St Joseph's College Lucan
Athletics: Well done to our First Year Team who won the Team Event at the Cross-Country Athletics event in the Phoenix Park last week. They did excellently to win this competition out of all the schools in west Leinster and they now move on to the Leinster competition later in the year. Well done also to all our Students who took part in the all of the other races.
Junior Debating: Well done to our Junior debating team who competed in three rounds of debating in UCD on Saturday last. This was their first debating competition and Ms. Hanlon was very proud of their performance.
Good Luck: We wish all of our 3rd and 6th year students the best of luck in their mock exams over the next two weeks. We also wish our Transition Year students well as they embark on two weeks of work experience.
First Year Assessment: Well done to all our incoming first years who completed their assessment on Saturday past. We thank the 5th year students who came in to welcome our incoming first years and give them a tour of the school. It was also great to meet with the Parents of incoming first years on Saturday.
Ceiliuradh CEIST: On Wednesday it was Ceiliuradh CEIST day on the 1st of February 2023. We are a very proud to be a CEIST school and we look forward to celebrating Ceiliuradh CEIST with a number of activities after the midterm break when we can come together as a full school community.
Hockey: Our first-year hockey team are in action this week against Mount Temple, we wish them well in this fixture.
Senior Camogie: Our Senior Camogie team are back in action this Saturday when they make the long journey north to Ballymena to play in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. We wish the team and the management the best of luck in this game.
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Lucan Community College
Barnardos and ETB Schools NPA Webinar: Barnardos and the ETB Schools National Parents' Association have joined together to provide parents with a free webinar on "Supporting Teenagers to have positive experiences online while taking responsibility for their 'online footprint'”. The webinar will take place on Wednesday 8th February from 7.30 - 8.30pm.
The aim of this webinar is to provide information for parents/guardians to help support their teenager as they navigate their life in an online world. This webinar will help parents/guardians understand the risks posed to teenagers when online, listen to what teenagers want and need from their parents to help them manage these experiences and some tips to keep communication online and offline working well for everyone.
The webinar can be found through the following link: https://avc-ie.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LtjKa9DiS42eTmH1ks-2pg
West Leinsters 2022: Well done to the 15 athletics students who travelled to the Phoenix Park last Thursday for the West Leinsters. Our Junior Girls Team placed 1st overall with Ella McGrath, Eve Clarke, Reka Kiss Calo & Rachel Jez all individually finishing in the top 10. Saoirse Fitzgerald came 4th in the intermediate race with Maggie Jez & Isabelle Cuffe both finishing in the top 10. This meant that the girls intermediate team finished 2nd overall and will represent the school in the next round of the competition. Ferdia McDonagh also qualified in the Boy's Junior race and TY student Cillian Murphy came third in the Intermediate competition. All of these students will compete in the Leinster Final on the 8th of February.
This is an amazing achievement for our students who should all be extremely proud of themselves. We look forward to another day with team LCC in a week's time!
TY Students visit Microsoft HQ: The Career Ready TY students visited Microsoft HQ to meet with their assigned professional mentors, who they will work with over the next year and to attend the graduation of successful candidates from this programme for 2023. It was incredible to visit such a fantastic workspace and to engage with an array of professionals. The journalist, podcaster and documentary maker, Nicola Tallant also spoke to the students about her professional journey.
Thanks to Ms Higgins for supporting this initiative and attending with the group.
Basketball: The Junior Girls basketball team have had a very busy week. They played two games against Luttrellstown CC and Colaiste Cois Life. Although unlucky on both occasions there was some excellent scores from Aoife McDonnell, Ella McGrath and Aoibhe Fitz Henry. Well done to all girls involved!
TY Work Experience: As the TY students enter their final week of work placement, we would like to thanks all local businesses and organisations who have facilitated our students on their work experience in the 2022/23 academic year. This experience is invaluable to the student's academic and social development - some may even get inspiration for future career prospects. Without this local support, this component of the Transition Year experience would not be possible.
