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5 December 2021
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St. Thomas' J.N.S. - Enrolment 2022

Esker, Lucan, Co. Dublin

Junior Infants (2022)
Closing date for applications is January 28th 2022.

Please see our website for further information regarding the registration process.


Colaiste Phadraig

Fundraising: As part of the extensive well-being programme in the school, a number of our Transition Year students organised a soccer tournament for 1st yrs last Thursday to raise funds for a number of good causes. Spearheaded by Calum Conway, the students did a lot of planning, promotion and organisation in the run up to the tournament, displaying tremendous initiative, leadership and team work, key components of the Transition Year Programme. They chose to raise money for St. Vincent De Paul as they do incredible work with those most in need, especially in the run-up to Christmas. They also accepted donations to Pieta House, a local charity that provides invaluable professional support for those struggling with their mental health. In total, 250euro was raised for St. Vincent de Paul and a donation of 100euro will be forwarded to Pieta House so two extremely worthwhile causes will benefit from this event.

In total, 12 teams took part and each team played a minimum of 6 matches each. There were three pitches being used simultaneously, the sports hall, the junior yard and the senior yard. Despite some stubborn early morning ground frost delaying the start of the tournament by an hour, the 1st yrs got playing at 10:30am and the matches were all extremely competitive and high quality. Each 1st yr team were assigned a Transition Year student who stayed with them for the entire tournament, coaching, managing and supporting them throughout. They ensured that their teams were at the designated pitch at the correct time, ready for kick-off, and this ensured a smooth transition (pardon the pun!) from one match to the next. Each game was refereed by a TY student while Shane Wallace did a great job updating the scores and fixtures.

At the end of the group matches, the teams split into a Shield and Cup tournament with a series of play-off matches based on their final position in the groups. Well done to Callum Finn, Madrid Tammar, Jack Horan, Liam O' Donoghue, Jose Mannuel Garcia, Jack Henry and Lukas Harte whose team Capri Son FC beat IFTA Cars 1-0 in the Shield Final. Chelsea, comprising of Henry Greene, Derry Ware, Brian Whelan, Ibrahim Saquib, Conor McHugh and Calum Costigan won the 3rd place play-off defeating Carpo the Carpet 1-0 with Brian Whelan scoring the winner with a clinical finish.

The Marty Party won the main tournament in dramatic fashion after a thrilling and tense penalty shoo- out. The team comprised of Sean McGillycuddy, Ciaran O' Sullivan, Sean Connell, George Craven, Paidi Murphy, James Duffy and Bilal Khan. The winning team received gold medals and selection boxes for their fine achievement while the Shield winners received bronze medals and selection boxes.

The 1st yrs thoroughly enjoyed the soccer blitz and there was a fantastic atmosphere in the hall especially for the final few matches. It was great to see them all enjoy themselves so much and we commend the Transition Year students on the superb job they did planning and running the tournament.

Those students that didn't want to take part in the soccer tournament got to play a variety of computer games organised by Transition Year students so there was something for everyone throughout the day.

Transition Year: Our TY students enjoyed adrenaline-fuelled days at Kylemore Karting, Ireland's premier Karting arena, over the past two Wednesdays. The students had an amazing day of competitive racing, with numerous thrills and spills along the way!

The challenging Track 1 has an acute mix of banked corners, challenging gradients, chicanes and hairpins that certainly demands intense concentration. Our fearless students took to the tight and twisty tracks like experienced Formula 1 drivers, speeding down the fast downhill section before expertly applying the brakes at the hairpin and accelerating away from the corner away into the distance along the 70m back straight. Some of the more excitable drivers of course left the braking to the last second, causing them to slam into the tyre barriers with their dignity somewhat left strewn on the track behind them!

Kylemore has a great set up with race commentary, electronic leader boards, video monitors and spectator facilities which ensures drivers and spectators alike stay engrossed in the action at all times. The day was the perfect way for our students to forget about their troubles for a few hours and instead concentrate on claiming the all-important bragging rights for the title of best Go-Karting driver. Dylan Talbot won his section on track after a brilliant and nerveless drive, just seeing off the persistent and determined challenge of Mr. O’ Brien, who finished a close 2nd! Jamie Roberts won the race on track two with a superb display of skill and speed under pressure.

A thrilling, exciting and memorable day was had by all and we would like to thank the staff at Kylemore for taking such good care of our group. Safety was paramount at all times and the helpful and supportive staff ensured that all safety regulations were strictly enforced and followed at all times. It was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the year so far for the students.


Lucan Community College

Lucan Community College - One Good School Award: We were delighted to be presented with the 'One Good School' award from Jigsaw on Monday 22nd November. This was the culmination of two years' efforts as part of a pilot project, to promote mental health awareness and provide supports for all members of the school community - students, staff, parents & guardians. We ran a number of webinars & face to face workshops for each group. Covid-19 resulted in lots of changes to the planned delivery of the programme and everyone on the committee worked very hard to ensure that the programme was still a success. Our thanks to Jigsaw for their support throughout the programme in Lucan Community College. Many thanks to the parent representatives Julianne White and Paula Fay, our student representatives David Wright (past pupil) and Ruby Crocker-Dunne (TY) and our staff representatives Ms. Birnie, Ms. Ryan, Ms. Walsh, Ms. O'Gara, Ms. Coghlan and Ms. Mc Manus. We welcome Ms. Dowling and Millie Morrison (TY) for the next phase of the project and look forward to continuing the development of the 'One Good School”' programme.


