Lucan Community College started our German language exchange programme with Gymnasium Münchberg 27 years ago in 1991.
Since then our continued partnership with Gymnasium Münchberg has seen hundreds of Lucan Community College students deepen their understanding of the German language while gaining an appreciation of the German culture and making long lasting friendships that have stood the test of time.
This video, featuring students, parents and teachers from Lucan Community College, explains just why taking part in this language exchange programme has been so integral to the educational experiences of the students involved throughout the years.
We thank the German Language department, Ms Clarke, Ms Williams and the many teachers who have been a part of the German exchange programme over the last quarter of a century. It has been with your dedication and commitment that this rich student-centred programme has been able to flourish.
Less than a quarter of the world speaks English. Learning languages opens doors to the other three-quarters – and a world of hidden opportunities.
Lucan Community College was a sea of smiles as our 2018 Junior Certificate/Cycle students received their results on September 12th.
Ms Birnie and Deputy Principals Mr Purcell, Mr Brett and Ms Kirwan were amazed and so proud as the standard of results achieved this year were simply outstanding.
The staff of Lucan Community College joined in congratulating the 142 students who completed their examinations this year as they opened their results in a sun-drenched Memorial Garden.
Particular mention goes to top achiever Faye Murphy with 9As and a distinction (perfect grades in every subject). However the standard of results was outstanding across the range of subjects in the college.
In Home Economics 90% of our students took higher level (compared to 85% nationally) with an amazing 88% of students achieving an A or B grade at this level (compared to 62% nationally). 95% of our Science students opted for the higher level exam (compared to 80% nationally) with half of those students achieving a grade A or B (compared to 38% nationally).
In Maths, 65% of our students took the higher level paper (above the national average of 57%) with 99% of students passing across all levels of the subject (87%).
90% of our history students took higher level with 20% achieving a grade A (both statistics are above the national average). 92% of our students took higher level geography with 40% achieving a grade A or B (again above the national average).
Our Modern Foreign Languages team (French and German) had more than 10% more students taking higher level compared to the national averages in these subjects and ensured that almost every student achieved a pass at their chosen level (0.04% failure rate compared to 13% failure rate nationally).
These statistics represent just some of the ways that students in the college are achieving well over the national average in the state examinations which reflects and rewards the hard work of both students and teachers.
While statistics show the overall success of this year group, we celebrate in particular the individual achievements of students who overcame challenges and setbacks and we appreciate the help and support given to them along the way by parents and staff.
The Lucan Community College Junior Certificate/Cycle class of 2018 can justifiable celebrate three years of hard work and effort.
The students will be issued with their Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement later this year which will include details of their final exam grades (following conclusion of the appeals process), results from their English Classroom Base Assessments as well as a profile of student’s involvement in other aspects of school activities.
The JCPA marks the widening of the assessment process to reward achievement across a broader spectrum of student learning.
Particular thanks must go to all of the teachers, parents and support staff who helped to prepare our students for their examinations and who created opportunities in our curricular and extra-curricular programme to engage students in a broad and balanced educational experience.
We welcomed back our sixth year students of history this week as they bidded a final auf wiedersehen to Berlin.
The students had been taking part in a 3 day history tour of the German capital to complement their Leaving Certificate studies, visiting the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall as well as a range of historical and cultural museums.
The group were accompanied and guided throughout by their history teacher, Mr Byrne, and one of our school deputy principals, Mr Purcell.
The 6th year students, accompanied by our guidance department teachers, took the opportunity to explore the many options for further education when they attended the Higher Options conference in the RDS on September 12th.
The students’ feedback on the day was hugely positive, particularly as they approach decision time with their CAO choices over the coming months.
We thank Ms Brooks, Ms O’Gara and Ms McManus for organising this informative day for our 6th year students.
Transition Year students will receive their provisional Junior Cycle result on Wednesday at 11:30am approximately. Students will attend normal classes from 8.55am. Gardaí visited our Transition Year students today to offer advise about how to celebrate appropriately and safely. Parents can read the advice here. Students should return to class on Thursday at 10:25am. Mr Byrne, tutors and all of the school wish everyone the very best of luck for Wednesday.
Tús maith, leath na hoibre
Every language has its own collection of wise sayings. They offer advice about how to live and also transfer some underlying ideas, principles and values of a given culture / society.
These sayings are called “idioms” – or proverbs if they are longer.
Our Language Literacy and Numeracy team would like everyone in the college to celebrate these sayings and we will be selecting one each week to promote.
Our first idiom is ‘Tús maith, leath na hoibre’ which means a good start is half the work.
This saying is very appropriate as we all return from our holidays and start our studies again.
Remember, put the effort it now and don’t put off getting started!
Our renowned Adult Education programme returns for the Autumn term 2018.
The college will open its doors between 7pm and 9pm for two Tuesday’s, the 14th and 21st September, to allow eager students to sign up for classes.
Details of the available classes can be seen below.
The full Adult Eduaction progamme commences on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th September.
Our renowned Adult Education programme is now open for online enrolment for the Autumn term.
The classes begin in September and more details can be found on our website in the quick links section on our home page.
The full Autumn term programme is now available and enrolment will also take place in the college on Tuesday 11th and 18th September from 7pm to 9pm.
Classes commence on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th September.
Lucan Community College is delighted with the high standard of results that our students achieved this year. We had 120 Leaving Certificate graduates this year and we wish to congratulate each and every one of them on their achievement today. Many of their teachers were on hand to congratulate students on their achievements and to wish them well in their future endeavours. We were also delighted to hear news that some of students have already secured employment and apprenticeships over the Summer.
We also wish to thank parents/guardians who supported and guided students throughout their second level education and especially during the examination period. The college relies on and appreciates their support and involvement. The college community thanks the students for their contribution to the college during their time here and is confident that the future holds wonderful things in store for them all.
Mr Grimes, year head, offered congratulations and best wishes to all of the students and said “I wish the students the best for the future”. Ms McManus was on hand as career guidance counsellor to offer advice to students receiving results.
Principal Ms Birnie and Deputy Principals Mr Purcell, Mr Brett and Ms Kirwan offered particular congratulations to top achievers: Alan Murphy, Dylan Wright, Emma Kilroy, Rachel Fitzpatrick, Cathal Greene, Imran Lanambai, Thomas O’Neill and Sinead Courtney. With one third of the students achieving over 400 points and many more achieving well over the national average, most students should be in a position to receive offers of desired courses in further education.
Ms Birnie said “The class of 2018 were actively involved in college life and achieved in many areas including academic, awareness-raising, artistic, sporting and other endeavours. They made great friends here and looked out for and supported each other. I hope they continue to find happiness and success as they begin the next stage of their journey.”
Many students achieved personal best results and can be proud of their achievements. We remind students who may not have achieved their desired results to engage in the process of viewing scripts and to seek advice from career guidance counsellors and support agencies as there are many paths open to students. We hope that all of our graduates celebrate responsibly and wish them the very best of good luck in the future.