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16 September 2018
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Schools notes

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Lucan Community College

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Leaving Certificate Berlin Trip: We welcome back our sixth year students of history as they bid auf wiedersehen to Berlin. The students had been taking part in a 3 day history tour of the German capital to complement their Leaving Certificate studies, visiting the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall as well as range of historical and cultural museums. The group were accompanied by their history teacher, Mr Byrne, and one of our deputy principals Mr Purcell.

6th year Higher Options in the RDS: The 6th year students, accompanied by our guidance department teachers, took the opportunity to explore the many options for further education when they attended the Higher Options conference in the RDS on September 12th. The students’ feedback on the day was hugely positive, particularly as they approach decision time with the CAO choices over the coming months. We thank Ms Brooks, Ms O’Gara and Ms McManus for organising this informative day for our 6th year students.

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Lucan Community College Junior Certificate Results 2018: Lucan Community College is extremely proud of our 2018 Junior Certificate/ Cycle students as they received their results this week on September 12th. Diane Birnie (Principal) and Deputy Principals Andrew Purcell, Stephen Brett and Aisling Kirwan said that the standard of results that students achieved this year in Junior Certificate/Cycle examinations were simply outstanding.
The staff of Lucan Community College joined in congratulating the 142 students who completed their examinations this year.

Particular thanks must go to all of the teachers, parents and support staff who helped to prepare our students for their examinations and who created opportunities in our curricular and extra-curricular programme to engage students in a broad and balanced educational experience.

 

Coláiste Phádraig

Open Night 2018: The Coláiste Phádraig Open Night will be held on Thursday 4th Oct this year in the school from 7-9pm . It is a great opportunity for parents and students to see all the school has to offer and to meet the teachers, management and staff on the night. Management will be visiting our feeder Primary Schools in the coming weeks with enrolment application forms and these forms will also be available from the school office from next week.

Over the summer months a lot of work was successfully completed in the school. 3,000m squared of roof was replaced to ensure extra insulation for the students and to prevent any leaks. WiFi has been installed all around the school, with free connection for all students. New colourful lockers have been installed and a lot of art work was completed in the school hall by former student Daniel Whelan. The hall has been transformed into an artistic, colourful, inspirational and motivational environment for all and it is well worth a look. 12 teachers are currently completing a Digital Leadership course on the integration and use of I-Pads in teaching and learning practices in the classroom so they will be available on the night to answer queries.

There will also be information on the introduction of new courses into the school this year such as Computer Coding and PE/Wellbeing in 1st yr as part of a reformed Junior Cycle and Computer Science in 5th yr. Coláiste Phádraig is one of 40 pilot schools in the country to introduce this subject at Leaving Cert level. As all 1st yrs are doing Computer Coding this year, they will be well prepared for the Computer Science course if they wish to choose it when they reach 5th yr. Mr. Carey will be giving a talk on Coding and Computer Science on the night. An informative and enjoyable night is sure to be had by all.

Junior Cert Results: Congratulations to our students who received their Junior Cert results on Wednesday. As usual there was a mix of emotions as students opened the dreaded envelopes but in general most students did better than they expected so well done to all. There was a further increase in the number of students taking Higher Level across all subjects so we commend our students on their increased ambition. Well done to Sabah-Uddin Aleem and Alex Knowles who both achieved 9As in Higher Level subjects. These results were just reward for their application and hard work over the past three years.

There were also a significant number of students who attained over 5As so well done to them all. Management were particularly pleased with the high proportion of As in the core subjects of Irish and Maths and Distinctions (90-100%) in English, while over 20% of students attained an A in Higher Level History. Overall, every student who sat the exams passed their Junior Cert which is a very commendable achievement. Congratulations also to those students who worked with our Learning Support Department. Each one got a very good Junior Cert and their teachers are very proud of them all. To every student who fulfilled his potential; well done and keep up the hard work.

Coláiste Phádraig AGM: The Parents’ AGM takes place in the school on Tuesday 25th September at 8pm. At this meeting, parents’ nominees for the new Board of Management will be elected. All parents are invited to attend.