Left to right: Julianne White (parent rep), Ms. Mc Manus, Ms. Walsh (staff reps), Sarah Byrne (Jigsaw), Gus O Connell (Chairperson, Board of Management) and Ms. Birnie (Principal).


Movember Update: A huge thank you to all who have donated to the Lucan CC Movember campaign this year. It is a great credit to your generosity that we have raised 1,945 euro so far. Money is still coming in and we will have a final update on the amount raised for this great cause in next week's Newsletter. Thanks to teachers and former teachers Mr. Foley, Mr. Spillane, Mr. McMahon, Mr. Callaghan, Mr. MacGrianra and Mr. McGrenra.
Take a last look before they revert to their clean-shaven versions of themselves!

Art Trip: 5th Year Art students had a lovely treat last week when they had the opportunity to visit both the National Gallery of Ireland and the National Archaeology Museum. Their impeccable manners and excellent behaviour was commented on by gallery staff. Safe to say that all had a rewarding and enjoyable trip. Thanks to teacher Ms. McKeever.

Maths Club: Our Maths Club Continues Every Monday And Thursday At Lunchtime In H6. This Is A 'Drop In' Club Where Students Help Students With Any Aspect Of Maths That Is Causing Them A Problem - Or If Anyone Just Wants To Pop In And Chat About Maths. Thanks to Teachers Ms. Sexton, Ms. Suttle, Ms. Mccormack and Ms. Mckelvey.


Students Doing Community Work in Our School: Transition Year students in Lucan CC take part in Community Service every week throughout the year. This year we are very lucky to have two of these students working with our Caretaking Team to help enhance the school for all. Thanks to Ashley and Julia for the great work you are doing.

Christmas School Event! Ms. Conway has put out the call. She is gathering the helpers together to prepare a pre-recorded concert/carol/holiday celebration this year. The excitement is sure to build over the coming weeks as the socially distanced choir rehearse and all are put through their paces as they prepare poems and readings.


St Joseph's College Lucan

We would like to congratulate all the students on completing their term exams last week. We would also like to say a big Thank you to all the student body for their ongoing cooperation in adhering to all public health guidelines in our school including wearing face coverings, cleaning hands regularly and maintaining physical distancing from others.

We look forward to the 3rd Year parent teacher meeting which will take place on Thursday the 9th of December online via zoom. Your schedule and Zoom links for all meetings will be sent via email in advance of the meeting.

We have great news in regard to our new school building with the planning stage moving along quickly. We hope to see the construction start in the first quarter of 2022. We will keep you updated on the changes and share any updates with you as they occur.

3rd Year School Tour: Our 3rd years got to experience their first ever school tour in secondary school this week when the 150 strong group made their way to Croke Park for a stadium tour. The expert guides helped us navigate the huge stadium while keeping us entertained with details of the history of the sport and the historical events that have occurred at the stadium. The tour also included a walk pitch side, a tour of the media room where we watched a video on All Ireland final day preparation as well as a tour of the famous Croke Park dressing rooms. The final part of the tour was by far the most popular when the students got to test their GAA skills in the interactive games room.


A quick stop in the GAA shop and it was off to Jump Zone for the second part of the tour. The group let off some steam in Jump Zone were they played trampoline dodgeball, ran up the warped wall and dived into the sponge pit. This was followed by a little early Christmas shopping in Liffey Valley before returning to school.
A huge thank you to Ms. Byrne for organising the trip and to all the staff who accompanied them on the trip.

College Awareness Week: This week in school the Student Council and the Guidance Department ran a very successful college awareness week. The students set up an information desk at lunchtime to distribute information in relation to various colleges and universities throughout Ireland. To enhance the students’ knowledge of these various institutes the student council organised a school scavenger hunt with the answers relating to various colleges. They also ran competitions throughout the week with some great prizes including air pods. The school also received a very special personalised message from the Minister of Higher Education Mr. Simon Harris supporting our college awareness week.
Well done to the Guidance department and all involved and we look forward to the rest of the week.

Transition Year: Last week our Transition Year students enjoyed an action packed activity week. They enjoyed many various activities such as Zumba, Footgolf, Crafts, Sugar craft, Bodhran, Outdoor Games and much more. Well done to Ms Dunne our TY Coordinator and to all who contributed to a great week of fun. The Students really enjoyed it.

On Monday the 6th of December our TYs will sit their Differential Aptitude Tests (DATs), this will be conducted by the Guidance Department. Information from the tests is used to assist students with their subject choice and career choice in the future. This year the (DATs) will be delivered via Zoom. We wish them all the best.

Joey's Tidy Towns 2022 Calendars for St. Vincent de Paul:
Joey's Tidy Towns Calendars for 2022 will be on sale from Monday, 6th December. We are delighted to have our calendars on sale in Lynch's Centra in Lucan Village and from the school also. Each calendar will be on sale for 10.00 euro with approx. 5.00 euro going to Vincent De Paul. The calendars make great wall hangings, planners and a reminder of how beautiful the local area of Lucan and surrounding areas are! Many thanks to Lucan District Credit Union for sponsoring our calendar.


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