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Lucan Community College increases 1st year enrolment number for 2021 from 144 to 168

The Board of Management of Lucan Community College at its meeting on Tuesday 14th December 2020 decided to increase the maximum number of places to be offered in First Year 2021 from 144 to 168.

This decision was made in response to the large number of parents who wrote to the Board to request an increase in enrolment. The decision also serves to maintain a steady number of students enrolled from year to year to maximise the teacher allocation and other resources currently received by the college.

Places will now be offered to the next 24 applicants on the Category B waiting list. We ask parents of applicants who intend to accept a place in Lucan Community College to let other schools they either have a place in or are on the waiting list for, know of their decision so that places can be made available for students who are currently without a school place in the area. All second level schools are currently comparing acceptance and waiting lists on the instructions of the Department of Education and Skills in order to ascertain if there are sufficient places for students in the area.

As stated in the enrolment policy, the Board reserve the right to decide the maximum number of places that will be offered in 1st year each year and to make adjustments to the maximum number of students accepted into other year group as it deemed necessary being mindful of the need to ensure overall student numbers do not exceed levels appropriate to the capacity of the school building and safety considerations arising from its design.

Link to Admissions Policy page

TY news, Maths week and 1st year message

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World Teachers’ Day 2020


Monday 5th October 2020 was World Teachers’ Day. As Principal, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our teachers and other education personnel for rising to the challenge even in the most adverse circumstances to ensure that our students can continue their learning. Teachers, SNAs, Office staff, Caretaking and housekeeping staff, the Deputy Principal Team and the many people who have taken on leadership roles in helping us to prepare for and adapt to the new protocols in place, all play essential roles in our school community and we owe them our recognition and respect for their daily work, perseverance and professionalism during these exceptional times.

In a recent letter to the Chairperson of the Board of Management of Lucan Community College, the Chief Executive of Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board, Caitriona Murphy, acknowledged the outstanding work of the Senior Management team of Lucan Community College and of the staff in reopening the school. Ms Murphy said “I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for this and their commitment, motivation and drive to ensure that our learners returned to a safe school environment”.

Let us take this opportunity to celebrate the wonderful team of staff who are keeping Lucan Community College a working learning safe school environment.

Addition to Code of Behaviour for Covid-19 protocols

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

This policy coupled with our newly adopted additional rule from our last Board meeting:
should act as a clear deterrent to any student who is not taking the special arrangements seriously.
We are delighted by the respect shown by most of our students for our rules and usually a gentle reminder by staff is all that is needed to correct something. However, having the strength of wording of this policy behind the school in case of a serious infringement offers reassurance to the school community that such matters will be taken seriously and that the health, safety, physical and mental wellbeing of all school staff and students and their families are of absolute importance.
While classroom compliance with the rules and regulations is at a very high level, we have some ongoing concerns about the physical distancing of students outside of classrooms and on the journey to and from school. We ask all parents/guardians and students to discuss this seriously and return next week with a determination to follow physical distancing rules more strictly. Remember we are doing this not only for our own safety but also for that of the most vulnerable in our wider school community.
Please ensure that parents/guardians and students discuss this new policy and its implications over the days ahead as it is now officially part of our code of behaviour even though it is not published in the student journal.

College delighted with our Engineering/Metalwork Subject Inspection Report

Lucan Community College is delighted with the newly published subject inspection report for Metalwork and Engineering. This report was written after a subject inspection lasting over two school days, several classroom observations and meetings with teachers and school management. The report commends the very high quality of teaching and learning observed; the kind, supportive student-centred learning environment; the reactive differentiation and scaffolding and high quality of assessment; the strength of teacher demonstrations and questioning techniques; the very thorough lesson preparation and planning, and the quality of the Health and Safety procedures in the classroom.

You can read the full report here.

Public Meeting about Lucan CC Extension Plans

extensionPublic information Meeting re Lucan Community College’s extension and refurbishment plans will be held at 4.30pm on Thursday 22nd June in the college. This meeting will outline the Planning Permission Application, display plans for the building and personnel from the Building Team of DDLETB will be available to answer queries. Please confirm your interest in attending by booking a free ticket through Eventbrite so that we can have an idea of numbers.

Lucan CC Extension gets the go ahead

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We have just been advised that the Department of Education and Skills review of Stage 2A is now complete. Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board will shortly receive written notification that we can now proceed to Stage 2B. The design team will then begin the Stage 2B work which has as its stated objectives to:

  • Obtain all statutory approvals
  • Ensure that the project is fully designed and detailed before going to tender and that all the information necessary to complete the construction is included in the Tender Documents. This includes:
    • Preparation of detailed design drawings and specifications for the design within the agreed project budget, incorporating any conditions arising from statutory approval, to enable the preparation of a Bill of Quantities (or other agreed tender documentation) based on full and complete design.
    • Preparation of the Bill of Quantities (or other agreed tender documentation) and all other tender documentation required. (See also DTP2012 – Preparation of Tender Documents)
  • Prepare an accurate pre-tender cost estimate not more than 1 month before the issue of request for tenders.

