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21 October 2018
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Schools notes

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LUCAN COLLEGES Cross Country Challenge Run

Wednesday 24th Oct. @ 10.30 a.m.
Venue: Lucan Harriers Athletic Club
. (N4-R120).

1st year. Girls: 1200 mtrs. Boys: 1500 mtrs.
2nd year. Girls: 1200 mtrs. Boys 1500 mtrs.
3rd & 4th year. Girls: 1500 mtrs. Boys: 2000 mtrs.
5th & 6th year. Girls: 1500 mtrs. Boys: 2600 mtrs.

Challenge open to all students: Take part to complete race.

Info: Gerry Martin. 0872132244
Entry: 2 euro per student. Max. 20 euro per college.
Please note new course will be used, adjacent to athletic track (reconstruction in progress)


Lucan Community College

Space week in Lucan Community College: Last week saw us celebrate “Space Week” (4th-10th October) with the students and teachers of Lucan Community College embracing this event. The event saw us discovering how the plants orbit our solar system, the constellations of the stars, where is the Big Dipper, can we find “Orion’s Belt”?


We also looked at how lasers worked. Did you know the word Laser is actually a scientific acronym L.A.S.E.R for Light Amplification of Simulated Emission of Radiation.

Our Science teachers travelled to Birr, County Offaly over the weekend to visit the original Birr Telescope, which at one time was the largest telescope in the world. Birr Observatory now hosts one of the largest Radio Telescopes in the world.


The teachers also hosted a “Space Week Table Quiz” for our space mad students.

Overall it was a great week. A big thank you to the Science department for their enthusiasm in making space so exciting for all of our students over the last week.'How did the Alien break his phone... he “Saturn” it!'

Boys Senior Rugby Team lose to Adamstown CC in local derby disappointment: Well done to our Boys Senior Rugby Team who performed brilliantly in their mid-week loss to Adamstown CC. The team performed amazingly with the scoreline not truly reflecting their efforts on the day. Darragh Reid capped his man of the match performance with a scintillating try in this local derby match that saw long term absentee Jamie Croke return to action and Luke Finnerty displaying the hallmarks of tough rugby battle. Well done to all the squad.
The Boys Junior Rugby Team also performed heroically in the mis-match game with a very physical Adamstown CC. Scott O’Sullivan scored a terrific try after a wonderful team move and deserved his man of the match award. However, it was not to be on the day as Lucan CC lost 20-5 to a team with much more experience of schools rugby. The team will have learned a great deal from the experience and it will no doubt help them as they train for future challenges. Thanks to Mr Morrissey and Mr Byrne for their continued dedication to building rugby with the college.

Language Literacy Numeracy – Wise saying of the week:
“Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana"

This is a Garden Path Sentence, which is a sentence that leads the reader towards a seemingly familiar meaning but is actually not the one intended. This is known Syntactic Ambiguity – involves a sentence that may be interpreted in more than one way due to its sentence structure.

Enrolment for first year 2020/2021: Enrolment is now open for the 2020/2021 academic school year. Enrolment forms can be downloaded from our school website,, or collected from the college office.
The final date for application for the 2020/21 school year is looming fast and is 12 noon, Friday 26th October 2018.
For more information on our enrolment policy please visit our school website,


Coláiste Phádraig

Friendship Week: A large number of activities were organised this week to celebrate Friendship Week in Coláiste Phádraig.

A number of TY students, Kevin McGrane, Tadhg Stones, Samuel Keogh, Adam Whyte, Tighe Everett and Jamie Clarke, worked with Ms. Ryan in the Art Room over the past two weeks designing and making different coloured friendship bracelets. They also took all 1st yr students to the Art Room to make their painted handprint for a specially designed Friendship Tree. They then spent a huge amount of time setting up the canteen before bringing the 1st yrs in and presenting them with the beautifully designed friendship bracelets. The 1st yrs then placed their individual hand print on the friendship tree as a symbol of their commitment to mutual respect, well-being, friendship and anti-bullying. The TY students also photographed the event and displayed the photos around the school on the TV Screens and Twitter. Well done especially to these students on their initiative, team-work and creativity.

Derek Hanway from Jigsaw (a confidential support service for young people) conducted workshops on mental health and well-being with all 6th yr classes. Additionally, four 5th yr students, Brian Achugbu, Chizo Ajouku, Glen Keating and Alex Tsiogas, gave a power point presentation on mental health and well-being to 1st yrs during their SPHE classes. These students had received training from Jigsaw in youth mentoring in preparation for their presentation.

1st, 2nd and 3rd yr students attended a 90min presentation from Humour Fit on the themes of anti-bullying, substance abuse and racism.

