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Lucan Community College comes first place in German competition.

Lucan Community College came first place for the German competition and overall we were joint runner up (second)
the announcement is below.
Congratulations to Rebecca Reade, Enya Braha and Tomas Roche.

Modern Languages Prize for TY students – Winners announcement! https://www.irishtimes.com

In an increasingly interconnected and multicultural world, advanced language skills and intercultural competencies equip students for a wide variety of careers as well as giving them a distinct competitive advantage.  Furthermore,  language competence is one of the biggest skills gaps in the Irish labour market and language graduates are highly sought after in a variety of sectors.   This is recognised in Ireland’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education: ‘Languages Connect’.  With this in mind, Trinity College’s School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies (SLLCS) launched a competition for TY students in 2019/20.   The aim of this competition was to encourage creative and critical thinking amongst TY students about why they would like to become fluent in a particular language as well as why they would like to learn about the culture and literature associated with the language.  Students were asked to record a podcast and design a poster.  The competition attracted an enthusiastic response from a large number of secondary schools and the judges had the difficult task of shortlisting and picking the winning projects.

The Head of School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies, Dr Anne Fitzpatrick, commented on how impressed the School and College has been by all the entries and commended our second level colleagues for their dedication and commitment to their students during this exceptionally challenging time.

Trinity College Vice-Provost/ Chief Academic Officer and Chair of German Professor Juergen Barkhoff warmly congratulated the winners of the SLLCS Modern Languages Transition prize and commended this great initiative: “Gaining fluency in another language while getting to understand the people who speak it and their cultures is a one of the best ways of opening the mind and the heart and to see the world with different eyes. In today’s globalised world and the post-Brexit times we live in competence in languages is a key asset for rewarding international careers and for Ireland to stay connected, prosper and maximise its opportunities as an economy, society and culture.”

Finally, the judging panel member and School alumnus Gavin Radford spoke of the importance of language knowledge and intercultural communications: ‘Studying another language, and its literature and culture, not only leads to fluency in the language, it also opens your mind to different ways of working, and improves your overall communication skills. Bilingual people are used to switching between two languages and being able to adapt to different /cultural scenarios – skills which are transferable across many sectors and can be particularly useful if you are managing a role with competing priorities! From my own perspective, I make practical use of my degree in French and Spanish from Trinity every day. After my degree I worked abroad for a couple of years, and I am headed to Paris in the summer to take up a post at the Irish Embassy.’

We want to thank all the pupils, their TU coordinators, and secondary schools that took part in the competition. The panel was delighted with the enthusiasm and the creativity!

Letter to 2nd yr. students & parents/guardians

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To all second-year students and their parents/guardians

I hope you are all well and coping with these changed circumstances. I want to thank you for your positive engagement with this new learning environment. Please take note of the following:

Organize your schoolwork day/week with a timetable that suits you and your family. It’s important to include some physical exercise.

If you are worried that you may be missing out on work for any subject, I encourage you to email the relevant teacher at firstnamesurname@lucancc.ie or to send an email to admin@lucancc.ie and it can be forwarded on.

 

All 2nd years should have their Office 365 Microsoft Account username and password

For Example: Joe Bloggs 2nd year  –  email address is J.Bloggs18@lucancc.ie  (18 being the year you entered Lucan CC) and VSware log in is J.Bloggs

 

All students should have access to Teams. If you have any issue with Teams please email: admin@lucancc.ie.

Office 365 Microsoft Teams Help for students/parents/guardians is available at:

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/distance-learning-with-office-365-guidance-for-parents-and-guardians-89d514f9-bf5e-4374-a731-a75d38ddd588?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

 

I have included a link to a long list of remote learning resources on our lucancc.ie website (Quicklinks section) that will help any student who is seeking additional work to support their learning. I have also attached a reading list from PDST that might be useful for reading for pleasure.

 

Emergency school mobile number (0874546577) Please use in case of an absolute emergency only. Please email the admin email (admin@lucancc.ie)

 

Happy Easter from all the second-year team

 

Take care

Mr Grimes

Online School Books available for free to all students and parents!

Edco, Educate.ie and Folens have announced that they will provide free access for students to their e-books and e-learning content during the current coronavirus pandemic. Please see the details below for information on how to access these resources. A huge thank you to the companies for ensuring that students have access to their learning materials in these unprecedented times for school learning.

EDCO EBOOKS

In an effort to provide a solution to make it as easy as possible for every student, teacher and parent to access our Primary, Junior and Leaving Cert e-books, we have created free accounts which you can use to access everything you need to keep you going over the coming weeks.

 

Edco Website = https://www.edcolearning.ie/login

 

Junior Cycle:

Username= jcedcobooks Password= edco2020

 

Leaving Certificate:

Username= lcedcobooks Password= edco2020

 

FOLENS EBOOKS

To lend a helping hand to schools and parents over the coming weeks Folens are also giving access to all their digital resources and eBooks on FolensOnline.ie.

Parents, students and teachers can follow the steps below to get access:

 

  1. Go to Folensieand click register
  2. Select Teacher
  3. Fill in a username, email and password
  4. For Roll Number use the code:  Sec20

EDUCATE.IE

Home Study page with free access for both primary and post primary students/teachers/parents.

https://educateplus.ie/homestudy

 

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.

Model EU Debate

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.

The Model Council of the European Union debate for secondary schools
which took place in Dublin Castle….. Pic shows Fifth Year students from Lucan Community College Dublin who represented Sweden from left Agamjeet Singh Chokdayat , Stephen Loftus and Kay McCarthy
with in back row from left Barry Andrews MEP Chair of the debate , Debate judge Mary McCaughey Head of Information and Communication, Eurofound , Gerry Kiely ,Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland , Teacher Kay McCarthy and Michael Ewing , Development Officer, Irish Environmental Network & Environmental Pillar. Pic Maxwell’s – 

SITUATION VACANT

Junior & Leaving Cert State Exam Timetables 2020

Please see the Junior and Leaving Certificate Examination timetables for the upcoming state exams in June 2020.

Child Protection Procedure Update

Please note the following changes in our Child Protection Procedure. As of 20th November 2019 the Deputy Designated Liaison Person (DDLP) is Mr Stephen Brett, Deputy Principal.

Lucan CC trio receive UCD award

Congratulations to three of 2019 Leaving Certificate graduates who awards for their outstanding academic achievements in the Leaving Certifcate.

Beatrice Black, Rian Porter and Petra O’Connor all received awards from University College Dublin in respect of their outstanding achievements in the Leaving Certificate examinations.

We are very proud of our recent alumini and wish them every success in their third level studies.

Lucan CC student shines for Leinster Soccer

Congratulations to our wonderful 1st year student Aoibhe Fleming who represented Leinster Football in last weekend’s FAI Schools Under 15 Girls’ Interprovincial Tournament at the AUL Complex, Clonshaugh.

REIGNING CHAMPIONS LEINSTER maintained their phenomenal record in this competition in the AUL Complex, Clonshaugh with their seventh title in a decade.

The Champions continued their 100% record in the series and put in a flawless display to notch up five goals in three games.

The Interprovincial series is the first step in the process of selecting the FAI Schools International Development squad of 18 players who will compete in the Bob Docherty Cup

Well done Aoibhe, we were so delighted for you on your performances for Leinster.