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Parents Newsletter – Easter edition

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Enjoy reading our latest parent/guardian newsletter as we update you on recent and upcoming events in Lucan Community College. You can access it here.

 

Valentine’s Day Poetry competition poem

Recently the English Department ran a Valentine’s Day Poetry competitionwriters. Congratulations to all the winners. Enjoy this clever ‘Love Poem’ by Darragh Gorman 1st year, Class Slaney:

Love Poem

By Darragh Gorman

When I first met you,

One year ago,

Your good looks engulfed you,

I fell for you so.

Since then we’ve been together,

A love that’s so true

With you I’m not bored and

I never feel blue.

You’re truly the smartest,

You know everything, and

When you play music,

I can’t help but sing.

When I’m not with you,

I feel so alone,

I can’t live without you,

My Sony Experia phone.

Five students qualify for Mathletes Final

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Five students from Lucan Community College have been selected to participate in the provincial finals Mathletes 2015. They are Alex Hanley, Carmen Trefas and Eoin O’Sullivan (1st year students) , Ciaran Behan (2nd year) and Hannah Keating (4th year). The final takes place on Saturday 18th April from 9.30am to 2.30pm in Google Headquarters. There were over 12,000 participants in the competition and 680 were selected to take part in the provincial finals.

Maths teacher Ciaran Duffy reports that many of our 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th year students  have been busy working away on the maths website khanacademy.org over the past four weeks. Our students were entered into a national competition called Mathletes which syncs their Khan Academy accounts to a national leaderboard. Since starting this competition our school lies 2nd on the national leaderboard out of over 100 second level schools in the country; a great achievement which we are all extremely proud of. Even more impressive is that our students only joined the competition some 7 weeks after it started.

Particular mention must go to Aidan O’Driscoll of 5th year who has given of his time on Saturday mornings to train as a mathletes coach whereby he brings these skills back to the school to run a mathletes club at lunch times on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Abraham Odokuoya, Donal Flannery and James Burns and Aidan O’Driscoll of 5th year,  Joshua Odidison, Aoife Greally, Dean Gahan-Connolly and Hannah Keating of TY, Ammna Aljubury, Ciarán Behan, Eoin Griffin & Rhiannon Withero in 2nd year and Alex Hanley, Carmen Trefas, TJ Burns and Gabriele Kolesnikovaite in 1st year have all been in the top 10 of the national leaderboards at different times in the past 4 weeks. Alex in fact finished 2nd in the national finals for the month of February and received a certificate for same.

Congrats to all involved from our Maths Department and it’s never too late to get involved – students in any year can log in at any time to www.khanacdemy.org  - it is bound to improve your mathematics at any time. You can check out the leader boards at www.mathletes.ie

Basketball Medals for 1st and 2nd year girls team

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Congratulations to our girls 2nd year basketball team who were awarded their Gold medals and trophy for the East Region Junior D competition after a spectacular win 34-29 over Old Bawn Community School in the final on Wednesday. The team can be very proud of their victory and Mr Phelan their coach said that every player gave their best performance on the day.

Our 1st year girls were presented with silver medals for finishing runners-up in their competition against a strong Old Bawn side. They fought for possession until the final whistle and demonstrated solid teamwork throughout.

Particular thanks also to the strong team of supporters who travelled to the match with Ms Lamont and to TY assistant coaches Eimear Bowler and Aisling Fahey who worked with both girls teams and Eva Minihane and Sarah Walsh who coached our boys team throughout the year.

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Winning ways for Girls Soccer Team

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Congratulations to the girls soccer team who fought hard to beat Rathoath 2-1 in the Leinster Quarter Finals on Tuesday 24th March. Particular mention to scorers Joyce Paulo and Aoife Hanley and the rock solid defensive play by Emma Fallon. It was a very close game but a great team display saw Lucan triumph in the closing minutes of the game. Next stop the semi-finals!

