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2013-2014 News archive

May

Parent newsletter

Our end of year parent newsletter was distributed to students last week and is now available here.

Good luck wishes

Best of luck from all at Lucan CC to all of our Junior Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied and Leaving Certificate students in their examinations starting Wednesday 4th June.

Don’t forget to get here in plenty of time for each exam, to use every second of the given time wisely, to attempt every question to the best of your ability and to take a wonderful Summer break when the exams are all over.

6th Year graduation photos

Transition Year graduation

Another year goes by, and the evidence of a great year for our TY students was displayed at their graduation function. Students spoke of their wonderful experiences in so many areas that make up Transition Year. The trips to Germany, Paris, Delphi, work experience, Tenderfoot Theatre, Youth Venture, media studies, fundraising, enterprise awards, Gaisce, Grease, school bank, road safety, ready or not tot all got a mention. The interview boxes which were on display around the walls summed up the huge effort which was made by the students throughout the year. The students were guided through the year by their year head Mr O’Connor and their class tutors. The TY programme was brilliantly co-ordinated by Ms. Williams. On the graduation night the students received their certificates and Student of the Year nominees and winners were announced. Mr Damien Richards was a guest speaker on behalf of Youth Venture and he took the opportunity to speak glowingly about the TY programme and the teachers in Lucan CC. Damien’s daughter graduated on the night. Ms Birnie thanked all the students, teachers and parents and wished the students the very best of luck as they moved on to 5th year.

Red Cross appeal

Well done to Samra, one of our 5th Year students, who organised a fundraiser for the Red Cross Bosnian Appeal. Samra and her family are originally from Bosnia and she was delighted that the students and teachers in Lucan CC made such an effort to help her appeal. She was very proud to be able to despatch a large amount of goods to those in need in Bosnia.

Students vs Teachers soccer

For the second year in a row the teachers team created quite a shock by beating a very talented 6th year team. After a 0-0 draw the game was decided on penalties with a 6-5 win for the teachers. The annual match is a great way to finish up the year and the game was played in a competitive but very sporting manner.

TY musical

Well done to all involved in this year’s TY musical Grease. All the hard work, hours of rehearsals, lines learned and dance routines practiced certainly paid off in spectacular fashion during last week’s three night run. Special mention to Mr. John O’Connor and Mr. John Kenny who ensured the students were so well prepared.

1st Year trip

All of our current 1st Year group had a great day out at Avon Ri Adventure centre last week. The students participated in a range of activities which included kayaking, archery, high wire and obstacle courses. The co-operation of the students was excellent throughout the day.

Sports Day

The weather stayed fine for our 1st and 2nd Year sports day. Events included soccer, basketball, dodge ball, puc fada, shot putt, athletics and penalty shoot-out. As always there was great inter-class competition. Class and individual awards will be presented at the end of the year.

Sports

Well done to Danielle Murray who has selected for the Irish U-16 soccer team, to Max Carey who won the West Leinster school U-15 long jump event and to Molly Scuffil-McCabe who has been named in the Irish u-17 Rugby Sevens squad.

Deutschmobil

Our First Year German students enjoyed an afternoon of activities and games, all thanks to the arrival of the Deutschmobil. Deutschmobil is driven by a group who visit schools and is organised by the German Teachers’ Association of Ireland. It helps promote the German language through the use of organised games and a range of interactive techniques which it provides for the students. It is quite prestigious that we were selected for this visit.

Debating

Well done both our junior and senior teams. The junior team had a great victory over Firhouse CC and our senior team were joint winners of the senior section.

Charity collection

Class Roche of 2nd year recently held an all-night sleep-over in the college. They raised 800 euro for Focus Ireland. Their fundraising efforts have continued and they hope to reach the 1000 euro mark. The students were supervised at the sleep-over by their tutor Ms Doyle and Mr.Duffy.

Scratch Club

Congrats to Oisin, Darragh and Thomas from 1st Year who participated in last week’s Scratch National Final. The students have created their own games which they demonstrated to the adjudicators at the event which took place in Dublin Castle. Scatch Club takes place in our school every Tuesday at lunchtime under the guidance of Ms. McCarthy. It is a great honour for these students to be selected for such an event. Well done to all involved.

TY musical

This year’s TY production of the hit musical Grease will take place on May 7th to May 9th. The show will start at 8pm. Our TY drama students and their teachers have put a huge amount of time and effort into preparations for the show. All support would be welcome, for a great night’s entertainment.

April

All-school walk

Our last term ended with all our students and staff taking part in a walk in the local area. The walk was part of our ongoing efforts to promote healthy and active lifestyles among our students and teachers. It was also very much in keeping with our school motto and theme for the year ofAontas. Over the previous six weeks our teachers wore pedometers to monitor their level of activity. This in itself raised awareness in our school. The initiative was proposed and organised by our PE teachers (Stephen Brett, Eoin McCraith and Fiona Coghlan). On the day of the walk, Supervalu very kindly sponsored and supplied a large quantity of fruit. Well done to all involved.

