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25 March 2018
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Schools notes

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Kishoge Community College

Kishoge Community College competes in Leinster finals of the CanSat space competition
Transition-year students from Kishoge Community College in Lucan competed in the Leinster finals of the prestigious CanSat competition, a European Space Agency initiative, which was held in DIT Grangegorman last week.

A CanSat is a simulation of a satellite built inside an empty soft drink can. The challenge for the students is to fit all the major subsystems found in a satellite, such as power, sensors and a communication system, into this minimal volume. The CanSat is then launched to an altitude of 100 metres using a drone – its mission is to measure weather data, speed and acceleration and to make a safe landing using a parachute designed by the students.

Dr Mick McKeever, a Lecturer in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering who coordinated the competition in DIT, says, “The goal of CanSat is to encourage school students to consider careers in science and engineering. The competition engages students in a real space project in a fun and exciting way. It builds life skills such as teamwork, presentation and communication skills, and industry skills such as computer programming, radio communications, data analysis and soldering electronics.”

The CanSat Ireland competition is run by ESERO Ireland in collaboration with CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory and the Institutes of Technology and is co-funded by the European Space Agency and Science Foundation Ireland.


Oscar Gomez Keenan of Kishoge Community College gets ready for take-off with his team's 'satellite in a can' at Leinster CanSat regional final, a European Space Agency initiative, which was held in DIT Grangegorman last week.


Coláiste Phádraig

Football: It has been a remarkable week for our senior footballers as they claimed two prestigious titles in the space of five days. On Friday 16th March the team defeated St. Joseph’s Rush 3-7 to 0-13 in the Dublin Senior “B” League Final held in Abbotstown. A fine goal by Herkus Sviglinskas gave Lucan an early lead but Joseph’s recovered well to edge in front with some well taken points. Matt Dunne knocked over some frees late on in the half to leave the teams level at the break, 1-04 to 0-7. St. Joseph’s started the second half strongly but Henry Keogh in the Lucan goal was in inspired form as he made a series of point blank saves to deny the Rush forwards. Luke Walsh, who was outstanding throughout, scored Lucan’s 2nd goal with a powerful drive while Cian McHugh, Evin Dowling and Evan Walshe also added invaluable points. With the game entering stoppage time, St. Joseph’s edged in front and looked set for victory until second half substitute Colm Behan smashed in the winning goal from close range with virtually the last action in the match. It was a dramatic conclusion to a hard-fought and competitive game and the Lucan players didn’t let the lack of a trophy presentation their celebrations.

The team then advanced straight to the Leinster Schools Senior Final where they faced the Offaly champions Gallen CS. Ferbane on Tuesday 20th March in St. Loman’s GAA Mullingar. Gallen CS were quicker out of the blocks as they raced into a 1-1 to 0-2 point lead early on but some well taken points from Matt Dunne restored parity mid-way through the 1st half. Gallen’s influential inter-county forward Cian Johnson scored a quick-fire 1-1 to open up a 2-2 to 0-4 lead for the Offaly champions but a superb Luke Walsh goal soon after keep Lucan in touch. By half-time Gallen led by 4 points but Lucan were level once again just minutes into the 2nd half thanks to Emmet Allen who fired in a brilliant goal low to the right hand corner of the net before adding a point from long range. Lucan went ahead when Herkus Sviglinskas scored two quick-fire goals but Gallen responded with 3 unanswered points in quick succession to narrow the gap. They then had the opportunity to level the match from the penalty spot but their impressive half-forward Seán Flynn for once missed the target. Matt Dunne and Cian McHugh added some further scores late on before Emmet Allen converted a stoppage time penalty to seal an historic 9 point win for the team, 5-10 to 2-10. Lucan captain Dáire Newcombe was presented with the man-of-the-match award in recognition of his magnificent all round display of leadership, skill and determination. Dáire kept Gallen’s inter-county star quiet for most of the game and this provided the platform for a famous and well deserved win for the team. This time there was a trophy presentation and the Lucan players erupted in joyous celebrations when their captain and leader Dáire lifted the prestigious Leinster trophy for the 1st time in the school since the mid-1990s. Well done to Mr. Dunne and Mr. Chan who prepared the team so well all season. The team now face a trip to Moate on Saturday where they face Connaght champions Ballaghaderreen from Roscommon in the All Ireland semi-final. With the final to be held at Croke Park, the stakes are high for both provincial winners. Well done to our players on a phenomenal few days and they can take pride in being such wonderful ambassadors for our school.


