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19 January 2020
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Schools notes

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Lucan Community College

Soccer: Under 19 Leinster senior cup last 16.
Lucan CC 4-1 St Johns Ballyfermot.
Lucan 2-0 up at half time thanks to two cool strikes, the first by Captain Conor Finn and the second by right back Matt Moriarty.
Johns pulled 1 goal back immediately after half time but Lucan sealed the victory with two Robert Dragusin goals, the first a cool finish 1 on 1 and the 2nd a penalty after a hand ball. Dragusin now has 6 goals in 3 rounds of the cup for Lucan CC.
Good luck to our boys and also our girls U19 soccer teams who are both in action this week in the Leinster Championship.
Updates on Twitter @lucancc1


Young Scientist: Well done to Ronan Pathak who proudly represented LCC @ BT Young Scientist in RDS this week with his project entitled 'Heat Power'. He is investigating using unwanted heat energy from a mobile phone or any technological device to recharge the battery. He was joined by 162 first years who had a fantastic day. Well done Students and Teachers.




Athletics: Good luck to our junior athletes who head to the National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown for an invitational practice session ahead of their upcoming championships this week.

Basketball: Following on from the Dublin final in December the girls Under 16 basketball team qualified for the National Finals. This was a blitz tournament held at Hazelwood College, Limerick. The girls played fantastic but were narrowly defeated by Hazelwood College and Our Lady of Lourdes School from New Ross. Well done getting to the National Finals and thanks to Ms. L Quirke and Ms Dowling!


We are now enrolling for our spring term of night class, short courses.
Find a course that suits you by following the link at
Brochures are available from the school.
Queries to or 6282077. OAP rate is only 60 euro for any course.
Updates on Twitter @lucancc1

Parents Association: Lucan Community College parents association are having their annual fundraiser which will take place at 8pm on Thursday 13th February .
It is A Karaoke Bingo Night at The Lord Lucan, with a bumper raffle. It promises to be a great night.
Facebook: Parents' Association - Lucan Community College


Adamstown Community College

Information Evening for senior cycle options: There was a big turnout of parents and students at our information evening for their senior cycle options. Talks were given by the principal Mr Anderson, Year head Miss Corcoran, TY coordinator Miss Clarke and Miss Kenny the guidance councillor on the options available moving into senior cycle. Students can choose whether to do Transition Year or to move straight to Traditional Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied. Attending these talks, help students make informed decisions for their future.

1st Year Trip to the Young Scientist Exhibition: All first year students attended the BT Young Scientist exhibition in the RDS for the day on Thursday 9th Jan. They had the chance to look at all the student's projects and to try the Virtual Reality station. They also had the opportunity to have a go at presenting the weather at the RTE stand. The students had a great day and it give them a chance to think about what projects they might do for the future!

Transition Year Culinary Arts trip: The culinary arts class had a great day out at the Italian School of Cookery. They learned how to make Pizza from scratch and then got to enjoy their creations. A great day was had by all the students. Thanks to Ms Carty for organising the trip.


Under 17 Soccer: Well done to the U17 soccer team, who won their league semi-final game in Blanchardstown IT, against Castleknock Community College with a score of 2-1. Goals were scored by Emmanuel Adewale and Conor Magee. An excellent performance was put in by the whole team. Cian Poole, Steven Ramsey and Faderera Adeniran in particular played exceptionally well. Good luck to the boys in the final.


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Hurling: Congratulations to our u16 hurlers who who won the Dublin Junior Hurling 'C' Championship after defeating Scoil Chaitriona 0-13 to 1-5 in the final held at the National Games Development Centre in Abbotstown on Tuesday 7th January. Joseph Dunne opened the scoring with 2 classy points early to give Lucan a good start but Scoil Chaitriona soon edged in front thanks to a goal from their influential inside forward. Daragh Lyons fired over an impressive point from a narrow angle soon after but Scoil Chaitriona knocked over some further scores late on in the half to lead 1-04 to 0-4 at the break. Lucan, playing with a strong breeze at their backs in the second half, soon narrowed the gap early on as Joseph Dunne got his 4th point of the game with another well taken free. Scoil Chaitriona re-established their 3 point lead soon after but then suffered a major set-back with the dismissal of their influential half-back who got a second yellow card for a poor challenge that stopped a Lucan attack from a certain score. Joseph Dunne knocked over the resulting free before adding a further 3 scores in quick succession as Lucan took full advantage of their extra man. Liam Garrigan and Joseph added further scores to give Lucan a commanding 5 point lead which they never looked like relinquishing. Conor McDonagh was called into action late on as he was forced to make a fine point blank save tin the Lucan goal to deny Chatriona an almost certain goal but apart from this Lucan saw out the game in relative comfort to seal a hard-fought but well deserved victory. Well done to the panel and to the management team of Mr. Phelan and Mr. Nolan on their success.


Young Scientists: Well done to our two 1st yr students, Jevin Joy and Taha Farooqi, who took part in the BT Young Scientists Exhibition that was held over four days last week at the RDS. This was the 56th edition of this hugely prestigious national competition with close to 1,000 students from 244 schools from across the country exhibiting 550 projects in total.

