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19 May 2024
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Schools notes

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Lucan Community College

Students take to the stage in 'The Big Audition': A huge congratulations to the Transition Year group who took to the stage in their TY performance of 'The Big Audition' last Wednesday and Thursday night. Each student shone brightly on stage, showcasing their amazing talents and leaving the audience in awe. The performers brought the house down with their passion and dedication. It was a true team effort, and the standing ovations they received were a credit to the hard work and dedication of the students and teachers involved. A huge thanks to Mr Murphy for music and organising the sound-tracks, to Ms Nolan for leading the Drama class and ensuring students were well prepared for stage, to Ms Geraghty for leading the dance class but also being a fabulous director and choreographer, to Ms Clarke the TY Year Head for her support and dedication to ensure the performance was a huge success, and to TY Coordinator Ms Higgins for her work with the Transition Year group over the past year. It was a community effort!


Second Year Students receive DCU award! Conor McMorrow, a second-year student at DCU, deserves a hearty congratulations for passing the CTYI SCAT exam. Conor is one of the twelve second-year students who finished this test. He is shown here attending the weekend's award presentation. To everyone who was involved, congratulations!


Jack is selected for Leinster Rugby: Jack Power, a TY student, has been selected for the Leinster Rugby U18 squad! Jack, who plays rugby for Barnhall Rugby Club, attributes his recent success to both his club and his skills that he gained from his TY program. We at Lucan Community College are all delighted for Jack and his accomplishments, and we hope he has many more successes in the future.

Athletes have success at Santry: Well done to all the athletes who recently competed in the West Leinster track & field championships in Morton Stadium, Santry. Thanks to Ms Collins and Mr Doyle for their hard work in coaching the Athletics Club.

Art students enjoy a trip to Gallery: Last Thursday the 9th May the 2nd Year Art Students travelled to the National Gallery of Ireland and the Hugh Lane Gallery. They saw works by Harry Clarke, Claude Monet, Jack Butler Yeats, Joseph Walsh, William Leech, Francis Bacon, amongst others. Thanks to Ms Dowd's for organising a great trip for the Art students.


St Joseph's College Lucan

Forensics workshop: Last week the transition year students in the school took part in a forensics workshop. The TY's were given the opportunity to work on their critical thinking skills by analysing the forensics from the JFK assassination, including fingerprints, ballistics, facial recognition and more. Thank you to Alison from Forensic fun for coming into the school and giving the TY's a day they really enjoyed.

Public access to law: Well done to our students who recently competed in the Public Access to Law national trials. The PAL programme is a specially devised law programme giving students a distinctive insight into law as seen through the eyes of a practicing barrister or solicitor. It is also gives students an Opportunity to enter into the PAL national mock trials competition which is the most popular transition year competition in the country. The versatile nature of the competition also appeals to other student skills and provides a platform for pupils to develop a wide range of talents including T.V. and newspaper legal reporting, acting, courtroom artistry and photography. Well done to Mr. Smyth and all the students for taking part in national trials.

Darkness into light: On Saturday morning a number of our students and staff had an early start as they were awake before dawn to take part in this year's Darkness into Light. The students and staff gathered at 4am in St. Catherine's Park with many other volunteers and participants for the 4km walk. It was a fantastic event that was all in aid of a great cause. In total St. Joseph's raised 1605 euro for Pieta House and suicide prevention. Well done everyone.


Emerald Park: On Friday, fifth years students were brought on their school trip to Emerald Park. It was a great day out. It helped and allowed the whole year to bond in the sun and enjoy the rollercoasters and other rides that the park has to offer. Thanks to year head, Mr. Doherty and all the tutors for organising the trip for the students.

Sports day: Last Thursday, the whole school travelled up to Lucan Harriers athletics club for our annual sports day. We were extremely lucky with the weather as the sun was shining all day long and had all students and staff in great spirits. It was a brilliant day with students taking part in events such as sprints, relays, handball, rounders, shot putt, egg and spoon race, obstacle course and the crowd favourite - tug of war. The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the eagerly anticipated 6th years versus teachers tug of war, which was won in the end by the teachers in a close contest. Massive thank you to the P.E department for organising the event which ran so smoothly on the day.