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Cross-Country Success

Leinster B finals AthleticsKamila Stanislawek and Yetunde Gbenle competed in the Leinster B -Cross-Country Finals and came 3rd and 2nd respectively in the Intermediate and Senior competitions. Fantastic achievements – well done to both girls and all who participated in athletics meets throughout the year and to also to Mr Brendan Nolan and Ms Monica Joy.

Music Concert Wed 25th March at 7.30pm

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All are invited to attend our annual music concert on Wednesday 25th March at 7.30pm in the school dining hall. Admission is free and you are guaranteed to see a wealth of talent as students from our 1st year to 6th year music classes perform. Ms Conway and Ms Bean are very proud of their talented music students and this evening will allow students to experience the excitement of giving a live performance which will help them to prepare for their upcoming music practical examinations in 3rd and 6th year. A raffle will be held at the interval. See you there!

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Solar Eclipse – Update from Science Department

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As you may be aware Ireland will be experiencing a partial solar eclipse on the morning of  Friday March 20th. It will begin at 8.30am and end at 10.30am with totality occurring at 9.30am. In Ireland a maximum of 92% of the sun will be covered. We will not experience a similar event in Ireland until 2026 and not in Dublin until 2600!!

Please note that looking at the sun is dangerous and can result in serious and permanent damage to the eyes. The only way to look at the sun is indirectly or through a special filter. The link here gives further information on safety and ways to make a simple eclipse viewer. http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/eclipse-tips-safety.html

The link here will be streaming live pictures of the eclipse. http://live.slooh.com/stadium/live/the-total-solar-eclipse-of-2015
Fingers crossed for clear skies!!

 

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Happy St Patrick’s Day

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Wishing all of our staff, students, parents and guardians a very happy St Patrick’s Day on Tuesday. Please remember that the college is open as usual on Monday 16th March. We look forward to seeing all students in on time on Wednesday 18th March to resume classes.

Parent Association Survey Results

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A small group of parents carried out a survey through our website to see what level of support exists for the reforming of the currently dissolved Parent Association and to clarify its role in the college. There were 84 responses in total which is somewhat disappointing given the number of parents involved in the school. This small group of parents thank those who responded to the survey and would like to give a flavour of the survey results to the larger community of parents/guardians.

73% of respondents felt that a Parent Association has an important role in the effectiveness of a school. 56% of parents/guardians who responded were willing to volunteer some time to assist the Parent Association in the work they do to support the school.

The group of parents working on restarting the PA would now like parents who are willing to share some of their time to assist the PA to email Lccpa@mail.com or phone 016282077 giving your name, a contact number and if possible stating in what way you can help the PA. One of the parents involved will then get in touch with you. We need YOU as a parent/guardian to support the PA (whether or not you completed the survey) even if you can only support its work occasionally. Please don’t assume that someone else will respond. The school needs YOU to help the PA in whatever way you can.

The PA will use the survey results to decide on its priorities going forward. The various suggested roles of the PA were prioritised as follows:

Role Percentage of respondents that felt this was a very or somewhat important role of the PA
Consultation regarding school policies 86%
Campaigning for school building improvements and refurbishment 84%
Liaising with the parent nominees on the Board of Management 84%
Providing feedback on general school issues received from parents to the school 83%
Providing two parent nominees to sit on the Board of Management 82%
Campaigning for school extension 81%
Fundraising for the school 81%
Organising Debs function for the graduates 68%
Feeding into the school inspection process 63%
Organising social events for parents 46%

Some respondents made suggestions such as:

  • Communicating the PA meeting time and venue more clearly
  • Electing a parent representative from each class/year to improve communication
  • Increasing the visibility of the PA through a regular newsletter update
  • Run some events in partnership with students
  • Importance of having school staff attending PA meetings
  • PA should have a role in promoting school events with parent body eg sports events, concerts, musical, etc.
  • PA should have an active role in developing policies such as anti-bullying policy.

Once again thank you to those who responded to the survey and to those taking the time to read the results. We look forward to hearing from you.