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Parent/Guardian Christmas Newsletter

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Ms Clarke has been editing another packed edition of our Parent/Guardian Christmas Newsletter which is now available to keep you in touch with school events and activities. Please read and enjoy over the festive season. Wishing every member of the Lucan Community College school community a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and healthy 2016.

 

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€1000s raised for charities at Christmas

St Vincent de Paul Collection Dec 2015

St Vincent de Paul Collection Dec 2015

Students and staff at Lucan CC have fund-raised for many charities over the recent weeks. Ms Ryan and some Transition Year students organised the St Vincent de Paul secret money-bag collection last week and in total €1425 was raised. Cathleen Henry and Kieran McBride from the local branch of St Vincent de Paul are pictured above receiving our donations to help those struggling this Christmas season.

Over €1000 was raised from our non-uniform day which will help the following charities: Focus Ireland, World Youth Day organisation and the Rainbow Child Foundation. Ms Ryan and the prefects team organised the St Vincent de Paul secret money-bag collection last week and in total €1425 was raised. Ms Gallagher and some of the TY fund raising team raised over €800 for Dyslexia Ireland this week in the pouring rain around Lucan. Over €300 was raised from the annual staff coffee morning in aid of St Brigid’s Hospice, The Curragh in memory of past PE and Maths teacher Carol Meehan.

We thank the students, their families and the staff for their generous contributions to extremely worthy causes this Christmas. Enjoy the celebrations and the holidays.

Amnesty International – World Human Rights Day 10th December 2015 photos

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Lucan CC World Human Rights Day

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Lucan Community College students will be celebrating World Human Rights Day on December the 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, working with different subjects, are organising a number of events to raise awareness about human rights issues.

These include:

- In Religious Education classes, senior students will participate in the Global Amnesty “Write for Rights” campaign where students will letters/postcards in support of the campaigns for justice for Phyoe Phoe Aung, 17 years, locked up for a student protest in Myanmar, girls as young as 11 forced to marry in Burkina Faso and Rania Alabbasi and her family who were sezied by government agents and still missing in Syria.

- What a sweet way to celebrate with ” The Great LCC Human Rights Bake Off” competition and Cake Sale. This will take place on the day and will be open to students, teachers and parents. Funds go to Amnesty.

- In English lessons, 1st and 2nd year students will take part in poetry competitions on the theme of human rights.

-  2nd and 3rd Year C.S.P.E students will be decorating our school with bunting on the day, illustrating the 30 different articles from the Declaration of Human Rights.

 - Students will be laying Welcome Mats in the courtyard area of the school, calling on governments across the world to welcome refugees and do more to respect Article 14 of the Declaration of Human Rights which states people have the right to seek refuge in other countries.

Local media have been invited to a short prize giving ceremony at 10am in the school hall, for the winners of the poetry and bake off competitions. This will be followed by laying of the welcome mats. To raise awareness students will also be wearing T-Shirts printed with different articles from the Declaration and there will be an opportunity to photograph bunting, winning poems/cakes and talk to students.

The picture below shows some students from a nearby school who visited the Amnesty group to talk about their personal experience as refugees. We very much appreciate the time taken by themselves and their teacher to facilitate the visit.

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Silver Gaisce awards 2016

Silver Gaisce awards 2016Three Lucan Community College students received their Gaisce Silver Award this year from Ian Madigan Irish Rugby star at the Helix on Monday November 30th.  Approximately 265 students from all over Ireland completed the Gaisce Silver Award this year, the highest amount ever.  Congratulations to students David Gartlan, Aoife Minihane and Danielle Murray.  These students began their challenge back in Transition year when they did their Gaisce Bronze award.  Congratulations to the students and maybe they will take the Gold Gaisce award when they get to college?

