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Student/Parent/Guardian Update Week Beginning 7th September 2020

Student/Parent/Guardian Update Week Beginning 7th September 2020
Good evening students and parents/guardians
This message is to remind you of the current key arrangements for school and to update you on some of the things you had questions about during induction and changes we have made for the week ahead.
Induction slideshows
All students who attended the induction day(s) during the first week of September should have watched the Student Induction PowerPoint including videos (Powerpoint for Return to school for students September 2020) and the Student Well-being PowerPoint with voice-over (Wellbeing Presentation for students 1st –6th year Sept 2020). We encourage parents to watch these also so you have an understanding of the safeguarding protocols we have put in place for our school community. Any student who was absent and did not attend induction MUSTwatch these presentations before returning to school.
Timetable
All timetables and rooms have now been updated on VSware. Please logon to your VSware account and print or write down your classes and rooms for the week. Each student needs to take personal responsibility for having their timetable written into their journal. All VSware account details were given to students during induction. If you do not have your VSware account details please contact a classmate to ensure you know Monday’s timetable and ask for help to access VSware when you come to school on Monday.
What you should bring to school
Whatever you bring, please label everything! Lost property will have to be binned this year unless we can immediately return it to the student.
All students must wear a facemask to school. These masks must be worn at all times when a distance of 2m between people cannot be maintained. If you have a health concern about wearing a mask, please arrange for your parent to contact your Year Head who will explain the process for seeking alternative arrangements. Refusing to wear a mask or engaging in unsafe conduct with a mask will be treated as a serious breach of the code of behaviour.
All students should bring their health pack to school as outlined in previous newsletters and during induction. We advise students to bring spare facemasks and a reusable bottle of water. Students who are staying in for lunch should bring a healthy packed lunch. All students must have their journal and be in full uniform. If you have PE or TY leisure pursuits on your timetable that day you should wear your PE uniform for the full school day.
We advise students to bring their phone to school with the Covid Tracker App enabled. Phones should have bluetooth switched on but should be set to silent, not vibrate. A set of head phones for the phone is also advised. The Teams phone app should be downloaded and teachers will explain how to use the school wifi. Unfortunately the school cannot take responsibilty for lost or stolen items so ensure that you have your own insurance for expensive items you intend to bring to school.
Bring as many books and resources as you can comfortably carry each day. Subject teachers will give specific advice about what to bring​ each day. Use your journal to note what they advise. We understand that not having lockers will prove challenging!
Arriving to school
For Monday 7th September only we are having a staggered start with Junior students (1st, 2nd and 3rd years) arriving for class at 8.55am and following their full timetable until 4pm and Seniors (TY, 5th and 6th years) arriving on time for their 10.27am tutorial class following their timetable for the remainder of the day.
From Tuesday 8th September all students will arrive for their first class at 8.55am.
To avoid gatherings in groups outside or within the school grounds, please wait until 8.30am to enter the school grounds each day. Enter from either the main front gate or the side gate opposite SuperValu. Walk outside the building until you reach the entrance closest to the first classroom you are moving to. You can then enter the classroom and take your assigned seat following all of the protocols outlined during induction – social distancing, hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene. Remember to follow the one-way system to avoid people meeting face-to-face as much as possible and to help us all to remain 2m away from each other.
Satellite Classes
If there are more students in a class group than student spaces in the classroom the excess number of students will be directed to a satellite room. Where possible the teacher will upload classwork and homework to the class Teams group so that all students (in the classroom, in the satellite room and at home if sick) can access the work. Where possible the teacher will set up a Teams meeting while they are teaching in the classroom so that students in the satellite rooms can hear what the teacher is saying through their phone and headphones. We will continually rotate the students attending the satellite groups so that no student is overly disadvantaged by this process. Rooms for satellite groups will be displayed around the school. Students should talk to their tutor at tutorial/pastoral care if they have any concerns.
Little Break
Year groups 1st to 4th will have their break during classtime as outlined in the table below and will spend the official break time sitting in their tutor base class . 5th and 6th years only will have their break during the official break time. Please see the timings and areas of the school that you should use for break as well as the toilets you should use throughout the school day. Remember this is part of the school’s efforts to prevent different year groups from mixing. Each Year Group should in effect be a different ‘Pod’. 

