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You can read the letter at this link either: St Vincent de Paul Secret Bag Collection Christmas Letter 2020
14th December 2020
Dear Students, Families & Colleagues,
This December marks 35 years of you the College families, students and staff supporting the local St. Vincent de Paul Society. Thank you for your generosity and support over the years. It is really appreciated by the local families who it helps.
The tradition of collecting and distributing hampers to the local community and the subsequent “Secret Bag” collection was initiated and organised by our recently retired colleague, Margaret Ryan, who completed 34 annual collections for the local St. Vincent de Paul conference – for which thank her sincerely.
This year Christmas 2020 sees additional needs for many families in the local community in these difficult and challenging times. It is vital that Lucan Community College continues to support St. Vincent de Paul and their work in our community. Fundraising for the local society has been hugely impacted by Covid-19 restrictions (the cancellation of church-gate collections etc.), so it has never been a more important year to keep up the tradition of supporting St. Vincent de Paul here in Lucan.
On Wednesday 16th of December we are having our annual Christmas collection for the local St. Vincent de Paul society. It will once again take the form of a “secret bag collection” where students will pass around a bag and place in it, some money towards the society. Big or small, all contributions are gratefully appreciated and will go directly into the community to help those in need this Christmas. Please give as generously as possible.
If you are a family in need, the services of St. Vincent de Paul are available to you, so please contact your local branch here in Lucan.
A most sincere Thank You in anticipation of your kindness and generosity, and a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and New Year to all.
Ms. Martina Feeney, Ms. Marissa Mulhern, Ms. Nicola Walsh
STAND UP AWARENESS WEEK
it’s important that every child feels safe and happy in school and as teachers that’s what matters to us all. Research has shown that 6-10% of any group of young people may be LGBT+ so it’s likely some of our students will benefit from having this week in school! LCC is a warm, inclusive, support environment, this really matters so much for our young people. No one should ever feel alone.
A series of conversations with Dr Colman Noctor Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. Click on the link below for more details.
Students and Parents/Guardians please note:
The Board of Management have approved the following additional policy provided by the Department of Education relating to students following all arrangements in place for the health and safety of our students. It can be read in full here: Lucan CC Covid-19 Health and Safety Policy
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
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 email@example.com 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.
During these uncertain and uneasy times of remote learning during school closure Covid-19, the staff of Scoil Mhuire made this short video to remind their students to stay positive. Music credit …
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd Years email@example.com
3rd Years firstname.lastname@example.org
4TH Years email@example.com
5th Years firstname.lastname@example.org
6th Years email@example.com
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 😁