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Lucan Community College Students Slept Out for Social Housing

On Friday May 11th, the Amnesty International group in Lucan Community College held our “Annual 12 hour Sponsored Sleep Out” for the fourth time, to raise awareness about the current homeless crisis in Ireland.
It was a great success being our biggest year yet with 34 students, 5 teachers and 4 local councillors and TD’S along with Ibrahim Halawa attending.
34 senior students slept outside in the school courtyard overnight  from 8pm on Friday 11th to 8am on Saturday the 12th of May. This was to gain an insight into what it’s like to sleep rough, to raise awareness of the housing emergency and to show solidarity with the families, children and individuals affected by it.
We invited TDs from our constituency and relevant Dáil positions, local Councillors and the Lord Mayor of South Dublin County Council to attend the “Sleep Out”.Mayor Paul Gogarty, Councillor Ruth Nolan, Councillor Guss O’Connell, TD Gino Kenny attended our event on Friday and gave their insight and solutions for the homeless crisis.
We presented Gino with our box of 701 petitions signed by students and staff.
On Monday 14th of May TD Eoin O’Broin came to our school at lunch to discuss the homeless crisis and hear our views. 
Two of our local TD’s Gino Kenny and Eoin O Broin, presented the 701 petitions to Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy  at Housing Committee Meeting on Thursday May 17th.
Ibrahim Halawa also attended the event to support our homeless campaign.  He spoke to the students about his experience being unlawfully imprisoned in Egypt and his campaigning for an end to homelessness.
We expressed our views to the TD’s and Councillors asking them to address the humanitarian crisis that is Irish homelessness, by building more social housing and providing more hostel places. 
“There is too much talking about the issue and not enough action”said Lucy, 5th year student. “It’s not the problem of the people, but the problem of the government’s inability to handle a crisis.”  Gayatri, 5th year Student.
When people think of homelessness they often don’t think of the more hidden forms of homelessness. People often think homelessness is just sleeping rough and don’t think of families living in emergency accommodation, hubs and hotels, people couch surfing, people living in unsafe environments, people in direct provision centres, people sleeping in hospitals, cars and B&Bs.
It is easy to forget about what they can’t see, but these people suffer like any other homeless person and are a victim of a neglectful government and state who do not protect one of the most basic human rights, our rights to housing. “Too many people use negative stereotypes as an excuse not to help vulnerable people”-6th year student.
In 2015, the first year of our LCC Sleep Out, there were 3,625 people homeless and as of March this year 2018, there are 9,681 homeless people recorded in Ireland.
Between July 2014 and February 2018 the number of people recorded as homeless has increased by a shocking 129%, or 6,549 people (Peter McVerry Trust).
Even with the government’s promises of building more houses and social houses, the number of families becoming homeless has increased by over 37% since February 2017 (Focus Ireland). In March 2018, there were 3,646 children in emergency homeless accommodation with their families. 
“I should never have sat in a hotel for 3 months, surrounded by tourists staring at me in my school uniform, waiting for a county council to decide they cared about me” -said a student.  Almost three-quarters of homeless young people live in Dublin.
We will continue to campaign until the serious humanitarian crisis of homelessness in Ireland is addressed.
Yours sincerely,

Lee, Naoise and Rhiannon, (students) on behalf of the LCC Amnesty group

Re-enrolment for next year 2018-2019

All students are currently being issued with individualised re-enrolment forms.
They are also available here at the link below.
Please ensure that you return this form to the front office as soon as possible.
Details on how to pay the voluntary contribution is also included as is an important data protection statement which needs to be returned to the front office.
Please let us know as soon as possible if your son/daughter will not be returning to Lucan Community College by completing the relevant section of the re-enrolment form as we have a waiting list of applicants.

5th year Student excels in Santry Scorcher

Congratulations to 5th Year student, Áine Burke, who competed in the Leinster Schools senior girls 1500m steeplechase in Morton Stadium, Santry on Wednesday.

Áine ran exceptionally well coming in in fourth position in a record breaking fast race.

A huge congratulations to Áine who is a credit not just to Lucan CC Athletics and her club, St. Cocas AC.

Our Parents Association Need Your Help!

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Lucan Community College Parents Association need volunteers and free expertise to help fundraise.

This can be by giving any form of once off help or a donation of time.

You can also go all out and join the Parents Association.

 

The next meeting is this coming Tuesday 15th May at 7.30pm in the college.

If you have never been to a Parents Association meeting make this your first.

 

TY Geography Fieldstudy in Donabate

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The Geography students in Transition Year undertook their fieldstudy of a marine environment this week in Donabate on what should have been a sunny May day.

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The students were amazingly enthusiastic as they battled the unseasonal May weather to record various data that measures whether coastal deposition is occurring along the stretch of North Dublin coastline.

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A huge thank you to Ms. Quirke, Ms. Murphy and Ms. Bean and Mr. Morris for organizing the students and the educational trip.

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Lucan CC crowned 2018 Leinster Champions

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Lucan CC are Leinster Senior Soccer Champions for 2018.

This is yet another amazing achievement for Lucan CC as their secure a historic double.

More to follow tomorrow.

Lucan CC Students take the Wheel

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A group of 30 students went to Leinster Driving Campus in Maynooth, Kildare on Friday 4th May for a driving lesson.

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Each student got to take part in a quiz where we were asked several questions from the theory test you take when getting your driving license.

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We then each got to do an activity which involved the wearing of ‘beer goggles’ these goggles simulated the effects of driving under the influence of alcohol.  We were asked to stack several cones wearing these goggles.

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Lastly, was our driving experience. Each of us got into groups of 3 and got into a car with the driving instructor.

We were informed of all the operations involved in driving a car before driving around the course.

This was a great experience for us all and a special thanks to Mr.Doyle for organising this.

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Experiences of Autism: A Questionnaire for Parents

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A former student of Lucan CC is looking for parents of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder to participate in a short questionnaire about their experiences.

The questionnaire can be filled out online and it should only take 20 minutes in total.

Please use the following link to participate https://maastrichtuniversity.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_78rNdjHNHjkdESV …

Lucan CC’s Attendance Strategy

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In Lucan Community College we pride ourselves on providing excellent education for the local community of Lucan.

Lucan Community College places all of our students at the centre as active agents in their own education.

Each student’s personal growth is encouraged through the development of self-esteem, self-confidence and self-discipline.

Consistent attendance and excellent punctuality is a vital part of this learning journey, enabling all students to reach their potential and be the best that they can be.

This Strategy for School Attendance aims continues this approach.

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The strategy outlines our positive approach to the management of attendance within our school environment to encourage attendance and participation in school.

We appreciate the effort and commitment that all members of our school community put into ensuring that all of our students are at where they learn best – the classroom.

Makeup Masterclass Fundraiser for Gluais on June 17th

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A Makeup Masterclass will be held on June 17th in Finnstown Castle, Lucan as a fundraiser for Gluais.

Gluais is a voluntary youth leadership programme that prepares students to work together as a team and become role models for other students in the school.

Tickets are €20 per person and includes 4 hours of demonstrations, entry to a raffle and a special goodie bag on the day.

The Makeup Masterclass fundraiser will hopefully go some way to enable approximately 30 adults to train 60 students over 5 days of leadership training.

Gluais has been a hugely successful part of our extracurricular programme in Lucan CC over the years and we have seen at first hand the benefit it has, not just for those participating but for the wider school community.

We hope that the fundraiser is a huge success and urge anyone in our community with an interest in student leadership to support this local initiative.

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