Congratulations to Rochelle Agyekumah, Sarah Dwyer, Saoirse Eccles and Joyce Paulo for winning the 100m Junior relay event at West Leinster Track and Field. Congratulations also to Max Carey for winning the Junior long jump competition and the 80m hurdles. Rochelle also finished 2nd in the Junior 200m final while Aine Burke finished 4th in the Junior 800m, Yetunde Gbenle finished 6th in the Senior 3000m and Kamila Stanislawek finished 4th in the Intermediate distance race.
All students have now qualified to represent the college at the Leinster school finals. Thanks to Mr Nolan and Ms O’Sullivan for helping all our athletes.
Our 6th year students are busy preparing for the Leaving Cert written exams in June while still managing to cope very well with current Irish language orals.
The French and German orals and music practicals went very smoothly. Upcoming art, engineering and construction practicals and the LCVP exam will be happening within the next 2 weeks. Best of luck to all.
The students of Lucan Community College’s Amnesty group are participating in a 12 hour “sleep out” from 8pm on Friday April 17th till 8am on Saturday 18th. The aim is to bring to light the issue of homelessness both in Ireland and abroad. As this is a sponsored event, funds will be raised to donate to Amnesty International, who campaigns for human rights in Ireland and worldwide.
The students will be taking part in the “give it up” campaign that Amnesty is running. Not only are the students giving up their beds, but they are also giving up the use of technology for twelve hours. During these twelve hours, the thirty students participating will be scattered around the outdoor courtyard, to give them a realistic view of what sleeping rough is like. The students will be limited to what they can bring, necessities like warm clothing and a sleeping bag being their priority.
“This is about more than raising money, it’s about raising awareness” says Amy Cassidy, a fourth year member of the school’s Amnesty International group. Students have visited 1st year classes to educate them about the issue of homelessness. Students of the Amnesty group, have invited journalists, photographers and a number of public representatives to come to the school between 8pm and 9 pm to publicize the event and highlight the issue of homelessness. The college is extremely proud of the students and the work they are doing under the leadership of teachers Ms McCarthy and Ms O’Gara to highlight this important issue.
A well-attended meeting on Monday 13th April saw the formation of a new Parent Association Committee. The parents present represented every year group in the school and held a positive and productive discussion about the role of the Parent Association of Lucan Community College. The roles of the committee members were outlined and parents volunteered for the roles. The Committee members are:
Chairperson: Mark Lyons
Vice-chairperson: Sandra Coleman
Secretary: Arlene Hughes
Vice-Secretary: Áine Kelly
Treasurer: Mary Flannery
Vice-Treasurer: Aideen Quinn
The role of PRO supporting use of social media to promote the work of the Parent Association was filled by Richard Varney.
A new male parent nominee was sought for the Board of Management and Fintan Hanley was appointed to this position. Thanks were expressed to Paddy Duffy who has served as male parent nominee for many years. The female parent nominee is Shona Hayes. Many other parents present committed to attending meetings regularly and a range of ideas and suggestions were gathered to form the structure of the agenda for the first official meeting of the newly formed Association which takes place on Tuesday 5th May 2015 at 7.30pm. The Principal agreed to attend meetings of the PA where possible.
Meetings were set for 7.30pm on the 1st Tues of every month, will take place in the college and all parents are requested to attend as many meetings as possible to strengthen the role of the PA. The PA want to be a real voice for the parent body and contact can be made with the PA association members through the college office or by using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Possible agenda items for this meeting were suggested including:
- Fundraising ideas and developing a calendar of fundraising events
- Involving more parents in the PA – including use of social media to promote the work of the Association
- Applying appropriate pressure to ensure that the Extension process proceeds speedily
- Update on running of debs (a number of parents volunteered to help to collect the next instalment of ticket money at 1-2pm on 24th April)
Other ideas in relation to the role of the PA included:
- Keeping close contact with the student council to ensure that the PA are aware of issues of importance to the students
- Consulting on policies that are reviewed by the school
Please consider volunteering to assist with some of the work of the association and attending meetings whenever possible.