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HSE Vaccination for 1st years

The college will host their annual vaccination days as part of the HSE’s Vaccination Programme on Monday 28th September and 12th October for our new first year students. The vaccines will b delivered to both boys and girls.

Monday 28th September: classes Cedar, Elm and Oak will receive their vaccines

Monday 12th October: classes Rowan, Sycamore and Willow will receive their vaccines

A letter has been sent home with students and this must be returned by Monday 21st September to tutors during morning tutorial.

The HSE will administer the following vaccines to boost immunity and protect against additional diseases:

HPV vaccine which protects against HPV related cancers

Tdap vaccine which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (Pertussis)

MenACWY (Meningitis) vaccine  which protects against meningococcal types A, C, W and Y

More details of the vaccinations and what is required can be found here HSE School Vaccinations September 2020

Welcome back information for our Transition Year students

Message from the Transition Year Management Team

Dear Parents and Students,

The Transition year management team are looking forward to welcoming the students back to Lucan Community College on Friday after our prolonged absence. Management and staff have been busy making preparations for your safe return to school.

We would like to outline a few brief reminders as you get ready to join us on Friday 4th September at 9.45am.

  • On your arrival at school all Transition year students should enter by the front gate. Please arrive on time and go straight to your assigned room.
  • Classes Mc Auley, O’Riada, Johnston and Hone turn right and proceed towards your allocated room in area M.
  • Class Clarke turn right and enter the building via the student K tunnel and proceed to the Dining Hall.
  • Class Gandon turn left and enter the building via the student C tunnel and proceed to Room F5
  • Parents are not allowed to enter the school grounds without first making an appointment through the front office.
    Your Deputy Principal, Mr Brett and I will be there to greet you and guide you to your rooms.
  • Your induction will take place in the following rooms:

Class Mc Auley: Room M1 with tutor Mr Callaghan

Class O’Riada: Room M3 with tutor Mr Foley

Class Johnston: Room M4 with tutor Ms Dowling

Class Hone: Room M5 with tutors Ms Suttle and Ms Cormac

Class Clarke: Dining Hall with tutors Iníon Ní Chonaola and Mr Spillane

Class Gandon: Room F5 with tutor Ms O’Donoghue

  • We are sure that you are getting ready for your return to school and that you have your uniform, books, equipment for each subject, pencil case and school bag ready as advised in previous emails.
    On your first visit please just bring a copy and pen/pencil case. You will receive your school journal and important items of information can be written into this.
    Please bring a drink and a snack with you as you will be in the college until 12.15pm

Remember to have your student hygiene kit in a sealable plastic bag containing the following:

  • a small bottle of hand-gel sanitiser.
  • two reusable washable face-coverings (face-mask design must be appropriate for a school setting – use common sense please!) Face coverings should be kept in a plastic bag when not in use.
  • a small face towel for drying.
  • Please do not bring any books with you for your induction day. As students start classes from September 7th you should only bring in what you can comfortably manage to carry in your school bag. Teachers will advise students of what essential items are needed for class.

Your tutors will go through all the finer details with you on Friday.

We look forward to seeing you then.

Kind regards.

Una Twyford and the management team.

Transition Year Programme Coordinator Welcome Letter to Parents

Transition Year Greeting

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you are all keeping well and I look forward to seeing our TY students back in Lucan Community College for their Induction presentation on Friday morning, 4th September. The Department of Education has planned a full return to school for all students and this has had considerable impact on how we would normally run our Transition Year programme. I ask for your support and understanding while we attempt to navigate these unchartered waters. I intend to proceed with TY with the same spirit, enthusiasm and dedication as was the case pre Covid19 but, of course, there may be sudden changes along the way. However, I can ensure you that I will endeavour to think positively and creatively if faced with such changes.

The scheduled Transition Year programme is dynamic, varied and provides great learning opportunities. I am confident that the timetable and any activities that are planned will be beneficial and meet the social, educational and developmental needs for all our students.