Year 

Class 

Time 

Break Zone 

Toilets 

First 

Cedar, Elm & Oak

10.05-10.15 

Memorial Garden 

C Area Toilets 

First 

Sycamore, Rowan & Willow

10.05-10.15 

Millennium 

Garden 

C Area Toilets 

Second

O Riordan Walsh & Collison 

10.40-10.50 

Millennium Garden 

D/E Area Toilets 

Second 

Greta, Malala & Gonzalez 

10.40-10.50 

Memorial Garden 

D/E Area Toilets 

Third 

Setanta, Lir Grainne 

10.05-10.15 

Outside M and Basketball court 

L Toilets 

Third

Meabh and Danu 

10.05-10.15 

Outside M and Basketball court 

L Toilets 

TY 

McAuley, O’Riada& Clarke 

11.05- 11.15 

Millennium Garden 

G Toilets 

TY

Hone, Gandon

11.05- 11.15 

Memorial Garden 

G Toilets 

Fifth

Connolly, Lynn & Markievicz

10.15-10.27 

Memorial Garden 

G Area Toilets 

Fifth 

O’ Farrell, Pearse & Plunkett 

10.15-10.27 

Millennium Garden 

G Area 

Toilet 

Sixth 

Hume 

Corrigan 

Beckett 

Williams 

Walton 

Heaney

10.15- 10.27 

H area/ Basketball court

H Toilets 

Teachers teaching at these times will finish class at 10.05 or 11.05 (TY) and bring their students with their belongings to the designated break area and will supervise students as you have a snack and use assigned toilets for your year group. Students will then go to their tutorial base room where they will sit during the official little break period. Remember masks must be worn where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained. With the staggered break time, there should be plenty of space for students to take mask breaks!

Tutorial/Pastoral Care
Please check the table below for the most up to date list of classrooms for each tutor class. The one in your journal was updated over the Summer. Where there are more students than there are class places, we have formed an extra satellite tutor group in the year with a mixture of people from each of the different classes. Your tutors explained this to you at induction and hopefully you are clear which tutor group you will be attending at 10.27am on Monday. Ask your Year Head or link DP if you have questions.

Room 

1st Year

Tutors

Year Head

B1

Cedar

J. Carey

C1

Elm

E. Bean

C2

Oak

A. Flynn / C.Healy

C. Clarke

C3

Rowan

E. MacManus / R. Duggan*

Satellite room: B2 (R. Duggan)

C4

Sycamore

S. McGeever

C5

Willow

L. Quirke / E. Barbour

Room

2nd Year

Tutors

Year Head

E2

O’Riordan

M. Mulhern 

G. Casey

Satellite room: F2 (V. Conway)

F1

Walsh

A. Byrne

E4

Collison

K. McCarthy 

F3

Greta

M. Gaffney /  E. O’Gara   

F4

Malala

M. Cunningham / V. Conway*

F5

Gonzalez

A. McKelvey / G.Clifford

Room

3rd Year

Tutors

Year Head

M3 

Setanta 

N. Walsh / A. Hickey 

J. Grimes  

No Satellite Room Required 

M1 

Lir 

M. Mellett   

L1 

Grainne 

T. Doyle / PJ Doyle

M4 

Meabh 

S Coogan  

M5 

Danu 

N. Gallagher / M. Ní Ruaidhri 

Room

4th Year

Tutors

Year Head

D.Hall 

McAuley

P. Callaghan 

U. Twyford  

TY & LCA Programme Coordinator:    

I.Higgins 

Satellite room: Dining Hall 2             (M. Flanagan)

J1 

O’Riada 

JP. Foley

M2 

Johnston 

H. Dowling 

J2 

Hone

H. Suttle 

J3 

Gandon 

D. O’Donoghue

E5 

Clarke

M. Ni Chonaola / J. Spillane

Room

5th Year 

Tutors

Year Head

L2 

Connolly 

E. Ni Bhriain

J. O’Connor  

Satellite room: H7 (C. O’Flynn) 

G1 

Lynn 

F. Coghlan/R. McAnerin 

G2 

Markievicz 

F. Murphy 

G3 

O’Farrell 

K. Branagan 

G4 

Pearse 

M. Feeney 

G5 

Plunkett 

A. Quirke

Room

6th Year 

Tutors

Year Head

H1 

Hume 

E. Geraghty 

E. Brady 

Satellite room: H6 (G. Keating)

H2 

Corrigan 

M. Freeman

H3

Beckett 

K. Mc Cormack

H4

Heaney 

U. Howley / G. Keating*

H5

Williams 

G. McKeever / C. Kenny

E3

Walton 

A. Brooks / C.O’Gorman

Deputy Principal Offices
Mr Brett – link for 1st and TY year students (office in A area near staff room)
Mr Purcell – link for 2nd and 5th year students (office in A area near staff room)
Ms Malone – link for 3rd and 6th year students (office moved to M area)
Year Head Offices
1st year Ms Clarke A area office near staff room
2nd year Ms Casey D area office
3rd year Mr Grimes D area office
Transition Year Ms Twyford A area office near staff room
5th year Ms O’Connor A area office
6th year Ms Brady A area office