Parent newsletter

Our latest parent newsletter is now available. Please read it here.

Counting the steps

Well done to all our teachers who have participated in our 6-week Stepsprogramme. Teachers have worn pedometers in order to monitor their level of activity and reach targets for daily steps taken. This programme is part of our overall initiative to encourage healthy lifestyles among our teachers and students. As part of the programme an all-school walk will take place on April 11th. Special thanks to our PE teachers who have been the main organisers.

Oral exams

Our Leaving Cert students have just about completed their oral exams in French, German and Irish. Feedback from the students and their teachers was very positive.

History workshops

Last week, history was very much brought alive for all of our 1st and 2nd year students. All the students in these years participated in workshops which enabled them to learn about various aspects of history in a very practical way. The students’ co-operation was excellent.

Maths quiz

Well done to 3rd year students, Maiss Tazim, Sarah Walsh, Rory Stapleton and Evan Lombard who came 4th out of a total entry of 25 schools in the Junior Maths table quiz which was held in Confey College.

National Robotics Award

James Carron, Adam Mylod and David Solanke represented the school last Friday (4th April) in the Irish Junior Mini Sumo Competition. The students were entered in two competitions and they won the overall Robot Design and Programming Award out of 64 entries. This was quite an outstanding achievement and represents a huge level of ability, dedication and hard work by the students and their teacher, Mr. Kevin McGowan. The event was organised by Robotics Ireland and took place at the Radisson hotel in Galway. The students are currently in Mr. McGowan’s 5th Year Technology class. The students also got assistance in manufacture and programming of the robots from Mr. Grimes and Mr. Kearns in preparation for the competition. Well done to these students and their teachers

Easter holidays

We hope all our students, parents and staff have an enjoyable and restful Easter break. The college re-opens on Monday April 28th.

March

French trip

Our 40 TY students and their teachers had a wonderful time in Paris. The students’ behaviour and co-operation was exemplary. The trip included visits to the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre, Disneyland Paris, the Louvre and Notre Dame.

Gluais

The selection for next year’s Gluais team has taken place. Gluais is a leadership programme which we run each year for 5th Year students. Interviews took place for all of current TY applicants before the final selection of 10 students. These students will now complete a training programme in preparation for next school year when they will work with our incoming 1st year group.

Emotional Well-being Week

This week, our students and teachers participated in the National Emotional Well-being Week. There was emphasis on mental health awareness with tips each day from our prefect team to help achieve a healthier, less stressful life. On Wednesday, we had Walk in my shoesday with students and teachers wearing odd shoes which focussed on getting out of our comfort zones and try to remove any stigma associated with mental health difficulties. A collection took place with all proceeds going to St.Patrick’s Hospital Foundation who provide access to mental health services for young adults in Ireland.

Applied maths quiz

Congratulations to Gavin Pacini, Mark Hanley and James Carron who came third in the recent Dublin schools applied maths quiz.

Athletics

Congratulations to two of our students who participated in last weekend’s All-Ireland Indoor finals in Athlone. First student Saoirse Eccles reached the final of the 60 metres race and Karla Burke (2nd Year) came 3rd in the final of the 1500m walk.

The Speech

Three of our First year Junior Debating students entered into the Matheson Junior Debating competition The Speech. Each student had to make a video recreating a famous speech from history or film that was then uploaded onto Facebook where students would progress by public vote.

1st Year – Darragh - The Kings Speech
1st Year – Alex - The Hunger Games (400+votes)
1st Year – Gayatri - Helen Keller

Gayatri narrowly lost out on the 3rd finalist position. Alex and Darragh are two of three Junior Finalists. Students videos are currently before a panel of film and oratorical experts who will choose the overall winner.

Gaisce

Well done to our TY and 5th year students who completed their task for the Gaisce awards last week. 33 of the students were completing the bronze award, while two of our 5th year students, Jenny Bowler and James Carron are doing their tasks for the silver award. They were accompanied on their overnight trip by Ms. Williams, Ms. Feeney and Inion Ni Ruairi.

Theatre trip

Our 6th year students and their English teachers went to see a production of JB Keane’s play Sive in the Abbey theatre last week. This play is on their Leaving Cert course and this was a great opportunity for the students to enhance their studies. The students’ behaviour was excellent and the school was very proud to receive e-mails from members of the general public praising our students.

Paris trip

We wish the very best of luck to our 40 TY students and 4 teachers who have departed for a four day trip to Paris. We hope they have a great time and enjoy the wonderful sights of the city

Parent teacher meeting

A meeting will take place for all parents and teachers of 1st year students on Thursday 20th March at 4.15pm.

Basketball

Congrats to our senior boys basketball team who received bronze medals at the recent All-Ireland finals. They were unlucky to lose the All-Ireland semi-final to Colaiste na Sceilige. Ms. Lamont and her players should be proud of their achievements this year.