Many students may experience difficulty securing work experience in Term 1 and they will instead continue to follow their scheduled timetable in school during those two weeks in October. We hope that the situation may have changed by the February slot. If you have secured work experience (that follows all HSE guidelines) you may proceed with this during this two-week window before October mid-term.

Students usually participate in voluntary community work experience on a Friday afternoon and again it is unlikely that many students will be in a position to secure these placements this year. I have arranged for an on-line module called ‘Make That Course’ that each student will be obliged to complete in lieu of this component. This will be completed at home but the student’s progress will be monitored and credits will be awarded accordingly. All details will be given to the students at their induction.

Many thanks to all of you who have submitted the TY Application forms to me in June, however there are still some outstanding. This form must be completed on-line (available on the school website www.lucancc.ie) before the TY students return on  4th September. Thanks also to those of you who have paid the first instalment of the TY fee which is to be paid by September 11th through the school’s on-line payment system. I am mindful of the financial constraints facing some families and at all times trying to get best value when sourcing TY programmes and courses. For now, this first instalment is required and we will seek payment of the second instalment later in the Term.

I look forward to re-engaging with the students and building on their progress over the junior years. All of us in Lucan Community College continue to have high expectations for our students in terms of attendance, punctuality and crucially, participation in all class work and all activities. The more positive the student’s attitude this year, the more positive the outcomes will be for them. We are all here to support and guide them at this juncture but we are mindful that Transition Year demands more independent engagement from our students. Together we will make this a rewarding and enjoyable year, one that will enhance them as people and learners and a memorable one for all.

I look forward to working closely with Ms Twyford, as Year Head to this group and her team of tutors and to getting to know your sons and daughters.

If you have any further queries, please feel free to contact me at imeldahiggins@lucancc.ie

Yours sincerely,

Imelda Higgins Programme Coordinator

Important information to welcome our new 1st year students

Welcome all First Year students.

Greetings from Lucan Community College. My name is Ms. Clarke, I am your Year Head and I am here with your class teachers, tutors, SNA’s, front office staff, caretakers, deputy principals and principal, to support you as you begin your time in our college. It is with great pleasure that we send you this message as we are looking forward to your arrival and first school day with us here in Lucan Community College. We are busy getting ready for your first visit which will take place on Tuesday 1st September at 9am.

We are sure that you are getting ready for your adventure to your new secondary school and that you have your books, equipment for each subject, pencil case and school bag ready. On your first visit please just bring a copy and pen/pencil case. You will receive your school journal, so important items of information can be written into this. Please also bring a drink and a snack with you as you will be in the college until 12 noon. Remember to have your student hygiene kit consisting of a closable plastic bag/similar carrying device containing a small bottle of hand-gel sanitiser, reusable washable face-covering (plus a spare), a plastic bag to hold the face-covering when not in use (face-mask design must be appropriate for a school setting – use common sense please!) and a small face towel for drying.

We want to make your transition from Primary to Secondary education as smooth as possible. We will all work together in a positive manner to ensure your first year with us is memorable, exciting and an enjoyable place to develop sociably and academically.

On your arrival to school on Tuesday 1st September, please arrive on time for 9am but not too early as access before 8.55am is restricted due to Covid-19. Parents please note that you are not allowed to enter the front gates of the school (by foot or car) – this marks the departure point for students and parents. As you enter the school gate turn left and you will see the doors open. You will enter the school building by the tunnel (area C) which is located on the left-hand side of the school building (marked Tunnel Entrance on map below and shown in photograph here on the left). Your Deputy Principal, Mr Brett and I will be there to greet you and guide you to your rooms.

Class Cedar will go to room B1 with your tutor Mr Carey.

Class Elm will go to room B2 with their tutor Ms Bean.

Class Sycamore will go to room E2 with their tutor Ms Mc Geever.

Class Oak will proceed to room E4 with their tutors Ms Flynn and Ms Healy.

Class Rowan will proceed to room M1 with their tutor Ms Mc Manus and Ms Duggan.

