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16 December 2018
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Schools notes

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Scoil Mhuire, Woodview Hts / Airlie Hts

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Lucan Community College

Annual Christmas Concert next Wednesday 19th December at 7.30pm: We will host our annual Christmas Concert next Wednesday 19th at 7.30pm in our school hall. Our Christmas Concert, a firm highlight of the school calendar, is a truly a magical event where everyone in attendance gets a chance to take a break from the mad rush associated with this time of year and appreciate the pure beauty of some festive music. All are welcome to this open event and we ho-ho hope to see you there.


Lucan Community College celebrates Human Rights Day 2018: Lucan Community College students and staff celebrated World Human Rights Day today, December 10th marking the 70th anniversary of the UN creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The Lucan CC Amnesty group, led Ms McCarthy and Ms Doyle, organized a number of competitions and events to raise awareness about human rights issues including the Global Amnesty "Write for Rights" campaign, "The Great LCC Human Rights Bake Off" competition as well as art, poetry and photography competitions on the theme of human rights. A truly whole-school acknowledgement and celebration of our human rights!

U16 Girls crowned Dublin Champions in Basketball: Huge congratulations to our U16 Girls team who were crowned Dublin champions after a convincing 52 -35 win over local rivals Adamstown CC. The team dominated from the off and were relentless in their pursuit of their first championship win. Well done on the deserved win epitomized by the effort and togetherness that defines you as a team.


SVP Christmas Stocking Appeal: This year’s annual St. Vincent de Paul secret bag collection which took place on Thursday, 6th December. The collection was organized by the 6th year prefect team, Ms Ryan and Ms Walsh, marking 33 years of Lucan Community College, its families, students and staff, support for the local St. Vincent de Paul Society. A staggering €1801 was raised which will make a huge difference this Christmas to local families in need.


Students pose with Minister of Education to launch the BT Young Scientist Competition: Congratulations to our amazing Lucan Community College students who have been chosen to launch the BT Young Scientist Competition with the Minister for Education, Joe McHugh. Four of our students have been selected to take part in this year's BT Young Scientist Competition. Everyone in our school community is so proud to have you representing the college in this amazing and prestigious national competition.


Coláiste Phádraig

Christmas Fair: The Christmas Enterprise Fair was held in the canteen on Thursday 6th Dec and it was a tremendous success. 20 students from the Junior classes were selected from over 100 business plans submitted. The students decorated the canteen with Christmas decorations, set up a music stand that played everyone’s favourite festive tunes and then set up their own stands packed with an assortment of goods and wares for sale. From Fresh Popcorn stands to delicious fudge-alicious treats, candle holders to sweet jars, freshly baked cookies to home-made crafts, Christmas gifts to chocolate treats, there really was something for everyone! This event was organised as part of the Business Department’s Well-being and Enterprise module and the students can take great pride in a job well done and a kind donation of 240e to the Simon Community.


Soccer: Our u17 soccer team advanced to the Dublin West Final on Tuesday after defeating local rivals Lucan CC 6-2 in the semi-finals. Kyle Robinson continued his remarkable goal-scoring streak with another hat-trick to make it 15 goals in just 4 matches this season. Jamie Callaghan and Adam Wells (2) also got on the scoresheet as the team powered past their spirited opponents with a classy and assured display. A win in the Dublin West Final would see the team qualify for the Leinster Champions League as well as securing a place in the Dublin League semi-finals. The team also have their Leinster Cup 1-4 final to look forward to in January so hopefully they can claim some silverware later on in the season. Our 1st yr team were beaten 1-0 by a powerful and physically imposing Coláiste Pobail Setanta last week in their final Dublin League group match. Lucan’s approach play was impressive throughout but they simply could not get past Setanta’s two 6ft pacey centre backs who mopped up every attack with consummate ease to keep the Lucan attackers at bay. The defeat means that the team finish the group with 3 points from 3 games, which is highly unlikely to be enough for a top 2 finish so the defeat effectively ended their League campaign. The team are at least still in the Leinster Cup so hopefully they can go far in this competition.

Soccer blitz: A 5-a-side soccer blitz was held in the school this week to raise funds for the school. There was enormous interest as expected and once the teams were put up on display, much discussion and debate could be heard in the corridors as to who had the best team and who would be crowned Blitz Champions 2018!

First up was the senior blitz and after 40 hard fought and exciting matches, ED FC emerged victorious with Henry Keogh grabbing both goals in the final. Daniel Emerson’s team were beaten in the final but at least he had the consolation of winning a football for the Player of the Tournament. ED FC then had the privilege of playing the teachers and in an intriguing and feisty encounter, the teachers managed to put the students in their place with a 5-4 victory!

In the 3rd yr Blitz, Barcelona Juniors emerged victorious after defeating Liversmule 3-0 in the final with Adam Russell, Glen Mahady and Cian Foley scoring the goals. Reece Webb won the Player of the Tournament.