Lucan CoderDojo launch App for St Patrick’s Day

The students in CoderDojo Lucan have worked with the Lucan St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee to develop a simple app for St. Patrick’s Day in Lucan. Over the last number of weeks the students have thoroughly enjoyed designing and building the app for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Lucan. The App contains four pages detailing the parade route, what’s happening on the day, who’s taking part and some photos from previous years. The App will be available for download in the Playstore. We are looking for local businesses to help support CoderDojo Lucan to help keep CoderDojo Lucan completely free for the students to attend. Register for Lucan Coderdojo on www.coderdojolucan.com. Please note a parent or guardian must be present with each participant. CoderDojo takes place in Lucan Community College on Mondays from 5-7pm.

TY enterprise

Well done to Transition Year students, Rachel Cosgrove, Heather Wright, Katie Williams, and Katie Redmond who were highly commended at the South Dublin Enterprise Awards. Their enterprise Happy Healthy Kidsfocussed on dental hygiene for children. They were accompanied to the awards ceremony by their teacher, Mr.Colum O’Gorman and TY co-ordinator Ms. Johanna Williams.

Basketball

Best of luck to our senior boys basketball team and their coach Ms Claire Lamont who travel to the University of Limerick for the All-Ireland finals.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Our Gaeilge teachers are busy at the moment organising events for Seachtain na Gaeilge. Seomra na Gaeilge will be held daily where students can go to practice their conversation skill as gaeilge. A ceili, table quiz and yoga classes through irish are all part of the events. There are prizes for students who participate and actively use the cupla focal.

Soccer

Well done to Daragh Gannon who has been selected to play for the Irish schools team in this weekend’s international against Wales. Daragh is a 6th year student.

National Concert Hall

Two of our 1st year students, Alex Healy and Gayatri Sangra represented the college at the recent DDLETB festival of music at the NCH. They gave a great performance. Well done to the girls and their teacher Mr.Kenny.

February

Dail trip

The students from 2nd Year class Callan enjoyed their recent trip to Dail Eireann. The trip was organised by their tutor and CSPE teacher, Ms Mellett. The group was given a tour of the building and visited the Dail chamber while proceedings were taking place. They were welcomed by local TD and Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald.

Maths quiz

Well done to our Leaving Cert students who came 5th in the IMTA senior Maths competition. This was a highly creditable performance as a total of 52 teams participated.

Mid-term break

We wish all our teachers, parents and students a very enjoyable mid-term break. Our German Exchange group have already arrived in Munchberg and they will return next week. Mr Grimes, the 2nd year tutors and 63 of our 2nd year students are heading to Rome for 4 days during the break. They are looking forward to seeing all the wonderful sites of Rome and will also visit Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. We hope they have a great trip.

Art awards

Congratulations to Rachel K, Elkansa H and Rachel F who have reached the semi-finals of the adventure Doodle4Google Competition. The three girls are in Ms. Kerwick’s 2nd year art class. They hope to be selected for the final which will be decided by a public vote.

Parent teacher meeting

A meeting will take place on Tuesday 25th Feb at 4.15pm for all parents and teachers of 2nd year students. 

Coder Dojo

Coder Dojo Lucan will restart in the college on Monday 10th February from 5pm to 7pm. Please register at www.coderdojolucan.com.

Arts Week

A range of activities and event have been arranged for our annual Arts Week which takes place this week. All of our non-exam classes will be involved in workshops at various times during the week. This year’s dress-up day theme is ‘Circus’ and this will take place on Wednesday. A ‘cow parade’ is a new addition to Arts Week. Wooden cows have been designed and made by our woodwork students and will be painted by students from each of our 1st year classes. On Wednesday evening the variety show will take place in the college. A great night’s entertainment is guaranteed when many of our most talented students will take to the stage. Tickets will be available at the door. Please support.

Athletics

Well done to all our students who participated in the recent West Leinster cross-country championships. Star performer for Lucan CC was 6th year student Niamh Burke who won a bronze medal in the senior girls’ category. Niamh will now compete in the Leinster finals.

International rugby

Congratulations to Irish women’s captain Fiona Coghlan who led her team to a 59-0 win over Scotland in their opening 6 nations match. This was a great start to their campaign as they attempt to defend their grand slam title.

Basketball

Our senior boys’ team have qualified for the All-Ireland semi-finals. They won their 3 games in last week’s qualifier. Well done to Ms.Lamont and all the players.

German exchange

Ms.Clarke, Mr.Duffy and this year’s exchange programme students are off to visit our counterparts at Gymnasium Munchberg. They are all looking forward to all the events, trips, classroom visits and of course the hospitality of the German families who will host them. We wish them a safe and enjoyable time.

School uniform survey

The survey on our school uniform is now available for parents athttp://tinyurl.com/lccp3feb14 from Tuesday 9am to Thursday 4pm this week. We appreciate your opinions.

