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Student/Parent/Guardian Update Week Beginning 7th September 2020

Student/Parent/Guardian Update Week Beginning 7th September 2020
Good evening students and parents/guardians
This message is to remind you of the current key arrangements for school and to update you on some of the things you had questions about during induction and changes we have made for the week ahead.
Induction slideshows
All students who attended the induction day(s) during the first week of September should have watched the Student Induction PowerPoint including videos (Powerpoint for Return to school for students September 2020) and the Student Well-being PowerPoint with voice-over (Wellbeing Presentation for students 1st –6th year Sept 2020). We encourage parents to watch these also so you have an understanding of the safeguarding protocols we have put in place for our school community. Any student who was absent and did not attend induction MUSTwatch these presentations before returning to school.
Timetable
All timetables and rooms have now been updated on VSware. Please logon to your VSware account and print or write down your classes and rooms for the week. Each student needs to take personal responsibility for having their timetable written into their journal. All VSware account details were given to students during induction. If you do not have your VSware account details please contact a classmate to ensure you know Monday’s timetable and ask for help to access VSware when you come to school on Monday.
What you should bring to school
Whatever you bring, please label everything! Lost property will have to be binned this year unless we can immediately return it to the student.
All students must wear a facemask to school. These masks must be worn at all times when a distance of 2m between people cannot be maintained. If you have a health concern about wearing a mask, please arrange for your parent to contact your Year Head who will explain the process for seeking alternative arrangements. Refusing to wear a mask or engaging in unsafe conduct with a mask will be treated as a serious breach of the code of behaviour.
All students should bring their health pack to school as outlined in previous newsletters and during induction. We advise students to bring spare facemasks and a reusable bottle of water. Students who are staying in for lunch should bring a healthy packed lunch. All students must have their journal and be in full uniform. If you have PE or TY leisure pursuits on your timetable that day you should wear your PE uniform for the full school day.
We advise students to bring their phone to school with the Covid Tracker App enabled. Phones should have bluetooth switched on but should be set to silent, not vibrate. A set of head phones for the phone is also advised. The Teams phone app should be downloaded and teachers will explain how to use the school wifi. Unfortunately the school cannot take responsibilty for lost or stolen items so ensure that you have your own insurance for expensive items you intend to bring to school.
Bring as many books and resources as you can comfortably carry each day. Subject teachers will give specific advice about what to bring​ each day. Use your journal to note what they advise. We understand that not having lockers will prove challenging!
Arriving to school
For Monday 7th September only we are having a staggered start with Junior students (1st, 2nd and 3rd years) arriving for class at 8.55am and following their full timetable until 4pm and Seniors (TY, 5th and 6th years) arriving on time for their 10.27am tutorial class following their timetable for the remainder of the day.
From Tuesday 8th September all students will arrive for their first class at 8.55am.
To avoid gatherings in groups outside or within the school grounds, please wait until 8.30am to enter the school grounds each day. Enter from either the main front gate or the side gate opposite SuperValu. Walk outside the building until you reach the entrance closest to the first classroom you are moving to. You can then enter the classroom and take your assigned seat following all of the protocols outlined during induction – social distancing, hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene. Remember to follow the one-way system to avoid people meeting face-to-face as much as possible and to help us all to remain 2m away from each other.
Satellite Classes
If there are more students in a class group than student spaces in the classroom the excess number of students will be directed to a satellite room. Where possible the teacher will upload classwork and homework to the class Teams group so that all students (in the classroom, in the satellite room and at home if sick) can access the work. Where possible the teacher will set up a Teams meeting while they are teaching in the classroom so that students in the satellite rooms can hear what the teacher is saying through their phone and headphones. We will continually rotate the students attending the satellite groups so that no student is overly disadvantaged by this process. Rooms for satellite groups will be displayed around the school. Students should talk to their tutor at tutorial/pastoral care if they have any concerns.
Little Break
Year groups 1st to 4th will have their break during classtime as outlined in the table below and will spend the official break time sitting in their tutor base class . 5th and 6th years only will have their break during the official break time. Please see the timings and areas of the school that you should use for break as well as the toilets you should use throughout the school day. Remember this is part of the school’s efforts to prevent different year groups from mixing. Each Year Group should in effect be a different ‘Pod’. 

