A fantastic graduation ceremony was had by all 6th year students, their guests, tutors, teachers, staff of LCC and year head Mr David Byrne on Wednesday 20th May. Thanks to all who helped make this event a huge success and a fitting farewell to these lovely, mature and responsible 125 students. 6th year student of the Year was awarded to Jenny Bowler with Jane Doran receiving the Gannon Shield for the Overall Student of the College for this year.
It is now time to complete the reenrolment form for 2015/16 so that we can ensure that we hold places for returning students and offer available places to new applicants. Please print, complete and return the form to the front office before Thursday 28th May. The form is available here.
Details of the purpose of the voluntary contribution and of the MIT online payment system are available here.
Our trip to Stratford was a great success. Students visited Warwick Castle for a tour and on a visit to Holy Trinity Church they saw the place where William Shakespeare was buried. They also saw a performance of “The Death of a Salesman” by the Royal Shakespeare Company. On Friday students went to Shakespeare’s birthplace, Ann Hathaway’s cottage, and Mary Arden’s farm. At night students were entertained by a ghost walk around Stratford with a rather scary man called Vincent.
On Saturday students visited Alton Towers and tried as many rides as possible. Throughout the tour students were complimented on their behaviour, their enthusiasm and their standard of questions. Students wish to thank Ms Mellett and Ms O’Donoghue for a wonderful tour. Thanks to Hollie (2nd yr) for providing the information for this article.
The Lucan Community College Amnesty group had a successful sleep out on Friday 17th April. Thirty two students, composed of transition years and fifth years, slept outside in the school’s courtyard to raise awareness for the issue of homelessness. They were visited by TDs Robert Dowds and Derek Keating, who each gave talks about their experience in working with the homeless. The students raised questions with the TDs. In particular, Blanaid Smyth asked about the mental health of people who are or were once homeless. She asked Derek Keating ” Why is counselling not being offered to people who have obviously gone through an exceptionally hard time?” Ruby Lawlor questioned the lack of housing for the homeless and why there is not enough being done to improve the crisis. The group was promised that these questions would all be raised in the Dáil at the next possible opportunity.
The students were dispersed around the courtyard in small groups to give them a somewhat realistic image of what being homeless is like. Some students used cardboard to sleep on whilst others slept on the cold hard ground. All the students used sleeping bags and pillows but were still freezing from the bitter wind. Although the participants all wore multiple layers many still felt under dressed. David Gartland said “If I had known it would be this cold I would’ve worn more socks!”
The sleep out event not only made the students involved more conscious of the struggles of sleeping rough, but it also made the school as a whole more aware. First year’s S.P.H.E. classes and fourth year tutorials were used to educate students on the issue of homelessness with classes facilitated by members of the amnesty group. There were also educational posters put up around the school highlighting the issue.
Returning to school the following Monday, it’s evident the impact that the event has had on all the students. None of them feels the same way about the topic of homelessness and everyone wishes to continue the fight for this basic human right. Our thanks to Ms McCarthy, Ms O’Gara and the teachers who participated in the sleep-out.
This year’s TY musical saw packed houses for four nights as the Sharks and Jets took to the stage. Here are a sample of photos from the performance which drew positive reviews from Lucan to Cork. DVDs of the performance will soon be on sale. Congratulations to all of the students who gave such a spirited performance and to all involved backstage, front of house and in a variety of support roles. Thanks to Mr Duffy and Ms Conway for all of their hard work with the students throughout the year.
We were delighted when 2nd year students Darragh Bacon and Oisín O’Sullivan were awarded the Overall Best Project trophy in the national Scratch Programming Competition for 2015 with their project “Return to… Forest of the Dead” recently. This year there were over 800 entries to the competition with only 25 qualifying for the finals (two of which were from Lucan Community College). The 25 finalists were required to make a poster about their game/animation and to present it to judges and members of the public in the Dublin Castle Printworks Conference Centre on 30/4/15 as part of Techweek. Both the winning project and Conall Tuohy’s project “Adventure Quest” were very well received by visitors to their stands.
Scratch is a computer programming language used to create games and animations. It is a fun way to be introduced to coding and the IT industry. The user can create their project by connecting a variety of “blocks” together to get the desired outcome. The National Scratch Competition was started in 2010 as a way of encouraging young people to get involved in coding. Since then it has run annually and is growing in popularity to this day. The competition is open to schools and “coderdojos” (which are independent voluntary-run coding clubs) around the country.
Thanks to Ms McCarthy and Ms Gaffney for their support for the students throughout the year in Scratch Club. The projects can be viewed on http://www.scratch.ie/competition with a video showing the different events of Techweek here.
Congratulations to the Minor Girls (Under 15) soccer team who made a huge achievement this year in reaching the Leinster Semi-Final. They were magnificent throughout the game last Friday and were very close to getting to extra time before St Laurences’ scored quick goals in injury time at a frantic end to the match. The girls eventually lost the game 4-1 but gave everything on the pitch against last years finalists and an older team. Well done to all the team and squad who were amazing throughout the year, never missing a training session and always positive and polite. Particular mention to Lucy Varney who was player of the game in the semi-final with a string of fine saves that kept Lucan in the game throughout. Team coach Mr Brett envisages great things ahead for the team next year with nearly all eligible to play again in the same competition – so watch this space.