January

CEO visit/app launch

Last week we welcomed Mr.Paddy Lavelle to the college. Mr. Lavelle is the CEO of DDLETB. He was accompanied by Mr. Paul McEvoy. They visited a number of our classrooms and inspected the site for our proposed extension. As part of his visit Mr. Lavelle launched our app. This app is available from the App Store and gives a range of information and regular updates about all the various happenings in Lucan CC. Mr. Lavelle addressed the staff and highlighted the excellent reputation of the school

Maths award

Congratulations to Gelane Elises of class Roche. Gelane has won an award for her entry to a maths competition which was on the Project Maths website. The award of a trophy and 100 Euro was sponsored by Engineering Ireland. This is an outstanding achievement by Gelane who is currently studying for her Junior Cert.

Badminton

Hard luck to our senior boys badminton team who lost their county final match to Gormanston College on a 4-2 scoreline. The members were Paul Lombard, Aiden Donohue, Ryan Leung and Michael Vu. All the players were commended on their sportsmanship and skills. Well done also to their coach Ms. Gallagher. Training has now started for our junior students.

TY work experience

We wish the best of luck to all TY students who are going on two weeks work experience. We hope their time in the workplace is a beneficial experience for them all.

Mock exams

Our Leaving Cert and Junior Cert students will be taking their mocks exams over the next two weeks. Best of luck to all.

St. Vincent de Paul

Our annual collection for the local branch of St. Vincent de Paul raised 1479 Euro. The collection was co-ordinated by Ms.Ryan, and she was assisted by class Crean. Mr.Kieran McBride received the money on behalf of the St. Patricks branch which is based in Lucan. They continue to do great work in the local community and Kieran was extremely grateful to the students and staff of Lucan CC for their ongoing support.

Lucan CC win West Dublin title in a thrilling game

Lucan CC 39 Ashbourne CS 38

Victories don’t come much closer than this. With only 6 seconds left on the clock Don Harrington scored the match winning two-point basket to secure a great win for Lucan CC in the West Dublin u-19 C Final.

It was a thrilling game from start to finish with never more than a couple of points between the teams. With only 20 seconds left on the clock Lucan CC just needed to hold on to their one point lead. But Ashbourne got a great score to put them in the lead before a time-out was called by Lucan with 14 seconds remaining. Team coach and player Shane Walsh gave the instructions before the teams returned to the court. After inter play between Shane Walsh and Michael Vu, Don Harrington took the shot with 6 seconds remaining. Much to the delight of the travelling LCC supporters the shot was on target with not enough time left for the Ashbourne team to score again.

Team manager, Claire Lamont has done a great job with this group of players and hopes the success will continue as the team now go forward to the All-Ireland qualifiers.

Maths Olympiad

Three of our current TY students have been selected to participate in training for the Irish Maths Olympiad team. Eric Neville, Heather Wright and Abraham Odukoya were all selected based on their superb Junior Cert results.

Christmas concert

A huge audience attended this year’s concert which took place in the college.The Lucan CC chamber choir was accompanied by the Dublin Concert Band, and the choirs of St.Patrick’s Church, Celbridge, St Thomas’s NS and Scoil Aine, Lucan. It was a wonderful night’s entertainment. Well done to Mr. Duffy and all the singers and musicians.

December

Fiona Coghlan – Sportswoman of the Year

Congratulations from all of the Lucan CC Community to Ms Fiona Coghlan, PE and Maths teacher, who was awarded the Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year award on Friday 20th December. As captain of the Irish women’s rugby team who won the Six Nations Grand Slam this year Fiona has shared her success with the school community and by visiting schools – both local and national – has worked to promote the sport of rugby with young people and to promote health and fitness amongst young people in general. The CEO of Dublin Dun Laoghaire Education Training Board Paddy Lavelle offered his congratulations to Fiona on being such a wonderful ambassador for the sport and for Lucan Community College. We are extremely proud of Fiona and her achievements and wish her well in her preparations for 2014. The Irish Times article can be read here.

Parents’ newsletter Christmas 2013

Our Christmas newsletter is now available here for all parents to access. A paper copy can be collected from the front office for parents/guardians who do not have access to the electronic version. Wishing all of our school community a happy and healthy Christmas.

Spring term adult education classes

Our new programme for adult education is now available. Please view and enrol in our adult education classes for Spring Term at the following link:https://vecweb.vecnet.ie/web_aeccodublin/webbook/webbookcourse.html?loccode=AR&lang=gb

Queries can be addressed to Mr Jason Carey, our adult education coordinator at the school.

 

Sports

Well done to our senior gaelic team who have qualified for the knock-out stages of the championship. They beat Colaiste Chiarain in the final group match to ensure a quarter-final place. Best players on the day were William Swaine, Darren Gavin, Conor Gallagher and Jack Carey.

 

Transition Year

Our TY students have been busy completing projects in advance of their Christmas holidays. Well done to all the students who received certificates from Ms. Williams in recognition of their achievements during the first term of TY.

