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17 February 2019
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Schools notes

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King's Inns Street School Class Reunion

The Leaving Cert Class of 1969 King's Inns Street School Dublin 1 is having a reunion lunch on 22nd of May in Dublin.
Venue to be decided.

Hope you can join us in remembering the last Leaving Cert of the Swinging Sixties.

If interested please email Marie at


Temporary School Caretaker - Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada

4th to 22nd March 2019
Someone who is flexible with time, willing to do repairs safely and do daily tasks.
Garda vetting will be organised.
Recent references.
CVs please to


Scoil Mhuiire Girls’ National School Lucan

Cleaning Staff (1) required immediately to work Monday to Friday from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

Please contact the school office at 01-6280056 between 9.30 and 11.30 for more information


Coláiste Phádraig

Awards: Well done to Luke Carmody from 1 Munster who won the Mark O’ Neill Student of the Month for January in recognition of his diligence, good manners and positive attitude in all of his classes. Well done also to 1st yr Jamie Miguel Sales who won the Sports Star of the Month in recognition for his excellent displays for the school’s 1st yr basketball team. Comhghairdeas freisin le Jack Griffin ón gcéad bhliain a bhuaigh an gradam Gaeilgeoir na Míosa mar gheall ar an sár-iarracht a dhéanann sé an Ghaeilge a labhairt agus an sár obair atá déanta aige sa rang Gaeilge. Is sár-dhálta é Jack agus is aoibhinn leis ag spalpadh Gaeilge lena chairde taobh amuigh den seomra ranga fiú mar “Beatha teanga í a labhairt”.

Music Club: Our budding young musicians delved into music composition during their most recent Suburban Sounds workshop in the school. With the help and guidance of Elton and Gavin, our students gained valuable hands-on experience to enable them to structure their own original piece. They learned how to build a song to a natural crescendo by playing around with the instrumentation of the musical piece and also how to strip back the music to play on the emotion of the lyrics and sound. A rap section was also introduced which heightened the appeal of the piece to different audiences thanks to its varying genres. Our young musicians are well on their way to completing full songs in their preparation for their visit to the recording studio in April. The students are looking forward to the prospect of recording their songs in a professional environment whilst also gaining insights into the world of music technology. An exciting few months lies ahead for our music club members!

School tour: Good luck to the 45 senior students and 6 teachers who are travelling to the ski resort of Lavarone in Italy during the upcoming mid-term break. The group will be spending a full week there and they will be getting 4 hours of ski instructions per day before they head down the daunting slopes themselves free style! The group will be combining the skiing with various cultural visits and excursions so an exciting and educational week lies ahead for all travelling. We wish them all a safe and enjoyable school tour.

Basketball: Our 1st yr basketball team have played four group matches in their Eastern League campaign recently. Their 1st match was against Pobalscoil Setanta, Clonee with Lucan winning on a score-line of 15-25. Lucan dominated the 1st quarter and led 18-0 and Clonee never looked like clawing back this deficit despite improving in the final 2 quarters. Calum Conway top-scored for the team with an impressive 12 points while Calum Conway added a further 6 points as the team ran out deserved winners. Lucan then defeated Moyle Park 46-28 in their 2nd match with the Jamie and Calum both scoring 12 points and Sheriff Akanbi also impressed with 10 points. The team kept up their winning run in their 3rd match by defeating Coláiste Chiaráin, Leixlip 44-14 in an impressive team display. Tyler Rocamora top scored with 12 points while Dovydas Lukosius added 10 points as Lucan cruised to a one-sided victory. The team’s winning run came to an end against Coolmine CS who edged out our 1st yrs 32-30 in a dramatic and hard-fought encounter. Lucan are still in a very strong position in the group with 4 teams advancing to the knockout stages and two games remaining.

