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Lucan CC receives Irish Ambassador as part of Global Schools Programme
We were delighted to welcome Michael Collins, Ireland’s Ambassador to Germany, to Lucan Community College last week as part of the new national global schools initiative. Lucan Community College was one of only 20 schools across the country selected to be part of this new national educational programme.
The Irish Ambassador was accompanied by Maeve Killen from the Department of Foreign Affairs, who opened the talk by explaining the context of “Global Ireland” programme and its ambition to double Ireland’s impact in the world by 2025.
Ambassador Collins then took to the stage to outline the work of Embassies and the plans to broaden Ireland’s Embassy footprint through ‘Global Ireland’. He also spoke passionately about the importance of the UN, why we are members, and draw on their own experience with the UN and how the UN touches all our lives.
This was followed by Irish peacekeeper who outlined Ireland’s work over the last 60 years as peacekeepers and spoke about the importance of peace-keeping as one of the main contributions Ireland will continue to make as part of ‘Global Ireland’.
‘Global Schools’ has allowed us a school to explore Ireland’s role on the world stage, bringing a deeper understanding of how UN membership and the Irish diplomatic service.
The informative talk was attended by interested TY, 5th and 6th year students as well as our 5th year politics class and a group representing Amnesty. German students involved in our 25th exchange also attended having previously met Michael Collins as part of our 25th anniversary celebrations in Muenchberg two years ago alongside our college prefects and representation from our student council and active parents association.
Lucan CC represent at the South Dublin Comhairle na nÓg AGM
On Thursday October 18th, four of our Student Council members attended the . The AGM was hosted in the Maldron Hotel, Tallaght.
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone opened the event giving a powerful speech about the importance of youth empowerment.
There was a short film shown that was made by the Leitrim Comhairle na nÓg group highlighting the importance of staying safe on nights out and how even one punch can kill someone.
The slogan used to reinforce this point was ‘Use your brain, not your fists’ which was followed by a member of An Garda Síochána speaking about how drugs and alcohol can play a big factor in the causation of accidents.
The main theme of the event was Body Image with many discussions and activities to raise awareness for this campaign including a speaker from Spunout.ie.
Overall, it was a fantastic day with great messages and a great experience that we hope to share with the other members of the Student Council and the school.
Senior History trip to Berlin
We welcomed back our sixth year students of history this week as they bidded a final auf wiedersehen to Berlin.
The students had been taking part in a 3 day history tour of the German capital to complement their Leaving Certificate studies, visiting the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall as well as a range of historical and cultural museums.
The group were accompanied and guided throughout by their history teacher, Mr Byrne, and one of our school deputy principals, Mr Purcell.
Lucan CC Students take the Wheel
A group of 30 students went to Leinster Driving Campus in Maynooth, Kildare on Friday 4th May for a driving lesson.
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.
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.
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.
TY student take their teachers on a guided tour
Well done to all TY students who trained to be tour guides as part of the Glasnevin Cemetery tour guiding course.
They gave an outstanding tour in front of their teachers and peers.
All students received a certificate of participation.
A special mention to Emmet Bellew who will go on to represent the school in a tour of the cemetery on Saturday 28th April.
Best of luck Emmet and a big thanks to Ms Gallagher for organising the event.
Spanish language students attend special film screening
Transition Year students attended a special screening of La Jaula de Oro/ The Golden Dream in the Draiocht Theatre in Blanchardstown this week.
Almost 50 of our transition year student who studied Spanish this year were selected to attend the screening.
The film was screened in cooperation with the Irish Film Institute (IFI) as part of their education program and had previously been shown at the Cannes Film Festival.
The film deals with the theme of Guatemalan immigrants trying to make their way into the USA. A big thank you to Ms. Cormac for organizing this special event for our Transition Year students.
Irish Navy visit to highlight Human Rights
As part of Human Rights Day events at Lucan Community College, Lt. Commander Michael Brunicardi, from the Irish Navy, talked to over 150 TY students.
Lt Commander Brunicardi spoke passionately about his experiences in recent refugee search and rescue humanitarian missions in the Mediterranean.
The talk was thought provoking and very emotional at times with Lt. Commander Brunicardi including details of personal stories of the people he met and the desperate circumstances in which they were rescued.