 

Christmas spirit

The art students in our school have been extremely busy with their paintings and decorations. They have really helped to create a Christmas spirit. Well done also to our LCA students who have created fantastic Christmas cards with all proceeds going to charity.

Christmas concert

Lucan Community College Christmas Concert 2013, with the The Dublin Concert Band and the choirs of St.Patrick’s Church Celbridge, St. Thomas’s NS and Scoil Aine, Lucan will take place on Wed. December 18th in Lucan Community College at 7.30pm. Tickets 5 euro. A great night’s entertainment is guaranteed and your support would be appreciated.

Transition Year

We were delighted with the employer reports on our students who recently completed their two week work experience placement. A post work experience review took place for all our TY students this week. Ms. Quirke took her Geography class on a trip to Donabate beach as part of their TY programme. The Super Generation team will facilitate a motivation seminar for all our students later this week.

 

Gaelic

Congrats to U-16 team who beat Colaiste Chiarain on a 2-8 to 0-5 scoreline. The team are now unbeaten in their group. Well done to Mr. McGowan, Mr. Callaghan and all the players.

Board of Management news

Two new appointees joined the Board of Management at its October meeting. Jason Carey was appointed as a staff nominee and Shona Hayes was appointed as a Parents’ Association nominee. The Board thanked outgoing members Ciaran Duffy and Denise Brady for their service on the Board. The Board of Management reviewed and ratified its Child Protection Policy at its last meeting. The updated policy can be found under the policy link and here. The Board of Management also issued its latest agreed report which can be read on the BOM section of the website and here.

November

Teacher award

Congratulations to Ms. Colette Clarke who was awarded with 2nd place in the Teacher of the Year awards at a recent German Teachers’ Association of Ireland ceremony. This is a great honour for Colette and our school is extremely proud to have a recipient of this prestigious award on our staff. Colette has been recognised for her ongoing promotion of the language for many. She has been an excellent co-ordinator of our German Exchange programme which is now in its 22nd year. This year three students from her Junior Cert class won scholarships to study in Germany as a result of their outstanding Junior Cert exam results. Colette continues to promote the language at all levels in our school.

Student award

Well done to Abraham Odukoya who will receive an award from DCU Business school in recognition of his high achievement in this year’s Junior Cert Business Studies exam. His teacher Ms Marion Freeman was delighted with this news and described Abraham as a brilliant student. Abraham is currently in Transition Year.

Sport

A man of the match performance by goalkeeper Caoileann Weir ensured a penalty shoot-out victory for our u-15 soccer team. Our U-18 soccer had a 5-0 win in their league game against Tallaght CS. Man of the Match was James Macken. In Gaelic, our u-16 team got their campaign off to a winning start with a 3-10 to 2-7 win over Beneavin College. Top scorer was Donal Smith.

Christmas concert

Our annual Christmas concert will take place on Wednesday December 18th at 7.30 in our school hall.

Non-uniform day

Well done to all our students who contributed over 1000 euro to the Red Cross Philippines Disaster Appeal. A number of students have family members who have been directly affected by the typhoon which hit the country recently. We hope that this money will alleviate some of the hardship for these people.

Sport

Well done to our u-16 girls basketball on their recent success. Best players were Sophie Power and Aisling Fahey. They now join all our basketball teams by making it to the semi-final stages of their respective league competitions. Congratulations also to our 1st year soccer team who had an impressive 5-2 win. Man of the match was Ciaran Behan.

3rd Year parent teacher meeting

This meeting will take place on Monday December 2nd at 4.15.

Parent teacher meeting

A meeting will take place for all parents and teachers of 6th Year students on Thursday 21st November at 4.15 till 6.45. Classes will finish at 3.45.

Parents’ Association

An election will take place to appoint a parents’ rep to the board of management on Tuesday 19th November at 7.15pm. It is important that all parents attend. This election will be followed by a parents’ association meeting.

Sports

Well done to our girls u-16 basketball team who had a great win in Tallaght last week. Our u-17 boys soccer team beat Firhouse CC on a 3-0 scoreline. Goalscorers were Ben O’Dwyer, James Macken and Chris McMorrow.

All-star hurler

Congratulations to one of our former pupils Peter Kelly who won an All-star Hurling award. He received this award in recognition of his outstanding performances for the Dublin senior hurling team this year.

Debating success

Well done to our Senior debating team who beat Templeogue College in their recent debate. The team members were Olivia Healy, Michelle Bowler, Jane Doran and Caoimhe Mooney. Ms Van Esbeck was thrilled with the performance and acknowledged the excellent preparation for the debate by each team member.

Retirement

Many current and former staff recently attended a function to mark the retirement of our secretary, Frances Flynn. Frances worked in our school for over 16 years. On the night many well-deserved tributes were paid to Frances who was a hugely popular figure on our staff. Her friendly and warm manner at all times was a great asset to the school. Our students and parents’ association have also made presentations to her in acknowledgement of her wonderful support to all members of our school community. We wish Frances a very happy retirement.

