The staff of Lucan Community College would like to wish all of our students, parents/guardians and wider community and friends a very happy Christmas. Thank you so much for the lovely cards and treats dropped in by students and parents to the staff – much appreciated. Thank you for all you have done to contribute to a positive educational experience for all in 2016 and we invite you to continue to make a real contribution to our community in 2017. Wishing you all time to relax, to reflect and to celebrate the important things in life over the holiday period.
Best wishes, Diane Birnie, Andrew Purcell and all the team in LCC.
Our Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) staff and student committees ran an entertaining and successful Pleonasm Treasure Hunt in November. This consisted of students searching the school for ‘Pleonasms’ posted throughout the school.
What is a Pleonasm? It is simply the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea! ‘Tuna Fish’ (no need for the ‘fish’ as tuna is a fish!)
Prizes were awarded to Cristina Houlihan, Irene Aniboh, Gabriele Kolesnikovaite, Sam Fay and Nicky Yep.
On Friday October 21st, a group of 50 First Year students climbed Montpellier Hill to the site of an archaeological dig taking place next to the famous ‘Hell fire Club’. There they were met by archaeologist Neil Jackman and his team from Amarta Heritage who explained to them that they were excavating the site of a Neolithic Passage Grave dating back about 5,000 years (i.e. a tomb which would have been similar to Newgrange at one point). The students were able to see the dig in action, the tools being used, the procedures and methodology being followed and had a Q and A session with Neil at the site. He showed them a Polished Stone Axe discovered just a couple of days previously. This was a wonderful opportunity for our History students who cover the topic of an Archaeologist on a dig as part of their Junior Cert History course. Thanks to Mr Byrne and Ms Hayes for bringing the students on this trip.
Congratulations to past pupils Eric Neville, Sean Buckley and Ravshan Khamdamov who each received a UCD Entrance Scholars Award on 16 November as a result of their excellent Leaving Certificate results. Year Head Mr O’Connor attended the event on behalf of the school and is pictured with the trio in the photo above. Abraham Odukoya travelled to the University of Limerick to be awarded an All Ireland Scholarship because of the high standard of his Leaving Certificate results. Sean Murtagh, a graduate from 2015, also received a DCU Academic Scholarship Award recently.
The staff of Lucan Community College congratulate these students who were among the top achievers in the country in their graduation year and wish them every success in their 3rd level studies and beyond.
Many students are off-site on educational trips facilitated by their hard-working teachers including the following: TY Spanish trip to the IFI followed by Tapas!, LCVP trips to the library and Chocolate Factory, TY Geography classes trips to the OSI and the beach in December! Senior Art classes visited IMMA recently.
Many in-school workshops that occur in school compliment the many forms of learning and development of all of our students – Music iPad workshops; 1st, 2nd and TYs all participated in the ‘Childwatch’ internet safety workshops in school; TY CSI workshops; 6th year students are being given the opportunity to listen to visiting speakers form many different colleges and universities during their weekly class of Career Guidance; French Theatre workshops… to name a few.
Great news stories regarding Sports in LCC:
Basketball Girls U16 and U19 teams have reached the Dublin Finals which will be held in Inchicore next Wednesday 7th December.
Boys Senior Rugby team are playing Pres Carlow in the Leinster ‘A’ Shield Semifinal next Monday 5th December in Kildare.
U19 and U16 Girls Soccer keep on winning…top of their leagues at present after trips to Kilkenny and North Dublin. Great displays from 1st year boys and girls playing in the Futsol league.
Girls Camogie are two from two so far, beating St Mary’s Glasnevin in a thrilling encounter.
Senior boys soccer, having scored 15 goals in the last 2 games, are looking to run away with the title this year again – through to the knock outs with Daniel Grant as top scorer with 9!
U18 GAA footballers are only just beginning their league campaigns. … more to follow.