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Diane Birnie (Principal) and Deputy Principals Andrew Purcell and Stephen Brett congratulated Junior Cycle students on their outstanding results this year in the first ever Junior Certificate/Junior Cycle examination. Celebrations began as the 164 students who completed their examinations this year collected their results envelopes with the college justifiably proud of their achievements.
Particular mention goes to top achiever Samuel Doyle with 8As and a distinction in the new Junior Cycle English examination. Alex Hanley, Lucy Reade, Delfin Malaj, Sophie Scanlon, Laura Lakes, Sheik Bah, David Akinwale, Emmet Bellew, Aaron McGrath, Stanko Lazerevic, Gabrielle Kolesnikovaite, Sean Egan and Aisling Kavanagh who were among our top achievers achieving at least 5As.
Principal and former Year Head Ms Birnie and Deputy Principals Mr Purcell and Mr Brett joined in congratulating the students who were anxious to contact parents and to thank teachers. In a short assembly, current year head Mr Brett along with tutors reminded students to be proud of their achievements and to build on their results going forward. These students have already immersed themselves in the Transition Year and Leaving Certificate Applied programmes and are actively engaged in senior cycle learning. Students were also advised about celebrating safely this evening and community gardaí were on hand to advise about appropriate celebrations.
We are delighted that the number of distinction grades achieved in the new Junior Cycle English course was above national average and commend the work of students and teachers in engaging fully with the new curriculum. In Maths, 75% of our students took the higher level paper, which represents an increase of 10% since last year. 67% of these achieving either an A, B or C grade and 15% securing grade A, again above the national average of 14.1%.
22% of our Religious Education students achieved an A grade with 92% achieving an A, B or C grade which was well above the national average. In technology 24% of students taking the higher level course achieved an A grade, compared to 7.7% nationally, and in science 23% achieved an A at higher level, against 9% nationally. The results across all of the subjects follow a similar positive trend and teachers were delighted that students achieved so well.
“While statistics show the overall success of this year group, we celebrate in particular the individual achievements of students who overcame challenges and setbacks and we appreciate the help and support given to them along the way by parents and staff”, Ms Birnie said. “The Lucan Community College Junior Cert/Cycle class of 2017 can justifiably celebrate three years of hard work and effort” Ms Birnie added. The students will be issued with the first ever Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement later this year which will include details of their final exam grades (following conclusion of the appeals process), results from their English Classroom Base Assessments as well as a profile of student’s involvement in other aspects of school activities. The JCPA marks the widening of the assessment process to reward achievement across a broader spectrum of student learning.
“Well done to all of the teachers, parents and support staff who helped to prepare our students for their examinations and who created opportunities in our curricular and extra-curricular programme to engage students in a broad and balanced educational experience”, Ms Birnie said. “Lucan Community College is extremely proud of this group of students and looks forward to seeing what they accomplish in the future”, she added.
We hope that our Junior Certificate students of 2016/2017 get a good night’s sleep ahead of tomorrow’s exciting results day. Transition Year students must be in class in full uniform tomorrow morning at 9am. They will receive their results after 11am with students from class Keller in 5th year. Class Keller students receiving results please be in school by 11am tomorrow in full uniform.
Upon receiving their results students will be allowed to go home and begin their celebrations with their family and friends.
We expect a media presence tomorrow so we would be grateful if you would discuss this with your child.
Lucan Community College is delighted with the high standard of results that our students achieved this year. We had one hundred and forty graduates this year, including Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied candidates, and we wish to congratulate each and every one on their achievement today. Teachers were on hand this morning to congratulate students on their achievements and to wish them well in their future endeavours.
We also wish to thank parents/guardians who were a wonderful support to the students throughout their second level education and especially during the examination period. We have really appreciated their involvement and support. The college also thanks the students for the wonderful mature attitude they brought to their last few weeks in the college and is confident that the future holds wonderful things in store for them all.
Ms Twyford year head, sent congratulations and best wishes to all of the students. Ms Williams, LCA coordinator was extremely proud of the LCA results this year and Ms Murphy, LCA student support said that these were some of the highest results ever achieved by an LCA class.
