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3 December 2023
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Schools notes

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Colaiste Phadraig

Basketball: Our u19 basketball team emulated the exploits of their u16 counterparts by qualifying for the Eastern League Plate A Final last Wednesday after defeating Colaiste Pobail Setanta 48-29 in their semi-final encounter. Lucan led 14-8 after a competitive 1st 1-4 with the irrepressible Lewis Ajinakou scoring 8 points, including two trademark precise 3-pointers. Lewis scored a further 6 points with Joel Mananga, Alseny Bah and Aaron McCormack also contributing scores as the team stretched their advantage to 27-12 by half-time after a strong 2nd 1-4 display. Lewis added another two 3-pointers in the 3rd 1-4 with Paisley Amadasun adding a further 5 points as Lucan ended the 3rd 1-4 with a commanding 42-19 lead. Scores from Lewis, Paisley and Alseny in the final 1-4 secured a well-deserved 19-point victory for the team.

Both the u16s and u19s will now play their Plate A Finals at the Obalte Basketball Club in Inchicore this Friday 1st December. The 16s are 1st up at 10:30am against either Castleknock College or Oatlands College while the u19s will play directly after them. Some players play for both teams so these players are going to have to be carefully managed to ensure maximum performance levels on the day! It would be a sensational achievement to win both Finals on the same day so we wish the two teams and Ms. Gough the best of luck and hopefully there will be double celebrations in the school afterwards!

Soccer: Our senior soccer team stage a remarkable comeback last week in their opening Dublin League group stage match against Hartstown CS. Trailing 4-1 5 mins into the 2nd half and facing what seemed to be like an inevitable and demoralising defeat, the team summoned all of their willpower and team spirit to win a very dramatic game 5-4 and claim a memorable and very satisfying victory. Kai Keogh, Tyler Doherty (2) and Will Smith (2) scored the Lucan goals.

Our 1st yr soccer team were beaten 2-1 by Coolmine CS on Monday in their 1st group stage match of the Dublin League campaign. Finn Garner scored the Lucan goal but the team were left to rue a series of missed chances that proved costly in the end.

Our u17 team defeated Colaiste Pobail Setanta 2-1 on Tuesday to claim their 2nd Dublin League group stage victory with Jerome Jothibalan once again excelling for Luca. The victory puts the team top of the group with one game remaining and virtually assures them of a place in the knockout stages of the competition.

Inclusion Week: Our Inclusion Week, which was held in the school from Monday 20th to Friday 24th November, was a great success with a whole host of interesting and enjoyable activities for our extremely diverse student population. The school with beautiful, colourful posters and bunting flags representing the huge number of countries that our students originate from.


The key messages being promoted for the week were respect, tolerance and acceptance of diversity and cultural, religious and personal differences. A collection of Pride balloons was put up in on display in the main Foyer of the school by Ms. Casey. An anti-racism flag, as well as a Pride Flag, were raised on the flag poles outside the main school entrance by members of our Students Council in a ceremony attended by all Transition Year students.

Past pupil Robbie Lawlor, who is currently doing his PhD in DCU and exploring effective HIV treatment activism in Ukraine, spoke to 6th yr students about the topic. Ms. Ryan and Ms. Farrell held a poster competition for students on the theme of pride and inclusion and there were some fantastic pieces of work produced. Well done to Patrick Donohue and Andrew Cyril who were joint winners of the competition. Quizzes were held in Junior Cycle classes with many of the questions based around the different world religions, cultures, languages and flags.

Well-being classes in 1st, 5th and 6th yr covered themes in relation to inclusion, belonging, respect and kindness.

A number of Transition Year students, Niall Ryan Doyle, Cillian Murphy, Jamie Cassells and Cillian Gamble, taught hockey to 1st yr students as part of Inclusion Week. They also organised a Kahoot quiz for 1st yrs and took them to the hall to show them the Inclusion Week projects and posters.

