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Welcome back information for our Transition Year students

Message from the Transition Year Management Team

Dear Parents and Students,

The Transition year management team are looking forward to welcoming the students back to Lucan Community College on Friday after our prolonged absence. Management and staff have been busy making preparations for your safe return to school.

We would like to outline a few brief reminders as you get ready to join us on Friday 4th September at 9.45am.

  • On your arrival at school all Transition year students should enter by the front gate. Please arrive on time and go straight to your assigned room.
  • Classes Mc Auley, O’Riada, Johnston and Hone turn right and proceed towards your allocated room in area M.
  • Class Clarke turn right and enter the building via the student K tunnel and proceed to the Dining Hall.
  • Class Gandon turn left and enter the building via the student C tunnel and proceed to Room F5
  • Parents are not allowed to enter the school grounds without first making an appointment through the front office.
    Your Deputy Principal, Mr Brett and I will be there to greet you and guide you to your rooms.
  • Your induction will take place in the following rooms:

Class Mc Auley: Room M1 with tutor Mr Callaghan

Class O’Riada: Room M3 with tutor Mr Foley

Class Johnston: Room M4 with tutor Ms Dowling

Class Hone: Room M5 with tutors Ms Suttle and Ms Cormac

Class Clarke: Dining Hall with tutors Iníon Ní Chonaola and Mr Spillane

Class Gandon: Room F5 with tutor Ms O’Donoghue

  • We are sure that you are getting ready for your return to school and that you have your uniform, books, equipment for each subject, pencil case and school bag ready as advised in previous emails.
    On your first visit please just bring a copy and pen/pencil case. You will receive your school journal and important items of information can be written into this.
    Please bring a drink and a snack with you as you will be in the college until 12.15pm

Remember to have your student hygiene kit in a sealable plastic bag containing the following:

  • a small bottle of hand-gel sanitiser.
  • two reusable washable face-coverings (face-mask design must be appropriate for a school setting – use common sense please!) Face coverings should be kept in a plastic bag when not in use.
  • a small face towel for drying.
  • Please do not bring any books with you for your induction day. As students start classes from September 7th you should only bring in what you can comfortably manage to carry in your school bag. Teachers will advise students of what essential items are needed for class.

Your tutors will go through all the finer details with you on Friday.

We look forward to seeing you then.

Kind regards.

Una Twyford and the management team.

Transition Year Programme Coordinator Welcome Letter to Parents

Transition Year Greeting

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you are all keeping well and I look forward to seeing our TY students back in Lucan Community College for their Induction presentation on Friday morning, 4th September. The Department of Education has planned a full return to school for all students and this has had considerable impact on how we would normally run our Transition Year programme. I ask for your support and understanding while we attempt to navigate these unchartered waters. I intend to proceed with TY with the same spirit, enthusiasm and dedication as was the case pre Covid19 but, of course, there may be sudden changes along the way. However, I can ensure you that I will endeavour to think positively and creatively if faced with such changes.

The scheduled Transition Year programme is dynamic, varied and provides great learning opportunities. I am confident that the timetable and any activities that are planned will be beneficial and meet the social, educational and developmental needs for all our students.

Many students may experience difficulty securing work experience in Term 1 and they will instead continue to follow their scheduled timetable in school during those two weeks in October. We hope that the situation may have changed by the February slot. If you have secured work experience (that follows all HSE guidelines) you may proceed with this during this two-week window before October mid-term.

Students usually participate in voluntary community work experience on a Friday afternoon and again it is unlikely that many students will be in a position to secure these placements this year. I have arranged for an on-line module called ‘Make That Course’ that each student will be obliged to complete in lieu of this component. This will be completed at home but the student’s progress will be monitored and credits will be awarded accordingly. All details will be given to the students at their induction.

Many thanks to all of you who have submitted the TY Application forms to me in June, however there are still some outstanding. This form must be completed on-line (available on the school website www.lucancc.ie) before the TY students return on  4th September. Thanks also to those of you who have paid the first instalment of the TY fee which is to be paid by September 11th through the school’s on-line payment system. I am mindful of the financial constraints facing some families and at all times trying to get best value when sourcing TY programmes and courses. For now, this first instalment is required and we will seek payment of the second instalment later in the Term.