Ballyowen FC won the 1st yr blitz after winning all 10 of their games. They defeated Bandy Bananas 5-1 in the final with Cory O’ Sullivan (2), Tyler Cole Doherty (2) and Sheriff Akanbi scoring the goals while Michael Donohue won a football for being the Player of the Tournament. The 1st yr All Stars then competed in the 2nd yr tournament and actually won this outright as well! They played every game with a player extra but it was still a magnificent achievement defeating Mikey D. FC 2-1 in the final with Cory O’ Sullivan winning Player of the Tournament.

Many thanks to the 6th yr prefects who helped out with the running of the Blitz by referring the games, keeping score and keeping the peace when some rows broke out! The competitions would not have run as smoothly without them and they displayed great initiative, leadership and organisational skills throughout. The final amount raised by the Blitz will be in next week’s newsletter. Many thanks to everyone who sponsored our students for the Blitz.


St Joseph’s College Lucan

Gaisce President’s Award: Monday was a historic day for St Joseph's, as three of our former students received the Gold Gaisce Award from President Higgins in Dublin Castle. This is the first time our students have received the Gold Award. Eimear Hayes, Aoife Crowley and Jenny Kavanagh completed the Leaving Certificate in 2014. Gaisce - The President's Award, is a personal development programme for young people between the ages of 15-25 in Ireland. Interested students can start the Bronze Gaisce in Transition Year - they take on 13 weeks of Community, Physical and Personal skills with a 26km venture trip. In 5th Year, students can continue the achievement with 26 weeks of Community, Physical and Personal skills and a 50km hike over 3 days - we have 12 students doing silver this year! The Gold is normally started in 6th year or 1st year of college - this requires 50 weeks of Community, Physical and Personal skills with an 80km hike over 4 days, along with a 4 day residential project. Eimear, Aoife and Jenny achieved Bronze in 2012, Silver in 2013 and they have been working on the Gold since 2014! Great dedication and commitment from all three! Well done girls! Congratulations must also go to Ms Bligh, who has accompanied the 3 ladies on their journey since 2012 as their PAL (President's Award Leader)!

Nyumbani Bakesale: On Tuesday, 4th year student Siofra Cronin and her class-mates hosted a bake sale, in aid of Nyumbani Village in Kenya. Siofra will be going on a charity trip to the village in January. The village is home to an orphanage that supports 1000 children and over 200 elders affected by HIV and AIDS. She hopes to raise funds for the village, with the help of her class, to bring with her, that will contribute to keeping the village self-sustaining. Any help and donations are much appreciated and will make a huge impact for the orphans.

Soccer Success: Well done to our Minor Soccer players who defeated Oakfield CC 4-1 in the last 16 of the Leinster A Cup! Goals Sophie McIntyre (2) Athena Hannon (1) Sinead Daly(1) Player of the Match - Lily Rooney. This team of very talented young players are having a very successful campaign this year - Long may it continue!

Christmas Cookery Demonstration: What a fabulous evening of entertainment and great food we had on Thursday! Home Economics teacher Michelle Regan gave an unforgettable festive cookery demonstration in front of a large audience of great-food lovers! We are truly grateful to Ms Regan for keeping us entertained, inspired and well fed! Thanks also to her team of 4th year helpers who kept delighting us with trays of delicious samples! Thanks also to our super Parents Association for organising the event, Customised Creations – for providing the beautiful work-top, Fresh 'n' Fruity – for providing the fruit and veg and everybody who helped make this a most enjoyable event!

Senior Trip to Derry: On Thursday, our 5th and 6th year History students experienced the history, heritage and culture of the historic walled City of Derry. This is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of Walled Cities in Europe.

Neat Streets: is an anti-litter and waste programme for Secondary Schools in Ireland. This year we successfully managed to get onto the Neat Streets programme. The application form was completed by our Green School's Committee. St. Joseph's College are working with An Taisce who provides ongoing support, training and equipment. Neat Street helps schools working towards their first Green-Schools green flag for ‘Litter and Waste’ which we at St Joseph's College are hoping to achieve within the next year! Last Friday with had our first workshop with Neat Streets and they were very impressed with all the work our Green Schools Committee have done to date!

The Student Enterprise Programme: is Ireland’s biggest student enterprise competition. Each year over 23,000 secondary students from 480 schools take part in this Programme by setting up and running their own student business. On Thursday our Transition Year Student Enterprise groups held their Christmas Fair, to raise funds and advertise their businesses.

Arthritis Aids: is one such company setup by Niamh Doherty, Saliha Asad and Noyal Joice.
“to make different products to help people with arthritis in their daily lives. On Thursday, we were taking pre-orders for our bottle cap openers that help people with arthritis in their wrists to open various bottle caps such as 7up and River Rock bottles. They come in two different sizes, 32mm and 28mm and are available with a standard hard plastic handle or a non-slip rubber handle. They are available in white, green and purple.”
These are still available to order by e-mailing us at ‘