Transition Year: Our TY students enjoyed their first outing of the year last week when they travelled to Liffey Valley Par 3 golf course for a competitive yet relaxing round of golf. There were quite a few talented young golfers on show and some impressively low scores were carded. The inter-schools Golfing season in Coláiste Phádraig kicks off soon so this was good practice for our potential golfing stars of the season. In Science class, the TY students have started a project which involves designing a Periodic Table for the wall outside the Science Lab. This will be a large undertaking done in conjunction with the Woodwork and Art Departments. The students will cut out each symbol in wood and then paint it in Art class. The students will complete approximately 80 symbols between the two classes and hope to have the project finished by their graduation in May. The finished project should consist of 9x9 blocks which will be approximately 3.6m x 1.8m in area.

The TY students are also beginning a GAA Future Leader’s Programme soon. This will involve them learning coaching and training skills, strength and conditioning techniques and management strategies for youth coaching. They will also complete a Sports Journalism module as part of this programme which will involve them learning the key skills involved as well as travelling to school matches throughout the year to write up reports. A busy and enjoyable year activities await our TY students.

 

St. Vincent’s Castleknock College

“Open Night” will take place on Thursday 27th September commencing at 7pm.

All boys in 5th class only are welcome with a maximum of two guests to accompany them. To secure a place please log onto Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/st-vincents-castleknock-college-open-night-2018-tickets-49941080115?aff=ebdssbdestsearch . Those who wish to attend must register no later than Monday 24th September.

Also, the closing date for applications for First Year 2020 is 31st December 2018.

 

St Joseph’s College Lucan

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Junior Certificate Results: Congratulations to all Transition year students on their excellent Junior Certificate results. Their hard work paid off and they should be feeling very proud of themselves. The students spent the morning Bowling, then returned to the school to receive their Exam Results amidst great excitement!

After School Study: Our After School Study facility is up and running again. This runs for 2 hours after school Monday to Friday. It is available for all year groups and provides a quiet environment for students to study. There are still places available if students would like to join. Students requiring more information can contact Ms Whelan.

Maths Support Centre: The Maths Support Centre takes place in Room 24 on Tuesday mornings from 8am and Wednesday lunchtime from 1pm. Many students avail of this opportunity to get help with their Mathematics from senior students and Maths teachers. The centre has been a great success and all are welcome.

RTE in the building: If anybody missed RTE’s interview with 4th year student Mia O’Rahilly Egan, who recently became the Irish Women’s Table Tennis Champion, you can view the video on our school website http://stjosephslucan.com

Glasnevin Cemetery: Last Thursday the Transition Year History Class visited Glasnevin Cemetery & Museum as part of their History module with Ms. Guinan and Mr. O'Driscoll. This is the first of a two part visit the girls will have. They were given a fascinating guided tour of the cemetery, where they saw the graves of Daniel O’Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell, Michael Collins and many other great names from their History books. They will now undertake their own research projects and return to Glasnevin Cemetary in a few weeks time to present their findings!

Airfield Estate: Last Friday, Ms Dunne and a group of Transition year students visited Airfield Estate, Dundrum - Dublin's only 38 acre working farm, to gain greater awareness on the types of plants, particularly vegetables that could be grown in St. Joseph's College. Airfield Estate were holding an educational open day for schools. In an effort to promote the growth all year round of plants which serve as a food source for our pollinating agents, students participated in talks with ‘The Irish Seed Savers Association’ and had a guided tour through the garden from Ruth, one of Airfield's Education Experts for the day. ‘Leinster Honey’ were on site and Brian informed the students that 98 bee varieties are found in Ireland. So, St. Joseph's are hoping now to grow plants which will act as food sources for these wonderful pollinating agents. Soil nutrient content is of the utmost importance, so St. Joseph's will seek waste coffee grounds from local cafes and use as a growth medium since the grounds are an excellent source of nitrogen. Following the trip the girls are buzzing with enthusiasm and will "bee" busy in the garden.

Higher Options RDS: On Friday 14th, St Joseph's 6th years will attend the Higher Options at the RDS in Ballsbridge. Here they will have an opportunity to research the various University and College opportunities available to them at 3rd level, both in Ireland as well as the UK and Europe. In addition, they can find out more about apprenticeships and Further Education via the FETAC route. There are very interesting talks about careers in Science, Engineering, Art and Nursing as well as the CAO application process and opportunities to study abroad.