Class Willow will go to the dining hall with their tutors Ms Quirke and Ms Barbour.

Here is a map of the school. Enter by the ‘Tunnel Entrance’. Each of your classrooms are colour coded on the map but do not worry because we will meet you at the door and direct you where to go.

You will all be made very welcome to your new place of learning. You have a wonderful group of caring tutors who are exciting about getting to know you. Each tutor will chat to you and answer any questions you may have as they inform you of the daily running of the school which includes going through our new covid-19 practices, your timetable, subjects, homework, wellbeing, organisation tips, journal, code of behaviour. You will each get a colourful informative booklet titled ‘A parent’s guide to the Junior Cycle’. You will also receive an induction booklet which we will fill in together.

This is an exciting time for you all and I know that many of you may be a little anxious but please be assured that we aim to make your time in Lucan CC special. Our prefect team are going to help you settle in. The prefect team will take each class group individually and give you a tour of the school to make sure you are familiar with our building. This will be timetabled to allow small groups to view the school. You will get the opportunity to get to know other students in your class and give you the opportunity to make new friends.

Please note that we will NOT be using lockers for the start of the school year. Please do not bring any books with you for your induction day. As students start classes from September 7th they should only bring in what they can comfortably manage to carry in their school bag. Teachers will advise students of what essential items are needed for class.

At the end of your first school day your tutor will guide you out of the building.

Looking forward to seeing you at 9am on Tuesday 1st September.

Thanks.

 

Ms Clarke and team.

Online School Books available for free to all students and parents!

Edco, Educate.ie and Folens have announced that they will provide free access for students to their e-books and e-learning content during the current coronavirus pandemic. Please see the details below for information on how to access these resources. A huge thank you to the companies for ensuring that students have access to their learning materials in these unprecedented times for school learning.

EDCO EBOOKS

In an effort to provide a solution to make it as easy as possible for every student, teacher and parent to access our Primary, Junior and Leaving Cert e-books, we have created free accounts which you can use to access everything you need to keep you going over the coming weeks.

 

Edco Website = https://www.edcolearning.ie/login

 

Junior Cycle:

Username= jcedcobooks Password= edco2020

 

Leaving Certificate:

Username= lcedcobooks Password= edco2020

 

FOLENS EBOOKS

To lend a helping hand to schools and parents over the coming weeks Folens are also giving access to all their digital resources and eBooks on FolensOnline.ie.

Parents, students and teachers can follow the steps below to get access:

 

  1. Go to Folensieand click register
  2. Select Teacher
  3. Fill in a username, email and password
  4. For Roll Number use the code:  Sec20

EDUCATE.IE

Home Study page with free access for both primary and post primary students/teachers/parents.

https://educateplus.ie/homestudy

 

Department of Education Announce Cancellation of Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle Oral and Practical Performance Tests

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (Thursday 19 March 2020) announced the cancellation of oral and practical performance tests of the state examinations which were originally scheduled to take place from Monday 23 March to Friday 3 April 2020.

All students who were due to take these tests will be awarded full marks for this portion of the exam.

The decision was taken in light of the closure of schools as a result of the Covid-19 virus and it will be implemented by the State Examinations Commission (SEC).

Minister McHugh said: “This is a difficult time for all. Students are facing a challenging period out of school and our decision on this element of the exams is being taken with their best interests at heart.

“It is the fairest response we could take in the circumstances. It guarantees that no student will score less than they would have if schools had been operating as normal.

“We have seen a new emphasis on remote learning amid the uncertainty about the impact of Covid-19 and the closure of all schools. I hope this decision will ease some of the pressure that students are feeling and allow them to focus more clearly on completing project work and preparing for written exams.”

The change to the 2020 state examinations means all students who were due to take oral and practical performance tests in the following subjects will be given full marks for this part of the examination:

  • Oral tests in Leaving Certificate Irish and the Modern Languages of French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Japanese.
  • Practical performance tests in Leaving Certificate Music.
  • Practical performance tests in Junior Certificate Music and Home Economics.

