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First Year Information

Year Head: Ms. Niamh Gallagher

The Forbairt Project

The Forbairt project aims to gain insight into parent/guardian attitudes to Maths, and to empower each parent/guardian to leverage their son/daughter’s confidence with 1st Year Maths.
The project team, 1st Year Maths, SPHE & Digital Wellbeing Teachers, along with Class Tutors, are also working with the 1st Year students to gain insight into their attitudes to Maths, and to empower each of them to leverage their own confidence with Maths.
We have created resources to help you and your son/daughter with this endeavour. There is a helpful video to show you how to get the maximum benefit from the checklist of class content, online videos, and quizzes.
We would additionally like you to complete two surveys over the course of the next couple of months. The link to the 1st survey available via SMS Tuesday 7th December 2021. All data will be anonymised and used for the sole purpose of the project, as outlined above. Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Click here for the 1st Year Maths Learning Tracker

 Click here for Video guide to using the learning tracker

 

Welcome to 1st Year Students 2022

The posted and online pack contains important information regarding planning for the coming school year. Further information is available on our website. We ask that you inform us immediately by emailing admin@lucancc.ie if there are any changes to your contact details or if you have queries about next year.

You will have received the following documents by post:

  • Letter stating class-name and options assigned (3 option subjects and 1 modern language in most cases). Where you have a query about class placement or subject options please address your query in writing to 1st Year link Deputy Principal Ms Malone and post/email it into the front office (admin@lucancc.ie). We cannot guarantee that a request to change class or option subjects can be facilitated;
  • School Calendar  Please retain this safely at home for school closure dates and early finishing times and check the online google calendar on our website for updates;
  • The new school day structure is shown on a blank timetable as we have made some changes this year. The move to one hour classes will mean fewer classes each day (6 instead of 9), improved student engagement, less time spent moving around the school and fewer books to be carried. Please note the slight changes to start, break and end times;
  • Booklist – included in post and also see below

Available on our website under Programmes – Junior Cycle – 1st Year Information:

  • Booklist for the coming school year – The Book Haven company will operate online this year or through their shop in Blanchardstown. Book grant application forms are available on our website lucancc.ie for eligible applicants and can only be redeemed through The Book Haven (www.bookhaven.ie);
  • Uniform Information – please note choice of kilt or trousers for girls. Students in all years do PE and require a school PE uniform. Students should wear their PE uniform for the day when PE is on the timetable. Our uniform supplier is Schoolwear House and contact details and sizing advice are available on our website lucancc.ie;
  • Financial Information – details of our online payment system can be found on our website and we ask that you check our online payment system to ensure that all outstanding balances are paid.
    • The locker fee (€50 to cover the three years of Junior Cycle) can be paid online. A locker is available for all 1st years upon payment of this fee.
    • The €50 admin charge covers the cost of the school journal which will be available from the school on return. It also covers the cost of student 24-hour insurance and operating costs of the school SMS text messaging system.
    • A voluntary contribution of €100 helps to cover the costs of our active extra-curricular programme, end of year awards and ongoing costs such as photocopying and postage. Sibling discounts can be requested through the front office.
  • Entrance assessments: As we were not able to run our usual entrance assessments with incoming students, we plan to run them at a later stage when students have settled in to school.
  • Journal: Please ensure that every student and parent/guardian signs the school journal (Page 2) when they are distributed to confirm that you have read and understood the school policies and to confirm your commitment to following the school code of behaviour, uniform policy and other policies. Please ensure your son/daughter understands all our policies especially personal presentation, mobile phones, acceptable user (ICT) and attendance/punctuality. We also encourage first years to join extra-curricular activities to help them to settle in and make new friends.
  • Technology: We are a Windows based school and although it is not essential, it would be of benefit if students had access to a windows based device for homework.  All students in Lucan CC can use their school email account to access Microsoft 365. This includes Word, OneNote and Teams. So it is not necessary to buy the Office 365 package. If you are considering buying a device a basic entry level computer will suffice. Please ensure the device has a microphone and a camera for video conferencing if needed. Students should have access to a set of headphones that work with a smartphone. All electronic devices can be used under teacher supervision during class time only.
  • Induction Day: Students should arrive in full uniform on the date and time specified on the calendar and require only a copy, a pencil case and a small snack on their induction days. A locker will be allocated to students who have paid the rental fee and books can be brought in gradually over the first week.

Please keep an eye on our website www.lucancc.ie and Twitter account @lucancc1 for updates at the start of the year and use your VSware access throughout your child’s time in our school. A reminder on how to access VSware as a parent/guardian can be found here. Our parents’ association social media accounts and contact details are also available on our website. Your son/daughter now joins the community of Lucan Community College with our strong ethos of Aontas/Unity and I have no doubt that they will settle in well during their 1st year with us and build on the strong social and educational foundations that they have constructed in primary school.

Take care and have a safe and relaxing summer before the excitement of your time in Lucan Community College begins. We look forward to meeting you.

Best wishes,

Diane Birnie (Principal)

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