I look forward to re-engaging with the students and building on their progress over the junior years. All of us in Lucan Community College continue to have high expectations for our students in terms of attendance, punctuality and crucially, participation in all class work and all activities. The more positive the student’s attitude this year, the more positive the outcomes will be for them. We are all here to support and guide them at this juncture but we are mindful that Transition Year demands more independent engagement from our students. Together we will make this a rewarding and enjoyable year, one that will enhance them as people and learners and a memorable one for all.

I look forward to working closely with Ms Twyford, as Year Head to this group and her team of tutors and to getting to know your sons and daughters.

If you have any further queries, please feel free to contact me at imeldahiggins@lucancc.ie

Yours sincerely,

Imelda Higgins Programme Coordinator

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!

Top Honours for Technology Excellence

Congratulations to Artiom Proshkovichs, class Hone in Transition Year, who has received two awards at the ETTA Engineering association national conference.

The national event took place last weekend in Mullingar with Artiom receiving a piece of crystal for his outstanding achievement in getting the highest result in the country in Junior Certificate Technology.

If this was not achievement enough Artiom’s Junior Cerificate project also came 3rd overall at national level.

Two amazing achievements for a brilliant student and his dedicated teacher Mr John Spillane.

Build A Bank Team announced for 2019

Congratulations to the following students who have been chosen by the AIB interview team to be the Build A Bank Team for 2019 and to Mr Foley for his work with the students

Bank Manager: Caroline Copeland

Assistant Manager: Faye Murphy

Financial Controller: Cathal Gorman

Marketing Manager: David Wright

Digital Officer: Allan Nastin

Customer Service: David Griffin

Also commiserations to all those who went for interview but were not successful. AIB were stunned at the quality of all our applicants so well done to anyone who put themselves forward.

Please remind those that were interviewed to keep their reply from AIB as proof of involvement for their TY portfolio box.

Transition Year Graduation May 22nd 2018

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Lucan CC Students take the Wheel

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A group of 30 students went to Leinster Driving Campus in Maynooth, Kildare on Friday 4th May for a driving lesson.

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Each student got to take part in a quiz where we were asked several questions from the theory test you take when getting your driving license.

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We then each got to do an activity which involved the wearing of ‘beer goggles’ these goggles simulated the effects of driving under the influence of alcohol.  We were asked to stack several cones wearing these goggles.

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Lastly, was our driving experience. Each of us got into groups of 3 and got into a car with the driving instructor.

We were informed of all the operations involved in driving a car before driving around the course.

This was a great experience for us all and a special thanks to Mr.Doyle for organising this.

Rebecca Winders

Incoming TY application forms are now available on school website

Incoming Transition Year students can now access all of their TY forms for next year via the school website.

The forms can be downloaded directly from this post or by clicking on Programmes – Transtion Year – Forms.

Quick links are included below:

AN EXPLANATION OF THE TRANSITION YEAR COURSE

TY application form 2018-2019

TY work experience session 1

TY work experience session 2 2019

IPB Insurance indemnity form for TY Work Experience 2018 (1)

Gaisce hike success for 42 TY students

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42 transition year students participating in their Gaisce bronze award undertook their hike last Thursday and Friday.

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They hiked over 30 kilometres setting out from the beautiful Lough Dan in Glendalough, up over the Wicklow mountains and meeting up with the Wicklow Way walk.

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It was tough terrain to hike especially with recent heavy rainfall and large areas of bog but the students showed great resilience and stuck it out leaving no one behind.

Students had some down time with swimming, archery, tree climbing and finishing off with a camp fire sing song toasting our marshmallows!

A great trip overall. Well done to all involved.

Thanks to Ms Gallagher, Mr Carey and Mr Phelan for accompanying the students on their hike.

School Clean Up Initiative

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