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22 April 2018
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Schools notes

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Coláiste Cois Life – RITH 5k

On April 29, the inaugural RITH Cois Life, a 5km run will take place in Griffeen Park. The event is being organised in order to raise much needed funding for the school.

There will be a large group taking part including school students (past and present), parents, school staff, members of local athletic clubs and members of the wider community.

If you would like to support in any way, eg advertising, please get in touch with either of the following:

Beir bua agus beannacht,


2018 SPORTS DAY: Don’t Spectate – Participate!!

Scoil Mhuire Girls & St. Mary’s Boys National Schools
The Parents Associations for the two schools are organising a Sports Day on Sunday 20th May 2018 in the grounds of St. Marys BNS, Chapel Hill, commencing at 2pm.

Only children attending either the Boys or Girls Schools, apart from the Tiny Tots Race, will be eligible to take part.
All children must be accompanied by at least one adult and remain the responsibility of that adult at all times during the sports day.

Adm: €10 per Family, payable on the day which includes payment for all activities.
Please do not bring dogs onto the school grounds on sports day

The full list of events will be sent to each family before the Sports Day


St Joseph’s College Lucan

Gaisce Venture Trip for Bronze & Silver Students: A huge congratulations to all our wonderful Bronze & Silver Gaisce students who completed their President’s Award Venture Trip over last weekend. 100 TY students and 8 5th Year students headed for the hills of Wicklow once again. Storm Emma had put a stop to the venture trip in March but the timing of this trip proved much better as the fine days allowed for the Bronze students to complete 26km over two days in Avoca, while the Silver students completed 50km in Glendalough and Glenmalure! Many fond memories were made as all donned the hiking boots, ascended to great heights and completed their well-earned award!


Silver Gaisce students completing 50km in Glenmalure
Front: Shauna McCabe, Danielle O Connor, Clare Keleghan, Emma Kinsella, Aoife Dardis, Caoimhe Currie. Back: Ms. Catherine Bligh, ÁIne Gleeson, Katie Grogan

Leaving Cert Oral Exams: It is with a sigh of relief that the hard-working 6th Year students completed their Modern language and Irish Orals exams this week. As many were delighted with the recitation of the much loved poem ‘Géibheann’ and some selected their chosen ‘sraith pictiúr’, it was great to see the relieved and happy faces emerging from the Irish Oral, now worth 40% of the Leaving Cert total for Irish. Comhghairdeas libh go léir as na sár-iarrachtaí a rinne sibh! A huge thank you to Deirdre and all at the Parish Centre for facilitating the orals in the Bungalow!

Junior Certificate Home Ec. & Music: Well done to all our 3rd Year students on completing their practical exams this week. Between the wonderful aromas coming from the Home Ec kitchens to the well-rehearsed recitations of the music practicals, it was a busy week all round!

Soccer: Well done to the U14's Soccer team who qualified for the Quarter Final of the Leinster A League in a well-deserved 5-1 win against Loreto Balbriggan on Tuesday 10th April. Goals scorers were Athena Hannon (x2) and Lauren Strong (x3). Girls of the Match: Sarah Cullen & Lauren Strong. Goal of the Match: Athena Hannon.

TY Mock Trials in Criminal Courts: We wish all the TYs students competing in the Public Access to Law Mock Trial competition in the Criminal Courts this Saturday, 21st April, the very best! Many students are taking on the roles of Barristers, Witnesses, Court Reporters etc. We look forward to seeing them in action against other competing schools.


Lucan Community College

Lucan CC unveils new school sign: Lucan Community College unveiled their new school at the end of last week. The sign is situated on the junction of Esker Drive and the Newcastle Road and should prove very visible on approach for visitors. We hope that the sign demonstrates the college’s heritage in the community in our 30th anniversary year.

Class Keller shine in the first year of their Leaving Certificate: The Leaving Certificate Applied class had their presentation of session one certificates this week. This first session for the group was a great success and student really took their opportunity to shine. In particular there were terrific grades in the Art task, which were among the highest ever awarded. The students will now be examined in three more tasks over the coming weeks. They will also undertake their Oral German exam during the first week of May and will sit their written German paper in June making it a busy time for Class Keller. Well done to all of the students for their hard work and to all of their teachers for helping them reach achieve.

Mental Health Talk for Parents this Tuesday 24th at 7.30pm: Our Guidance Department and Jigsaw, The National Centre for Youth Mental Health, will host a talk for parents on the key issues impacting on mental health and wellbeing in the college this coming Tuesday, 24th April at 7.30pm. Jigsaw was established in 2006 and are the only mental health service in the country with an exclusive focus on 12-25 year olds. We urge parents to attend this event as it will be practical and informative in showing how best to support young people with their mental health. The talk is a part of Lucan Community College’s Wellbeing week which will feature a host of activities in being active as well as the healthy eating and mental health spaces. Thank you to Ms. McManus for organising this event.