Despite missing out on the main awards, our young scientists can all be proud of their efforts and the judges gave their project on an ASD Smart device very positive feedback. It was a long four days for our young students and they can take pride in being such wonderful ambassadors for the school throughout as they engaged with the public and faced the media with confidence, charm and good humour. A special word of thanks as usual to Mr. Carey who dedicated a lot of time helping the students prepare, design and set up their project.

Football: Our senior footballers defeated Malahide CS 3-19 to 1-12 last week to ensure top spot in the group and a home draw in the semi-final of the Dublin League. Oisin Twamley, Cathal Shanahan and Adam Whyte scored the goals in an impressive team display. Having already defeated Portmarnock CS and St. David's Artane, Lucan finished with a 100% record in the group to ease into the semi-finals where they will play Castleknock College or Colaiste Eanna for a place in the final.

Soccer: Our 1st yr soccer team had mixed fortunes over the past week as they played their two group games in the Dublin Metropolitan League Division 1. The team defeated Holy Family Rathcoole 1-0 last Thursday with James Kirwan scoring the winning goal with a delightful finish over the keeper from the edge of the box in the 1st half dominated by Lucan. James picked up the ball just outside the opposition penalty area and beat his marker with a wonderful dip of his shoulders and drag back to allow him time and space in the box to hit wrong foot the keeper and give Lucan the lead their enterprising fully deserved. With Kai Keogh outstanding as the midfield shield, Lucan defended superbly throughout to hold on for a deserved win. The team then faced Salesian College on Tuesday 14th Jan but were well beaten this time as their opponents ran out comfortable 6-1 winners. Eoin Maher scored Lucan's goal late on with a superb finish into the far corner from just inside the box but this was no more than a consolation goal as the team were 2nd best in most areas of the pitch throughout. This leaves them with 3 points from their two games and they now must wait for the final match between Salesians and Holy Family next Monday to see if this will be enough to finish 2nd in the group (which would mean playing the winners of another group in the knockout stages.)


St Joseph's College Lucan

School Extension: It's Election time again and Candidates will be calling to our doors looking for our support. We would ask Lucan residents to remind the candidates that it is 15 years since St Joseph's College was promised a new extension and we are still waiting... As a result we have been unable to enrol every student who has applied for a place in the school. This is very disappointing for students, their parents and the school community. Thank you for your support!

There were three Career Talks organised by our Guidance Department for this week for senior students. On Wednesday there was a presentation on the TCD course BESS (Business, Economics & Social Studies) for 6th Years. On Thursday there was a talk on Midwifery for 5thand 6th Years and also a talk for 5th years from Technology University (Dublin, Tallaght and Blanchardstown) outlining all courses available at these colleges. We were delighted to have past pupil, Marie Claire Bligh visit us last week, to give a career talk to our 5th and 6th year students on a Career in Architecture. Great turnout and interest from all!

Our Minor Hockey Team were in action on Monday in the North County Dublin League. They had to play in storm Brendan! Great performance despite! Score 3-0 to Balbriggan. Thanks and well done to all involved!

Well done to our Junior Football Team who won their game against Maryfield College last Friday!

Our 5th Year Politics & Society students along with Mr. O'Driscoll and Ms. Jones had a fantastic night at the Claire Byrne Live show in RTE on Monday evening. They were in the audience for the show and had an opportunity to meet the host Claire Byrne!

Our Guidance Department is running a 'Less Screen Time' Campaign this month to help improve Wellbeing and Mental Health in students. The Less Screen Time Challenge began this week with students and staff recording their weekly screen activity for the month of January. Parents were asked to encourage their child to reduce screen time at home and put the phones away. Fun Fact: It takes a MINIMUM of 21 days to break a habit!

TY Work Experience: Our 4th year students are completing one week of work experience this week. We wish them all success and hope they find it to be a rewarding experience.

Joey's Friendship Committee began a new initiative this week. 'Joey's Friendship Hub' is promoting friendship & an enjoyable space for students every lunchtime in our Assembly Hall. The Hub will run Monday to Thursday until May. Each day has a different theme. Movie Monday - students can have lunch while watching 30 mins of a programme/film. Turn-Up Tuesday - Students can have lunch while playing board games, music provided too. Wellbeing Wednesday - While having lunch, there will be mindful colouring sheets & other relaxation activities. Thinking Thursday - Group general knowledge games e.g. scattegories, quizzes etc. There was great attendance at the Friendship Hub this week and feedback was very positive! Well done to our Friendship Committee!


Students enjoying our Friendship Hub at lunchtime on Tuesday

Our 2nd year Students were in the RDS last Thursday, to check out the many projects on display and much more, at this year's BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. It was a most enjoyable day out for all and a good opportunity for students to get ideas for their Classroom Based Assessment in Science, which they are required to do later this year as part of the new Junior Cycle.

School Fundraiser: Our Parents' Association have set up a fund-raising account with the 'We Buy Used Clothing' shop on Main Street, Leixlip. Parents can drop bags there any day including weekends and mention that the clothes are to be added to the St Joseph's College PA account. Thank you for supporting this school fundraiser!

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