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17 November 2019
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Schools notes

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Scoil Mhuire, Woodview Hts / Airlie Hts

is now accepting applications for
Junior Infants for Sept 2020
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St. Mary's BNS

are now enrolling
Junior Infants for September 2020
The closing date for enrolment is the 22nd November 2019


Lucan Community College

Reading Week 2019: Reading Week took place in Lucan CC this week celebrating the magic of reading and how it builds vocabulary, fluency knowledge, empathy and imagination. There was a daily competition where all students were asked to spot the opening line to a book. Everyone in the college picked up their books each day for our Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) time during Period 6. We had two famous authors visit the college for readings and question and answer sessions to give advice to our budding writers. We also had a Book Swap facility available where students could bring a book to take a new one. Thank you to our English department, all teachers for supporting the week and all parents for encouraging reading with their sons and daughters.

Junior Cycle Results: Diane Birnie (Principal) and Deputy Principals Andrew Purcell, Stephen Brett and Aisling Kirwan said that the standard of results that students achieved this year in Junior Certificate/Cycle examinations were wonderful. We had 167 students who completed this exam. Year Head Mr O'Connor and tutor team were delighted with the results and sent particular congratulations to top achievers Yasmin Aminou with 7 As, 2 distinctions and 2 higher merits and Saray Corry also with 7 As. Enya Braha, Conor Hylands, Brendan Kavanagh, Diarmuid Keher, James Kenny, Conor Keohane, Artjoms Kucajevs, Conor Cooper, Marius Furtig-Rytterager, Claire Greaney, Cristina Houlihan, Caitriona McGonigle Navarro, Andreea Vasiloi, Nathan Byrne, Conor Duffy, Ronak Pathak, Allie Ryan and Clarie Bredin who were also among our top achievers this year. Well done to all students and we hope you get the very best out of your Transition Year experience.

College award: Congratulations to Oisin O'Sullivan who receives an entrance exhibition award from Trinity College next week due to his Leaving Certificate results.

Autism training available for parents & carers in Lucan: Lucan Community College is hosting training for parents of young people with autism early next year. This free training course will run for five Tuesdays starting on 25th February 2020 from 7pm-9pm. The following are the topics to be covered; Autism and social communication including social skills, Autism and life skills, Autism and sensory processing, Autism and the promotion of positive behavior and Autism and anxiety management. Please book early to reserve your place at

History trip to Dublin Castle: Well done to our 3 year Class Roche for their excellent participation while on their History Trip to Dublin Castle this week. Thanks so much to our excellent tour guide Laura for her engaging, enjoyable and informative tour! A big thank you also to Ms McCarthy and Ms Conway for organising and accompanying our amazing students.

Senior Soccer Girls Superb in Sizzling Win: Congratulations to our Senior Girls Soccer team who won 5-0 against Castleknock Community College this week in the Leinster Senior Cup. Nicole Smyth was superb again on the day, scoring 4 goals with our new recruit and Leinster player Aoibhe Fleming adding 1. Assists on the day came from Caitlin Maguire, Zara Lawless, Amy Green, Aoibhe Fleming. An inspiring clean sheet for earned by our top goalkeeper Ingrid Tientcheu and the defence of Zara Lawless (captain), Lia Stokes, Sophie Goodwin and Bella Fay locked out the Castleknock attack in the scoring stakes. Well done and best of luck to the team in next round.


Lucan CC student selected to represent Leinster: Congratulations to our wonderful 1st year student Aoibhe Fleming who has been selected to represent Leinster Football in this week's FAI Schools Under 15 Girls' Interprovincial Tournament at the AUL Complex, Clonshaugh. The Interprovincial series is the first step in the process of selecting the FAI Schools International Development squad of 18 players who will compete in the Bob Docherty Cup. Best of luck Aoibhe, everyone in the college is behind you.


Adamstown Community College

Basketball: Congratulations to the U19 boys basketball team who beat Setanta in their quarter final, therefore getting through to the semi-finals in the top A division. Wishing them success in their next game.

Hard luck and well done to the U16 boys' basketball team. They played their quarter final game against Malahide in the top A division.


Soccer: Well done to the under 19s boys soccer team who won 5 - 2 against Confey on Tuesday 12th November. A hat trick from James Abankwah topped off a great performance from the team. The boys will now play Kishoge Community College on Thursday 28th November.

Scifest: Well done to our first year students, who took part in Scifest last week. The students prepared a project on a science based theme and then presented them to be judged. The standard was very high with some excellent projects on display. First place was awarded to Keerat Singh with his project on tyre types and how it affects speed.

School Musical: Countdown is well underway for our School Musical 'Beauty and the Beast'. The show will take place on the 17th and 18th of December in Adamstown Community Centre. Tickets are 10 euro for adults and 8 euro for students and will be available from the school from the start of December. It promises to be an excellent show.

Transition Year work experience: Best of luck to our TY student who are on their first week of work experience next week. This is an excellent opportunity for students to gain experience in a career they might like to pursue after school. The students have chosen from a large array of work environments including Trinity College's Physics department, St Mary's hospital and Accountancy firms to name a few.


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Soccer: The U15 soccer team kicked off their campaign in style with an excellent display in a 2-1 win over Kishoge CC in the 1st round of the Leinster Cup last week. Goals from Troy O'Dowd and Jamie Whelan gave the team a hard fought but well deserved win over their spirited opponents. Next up for the team is their 1st Dublin League group match versus Holy Family Rathcoole next week.