Halloween party

Our 5th Year Gluais team organised an excellent Halloween party for our 1st years. Music, food and activities were provided and all our students had a great time.

Girls rugby

Ms Coghlan was delighted with the performance and victory of our girls team in their opening game of the year. It was a great team effort with many of the girls playing in their first ever competitive rugby match.

Dubs visit

On Monday we welcomed Dublin senior hurling captain, Johnny McCaffrey and senior footballer Emmett O’Conghaile to our school. They brought the Sam Maguire (All-Ireland football) and Bob O’Keeffe (Leinster hurling) trophies with them for a well-received parade around our school.

TY history

Our TY history students have planted flowers on our school grounds as part of the Crocus Project which commemorates the holocaust victims of World War 2.

County final

We wish the very best of luck to John Bellew and his Lucan Sarsfields senior hurling team mates who play in this weekend’s Dublin County final. John is currently a 6th year student in LCC.

Past pupil launches Lupus book

Living With Lupus is a collection of stories compiled and edited by Dublin based freelance journalist Glenn Dowd, a 2008 Lucan Community College graduate, on behalf of Lupus Group Ireland.

The book contains twenty stories, all of which are written by Lupus sufferers. Each story tells a tale of a daily battle to overcome everything their illness throws at them. Speaking about the book, Glenn said “This book provides a captivating journey through the life and times of brave men and women who face an uphill battle against their own body on a daily basis. No two stories are the same. Each story represents an incredible battle and will serve as an eye opener to everyone, including people who have lived most of their lives with this condition. ”

Glenn has been working with Lupus Group Ireland since their inception in 2011 and continues to be astonished by the work they are doing. “Over the past ten months I have put together Living With Lupus. That time has been very insightful and words cannot do justice as to how much bravery these men and women have shown in coming forward to tell their story. Lupus Group Ireland has changed everything. For the first time ever people in Ireland now have resources at their disposal to help comfort them during their illness. The work Lupus Group Ireland continues to do is exemplary to all and they are determined to ensure a brighter tomorrow for everyone who suffers from Lupus”.

All money raised from the sale of Living With Lupus will go directly to the group and Glenn can’t stress how important it is to help charities during the economic downturn.

Speaking about the book Jessica O’Bryan, founder and chairperson of Lupus Group Ireland said “This book aims to educate people in relation to the varying symptoms associated with Lupus in obtaining diagnosis whilst also giving members an outlet where they can relate to others with a similar condition to theirs. We intend to distribute this book throughout hospitals in Ireland to help recognise the many various symptoms of the disease.”

Living With Lupus will be available to buy on November 8th exclusively from www.lupusgroupireland.com and will cost €13.99 or €10 for an e-book version.

October

Enrolment for 1st year 2015/16 – deadline 25th October

Application forms for 1st year 2015 are available from the school office. Closing date for applications is 4.30pm on Friday 25th October. Lucan Community College does not charge an application fee. Offer of a school place is based on the criteria laid out in our enrolment policy. The 2015/16 enrolment policy can be read here and is also available in paper format from the school office upon request. Applicants who are offered a place will be invited to attend parent information evenings and students will have an opportunity to take a tour of the school at a later stage.

Delphi trip

Our TY students and their teachers thoroughly enjoyed their overnight trip to Delphi Adventure Centre in Co.Galway. The choice of activities was considerable and the facilities were excellent. Mr O’Connor the TY year head was delighted with the behaviour and co-operation of the students.

Soccer

Well done to our senior team who had a 7-0 win over Lucan CBS. Shane Moloney, Sean Cullen and Cian Clifford were outstanding for LCC. In the u-15 competition, a hat-trick from Callum Jones and a goal from Daniel Grant ensured a 4-1 win over St.Killians, Clonskeagh. Mark Young was man of the match.

Pitch and putt

Well done to our senior team of Daragh Gannon, Alan Lally and Kevin Redmond who have qualified for the All-Ireland Schools finals. Also a special mention for Aaron Monaghan who had the highest individual score.

Lucan’s first Coder Dojo

Lucan CC is delighted to offer its facilities to Coder Dojo which starts on Monday 14th October from 5-7pm. The parents information evening held on Monday 7th October was well attended and Coder Dojo facilitators Fergus, Mark and Jean answered queries from parents of students from 3rd class primary to 1st year secondary levels.

A parent must be present with a student during the sessions. Students will have the use of the college computers but are welcome to bring a (well-charged) laptop if preferred. Initial sessions will focus on the use of a program called Scratch which can be downloaded for free fromhttp://scratch.mit.edu/

More information about the coder dojo system of learning programming skills is available from www.coderdojo.com. The booking system for Lucan Coder Dojo is now open and available at www.coderdojolucan.com. Please make all enquiries through this website.