Minister McHugh also confirmed changes to deadlines for students to complete project work and coursework in a number of subjects.

Students were originally scheduled to complete these elements of the state examinations on a number of dates from Friday 20 March to Friday 24 April 2020, depending on the subject.

Students will now be given until Friday 15 May 2020 to complete this work.

Minister McHugh said: “We know we are asking a lot of people in order to stem the spread of Covid-19. In response to that I want students and their parents or guardians and teachers to be given flexibility as they work towards the exams.

“All of Government is hugely grateful for the effort, commitment and energy that students and teachers are putting in to continue education in difficult circumstances. I urge you all to keep up the momentum and focus on preparing for the exams.”

Minister McHugh also said the Department will continue to work with the State Examinations Commission to monitor the Covid-19 situation in terms of its potential impact on the other later scheduled components of the state examinations.

“We will continue to respond at the right time and in the right way, with the impact on our students at the forefront of our minds,” Minister McHugh said.

The Minister also advised of steps taken by the Department to minimise the impact on teaching and learning of the current school closures. All schools have been asked to continue to plan lessons and, where possible, provide online resources for students or online lessons where schools are equipped to do so. Schools have also been asked to be conscious of students that may not have access to online facilities and to consider this actively in their responses. School buildings are available to staff if they wish to access the facilities in order to provide online delivery, or essential services once this is in line with Health Service Executive (HSE) advice.

The Department of Education and Skills will continue to provide supports to the education sector at this time, particularly schools with students taking State examinations.

The Department of Education and Skills has been liaising closely on a continual basis with the Department of Health in relation to Coronavirus/Covid-19 since early January. This will continue.

Over €1700 raised through LCC Annual Secret Bag Collection for SVP

We held our annual school collection for the local St. Vincent de Paul Society again this festive period raising more than €1700 for those in need.

Christmas can be a difficult time for many in our community and we have been lucky to have been able to support the great work of our local St Vincent de Paul.

In fact this December marks 34 years of Lucan Community College, its families, students and staff, of support for SVP in the community. A most sincere thank you to all our school community for supporting the great work of St Vincent de Paul.

A huge thank you to Ms Ryan, Ms Mulhern and Ms Walsh and our college prefect team for their hard work in organizing the collection.

Kieran McBride, president of the St Patricks Lucan conference of St Vincent de Paul was present during our Christmas concert to accept the monies raised.

Lucan CC Christmas Carol Concert

Christmas came early last Thursday night with a night of fabulous festive cheer as part of our now infamous Christmas Carol Concert.

There wasn’t a seat left in the house for our Lucan CC Carol service as we gathered as a school community, past and present, to celebrate the true spirit of Christmas.

And what could be more pure than to be present on a cold December evening for a celebration of readings, dancing and singing.

The whole LCC community are immensely proud of all our wonderful student performers, the full school choir, past pupils, the LCC Trad group and the orchestra.

Thank you to Ms Conway and her team of merry teacher helpers (front of stage and backstage!) who worked so hard to bring this special event together.

Human Rights Day in Lucan CC

Lucan Community College students celebrated World Human Rights Day on December the 10th with an awards ceremony in the hall for the winners of Human Rights themed competitions.

The winners of poetry, art, photography and the “Great LCC Bake Off” competitions were presented with their certificates and prizes bt the LCC Amnesty students who organised the events.

The spectacular event was concluded with an action by the Amnesty students raising awareness of  “Write for Rights” cases  in support of the campaigns for justice for Sarah Mardini and Seán Binder, Yiliyasijiang Reheman, Yasaman Aryani and Nasu Abdulaziz.

All of our Human Rights Day events were very successful in raising awareness and in celebrating at LCC, the 71st anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights.

Thank you to Lucan Community College Parents Association for providing finance for the prizes for these competitions.

Child Protection Procedure Update

Please note the following changes in our Child Protection Procedure. As of 20th November 2019 the Deputy Designated Liaison Person (DDLP) is Mr Stephen Brett, Deputy Principal.