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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.
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.
The Model Council of the European Union debate took place on Thursday, 27 February In Dublin Castle. The annual debate is a simulation of a meeting of the Council of the European Union. Each EU Member State is represented by a team of students from a secondary school. Our team of three 5th yr politcs and society students from Lucan Community was proud to represent Sweden and participate in the debate. Some students and staff attended the event , supporting the team. The motion for discussion, on the topic of Climate Action, was if the EU should increase its target for carbon emissions to 50/55 %
The debate was chaired by Barry Andrews, MEP. It was officially opened by Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Climate and environment and Ciarain Cuffe MEP, gave closing speech.
The debate judges were Noelle O’Connell, Executive Director of the European Movement Ireland; Mary McCaughey, Head of Information and Communication at the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions; and Michael Ewing, Development Officer at the Irish Environmental Network & Environmental Pillar. Ambassadors of all EU Member State embassies to Ireland Members of the European Parliament were invited to attend the event.
Please see the Junior and Leaving Certificate Examination timetables for the upcoming state exams in June 2020.
Congratulations to our amazing Junior Certificate class of 2019.
Their superb results today were a testament to the hard work put in by the students over their three years of Junior Cycle study.
Huge credit must also go to their teachers who ensured that every student was prepared for their exams in June 2019 but also for their many classroom based assessments (CBAs) that constitute a growing part of the state exams of the new Junior Cycle curriculum.
The smiling faces and tears of joy were wonderful to see as so many were delighted with the results after putting in the hard work.
We hope every student enjoy their celebrations tonight and over the weekend with family and friends before returning to school on Monday morning.
Congratulations to Artiom Proshkovichs, class Hone in Transition Year, who has received two awards at the ETTA Engineering association national conference.
The national event took place last weekend in Mullingar with Artiom receiving a piece of crystal for his outstanding achievement in getting the highest result in the country in Junior Certificate Technology.
If this was not achievement enough Artiom’s Junior Cerificate project also came 3rd overall at national level.
Two amazing achievements for a brilliant student and his dedicated teacher Mr John Spillane.
Lucan Community College was a sea of smiles as our 2018 Junior Certificate/Cycle students received their results on September 12th.
Ms Birnie and Deputy Principals Mr Purcell, Mr Brett and Ms Kirwan were amazed and so proud as the standard of results achieved this year were simply outstanding.
The staff of Lucan Community College joined in congratulating the 142 students who completed their examinations this year as they opened their results in a sun-drenched Memorial Garden.
Particular mention goes to top achiever Faye Murphy with 9As and a distinction (perfect grades in every subject). However the standard of results was outstanding across the range of subjects in the college.
In Home Economics 90% of our students took higher level (compared to 85% nationally) with an amazing 88% of students achieving an A or B grade at this level (compared to 62% nationally). 95% of our Science students opted for the higher level exam (compared to 80% nationally) with half of those students achieving a grade A or B (compared to 38% nationally).
In Maths, 65% of our students took the higher level paper (above the national average of 57%) with 99% of students passing across all levels of the subject (87%).
90% of our history students took higher level with 20% achieving a grade A (both statistics are above the national average). 92% of our students took higher level geography with 40% achieving a grade A or B (again above the national average).
Our Modern Foreign Languages team (French and German) had more than 10% more students taking higher level compared to the national averages in these subjects and ensured that almost every student achieved a pass at their chosen level (0.04% failure rate compared to 13% failure rate nationally).
These statistics represent just some of the ways that students in the college are achieving well over the national average in the state examinations which reflects and rewards the hard work of both students and teachers.
While statistics show the overall success of this year group, we celebrate in particular the individual achievements of students who overcame challenges and setbacks and we appreciate the help and support given to them along the way by parents and staff.
The Lucan Community College Junior Certificate/Cycle class of 2018 can justifiable celebrate three years of hard work and effort.
The students will be issued with their Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement later this year which will include details of their final exam grades (following conclusion of the appeals process), results from their English Classroom Base Assessments as well as a profile of student’s involvement in other aspects of school activities.