New Lunch Time Arrangements

Junior Students (1st, 2nd and 3rd years) should arrange to go home for lunch if possible and must complete the journal lunch permission page at the front of their journal. If you must stay in for lunch, then you must bring a packed lunch and go to your tutor base classroom to eat it. Half of the class (Group A) will stay in to eat their lunch from 1.15 to 1.35 (remembering to maintain 2m distance, hand sanitise and wipe down desks and chairs) while the second half (Group B) can go out to the pitch area marked for their year group (weather permitting). Then when the bell sounds at 1.35pm, the two lunch groups will swop over. Junior students cannot go to local shops or restaurants for lunch.
4th years All students who live close by please go home for lunch each day. SuperValu centre is only available for TYs on Thursday for those who cannot go home: Classes McAuley, O’Riada, Johnston can visit SuperValu from 1.15pm on Thursdays and classes Hone, Gandon, Clarke from 1.35pm. Students who must stay in school for lunch must bring a packed lunch and eat in their tutor base class at 2 metre distance and can use the pitch area marked for their year group (weather permitting). Students can self-divide into two lunch groups if there are too many in a room to eat socially distanced.
5th years: All students who live close by please go home for lunch each day. SuperValu centre is only available for 5th yrs on Tuesday for those who cannot go home: Classes Connolly, Lynn, Markievicz can visit SuperValu from 1.15pm on Tuesdays and classes O’Farrell, Plunkett, Pearse from 1.35pm. Students who must stay in school for lunch must bring a packed lunch and eat in their tutor base class/social area at 2-metre distance and can use the basketball court area marked for their year group (weather permitting). Students can self-divide into two lunch groups if there are too many in a room to eat socially distanced.
6th years: All students who live close by please go home for lunch each day. SuperValu centre only available for 6th yrs on Monday and Friday for those who cannot go home. Classes Hume, Corrigan, Beckett can visit SuperValu from 1.15pm on Mondays and Friday and classes Williams, Walton, Heaney from 1.35pm. Students who must stay in school for lunch must eat in their tutor base class/social area at 2-metre distance and can use the basketball court area marked for their year group (weather permitting). Students can self-divide into two lunch groups if there are too many in a room to eat socially distanced.
Home Time

Junior students classes end at 4pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, at 1.15pm on Wednesday and on 3.20pm on Friday.

Teachers will be releasing senior students slightly (5-10 mins max) early at the end of each school day so there is clear access to tunnels/exits/gates for our junior students.
Parents/guardians dropping or collecting their son/daughter by car should make arrangements to drop/meet their son/daughter away from the school entrance – especially when it is raining. Student safety is a priority.
Thanks
Thank you for taking the time to read through these arrangements and we wish all of our students an enjoyable first week back to the timetable. Parents/guardians can continue to address any queries they may have through the front office admin@lucancc.ie or 016282077.

 

Leaving Class of 2020 – LC Results Information

Leaving Cert Results - St. Kierans College, Secondary School, Kilkenny

Dear LC Class of 2020

We hope that you have managed to relax over the Summer after all of the changes and uncertainty you have lived with since March 2020.

While we would have loved to have you with us on Monday 7th September, the day that you receive your results, sadly due to the current restrictions on visitors to school and shortage of space in the building, it is not possible.

Details of how you will receive your Leaving Certificate results are available here:  https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/d8920c-leaving-cert-2020/ .

You will be able to view your Calculated Grade results online on the student portal. You can download and print your ‘Statement of Provisional Results of Calculated Grades for Leaving Certificate 2020’. This is the only way for students to receive a hard copy of the Calculated Grades as, while schools will be provided with details of the results electronically, formal Statements of Provisional Results will not be issued to schools this year.
If you would like to contact the career guidance counsellor team, please Email: edelmcmanus@lucancc.ie, ainebrooks@lucancc.ie or eileenogara@lucancc.ie depending on who you worked with for the CAO process. General queries can be sent to admin@lucancc.ie or Phone: 016282077. When you make contact the relevant person will get back in touch to arrange an appointment phone call with you. They will do their best to answer your queries or questions either on the day you receive your results, or when you received CAO offers. However, there can be no discussions about schools’ estimated marks or rankings submitted as part of the Calculated Grades process. Any questions or queries in this regard should be directed to the Calculated Grades helpline/email.

