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Press release LC2020

Lucan Community College Leaving Certificate Results 2020

 

There was a very different sense of anticipation in relation to Leaving Certificate results this year. While our first day of school for our full student cohort continued on without any sounds of excitement in the air, teachers still waited with anticipation for the release to the school of the results. It was certainly not the same without our students gathering and celebrating along with their teachers, tutors and year head and we all missed handing out the brown envelopes and watching as they were opened. We hoped that you managed to make the process a little bit special in your own homes.

 

Overall the results received very much matched the expectations that teachers had for their students and the evidence that students had provided to their teachers in their ongoing assessments over the last two years. “The class of 2020 managed a very challenging situation and step forward into the world of further training, study or the world of work with an ability to deal with disappointment, change and uncertainty like no other year group. Their support for each other and the gratitude shown to their teachers who worked remotely with them from March to June has been wonderful to experience”, said Principal Diane Birnie.

 

Parents, guardians, families and friends supported and guided students throughout their second level education and especially during the remote learning period and the changing landscape of how students would be assessed.  Lucan Community College appreciates abnd commends this 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.

 

Ms Clarke, year head, offered congratulations and best wishes to all of the students and said “You all did your best and we, in Lucan CC are very proud of you all. You are all choosing different paths and we wish you well as you embark on a new journey.” Our career guidance counsellors have made themselves available to advise students about their results and about their CAO offers and appointments can be made by email or phone.

 

Principal Ms Birnie and Deputy Principals Mr Brett, Mr Purcell and Ms Malone offered particular congratulations to top Leaving Certificate achievers this year including: Alex Hanley (who achieved maximum points – 625) with Lucy Reade, Delfin Malaj and Emmet Bellew all over 600 points. Our other top achievers this year were Sean Egan, Sam Doyle, Aisling Kavanagh, Laura Lakes, Aaron Mc Garth, Olan Song, Jordan Lee and Daniel Power.

 

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 appeal process through the Calculated Grades Portal and to seek advice from career guidance counsellors and support agencies as there are many paths open to students. We wish our graduates very best of good luck in the future.

 

Lucan Community College comes first place in German competition.

Lucan Community College came first place for the German competition and overall we were joint runner up (second)
the announcement is below.
Congratulations to Rebecca Reade, Enya Braha and Tomas Roche.

Modern Languages Prize for TY students – Winners announcement! https://www.irishtimes.com

In an increasingly interconnected and multicultural world, advanced language skills and intercultural competencies equip students for a wide variety of careers as well as giving them a distinct competitive advantage.  Furthermore,  language competence is one of the biggest skills gaps in the Irish labour market and language graduates are highly sought after in a variety of sectors.   This is recognised in Ireland’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education: ‘Languages Connect’.  With this in mind, Trinity College’s School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies (SLLCS) launched a competition for TY students in 2019/20.   The aim of this competition was to encourage creative and critical thinking amongst TY students about why they would like to become fluent in a particular language as well as why they would like to learn about the culture and literature associated with the language.  Students were asked to record a podcast and design a poster.  The competition attracted an enthusiastic response from a large number of secondary schools and the judges had the difficult task of shortlisting and picking the winning projects.

The Head of School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies, Dr Anne Fitzpatrick, commented on how impressed the School and College has been by all the entries and commended our second level colleagues for their dedication and commitment to their students during this exceptionally challenging time.

Trinity College Vice-Provost/ Chief Academic Officer and Chair of German Professor Juergen Barkhoff warmly congratulated the winners of the SLLCS Modern Languages Transition prize and commended this great initiative: “Gaining fluency in another language while getting to understand the people who speak it and their cultures is a one of the best ways of opening the mind and the heart and to see the world with different eyes. In today’s globalised world and the post-Brexit times we live in competence in languages is a key asset for rewarding international careers and for Ireland to stay connected, prosper and maximise its opportunities as an economy, society and culture.”

Finally, the judging panel member and School alumnus Gavin Radford spoke of the importance of language knowledge and intercultural communications: ‘Studying another language, and its literature and culture, not only leads to fluency in the language, it also opens your mind to different ways of working, and improves your overall communication skills. Bilingual people are used to switching between two languages and being able to adapt to different /cultural scenarios – skills which are transferable across many sectors and can be particularly useful if you are managing a role with competing priorities! From my own perspective, I make practical use of my degree in French and Spanish from Trinity every day. After my degree I worked abroad for a couple of years, and I am headed to Paris in the summer to take up a post at the Irish Embassy.’

We want to thank all the pupils, their TU coordinators, and secondary schools that took part in the competition. The panel was delighted with the enthusiasm and the creativity!

Enjoy the Summer break- A treat from our wonderful music Students

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBrRL0BLmrM

Interactive PE activities for everyone

Lucan CC Interactive PE Document

Parents/Guardians Supporting Students with Additional Needs during COVID-19-updated

Parents and Guardians Supporting Students with Additional Needs during the COVID-19 Closure Period

Students with additional needs are just like any other students; this period of school closure and uncertainty will raise issues in terms of anxiety, routine and learning.