Lucan CC wins Leargas Competition

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Congratulations to Ms Clarke’s Transition Year German class who won the Leargas European Day of Languages 2015 “Day in the Life..” competition having been chosen from close to 700 entries. Leargas said “the standard was exceptionally high, but the winning entry stood out because of the care and attention paid to all aspects of the diary. Students imagined days in the life of holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental, and presented them in a hand-made book. The winning individual entry (written by Thomas O’Neill) told of a harrowing day at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.” History teacher Ms McCarthy arranged the Tomi Reichental visit and is also delighted with the success of the students. Students and teachers will travel to Bruges shortly courtesy of Leargas.
Find out more about the Leargas project here.

Parents Association Bingo Fundraiser

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An enjoyable evening was had by all who turned out to support the Parents Association bingo fundraiser last week. Particular thanks to Charlie and the Lord Lucan who hosted the evening and to all of the local businesses who supported our efforts to raise much needed funds for the college (see full list of sponsors below). Thanks to parents and all who gave their generous support on the night and to our energetic Parents Association who organised it so successfully.

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List of Contributors to Bingo Fundraiser:

Spar, Finnstown: Wine and Chocolates

Finnstown Pharmacy: Toiletries Hamper

China House:  Meal Voucher

Adrian Dunne Pharmacy:  Beauty Products

Lucan Credit Union: €250 cash

Tom Barrett Shoes: School Bag

JJ Young Butchers: Voucher

Tesco:  Sweets

The Gem Jewellers: Jewellery

4 Season Florists: Vase

Dunnes Stores: Voucher

O’Briens Sandwich: Voucher

McDonalds: Voucher

Lisa Baker: Handbag

Peter Marks: Hair Care Gift Set

SuperDome: Bowling for 6 people

Yummy Noodle: Voucher

Finnstown Golf Society:   €100

Gillian’s Beauty:  Voucher

Ms Captain Clothing:   Voucher

New Look Hairdressers: Voucher

Deirdre Lawless Hairdresser:  Voucher

Paddy’s Barbers:   Voucher

Femme Fatale:  Facial Voucher

Corkscrew Wine Shop:   2 Bottles Wine

Cartridge Expert:   Voucher

Penny Hill:    2 Steak Dinners

Keadeen Hotel: Overnight stay for 2

Stagg Cycles:  2 sets Safety Lights

D.I.D.:  George Foreman Grill & Blender

Lucan Golf Club: Round of Golf

LeisurePlex:   4 bowling vouchers and €160 party voucher

Keith Kenny Lucan Golf Club: Dinner Voucher

Ivana Beauty Clinic:    Voucher

Various Parents:  Tins of Sweets, Minerals, D.V.D.s

Grace Lombard:  2 Bottles Hennessey, candle

Collins Butchers:  Voucher

Carroll’s Gastro Pub:    Voucher

Ball Alley Pub:  Whiskey

Karoke Ireland :  €75 voucher

Centra:     box choc

Supervalu:  3 bottles wine

Collins Butchers:  Voucher

Ivana beauty:  3 vouchers

Trend photography: €50 voucher

Carroll Pub:  Voucher

Lord Lucan: Venue, refreshments and €100 prize money

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Parent Association Fundraiser – Bingo Night – Lord Lucan – Thurs 3rd December – Please support

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Parents Association Bingo Night taking place on Thursday 3rd December from 8pm at the Lord Lucan.

See: Parents Association Facebook page

We are looking for donations of items to make up into hampers etc.We will take unwanted new items such as toiletries,candles etc.
Please leave them into the front office on or before Tuesday. On the bingo night a book of tickets costs €10 and there will be spot prizes and a raffle. This will also be a great opportunity to meet with other parents. Please support our efforts to provide much needed funds for the college.

News Update 25 November 2015

A lot has been happening in the college since the midterm break. Read on to get an update on curricular and co-curricular activities.

