Our annual German Exchange trip took place as usual during February. This year marked our 26th Exchange with our partner school Gymnasium Münchberg. Fourteen of our Transition year German students travelled with their German teacher Colette Clarke and accompanied by their TY coordinator Johanna Williams. What a wonderful time was had by everyone involved.
An action packed programme was planned by our German friends and from the moment we landed on German soil it was all go. Students spoke German and experienced the German culture on a first hand basis. They spent time in Berlin and got to see all the wonderful sights and landmarks. Bamberg and Mödlareuth were visited as were the Donald Duck museum in Schwarzenbach.
The Lord Mayor (Bürgermeister) welcomed our group warmly and two of our students thanked their German partners, teachers and families for a wonderful time…”Danke, danke, danke!”
School was attended on a daily basis and students attended many classes, including History, Geography, German, Music (with the principal Herr Koppitz) and Science (where they made Gummi bärchen – jellies).
An enjoyable evening was also had at the Ballet performance of Romeo and Julliet in Hof.
Many students got the opportunity to go skiing with their German families at the weekend. There was plenty of snow and many got to see Jakob, a giant snowman 13 metres high in Bishofsgrün.
The German food was delicious according to our students and the host families found our Irish students to be very well mannered and a joy to host. Overall, it was a fantastic experience.
Thanks students for being wonderful ambassadors. You were a credit to yourselves and your families and your teachers were very proud of you all. You participated in everything in a positive and respectful manner.
Well done to the German department and especially to Colette Clarke and Johanna Williams for accompanying our wonderful students on this memorable exchange.
Congratulations to Mr Manning, a PME teacher in our Music department, for his beautiful performance as the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah in Maynooth University last week.
Mr Manning has been with us since September of this academic year where his love of music has seen him combine his teaching duties with his stage performances.
Mr Manning continues with his successful music career with two upcoming performances in April and May.
For anyone looking to witness his extraordinary musical talent, he will take to the stage in Castletown House on April 7th at 7.30pm for one more performance of Handel’s Messiah.
This will be followed by Sondheim’s Side by Side in the National Concert Hall on May 22nd.
On Monday 13th March, 18 first year students from classes Freeman and Roche attended a concert and a workshop organised by the French Embassy for “Le mois de la Francophonie”.
Students were enthusiastic and delighted to sing with Caroline Moreau some famous French songs like “Les cactus” by Jacques Dutronc.
During this workshop Caroline asked students to come up on the stage.
We were delighted as one of our students, Anna O’Connor volunteered to sing with her. They sang “Tous les garçons et les filles de mon âge” by Françoise Hardy.
Congratulations Anna for having the courage to sing in French in front of a large group of people.
Also well done to our wonderful group of students for your involvement and excellent behaviour. T
hanks to Madame Gonzalez and Ms. O’Gara for taking the time to organise this wonderful experience for her students.
Students from Lucan CC gave an outstanding performance in the National Concert Hall on Tuesday evening at the DDLETB Festival of Music.
The group, consisting of 50 students, performed a medley of Aslan songs.
Along with a little help from Ms Conway, the students arranged the instrumental and vocal parts for the performance.
Jordan Murphy led the group at the piano and Griffin Harris gave an amazing performance as lead vocalist.
The group consisting of students from all year groups, brought a very positive energy to the evening and were a credit to the school in every regard.
A number of our students also took part in the DDLETB main choir and a special mention to Darragh Bacon who sang a beautiful solo in the choirs’ arrangement of The Parting Glass.
Ms Conway and the students would like to thank staff and parents for their support throughout the year.
Also, a special word of thanks to Ms Joy, Ms Monaghan, Ms Birnie, Ms Clarke for all their help and generosity with their time both in the lead up and on the night.
The final thank you must go to Ms Conway who put in so much time of her own time ensuring the students were able to shine on the night and in doing so created memories that will last long into the future.
As part of their History studies of pre-Christian Ireland, 1st Year class McVerry and class Roche visited Newgrange over two days this week.
The students were brought on a guided tour of the monument and then explored the Bru na Boinne grounds.
The students got to experience a recreation of the sun lighting up the chamber on the Winter Solstice and a few even got to follow the path of the light today from the floor of the inner chamber.
A very enjoyable day was had by all.
Class McVerry were accompanied by their class tutor Ms Cormac and class Roche were accompanied by their tutor Mr Callaghan. Thank you to their history teachers Ms McCarthy and Ms Doherty for organising the event and bringing the students on both days also.