Principal Ms Birnie and Deputy Principals Mr Purcell and Mr Brett offered particular congratulations to top achievers: Ilkom Khamdamov, Aoife Greally, Aine Keher, Dean Gahan Connolly, Louise Day, Eoin Hayes, Rory Stapleton, Luke Murphy, Lucy Freeman, Evan Lombard, Emma Donnelly and Hannah Keating. With 10% of the students achieving over 500 points and many more achieving well over the national average, most students should be in a position to receive offers of desired courses in further education.
Ms Birnie said “The class of 2017 were a very committed group of students who achieved in many spheres including academic, awareness-raising, artistic, sporting and other endeavours. They are the leaders of the future and I look forward to hearing about their future endeavours as students and entrepreneurs”. She also commended the Leaving Certificate Applied students of class Harrington who as a class achieved 4 distinctions and 9 merits – “an outstanding set of results and particular congratulations to Jordan Tackaberry, Ciara Kavanagh, Rebecca Flanagan and Dylan West who achieved the highest LCA results in the college.
Many other students also achieved personal best results and should be proud of their achievements. We remind students who may not have achieved their desired results to engage in the process of viewing scripts and to seek advice from guidance counsellors and support agencies as there are many paths open to students. We hope that all of our graduates celebrate responsibly and wish them luck in the future.
Congratulations to Transition Year student Oisín O’Sullivan who was invited to take part in the Irish Junior Science Olympiad in October as a result of his outstanding Maths and Science Junior Certificate results. Almost every year we have students who receive an invitation to participate in this competition and anyone who finishes in the top six have the opportunity to participate in the International Junior Science Olympiad which takes place in Indonesia this year. We are delighted that our students rank among the best results in the country in these subjects. Best of luck to Oisín!
Diane Birnie (Principal) and Andrew Purcell (Deputy Principal) said that standard of results that students achieved this year in the Junior Certificate were outstanding. We had 139 students taking their examinations this year.
Particular mention goes to Darragh Bacon and Oisín O’Sullivan who achieved 8 As and 2 Bs in higher level subjects and also to Olivia Walsh, Beatrice Black, Lorna Doherty, David Donnelly, Matthew Graham, Isabel Houlihan, Aoife Mahon, Michael Carron, Alex O’Shaughnessy, Kevin Wang, Kishore Muthu, Luke Neville, Jessica Odidison, Ciara Carbury, Garvan Coleman and Oisín Ford who were among our top achievers achieving at least 3 A grades at higher level subjects.
Year Head Ms Casey and tutors joined in congratulating the students and students were anxious to contact parents and to thank teachers. In an assembly, Ms Casey, Ms Birnie and Mr Purcell reminded students that this is a learning experience – “Don’t forget to ‘Breathe’ (the TY theme for this year) as you open your envelope. Look for the positive in what you see first and then consider what you have learned from this experience. What you learn from having completed the Junior Certificate you can take with you into your preparations for senior cycle.” Students were advised about celebrating safely this evening at an assembly yesterday.
Results in Maths show that over 65% of students took the higher level paper in Lucan Community College with 80% of these achieving either an A, B or C grade. The Music department were celebrating with 54% grade A’s and B’s out of the students taking Higher Level Music. 100% of students took higher level metalwork with 95% achieving an A, B or C grade. 94% of students took Higher Level Home Economics with 70% of student achieving an A or B grade. Of all of the examinations taken at higher level across all of the subjects over 70% of the grades achieved were at A, B or C level. We are delighted that students are choosing appropriate subject levels based on teacher advice.
While statistics show the overall success of this year group, we celebrate in particular the individual achievements of students who overcame challenges and setbacks and we appreciate the help and support given to them along the way. We also remember those who could not be with us today. The Junior Cert class of 2016 can justifiable celebrate three years of hard work and effort.
Well done to all of the teachers, parents and support staff who supported our students in their preparation for their examinations. In short Lucan Community College is extremely proud of this group of students and looks forward to seeing what they accomplish during the Transition Year.