Hurling: Congratulations to our Senior Hurling team who won the Dublin Schools Senior Hurling “C1” League title after defeating Oatlands College 2-22 to 2-10 in the final that was held in Abbotstown last Friday. The 1st half was keenly contested with both teams going for scores whenever the opportunity arose. With Michael Cunningham very impressive in the backline with some outstanding challenges and intelligent distribution and Liam Garrigan exceptional in midfield, Lucan just shaded the 1st half and led by 2 points at the break, 0-11 to 1-07 thanks mainly to some excellent free taking from Joseph Dunne.
Oatlands began the 2nd half strongly and Lucan were indebted to some hugely important saves from goalkeeper Evan O’ Flynn that maintained their slender lead. As the game wore on however, Lucan grew stronger and stronger with their superior fitness levels perhaps showing through. Joseph Dunne silenced the raucous opposition fans with a superb goal and numerous other clinically taken points to stretch Lucan’s advantage to 8 points late on. A late goal by Conor Dillon confirmed the richly deserved victory for the team and a place in the Leinster Final.
Football: Our 2nd yr football team advanced to the Dublin League 'C1' semi-finals after an emphatic and facile 13-12 to 2-02 victory over Lucan Community College last Friday. It was an excellent team performance all round with everyone keen to impress the coaches right up until the final whistle as competition for places is fierce such is the talent in the squad. Cian Kelly was outstanding for the team as he scored an incredible 5-05 from the full forward position.
Half-forward Conor McHugh and right full forward Jack O' Dwyer both scored 2-02. Full Forward Daire Heavey added a further 2 goals while Paidi Murphy (1-0), Derry Ware (1-02), Henry Greene (0-1) and Brian Whelan (0-1) also contributed goals and points to ease the team to victory. Next up is a clash with Lusk CC with the winners qualifying for the Final.
Soccer: Hard luck to our u15 soccer team were knocked out of the Leinster Minor Cup after suffering a 5-2 defeat at the hands of a strong Palmerstown CC team in their last 16 clash last Wednesday. Sean Connell scored a nice left-footed goal for Lucan with the team’s other goal an own goal.
Incoming 1st yrs: The assessments for incoming 1st yr students for the 2023/2024 academic year took place in the school on Saturday 28th Jan. This year the exam was completed entirely online by the students and supervised by members of our school support teams from the Learning Support and Careers Departments, who were assisted by our prefects. These online assessments allow the school to give more detailed feedback to parents on the results. Individual reports will be issued to parents/guardians in the coming months to help them understand the process and allow them to offer support at home.
The assessment tests are carried out purely to assist the school in best providing for the varied educational needs of the incoming students. They are not used for the purpose of streaming as all 1st yr classes in the school are fully mixed ability. We look forward to welcoming our new cohort of 1st yrs in September 2023.
Young Scientists: The office of the Taoiseach sent in a lovely picture to the school this week of Leo Varadkar and Housing Minister Darragh O' Brien with 2nd yr Hazem Ahmed at his project stand at the RDS during the recent BT Young Scientist Exhibition. They were very interested in his project on the Housing crisis and they were very impressed with his research and presentation.
French: There was a large attendance at the inaugural French Conversation Group in room 17 last Friday at lunchtime. It was great to see such interest among the various year groups and it was lovely to hear the French language being spoken with such passion and enthusiasm by so many of our students. No doubt the French Croissants on offer enticed one or two hungry students to the group but they had to earn the delicious treats anyway by speaking French! The group will continue to meet throughout the year and all are welcome to attend, from total beginners to the fluent speakers. The Conversation Group provides an opportunity for students to enrich their vocabulary and gain in confidence in a supportive and encouraging environment.
Athletics: Well done to our 24 athletes who competed in the West Leinster Schools cross-country championships held in the Phoenix Park last Thursday. 1st yr Conor Abbot qualified for the Leinster Championships in Santry next week by finishing 5th in the Minor Boys section (out of 156 strong competitors!) in an impressive time of 6:01.
In the Junior Boys, Brian Whelan ran well to finish high up in 13th place (out of 147 finishers) as he completed the course in 8:06, which was enough to qualify for the Leinster Championships. Every one of our athletes ran great times and showed great determination and grit through the highly competitive races.