Congratulations to 5th yr Kyle Robinson whose goals helped Leinster capture the FAI Schools u18 Interprovincial title after the annual three-day tournament held at the AUL Complex over the weekend. Kyle scored in all three matches as Leinster defeated Munster 3-1, Ulster 5-0 and Connacht 2-1 to claim the prestigious title. This tournament is also used as the key recruiting process for the underage International squad at school’s level with the team set to compete in the Celtic Cup and Centenary Shield next year. The international management team have to select a provisional squad now to attend trials in Abbotstown in a few weeks, when a final squad of eighteen players will be selected. The Republic of Ireland will face England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland so hopefully Kyle did enough to make the final International squad.

Congratulations also to past pupil Thomas Oluwa who was part of the Shamrock Rovers squad that defeated League Champions Dundalk on penalties in the FAI Cup Final at the Aviva Stadium recently. It was great for Thomas, who graduated last year, to be involved in the club's 1st FAI Cup success since 1987, especially at just 18 yrs of age.

LCVP trip: The 6th year LCVP class went on a trip to the Chocolate Garden of Ireland on Tuesday 5th November. An authentic maker of Award-winning Chocolates and premium ice-Cream, this hugely popular venue is nestled in the rural countryside of the Wicklow-Carlow border. On arrival the students were brought into a presentation room where they learned about how this company operates and how a small family business is surviving and expanding. The students got to appreciate the level of commitment, effort and skill that goes into a modern-food enterprise. The students then listened to a presentation, watched a video and finally they had an opportunity to decorate their own chocolate and bring it home. They also got to sample some of the different grades of delicious premium chocolate, which went down a treat naturally! In LCVP class they now have to complete a portfolio Item called the Summary Report on this experience.

Talks: Many thanks to Amy O'Loughlin from Bank of Ireland who was in the school last week delivering a Money Smarts programme. She visited all Junior Cycle Business classes and Senior Cycle Economics to give presentations on Online Safety, Financial literacy, Investment, Saving and general financial advice for the students. Financial literacy is a valuable life skill that will travel with students as they journey into adulthood so the skills they picked up from the programme should help them prepare financially for life after secondary school.

The school took part in a trial Leaving Cert exam last week in Computer Science, which is being examined for the 1st time in 2020. Students had to take part in a 1hr live python coding exercise followed by a 1.5 hr written exam on Computer Science Theory. The trial, which is designed to iron out any potential issues or oversights before next May's state exam, went very well and the students found it very beneficial as it was a low pressure set-up that gave them the opportunity to see the layout and format of the exam. The experience should serve them well next May when there will be a lot more at stake!

Christmas Fair: The 6th year LCVP classes are working with their LCVP teachers and the Business Department to plan and run the Christmas Fair, which takes place this year on Thursday 12th December in the school canteen. The Junior students in the school had a presentation from 6th year LCVP students during their business classes about entering a competition to be picked to have a table at the Christmas fair. The 6th year LCVP class are doing this for their portfolio whereby they have to engage in a planning activity. The Fair is always one of the most eagerly anticipated and successful events of the school calendar and this year's edition promises to be the biggest and most successful yet.

Current Affairs Club: The Current Affairs lunch club continues to grow from strength to strength with good numbers turning up every Friday at lunch time in Rm 23. Tea/coffee is served and students from all years come in to discuss topics on the news from that week. The students are finding this beneficial in their business classes and students from all year groups are welcome to attend.


St Joseph's College Lucan

Our 4th Years are very busy rehearsing these days, in preparation for their upcoming Musical 'Annie'! Our corridors are filled with familiar tunes like 'It's the Hard Knock Life' and 'Tomorrow'. Our Musical runs from 21st - 24th November. Shows start at 8pm, except Sunday which is a 4pm matinee. Adults 15 euro. OAP & Students 10 euro. Family (of 4) 40 euro. Tickets are available from School Reception.


TY students busy making Tickets for their upcoming musical ‘Annie’

Our Table-Tennis superstar, Mia O'Rahilly Egan (5th Year) and her partner Silke Heinen won the U18s Team Event in the Home Countries Table Tennis Competition in the Isle of Man last week. Mia also picked up a Bronze Medal in the Singles competition. Congratulations Mia on your continued success!!

Huge congratulations to Brianna Sheehan (6th Year) who represented Ireland at the European Gymnastics Championships in Israel over the midterm break and was named 9th best in Europe for Acrobatic Gymnastics. Well done Brianna, what an amazing achievement!

Our 5th years were in UCD on Tuesday. It was a very worthwhile visit and the girls came back inspired with lots of career and college ideas!

Last week, our 5th Year Art students went on an Art trip and explored the Fine Art on display at the National Gallery of Ireland and the Oliver Sears Gallery.

Our Badminton Teams have been very busy recently! Our U16 Division 2 Badminton Team played home against St. Colmcille's Community School, Knocklyon last Friday. While, Adamstown Community College hosted our U16s and U19s Division 4 Badminton matches. Special mention to Leanne Shevin (U16s Division 4) and Aoife Packenham-Barry (U16s Division 2) who won all of their matches. Our U16s Division 2 team was in action again this Tuesday. This time the players were at St Raphaela's, Stillorgan. The overall score was a draw, with both schools winning 3 matches each. Well done to all players and mentors involved!


Some of our very enthusiastic Badminton Players

On Wednesday our Green School Committee organised a trip for some lucky students to the Irish Film Institute in Temple Bar to watch the environmental movie '2040'.

Both our Junior and Senior Irish debaters won their first round of the Gael Linn Irish debating competition in St. Dominics College, Ballyfermot. Both teams are now through to the next round of the competition!
Junior team: Captain Isabelle Hennessey, Annie Mollah and Siog Lloyd.
Senior team: Captain Aoife Smullen, Erica Flynn and Emma Williams.
Well done to all of the debaters and a big thank you to their mentors Ms Duignan and Ms Keena!


Our Senior Gael Linn Debating Team

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