This week’s literacy quote comes from the German Department. They have chosen a famous proverb as our penultimate literacy quote.
“UBUNG MACHT DEN MEISTER”
In English the proverb means ‘practice makes perfect’ and it is very apt in the context of student learning, where students continuous practice can really enhance their personal learning.
The origins of the proverb can be traced back to the 16th century, when its form was ‘Use makes perfect
The Latin version of the proverb ‘Uses promptos facit.’
In light of recent tragic school shootings in the US, LCC Amnesty group invited any interested students and teachers to join us in sending a message of support from our school community here in Ireland to students and teachers in the US, as they took part in a global day of action at weekend, culminating in a March on Washington.
Young Social Innovators is a unique opportunity for Transition Year Students in Ireland to make a project to create awareness about a chosen social issue, thus attempting provoking change.
This year our team has decided to focus on the topic of Mental Health.
Mental Health is an indiscriminate issue that can affect anyone. For this reason, we as a group felt it was the most prominent social issue among teenagers today.
Instead of focusing on the darker and more depressing aspects of Mental Health, we decided to base the project around positive mental wellbeing.
We created the ‘Feel Good 5 A Day’, which are 5 steps a person can take daily in order to maintain positive mental wellbeing.
We assigned a colour to each of these 5 steps. Incorporating the colours was the best way to brighten up the topic that is often associated with sadness.
The steps include; Exercise, Mindfulness, Giving Back, Happiness and Communication.
These steps are vital for maintaining positive mental wellbeing, especially for students in Secondary school, who are most susceptible to poor mental health.
We also organised a ‘Feel Good Day’ in the school to spread awareness about our project. This was a massive success as we incorporated each of the steps from the ‘Feel Good 5 A Day’ into different aspects of the day.
An amazing €400+ was raised and donated to Mental Health Ireland from the day.
Our main objective is to make people aware of how to maintain positive mental health. If at least one person benefits from our campaigns it will have been worth it.
The Easter Parents Newsletter is now available. We hope you enjoy the read.
We would like to wish everyone in our school community a relaxing and enjoyable Easter break.
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.