Year 

Class 

Time 

Break Zone 

Toilets 

First 

Cedar, Elm & Oak

10.05-10.15 

Memorial Garden 

C Area Toilets 

First 

Sycamore, Rowan & Willow

10.05-10.15 

Millennium 

Garden 

C Area Toilets 

Second

O Riordan Walsh & Collison 

10.40-10.50 

Millennium Garden 

D/E Area Toilets 

Second 

Greta, Malala & Gonzalez 

10.40-10.50 

Memorial Garden 

D/E Area Toilets 

Third 

Setanta, Lir Grainne 

10.05-10.15 

Outside M and Basketball court 

L Toilets 

Third

Meabh and Danu 

10.05-10.15 

Outside M and Basketball court 

L Toilets 

TY 

McAuley, O’Riada& Clarke 

11.05- 11.15 

Millennium Garden 

G Toilets 

TY

Hone, Gandon

11.05- 11.15 

Memorial Garden 

G Toilets 

Fifth

Connolly, Lynn & Markievicz

10.15-10.27 

Memorial Garden 

G Area Toilets 

Fifth 

O’ Farrell, Pearse & Plunkett 

10.15-10.27 

Millennium Garden 

G Area 

Toilet 

Sixth 

Hume 

Corrigan 

Beckett 

Williams 

Walton 

Heaney

10.15- 10.27 

H area/ Basketball court

H Toilets 

Teachers teaching at these times will finish class at 10.05 or 11.05 (TY) and bring their students with their belongings to the designated break area and will supervise students as you have a snack and use assigned toilets for your year group. Students will then go to their tutorial base room where they will sit during the official little break period. Remember masks must be worn where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained. With the staggered break time, there should be plenty of space for students to take mask breaks!

Tutorial/Pastoral Care
Please check the table below for the most up to date list of classrooms for each tutor class. The one in your journal was updated over the Summer. Where there are more students than there are class places, we have formed an extra satellite tutor group in the year with a mixture of people from each of the different classes. Your tutors explained this to you at induction and hopefully you are clear which tutor group you will be attending at 10.27am on Monday. Ask your Year Head or link DP if you have questions.

Room 

1st Year

Tutors

Year Head

B1

Cedar

J. Carey

C1

Elm

E. Bean

C2

Oak

A. Flynn / C.Healy

C. Clarke

C3

Rowan

E. MacManus / R. Duggan*

Satellite room: B2 (R. Duggan)

C4

Sycamore

S. McGeever

C5

Willow

L. Quirke / E. Barbour

Room

2nd Year

Tutors

Year Head

E2

O’Riordan

M. Mulhern 

G. Casey

Satellite room: F2 (V. Conway)

F1

Walsh

A. Byrne

E4

Collison

K. McCarthy 

F3

Greta

M. Gaffney /  E. O’Gara   

F4

Malala

M. Cunningham / V. Conway*

F5

Gonzalez

A. McKelvey / G.Clifford

Room

3rd Year

Tutors

Year Head

M3 

Setanta 

N. Walsh / A. Hickey 

J. Grimes  

No Satellite Room Required 

M1 

Lir 

M. Mellett   

L1 

Grainne 

T. Doyle / PJ Doyle

M4 

Meabh 

S Coogan  

M5 

Danu 

N. Gallagher / M. Ní Ruaidhri 

Room

4th Year

Tutors

Year Head

D.Hall 

McAuley

P. Callaghan 

U. Twyford  

TY & LCA Programme Coordinator:    

I.Higgins 

Satellite room: Dining Hall 2             (M. Flanagan)

J1 

O’Riada 

JP. Foley

M2 

Johnston 

H. Dowling 

J2 

Hone

H. Suttle 

J3 

Gandon 

D. O’Donoghue

E5 

Clarke

M. Ni Chonaola / J. Spillane

Room

5th Year 

Tutors

Year Head

L2 

Connolly 

E. Ni Bhriain

J. O’Connor  

Satellite room: H7 (C. O’Flynn) 

G1 

Lynn 

F. Coghlan/R. McAnerin 

G2 

Markievicz 

F. Murphy 

G3 

O’Farrell 

K. Branagan 

G4 

Pearse 

M. Feeney 

G5 

Plunkett 

A. Quirke

Room

6th Year 

Tutors

Year Head

H1 

Hume 

E. Geraghty 

E. Brady 

Satellite room: H6 (G. Keating)

H2 

Corrigan 

M. Freeman

H3

Beckett 

K. Mc Cormack

H4

Heaney 

U. Howley / G. Keating*

H5

Williams 

G. McKeever / C. Kenny

E3

Walton 

A. Brooks / C.O’Gorman

Deputy Principal Offices
Mr Brett – link for 1st and TY year students (office in A area near staff room)
Mr Purcell – link for 2nd and 5th year students (office in A area near staff room)
Ms Malone – link for 3rd and 6th year students (office moved to M area)
Year Head Offices
1st year Ms Clarke A area office near staff room
2nd year Ms Casey D area office
3rd year Mr Grimes D area office
Transition Year Ms Twyford A area office near staff room
5th year Ms O’Connor A area office
6th year Ms Brady A area office