Calculated Grades Helpline: 1800-111135 or 1800-111136. Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions the helpdesk phonelines will ONLY be available between 9am and 4 pm on Monday 7th September to Wednesday 16th September. Outside of these hours you can email lcsupport2020@education.gov.ie

On behalf of everyone in Lucan Community College, especially Mr Brett, Ms Clarke and your team of tutors and teachers, I would like to wish you every success and hope that Monday grants you a set of results that appropriately match the hard work and dedication you put into your school work during the last 6 years. May the various paths you follow in the years ahead bring you happiness and fulfillment and may you remember us kindly.

Diane Birnie
Principal
Lucan Community College

Welcome back to 5th Years

Our 5th year management team have sent a message of welcome to our 5th year students with details of times, rooms and equipment needed for their induction day tomorrow, Friday. Please read through this with your son/daughter so that they are prepared for a warm but different welcome back to school.
Message from the 5th year Management Team

Welcome back message and information for 2nd years

Our 2nd year management team have sent a message of welcome to our 2nd year students with details of times, rooms and equipment needed for their induction day tomorrow, Thursday. Please read through this with your son/daughter so that they are prepared for a warm but different welcome back to school.

Message from the 2nd year Management Team

Welcome back to our 3rd year students!

Our 3rd year management team have sent a message of welcome to our 3rd year students with details of times, rooms and equipment needed for their induction day tomorrow, Thursday. Please read through this with your son/daughter so that they are prepared for a warm but different welcome back to school. Message from the 3rd year Management Team

Important Information to Welcome back 6th year

Dear 6th year students
We are looking forward to welcoming you back to school tomorrow. Please see the attached information so that you know times, place and what you need to bring.
Information to welcome back 6th Year students 2020

Locker Access

Lucan Community College Locker Access

Thank you for your patience as we awaited confirmation that it is now safe for students to empty their lockers. We have texted parents with details for each student’s access to lockers.

Monday 17th August 2020 – Locker Access for 1st, 3rd and 6th years 

Face masks & disposable gloves mandatory. Students enter by main tunnel, exit only by pitch tunnel. Parents can park at rear of school to collect students.

Students – please do not loiter around the locker areas and don’t forget your locker key. Thanks.

1st year Locker Access

Class O’Riordan & Greta: 1st yr lockers to be emptied on Mon 17th between 9.00 -9.30am.  

Class Collison & Gonzalez: 1st yr lockers to be emptied on Mon 17th between 9.45-10.15am.  

Class Walsh & Malala: 1st yr lockers to be emptied on Mon 17th between 10.30-11.00am.  

3rd year Locker Access 

Class Newman & Roche: 3rd yr lockers to be emptied on Mon 17th between 11.15 – 11.45am.  

Class Freeman & Higgins: 3rd yr lockers to be emptied on Mon 17th between 11.45-12.15pm.  

Class McVerry & Clandillon: 3rd yr lockers to be emptied on Mon 17th between 12.25-12.55pm.  

6th year Locker Access 

6th years – 2.00 – 3.00pm only. Locker keys to be handed back in to box provided near front office. 

 

Tuesday 18th August 2020 – Locker Access  for 2nd and 5th years

2nd year Locker Access   

Face masks & disposable gloves mandatory. Students enter by front of M, exit only by rear of M.  Parking at rear of school to collect students. Students – please do not loiter around the locker areas and please don’t forget your locker key. Thanks 

Class Setanta & Grainne: 2nd yr lockers to be emptied on Tues 18th between 10.00 – 10.30am.  

Class Lir & Meabh: 2nd yr lockers to be emptied on Tues 18th between 10.40 – 11.10am.  

Class Danu: 2nd yr lockers to be emptied on Tues 18th between 11.15 – 11.45am.  

5th year Locker Access 

5th year Locker Access to L area between 10am – 11.30am 

5th yr lockers to be emptied on Tuesday 18th between 10 – 11.30am. Face masks & disposable gloves mandatory. Students enter by main L area doors & exit only by L back doors. Parents can park at Adamstown Road side of school to collect students & books. Students – no loitering & please don’t forget your locker key. Thanks 

 

If any student is cannot access their locker at the specified time we will unlock and place remaining locker contents in a labelled bag for collection when the school reopens for students. Students from counties with HSE restrictions should not attend at this time.