Last Thursday our first year boy’s soccer team played against Coolmine Community School in the West Dublin Final.
The game was played in prefect conditions in Leixlip United sports ground. These sides had met previously in the opening round of the league where Coolmine proved to be too strong for Lucan, making the most of their home advantage on that day.
This time Lucan were ready for battle and we quick off the mark putting a lot of pressure on the Coolmines defence.
Shane Broderick and Leo Myers dominated the midfield battle and it was only a matter of time until the deadlock was broken.
Paul Gbenle opened the score line for Lucan 25 minutes into the contest after and a shot from Gerard Gorman was blocked by the Coolmine keeper and then finished to the net.
However Coolmine found their rhythm in the second half and scored twice in 20 minutes. Time went against Lucan and Coolmines were crowned West Dublin champs on a score line of 3-1.
It was a terrific performance by the team and despite the result everyone should be very proud of not just reaching the final but by their performance on the day.
A huge thanks must go to managers Mr. Upton and Mr.Spillane for all their time and effort in coaching the team.
Lucan CC progress to the Leinster semi finals after thrilling victory against Grennan College, Kilkenny
Lucan CC emerged 4-3 victors in a Leinster cup quarter final that had all the elements of an epic Hollywood sporting drama.
In a game that saw a man sent off, a converted penalty, a saved penalty, a red card, rattled woodwork and wonder goals the lads from Lucan CC showed immense heart and determination to emerge victorious.
After dominating possession in the opening 10 minutes, Lucan CC saw themselves 1-0 down after a quick break in a classic counter acting move.
Lucan equalised with a superb strike from Daniel Gaffney following a text book training ground routine involving Ciaran Behan and captain Daniel Grant.
The half progressed in pretty much the same fashion with the Dublin side dominating possession but failing to take advantage on the scoreboard.
The start of the second half saw Lucan concede a penalty early.
Goalkeeper Imrich Toth save expertly from the spot-kick but the rebound fell nicely to lads from Kilkenny who converted to reassert their lead.
However the lads from Dublin had an opportunity very soon after to level the match when they were awarded their own penalty but the ball hit the crossbar and Kilkenny cleared their lines.
Manager Colum O’Gorman was forced into a substitution when Callum Jones was injured and needed to be replaced by Ireland U-17 international Josh Giorgiu.
It didn’t take long for the youngest squad member to show exactly why he deserves his place in this senior squad.
He shot sublimely from outside the box to score an absolute wonder goal to level proceedings at 2-2.
In the continuation of this ding dong battle Kilkenny reclaimed the lead following a free kick just outside the box with Lucan unfortunate to concede as it went in off one of their own players.
In what will clearly be seen in the future as a managerial masterclass, O’Gorman replaced Jack Colgan with Conor Finn who rose exquisitely to score a peach of a goal after getting his head to a super cross from Amos Nohilly.
The tie, now poised at 3-3 had been a thrilling encounter up to this point, but the final 10 minutes proved the most dramatic.
With a Herculean effort which saw all of the Lucan lads commit to the cause and rally to support each other Josh Giorgiu popped up again with a strike that sent the Lucan team, subs and supporters into a ferocious frenzy of euphoric celebrations.
The strike, albeit scored by an individual, perfectly epitomised the lads’ dogged determination and will to fight to the end.
Within minutes Kilkenny had regrouped and some tricky ball carrying saw Lucan CC mistime a tackle and find themselves down to 10 men with 6 mins of normal time left.
The lads dug deep and used all of their mental reserve to come out on top which also saw Kilkenny hit the woodwork with the last kick of the game from an excellently taken free kick.
There were amazing individual performances on display during the game but it was the overall team performance at the end of the encounter that enabled Lucan CC to emerge triumphant.
A Leinster senior semi final awaits for a super bunch of young men.
Huge congratulations must go to Mr O’Gorman and Mr Duffy for their work with the Senior Boys team. Thanks also to Mr Duffy for providing this match report.
This week’s literacy quote comes from the English Department. They have chosen a quote from the famous Irish poet William Butler Yeats.
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” W. B. Yeats
William Butler Yeats (13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of world 20th century literature.
Yeats helped to found the Abbey Theatre, which remains Ireland’s foremost theatre for stage productions. He was also a school inspector and in his later years served as an Irish Senator for two terms.
The English department have also included a second quote from Plutarch that supports the sentiments expressed by W. B. Yeats.
“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” Plutarch