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18 November 2018
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Schools notes

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St. Mary’s BNS, Lucan

We have some places available for Junior Infants Sept 2019.
Please download an application from the school website homepage and return to school office by 30th November.


Lucan Community College

University Scholarships for Lucan CC Graduates: Good news keeps coming for our graduates with yet another two of our 2018 graduates rewarded with academic scholarships to university. Thank you to UCD, Maynooth University and Trinity College Dublin for presenting these scholarships to four of our excellent graduates, Rachel Fitzpatrick, Dylan Wright, Alan Murphy and Thomas O’Neill, as acknowledgement for their individual successes in their leaving certificate examinations this year.


Tomi Reichental visits the College: Tomi Reichental, renowned author and Holocaust survivor from World War II, will be visiting Lucan Community College to launch his new book for children called Tomi (10 yrs upwards). This special event will take place in the school gym on Thursday 15th of November and will be attended by all 1st year students and 6th class students from one of Lucan's primary schools Scoil Áine. Copies of Tomi's new book will be available for sale and signing on the day.

Science Week 2018: The Big Bear Planetarium took over the college for Science week this week as part of our Science Week celebrations. The visit saw a huge mobile planetarium erected with a 360-degree 3D digital projection technology, stunning graphics and advanced computer simulations which made students feel they were amongst the stars. This is just another part of the magic of Science Week here in the college with the Science of Star Wars, a Senior Science Table Quiz at Maynooth University and science fun everywhere as we celebrate the world of Science. Thanks to all our Science mad teachers for making it truly a special week.

Under 15 Boys Soccer Loss: Hard luck to our heroic U15 boys’ soccer team. The lads played brilliantly this week despite losing to twice in two pulsating games which really should have had different outcomes. Keep training hard lads – it will pay off.


Basketballer’s breakthrough to Quarter Finals: Huge congratulations to both our Under 16 and Under 19 Girls Basketball teams after booked their place in the Quarter Final of the Dublin League to mark the end of a remarkable string of performances. Best of luck with the final training preparations, we are all behind you!

Reading Week 2018: Reading week is also in full swing this week with everyone in the college taking part in our beloved Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) time. This has been massively supported and driven by our English department with the basic premise being that for one class period every day for this week everyone stops what he or she is doing and reads. This is a magical shared experience and really helps to get everyone talking about books and reading. Students read, principals read, teachers in the staffroom read, phones are taken off the hook and secretaries read, the caretaker reads and even visitors to the school are offered book! Thank you to our English department for helping everyone appreciate the magic of the written word.


Coláiste Phádraig

Awards: Well done to 6th yr Ryan Burke who won the Mark O’ Neill Student of the Month for October in recognition of his behaviour throughout the school tour to Iceland during the mid-term break. Ryan impressed the teachers throughout with his maturity, helpfulness and positivity. Well done also to 1st yr Patrick Ryan who won the Sports Star of the Month in recognition for his impressive displays for the school’s football, hurling and soccer teams. Comhghairdeas freisin le Jeeson Roy Perayil ón gcéad bhliain a bhuaigh an gradam Gaeilgeoir na Míosa mar gheall ar an sár-iarracht a dhéanann sé an Ghaeilge a labhairt agus an sár obair atá déanta aige sa rang Gaeilge.

Basketball: Our senior basketball team were beaten 67-61 by Oatlands College in the Easter League “A” 1-4 final last week. The 1st quarter was a tight affair with Oatlands scoring regularly from the 3 point line and Lucan using their speed to counter attack and scoring with easy layups. The 2nd quarter was damaging for Lucan as their opponents took control of the match with clinical shooting and strong defence to take a commanding 44-23 lead. Lucan changed their tactics to a zone defence to try to counter Oatlands attack and they managed to reduce the deficit by 9 points by the end of the third quarter thanks to some great three point shooting from Gavin Nestor and Kris Arcilla. Oatlands led 50-38 going into the final quarter but Lucan reduced the deficit to three points at one stage with Henry Keogh excelling with the defensive rebounds. Unfortunately, the team were not able to get any closer and Oatlands saw out the game to advance to the semi-finals at Lucan’s expense. It was a sad occasion for the team’s inspirational captain Kris Arcilla who played his last match for the school after a trophy laden five years at Coláiste Phádraig, the highlight of which was the u16 All Ireland title in 2016. Kris averaged approximately 35 points every game and he played over 70 games for the school in his time here. He had the respect of all his teammates who admire him greatly and were inspired by his high standards in every training session and every match. We have no doubt that Kris will continue to set basketball courts alight with his club Templeogue and his country in the years ahead.

Soccer: Our 1st yr soccer team advanced to the 2nd rnd of the Leinster Cup after a thrilling 5-4 win against Kishoge CS on Tuesday. Sheriff Akanbi opened the scoring early on with a close range finish. Kishoge equalised late on in the 1st half with an og before Cory O’ Sullivan almost immediately restored the team’s lead with a stunning lob from a tight angle after a barnstorming run down the wing. Kishoge began the 2nd half strongly and deservedly drew level before Lucan captain Tyler Cole Doherty produced a moment of magic to restore the team’s 1 goal advantage with a terrific finish from inside the box. Tyler then further extended Lucan’s advantage after another surging run from deep before cutting inside and firing home. Kishoge pulled a goal back soon after before Cory O’ Sullivan pounced on a loose ball in the ball to grab number 5 for Lucan. Kishoge pulled another goal back but Lucan held on for a deserved win after a pulsating, dramatic and frenetic encounter.

Our u17 team enjoyed an emphatic 10-2 win over Holy Family Rathcoole in their opening group match of the Dublin League on Tuesday. Kyle Robinson became only the 2nd player in the school’s history to score a remarkable five goals. Lucan dominated throughout and the Rathcoole defence had no answer to Kyle’s pace, skill, energy and movement. Warren Curran grabbed a hat-trick as well while Seán Foley and Jamie Callaghan got the other goals in an impressive team display.

Well done to TY student Adam Wells who was called up to the Republic of Ireland u16 panel last week for the 1st time. The team are currently competing for the Victory Shield in Co. Kerry and Adam played the full game against Northern Ireland on Tuesday. Despite a 3-1 defeat, Adam performed very well and the team have further matches against Wales and Scotland this week.

Hurling: Our senior hurlers played their final group match in the Dublin League last Friday and despite losing 2-15 to 2-05 to Castleknock CS, they have qualified for the semi-finals by virtue of having finished second in their group. Castleknock led 1-08 to 1-03 at the break and Lucan had Gavin Millea to thank that this wasn’t a bigger margin. Gavin was outstanding at full, winning countless high balls and making crucial blocks to deny the Castleknock attackers. Anthony McNulty was also influential at centre back as he read danger well and used the ball intelligently to launch counter attacks. Lucan had the advantage of the strong wind in the second half but the heavy rain made things difficult for both teams. Colm Behan and Daniel O’ Connor scored the Lucan goals but Castleknock stretched their lead to eventually win by 10 points. Lucan now face an away semi-final against Maynooth PP which is to be played in the coming weeks.


St Joseph’s College Lucan

Presentation Day Mass: On Wednesday we celebrated Presentation Day. The Mass was celebrated by Fr Tom Kennedy in St Mary’s Church and attended by the whole school community and some of the Presentation Sisters.

This year we celebrate the tercentenary (300th Anniversary) of Nano Nagle’s birth. Nano taught the children of Cork (her home county) during the day and visited and nursed the sick by night. As a result, she became known in Cork as the Lady with the Lantern.

She founded the Presentation Sisters in 1775 to continue this work after her death. The Presentation Sisters have educated young people and cared for the sick and the poor all over the world. The Presentation Sisters came to Lucan in 1867 and set up St. Joseph’s College in 1967.

Our Presentation Mass was a wonderful occasion of inspiring speeches and beautiful singing.

Mary Poppins: There is great excitement along the corridors of St Joseph’s College these days, as Transition Year Students are very busy doing their final rehearsals, polishing off their dance routines and putting their costumes together for the upcoming performance of the musical ‘Mary Poppins’. The School Musical has been part of St Joseph’s College busy Transition Year programme for many years and the quality of the final production would rival any other for Sound, Lighting, Talent, humour, music and all round entertainment.


This is the first year that St Joseph’s will be performing Walt Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins’, with songs written by the Sherman Brothers – it is a real treat of song, humour and dance. The musical boasts a super song list. Many of us will remember ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’, ‘Chim Chim Cher-ee’, ‘Let’s go Fly a Kite’ and of course ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’!


Talks for Parents: On Tuesday Lucan Gardaí spoke to parents on Online Safety. On Wednesday our Guidance Department hosted a ‘CAO and Further Education’ evening. Thank you to all who attended.

Debating: Well done to Mr Smyth and his Concern Debaters who won their debate last Thursday with their motion ‘30 years on, the world is no closer to ending the global HIV and AIDS epidemic'.

Soccer: Well done to our U17 soccer team who won their match against Balbriggan Community School 1-0 on Monday.

UCD Careers Day: On Tuesday our 5th Years visited UCD for a series of very interesting and inspiring careers talks.