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Lucan Community College’s 2020 graduates return

Some of Lucan Community College’s 2020 graduates paid us a visit last Wednesday afternoon. The Parents Association were collecting the balance of money for Debs tickets (postponed until November with additional backup dates if needed).

Ms Mellet arranged to distribute memory envelopes that some of the students had written in 1st year to their future 6th year selves. There were smiles and laughter as students read out some of their 1st year hopes and dreams and Ms Clarke, Year head and other teachers popped out to say socially distanced hellos.

In his letter to future self Stanko wrote: “I would like to get enough points on the LC for my dream job – Air traffic controller” and is now off to study for this career in DCU.

Ciara asked herself – “did I fail Junior Cert Tech Graph” and was relieved that she hadn’t. She wasn’t so sure if her aspiration to improve her hand writing had been successful as yet though.

Lorcan had wondered: “Will I be the next Usain Bolt”. Not yet he smiled!

Students also sought out teachers to pass on thanks for their support during the remote learning period and throughout their time in school and lovely cards and emails of thanks were received.
Our guidance team was in contact with most of the class of 2020 and were supporting students as they made choices for the year ahead. We are delighted that most of our students are now on a path to further study, training or starting employment. Well done for weathering the storm of Leaving CertIficate 2020.

Calculated Grades: Next steps for LC and LCA students (updated 21 July 2020)

Dear Leaving Certificate 2020 students/parents/guardians

The Department of Education has asked you to log in to the Online Portal (Link to press release) to formally opt-in to receive calculated grades. You will receive a text message to the number you provided when you registered and the opt-in process starts from midday on Monday 20th July. Please logon to the portal at gov.ie/leavingcertificate to opt-in before the deadline of 4pm Monday 27th July. It is my understanding that you can only receive calculated grades for your LC subjects if you complete this opt-in process. You still have an opportunity to opt-in to sit the written exams when they are held (provisionally planned for November, subject to public health advice), if you choose to do so. A booklet of information for students has been compiled and can be accessed here.
Important Dates
Dates that have been confirmed by the Department are as follows (but please keep an eye on the links provided in case of changes and to check the deadline times):
7th Sept 2020: Leaving Cert results issued directly to students
11th Sept 2020: CAO round 1 offers
16th Sept 2020: deadline for accepting round 1 offer
23rd Sept 2020: CAO round 2 offers
26th Sept 2020: deadline for accepting round 2 offer
No further round offer dates are available as yet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I have a question about the calculated grades process. Where can I get help?
A: Unfortunately the school staff are currently on Summer holidays and queries to the school phone or email will not be answered. Please contact the Calculated Grades helpdesk directly at lcsupport2020@education.gov.ie if you have any questions. No information other than that provided in this update about this stage of the process has been provided to schools.
Q: I have just completed 5th year LCA. Do I need to go onto the portal?
A: Yes. The latest information states that you will receive a text a text message and you will need to login to the portal and opt-in to receive your LCA Year 1 grades.
Q: When will my college course start?
A: Each college or institution will make its own arrangements and are currently working to finalise starting dates – probably in late September or early October. Check the college website or whatever contact information is provided to you by the college/university.
Q: Will the result be issues in time for me to attend a course outside Ireland?
A: Students who applied to the UK through the UCAS system and receive an offer of a course based on their results on Sept 7th, will be in a position to accept that course in time. If you have applied to a college in any other country please check the dates for that course directly with that college to see if your results will be issued before their deadline.
Q: Can I appeal my LC grades?
A: Yes. The appeal process will be outlined when results are issued and appeals can be made from 14th September. This year it appears that the appeal process will only ensure that the steps in assigning the calculated grades process were correctly followed and will not be able to judge whether or not the grade you received was appropriate.
Q: Can I talk to my guidance counsellor for advice when the results and CAO offers come out?
A: Our guidance counsellors will be available to offer advice as usual but as the new school year will have started when the results are issued it is important that you contact the school by phone (016282077) or email (Admin@lucancc.ie) to arrange an appointment for a phone call with a guidance counsellor. There may also be national phone helplines available to offer advice. Keep an eye on the gov.ie/leavingcertificate website and on newspaper reports.

We wish all of our students the very best of good luck with the process.

Diane Birnie
(Principal)