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Another wonderful German Exchange took place in Lucan CC this September. On Thursday 5th September two German teachers, Stefan Weigert and Ricky Fränkel arrived in Dublin airport accompanied with their 12 Students from Gymnasium Münchberg to be greeted by their 12 Irish partners and Irish teachers.
An action packed nine days was enjoyed with trips to Causey Farm. Castletown House, Howth, Walking tour of Dublin and not to mention a trip to Bord Gais to see Angela’s Ashes.
Lucan CC welcomed our German friends for our 27th German Exchange. Teachers gave special classes in History, Geography, Baking, Irish Music, Irish Dancing, Irish Language and Irish Sport. Thanks to all our staff for preparing and giving these classes, for accompanying students on the various trips and for showing hospitality.
A special thanks to Mr. McDermot, our former Deputy Principal, for his annual walking tour of Dublin with our German friends. Thanks also to Darren Tully, a past pupil of LCC and who was also part of our German Exchange many years ago, who led our students on an interesting tour around Lucan.
We warmly thank our fabulous parents for hosting the new addition in their family. Our visitors certainly felt at home and spoke kind words to their Irish mums and dads at our farewell party on Thursday 12th September. A rose was given to each mum as a thank you. Without our parents this Exchange could not take place. Danke.
Thanks to Ms. Williams and Ms. Clarke for hosting our German visiting teachers. It was an absolute pleasure. Well done to our German Department for their continuous dedication and commitment to this wonderful successful Programme. It is a fantastic opportunity for our students to be part of this ongoing Exchange and this years group all look forward to their return trip in February.
Danke, Danke, Danke – Colette Clarke
Our annual German Exchange trip took place as usual during February. This year marked our 26th Exchange with our partner school Gymnasium Münchberg. Fourteen of our Transition year German students travelled with their German teacher Colette Clarke and accompanied by their TY coordinator Johanna Williams. What a wonderful time was had by everyone involved.
An action packed programme was planned by our German friends and from the moment we landed on German soil it was all go. Students spoke German and experienced the German culture on a first hand basis. They spent time in Berlin and got to see all the wonderful sights and landmarks. Bamberg and Mödlareuth were visited as were the Donald Duck museum in Schwarzenbach.
The Lord Mayor (Bürgermeister) welcomed our group warmly and two of our students thanked their German partners, teachers and families for a wonderful time…”Danke, danke, danke!”
School was attended on a daily basis and students attended many classes, including History, Geography, German, Music (with the principal Herr Koppitz) and Science (where they made Gummi bärchen – jellies).
An enjoyable evening was also had at the Ballet performance of Romeo and Julliet in Hof.
Many students got the opportunity to go skiing with their German families at the weekend. There was plenty of snow and many got to see Jakob, a giant snowman 13 metres high in Bishofsgrün.
The German food was delicious according to our students and the host families found our Irish students to be very well mannered and a joy to host. Overall, it was a fantastic experience.
Thanks students for being wonderful ambassadors. You were a credit to yourselves and your families and your teachers were very proud of you all. You participated in everything in a positive and respectful manner.
Well done to the German department and especially to Colette Clarke and Johanna Williams for accompanying our wonderful students on this memorable exchange.
We are delighted to launch the video produced by our German Exchange partners Gymnasium Münchberg to the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the German Exchange between our two schools. The video outlines the start of the exchange and the many benefits that have come from the process for staff, families and students. Thanks to everyone who has been involved over the 25 years – students, hosting families and staff. Let’s hope it continues to go from strength to strength! You can access the video here.
Extra and Co-curricular recent events
Badminton – Ms Gallagher & Inion Ni Riain
Under 16 girls badminton made in through to the final of division 4 in the Dublin Schools Badminton League. Their final will be played in the badminton centre in Whitehall, Terenure on 12th March against Loreto Bray.
The under 14 girls also made it to the final and we are waiting to hear who they will meet in the final. The under 14 boys beat De La Salle Churchtown and they too they will be in the final of division 4.
The under 19 boys did very well also just narrowly missing a place in the final of division 3.
Many students are beginners and there is no junior club in the area to enhance their training so they are doing very well.
U-18 Gaelic Football – Mr McGowan
Our U-18 boys Gaelic football team lost out in the quarter finals this week to Terenure College in terrible weather conditions. This team did very well to win their group and to progress to the quarter finals and were unlucky to have to play in storm-force winds.
U-14 Gaelic Football – Mr Carey
The team reached the final in the U-14 competition but were not successful in this case.
Our 1st year students visited the RDS to see Young Scientist projects and science demonstrations. Thanks to the students for their excellent behaviour and interest in the event and to Ms Healy for organising the day.
Gluais 1st year quiz
Congratulations to our Gluais team who held a very successful 1st year quiz as part of the Christmas celebrations for 1st years. The excitement in the assembly hall was incredible and there was great competition between the teams.
1st year soccer
Congratulations to Mr Nolan’s U-14 boys soccer team who had some excellent wins recently.
Ms Van Esbeck’s senior debating team secured a draw in the second of their Concern debates with the motion: “The international community are indifferent to Ebola”. Particular thanks to James Carron who stepped onto the team at the last minute and gave a great performance. They also won their most recent debate with a motion: “Scotland should have voted for independence”.
Final preparations are underway for our German Exchange team who travel to Germany shortly, our TY trip to Paris, our 2nd year trip to Italy and our 2nd and 3rd year trip to Stratford. Bon voyage and Gute Reise!
The 6th year History students’ visit to Stormont coincided with the funeral of Rev. Ian Paisley. Students had opportunities to hear a variety of eminent speakers and to interview representatives from various parties about their policies.
Calling all Lucan CC students, parents and staff. As part of our numeracy policy, we are asking everyone to “Put your Maths Eyes on” this summer and share what you see with us. Using the theme of “Summer Maths” we want you to take a photograph associated with the summer holidays which has an element of maths in it. This could be anything from taking a photo of an ice-cream CONE on a sunny day, a beach ball (SPHERE) being used at the beach or a plane/train TIMETABLE used to get you to your holiday destination.
Have a look at the website www.haveyougotmathseyes.com for more ideas.
You can print the photo and drop it into us with your name and class on the back or email it to the school at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name.
When we gather the photos in September the most imaginative and interesting ones will be displayed on the school website and on a new Lucancc Maths Facebook page and there may even be a prize or two!