Extension: Great news regarding progress of our extension with Lucan Community College appearing on the capital building programme for 2016. A meeting of key personnel was held in Lucan CC last week and an opening date for the extension and refurbishment of September 2018 is still on the cards. This is a vital time for the extension process and we encourage all interested parties to keep the pressure on to ensure that things move forward in a timely manner. Thanks to parents, Board members and local and public representatives who are working to support the college on this matter.
School Bank: After a very successful opening event with guest speaker Henry Shefflin, the bank continues to attract a large number of customers with prizes and rewards for regular savers.
Basketball: Well done to the girls U19 basketball team who beat Tallaght CS and Ballinteer CS recently with very convincing wins.
Amnesty Team: Our school amnesty group for senior students is busy organising awareness raising events for International Human Rights Day on 10th December. From art and poetry competitions to the Write for Rights campaign, the group are planning many interesting and informative events for our school community.
TY Enterprise: Well done to students Darragh, Erin and Sophie who sold Christmas Decorations in one of our local banks last week as part of their enterprise project. Deck the halls!
Student Council: The student council meet regularly and are currently discussing issues such as broadband speed, canteen and healthy eating, covered bicycle racks and other issues to improve the student experience in the college. New members are always welcome.
Jigsaw Team: A group of senior students are currently working with other students from Colaiste Brid and Moyle Park College to set up a peer mentoring programme in these schools. This team will raise awareness in the schools of the importance of positive mental health and are being trained by Jigsaw facilitators.
TRX Bootcamp: We are continuing to offer TRX bootcamp training to female students on Wednesdays from 2-3pm. Please see your PE teacher if you are interested in this opportunity to get fitter with instructor and past-pupil Mark Lacey.
Reading Week: A very successful reading week saw students (and teachers) dropping everything and reading for one class every day during week of 9th November. A print-rich environment in the home has been shown by research to improve student engagement in the education system so we encourage all parents/guardians to encourage children to read from an early age. The value of the bed-time story is priceless!
Camogie: Congratulations to the Junior Camogie team who enjoyed a resounding victory over Mount Sackville recently. Player of the match was Rhiannon Withero with Caithlin Maguire scoring a crucial goal. Well done girls!

Team Hope: 1st years and TY students gathered shoe boxes stuffed with useful items for the Team Hope appeal.
Parent Teacher Meetings: An excellent attendance of parents ensured that our 5th year parent teacher meeting was a great success. Our 6th year meeting took place on Thursday 26th Nov with our 3rd year meeting planned for Mon 7th December. Meetings run from 4.15-6.45pm.
Rugby: Our senior rugby boy’s team reached the quarter final of the Leinster competition before bowing out gracefully with an excellent team performance. Best on the day were Leon Duff, Daniel Forde, Eric Greene, John McMurray and Cian Thuillier with man of the match going to Shane Dardis.
Enrolment 2017: The Board of Management are delighted with the number of applicants for 2017 and will be writing to applicants shortly to confirm category placements and offers of places.

King Henry opens school bank

School Bank officially opened by Henry Shefflin

School Bank officially opened by Henry Shefflin

School Bank Launch 2015

 The school bank had their official opening ceremony on Thursday 5th November.  The Transition year students who form the school bank are Manager Daragh White O’Conor, Gill McAlister, Jordan Harnett, Eimear and Hannah Mahony. These students have been running the bank with the help of Ms Freeman, Mr Foley & Mrs Williams.  Thye organised the opening around the visit of a famous Irish sportstar and All Ireland Winner, Henry Shefflin.  The students set up their bank in the dining hall surrounded by balloons & Kilkenny colours.  They invited the many first years who had opened accounts to come along and join in the celebrations.

The launch began with the arrival of Henry Shefflin and Tracey and Yvonne from Bank of Ireland in Lucan Village. Following a welcome from the school Principal Ms Birnie, Henry met with some staff members in the staffroom, following this he was given a guard of honour by the schools Hurling and Camogie teams to the school dining hall.  Mrs Williams opened the proceedings by welcoming the students, Bank officials and Henry.  Henry spoke to the audience of students and staff before cutting the ribbon and officially opening the bank.  The students who had opened accounts were placed in a drawn for a Jersey.  The winner of the jersey was Kevin Flanagan who was presented with a Dublin Jersey by Henry Shefflin.

Once the official protocol was out of the way Henry kindly stayed for photos and autographs with the students & staff.  We would like to thank Henry, Yvonne & Tracey for making this a memorable occasion.