Lt. Commander concluded that all of these people were human beings and as such deserved human rights.
He also visited the beautiful visual display of the articles from the Declaration of Human Rights on the wall in the H area, created with work from 1st and 2nd year CSPE students.
Thanks to Ms McCarthy, Ms Doyle and the LCC Amnesty Committee for organizing the visit and to all the Transition Year and 5th Year LCA students who listened attentively and learned so much.
German students experience cinematic treat
It has been an exciting week for our language department and their students with an educational cinema trip taking place.
The college’s first year German students attended the film “Die Wilden Kerle 6. Die Legende lebt” on Wednesday the 22nd of November in the Irish Film Institute in Temple Bar as part of the new Junior Cycle modern languages course.
Despite the miserable weather that day all students made it to the cinema on time with their German Teachers and Year Head. The student enjoyed the film so much all gave a massive round of applause at the end to show their appreciation.
The next exciting event will see the first year French students attend their own film on the 20th of December. This event had to be rearranged due to technical difficulties in the Irish Film Institute.
Thanks to Ms Cormac, Inion Ni Bhriain, Ms Clarke and Ms Twyford for organizing and supervising the event.
Lucan CC students attend UNICEF’s digital activism talk at Twitter HQ
Lucan CC Transition Year students were among 50 select teenagers gathered together to discuss the importance of staying safe online at Twitter’s Dublin HQ. The digital activism event, organised by UNICEF, involved Lucan Community College students discuss ways to stay safe online when using social media.
The students had plenty of opportunity to discuss the numerous challenges and opportunities of growing up in a digital age at the event organised by UNICEF.
Executive Director of UNICEF Ireland, Peter Power said the digital activism event was about listening to young people as UNICEF “believe they should be given every opportunity to influence their own futures.”
Sinead McSweeney, Managing Director of Twitter Ireland, said Twitter was “committed to helping students engage with an increasingly diverse online environment, while empowering them to use digital platforms when they feel compelled to speak out on issues they’re passionate about”.
A big thank you to the Transition Year students who actively engaged in the event and also to Ms McCarthy for organising the trip.
Amnesty Group Sleep Out Raises Awareness about Homelessness Crisis
The students of Lucan Community College’s Amnesty group held their very successful Annual Sleep Out last Friday night. The Sleep Out’s aim was to raise awareness about the ever-increasing homeless crisis in Ireland as homelessness in Dublin has risen 55% since the first time they did the Sleep Out in 2015.They also wanted to highlight the fact that homelessness is a human rights issue. ”The first year we did the sleep out I was shocked by the number of homeless people and I’m disgusted that numbers are continuing to rise each year since” Lucy Freeman.
The Sleep Out started at 7pm Friday evening and ended at 8am the following morning. During the night, the temperature reached lows of 5 degrees and students had to wrap up well to keep warm. ”It’s shocking that people have to live like this in our country” said Naoise, a member of the Amnesty group, ”The government needs to act immediately to address this human rights issue”. They slept in sleeping bags on pieces of cardboard in the school’s court-yard. In the morning they received a simple breakfast of tea and toast, similar to what is given in a homeless hostel. It was an unforgettable experience for all and the students were extra grateful for their bed the following night. ”I’ll never take my home for granted after doing the Sleep Out” said Gemma, a member of the Amnesty group.
Throughout last week, the students collected signatures for a petition that expressed the student’s dismay about the homelessness crisis. ”The government’s lack of empathy towards homeless people is nothing short of inhumane ”said Sarah Walsh,a member of the Amnesty group. They handed out cards and have over 670 signatures so far. These signatures were presented to the Tánaiste, Francis Fitzgerald, when she visited on Friday morning. The Tánaiste also listened to the opinions and questions of the Amnesty group surrounding homelessness and other political and human rights issues facing this country. Later that evening, local Fianna Fáil TD, John Curran, visited the event and listened to the students views on the homeless crisis and answered their questions. They also presented John Curran with a sample of the petition and the number of signatures to bring into the Dáil.
We are attaching a few pictures of the night.
Naoise, Gemma and Lee on behalf of the LCC Amnesty group