As a community we are absolutely delighted with the news that our much needed extension has moved ahead to the next stage of planning. This represents a huge step forward for Lucan Community College, our students, teachers and parents in getting a school building to match the quality of our teaching and learning. We want to acknowledge the huge effort made by our pupils with their petition and also our Board members, parents and teachers with their individual letters to the Minister for Education and local representatives in getting the extension back on track. We also acknowledge the ongoing work of the DDLETB building team who are managing this process. We sincerely hope it now moves ahead at speed without any further delays.

We need your support now – Delay in Lucan CC extension and refurbishment

 

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As all members of our school community will be aware we have been awaiting the provision of a school extension and refurbishment for over ten years. We now need your support to move the school extension process forward. It appears that it is now delayed in the DES building unit awaiting approval to proceed to Stage 2B. So how can you help? Please print, address, sign and forward copies of the letters below through any means possible (mail, email, social media) and encourage other people to send them to as many people as possible on the contact list below and to anyone else who may be able to offer representation on our behalf. This is a really crucial time in the school extension process and everyone’s support is much needed at this time.

Letter from current members of our school community
Letter from future members of our school community
Contact List

 

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Contact List

Minister Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Education and Skills. Fine Gael

01-6183103

E-mail: richard_bruton@education.gov.ie

Minister’s Department email:minister@education.gov.ie

Marlborough St, North City, Dublin 1, D01 RC96

Minister Frances Fitzgerald TD, Tánaiste, Minister for Justice and Equality. Fine Gael

457 7712
Frances.fitzgerald@oir.ie
www.francesfitzgerald.ie

John Curran T.D. – Fiannal Fáil

Email: John.curran@oireachtas.ie
Ph: 01 6183792.
facebook.com/john.curranff
Twitter: @curranjohna

Gino Kenny T.D, People Before Profit

Phone: 01-403007/01-6183816
Email – gino.kenny@oir.ie

Cllr. William Lavelle – Fine Gael

Fine Gael Leader on SDCC, Chairman of SDCC Planning & Transport Committee, Chairperson of Board of Management, Lucan Community College
36 St. Andrews Drive, Lucan
0874107
wlavelle@sdublincoco.ie

Cllr. Vicki Casserly – Fine Gael

Peace Commissioner
Tel: 0858317982
Email: vickicasserlyfg@gmail.com
Twitter: @vickicasserly
Facebook: www.facebook.com/vickicasserlyLucan

Cllr. Ed O’Brien – Fianna Fáil

Constituency Office 9/10 The Village Centre, Lucan.
Ph: 610 5811. Mob: 087 799 7609
Email: eobrien@cllrs.sdublincoco.ie
Deputy Leader Fianna Fáil Group on South Dublin County Council.

Cllr Paul Gogarty – Independent Community Alliance

Not just at election time
Tel: 087-2752489.
Email: info@paulgogarty.com

Cllr. Danny O’Brien – Sinn Fein

Ph: 086 857 0828
Email: dannyobrien@cllrs.sdublincoco.ie
Member of the Environment, Public Realm and Climate Change SPC.

Caitríona McClean Rúnaí Connolly Sarsfield Cumann Fianna Fáil Lucan

086-3898327
nó ag cmaemcclean@hotmail.com

Cllr. Liona O’Toole Independent

Chair of Lucan/Palmerstown Area Committee, Member of Board of Management, Lucan Community College
lotoole@cllrs.sdublincoco.ie
087-2795274.
lionaotoole.com

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Plans for our Extension

Our new building will include:

  • New student entrances
  • Full sized PE hall capable of facilitating two class groups at once with fitness suite above
  • Two new Art rooms with built in kiln for pottery
  • New Science rooms
  • Dedicated Library
  • New computer rooms
  • Dedicated Special Needs Unit (most probably for students on Autistic Spectrum)
  • Refurbished and new T4 rooms including: technology, technical graphics/DCG, metalwork/engineering and woodwork/construction studies
  • Improved use of courtyard space
  • Larger canteen facilities

Substance Misuse Policy updated

The Board of Management recently updated the school’s Substance Misuse Policy. Lucan Community College shows no tolerance of activities that would cause any member of the school community to feel threatened, alone, insignificant, victimised or unsafe in any way. To this end the college operates a Substance Misuse policy which was written and reviewed in consultation with the Parents’ Association, staff and representatives of An Garda Siochana. This policy is part of our overall Code of Behaviour.