise each year since” Lucy Freeman.

The Sleep Out started at 7pm Friday evening and ended at 8am the following morning. During the night, the temperature reached lows of 5 degrees and students had to wrap up well to keep warm. ”It’s shocking that people have to live like this in our country” said Naoise, a member of the Amnesty group, ”The government needs to act immediately to address this human rights issue”. They slept in sleeping bags on pieces of cardboard in the school’s court-yard. In the morning they received a simple breakfast of tea and toast, similar to what is given in a homeless hostel. It was an unforgettable experience for all and the students were extra grateful for their bed the following night. ”I’ll never take my home for granted after doing the Sleep Out” said Gemma, a member of the Amnesty group.

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Throughout last week, the students collected signatures for a petition that expressed the student’s dismay about the homelessness crisis. ”The government’s lack of empathy towards homeless people is nothing short of inhumane ”said Sarah Walsh,a member of the Amnesty group. They handed out cards and have over 670 signatures so far. These signatures were presented to the Tánaiste, Francis Fitzgerald, when she visited on Friday morning. The Tánaiste also listened to the opinions and questions of the Amnesty group surrounding homelessness and other political and human rights issues facing this country. Later that evening, local Fianna Fáil TD, John Curran, visited the event and listened to the students views on the homeless crisis and answered their questions. They also presented John Curran with a sample of the petition and the number of signatures to bring into the Dáil.

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We are attaching a few pictures of the night.

Yours sincerely,

Naoise, Gemma and Lee on behalf of the LCC Amnesty group

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Mental Health Week – Poster Competition

Need a lift? These student wellbeing posters will do the job. Our Career Guidance Department will be awarding prizes after Easter.

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Lucan CC students petition Minister Richard Bruton

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Lucan Community College’s students have gathered over 750 signatures calling for immediate action by the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, on their ten year wait for their promised school extension. The students have joined together to write a letter to Minister Bruton with signatures from almost the entire student body supporting their call to action.
Lucan Community College’s students are appealing directly to the Minister for Education to take action as the extension has been again delayed in its planning stages. The Student Council organised the letter and signatures as they had become tired of the ridiculous delays that have prevented them from gaining a building suitable for education in the 21st century.
Student Council Chairperson, Ciarán Beahan said “I was in first class in primary school when the extension was first announced and yet here I am in 5th year in Lucan Community College and unbelievably we still do not have our extension”. “We want to finally stop the procrastination by the Department of Education so future generations of students in our school get the building they were promised and deserve”.
The principal of Lucan Community College, Diane Birnie, has supported the action taken by her students as their frustrations have grown over the delayed project. “The students’ independent action represents their part of an on-going whole-school effort. Members the Board of Management and Parents’ Association have also been actively campaigning to ensure the project moves ahead at speed”, said Ms. Birnie. “Our teachers and students work very hard to make Lucan Community College an excellent educational establishment, we hope this amazing effort by our students will finally result in an excellent building those efforts deserve”, explained Ms. Birnie.
The Minister for Education answered questions recently in the Dáil about the delayed extension for Lucan. In response to questions raised by local TD, Gino Kenny, the minister said that once Lucan Community College’s extension passes the various planning phases his department will prioritize funding for the project.
The students in Lucan Community College hope that the Minister for Education backs up his words with action as they look for a positive and swift conclusion to their decade long wait for a modern school building.

Co Dublin Enterprise Awards Finalists Announced

Congratulations to the following students who have been nominated as finalists in the Enterprise Regional Finals in IT Tallaght:

SEA Jewellery Sarah Murphy, Alex O’ Shaughnessy, Emer Kenny
My Experience Kaitlyn Byrne and Rhiannon Withero
Bittersweet Bláthnaid Henry and Gayatri Sangra

The Regional final takes place on Wednesday 8th of March and we wish each group the very best of luck. Their teachers Ms Freeman and Mr Lawless are very proud of the achievements of these Transition Year students.

Class O’Farrell star on News2Day on RTE Network 2

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Congratulations to class O’Farrell who participated in the launch of the competition: ’The Story of Your Stuff’ this week. This is a competition open to all second level students that the Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland (EPA) are running. Past pupil Christian Tierney arrived with a team of reporters to launch the competition which is all about getting students thinking about where their stuff comes from. Great prizes are available for students (and their school!) and it gets students engaging in an environmental topic in a way that, frankly, they know best – video!

