The Lucan Community College annual Christmas concert was a huge hit again this year as it brought festive cheer to all in attendance last night.
The concert, now in its 14th year, wowed students, past-students, parents and staff with a beautiful choral tribute to Christmas.
The level of performance was incredibly high with each and every note savoured by those in attendance.
There was also some beautiful individual performances with Emma and Rachel Kilroy performing ‘Mary, Did you know’ in an acoustic duet and Darragh Bacon and Domhnaill Ó’ Corragáin providing a haunting performance of the Fleet Foxes ‘White Winter Hymnal’.
Gail Elise also performed a beautiful solo rendition of ‘Where are you Christmas’ from the movie The Grinch.
Traditional festive favourites were also on show with Jordan Murphy singing a pitch perfect rendition of ‘The Christmas Song’ by Nat King Cole while a beautifully performed,multi-lingual version of ‘Silent Night’ by Ana Gayubo Kinch, Anna O’Connor, Anna Wanic and Ellie Sisk in first year drew rapturous applause from the audience.
The Lucan Community College Chamber Choir put in another outstanding performance throughout the evening with rousing renditions of ‘Jingle Bells’, ‘Hark the Herald’ and ‘Oh come, All ye faithful’.
The Chamber Choir, led expertly by Mr Duffy, ended on a high with their beautiful, show-ending performance of ‘Holy night’.
As usual, Mr. Purcell got to show his full range of skills with his piano accompaniment in an evening that also saw Ms. Suttle join the Chamber Choir for this special celebration. Thank you also to all the teachers who helped create the Christmas setting for the concert and to Ms Quirke and Ms Malone for helping with the festive food on the night.
There was even enough time for one more final festive Jingle Bells before all got to enjoy the mulled wine and mince pies to complete the college’s Christmas celebration with our community.
As admission was free, the college gave the audience an opportunity to contribute to a local charity at the end of the concert. This raised almost €200 for the NCBI and the work they do with people with sight issues all around Ireland.
A huge thank you to Mr. Duffy and each member of the Chamber Choir, the time spent practicing for this night was hugely appreciated by all lucky enough to be there to witness this special Christmas moment.
Lucan Community College’s Amnesty Group was very busy today as they became Amnesty Elves and delivered shoe donations to Oxfam Ireland.
A big thank you to all students, parents and staff who donated shoes as part of Human Rights Day refugee solidarity action.
The shoes created an amazing display as part of our Human Rights Day in the college and we are delighted to be able to pass them on to a worthy charity in Oxfam so that they can continue to do their great work.
A big thank you to Ms. Doyle and Ms. McCarthy and the LCC Amnesty Group for their tireless work throughout this campaign.
On Wednesday 13th December, the Lucan Community College senior debating team were victorious against Luttrellstown Community College in the league phase of the Concern Debates 2017/2018.
The team included Matthew Graham, Blaithnaid Henry, Rhiannon Withero and was captained by Gayatri Sangra.
The team opposed the motion, ‘Young people today are indifferent to the problems of the Developing World’.
Our team successfully proved that they are a fantastic example of young people who are taking action by tackling some of the most important issues facing the world today.
The team will now take a well deserved break from debating until they face Holy Family Community School on the 18th January 2018.
A big thank you to Ms. Mulhern and congratulations to all involved!
We are delighted to announce that the Lucan Community College Annual Christmas concert takes place this Thursday Dec 21st at 8pm in the college.
All are welcome to this special festive event. Admission on the night is free.
Thank you to Mr Duffy for organizing this magical event in our school calendar and we hope to see you there.
This week’s literacy quote of the week comes from the Religion department who have chosen a quote from Buddha to enlighten all in our community as we approach the Christmas break.
“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” Buddha
The life story of the Buddha begins in Lumbini, near the border of Nepal and India, about 2,600 years ago, where the man Siddharta Gautama was born.
Although born a prince, he realized that conditioned experiences could not provide lasting happiness or protection from suffering.
“I teach because you and all beings want to have happiness and want to avoid suffering. I teach the way things are.”
The Buddha decided he had to leave his royal responsibilities and his family in order to realize full enlightenment. He left the royal palace secretly and set off alone into the forest.
