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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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Three 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?
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.
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.
Lucan Community College Parents’ Association
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
The Gem Jewellers: Jewellery
4 Season Florists: Vase
Dunnes Stores: Voucher
O’Briens Sandwich: 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
Parents Association Bingo Night taking place on Thursday 3rd December from 8pm at the Lord Lucan.
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.
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.