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4 December 2022
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Scoil Mhuire GNS Junior Infants 2023

Scoil Mhuire Girls National School is taking names of girls living in St Mary's Parish for Junior Infants 2023

Please email the school for an application form. The email address is application2023@smgnslucan.com

You will need to provide with the completed form a scanned photocopy of your daughter's Birth Certificate, your daughter's PPs Number and a current household utility bill. (proof of address)

 

St. Thomas' JNS.

Enrolment for Junior Infants September 2023 Now open
Details at http://stthomasjns.com/Page/School-Admission/3622/Index.html

Please complete and sign an Expression of Interest accompanied with: A copy of your child's birth certificate, Your child's PPs Number, and a current household utility bill. (Proof of address)

www.stthomasjns.com

 

Lucan Community College

Junior Cycle Results: The Junior Cycle class of 2022 did not have an easy journey to results day on Wednesday 23rd November. With school closures, remote learning, changed curricula and assessment structures, staff and student absences, health concerns, lockdowns, bereavements, satellite classrooms and social distancing to manage, along with the usual study, revision and exam technique to master, these students had plenty to challenge their wellbeing.
We are extremely proud of their resilience and of the great results achieved - both exam results and personal development results.
Our students are now immersing themselves in a very active TY programme and trying new experiences and learning new skills that they will take into senior cycle and future life.
While we celebrate the achievements of all of our students, special mention goes to Maggie Jez (achieving 9 distinctions - 90-100%) along with Roisín Duddy, Aoibhe Fleming, Eabha McNally, Vanshika Chundru, Saoirse Fitzgerald, Siofra Friel, Alba Cooney-Mercadal and Vlad Grosu all of whom received multiple distinction grades. Year Head Ms Casey, tutors and teachers offer congratulations to the students and thanks to all staff members and parents who support them so far on their educational journey. Onwards and upwards!

Soroptimist Public Speaking Team: Our school Soroptimist public speaking team had an industrious month this November. The team of Lillian Wykes, Sarah Nolan, Annabell Nabulele, Alannah Carroll (Transition Years), Sarah Mahon (6th Year), Ruby Crocker-Dunne (5th Year) and Alice Bell (5th Year) produced speeches on topics such as: Peace and Democracy; Partnership and Empowerment of Women; Human Rights and Friendship and Volunteering.
The standard of speech writing and presentation was particularly high among the seven students. However, only four members of the team could compete in the Local Round. It was necessary to hold a competition here in the school with an adjudicating panel of teachers, to decide on the four members that would represent the school. Ruby Crocker-Dunne, Sarah Mahon, Sarah Nolan and Annabell Nabulele went through to participate in the competition on 19th November.
The girls’ performances were outstanding. Congratulations to Sarah Nolan who came runner-up, an impressive achievement.
Their teachers Ms. Hickey and Ms. O’Neill were very proud of them. The students worked incredibly well as a team, supporting each other, while creating speeches full of passion, humility, and conviction.

CSPE Mock Elections: 3rd year students in class Willow held a mock election for class president in CSPE this week. After preparing for the election for a couple of weeks the students broke into groups such as a polling card committee and the ballot paper committee. There were three candidates, with all giving passionate presentations followed by a student vote. The students will do an Action Project based on what they have learned about elections and voting.

Lucan CC topple Luttrellstown CC in comfortable win: Lucan CC had a comprehensive 5-2 victory at home against our neighbours LCC. Lucan started strongest and went 1-0 up through a fantastic free kick by Leo Myers. Alex Akinrintoyo added a smart second before half time as Lucan CC led 2-0.
The second half was basically the Joseph Kellett show. The Lucan CC left winger scored a hat trick of unbelievable goals which would not look out of place at the Qatar World Cup. Lucan were 5-0 up and cruising. Although Luttrellstown CC rallied late to score two goals, Lucan ran out comprehensive 5-2 victors.

Talk on Health and Consent: Our transition year students engaged in a very informative workshop this week @DebunkingMyths_ learning about sexual health and consent.

Lucan CC Catchment Area Review for our Admissions Policy: Due to current high number of applicants to the college, we are conducting a review of our catchment area in order to reduce the number of applicants in Category B and therefore increase the likelihood of Category B applicants (first in family, attending a priority primary school and living within our defined catchment area) gaining a place in Lucan Community College. If you would like to give your opinion details can be found on our school website www.lucancc.ie under Latest News.

A reminder of our Christmas Concert: We are delighted to open our doors to the local community with the return of our annual Christmas Concert in Lucan Community College! Join us for a night of song and dance and reflection for the whole community on Thursday 8th December at 7pm!

 

St Joseph's College Lucan

Transition Year Musical: It's finally here, it's Musical week in St Joseph's College. Well done to all of our Transition Years on all of their work up until this point and we have had a number of dress rehearsals in the school this week and the show is fantastic. Guys & Dolls will take place from Thursday 1st December - Sunday 4th December 2022, nightly at 8.00pm. This will be our 31st Annual Musical at St. Joseph's and we would love to see past-pupils, families, neighbours and friends of St. Joseph's return to the delight of the stage & our performing TY students once again! We were delighted to have Deputy Mayor Joanna Tuffy with us on Wednesday morning to watch the last live dress rehearsal. She is picture below with the main cast and school Principal Ms. Bernadette Fitzgerald.

