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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.

Press release LC2020

Lucan Community College Leaving Certificate Results 2020

 

There was a very different sense of anticipation in relation to Leaving Certificate results this year. While our first day of school for our full student cohort continued on without any sounds of excitement in the air, teachers still waited with anticipation for the release to the school of the results. It was certainly not the same without our students gathering and celebrating along with their teachers, tutors and year head and we all missed handing out the brown envelopes and watching as they were opened. We hoped that you managed to make the process a little bit special in your own homes.

 

Overall the results received very much matched the expectations that teachers had for their students and the evidence that students had provided to their teachers in their ongoing assessments over the last two years. “The class of 2020 managed a very challenging situation and step forward into the world of further training, study or the world of work with an ability to deal with disappointment, change and uncertainty like no other year group. Their support for each other and the gratitude shown to their teachers who worked remotely with them from March to June has been wonderful to experience”, said Principal Diane Birnie.

 

Parents, guardians, families and friends supported and guided students throughout their second level education and especially during the remote learning period and the changing landscape of how students would be assessed.  Lucan Community College appreciates abnd commends this support and involvement. The college community thanks the students for their contribution to the college during their time here and is confident that the future holds wonderful things in store for them all.

 

Ms Clarke, year head, offered congratulations and best wishes to all of the students and said “You all did your best and we, in Lucan CC are very proud of you all. You are all choosing different paths and we wish you well as you embark on a new journey.” Our career guidance counsellors have made themselves available to advise students about their results and about their CAO offers and appointments can be made by email or phone.

 

Principal Ms Birnie and Deputy Principals Mr Brett, Mr Purcell and Ms Malone offered particular congratulations to top Leaving Certificate achievers this year including: Alex Hanley (who achieved maximum points – 625) with Lucy Reade, Delfin Malaj and Emmet Bellew all over 600 points. Our other top achievers this year were Sean Egan, Sam Doyle, Aisling Kavanagh, Laura Lakes, Aaron Mc Garth, Olan Song, Jordan Lee and Daniel Power.

 

Many students achieved personal best results and can be proud of their achievements. We remind students who may not have achieved their desired results to engage in the appeal process through the Calculated Grades Portal and to seek advice from career guidance counsellors and support agencies as there are many paths open to students. We wish our graduates very best of good luck in the future.

 

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!

‘Home Economics at Home’ Photo Competition

‘Home Economics at Home’ Photo Competition
The Association of teachers of Home Economics (ATHE) ran a photo competition recently. Given the current situation with schools closed, students were encouraged to photograph one aspect of Home Economics they’ve been doing while at home. There were endless possibilities due to the wide range of skills our students learn in Home Economics. We are very proud of our students who entered the competition with photos ranging from delicious baked goods, to two course meals and even creativity sewing a face mask. Some students were very creative with the presentation of their baked goods developing their piping skills. Another student very effectively garnished his homemade soup. Overall, our students submitted photos of a very high standard and we’re very proud of how they’re using their Home Economics skills at home. Well done everyone!  

Parents email form for improved communication

We are currently gathering parent email addresses to better communicate important information with you.

We will be sending our first electronic newsletter over the coming days and see the use of email as vital if we are to communicate effectively with all of our parents.

We would appreciate if you could fill in the following short parental email form from the secure link below to ensure you are kept up to date with all school related information.

https://goo.gl/forms/fOMKEpPtCmCIyAHi2

Thanks in advance.

 

Our summer newsletter is now available

We are delighted to release our latest newsletter for the summer.

We hope you enjoy the read and that it gives you a flavour of the many activities and sports that take place in our school throughout the year.

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We include a new section with upcoming key dates and we hope you find these useful.

We wish you all a happy, fun and safe summer 2018.

Christmas edition of the Lucan CC Newsletter

We are delighted to have our Christmas edition of our Lucan Community College Newsletter available today.

PARENTS NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2017

We hope you enjoy the read and it helps to give you a flavour of the many varied and exciting activities your children get to experience in our care.

A big thank you must go to Ms. Clarke who has performed miracles in bringing all of our news together in time for Christmas.

Thanks for reading – we wish all families and friend of our school community a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year 2018.

Autumn parents newsletter

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We are delighted to have our first parents newsletter of the 2017/2018 academic year available for all parents of the college. As it is their first time to receive one a hard copy of the newsletter will be presented to all first year students today to bring home, so please check schoolbags later today.

The parents newsletter is available here: Parents Newsletter Autumn 2017

The newsletter is also available on the home page of our school website.

We would like to thank all the teachers who contributed to the newsletter and in particular Ms Clarke who pulled it all together so elegantly into the finished article for your enjoyment.

We hope you enjoy the read.

Parents’ Newsletter April 2017 edition

Just in time for the start of the Easter break we have a bumper edition of the Parents’ Newsletter for you to read. You can read it online here or download it and print if your child features in the articles and photographs. We will also have some copies printed out for collecting at the front office if you prepare. Read the newsletter here.

Weekly News 29 March 2017

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Leaving and Junior Certificate

We wish the very best of luck to all our exam year students who are currently doing part of the state exams. Our leaving cert students are doing their music practicals and oral exams in Irish, French, German, Russian and Italian. Our junior cert students are completing their Home Economics practical exams.

TY German

Our TY German language students enjoyed a great day out this week. Ms Clarke and Ms McKelvey brought their classes to the IFI for a German language film. The students thought this was of great benefit to their studies and their teachers were very impressed with their co-operation throughout the day.

Quote of the week

Well done to all our quote of the week winners. 1st Year: Nathan White, 2nd Year: Daniel Bui, 3rd Year: Matt Moriarty, TY: Monica Balauca, 5th Year: Eoin Gartland. Teacher’s winner: Ms Mellett. This was an event organised by our Literacy, Language and Numeracy team.

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Countdown Competition

David Wright of 2nd Year class Walton, was given special recognition for solving our countdown competition 22 different ways. Senior winner was Cathal Greene of 5th Year, and 2nd Year student David Griffin won the Junior competition. This was an event organised by our Literacy, Language and Numeracy team.