27th January 2015
Building Positive Relationships
Dear Parent/Guardian of 2nd, 3rd and Transition Year students
I wish to update you on a number of anti-bullying strategies that we are using in Lucan Community College. Bullying behaviour is considered totally unacceptable in the college and our code of behaviour and anti-bullying policy clearly outlines what kind of behaviour is and is not acceptable. We reinforce expected standards of behaviour in assemblies, in classroom management, as part of our SPHE and RSE programmes and through our co- and extra-curricular programmes. We also run an anti-bullying week and offer support through our pastoral care and guidance systems for students.
In addition we have been piloting a programme designed to educate students to recognise, report and prevent bullying behaviour and build positive relationships. This involves teachers familiar with the programme running anti-bullying surveys with class groups and holding follow-up interviews with a selection of students during which the findings of the surveys are explained and students are invited to sign a statement agreeing to treat others with respect.
In our piloting of this programme to date we have found that this approach serves to:
- explain to students how unwelcome words or actions can be upsetting for others;
- give students an opportunity to change their behaviour at an early stage without recourse to strict punishment;
- identify students who may need counselling support as they have experience bullying behaviour or have engaged in bullying behaviour;
- encourage bystander students to identify bullying behaviour and to refuse to accept it;
- involve parents/guardians at an appropriate stage;
- provide a safe environment in which students can be more confident about disclosing concerns.
If a student who has participated in this process displays bullying behaviour at a later stage, their parents/guardians will be invited for an interview to discuss the matter and both students and parents will be invited to sign the anti-bullying statement. We will continue to roll out this pilot programme across various year groups. If you have any queries in relation to our anti-bullying policy or procedures please contact me at the school.
Our code of behaviour is something that we are proud of and that serves the needs of the school community well. We believe that the addition of this pilot programme will further complement the high standard of behaviour and mutual respect shown by our students. We appreciate your ongoing support in ensuring that our students – your sons/daughters – are educated in a supportive, safe and friendly environment where each person is valued and respected for who they are.
P.S. This letter will be sent home with students (2nd years received it during the week of 26th January and 3rd and TY students will receive it after Mock exams and Work experience).
Extra and Co-curricular recent events
Badminton – Ms Gallagher & Inion Ni Riain
Under 16 girls badminton made in through to the final of division 4 in the Dublin Schools Badminton League. Their final will be played in the badminton centre in Whitehall, Terenure on 12th March against Loreto Bray.
The under 14 girls also made it to the final and we are waiting to hear who they will meet in the final. The under 14 boys beat De La Salle Churchtown and they too they will be in the final of division 4.
The under 19 boys did very well also just narrowly missing a place in the final of division 3.
Many students are beginners and there is no junior club in the area to enhance their training so they are doing very well.
U-18 Gaelic Football – Mr McGowan
Our U-18 boys Gaelic football team lost out in the quarter finals this week to Terenure College in terrible weather conditions. This team did very well to win their group and to progress to the quarter finals and were unlucky to have to play in storm-force winds.
U-14 Gaelic Football – Mr Carey
The team reached the final in the U-14 competition but were not successful in this case.
Our 1st year students visited the RDS to see Young Scientist projects and science demonstrations. Thanks to the students for their excellent behaviour and interest in the event and to Ms Healy for organising the day.
Gluais 1st year quiz
Congratulations to our Gluais team who held a very successful 1st year quiz as part of the Christmas celebrations for 1st years. The excitement in the assembly hall was incredible and there was great competition between the teams.
1st year soccer
Congratulations to Mr Nolan’s U-14 boys soccer team who had some excellent wins recently.
Ms Van Esbeck’s senior debating team secured a draw in the second of their Concern debates with the motion: “The international community are indifferent to Ebola”. Particular thanks to James Carron who stepped onto the team at the last minute and gave a great performance. They also won their most recent debate with a motion: “Scotland should have voted for independence”.
Final preparations are underway for our German Exchange team who travel to Germany shortly, our TY trip to Paris, our 2nd year trip to Italy and our 2nd and 3rd year trip to Stratford. Bon voyage and Gute Reise!
Áine Burke (2nd year) and Kamila Stanislawek (5th year) qualified from the finals of the Leinster Cross-Country competition on a freezing day in the Phoenix Park. There was huge competition, a total of nearly 1200 competitors at this event and all our athletes performed well. Well done to all and thanks to Ms Joy and Mr Nolan for overseeing the students.
