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LucanCC presents “Supporting your child in school during Covid-19” with Psychologist Evan Costigan.

6th/5th/3rd Year Parents/Guardians! LucanCC presents “Supporting your child’s in school during Covid-19” with Psychologist Evan Costigan.

When: Tomorrow Wednesday 18th December @7pm
Details of how to join the online Zoom event will be sent via SMS/email.
Places limited so join at 7pm to access
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Retirement wishes for Ms. Ryan

RETIREMENT WISHES

 

 

Friday 23rd October marked the last day for Ms Margaret Ryan as a teacher in our school as she is retiring from teaching to start a new exciting journey. Ms Ryan started working in our school in 1985/6 before the school moved from its former home in Lucan Vocational School to its current home as Lucan Community College.

 

She has worked with many Home Economics colleagues during her 35 years of professional service in our school community including Ann McHugh, Johanna Williams and current Home Ec team Martin Feeney and Nicola Walsh and this week she introduced our newest staff member Ms Hackett to all of her students.

 

Ms Ryan is first and foremost a teacher of Home Economics and those students who have been lucky enough to have her as a teacher know the high standards and expectations she has had for each and every one of you as well as the individual feedback and support she has offered to help you to reach those standards. She has sought ways to expand the influence of the Home Ec department beyond the JC and LC subject classroom through TY cookery modules, classes on nutrition and healthy eating and with the LCA Hotel Catering and Tourism module and has been an important part of building home economics up to being one of our most popular option subjects.

 

Ms Ryan has taken on many other roles and responsibilities during her time in LucanCC including working on the important change of focus from vocational school to community college in 1987, planning for and contributing to many important school events including retirements for others staff members and our school’s 25th anniversary, leading a year Management team as Year Head, planning and writing the school timetable for many years and more recently leading our whole school Wellbeing programme with an excellent team of volunteers.

 

Throughout her time in Lucan CC Ms Ryan has worked hard to achieve positive outcomes for our students, to provide friendship and support for her colleagues and to seek ways to maintain and improve the ethos of Aontas/Unity within our school community.

 

We wish Ms Ryan  every happiness in her new adventure and hope that she continues to bring ideas and energy to whatever new endeavours she takes on in the future.

By D. Birnie

 

 

TY news, Maths week and 1st year message

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Gaisce Awards

Gaisce Awards  

Well done to the 36 5th years who received their Bronze Gaisce cert and medal today along with David Wright and David Griffin, both 6th year students, who received their Silver Gaisce Award. It was a really special achievement this year as each participant had to come up with new and imaginative ways to complete their skills during lockdown. Online courses with Joe Hicks, learning to bake, yoga, looking after elderly neighbours, environmental projects and hiking trips around Lucan (keeping within a 5km distance) to name but a few of the new skills our students undertook.

A big thank you to the PALs, In.Ni Bhriain, Ms Feeney, In. Ni Ruaidhri and Ms Gallagher who coordinated Gaisce for the students and worked through Teams to support and encourage the students in the final stages of the award.

Art Competition

All of Miss McKeever and Miss Byrne’s second year students have submitted entries to the Mental health Ireland art competition. Copies of their beautiful artwork entitled ‘Reflecting on How I’ve Grown’ currently adorns the corridors of the school. We wish them the best of luckhttps://www.mentalhealthireland.ie/art-photography-competition/

 

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.

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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!