Calculated Grades: Next steps for LC and LCA students (updated 21 July 2020)

Dear Leaving Certificate 2020 students/parents/guardians

The Department of Education has asked you to log in to the Online Portal (Link to press release) to formally opt-in to receive calculated grades. You will receive a text message to the number you provided when you registered and the opt-in process starts from midday on Monday 20th July. Please logon to the portal at gov.ie/leavingcertificate to opt-in before the deadline of 4pm Monday 27th July. It is my understanding that you can only receive calculated grades for your LC subjects if you complete this opt-in process. You still have an opportunity to opt-in to sit the written exams when they are held (provisionally planned for November, subject to public health advice), if you choose to do so. A booklet of information for students has been compiled and can be accessed here.
Important Dates
Dates that have been confirmed by the Department are as follows (but please keep an eye on the links provided in case of changes and to check the deadline times):
7th Sept 2020: Leaving Cert results issued directly to students
11th Sept 2020: CAO round 1 offers
16th Sept 2020: deadline for accepting round 1 offer
23rd Sept 2020: CAO round 2 offers
26th Sept 2020: deadline for accepting round 2 offer
No further round offer dates are available as yet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I have a question about the calculated grades process. Where can I get help?
A: Unfortunately the school staff are currently on Summer holidays and queries to the school phone or email will not be answered. Please contact the Calculated Grades helpdesk directly at lcsupport2020@education.gov.ie if you have any questions. No information other than that provided in this update about this stage of the process has been provided to schools.
Q: I have just completed 5th year LCA. Do I need to go onto the portal?
A: Yes. The latest information states that you will receive a text a text message and you will need to login to the portal and opt-in to receive your LCA Year 1 grades.
Q: When will my college course start?
A: Each college or institution will make its own arrangements and are currently working to finalise starting dates – probably in late September or early October. Check the college website or whatever contact information is provided to you by the college/university.
Q: Will the result be issues in time for me to attend a course outside Ireland?
A: Students who applied to the UK through the UCAS system and receive an offer of a course based on their results on Sept 7th, will be in a position to accept that course in time. If you have applied to a college in any other country please check the dates for that course directly with that college to see if your results will be issued before their deadline.
Q: Can I appeal my LC grades?
A: Yes. The appeal process will be outlined when results are issued and appeals can be made from 14th September. This year it appears that the appeal process will only ensure that the steps in assigning the calculated grades process were correctly followed and will not be able to judge whether or not the grade you received was appropriate.
Q: Can I talk to my guidance counsellor for advice when the results and CAO offers come out?
A: Our guidance counsellors will be available to offer advice as usual but as the new school year will have started when the results are issued it is important that you contact the school by phone (016282077) or email (Admin@lucancc.ie) to arrange an appointment for a phone call with a guidance counsellor. There may also be national phone helplines available to offer advice. Keep an eye on the gov.ie/leavingcertificate website and on newspaper reports.

We wish all of our students the very best of good luck with the process.

Diane Birnie
(Principal)

LC Update for 2020 Graduates

Dear 2020 Graduates of Lucan Community College

I wish to inform you that the school stage of the Calculated Grades process is now complete and was submitted to the Calculated Grades portal last Saturday.

Your teachers put a lot of thought and effort into completing the process and school management worked hard during June to ensure that all parts of the process were carried out and results entered exactly as instructed by the Calculated Grades section of the Department.

May I thank you and your parents on behalf of the school community for the manner in which you dealt with the final weeks of term and the absence of inappropriate pressure or interference in the calculated grades process. It was a challenging role for teachers to take on – but it was made that much easier by the knowledge that you put your trust in them to be fair, unbiased and professional.

My congratulations to your Student of the Year Emma Fallon and your Overall Student of College Alex Hanley (announced by video on our school website) and to all of the finalists and nominees.

We will post out your school reference and your Year Book in the coming weeks and we hope that they bring a smile to your face and a renewed sense of pride in all you accomplished during your time with us. When school restarts and circumstances are clearer, we will start to plan for a graduation and prize-giving event and will be in touch again. As your school email addresses will no longer be active in the new school year, communication will be by text message through your parent/guardian mobile phone.

We hope that June has been a more relaxing month for you and that everything will work out well for you in the coming months until the results are released and in the coming years as you map out your future.

It was a pleasure knowing each and every one of you.

Take care,

Diane Birnie

Caretaker Position Available

Lucan Community College is delighted to announce that is it advertising for a caretaker position. This position will be a permanent full time or part time position and the successful candidate(s) will join our current caretaker and school maintenance team.
Please see Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board’s advert below.

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Job description is available here
Application form is available here.
Further details from apply@ddletb.ie