Final Literacy Quote by Lucan CC’s Music Department: This week’s literacy quote comes from the Music Department. They have chosen a famous proverb as our final literacy quote of this year. “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which is impossible to be silent” (Victor Hugo). Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist and is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers famous for his novels Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

Gaisce hike success for 42 TY students: 42 transition year students participating in their Gaisce bronze award undertook their hike last Thursday and Friday. They hiked over 30 kilometres setting out from the beautiful Lough Dan in Glendalough, up over the Wicklow mountains and meeting up with the Wicklow Way walk. It was tough terrain to hike especially with recent heavy rainfall and large areas of bog but the students showed great resilience and stuck it out leaving no one behind. Students had some down time with swimming, archery, tree climbing and finishing off with a camp fire sing song toasting our marshmallows! A great trip overall. Well done to all involved and thanks to Ms. Gallagher, Mr. Carey and Mr. Phelan for accompanying the students.


TY student take their teachers on a guided tour: Well done to all TY students who trained to be tour guides as part of the Glasnevin Cemetery tour guiding course. They gave an outstanding tour in front of their teachers and peers. All students received a certificate of participation. A special mention to Emmet Bellew who will go on to represent the school in a tour of the cemetery on Saturday 28th April. Best of luck Emmet and a big thanks to Ms. Gallagher for organising the event.

Lucan CC Athletes strike gold in Santry: Congratulations to our team of athletes who took to the track this week in Morton Stadium, Santry. Particular mention must go to two athletes who took gold in their individual disciplines. Max Carey, 6th year, took the top prize in the Senior Pole Vault and also grabbed a silver medal in the Senior High Jump for good measure. Aine Burke, 5th year, then powered home in 1st in tricky conditions in the 1500m Steeple Chase. It was great to see two of our most senior athletes be such great role models for the newer members of the school athletic team. Well done to all involved and to Ms Conway and Ms Joy for organising the events and to Mr Phelan for accompanying the students on the day.


Coláiste Phádraig

Soccer: Our u15 soccer team were unfortunately beaten 3-0 by Beneavin College Finglas on Tuesday in the Leinster Champions League semi-final. Beneavin deserved their win but Lucan were missing 5 1st team players through injury so they were left with a sense of what might have been with a fully fit squad. The team at least have then consolation of knowing that their season is not yet over. They are still in the Dublin League and they are set to play their semi-final match against St. Aidan’s CBS very soon. Hopefully some of their injured players can recover in time and the team can maybe finish the season with an appearance in the Dublin Final. Our 1st yr team were knocked out of the Dublin League by local rivals Lucan CC last Wednesday. Both teams had finished as runners-up in their Regional Finals recently so they faced off for one final chance to remain in Dublin League. Our team had beaten Lucan CC comfortably in a friendly back in November but in LCC had improved immensely since then and thoroughly deserved their win. They dominated from the kick off and took their chances when they arrived. Colin Duffy was perhaps our team’s best performer on the day as he once again put in a tireless shift but unfortunately the season is now over for our 1st yrs. LCC advance to the League 1-4 finals while Coláiste Phádraig fail to qualify for the 1st yr Dublin Final for the 1st time since 2015.

Hurling: Our u14 hurlers began their Dublin League campaign with an emphatic 10-12 to 1-12 win over Oatlands College last week. Daragh Lyons impressed for Lucan with a personal haul of 4-02 while Brandon Moore added a further 3 goals. Conor Devlin was also among the goals while half forward Shane Coffey scored 3 points in a fine individual display. The team have 3 further group stage matches to complete in the coming weeks.

Awards: Well done to Jack Hanlon who won the Mark O’ Neill Student of the Month Award for March in recognition of his good manners, respect and co-operation throughout the 2nd yr tour to Cologne. Congratulations also to 6th yr Luke Walsh who won the Sports Star of the Month Award for his exceptional performances for the school’s senior football team. Comhghairdeas freisin le Glen Mahady ón dara bliain a bhuaigh an gradam Gaeilgeoir na Míosa mar gheall ar an sár-iarracht a dhéanann sé an Ghaeilge a labhairt.

Trips: Mr. Casey’s 5th yr History class enjoyed their recent trip to the historic Kilmainaim Jail. Built in 1787, the damp cells of this former jailhouse held many prominent Irish nationalists before the gaol was closed down in 1924. Its bleak, echoing interior aided in transporting the students to a time of tremendous Irish political upheaval. The students got an interesting and educational guided tour of the eerie building and got to explore its storied past through a number of onsite exhibits. The students are to be commended on their good behaviour, interest and co-operation throughout.


Glen Mahady Gaeilgeoir na Míosa Aibreán 2018

Exam News: Our 6th yr students have been busy over the past two weeks completing their dreaded oral exams. Last week the French and German orals took place and the feedback from the students was overwhelmingly positive. Virtually everyone felt better leaving the exam room than they did before they went in so that’s always a good sign. This helped the students tackle the Béaltriail, the oral Irish exam, this week so hopefully they all performed to their best. Many students are also busy with their practical projects as well as their practical exams so it’s all go from now until June 6th for our diligent and dedicated exam students! Our 2nd yr English students are also preparing for their first CBA (Classroom-Based Assessment) in the coming weeks. This involves an oral presentation (in front of their peers usually) on a topic or issue that is of interest to them. This oral communication will not be worth any percentage of the final grade of the state examination in 3rd yr. Instead, the results will be reported separately on the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement to be issued by the school. We wish our students well in this undertaking.