Transition year graduation


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Soccer: Congratulations to our Transition Year soccer team who qualified for the Leinster Cup Final after a brilliant 3-1 victory against Gaelcholaiste Reachrann, Donaghmede last Friday. Daniel Power (2) and Emmet Kelleher scored the goals in an impressive team display to keep up the team's 100% winning record throughout then campaign.
They will now face either Blackrock College or Portmarnock CS in the Final next week.
Well done also to our u17 team who qualified for the Leinster Junior Shield Final on Wednesday after defeating De La Salle College, Dundalk 2-0 in their semi-final encounter. Emmet Kelleher and Ben Lawless scored the goals as the team deservedly won the game as they were the better team throughout.
They could potentially face Lucan CC in the Final next week, which would be a great occasion for the local area.

Awards: Well done to 5th yr Tom Doran who won the Mark O' Neill Student of the Month Award for April in recognition of his excellent manners, strong work-ethic and co-operation in all of his classes.

Congratulations to 1st yr Adam Breen who won the Sports Star of the Month Award in recognition of his outstanding performances for the 1st yr football team.

Comhghairdeas freisin le Leon Joseph on dara bhiain a bhuaigh an gradam Gaeilgeoir na Miosa do mhi Aibrean.

The three winners each received a 20euro voucher as well as a framed certificate to recognise their achievements.
Well done also to the class tutor student of the month winners who each received a 5euro voucher for the school canteen.

Trips: Our 6th yr students enjoyed an end-of-year outing to Special Ops Adventures in Wicklow on Monday for an action-packed day of adventure and fun. After a briefing from the staff, the students were split into two groups, red and green, for two games of Air-Soft, which is a realistic simulation team-based shooting game similar to paintball (but without the mess and the bruises!) where participants engage in simulated gun combat and eliminate opposing players out of play by shooting them with spherical plastic projectiles shot from the airsoft guns.
The students refused to let the poor weather dampen their fun as they took to the battles with relish and enthusiasm. It was honours even at the end with one victory apiece so no-one had exclusive bragging rights on the bus journey home!
They then enjoyed a lovely pizza lunch on the open-air base camp surrounded by the beautiful woodlands and scenic surrounds of Wicklow. It was the perfect way for the students to unwind as a group one final time before their graduation next Thursday. A great day was had by all and they are to be commended on their excellent behaviour and co-operation throughout.

Football marathon: The highly anticipated 5-a-side Junior soccer marathon was held in the school last Wednesday, 8th May.
The sponsored marathon, which raised 5,370e for the school, began at 5:30am effectively with some Transition Year students and teachers arriving to set up and prepare for the day. The marathon ran until 4pm and in total, over 160 games took place with almost 200 students taking part and approximately 1,250 goals scored!
The 2nd/3rd yr final was held in the Sports Hall with a huge crowd of spectators at 10:45am. The final was a great game with both teams going all out for the win. After a thrilling 3-3 draw, the match went into a penalty shootout with 3rd yr Alex Kennedy scoring the winning penalty (and Callum Finn making the winning penalty save) for France so well done to the players on this team.
The 1st yr tournament started straight away and ran until 4pm. After many hard fought games, Liverpool won the final 4-1 thanks to goals from Conor Brennan, Rory Finney and Alex Nolan (2). The winning team also consisted of Daniel Mulryan, Oskar McGowan, Belal Abdelaal, Adam Breen and Andrew McGarry.

Hurling: Hard luck to our 2nd yr hurling team who were well beaten in their Dublin League semi-final match against Scoil Chaitriona on Tuesday. Cian Sullivan scored a nice goal for the team while Aaron Wall and Callum O' Neill both scored well-taken points. The team fought valiantly throughout but there was a noticeable gulf in class between the teams as a very talented Scoil Chaitriona ran out comfortable winners on a score-line of 7-27 to 1-02.

Economics: Well done to Tabib Haque, Cian Crar, Joel Emmanuel and Aidan Hamill who were awarded 2nd place in the 6th year category at the Young Economist of the Year Awards Ceremony which was held on Wednesday 8th May in the University of Limerick.