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25 April 2021
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Schools notes

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Lucan Community College


First years carrying out energy conversions using solar energy in our school garden.

6th year Student success: Congratulations to 6th Year student Irene Aniboh who has been successful in reaching the regional final of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition. This is a wonderful achievement. According to the Public Speaking Convenor, Irene wrote 'an excellent speech' on the Planet and Environment topic. She is one of two winners chosen from a group of 15 speakers (most of which have a long established association with the competition) to go forward to the next round.

Irene really enjoyed the challenge of writing and presenting the speech. She was delighted to be able to use the skills she has developed over the past six years as well as being able to express her passion for the environment. She put a lot of hard work into the competition and is looking forward to writing her speech for the next round.

Soroptimist International is an organisation that seeks to further the status of women and girls. Soroptimists inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls through a global network of members and partnerships. It is a great honour for LCC to have one of our students represent us in such an estimable endeavour.

Best of luck in the next round Irene. Ms. Hickey

The Globe Programme: We are delighted to announce the winner of our GLOBE Air Quality campaign prize draw for submissions received in the 2020 GLOBE Air Quality Campaign.

And the winner is ... Lucan Community College, Dublin.


Ms Healy and all the school community wish to congratulation TY students Keelah Sisk, Jessica Power & Clodagh McDonnell who received a Weather station on behalf of the school with instruments and equipment for measuring atmospheric conditions to provide information to study the weather and climate as part of the globe air quality campaign.

Easter Quiz: Congratulations to all those who participated in the Easter quiz, the students, teachers, and the SNA's who offered their support. Callum Harman from 2nd Yr. Class Malala and Ms. O'Donoghue were the overall winners with 100% score! Thanks to Ms. L. Quirke who was the quiz master and her love of chocolate was evident in her questions!

Well-being Week update: It's lovely to see our students enjoy all the activities on offer this week at Lucan Community College. Thank you to all those teachers who are running clubs and activities. All students have been emailed the timetable so they have access to everything that is on offer this week. All the relevant information is also on display on notice boards in the E area. Our Lucan CC heroes have been flooding in and it has been lovely to see so many students and teachers being nominated. All of you will be rewarded with a certificates.

We are very close to submitting our application for the Amber Flag. We need to complete a fundraiser for Pieta House. All students are participating in a skipathon disco in their PE classes this week. There will also be a non-uniform day Friday 23rd April. This is a very worthy cause that we hope you will get behind. Thank you to the Amber Flag committee for all their ideas and help with the week. There are so many activities for all students and staff to get involved in this week.


Colaiste Phadraig

Trath na gCeist: Our 2nd yr quiz team took part in the 1st ever virtual National Final (Craobh) of the Trath na gCeist Boird Feachtas on Tuesday. The four students, Cillian Lawlor, Eoin McGarty, Luke Gibbs and Alex D'Alba, had qualified for the Craobh by finishing 2nd in the Dublin Regional Round that was held in October. This year saw the final streamed live on the Feachtas Utube channel to each of the 21 teams participating from schools throughout the country. Colaiste Phadraig had the youngest team taking part in the final with the majority of teams containing senior students. There were teams from Gaelcholaisti, Gaeltacht schools and English medium schools competing for the prestigious Micheal Mac Greil Perpetual Trophy.

Our 2nd yrs enjoyed a solid opening round with a score of 7/10 but unfortunately a tough set of questions in the 2nd round saw them drop down the leader board as they could only manage 3 correct answers out of 10. An excellent 3rd round score of 9/10 repaired some of the damage at least. The team were 7 points off the leaders at this stage so it was all about finishing as strongly as possible even though victory was a remote possibility by now. The final three rounds were at least consistent as the team scored 6/10 in each one to finish with a respectable final total of 37/60. The top three teams finished with 51, 52 and 54 respectively so the standard was extremely high, as is always the case in the Craobh.

Our four 2nd yrs should be very proud of their efforts as it was challenging for them to fully understand every question and a few of the questions required Leaving Cert knowledge. The event lasted ran for over two hours so they should be commended for speaking Irish the entire time, even when they went out for fresh air whenever they had a very short break. The students are determined to qualify for the Craobh again next year and finish higher up on the leader board. Beidh la eile ag an bPaorach! (We live to fight another day).