New Lunch Time Arrangements

Junior Students (1st, 2nd and 3rd years) should arrange to go home for lunch if possible and must complete the journal lunch permission page at the front of their journal. If you must stay in for lunch, then you must bring a packed lunch and go to your tutor base classroom to eat it. Half of the class (Group A) will stay in to eat their lunch from 1.15 to 1.35 (remembering to maintain 2m distance, hand sanitise and wipe down desks and chairs) while the second half (Group B) can go out to the pitch area marked for their year group (weather permitting). Then when the bell sounds at 1.35pm, the two lunch groups will swop over. Junior students cannot go to local shops or restaurants for lunch.
4th years All students who live close by please go home for lunch each day. SuperValu centre is only available for TYs on Thursday for those who cannot go home: Classes McAuley, O’Riada, Johnston can visit SuperValu from 1.15pm on Thursdays and classes Hone, Gandon, Clarke from 1.35pm. Students who must stay in school for lunch must bring a packed lunch and eat in their tutor base class at 2 metre distance and can use the pitch area marked for their year group (weather permitting). Students can self-divide into two lunch groups if there are too many in a room to eat socially distanced.
5th years: All students who live close by please go home for lunch each day. SuperValu centre is only available for 5th yrs on Tuesday for those who cannot go home: Classes Connolly, Lynn, Markievicz can visit SuperValu from 1.15pm on Tuesdays and classes O’Farrell, Plunkett, Pearse from 1.35pm. Students who must stay in school for lunch must bring a packed lunch and eat in their tutor base class/social area at 2-metre distance and can use the basketball court area marked for their year group (weather permitting). Students can self-divide into two lunch groups if there are too many in a room to eat socially distanced.
6th years: All students who live close by please go home for lunch each day. SuperValu centre only available for 6th yrs on Monday and Friday for those who cannot go home. Classes Hume, Corrigan, Beckett can visit SuperValu from 1.15pm on Mondays and Friday and classes Williams, Walton, Heaney from 1.35pm. Students who must stay in school for lunch must eat in their tutor base class/social area at 2-metre distance and can use the basketball court area marked for their year group (weather permitting). Students can self-divide into two lunch groups if there are too many in a room to eat socially distanced.
Home Time

Junior students classes end at 4pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, at 1.15pm on Wednesday and on 3.20pm on Friday.

Teachers will be releasing senior students slightly (5-10 mins max) early at the end of each school day so there is clear access to tunnels/exits/gates for our junior students.
Parents/guardians dropping or collecting their son/daughter by car should make arrangements to drop/meet their son/daughter away from the school entrance – especially when it is raining. Student safety is a priority.
Thanks
Thank you for taking the time to read through these arrangements and we wish all of our students an enjoyable first week back to the timetable. Parents/guardians can continue to address any queries they may have through the front office admin@lucancc.ie or 016282077.

 

Leaving Class of 2020 – LC Results Information

Leaving Cert Results - St. Kierans College, Secondary School, Kilkenny

Dear LC Class of 2020

We hope that you have managed to relax over the Summer after all of the changes and uncertainty you have lived with since March 2020.

While we would have loved to have you with us on Monday 7th September, the day that you receive your results, sadly due to the current restrictions on visitors to school and shortage of space in the building, it is not possible.

Details of how you will receive your Leaving Certificate results are available here:  https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/d8920c-leaving-cert-2020/ .

You will be able to view your Calculated Grade results online on the student portal. You can download and print your ‘Statement of Provisional Results of Calculated Grades for Leaving Certificate 2020’. This is the only way for students to receive a hard copy of the Calculated Grades as, while schools will be provided with details of the results electronically, formal Statements of Provisional Results will not be issued to schools this year.
If you would like to contact the career guidance counsellor team, please Email: edelmcmanus@lucancc.ie, ainebrooks@lucancc.ie or eileenogara@lucancc.ie depending on who you worked with for the CAO process. General queries can be sent to admin@lucancc.ie or Phone: 016282077. When you make contact the relevant person will get back in touch to arrange an appointment phone call with you. They will do their best to answer your queries or questions either on the day you receive your results, or when you received CAO offers. However, there can be no discussions about schools’ estimated marks or rankings submitted as part of the Calculated Grades process. Any questions or queries in this regard should be directed to the Calculated Grades helpline/email.