1st and 2nd yrs also attended a French and German breakfast together on Monday. There were lots of delicious foods on display, including croissants, pain au chocolat, jus d’orange, du chocolat and of course German frankfurters! Many thanks to Ms. Melia for helping with the preparation and cooking of the food and also to the French and German Departments for providing the food.

1st yrs also attended a 2nd breakfast later on in the week and the school music club were on hand to perform some beautiful tunes.

Educational psychologist Patricia Fitzpatrick gave a talk to 5th yrs on the theme of motivation and well-being.

A representative from Foróige also spoke to the Transition Years and provided peer mentoring training for them to work with incoming 1st yr students in 2019.

Poster and poetry competitions were held for all year groups on the theme of friendship.

Well done to all of our students for embracing the spirit of the events with such enthusiasm and respect.

Well done also to Mr. Keane all his hard work planning and organising Friendship Week and to the whole staff for their co-operation and assistance. Well-being is everyone’s responsibility and we take the issue very seriously at Coláiste Phádraig.

Soccer: Our u17 soccer team advanced to the 2nd rnd of the Leinster Junior Cup after defeating Clonkeen College 5-1 last Friday. Played in appalling conditions, Lucan produced a fine display of attacking football to see off their spirited opponents. James Harold opened the scoring early on with a stunning drive from the edge of the box before Adam Wells tucked home the team’s second from close range soon after. Clonkeen were struggling to break down a formidable Lucan defence superbly marshalled by Jamie Callaghan and Ryan Young. They did pull a goal back early in the 2nd half however but Kyle Robinson restored Lucan’s 2 goal advantage when he fired home from close range after a beautifully cushioned header from Evan Nolan. James Harold capitalised on a defensive error to stroke home a fourth before Kyle Robinson raced onto a through ball to lash in number five into the top corner to seal a comfortable and impressive win for the team.

60 students from the school travelled to the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday for the UEFA Nations League match between Ireland and Wales. Despite the disappointing 1-0 defeat, the students enjoyed the atmosphere on the night as they were seated close to the singing section in the West Stand. They had a great view of the match and gave raucous support to the Boys in Green throughout. The defeat hasn’t dampened the students’ spirits as most of them plan to return for the hugely anticipated friendly against Northern Ireland next month.

Current Affairs Club: Our Current Affairs Lunch Club had an interesting and lively post-Budget meeting last Thursday. The students read a number of articles on Budget 2019 and discussed the impact of the changes on young people and families especially. There is also a Senior Cycle Economics Competition organised based around the Budget with prizes for 5th and 6th yr winners.


St Joseph’s College Lucan

Camogie: Well done to our Senior Camogie team who beat Castleknock Community College last Friday with a score of 7-10 to 3-5. Next match is against Loreto Balbriggan next Monday.

President’s Award: Very proud of our 8 Silver Gaisce Awardees who received their Silver President's Award in the Helix on Tuesday! A great bunch of dedicated, adventurous and generous girls who could make it to the Áras yet themselves! Roll on the Gold Award!!


Music Ensemble: Well done to Ms Mellet and her talented music students on the excellent music concert last Thursday and a big thank you to everybody who came along to enjoy the evening.

Barretstown Fundraiser: Congratulations to Mr Fitzgerald’s LCVP class, who collected over €1000 for Barretstown children’s charity with their very creative fundraiser. Male teachers agreed to wear high heels for the day, to the delight of their students. Thank you to everybody who contributed to a very worthy cause.

Some dates for your diary:
Lucan Gardai are going to have an Information Evening for parents on 13th November at 7.30pm on the issue of online behaviour/sexting/cyberbullying.

Our musical this year is Walt Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins’. If any local business wishes to advertise or sponsor our Musical Programme, please contact St Joseph’s College at 01-6281160

The Parents’ Association of St Joseph’s College, invites parents and students from all year groups from St Joseph’s College and other schools in the Lucan area to an evening of Career Talks on Thursday 25th October from 7-9pm.


Scoil Mhuire Girls National School – Enrolment 2019

During the month of October, Scoil Mhuire Girls National School are taking names of girls living in St. Mary’s Parish for Junior Infants 2019. Please ring the secretary to make an appointment to meet the Principal (Phone: 01-6280056).

You will need to provide a photocopy of your daughter’s Birth Certificate, Baptismal Certificate, PPS Number and a current household utility bill (proof of address).

School Website:


St. Mary’s BNS, Lucan - Enrolment 2019

St. Mary’s NBS Lucan are now enrolling for Junior Infants Sept 2019.

Please download an application form from the school website homepage and return to school office by 30th November.