As we start into the midterm break here is our first newsletter of the 2015/16 school year to bring you up to date with all of the school news. Enjoy the read! Click here to read the October newsletter.
Dublin and Dun Laoghaire confirmed this morning that they are in receipt of correspondence from the Department of Education and Skills which allows the extension project to move on. The Department has approved the proposed changes of rooms and functions as proposed by the design team following a review of the current schedule of accommodation and the schedule of future use. In issuing this approval and seeking some additional information from the design team, the Department is happy for the project to now progress to the completion of stage 2A. The DoES information will be reviewed and decisions made by the ETB team as to how to progress the project to the next stage and work on this is commencing immediately.
Thanks to all of those who have been raising awareness of the delays with the process. Please continue to raise awareness of the need for an extension and refurbishment works in the College through all appropriate channels. Our Transition Year students are taking to social media as part of an awareness raising project about the school extension.
The new building and extension will include a full sized Gym and Fitness Suite, a Library, new specialist Art, Science, Home Economics, Technology, Design and Communications Graphics and Computer rooms and additional general classrooms, locker areas and storage areas. An improved student entrance area and refurbished office with a dedicated parent meeting room are also on the plans. It will also involve a traffic management solution including a drop-off area within the school grounds which should help to resolve some of the ongoing traffic issues at the school gates.
Our students deserve a building that matches the quality of education they receive and that meets the needs of a modern second level student in a rapidly changing world.
Maths Week runs in the college from 12th-16th October this year. During the week all first and second year students will be encouraged to design a maths week poster. These will be displayed on Monday and prizes will be provided for the best in each class. Please encourage your son/daughter to use their mathematical imagination when designing their poster and keep their Maths Eyes open!
Maths games and competitions will take place in F1 and F3 at lunchtime everyday next week so we encourage all students to come along and join in.
Dont forget to enter the online Manga High competition – all students scoring over 100 points receive a medal from the website company. The website for Mangahigh is here and your maths teacher will provide the relevant login information.
Check out the Mathseyes website also.
To find out more about Mathsweek and various events taking place to celebrate it look at the the Mathsweek website.
Holocaust Survivor to speak to students, staff and parents at Lucan Community College
Tomi Reichental will speak about his experiences while in Bergen Belsen concentration camp in 1944, to an audience of Senior History and German students, staff and parents. This will be a very special occasion for our college. Students are looking forward to get an unique and personal insight into this tragic event in world history. There are a small number of tickets available through the front office for parents of students who would like to listen to Tomi’s presentation.
Date : Tuesday October 13th
Venue : Lucan Community College
Time : 11 am
- Tomi Reichental was born in Piestany in Slovakia in 1935.
- He was nine years old in 1944 when the Nazis deported him with his mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin and brother to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany.
- He survived, along with his mother, brother, aunt and cousin.
- Tomi lost 35 members of his family in the Holocaust.
- He came to Ireland in 1959. Tomi lives in Dublin.
- He won Person of the Year award in 2014.
- He wrote his autobiography “ I was a boy in Belsen” and made two documentaries about his experience, “Till the Tenth Generation” and “Close to Evil” which were both shown on RTE.
- He speaks to school students in order to pass on the lessons of history.
Lucan Community College Parents Association have issued this appeal to all current, past and future parents in the catchment area: “Please lobby your politicians and public representatives in relation to further delays that have been experienced in progressing the planned school extension”. A draft letter is provided below along with some email addresses that may be suitable recipients for your communication. The Parents Association is liaising with the Board of Management of the College to try to ensure that the extension will be ready for September 2018 in line with the increased student intake agreed for 2016. Students in Lucan Community College deserve a school building that matches the excellent teaching and learning provision in the school. The PA AGM is on Tuesday 6th October and the main agenda item is the delay on the extension process.
To whom it may concern,
An extension to Lucan Community College is provided for in the current Five Year Construction Programme. However, the Building Programme is stalled at the moment.
It was the hope of the Board of Management of Lucan Community College that the project would have been progressed by now to stage 2B so that a planning application could have been submitted before the end of 2015.
To date, the project has not even reached the approval of the revised schedule of accommodation despite the submission of all relevant documentation by the design team last May. As a result, a planning application will not likely be submitted this year and the overall delays to the project may now mean that the target opening date of September 2018 may not be met.
I don’t understand why the Department of Education & Skills has not authorised the project to progress to Stage 2A given that this project is included in the current Five Year Construction Programme.
I am requesting that you:-
- Seek to immediately authorise the project to progress to Stage 2A
- Seek to expedite the preparation and submission of the planning application, preferably no later than Spring 2016
- Confirm that the target opening date of September 2018 will be met
- Accommodate the attendance of a staff representative of Lucan Community College at all future meetings held by official at the Department of Education and the DDLETB regarding the progression of this building project so that the Board of Management can remain fully aware of all progress.
Lucan is in dire need of secondary school places and it is vital that this extension goes ahead on schedule.
I await hearing from you,
Department of education - Minister Jan O’Sullivan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please read the important Garda notice to parents HERE about traffic issues in the vicinity of the college. In particular we ask the cooperation of students, parents and visitors to the college as follows:
- Pedestrians -
- please follow the rules of road when travelling to/from school;
- please use side gates (not the main car entrance) and keep on the footpath.
- Cyclists -
- please follow the rules of road when travelling to/from school;
- dismount from your bicycle when entering school grounds;
- wear a helmet for your safety;
- lock your bike securely at bike racks provided and do not leave the bike in school overnight;
- ensure that your bike is well lit during the darker months of the year.
- Motorists -
- please avoid parking anywhere near the front entrance of the college;
- parking within the school grounds is for staff only;
- if your child has a mobility issue please contact the office for special arrangements;
- try to use other areas near the school for drop-off and collection purposes to avoid congestion at our school entrance.
- encourage your son/daughter to walk/cycle to school or to use public transport where possible.
Thank you for your assistance in keeping our school environment a safe place for students.
Applications for 1st year 2017 are now open. Application forms have been delivered to all schools listed in our enrolment policy which can be accessed here and and also available from the College Office. Parents/guardians of pupils in 5th class primary are asked to ensure that they return the completed forms to the front office and to collect the stamped receipt as proof of application by the deadline of 4.30pm Friday 23rd October. Applications received after this date will be classified as late applications and are placed at the bottom of the list for processing. The college will not hold an Open Night this year but successful applicants for 2017 will be invited to an open evening next year in order to learn more about their subject option choices.