Calculated Grades Helpline: 1800-111135 or 1800-111136. Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions the helpdesk phonelines will ONLY be available between 9am and 4 pm on Monday 7th September to Wednesday 16th September. Outside of these hours you can email lcsupport2020@education.gov.ie

On behalf of everyone in Lucan Community College, especially Mr Brett, Ms Clarke and your team of tutors and teachers, I would like to wish you every success and hope that Monday grants you a set of results that appropriately match the hard work and dedication you put into your school work during the last 6 years. May the various paths you follow in the years ahead bring you happiness and fulfillment and may you remember us kindly.

Diane Birnie
Principal
Lucan Community College

Welcome back to 5th Years

Our 5th year management team have sent a message of welcome to our 5th year students with details of times, rooms and equipment needed for their induction day tomorrow, Friday. Please read through this with your son/daughter so that they are prepared for a warm but different welcome back to school.
Message from the 5th year Management Team

Welcome back message and information for 2nd years

Our 2nd year management team have sent a message of welcome to our 2nd year students with details of times, rooms and equipment needed for their induction day tomorrow, Thursday. Please read through this with your son/daughter so that they are prepared for a warm but different welcome back to school.

Message from the 2nd year Management Team

Welcome back to our 3rd year students!

Our 3rd year management team have sent a message of welcome to our 3rd year students with details of times, rooms and equipment needed for their induction day tomorrow, Thursday. Please read through this with your son/daughter so that they are prepared for a warm but different welcome back to school. Message from the 3rd year Management Team

Important Information to Welcome back 6th year

Dear 6th year students
We are looking forward to welcoming you back to school tomorrow. Please see the attached information so that you know times, place and what you need to bring.
Information to welcome back 6th Year students 2020

Important information to welcome our new 1st year students

Welcome all First Year students.

Greetings from Lucan Community College. My name is Ms. Clarke, I am your Year Head and I am here with your class teachers, tutors, SNA’s, front office staff, caretakers, deputy principals and principal, to support you as you begin your time in our college. It is with great pleasure that we send you this message as we are looking forward to your arrival and first school day with us here in Lucan Community College. We are busy getting ready for your first visit which will take place on Tuesday 1st September at 9am.

We are sure that you are getting ready for your adventure to your new secondary school and that you have your books, equipment for each subject, pencil case and school bag ready. On your first visit please just bring a copy and pen/pencil case. You will receive your school journal, so important items of information can be written into this. Please also bring a drink and a snack with you as you will be in the college until 12 noon. Remember to have your student hygiene kit consisting of a closable plastic bag/similar carrying device containing a small bottle of hand-gel sanitiser, reusable washable face-covering (plus a spare), a plastic bag to hold the face-covering when not in use (face-mask design must be appropriate for a school setting – use common sense please!) and a small face towel for drying.

We want to make your transition from Primary to Secondary education as smooth as possible. We will all work together in a positive manner to ensure your first year with us is memorable, exciting and an enjoyable place to develop sociably and academically.

On your arrival to school on Tuesday 1st September, please arrive on time for 9am but not too early as access before 8.55am is restricted due to Covid-19. Parents please note that you are not allowed to enter the front gates of the school (by foot or car) – this marks the departure point for students and parents. As you enter the school gate turn left and you will see the doors open. You will enter the school building by the tunnel (area C) which is located on the left-hand side of the school building (marked Tunnel Entrance on map below and shown in photograph here on the left). Your Deputy Principal, Mr Brett and I will be there to greet you and guide you to your rooms.

Class Cedar will go to room B1 with your tutor Mr Carey.

Class Elm will go to room B2 with their tutor Ms Bean.

Class Sycamore will go to room E2 with their tutor Ms Mc Geever.

Class Oak will proceed to room E4 with their tutors Ms Flynn and Ms Healy.

Class Rowan will proceed to room M1 with their tutor Ms Mc Manus and Ms Duggan.

Class Willow will go to the dining hall with their tutors Ms Quirke and Ms Barbour.

Here is a map of the school. Enter by the ‘Tunnel Entrance’. Each of your classrooms are colour coded on the map but do not worry because we will meet you at the door and direct you where to go.

You will all be made very welcome to your new place of learning. You have a wonderful group of caring tutors who are exciting about getting to know you. Each tutor will chat to you and answer any questions you may have as they inform you of the daily running of the school which includes going through our new covid-19 practices, your timetable, subjects, homework, wellbeing, organisation tips, journal, code of behaviour. You will each get a colourful informative booklet titled ‘A parent’s guide to the Junior Cycle’. You will also receive an induction booklet which we will fill in together.