Our 2nd yr team have also won 3 and lost 1 of their opening 4 group matches. They defeated Pobalscoil Setanta 25-23 in their opening match before two emphatic victories, 45-8 over Coláiste Chiaráin and 40-7 against Moyle Park, put them in a great position in the group. A top of the table clash with a very strong Coolmine was next up but this time Lucan were 2nd best throughout as their opponents won 45-28 in a high quality encounter. Michael Cunningham, Liam Garrigan, Eoin Kilduff and Harry Bamidele have all impressed so far for Lucan who are still likely to qualify from the group by securing a top 4 finish in the coming weeks.
Soccer: Our 1st yr soccer team were knocked out of the Dublin League last week after losing 5-0 to a strong Salesian College Celbridge team in their Regional semi-final. Lucan were stunned when Salesians scored with their 1st attack in the 2nd minute and in truth they never really recover from this blow as their opponents scored a further 3 goals before half time to effectively end the match as a contest. Our 1st yrs pressed hard in the 2nd half to restore some pride at least but they struggled to create any meaningful chances and their opponents had numerous chances on the counter attack but they had to settle for one further goal which sealed an emphatic 5-0 win. Unfortunately, this defeat has ended the season for our 1st yr team but they can reflect on a decent campaign with three victories earlier on in their campaign which included a good run to the 1-4 finals of the 1st yr Leinster Cup.

Good luck to our u17 team who play St. Declan’s Cabra on Mon 25th Feb in the Dublin League semi-final before facing either Salesian College or Marist College Athlone in the Leinster Cup Final the following week.


St Joseph’s College Lucan


St Joseph’s College will host their Open Evening on Thursday February 28th 2019 from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. All are welcome to attend, especially parents and students intending to transfer to St Joseph’s College in 2019, 2020, 2021.

Well done to Ms. Dineen, Mr. Upton and our First Year Basketball Team winning 29 to 22 against Caritas College on Wednesday. That’s two wins in a row – well done girls!

49 very excited 5th Year students headed off on our annual Ski Trip to Italy last Thursday. They had an absolutely fabulous time and arrived back home, safe and sound on Wednesday.

As our skiers were getting ready to come home, a group of 22 equally excited 4th year students were heading off to Madrid for a four day Spanish Trip . The girls left on Tuesday and will return on Friday - adiós amigos!


Our TY students attended the ‘I Wish’ ( Inspiring Women in STEM ) conference in the RDS this week. ‘I WISH’ is an initiative to inspire, encourage and motivate young female students to pursue careers in STEM. The conference featured talks by inspirational women who worked in various fields in STEM as well as interactive exhibitions where the students got the opportunity to talk to the various exhibitors.

Last Thursday a number of our TY students were busy working alongside visiting Barrister Adam Dodd in a legal practice workshop, prosecuting and defending cases for the Public Access to Law competition. A very unique and memorable experience and the feedback from the participating students was very positive indeed.

Fifteen first years, with Ms. Dunne (OSOS school champion) attended an Open Schools for Open Societies (OSOS) showcase event in Dublin City University last week and received a certificate of participation from the Greek consortium responsible for driving OSOS across Europe. DCU have partnered with the Greeks and are championing the participation of primary and secondary schools in Ireland. St. Joseph's College is considered an ‘accelerator school’ because of the work completed under a project called "Bees Need Trees, Trees Need Bees." The project attempts to raise the awareness of the importance of bees as pollinating agents, encourage the school community to become more conscious of their role in developing a culture of sustainability and finally promote personal stewardship of the environment by getting the school community growing. We have had a lunchtime staff-tasting of produce grown on school grounds, got our dig on planting 300 bulbs - daffodils and some snowdrops and one of our 4th year classes is leading a project with 150 first years called Eat Shoots of Peas! – Well done Ms Dunne! A very impressive achievement.


Associate Professor Eilish McLoughlin, Director CASTeL, Dublin City University, pictured with 1st year students and OSOS champion teacher Ms. Michelle Dunne, St. Joseph’s College, collecting their certificate of Partnership from Professor Sofoklis Sotiriou, Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Greece, European Coordinator of OSOS.

Our Saturday Study Classes continue every Saturday from 9 - 12. St Joseph’s students from all year groups are welcome to attend. The cost is €5. This has been a great success so far, with encouraging numbers attending. Any student requiring more information can contact Ms Whelan.

Follow us on Twitter: @STJosephs3