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26 September 2021
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Schools notes

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St. Mary's Boys' National School

are now enrolling
Junior Infants for September 2022

The closing date for enrolment is Friday 19th November 2021

The application forms can be downloaded from the home page of our school website which is

For more information please contact 01-6281857
or email


Adamstown Community College

Welcome: Welcome back to all our students and to our new cohort of first year students who we hope will be very happy with us in Adamstown Community College.

Admissions: Adamstown Community College 1st Year 2022 enrolment opens on Friday 1st October 2021 and closes on Friday 22nd October 2021. An online application form for admission to Adamstown Community College is available on the school website.

Leaving Certificate 2021: Congratulations to all our Leaving Certificate 2021 students on their results. We wish all our students the best for the future and hope you'll all come back and let us know how you're getting on and what you're doing.


A particular well done to all our students that achieved 500+ points in their 2021 Leaving Certificate results and to Stephen and Jerry who both achieved 625 points. It takes great dedication, hard work and perseverance to achieve those grades so well done to everyone!




Transition Year: Our TY students are on their annual bonding trip to Carlingford, Co. Louth this week. We look forward to hearing all about their trip for the next newsletter!

Social Media: We're working hard to share our school news and activities with the local community. If you'd like to keep up to date with us please follow our Instagram and Twitter pages below.

Contact details:
Instagram: @adamstowncommunitycollege
Twitter: @adamstowncc
Phone: 01 6540348


Lucan Community College

Scholarship for LCC Student: Congratulations to David Wright from the class of 2021 who was awarded a full Ad Astra Scholarship from UCD. This award includes an annual grant and a range of academic opportunities. We wish David every success as he begins his studies in Actuarial Science and Financial Studies.

First & Second Year Badminton


Badminton has now started back for the year. It takes place every Tuesday at lunchtime for 1st and 2nd year students. It was great to see so many students turn up on the first day. There was a great atmosphere in the gym as each student tried to get as many points as they could. Our wonderful TY students - Kamran Dar, Japneet Johal, Emily O'Reilly and Akeisha Craig, helped teachers Ms Clarke and Ms Geraghty set up and keep scores. Looking forward to our weekly badminton sessions every Tuesday at lunchtime. There is plenty of room for any other 1st or 2nd year student who is interested.

Admission 2022/23: The approved Admission Policy and Admission Notice for 2022 is now available on our school website under Policies - Admission/Enrolment for your information. The Admission application form will be published online on 1st October.

German Virtual Exchange October 2021-February 2022: Due to Covid-19 our German exchange cannot take place in person so we are hosting a virtual exchange instead. Thanks to our 18 students who have come on board this great adventure and thanks to parents who attended the information evening regarding our new venture this year. More news and updates to follow!


St Joseph's College Lucan

Well done and thank you to everybody in our school community for all of their efforts, since returning to school, to keep the school safe and reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19. We would ask all of our parents/guardians to encourage your daughters to come into the school building in the mornings and not to congregate at the school gates. The school building is open for students from 8 am. Thank you.

Parent Nominees to Board of Management
A reminder to parents that Nominations for the two parent-seats on the Board of Management for the three-year term commencing 16th October 2021 must be received not later than 10am Wednesday 29th September. Nomination forms were sent home with students and have also been posted on our website.

CAO Offers: We hope our students were happy with their CAO offers (Round 2 CAO offers came out on Monday). We were delighted to hear many of the career and life paths that the girls now intend to pursue. The warmest wishes to all, as you embark on the next exciting stage of life's journey!

1st Year Entrance Assessments took place this week, under the administration of our Guidance Department. This would normally happen before students enter 1st year, but due to Covid restrictions it was postponed until now.

Some Extra-Curricular Activities
Ms Hanlon is recruiting Students who are interested in participating in Junior Debating.
Mr Smyth is recruiting interested students for the Senior Debaters.

Ms Bligh is resuming the Joey's Tidy Towns this Friday for any students wishing to help out. Joey's Tidy Towns volunteers go about their tidying and enhancing duties around the school and local village after school each Friday. We look forward to a busy and productive year ahead!

Ms Farrell is recruiting any Gaelic footballers who are interested in playing Gaelic football this year.

Ms Ryan has started an after-school Chess Club, for our many keen players.

Canteen: We are delighted that our canteen is back up and running, serving a selection of lunches and snacks to students and staff.

We had our staff Bewley's Big Coffee Morning/Lunchtime on Wednesday in aid of the Harold's Cross Hospice. Many thanks to Ms Banks and all of the staff who baked a huge selection of mouth-watering treats for the fundraiser! The annual event is a very worthwhile cause - well done to everybody who contributed and supported the event!

