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Reading Week 2019

Reading Week took place in Lucan CC last week, from the 11th to the 15th November, celebrating the magic of reading and how it builds vocabulary, fluency knowledge, empathy and imagination.

There was a daily competition where all students were asked to spot the opening line to a book.

Everyone in the college picked up their books each day for our Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) time during Period 6.

We had two famous authors, Maria Duffy and former principal Jack Harte, visit the college for readings and question and answer sessions to give advice to our budding writers.

We also had a Book Swap facility available where students could bring a book to take a new one.

Thank you to our English department, all teachers for supporting the week and all parents for encouraging reading with their sons and daughters.

Lucan CC celebrates Poetry Ireland Day 2019

On Poetry Ireland Day earlier this month, the LLN carried out a poll on both students and staff on their favourite poems.

It appears our very own Seamus Heaney is the most popular poet with both students and staff.

The students’ favourite Heaney poems are: Blackberry Picking;

When All The Others Were Away At Mass; Mid-term Break and

The Early Purges.

The teachers’ favourite Heaney poems are: Postscript, The Tollund Man, Requiem for the Croppies, When All the Others Were Away At Mass and Anything Can Happen.

Favourites with the students are:

The Lake Isle of Innisfree WB Yeats

Daffodils William Wordsworth

Timothy Winters Charles Causley

Tich Miller Wendy Cope

The Road Not Taken Robert Frost

Dulce et Decorum Est Wilfred Owen

Favourites with the teachers are:

In Flanders Fields John McCrae

The Wayfarer Patrick Henry Pearse

On Raglan Road Patrick Kavanagh

Begin Brendan Kennelly

I See You Dancing, Father Brendan Kennelly

An Irish Airman Foresees his Death WB Yeats

No Second Troy WB Yeats

He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven WB Yeats

Ulysses Alfred Tennyson

Inniskeen Road: July Evening Patrick Kavanagh

Fern Hill Dylan Thomas

Little Red Cap Carol Ann Duffy


Take time out to read some of these beautiful poems. The LLN & the English Department at LCC will always continue to foster a love for Poetry with the students, both in the reading and writing of poetry.

“Words, words were truly alive on the tongue, in the head

Warm, beating, frantic, winged; music and blood

But then I was young.”

From “Little Red Cap” by Carol Ann Duffy

World Book Day 2019

We hope everyone in the college is enjoying our Drop Everything and Read time this week as part of our wellbeing celebrations.

Today is World Book Day, enjoy it and we hope you lose yourself in the stories that books paint in your imaginations.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin

Student-led Maths Club looking for numbers

A new maths club has just started in the college with the aim of helping those who need it most.

The Maths Club will run each Thursday at lunch in H6.

The club will be led by the Maths Department and Ms McKelvey and will see Transition Year students coach Junior Cycle students in developing important mathematical skills.

The Maths Club is also a perfect opportunity for first year students to come a try new and challenging areas outside of the maths classroom experience.

We are so thrilled that our amazing students want to help others and we wish them every success as budding trainee teachers!

Reading Week Winners 2018

To celebrate our fantastic Reading Week in the college the English Department along with the Language, Literacy & Numeracy Committee awarded prizes to a number of students in First & Second Year for the wonderful artwork they produced in the promotion of Reading at LCC.

The competitions were held during our annual Reading Week and the categories were for Bookmarks and Posters.
The Following students received vouchers which they can spend on books or art supplies if they like.

Competition Winners – Reading Week 2018

First Year                               English Teacher                  Student


Class Danu


Ms Mulhern


Lauren McGivney


Class Gráinne


Mr O’Connor


Julia Roman


Class Setanta


Ms Hickey


Kalean Deignan


Class Lir


Ms Mellett


Isaac Kenny


Class Méabh


Ms Higgins


Japneet Johal




Second Year                         English Teacher                   Student


Class Freeman


Ms Hickey


Jenny Song


Class Newman


Ms Doyle / Ms Mulhern




Class Clandillon


Ms Mellett


Niamh McClelland


Class Roche


Mr O’ Connor




Class Higgins


Ms Mellett


Isabel Hughes


Class McVerry


Ms Redmond


Niamh Walsh


Poster Competition 2018 – Junior Cycle

First Prize



Ruby Crocker-Dunne


Class Setanta

Second Prize



Anna Wanic


Class McVerry

Third Prize



Alex Manning


Class Danu

Language Literacy Numeracy (LLN) Movie Quote of the Week

“Sometimes you have to back up to move forward” – Happy Feet 2

“Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana” – LLN wise saying of the week.

“Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana”

This is a Garden Path Sentence, which is a sentence that leads the reader towards a seemingly familiar meaning but is actually not the one intended. This is known Syntactic Ambiguity – involves a sentence that may be interpreted in more than one way due to its sentence structure.


Meaning: This proverb tells you to act early or right now in order to be successful. If someone says, “The early bird catches the worm,” he/she means that if you do something early or before anyone else, you will have an advantage and be successful.

Origin: This phrase THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM was first recorded in 1605 in William Camden’s book of proverbs and has remained part of misplaced work ethic ever since.

He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever. – Chinese Proverb

He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever. – Chinese Proverb

Like most ancient proverbs the origin is difficult to source. However, the meaning should resonate for anyone interested in learning – You have a question, but you’re afraid to ask it. You don’t want to look foolish, stupid, or inattentive in front of your peers. So you say nothing, and having not asked, you never learn what you need to know.

Yes, you might feel silly asking the question, but this is just for a short time. If you did not ask, when would you have learned?

By not asking, you leave yourself a ‘fool’ for the rest of your life. So be brave, ask that question and be the master of your own learning!