We have just been advised that the Department of Education and Skills review of Stage 2A is now complete. Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board will shortly receive written notification that we can now proceed to Stage 2B. The design team will then begin the Stage 2B work which has as its stated objectives to:
As a community we are absolutely delighted with the news that our much needed extension has moved ahead to the next stage of planning. This represents a huge step forward for Lucan Community College, our students, teachers and parents in getting a school building to match the quality of our teaching and learning. We want to acknowledge the huge effort made by our pupils with their petition and also our Board members, parents and teachers with their individual letters to the Minister for Education and local representatives in getting the extension back on track. We also acknowledge the ongoing work of the DDLETB building team who are managing this process. We sincerely hope it now moves ahead at speed without any further delays.
Lucan Community College’s students have gathered over 750 signatures calling for immediate action by the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, on their ten year wait for their promised school extension. The students have joined together to write a letter to Minister Bruton with signatures from almost the entire student body supporting their call to action.
Lucan Community College’s students are appealing directly to the Minister for Education to take action as the extension has been again delayed in its planning stages. The Student Council organised the letter and signatures as they had become tired of the ridiculous delays that have prevented them from gaining a building suitable for education in the 21st century.
Student Council Chairperson, Ciarán Beahan said “I was in first class in primary school when the extension was first announced and yet here I am in 5th year in Lucan Community College and unbelievably we still do not have our extension”. “We want to finally stop the procrastination by the Department of Education so future generations of students in our school get the building they were promised and deserve”.
The principal of Lucan Community College, Diane Birnie, has supported the action taken by her students as their frustrations have grown over the delayed project. “The students’ independent action represents their part of an on-going whole-school effort. Members the Board of Management and Parents’ Association have also been actively campaigning to ensure the project moves ahead at speed”, said Ms. Birnie. “Our teachers and students work very hard to make Lucan Community College an excellent educational establishment, we hope this amazing effort by our students will finally result in an excellent building those efforts deserve”, explained Ms. Birnie.
The Minister for Education answered questions recently in the Dáil about the delayed extension for Lucan. In response to questions raised by local TD, Gino Kenny, the minister said that once Lucan Community College’s extension passes the various planning phases his department will prioritize funding for the project.
The students in Lucan Community College hope that the Minister for Education backs up his words with action as they look for a positive and swift conclusion to their decade long wait for a modern school building.
September 2016 was the introduction of Enterprise to many eager TY students in Lucan CC. Brainstorming, researching on the internet and guest speakers were some ways student came up with ideas for their new business. Students learned about prototypes, market research and business plans as as part of the Enterprise programme.
There were many groups but three groups stood out and all three were selected to represent Lucan CC in the South Dublin Finals of the Student Enterprise Awards 2017.
Company 1: My Experience – this is a company set up by Rhiannon Withero and Kaitlyn Byrne to assist TY students in their search for work experience.
Company 2 – Bittersweet – this company set up by Bláthnaid Henry and Gayatrai Sangra involves selling their own make up kits and providing a prosthetic make up service. This they described as “Glam and gore and so much more”.
Company 3 – SEA – this company set up by Alex O Shaughnessy, Sarah Murphy and Emer Kenny was set up to sell silver handmade jewellery.
On Wednesday the 8th March all seven girls along with their teachers Mr. Lawless and Ms. Freeman ventured to IT Tallaght for the judging. Great time and effort had been spent by the girls preparing for this and it paid off when the girls set up their displays and showed off the efforts of all their hard work. Each groups stand was visited by two judges and the groups were asked many questions about their business and business plans.
Throughout the year the girls worked extremely hard and put a huge effort into creating and building their business, their business plans and preparation for the judging.
After a busy day and a tense awards ceremony the business “My Experience” run by Rhiannon and Kaitlyn won the prestigious “Most Innovative” award in the Senior Category.
Huge congratulations are due to all three groups for all their hard work throughout the year. Well done girls and continued success to all of you in your bright futures!