Very successful choir and carol services for Christmas time events in December – thank you to the Music and R.E. teachers and students.
Ongoing active Amnesty group highlighted various social issues around the globe with senior students. Thanks to Ms McCarthy and Ms O’Gara for facilitating the great student voice.
Hugely successful fundraising for various charities, particularly Ms. Ryan, School Prefects and the Home Economic Department’s 29th annual St. Vincent De Paul collection (raised over 1000 Euro)! At the same time students and staff raised funds for the Hospices and for other charities.
Mr. Byrne reports that the Senior boys rugby team is the most successful to date in the school. They played some outstanding matches to get to the semi-final of the ‘A’ Development Cup where they were narrowly defeated by Dundalk Grammar School. Outstanding performers included John McMurray, David Solanke, Shane Dardis, Aaron Garrigan, and Daniel Forde – who also scored two of our tries.
Transition Year French students attended the International French Film Festival in IFI on Thursday 15th January, to see the movie ‘Populaire’. Café Francais continues on Tuesday and the French Assistant Monsef Ben Khadi also continues to provide most welcome support to the Department.
Meanwhile, Transition Year German students watched the movie ‘Jumanji’ here in German, while they continue to prepare for the German Exchange trip to Munchberg on 6th February. The French Trip to Paris takes place on March 20-23rd.
Students interested in Gluais will have a guest speaker shortly as the selection process for next years Gluais team will begin shortly. The chosen members will have Gluais training over the Easter holidays.
Mr. Doyle remains very busy every lunchtime with chess club.
Badminton players are also very successful with both the U-14 and U-16 girls teams in finals, and the U-14 boys team in an effective qualifier match for the finals. Senior Badminton boys were narrowly defeated in the semi-finals. Thanks to Ms Gallagher and In Ni Riain.
Mr. Nolan reports two very good performances by 1st year boys soccer players – well done to all. Mr. Nolan and Ms Joy have taken all athletes to Leinster and West Dublin athletics meetings. A very impressive 1st outing from Eoin O’Sullivan (class Rye) last week. Latest news – Áine Burke through to Leinster crosscountry final after an impressive show in the Phoenix Park qualifier today.
U-16 Gaelic players did very well in their group, with the assistance of Mr. Grimes. U-18’s, with Mr. McGowan, succumbed to Storm Rachel – literally, as both players and teachers showed all the signs of the dreadful conditions after the game! That was a big disappointment, losing a ¼ final to Terenure College.
U-14 Gaelic were similarly narrowly defeated in a final last Friday. Ms. Casey wishes to congratulate Mr. Carey and the students for their dedication and great effort.
Mr. O’Gorman took U-19 soccer players to an All-Ireland League Final to be – yet again – narrowly defeated –this time on penalties (the word “robbed” has been suggested!) by Patrician College Newbridge..
Mr. Mulready reports that there is an U-14 camogie competition starting this week.
A poetry competition is also due to start soon, for St. Valentine’s Day!
Congratulations to our Transition Year students who were chosen to participate in the Tenderfoot programme this year: Hazel Keogh, Roisin Corrigan, Liam White, Eva Minihane, Aby Coulibaly and Maisse Jassim.
These students were chosen earlier in the year to participate in a drama workshop with the Civic Theatre in Tallaght. Four were chosen for their acting skills and two as writers. These students have been working in the Civic theatre along with students from six other schools for the month of January. The students write and perform a number of short plays and dialogues. On Friday Jan 23rd thirty of the TY students will go to see the performance in the civic theatre. The Irish Times have a video on their website that includes interviews with students from different schools. View it here.
20 January 2015
The teaching unions TUI and ASTI have informed the DDLETB (our employer, Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board) that all TUI and ASTI union members have been directed to take strike action on Thursday 22nd January. Pickets will be placed on all schools, colleges and education centres where TUI or ASTI members are employed on that day.
As a result DDLETB will not be in a position to discharge its responsibilities with regard to the care of students in its charge.
Lucan Community College and DDLETB is therefore requesting you to keep your son(s) and/or daughter(s) at home from school on Thursday 22nd January.
The Mock exams will be starting soon so 3rd years and 6th years have plenty to study. Transition Year students are preparing for work experience and have a number of projects that they can be working on and other students have homework and plenty to revise. Please encourage your son/daughter to use the time at home to revise and study.
Diane Birnie (Principal)