Parents’ newsletter

The October parents’ newsletter was distributed to students on Monday 7th October. Spare copies are available outside the front office. 1st year parents received the newsletter at the information evening. From now on the parents’ newsletter will be published on our website and a text message will be sent home to inform parents that a new newsletter is available. Read the latest newsletter here.

Literacy and numeracy

As part of our literacy and numeracy initiative the college have produced an information sheet for parents with suggestions for supporting your son/daughter in using these important skills. Please read it here.

Patrick Evans (1993 – 2013)

Class Copland – Junior Cert (2006-2009)
Class Dingle – L.C.A. (2009-2011)

Our deepest condolences go out to Patrick’s parents, Bridget and Peter, and family and friends of Patrick. A loss of a happy yet quiet young man in tragic circumstances, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

Staff of Lucan Community College

 

Glendalough trip

Inion Ni Ruairi and Mr. Doyle accompanied a group of our 5th Year students on an overnight trip to Glendalough. The trip came about as a result of a competition won by Inion Ni Ruairi. It was very enjoyable for all involved.

European Day of Languages

Our school marked this day with a variety of events for our students and teachers. Everyone was encouraged to converse (or at least say hello) in as many languages as possible. Greetings in a number of different languages were transmitted over the intercom by our students.

Parents’ Nights

An information night will take place on Monday October 7th for parents of all our new 1st year students. On Tuesday Oct 8th our Parents’ Association will hold their AGM. We encourage all parents to attend these important nights.

TY fundraising

Our Transition Year students have already started their fundraising efforts for this year. Autism Ireland is the first beneficiary with over 1000 euro being collected for the organisation. Their representative Mr.Denis Sexton spoke to the students recently and his personal story of life with an autistic child made a huge impression on the students. He in turn has expressed his gratitude for the funds donated.

1913 Lockout talk in Lucan library

German exchange

Our exchange programme students and their teachers from Gymnasium Münchberg returned to Germany last week. They thoroughly enjoyed their action packed two week visit which concluded with a going party which was attended by all the students, their co-operating families and a number of teachers from Lucan CC. The return visit by the Lucan students to Germany will take place in February.

Sports

All our extra-curricular activities are up and running at this stage. It is great to see so many students involved in so many activities. On the sports front our teams have made a very successful start to their campaigns. The senior hurlers had a comprehensive 9 point win over Colaiste Cois Life in their opening championship game. Our U-19 boys basketball team beat Adamstown CC and our u-17 boys soccer team had a facile 9-1 win over Rosary College, Crumlin.

People of the Year awards

The awards keep coming for Fiona Coghlan and her Ireland Women’s Rugby team colleagues. They were among the many distinguished guests who were honoured at the recent Rehab awards night.

Homework policy

Now that all our students have settled back in to a new school year we are obviously endeavouring to ensure that all students will achieve to the best of their ability. As part of this we have introduced our homework policy for this school year. Well done to our students (particularly our new first years)who have been most co-operative with its introduction.

September

Higher Options

Our 6th Year students attended the Higher Options Exhibition at the RDS last week. This event proved highly beneficial for the students as they try to make decisions on future college and career choices

Debs Ball

Our Parents’ Association organised a wonderful night for our 2013 Leaving Cert class. The event which took place at the Red Cow hotel was enjoyed by all the students. A number of teachers also attended the meal and the early part of the night and it was great for everyone to catch up. Most students have now started their college courses.

Amnesty International

Two of our teachers, Ms McCarthy and Ms O’Gara and four of our students, Eliza Rito, Clarisse Arejola, Shane Caldwell and Andrew O’Reilly had the honour of attending the Ambassador of Conscience Awards at the Mansion House. This year’s recipients were Harry Belafonte and Malala Yousafzai.

Junior Certificate Results 2013

Diane Birnie (Principal) said that she is delighted with the standard of results that students achieved this year in the Junior Certificate.

Particular mention goes to Eric Neville who achieved a perfect 11 As, Abraham Odukoya who was awarded 10As and 1Bs as well as Aoife Minihane, James Burns, David Kilroy, Roisin Medina McNamara, Chloe Twamley and Heather Wright who achieved some of the best results in the school this year. The number of A grades achieved by students in all class groups across a wide range of subjects were outstanding.

A member of An Garda Siochana visited the students on Tuesday to congratulate them and remind them of the importance of engaging in appropriate celebrations and of minding each other as friends. Year Head Mr O’Connor and tutors joined in congratulating the students and cheers of excitement rang thoughout the school. In an assembly, Mr O’Connor and Ms Birnie reminded students that this is a learning experience “learn from your experience of the last three years, learn from the results you achieved, learn from the many opportunities you have in Transition Year and build on that learning to ensure a bright future ahead”.

Results in Project Maths show that over 52% of students took higher level maths which is similar to the national figure and of those, very few students failed with 76% achieving an honours grade (A, B or C) with 13% achieving an A grade which is higher than the national average. The trend of increased failures in French at ordinary level was not reflected in Lucan CC as there were no failures at this level.