A special word of thanks to the three TY students, Aidan Hamill, Joel Emmanuel and Killian Grant, who acted as Inclusion Week Organisers. They did a fantastic job and they should be very proud of their contribution to a memorable week for all.


Lucan Community College

Team Hope: Transition Year Charity Committee have gathered boxes for Team Hope. These will be delivered to the local representative of the charity. Thank you to all who contributed.


Girls Soccer: A huge congratulations to the Senior Girls team on their win against St. Josephs this week. Well done to Ellen Eakins in goals, her performance helped secure the win!

Under 19 Boys Soccer: Well done to the u19 boys who had a fantastic 4-1 win away to Colaiste Eanna on Monday last. The lads were clinical in front of goal and led 2-0 at HT thanks to goals from Z. Kelly and A. Harrington. Two goals in the 2nd half from A. Akinrintoyo sealed at 4-1 victory.

Minor Ladies Soccer: Well done to our Minor Ladies Soccer team who had a fantastic 3-2 win over St. Mac Dara's in Templeogue last week. Well done to Ella McGrath who scored all three of LCC's goals and was Player of The Match. The girls will play the next round of the cup in the coming weeks!

LCA Social Education Local History Walking tour of Lucan: Last week our Leaving Cert Applied class enjoyed a walking tour of Lucan for their Social Education course. Ms Redmond organised the outing and gave the students a fantastic historical tour of their local community.

Languages Day in Lucan Community College: The annual Think Languages Day was a 'fantastique' success on Monday 27th November. Our Modern Foreign Languages department organised several events - international bake off, French boules, Irish Saint Brigid Cross making, Japanese Artwork. Students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed the day!


Bingo! On Wednesday 29th November the TY students hosted their grandparents for a game of bingo and fun. Music was provided by our fabulous choir and refreshments and spot prizes provided by our fantastic Parents' Association. Many thanks to Year Head Ms Clarke who organised the event - it was wonderful to open our doors to the community and welcome family to our school.



St Joseph's College Lucan

Beauty & The Beast (Jr)


Musical Week has arrived in St. Joseph's! We were delighted to hear a lovely request with 'Marty in The Morning' this week wishing us well! Our opening night is on Thursday, 30th November and will run for four consecutive nights at 8.00pm until Sunday, 3rd December. Tickets can be purchased from the school Front Office or directly from our website! ( Tickets will be Adults 20.00 euro, Students/Seniors 15.00 euro. Don't be disappointed when tickets sell out! Any queries, please ring 01-6281160.

Fundraising Calendar for St. Vincent De Paul
Joey's Tidy Towns Calendar 2024 will be available and on sale from Friday, 1st December. All proceeds from the calendar sales will go directly to the Lucan Conference of the St. Vincent De Paul. Many thanks to our sponsors Eamon Costello (Kerry) Ltd. and Lucan District Credit Union for sponsoring our calendar this year. Calendars are 10.00 euro each and will be on sale from the school reception & from Centra, Lucan Village from 1st December.


Senior Football V LCC
Hard luck to our Senior Gaelic Footballers who braved the elements on Monday against Lucan Community College in Abbotstown. Our 5th & 6th Years were narrowly beaten but are looking ahead to their next match coming soon!

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St. Thomas' JNS

Enrolment for Junior Infants September 2024 Now Open
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Adult Education Service

The Adult Education Service in Lucan Education Centre, on Esker Hill are currently enrolling for free and flexible part-time courses commencing in January / February 2024. These Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) courses are at times to allow you to choose between one and four different subjects to fit around your busy life. Each subject is 4 hours, 1 morning per week. This can lead to QQI qualification.

The following subjects are available this term:
Spanish for Beginners
Office Procedures
Wellbeing and the Internet
Data Entry
Developing your Business English Language Skills
Working with Microsoft Excel
Working with Microsoft Word
Work Experience
Medical Terminology
Bookkeeping: Manual & Computerised.

For more details, contact or call (01) 6283557.