School Tour: Good luck to our 48 2nd yrs and 5 teachers who fly out to Germany on Sunday for a 4 day European school tour. The students are staying in Cologne for the duration of the trip and we wish them good weather, safe travelling and fun adventures!


Lucan Community College

26th Annual Lucan CC German Exchange: Our annual German Exchange trip took place as usual during February. This year marked our 26th Exchange with our partner school Gymnasium Münchberg. Fourteen of our Transition year German students travelled with their German teacher Colette Clarke and accompanied by their TY coordinator Johanna Williams.


An action packed programme was planned by our German friends and from the moment we landed on German soil it was all go. Students spoke German and experienced the German culture on a first hand basis. They spent time in Berlin and got to see all the wonderful sights and landmarks. Bamberg and Mödlareuth were visited as was the Donald Duck museum in Schwarzenbach.

Thanks students for being wonderful ambassadors. You were a credit to yourselves and your families and your teachers were very proud of you all. You participated in everything in a positive and respectful manner. Well done to the German department and especially to Colette Clarke and Johanna Williams for accompanying our wonderful students on this memorable exchange.

Lucan CC teacher shines in stage performance of Handel's Messiah: Congratulations to Mr Manning, a PME teacher in our Music department, for his beautiful performance as the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah in Maynooth University last week. Mr Manning continues with his successful music career with another performance in April.


For anyone looking to witness his extraordinary musical talent, he will take to the stage in Castletown House on April 7th at 7.30pm for one more performance of Handel's Messiah.

Lucan CC student takes stunning silver in National Championships: Congratulations to 6th year student Max Carey who finished 2nd in the under 19 All Ireland Indoor Pole Vault competition in Athlone last weekend.


This achievement continues an amazing run of form for Max as this silver medal took his season total to 3 national medals this year! In January Max finished 2nd in the all-Ireland Indoor Combined event followed by Max finishing 3rd in February in the senior All Ireland Medal with Donore Harriers indoor men’s team. Keep up this great success - everyone in Lucan Community College is hugely proud of these achievements.

Lucan CC students attend special concert in French Embassy: On Monday 13th March, 18 first year students from classes Freeman and Roche attended a concert and a workshop organised by the French Embassy for "Le mois de la Francophonie".

Students were enthusiastic and delighted to sing along with Caroline Moreau some famous French songs like "Les cactus" by Jacques Dutronc. Well done to our wonderful group of students for your involvement and excellent behaviour. Thanks to Madame Gonzalez and Ms. O’Gara for taking the time to organise this wonderful experience for her students.


St Joseph’s College Lucan

Wishing all students, staff and friends of St. Joseph’s College a Happy Easter: The Easter holidays will be a busy time for many 6th and 3rd Year students. Many practical examinations e.g. Modern Language orals and Home Economic practical exams will begin on Monday, 9th April, when the school reopens. Wishing all students and staff a restful and productive holiday break!

John Lonergan Talk: We are delighted to have John Lonergan visit St. Joseph’s College on Thursday, 12th April at 7.30pm to give a talk on the topic of parenting. All are welcome to attend.

Seachtain Na Gaeilge: Bhí Seachtain na Gaeilge ar siúl i gColáiste Iosaif Naofa an tseachtain seo, le go leor imeachtaí, cluichí, damhsaí agus deiseanna chun teanga na Gaeilge a labhairt! I measc na n-imeachtaí a tharla, bhí comórtais postaer, ‘hub’ na Gaeilge ag am lóin, céilithe, agus tráthanna na gceist. Ghléas an scoil iomlán sa dath glas ar Lá Glas & Gaelach ar an Déardaoin. ‘Beatha teanga í a labhairt’.

Young Social Innovators: This week has been really exciting for the YSI - Young Social Innovators group, Equal Opportunities. Equal Opportunities was set up by seven students to tackle the gender inequality in Irish non-mixed secondary schools in relation to subject choice. We had a meeting with Local Councillor Vicki Casserly and she helped us tremendously with our project, we also had our two minute Speak Out presentation where we had to explain our project and why we did it. We are also going to Leinster House this week to meet with Thomas Byrne who is the Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Education.
(Erica Flynn 4a4)


YSI Group ‘Equal Opportunities’