It is very important that students develop a good routine and make a plan for the day. This plan should include defined start and finish times for each activity and consist of physical activities, rest, food and fun. Try to spend a small portion of every day monitoring your child’s work and praising their effort.

Some Useful Resources:

Making a plan: Some great examples of schedules across the age range here from Khan Academy: https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/e/2PACX1vSZhOdEPAWjUQpqDkVAlJrFwxxZ9Sa6zGOq0CNRms6Z7DZNq-tQWS3OhuVCUbh_- P-WmksHAzbsrk9d/pub

And here is one from the DES: https://www.education.ie/en/TheDepartment/Announcements/plan-your-day.pdf The length of the day/ time slots should be adjusted based on what you know about individual children. Some will do more, and many will need to do less!

The National Council for Special Education (ncse.ie) have compiled fantastic resources for teachers and parents during these changed times:

Parents: https://ncse.ie/online-resources-for-parents https://www.middletownautism.com/files/shares/Sara/STAYING_SAFE_A_BOOKLET_FOR_POST_PRIMARY_PUPILS_0.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3dCnNLJ-tWc-M0ovX-4L2JaLOiKwLhkvt2SFhhfhZOi3AARKEdeWNCQoU

Physical Activity: Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) is doing great kids & adults workouts each morning live on YouTube ( or can be played back at a different time). It is only 30 minutes and it can be done in front of the television or computer very easily: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ.

Touch Typing: this might be a good opportunity for kids with Assistive Technology to improve their touch typing and IT skills. • https://www.typing.com/ This is a popular and accessible free site for developing touch typing. We could probably all do with spending some time developing this skill!

Literacy • Use audio versions of books for revision purposes (audible.com; borrowbox.ie): Reading is so important for our academic development. Listening is a good substitute if some children’s reading skills are not where they might like them to be.

Numeracy: https://www.mathsisfun.com/: Free, easy-to-use and detailed Maths site.

Aontas Project May 2020

 

Aontas Project May 2020

During these uncertain and uneasy times of remote teaching, learning and living, we would like you, our school community, to reach out to each other virtually.

To support our school ethos of Aontas and each other, we are asking you to send a picture or short video to aontas@lucancc.ie by Monday 18th May 2020. Please see the YouTube video below as an example of what we could do.

We think we can do bigger and better! Looking for positivity and creativity.​ 


Any questions please contact elainebrady@lucancc.ie or grainnemalone@lucancc.ie

THANK YOU- to local businesses and the parents association.

‘Thank you’ to all the local businesses and to the Parent Association for your amazing support and hard work.

My Junk Kouture Journey by Sarah Corey- (A wonderful example of remote learning)

My Junk Kouture Journey (2)

‘Home Economics at Home’ Photo Competition

‘Home Economics at Home’ Photo Competition
The Association of teachers of Home Economics (ATHE) ran a photo competition recently. Given the current situation with schools closed, students were encouraged to photograph one aspect of Home Economics they’ve been doing while at home. There were endless possibilities due to the wide range of skills our students learn in Home Economics. We are very proud of our students who entered the competition with photos ranging from delicious baked goods, to two course meals and even creativity sewing a face mask. Some students were very creative with the presentation of their baked goods developing their piping skills. Another student very effectively garnished his homemade soup. Overall, our students submitted photos of a very high standard and we’re very proud of how they’re using their Home Economics skills at home. Well done everyone!  

PE CHALLENGE

PE Challenge

 

Hi all,

 

We hope everyone and their family is doing well and had a relaxing Easter holidays.

As always, we want to remind you about the importance of being active during this time to not only help your physical well-being but your mental well-being also.

We are here to set you all a new CHALLENGE! This challenge is keeping within our daily 2km radius of our home and again remembering to practice social distancing when outside.

  • We want you to send us evidence of your steps/the distance you have walked/run/crawled!
  • We will then add all of these steps together to see how far in Ireland/The World we have travelled.
  • We will run a little competition between tutor classes, year groups and staff vs students (staff have been training 😉).

So, every time you go for your walk or run, screen shot your fitness app, fitbit, health app on phone or whatever device you have counting your steps/distance and email the picture to:

 

1st Years             emmageraghty@lucancc.ie

2nd Years            ainebrooks@lucancc.ie

3rd Years             hannahdowling@lucancc.ie

4TH Years            fionacoghlan@lucancc.ie

5th Years             hannahdowling@lucancc.ie

6th Years             emmageraghty@lucancc.ie

Staff                     ainebrooks@lucancc.ie

 

We will be sending out updates at the end of each week to see who is traveling the furthest and how far as a school we will go.

 

Remember, 30 minutes of physical activity each day will help you to focus, study better and remain healthy. Please keep sending in your pictures of any physical activity you are doing and they will go on the website.

 

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing how far LucanCC can travel in the world without getting in a car or on a plane.

The PE Dept 😁