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Lucan CC Newsletter 20 October 2021

5th Years Go Trampolining!

5th year students finally got to go on a trip! The fifth year tutors and year head went with the students to Jump Zone Indoor Trampoline and Adventure Park in Liffey Valley for a fun filled morning last week. The got to try out dodgeball, wall climbing and singular jumping before relaxing over lunch.

 

 

 

Global Citizenship

Great discussions were had and ideas were shared at our Teaching and Learning group “ Global Citizenship in our classroom”  when we met last Tuesday afternoon in Lucan CC. A big thank you to Lizzie from WorldWise Global Schools who joined us and shared resources and helped us with our classroom projects.

 

 

Transition Year Work Experience

As many businesses continue to struggle to get back to “normal”, it was especially gratifying that our Transition Year students were afforded the opportunity to undertake two weeks of Work Experience. A big  “Thank You”  to our local business people and all businesses who took on our students for the duration of Work Experience over the past two weeks. We appreciate it more than ever and know that our students gained valuable experience during this time.

 

6th Year Ecology Trip – Rachel Mullarkey

All Leaving Cert Biology students are required to visit and gain a broad understanding of one particular ecosystem and the diversity of organisms it contains. On the morning of the 18th of October, all 6th year Biology students met outside the Phoenix Park for their ecology module. The students were greeted by their guides who led the way to the ecosystem, a grass/woodland, where each student was given a fieldwork report to fill out over the course of the day.

Students completed a quantitative and qualitative survey of the habitat, using a key to identify 5 plants and 5 animals, and  collected animals in the habitat using specialist collection equipment such as a quadrant, a sweep net and a beating tray. Finally, these students investigated 3 abiotic (non-living) factors in the habitat, for example, the pH of the soil and the temperature of the air. It was a worthwhile and enjoyable day and all students left with more knowledge about their studied ecosystem!

 

U-19 Boys Soccer

Well done to the Lucan CC U-19 boys soccer team who beat Kishoge CC in the Leinster cup last Friday. Goal scorers were Joey O’Sullivan who scored 3 goals and  Robert Dragusin and Leo Myers who scored one goal each. Final score: LucanCC 5 – Kishoge CC 3.

 

Athletics

Congratulations to first year students Rachel Jez and Eve Clarke who came 2nd and 3rd respectively in Dublin’s Cross Country Championship race recently.

 

Aoibhe Fleming On Winning Irish Team!

Lucan CC is very proud of student Aoibhe Fleming who has just returned from representing Ireland in the women’s U17 Euro football qualifiers.  Ireland won all of their three matches against Bulgaria, Hungary and hosts Norway to finish top of their group. Aoibhe plays an integral role in the Irish defence. Well done Aoibhe and the Irish team!

 

 Gaisce

Twelve of our 5th year students are participating in Gaisce this year. Some just joined this year and are preparing for the bronze award while others are aiming for the Silver award. The students taking part are: Richard Okafor, Méabh Egan, Jessica Power, Clodagh McDonnell, Sarah Mahon, Christopher Brady, Jemima Kaisi, Athena Valea, Rhian Hawkins, Keelah Sisk, Andrew Kennedy and Ana Gayubo Kinch.

The students are busy every week developing skills including GAA, boxing, athletics, cycling, driving, music, and Gluais. Some students have also undertaken to write letters to elderly patients in nursing homes. It is great to see students participating in this programme and we wish them all well!

 

Class Freeman Show Off Their Baking Skills!

Class Freeman enjoyed making very creative cupcakes for their last cookery before midterm!  We are reliably informed that they tasted every bit as good as they look.

 

Gluais – Sarah Mahon & Meabh Egan

On the 1st of October to the 3rd of October, the Gluais team – Sarah Mahon, Meabh Egan,  Keelah Sisk, Jemima Kasisi, Eoin O’ Sullivan, Clodagh McDonnell, Jessica Power, Rhian Hawkins, Kate Mc Caffery, Alisha Guy and Natasha Roca took part in an intense weekend of training in St Kevin’s Community College with Gluais teams from four other schools from the local area.

At first, we didn’t know what to expect as we were in a new atmosphere surrounded by new people. We quickly adjusted once we took part in some team building games which brought us closer together as a group.

We learned all about the kind of people we are , as well as making many new friends from other schools.

We learned both leadership skills and communication skills which will help us both in the distant future , and in the near future helping the first years to adjust and settle in to life here at Lucan Community College.

 

1st Year Students Have Fun At School

Once again we welcomed “Team-works” to Lucan CC. This time it was the turn of our first year students to enjoy a two hour fun packed session.

  

Students Study The Impact Of Earthquakes

Class Valentia explored the impacts of Earthquakes both economically and socially on towns and cities around plate boundaries. Students found out that developing regions usually experience the worst impact. Cities that are developed have earthquake proof buildings and therefore suffer less damage despite their high Richter scale readings.

 

Black History Month

From the 18th to the 22nd of October, a team of staff and students explored identity, history and culture through the topic of ‘Black and Irish’ under the general theme of ‘Be Proud.’ This saw 6th year student Yasmin speak over the intercom system as Gaeilge and in English, providing an anecdote from her past. We are so proud of Yasmin’s contribution to the school community in sharing her experience and demonstrating the confidence and courage to do so. In addition to Yasmin’s speech, 5th year student Jemima spoke to the school of a marginalised community and of a role model within the LGBT+ community, Marsha P. Johnson. 6th year student Joel shared how population changes have influenced Irish culture abroad and at home and highlighted authors that could further educate us, or make us stop and think differently about what it means to be Irish. Furthermore, an information session was held during a lunch time to allow students space to ask questions to the team regarding the topics we discussed. At Lucan CC, our motto is ‘Aontas’ (Unity), and our students have reflected this in their hard work this week. Well done to all for your contributions.’

  

Maths Week

Maths Week is celebrated from 18th – 22nd October. Here in Lucan CC we are running a competition for teachers! Teachers of subjects other than Maths are asked to use numeracy in their teaching. Students will “report” each time this happens and there will be a prize for the winning teacher! There are many ways teachers can use Maths in class – calculating test results with students in class, calculating area, volume, DST in science subjects, mapwork, constructions, carbon dating in History etc. So use your Maths Eyes!

 

Careers Information

Many colleges are holding online and onsite information events for prospective students.

TU Dublin- City, Blanchardstown and Tallaght Campuses:

Onsite Event in Grangegorman Campus -Saturday 6th November 2021, Thursday 13th January 2022 and Wednesday 27th April 2022

Further information and booking here

National College of Ireland:

Online Event -Friday 12th November 2021 (4.30pm-6.00pm), Saturday 13th November 2021 (12noon-1.30pm) and Wednesday 18th January 2022 (5pm – 6.30pm)

Maynooth University and St Patrick’s Pontifical University

Friday & Saturday 26th and 27th November 2021. Register  here

Trinity College

Information Sessions for all CAO applicants (Fortnightly on Thursdays, 6pm Irish Time)

21st October 2021. / 4th November 2021. / 18th November 2021. / 2nd December 2021. / 16th December 2021. For more information and to register click here

Virtual Open Day Saturday 6th November 2021 (10am – 4pm). Register here

 

1st year 2022 applications

The application form for 1st year 2022 is now live on our website from 1st October. Closing date is Friday 22nd October. Application forms will also be distributed to feeder schools.

 

And Finally…

We wish all members of our school community a happy and safe mid-term. Enjoy the break!