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5th and 6th year Trip to DCU: A group of our 6th year students went on a trip with the guidance department to DCU open day this week, the 6th years travelled there on the Thursday and the 5th years travelled on the Friday. This trip gave the students the opportunity to visit the campus and find out what DCU has to offer.

German Trip: Our German Trip will set off on Monday with a group of our 6th year students making the journey to Berlin. We wish them and their accompanying teachers well on the trip.

3rd Year Ice Skating: As a treat to our wonderful 3rd year group they will be going on an ice skating trip on Monday. We hope they have a great time.

Joey's Tidy Towns Calendars: We are delighted to have our 2023 Calendar on sale from Monday, 28th November 2022! Our Joey's Tidy Towns Calendars are a great planner, a lovely collection of all the lovely scenes to be found around Lucan and other places TY students have visited and snapped! All images in our fundraising calendar have been taken by the senior students as part of their fundraiser for the Lucan branch of St Vincent De Paul. We are delighted to support Vincent De Paul once again and calendars can be ordered through the school (stjosephslucan@gmail.com, 01-6281160) or purchased in Centra, Lucan. Well done to all our students who contributed to the calendar this year!

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St Joseph's College PA needs you!

As a member of the PA, you will have an opportunity to hear about school life and have input on initiatives that will enhance school life for all students.

We meet once a month, next meeting Monday 12th Dec

We provide parent input on school policies.
We organise fun activities for students.
We fundraise to provide some extra comforts/treats for students, liaising with student council to ascertain what the students themselves want.

Contact us via facebook or email joeyspalucan@gmail.com

If you can't fully commit, but would be willing to volunteer at events only, please contact us, every minute of help is greatly appreciated.

 

Colaiste Phadraig

Inclusion Week: Our Inclusion Week, which was held in the school from Monday 21st to Friday 25th November, was a great success with a whole host of interesting and enjoyable activities for our extremely diverse student population. Ms. Ryan's art students decorated the school with beautiful, colourful posters and bunting flags representing the huge number of countries that our students originate from. A collection of Pride balloons was put up in on display in the main Foyer of the school. An anti-racism flag, as well as a Pride Flag, were raised on the flag poles outside the main school entrance in a ceremony attended by all 1st yrs.

The students took part in interactive workshops where the facilitators explored LGBTQ+ terminology. Iraq-born hurler Abood Al Jumaili, a justice, diversity, inclusion, equality and integration advocate and ambassador for Dublin GAA, gave an inspirational talk to the students on his own personal story of inclusion and integration. He spoke with raw honesty and passion and his story certainly resonated at many different levels with those in attendance.

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Ms. Ryan held a poster competition for students on the theme of diversity and there were some fantastic pieces of work produced. The winners will be announced later this week. Ms. Seery’s 1st yr science class did an interesting practical on colours which went very well.

Quizzes were held in most classes with many of the questions based around the different world religions, cultures, languages and flags.

Some members of the Music Club performed a few songs during lunch time in the canteen. Cameron Brennan, Jayron Sarmiento, David Farrelly, Cian Carr and Jasper Nolan played an eclectic number of songs by David Bowie, Queen, Kanye West, Pirates of the Caribbean as well as some catchy jazz piano tunes. The students were also treated to a special live performance from some teachers later in the week! Ms. O' Brien sung a beautiful version of 'Grace' by The Dubliners accompanied by Mr. Phelan on the banjo and David Farrelly on guitar. Mr. Sweetman then sung 'Raglan Road' which included some humorous references to some of the staff in attendance!

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A number of 1st yr students brought in various international foods for a food-tasting session in the study hall. Among the most popular foods were traditional sweets from Pakistan, Swedish chocolate desserts, Lemon pickle curd rice, homemade brown bread, fried chicken fillets traditional tasty, fluffy Irish potato cakes as well as onion and creamy mashed potatoes. Many thanks to these 1st yrs for bringing in such delicious food samples as part of Inclusion Week.

A special word of thanks to TY students, Sean McDonagh, Jack Mulholland-Morris, Wasi Nasr, Aidan O' Flynn, Ben Gilson and Ryan Sundaram who acted as Inclusion Week Organisers.

Soccer: Our 1st yr soccer team defeated Lucan CC 2-1 in their 3rd and final Dublin League group match last Wednesday. Goals from Hasan Al Mini (his 9th goal in 5 games) and David Andrews (player of the match) gave the team a hard-fought win in a competitive and feisty local derby. The win ensured that the team have topped their group with maximum points.

Our u15 team fought back from 2-0 down to defeat Kylemore College 4-2 to advance to the 2nd round of the Leinster Minor Cup. Goals from Cillian Murphy, Jack Biju, John Donohue and Patrick Rance sealed a memorable come-back win for the team. They will now take on Coláiste Éanna next week for a place in the last 16. Congratulations also to John Donohue who recently completed a League of Ireland League and Cup double for his club Shamrock Rovers.

Advent: Three of our 1st yr students lit the 1st purple candle on the Advent Wreath on Monday, and it now shines brightly in the main entrance area in the school. This candle symbolises hope and the anticipation felt in awaiting the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas.