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25 February 2018
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Schools notes

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Lucan Community College

Charity fundraising for Dyselxia: A huge thank you to our Transition Year students in class Johnston for their great work and dedication in raising vital funds for a local Dyslexia charity. The students braved the elements for a charity collection over two cold days in Lucan for the Dyslexia Workshop Celbridge. The Dyslexia Workshop supports children from West Dublin and North Kildare with dyslexia.


The students raised close to €500 which will now will go directly towards providing much-needed resources required for the day to day running of the workshop. Thank you to Ms. Gallagher and Ms. Williams for organising the event.

Student Spanish film trip: The Transition Year students attended a special screening of La Jaula de Oro/ The Golden Dream in the Draiocht Theatre in Blanchardstown this week. 43 of our Spanish language students attended the screening. The film was screened in cooperation with the Irish film institute as part of their education program and had previously been shown at the Cannes Film Festival. The film deals with the theme of Guatemalan immigrants trying to make their way into the USA. A big thank you to Ms. Cormac for organizing this special event for our Transition Year students.

Lucan CC to feature in Festival of Music in the National Concert Hall: Lucan Community College will take to the National Concert Hall stage next Wednesday, 28th February, as part of Dublin and Dún Laoghaire’s annual Festival of Musical. The Festival showcases the excellent musical talent that exists across the county and will feature an entertaining programme of light classical, traditional and popular music. The Festival of Music is now in its 18th year and Lucan Community College is proud to be selected to appear as part of the exceptional standard of talent on the night. Good luck to Ms. Conway are her talented superstars as they prepare for the moment of glory.

Quote of the Week from Woodwork/ Construction Department: This week’s literacy quote comes from the Woodwork/Construction Department. They have chosen an apt quote from a famous American lawyer, Louis Nizer.
"A person who works with their hands is a labourer; a person who works with their hands and their brain is a craftsman; but a person who works with their hands and their brain and their heart is an artist."
Louis Nizer


Coláiste Phádraig

Hurling: Hard luck to our senior hurlers who were beaten 4-11 to 2-10 by St. Declan’s Cabra in the Dublin “B” Hurling League Final held at the National Sports Campus Abbotstown on Tuesday. Lucan played into a strong wind in the 1st half and in truth struggled to find their fluency. Corner back Thomas Heffernan was perhaps the team’s best performer as he won a lot of high balls and cleared his lines effectively. Half wing back David Kavanagh had his work cut out with the impressive Cabra forwards but he was tigerish and determined throughout. Ben Coffey knocked over some nice points for Lucan but Declan’s were clinical with their chances and opened up a commanding 8 point lead by half time. Lucan showed renewed energy and spirit in the second half and fought hard to reduce the deficit. Midfielder Rob Ward and half-forward Daire Newcombe scored good goals from long range and for a brief few moments it looked like the team could reel in their opponents. However, Declan’s showed their experience with a composed and assured display to see out the game and deservedly claim the Dublin title at Lucan’s expense. Well done to our hurlers on a very good campaign. A number of the 6th yr players have made enormous contributions to hurling in the school over the past number of years and while it is disappointing to finish with a loss, their contributions will not be forgotten. They have bright futures ahead of them in hurling and no doubt we will see some of them pull on the senior Dublin jersey at some stage in the future.

Exam news:The mock exams have been completed by all of our exam students and now they face an anxious wait for their results! We wish them all well and hope that they perhaps surprise themselves a little. Our 6th yr LCVP students haven’t had much time to relax yet though as they faced into their recorded LCVP exam interviews for their Leaving Cert this week. There are three LCVP classes in the school and it is offered as an extra subject in the Leaving Cert. The Recorded Interview is an ideal opportunity to prepare students for the world of work or further education whilst being an innovative form of the LCVP assessment. Students must communicate their LCVP activities, experiences and skills gained throughout the two years. This Recorded Interviews will now be submitted as an optional item in their Portfolios for external correction. At least now the students can now focus on the written part of their exam which will be held in May. When they complete this exam all of their LCVP work will be done before the rest of their Leaving Cert starts in June so we wish them well too.


St Joseph’s College Lucan

Camogie: Hard luck to the Junior Camogie Team who participated in the All Ireland Semi-final on Tuesday, 20th February. The girls played against Presentation Secondary School, Wexford and were unlucky to be defeated 3-20 to 3-5. Hard luck girls. Many thanks to Mr. Kirwan and Mr. Beecher for all their support of the team throughout the year.

Hockey Success: A huge well done to our Junior Hockey Team who defeated Holy Faith Clontarf 3-0 on Wednesday, 21st February 2018! We look forward to the next stage of the league!

Ski Trip: Welcome back to the 5th year students and the teachers who were skiing in Folgaria, Northern Italy before the midterm break. The girls spent four nights and five days skiing in The Alps, while the 5th day was spent exploring the city of Verona. It was a great experience and enjoyed by all.

Parenting Talk: John Lonergan, former governor of Mountjoy Jail, will be holding a talk on 1st March at 7:30. Mr. Lonergan will speak about all aspects of parenting. Anyone who wishes to come along is more than welcome.

Clothes Collection: A huge thank you to the Parent’s Association for organising the recent clothes collection, raising vital funds for the school.

Arts Week: Arts Week take place 26th Feb – 2nd March. This week is dedicated to all forms of Art, from English and Film to Craft and Design. Many activities will take place e.g. watching short films, cupcake decorating, table quizzes and art & crafts. We are all looking forward to it!

No Limits: Huge congratulations to the No Limits girls who attended the YSI Den on Tuesday 20th February. As part of their continuing venture to create storybooks for children with the main characters having a disability, the girls pitched for money and a mentor to enable them to convert their three books into audio books. They received valuable financial support, a mentor and the opportunity to translate all books into French! There really are no limits to the great work they are doing!


Katie Grogan, Aoife Dardis and Caoimhe Currie