The JCPA marks the widening of the assessment process to reward achievement across a broader spectrum of student learning.
Particular thanks must go to all of the teachers, parents and support staff who helped to prepare our students for their examinations and who created opportunities in our curricular and extra-curricular programme to engage students in a broad and balanced educational experience.
Transition Year students will receive their provisional Junior Cycle result on Wednesday at 11:30am approximately. Students will attend normal classes from 8.55am. Gardaí visited our Transition Year students today to offer advise about how to celebrate appropriately and safely. Parents can read the advice here. Students should return to class on Thursday at 10:25am. Mr Byrne, tutors and all of the school wish everyone the very best of luck for Wednesday.
Diane Birnie (Principal) and Deputy Principals Andrew Purcell and Stephen Brett congratulated Junior Cycle students on their outstanding results this year in the first ever Junior Certificate/Junior Cycle examination. Celebrations began as the 164 students who completed their examinations this year collected their results envelopes with the college justifiably proud of their achievements.
Particular mention goes to top achiever Samuel Doyle with 8As and a distinction in the new Junior Cycle English examination. Alex Hanley, Lucy Reade, Delfin Malaj, Sophie Scanlon, Laura Lakes, Sheik Bah, David Akinwale, Emmet Bellew, Aaron McGrath, Stanko Lazerevic, Gabrielle Kolesnikovaite, Sean Egan and Aisling Kavanagh who were among our top achievers achieving at least 5As.
Principal and former Year Head Ms Birnie and Deputy Principals Mr Purcell and Mr Brett joined in congratulating the students who were anxious to contact parents and to thank teachers. In a short assembly, current year head Mr Brett along with tutors reminded students to be proud of their achievements and to build on their results going forward. These students have already immersed themselves in the Transition Year and Leaving Certificate Applied programmes and are actively engaged in senior cycle learning. Students were also advised about celebrating safely this evening and community gardaí were on hand to advise about appropriate celebrations.
We are delighted that the number of distinction grades achieved in the new Junior Cycle English course was above national average and commend the work of students and teachers in engaging fully with the new curriculum. In Maths, 75% of our students took the higher level paper, which represents an increase of 10% since last year. 67% of these achieving either an A, B or C grade and 15% securing grade A, again above the national average of 14.1%.
22% of our Religious Education students achieved an A grade with 92% achieving an A, B or C grade which was well above the national average. In technology 24% of students taking the higher level course achieved an A grade, compared to 7.7% nationally, and in science 23% achieved an A at higher level, against 9% nationally. The results across all of the subjects follow a similar positive trend and teachers were delighted that students achieved so well.
“While statistics show the overall success of this year group, we celebrate in particular the individual achievements of students who overcame challenges and setbacks and we appreciate the help and support given to them along the way by parents and staff”, Ms Birnie said. “The Lucan Community College Junior Cert/Cycle class of 2017 can justifiably celebrate three years of hard work and effort” Ms Birnie added. The students will be issued with the first ever Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement later this year which will include details of their final exam grades (following conclusion of the appeals process), results from their English Classroom Base Assessments as well as a profile of student’s involvement in other aspects of school activities. The JCPA marks the widening of the assessment process to reward achievement across a broader spectrum of student learning.
“Well done to all of the teachers, parents and support staff who helped to prepare our students for their examinations and who created opportunities in our curricular and extra-curricular programme to engage students in a broad and balanced educational experience”, Ms Birnie said. “Lucan Community College is extremely proud of this group of students and looks forward to seeing what they accomplish in the future”, she added.
We hope that our Junior Certificate students of 2016/2017 get a good night’s sleep ahead of tomorrow’s exciting results day. Transition Year students must be in class in full uniform tomorrow morning at 9am. They will receive their results after 11am with students from class Keller in 5th year. Class Keller students receiving results please be in school by 11am tomorrow in full uniform.
Upon receiving their results students will be allowed to go home and begin their celebrations with their family and friends.
We expect a media presence tomorrow so we would be grateful if you would discuss this with your child.