Well done to all of the parents, teachers and support staff who supported our students in their preparation for their examinations. Today is a celebration for the whole school community.

Ireland-Germany-Taiwan cultural exchange

A three-school cultural exchange took place on the 12th September, when the Nan Jung Junior High students visited Lucan Community College to meet with their Irish counterparts. They were welcomed by Lucan Community College principal, Ms. Diane Birnie and also by the Taiwanese Representative to Ireland, Dr. Harry Tseng. On the same day, Lucan Community College also welcomed a group of German students and their teachers from Gymnasium Münchberg in Bavaria. The German students are in Lucan as part of two week Exchange programme. This provided a great opportunity for three-way cultural and educational exchange, helping to break down barriers and promote better understanding.

The programme for the exchange lasted for a half day. It was structured so as to encourage sharing and interaction and the first hour gave all the students a chance to take part in some Irish dancing lessons together. Each group delivered a performance that captured and highlighted some of their own special traditions, heritage and culture. The Taiwanese visiting party treated their audience to a 35 minute show full of diversity and character. It included some traditional Chinese folk songs, an aboriginal dance and a wonderfully skilled glove puppet show, something quite uniquely representative of Taiwanese culture. The Irish students followed this with a display of Irish music and dance before the German students closed with a performance of some national folk songs.

The Taiwanese and German national flags were flown side by side with the Irish tricolour outside Lucan Community College: a truly symbolic gesture. The significance of the event was also reflected by the guests in attendance. Mr. Derek Keating TD and Mr. Peter Matthews TD were invited to show their support. Moreover, Representative Harry Tseng of the Taipei Representative Office in Ireland was present to encourage the students and promote this initiative, as was Ms. Barbara Schmidt, Deputy-Head of Culture at the German Embassy. They were joined by Mr. Frank Lu, Chairman of the Taiwan-Ireland Association.

Lucan Community College’s Head Boy (Gavin Pacini) and Head Girl (Sinead O’Keeffe) assisted by presenting certificates and TY media studies students filmed the event.

Enrolment for 1st year 2015/16

Application forms for 1st year 2015 will be available from the office from 1st October 2013. Application forms will also be distributed to the schools listed as priority schools in our enrolment policy. Closing date for applications is 4.30pm on Friday 25th October 2013. Late applicants are not processed until all other categories have been processed and are very unlikely to be offered a place. Lucan Community College does not charge an application fee. Offer of a school place is based on the criteria laid out in our enrolment policy. The 2015/16 enrolment policy can be read here and is also available in paper format from the school office upon request.

Lucan Community College Leaving Certificate results 2013

Lucan Community College was happy with the standard of results that our 114 leaving certificate students achieved this year. It is a measure of the hard work and determination of the students, the preparation and encouragement of their teachers and the support of their parents.

Ms Casey their year head stated that she is very proud of the students. She is delighted that all of the hard work has paid off and she wishes them well for the future and thanks them for their involvement in the school.

Ms Birnie offered particular congratulations to Michael Burns, Alice Proshkovicha (both pictured with Ms Birnie receiving their results), Stephen Fay, Clodagh Flanagan, and Gavin Byrne on their wonderful results and to all of our students who achieved over and above their expectations.

We are delighted that so many students in our school community can achieve so highly in the Leaving Cert exam. They can be proud of the work they put into preparing for their examinations and can now build on these results as they prepare for their future studies and careers. A small number of students were unhappy with their results but they know that there are other paths that can lead them to their desired destination and that the support of guidance staff is on offer to them.

We wish the class of 2013 every success in the future and we hope that they will always consider themselves members of the wider community of Lucan Community College and come back to visit us often.

 

Start-up details

The school year restarts for students as listed below.

Tuesday 27th August
9.45-12.40: 1st year student induction
10.45-12.40 TY student induction

Wednesday 28th August
No 1st years or TY in school today

9-11.15: 2nd year student induction
9.45-11.55: 3rd year student induction
10.25-12.35: 5th year student induction
11.15-1.10: 6th year student induction

Thursday 29th August
All classes as per timetable

Friday 30th August
All classes as per timetable

Please consult the calendar posted out during the Summer for further details.

Booklists are available here.

Uniform

Our uniform suppliers Uniform Warehouse will be present in the college on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th August from 11am until 2pm to sell items of uniform. A 5% discount will apply to all items. Please ensure that your child is fully equipped with all necessary uniform items as explained in the letter sent out during the Summer

Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board

From 1st July 2013, Co Dublin Vocational Education Committee became Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education Training Board. We acknowledge and celebrate all that Co Dublin VEC has contributed to the education of the local community over the years through daytime and evening classes and we look forward to continued success under the patronage of DDLETB. Please note that the email address for the college has changed toadmin.lucancc@ddletb.ie.