St Joseph's College Lucan
Congratulations to Mia O'Rahilly Egan (5th year) who had a fantastic weekend at the Table Tennis Ulster Open in Lisburn. Mia won the U18 girls, U21 Women, Junior Girls Doubles and Women's doubles. Well done to Mia and her doubles partner Nicole Scott!
Congratulations also to our Under 19s Division 4 Badminton Team who won all of their singles and doubles matches against St. Raphael's Secondary School on Wednesday. Well done to all of the players and mentors from both teams!
Our German Tour departed on Tuesday. 23 students from our German classes headed to the beautiful and historic city of Berlin, where they will spend 3 nights, before returning home on Friday. The photos that we have received so far look like they are having a great time!
German Students starting their 3 day tour of Berlin
On Wednesday, Ulster University called to our school to speak to 5th and 6th Year students about study options at the University.
Ms Kearney would like to express her gratitude to the many people who have donated their Stamps to her. They are vital in the support of our bog-lands and selling them, raises funds to help preserve and conserve this unique habitat and its flora and fauna. Ms Kearney has been supporting this cause for many years and anybody wishing to donate their stamps to her can drop them into our school reception. Thank you!
On Monday, 5th Year LCVP students visited Butlers Chocolate Factory as part of their LCVP Summary Report for their Portfolios. The girls had a great time designing their Chocolate Santas! Yum!
5th Year LCVP students at Butlers Chocolate Factory.
Our TY students got very creative last week during their Art Workshop . In groups, they had less than two hours to recreate a famous portrait using all sorts of items and a human to model! The results were Brilliant and worth looking at! The photos can be viewed on our school website or App.
4th year students Allison Dunne and Stella Kelly Mancini recreating 'American Gothic' by Grant Wood
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Adamstown Community College
UCD trip: On Wednesday all of our 5th Year students went to UCD where they were given a great opportunity to find out about the requirements needed for entry to College in 2021 as well as gaining an understanding of the various types of degrees on offer at UCD. The students received a detailed presentation on all the main courses in UCD - Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, Business, Science, Medicine, Nursing & Midwifery, Agriculture, Food & Nutrition and Engineering and Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy. Afterwards they were taken on small group tours of the campus to see the facilities and to learn about student life in general. The students also met up with former ACC students, now studying in UCD, Grace Oladipo (3rd Year Law) and Oreoluwa Oyebode (1st Year Physiotherapy). Special thanks to Ms Kenny and Ms Lanham for organising.
Musical: With less than two weeks to go to our school production of Beauty and the Beast, the school is very busy. The art and T4 departments are working hard to complete all the work on the staging. The costume department are working hard to source and make all the final parts of the many costumes needed and the cast are rehearsing at every opportunity to ensure the show is a great success. Thanks to all staff who have helped out to allow the musical to take place.
The show will take place on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th of December at 7.30pm in Adamstown Community Centre. Tickets are 10 euro for adults and 8 euro for students.
Soccer: Our 1st yr team were beaten 5-1 in the 1st round of the Leinster Cup by a very strong Ardgillan CC Balbriggan last week. Lucan were the dominant side in the opening half and deservedly took the lead after 15mins when a clever overhead reverse ball from the highly influential Nikolas Pach found the onrushing Tiernan Maguire who fired a rising shot into the far corner of the Balbriggan net. Nikolas was a constant menace to the opposition defence with his intelligent link-up play, sublime close control and movement off the ball. He was unlucky to see his powerful right-footed drive from the edge of the box flash over the crossbar with the keeper rooted to the spot. With Will Smith and Kai Keogh winning virtually every breaking ball in midfield, Lucan pushed their physically imposing opponents back throughout the 1st half and only last ditch defending and fine goalkeeping prevented the team from stretching their advantage.
However, it was all change in the 2nd half as a rampant Balbriggan used a combination of the strong wind at their backs and a noticeable height and size advantage to good effect to break Lucan hearts. Balbriggan scored five unanswered goals to knock our 1st yrs out of the Cup at the 1st attempt. However, the team still have the Dublin League and Leinster Shield to compete for so there is still a lot to play for in the months ahead. The team will no doubt benefit from the return of their captain Calum Casey, who has missed the last two games with an injury.
Well done to 5th yr Kyle Robinson who has been selected for the final Republic of Ireland Schools u18 squad that will take will compete in the Centenary Shield next year. Kyle has made it through the rigorous and extensive series of trials and Ireland's Centenary Shield campaign will see the squad face Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland in March and April. Kyle is a prolific striker who is currently with St. Patrick's Athletic and we are all very proud of his selection for this prestigious International Schools tournament.
History: All 1st yr students took part in an archaeological dig in the school on Tuesday 4th December. Under the guidance of experienced archaeologists from The School of Irish Archaeology. Entitled 'The Big Dig' the students spent the day digging down on one of the basketball courts in order to discover any items of historical value that could tell them a little about the past. It was a real 'hands-on' learning experience for the students who then had to report their findings and discoveries back to their history teachers. The students thoroughly enjoyed partaking in a real life archaeological dig and on the school grounds no less where they have spent many a lunch time playing basketball and soccer already, until now, fairly oblivious to the fascinating and rich history of the grounds.
Football: Our 1st yr football team were beaten by a very strong St. Joseph's Rush in their opening group match of the Tom Quinlan Shield last Wednesday. Despite a valiant effort from the team Lucan were largely second best for most of the game against a well drilled and physically powerful Rush team who eventually won out on a scoreline of 7-08 to 3-03. Recce Kelly, Eoin Maher and Luke Cleary scored the Lucan goals while Cameron Egan-Tormey, Conor Dillon and Adam Salmon knocked over a point apiece in a battling team display. Every player on the panel got a run out at some stage and there was plenty of positives to be taken from the game. The team finished the game quite strongly as they began develop some rhythm and confidence so hopefully they can push on in their remaining two group matches against Clonkeen College and Donabate Post-Primary.
Prefects: Applications for the new cohort of 5th yr prefects have been returned and those applying will now have to go through the tough interviewing process with management! The current 6th yr Prefects will be finishing up at the end of this term to concentrate on their studies. They have spent the past 12 months assisting management and staff with a variety of activities, events and jobs and they have left a big impression on everybody. Being a prefect in Colaiste Phadraig is a big responsibility and the current cohort have carried out their duties and responsibilities to an exceptionally high standard. Although they have not yet 'retired' from their duties, the 6th yr Prefects can take great pride in their fantastic year-long service to the school. They have been a wonderful source of support to the staff and management and also to the younger students in the school, who look up to them for support and advice.