Christian has taken on the Story of Your Stuff challenge himself and produced his own video. He has also provided the EPA with helpful tips and advice for students when they are creating their entries.

Watch members of class O’Farrell in action with teacher Mr Duffy on the link here: https://trte.rte.ie/news2day/

Substance Misuse Policy updated

The Board of Management recently updated the school’s Substance Misuse Policy. Lucan Community College shows no tolerance of activities that would cause any member of the school community to feel threatened, alone, insignificant, victimised or unsafe in any way. To this end the college operates a Substance Misuse policy which was written and reviewed in consultation with the Parents’ Association, staff and representatives of An Garda Siochana. This policy is part of our overall Code of Behaviour.

Amnesty team raise awareness on International Human Rights Day

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LCC Amnesty Group with giant postcard signed by LCC students and photo tweeted to President Elect Trump on Human Rights Day

Lucan Community College students celebrated World Human Rights Day on December the 9th (a day before the actual day – Saturday the December 10th -the anniversary of the UN creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948). This international document, signed by over 190 nations, states the 30 basic rights and fundamental freedoms to which all human beings are entitled.
The Lucan CC Amnesty group, worked with different subject departments in the school, to organize a number of whole school events to raise awareness about human rights issues.
These included:

  • In Religious Education classes, senior students participated in the annual Global Amnesty “Write for Rights” campaign where students wrote postcards in support of campaigns for justice. The 2016 cases include: Fomusoh Ivo Feh (Cameroon) who is facing 20 years in jail for sending a text message, the indigenous people of Peace River Valley, Canada who are struggling to save their ancestral lands and Shawkan, a photojournalist who has been arrested just for doing his job and is at risk of the death penalty (Egypt).
  • ” The Great LCC Human Rights Bake Off” 2016 competition and Cake Sale.
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  • In English lessons, 1st and 2nd year students took part in poetry competitions on the theme of human rights.
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    Some of the winners of the poetry Competition

  • 1st and 2nd C.S.P.E. and RE students contributed art work to a ” Hands working together for Human rights” tree, illustrating the 30 different articles from the Declaration of Human Rights.
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    LCC Amnesty group in front of the Human Rights tree – art work created by 1st + 2nd Yr students

  • 3rd yr C.S.P.E students took part in a Human Rights themed poster competition
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  • New this year – The amnesty group participated in the very popular ‘The Mannequin Challenge’ as a centerpiece on human rights day. This involved a short scene caught on video of the group posing like mannequins, with various scenes and posters showing the human rights cases being focused on at this event. This challenge will also featured, a large postcard signed by students in the school, asking for U.S. President Elect Donald Trump to uphold and respect “The Declaration of Human Rights Human Rights” and human rights laws in the USA + the world during his presidency and to end existing discrimination. They tweeted him this on the day.
  • A prize giving ceremony took place in the hall in the afternoon of Friday 9th, where winners of the different Human Rights Day competitions were presented with prizes and certificates.

    The activities and events were hugely successful.
    “Principal Ms Birnie said “Our senior students continue to lead the way in shining a spotlight on the importance of campaigning for human rights. Students have engaged with these issues in a strategic and creative manner.”

    Thank you,
    Sarah Walsh,
    Aisling Fahey,
    on behalf of the LCC Amnesty Group.

    Happy Christmas from all at Lucan CC

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    The staff of Lucan Community College would like to wish all of our students, parents/guardians and wider community and friends a very happy Christmas. Thank you so much for the lovely cards and treats dropped in by students and parents to the staff – much appreciated. Thank you for all you have done to contribute to a positive educational experience for all in 2016 and we invite you to continue to make a real contribution to our community in 2017. Wishing you all time to relax, to reflect and to celebrate the important things in life over the holiday period.

    Best wishes, Diane Birnie, Andrew Purcell and all the team in LCC.

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    D.E.A.R. Reading Week 14th -18th November

    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.

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    Original artwork displayed around the school for Reading Week. This amazing poster is by Gail Elises (5th year).

    Annual Arts Week in Lucan CC 2016

    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.

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