Agnes Martin, 2nd Year Coding student who won a National Scratch Programming award while in 1st year, was presented with her trophy this week, from her Coding Teacher Mr Peter Barry. Agnes won the Overall Award category for 1st to 3rd years. 'Scratch' is a visual programming language targeted at children aged 8-16 as an educational tool to learn coding. Well done again Agnes!


Agnes Martin receiving her award from Mr Barry

Clothing Collection
Thank you to everybody who supported our Parents' Association Clothing Collection on Saturday. Your continued support is greatly appreciated!

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Colaiste Phadraig

Trath na gCeist: This year's Trath na gCeist Boird Feachtas will once again be digital affair in order to comply with the COVID-19 social distancing regulations. Our school have done very well in this National Competition in recent years, qualifying for the Craobh (National Final) in six of the past seven years and winning it outright in 2015, 2017 and 2018. This year the school will enter three teams of four, two teams from Junior Cycle and one from Senior Cycle. The Dublin regional round will be held on Tuesday 12th October in the school with the three teams set up in the school canteen and they will be competing against other schools on an online basis. The top two performing schools (the highest scores out of 60 questions) will advance to the Craobh, to be held in March 2022, where they will represent their school and county.

Inspection: Colaiste Phadraig underwent a 'Supporting the Safe Provision of Schooling' inspection for COVID-19 and Child Protection Compliance on Wednesday 15th September. The purpose of the inspection was to provide advice and support in the implementation of the Department of Education's guidelines relating to creating a safe learning and working environment for all. They are also aiming to provide assurances to all concerned that the COVID-19 Response Plan for the safe provision of schools is being fully implemented by school authorities.

The inspector first met with management and went through all the different health and safety measures that have been put in place over the past 18 months such as staggered lunch breaks, separate entrances and exits, base classrooms, walking on the right, hand sanitisers, socially distanced classrooms, Perspex screens, extensive cleaning and sanitising throughout the day, signage etc. She then spoke to the school two appointed Lead Worker Representatives, Mr. Flynn and Mr. Sweetman. This role involves working collaboratively with management to assist in the implementation of COVID-19 measures and monitor adherence.

The inspector then did a walk around the school with management checking the social distancing measures in place in the classrooms, staffroom and general areas. She was very impressed with all of the measures and noted then excellent levels of ventilation around the school. All windows and doors remain open throughout the day and the recently delivered C02 monitors have been installed in a number of rooms so far, with more to follow. A high tech air purifier has also been installed in one of the computer rooms to support and enhance the natural ventilation flow.

The two isolation rooms (in the event of a suspected Covid-19 case) in the school were also inspected and ten staff members were briefly interviewed regarding their knowledge of the relevant health and safety

procedures in place. The inspector also carried out a level one child protection inspection.

A detailed inspection report on the entire visit will be issued to the school in due course but management were told that the school 'passed with flying colours' so it is sure to be an extremely positive and complimentary report.

Well done to all involved in creating such a safe, well managed learning and working environment for all.

Geography: Our 6th yr Geography students, accompanied by their teachers Ms. Winters and Mr. Tarpey, undertook their Leaving Certificate Field Study on Lucan's River Griffeen last Thursday and Friday. Fieldwork is now an essential part of the LC Geography exam, representing 20% of the total marks available. The Geographical Investigation provides the opportunity for students to apply the appropriate geographical skills that are central to all aspects of the syllabus. The students collectively selected a topic from the list of investigations issued by the State Examinations Commission before deciding upon a particular issue within the topic appropriate to their own local environment. The title of their Investigation was “The impact of the geomorphic processes of deposition and transportation on shaping the landscape in a fluvial environment”.

After much planning and preparation, the first group of students travelled to the River Griffeen on Thursday. Due to the fine weather that day, the group discovered more evidence of deposition than transportation but the 2nd group on the Friday discovered far more evidence of transportation due to the heavy overnight rainfall. This is when a river transports material from a point in the river and moved it a short distance downstream, forming river beaches and/or braiding, thus shaping the landscape in a particular way. The students carried out a number of critical investigations that included the velocity of the river, gradients, bedload analysis, sinuosity and cross sectional areas at two study sites. The students now have the primary data and information needed to complete the Geographical Investigation report worth 20% of their coursework.

This report is not due until April 2022 but they will complete a draft report in the coming weeks, which their teachers will correct before giving important feedback and recommendations for improvements to the students. We commend the students on their excellent behaviour and co-operation throughout the two days, as well as their adherence to social distancing and other health and safety guidelines.

Prefects: The interviews for the role of Prefects were conducted early this week and twenty students have been appointed to the role, 10 from TY and 10 from 5th yr. They have already been assigned specific duties and they have all been active and busy settling into their new roles assisting staff and management throughout the school with important tasks and responsibilities.