Colaiste Phadraig's Trath na gCeist team

Exam news: Our 3rd yr students completed their mock-exams on Tuesday, which went ahead despite the cancellation of this year's Junior Certificate Exams. Traditionally he mocks are used to hone the student's exam technique and work on issues such as planning, timing, focus, stress management etc in preparation for the real thing in June. This year the mocks were more in line with the in-house exams at Christmas and summer with the only difference being that the mock exams were sent away for external correction.

The grades the students receive in the mocks will be one set of results sent off for statistical analysis, along with results from the in-house exams from 1st, 2nd and 3rd yr, to an outside company specialising in this area. Each 3rd yr will then be awarded a mark out of 80 based on the analysis completed. The remaining 20 marks will be assigned by the subject teachers based on different forms of assessment to be carried out in the classroom between now and the end of the term. Assessments are subject specific so the students will be completing oral exams in some of the languages, project work in the practical subjects etc.

Students will then receive a school report setting out the learning achievements of the students in Junior Cycle (levels taken/final grades/descriptors etc) and they will also be awarded a State Certificate of completion of Junior Cycle from the Department of Education.

Past pupil news: Congratulations to Rhys Gilson (Leaving Cert 2020) on winning an 1st yr Economics Award from the Department of Economics in Maynooth University last month. Rhys was a regular attendee at the Current Affairs lunch club run by his teacher Ms. Shanahan and he was also highly involved in the hugely successful Conscious Cup campaign in the school which promoted reusable cups. Rhys wrote Ms. Shanahan a lovely email of appreciation after learning of his award in College, informing her that he gained a huge interest in the subject due to her inspirational teaching methods and undoubted passion for economics. Ms. Shanahan is justifiably proud of Rhys and has no doubt that he will be in contention for further awards in the years ahead.


St Joseph's College Lucan

National Scratch Final Winner!
First year student Agnes Martin has won a prize in the National Scratch Finals. Agnes won the Overall Award category for 1st to 3rd years! It's a wonderful achievement for Agnes and is a just-reward for the excellent work she did on her project and is the culmination of a lot of hard work (Research, Design, Computational Thinking, Coding) throughout the year.
'Scratch' is a visual programming language targeted at children aged 8-16 as an educational tool to learn coding.
Well done Agnes!!


Nano Nagle Virtual Walk This week the Religion Department invited students to join the Presentation Sisters and the many Presentation students from around the country to get involved in the Nano Nagle 'Virtual' Walk. Participants were invited to walk 5km each day and post pictures of their walks or walking times. We remember this fantastic woman who was the light in so many lives and we hope we can continue to shine forth the light in what we do, being part of the wonderful Presentation Community.


6th year PE students participating in the Nano Nagle Virtual Walk

TY Activity Day
Activity Day on Wednesday for our Transition Year students saw them participating in a great selection of activities. They kept fit, while having great fun doing 'Zumba' with instructor Claire Kelly! Then they got very creative, learning how to hair-style during a workshop with 'Rootine Hairdressing'! Finally they participated in a large variety of Team Building activities under the creative supervision of 'Teamworks'
A great day for all and well done to TY co-ordinator Ms Butler for organising the activities!

Joey's Tidy Towns
At last our Joey's Tidy Towns students resumed their duties after school on Friday, gathering litter from around Lucan Village! The students were delighted to be back in action as part of their Gaisce President's Award once again! Well done to the students and Ms Butler and Ms Bligh!


Young Social Innovators
Transition Year group - 'Redefining Perfect' have been very busy this week, working on the very first issue of their Magazine, prompting others on ways to educate and empower themselves to love their bodies.
It's time for the Young Social Innovators (YSI) group to spend the winnings from their YSI DEN Interview success earlier this year.
Watch this space! They will be printing off posters and creating a magazine as a tool for schools to utilise. It's very exciting to see the girls reaching their goals! Follow them on Instagram @Redefining_perfect & Facebook

'Redefining Perfect' are just one of three of our TY groups that participated in the 'YSI Virtual Speak Out Tour' last week. The other groups are 'It's hard for me to say' and 'Wonder Women'. We are inspired by the great work of these teenagers who try to solve a problem in our society and bring about change on issues that affect all of us!

Non-Uniform Days
Our Parents' Association are organising two non-uniform days to raise funds for an Outdoor Classroom! and 'Rosie's Garden' on the 27th April and 11th May.

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