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2 October 2022
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Schools notes

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Griffeen Community College

We are delighted to announce that our school Open Night will be held in Griffeen Community College on Thursday 6th October from 18:00 - 20:00.

All parents/guardians of 5th and 6th class students are invited to attend. It is a great opportunity to meet the GCC staff and students and have a tour of the school.

Applications for 2023/2024 will be available on www.griffeencc.ie from Monday October 3rd and will also be available on the night.

 

Lucan Community College

Here's what's happening in Lucan Community College! Higher Options: Our 6th Years Patrick, Liam, and Chris, put their networking skills into action by meeting Minister Simon Harris at the Irish Times Higher Options Expo. A great day was had by all with plenty of ideas and information to reflect on. Many thanks to Guidance Team Ms. O'Hara and Ms. McManus for organising the trip for the 6th Years.

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Farewell to Ms. Bean! This week Lucan Community College bids a fond farewell to a true legend of the Geography Department, Ms. Eithne Bean. Ms. Bean taught both Music and Geography in the College for over 20 years - her wealth of experience as a teacher and member of staff will be missed by all. We wish Ms. Bean an abundance of health and happiness upon her retirement from the College. 'Geography is everything!'

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Lucan Community College appoint a new acting Deputy Principal: Congratulations to Kevin McGowan who was appointed to the role of Acting Deputy Principal on 27th September 2022. Mr McGowan has been a teacher of Metalwork, Engineering and Technology in Lucan Community College since 1994. He has held the role of ICT/Digital Coordinator for 21 years and more recently as Punctuality Officer also. He has spear-headed school improvement in the area of ICT introducing additional computer rooms and mobile student devices as well as teacher laptops. His leadership, along with a team of digital teacher leaders, was crucial during the period of remote learning in recent years when support was ongoing and essential for students and teachers. He will be a wonderful addition to the senior leadership and management team.

OPEN DAY IN LUCAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE - TUESDAY 4TH OCTOBER! 5th class and 6th class pupils and their parents are invited to our Open Day on Tuesday 4th October from 2.45pm-4.45pm. Come along to sample our broad range of subjects, talk to current pupils about their school experience here in the college, sample our extensive extracurricular programme and view our excellent facilities. Our dedicated staff will be on hand to answer your queries.

Admission Policy and Applications for 2023: Our updated Admission Policy for 2023/24 is now published and available on our school website lucancc.ie. Please read our Admission Policy and Admission Notice carefully before completing the Application form for 1st Year 2023/23 which will be published online from Monday 3rd October.

 

Colaiste Phadraig

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1st yr news: A multi-denominational religious service was held in the school last Thursday for all 1st yr students. Fr. Ubaldo, who has kindly agreed to assist the school in a chaplaincy role where he will help look after the Christian values and ethos of Coláiste Phádraig, led a fully inclusive ceremony that was well received by all in attendance. Fr. Ubaldo will be involved in numerous other events with us throughout the school year and we are delighted to be able to avail of his time, expertise and guidance.

He will help us strengthen the ethos and tradition of Edmund Rice, most notably the 5 key elements of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust Charter (ERST), nurturing faith and Gospel-based values, promoting partnership, excelling in teaching and learning, creating a caring school community and inspiring transformational leadership. The 5 key words representing each of the above are all on the front page of the school journal designed by current TY student Alex D’Alba which depicts a scene from the Edmund Rice iconography (a beautiful piece of art, like a stained glass, illustrating the life of Edmund Rice)

Transition Year: Our TY physics students took part in the Spaghetti and Marshmallow Tower Challenge last week. This is a STEM activity for beginners in design thinking to practice prototyping in testing. The students were given 20 small marshmallows, 20 pieces of spaghetti, 1 large marshmallow and 30cm of masking tape by their science teacher Ms. Smith. They had to work in teams to build the highest free-standing tower and the students took to the task with relish! They had a set time and the marshmallow had to be attached to the top of the structure. It was a great team-work exercise and the students learned how to work together and be creative, innovative and focused.

A couple of the structures were in danger of collapsing due to the weight of the marshmallow but the students managed to refine their efforts and create more stable and higher structures. Implementing new learnings and instant feedback from others into the next prototype is the essence of innovation so it was an educational and fun activity for the students involved. They learned a lot about the fundamental of physics such as stability, balance, weight, gravity and force. They were then able to relate some of these principles in a classroom discussion about Formula 1 racing.

Junior Cycle: An information night for parents of students in Junior Cycle was held in the school last Thursday. At this stage the new JC Programme it is fully implemented in all schools for all subjects so Ms. Redmond, our Junior Cycle Co-Ordinator, outlined for parents in attendance the ways in which the new JC programme differs from the old Junior Cycle. Primarily, the new Junior Cycle features newly developed subjects and short courses (such as Coding, CSPE and SPHE) with a focus on key skills and new approaches to teaching and learning, assessment and reporting that are very much student centred.

The information night was extremely well attended with over 180 people there on the night and the feedback from parents was extremely positive so we thank Ms. Redmond for her informative and helpful presentation. Ms. Ryan was also in attendance liaising with the parents and answering any queries they had.

Parents Association: This year we are thankfully in a position to restart what was previously a vibrant and active Parents Association in the school after two years of restrictions. An election for the roles of Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer was held after the Junior Cycle Information Evening. There was huge interest from the parents in restarting the PA in the school and it was great that so many put their names down. It is always good to have fresh, new, enthusiastic faces on the PA and we look forward to their input, energy and ideas throughout the school year.

The 1st meeting of the new PA will take place on Tuesday 4th October in the school.

 

St Joseph's College Lucan

Opening of Rosie's Garden: We are delighted to have the official opening of Rosie's Garden take place this Friday, 30th September 2022. Rosie's Garden is a new memorial garden created in memory of one of the founding Presentation Sisters of St. Joseph's College, Sr. Rosario Collier, who passed away on 29th September 2020. What began as a Bronze Gaisce project in 2020 has progressed to become a wonderful outdoor space in St. Joseph's. A huge well done to Aleena Saji, Alena Varghese, Aoife Armstrong, Emily O'Brien, Neha Joyce, Rosini Samaratunga and Isabella Carty for their dedication and commitment to the project. We look forward to welcoming back all those connected to Sr. Rosario this Friday. We extend a huge thanks to Sandra Cosgrove, past pupil and local landscape gardener, who has helped us along every step of the way.

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Garda Youth Awards: Congratulations to our Rosie's Garden Girls who won a 'Special Recognition Award' at the Garda Youth Awards on Tuesday, 27th September in Blanchardstown. Recognised for their hard work and dedication to creating Rosie's Garden, we are delighted for the girls involved and to Ms. Bligh who has worked with them along the way. Well done girls!

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