This is an exciting time for you all and I know that many of you may be a little anxious but please be assured that we aim to make your time in Lucan CC special. Our prefect team are going to help you settle in. The prefect team will take each class group individually and give you a tour of the school to make sure you are familiar with our building. This will be timetabled to allow small groups to view the school. You will get the opportunity to get to know other students in your class and give you the opportunity to make new friends.

Please note that we will NOT be using lockers for the start of the school year. Please do not bring any books with you for your induction day. As students start classes from September 7th they should only bring in what they can comfortably manage to carry in their school bag. Teachers will advise students of what essential items are needed for class.

At the end of your first school day your tutor will guide you out of the building.

Looking forward to seeing you at 9am on Tuesday 1st September.

Thanks.

 

Ms Clarke and team.

Locker Access

Lucan Community College Locker Access

Thank you for your patience as we awaited confirmation that it is now safe for students to empty their lockers. We have texted parents with details for each student’s access to lockers.

Monday 17th August 2020 – Locker Access for 1st, 3rd and 6th years 

Face masks & disposable gloves mandatory. Students enter by main tunnel, exit only by pitch tunnel. Parents can park at rear of school to collect students.

Students – please do not loiter around the locker areas and don’t forget your locker key. Thanks.

1st year Locker Access

Class O’Riordan & Greta: 1st yr lockers to be emptied on Mon 17th between 9.00 -9.30am.  

Class Collison & Gonzalez: 1st yr lockers to be emptied on Mon 17th between 9.45-10.15am.  

Class Walsh & Malala: 1st yr lockers to be emptied on Mon 17th between 10.30-11.00am.  

3rd year Locker Access 

Class Newman & Roche: 3rd yr lockers to be emptied on Mon 17th between 11.15 – 11.45am.  

Class Freeman & Higgins: 3rd yr lockers to be emptied on Mon 17th between 11.45-12.15pm.  

Class McVerry & Clandillon: 3rd yr lockers to be emptied on Mon 17th between 12.25-12.55pm.  

6th year Locker Access 

6th years – 2.00 – 3.00pm only. Locker keys to be handed back in to box provided near front office. 

 

Tuesday 18th August 2020 – Locker Access  for 2nd and 5th years

2nd year Locker Access   

Face masks & disposable gloves mandatory. Students enter by front of M, exit only by rear of M.  Parking at rear of school to collect students. Students – please do not loiter around the locker areas and please don’t forget your locker key. Thanks 

Class Setanta & Grainne: 2nd yr lockers to be emptied on Tues 18th between 10.00 – 10.30am.  

Class Lir & Meabh: 2nd yr lockers to be emptied on Tues 18th between 10.40 – 11.10am.  

Class Danu: 2nd yr lockers to be emptied on Tues 18th between 11.15 – 11.45am.  

5th year Locker Access 

5th year Locker Access to L area between 10am – 11.30am 

5th yr lockers to be emptied on Tuesday 18th between 10 – 11.30am. Face masks & disposable gloves mandatory. Students enter by main L area doors & exit only by L back doors. Parents can park at Adamstown Road side of school to collect students & books. Students – no loitering & please don’t forget your locker key. Thanks 

 

If any student is cannot access their locker at the specified time we will unlock and place remaining locker contents in a labelled bag for collection when the school reopens for students. Students from counties with HSE restrictions should not attend at this time.

The Aontas Project

Part-pupil Mark Lombard used his digital media skills to create a wonderful short video piece for use at our farewell student assemblies last week. Aontas/Unity is our school motto and we wanted to create something to show how we were managing to still be a strong school community together, while apart.

Ms Brady and Ms Malone who gathered images for the project would like to thank everyone for sending in such lovely photos capturing the time of school closure. Unfortunately, we were not able to include all due to the short timeframe available during student assemblies but we are working to have an extended version available some time in the future. A little piece of school history in the making I think!

Student of the Year announcements

Ms Birnie announced the results of our Student of Year process in the Memorial Garden on the last day of term.

Congratulations to:
1st year student of the year – Roisin Duddy Class Collison
2nd year student of the year – Louise Bredin Class Lir
3rd year student of the year – Séamus Mullan Class Clandillon
Transition Year student of the year – Niamh Sim Class Clarke
5th year student of the year – David James Griffin Class Beckett
6th year student of the year – Emma Fallon Class Liffey
Overall Student of the College – Alex Hanley Class Shannon

We look forward to inviting these students into the college for official photos when the circumstances allow. Certificates will be posted to all of the class nominees and finalists during June.