Over the next six years, he met many talented meditation teachers and mastered their techniques. Always he found that they showed him mind’s potential but not mind itself.
Finally, at a place called Bodhgaya, the future Buddha decided to remain in meditation until he knew mind’s true nature and could benefit all beings.
After spending six days and nights cutting through mind’s most subtle obstacles, he reached enlightenment on the full moon morning of May, a week before he turned thirty-five.
This state of unconditional and lasting happiness has become known as the state of enlightenment.
After his enlightenment, Buddha traveled on foot throughout northern India for the next forty-five years where he taught others how to reach this same state.
“I can die happily. I have not kept a single teaching hidden in a closed hand. Everything that is useful for you, I have already given. Be your own guiding light.”
Buddha’s non-dogmatic teachings still characterize Buddhism today.
On December 7th, we celebrated human rights day. Our team worked together cohesively, to bring light to human rights abuses all over the world. We did this in many different ways.
We again ran a very successful “Write for Rights” campaign where we chose three cases: the Turkish Ten, Ni Yulan and Shackelia Jackson. We ran a stall in our school raising awareness by signing petitions and our write for rights postcards.
Our centrepiece was a very thought provoking display to show solidarity with refugees. It was the word ‘WELCOME’ spelled out in shoes in our main court yard. The shoes are symbolic of the long journey refugees take to flee their country to gain safety. We then donated the shoes to Oxfam.
The poetry competition continued to grow in quality. This year both 1st and 2nd years vastly exceeded our expectations. Every winner shed a light on human rights issues, through powerful poetry.
Our poster/art competitions had some amazing talent, young people combining art and articles of the declaration of human rights.
The “Great LCC Bake Off ” is getting bigger every year and we had very talented and creative bakers. Students, teachers and parents all got involved to make human rights cakes and included healthy cakes.
Overall the events were very successful. We would like to thank all the students and teachers who took part and to the English, RE, C.S.P.E and Home Economics Departments and the LCC Amnesty group.
Written by Lee, Cian – On behalf of LCC Amnesty Group
Lucan Community College staff, students and parents rallied together again this Christmas 2017 to raise much needed funds for St. Vincent de Paul.
The entire school community have embraced this special fundraising for SVP over the last number of years and it has grown both in strength and numbers.
The year staff and students continued with the tradition of the secret bag collection during morning registration. This allows for secret donations to be given in a pressure free capacity.
Lucan Community College’s commitment to the work of St. Vincent de Paul goes back many years having started in 1986.
In our old school building in Lucan Village, currently the site of Lucan Youthreach, staff and students made Christmas hampers that were distributed by SVP throughout the local community.
This Christmas 2017 has seen a further increase in pressure for families in difficulty. We hope that the funds we raise as a school community alleviate these pressures for some in our community.
If you or someone you know are in need of help this Christmas please contact St Vincent de Paul.
The college would like to thank Ms. Ryan for her continued dedication and commitment to this annual fundraising event.
This year we would also like to thank Ms Walsh and Ms. Mulhern for helping to organising the secret collection and also to the Transition Year and 6th year Prefect teams.
This week’s whole-school literacy quote comes from the history department. They have chosen a quote from an Irish politician who has become famous in modern times for his perceptive and often prophetic quotes.
Edmund Burke (12 January 1730 – 9 July 1797) was born in Dublin and became infamous as an Irish political philosopher, Whig politician and statesman. Burke is often regarded as the father of modern conservatism.
“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it”
Over his long career Edmund Burke fought five great political battles: for more equal treatment of Catholics in Ireland; against British oppression of the 13 American colonies; for constitutional restraints on royal patronage; against the power of the East India Company in India; and most famously, against the dogma of the French Revolution.
The common theme in Burke’s battles is his detestation of injustice and the abuse of power.
In modern times, Edmund Burke has become famous for his prophetic quotes that ring as true today as they did in the 1700s. These include the famous quote that the history department have taken for this week’s literacy quote, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it” but also “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”.
Other Burkean quotes include “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little” and “The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse”.
We encourage all parents to discuss this week’s quote with their children and for students to record it in their journal or their quote copy.
Thanks again to the Language, Literacy and Numeracy team for developing the quotes of the week concept and for coordinating each department to contribute towards it.