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25 September, 2022
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Schools notes

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Adult Education Service

The Adult Education Service in Lucan Education Centre, on Esker Hill are currently enrolling for free and flexible part-time courses commencing in September 2022. These Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) courses are at times to allow you to choose between one and four different subjects to fit around your busy life. Each subject is 4 hours per week and takes place in the mornings.

For more details, contact alimccann@ddletbaes.ie or call (01) 6283557.

 

Griffeen Community College

We are delighted to announce that our school Open Night will be held in Griffeen Community College on Thursday 6th October from 18:00 - 20:00.

All parents/guardians of 5th and 6th class students are invited to attend. It is a great opportunity to meet the GCC staff and students and have a tour of the school.

Applications for 2023/2024 will be available on www.griffeencc.ie from Monday October 3rd and will also be available on the night.

 

Colaiste Phadraig

Talent Show: The Talent Show is always one of the most eagerly anticipated school events of the year and excitement is already building after auditions were sought for this year's show last week. Audition recordings, no longer than 3 mins duration, are to be recorded at home and submitted to Ms. Ryan via her school email address by Monday 26th September. Ms. Ryan will then work with the Transition Year students editing the recordings that qualify for the Final which is to take place on Friday 28th October.

The TY students are to be commended on their initiative, team-work and organisational skills that they have displayed so far. They have taken ownership of the promotion, organisation and running of this year's Talent Show to great effect. They will be putting their creative spin on the audition tapes during the editing process, which is a hugely demanding and time-consuming process. The Talent Show simply would not be possible without their time, energy, enthusiasm and editing skills.

The final edited recordings will then be shown in all classrooms during the school day with each class then voting for their top three acts. The act with the most votes will of course be announced as Talent Show Winners 2022! Rumour has it that the teachers will be making a surprise guest appearance in the Talent Show but this is most likely just some wishful thinking on the part of the students…! We wish all participants the best of luck.

Enrolment 2023: Application forms for admission to 1st yr in September 2023 will be available from the school office from Monday 3rd October. Completed application forms must be returned to the school office by Friday 28th October. As outlined in the new Admissions Bill last year, students can only enrol a year in advance of starting in post primary school.

Management will visit our main feeder schools with application forms shortly. All relevant information relating to admissions can be found on the Annual Admission Notice located under the information pull down menu on the school website

Open Night 2022: The Colaiste Phadraig Open Night will take place in the school on Thursday 6th October from 7pm-9pm. The Open Night is undoubtedly one of the highlights of our school calendar, with teachers, management, staff and students alike in attendance to showcase what our school has to offer. There will be presentations, guided tours, classroom-based demonstrations and displays, quizzes, interactive games, dramatic performances and many other surprises and fun activities throughout the school on the night. Primary school students from 5th or 6th class are welcome to attend with their parents/families to check out the fantastic array of modern facilities available in the school.

We ourselves look forward to meeting the prospective students on the night who we hope will join the extended Colaiste Phadraig CBS family in the coming years. This will be the 1st time since October 2019 that we are in a position to hold a full Open Night so it promises to be an occasion not to be missed!

Student Council: The 1st Colaiste Phadraig Student Council meeting of the new school year took place on Thursday 15th September under the stewardship of Mr. Keane. Two new 1st yr students will be appointed after their class elections are held at the end of this month. Mr. Keane will consult with management and Ms. O' Neill, their Year Head, before officially appointing the two 1st yrs. At this stage, a Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson will be appointed.

The 1st meeting was positive and lively as the members took the opportunity to bring up some topics of interest to the student population. They had completed a survey on student voice in the school before the meeting with Mr. Dunne so they came prepared! Recycling, potential energy savings, fundraising, lockers, trials for the various sports teams and extra-curricular activities were among the topics raised throughout the meeting. 6th yr Ciaran Briscoe also indicated that he is considering applying for a position with the ISSU, the Irish Second Level Students' Union to gain further experience.

The members agreed to meet at least once a month throughout the school year with the next meeting scheduled for Thursday 13th October at 11:10am. We thank the Student Council for their time commitment and leadership in their collective and determined efforts to provide a voice for our student population in Coláiste Phádraig.

Prefects: Our 5th and 6th yr Prefects have been back on full duty since the start of the school year, all delighted to be able to carry out their duties without the limitations and restrictions of the past few years caused by social-distancing etc.

The current 6th yr prefects will continue to fulfil their duties until Christmas, at which stage they will turn focus to their exams and studies. Interviews will then be held for these positions with the new recruits beginning their duties in January 2023.

 

Lucan Community College

What's happening in Lucan Community College this Week!

Lucan Community College Open Day!
5th/6th Class Primary Pupils together with their Parents/Guardians are invited to an Open Afternoon in Lucan Community College on Tuesday 4th October 2022 from 2.45pm-4.45pm. Come along to sample our broad range of subjects, talk to current pupils about their school experience here in the college, sample our extensive extracurricular programme and view our excellent facilities. Our dedicated staff will be on hand to answer your queries.

Admission 1st Year 2023: The Admission process for 1st year 2023 will begin on 1st October with the updated Admission policy and Admission Notice published on our website shortly before then and application forms available from our prioritised primary schools and on our website. Our Open Day takes place on Tuesday 4th October 2.45-4.45pm this year. Further details will be on our website closer to the date.

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Higher Options for our 6th Year Students: On Wednesday 21st September our 6th Years together with their Guidance teachers Ms. Edel McManus and Ms. Eileen O'Gara, travelled to the Higher Options Expo in the RDS to view exhibitions by over 100 universities, colleges and educational providers. We hope a very enjoyable and informative day was had by all!

Kickboxing Champions in Lucan Community College: Congratulations to sporting siblings Amy Wade (4th Year) and Ryan Wade (2nd Year), who have both been selected to represent Ireland at the WAKO Kickboxing World Championships in Jesolo Italy. The college along with Second Year Year Head Ms. Aoife McKelvey and TY Year Head Ms. Genavieve Casey, wish Amy and Ryan the very best of luck!

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St Joseph's College Lucan

New Building: On Friday the 16th of September we were delighted to officially mark the beginning of construction on our new school building. We were delighted to be joined by Emer Higgins TD, Vicki Casserly Councillor, Mark Curran (Smith and Kennedy Architects), Niall Kavanagh (Eamon Costello LTD), Marissa Guest and Peter O Connor from our Parents Association, Paul Sweeney from our Board of Management, Charli Gale and Alena Varghese from our Student Council, Bernadette Fitzgerald (Principal), Barry McCabe, Catherine Bligh and Geraldine Butler (Deputy Principals) to our School ground as we officially marked the beginning of construction on our new school building. This is phase one of a three phase project with a completion time of just over two and a half years. This is a very exciting time for everyone involved with St Joseph's College and we would like to Thank everyone over the years for their help in getting us to this point.

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6th Year Higher Options: On Friday the 23rd of September our 6th years will travel to Higher Options in the RDS. The aim of which is to help second level students in making decisions about their studies by meeting directly with representatives from universities, colleges and education institutions from Ireland, the UK, Europe and beyond. Over 160 universities, colleges, institutes of technology and professional organisations participate in this unique expo, and their reps are happy to talk directly with students, parents, and guidance counsellors. Colleges from Ireland, the UK, Europe and beyond provide information for thousands of 6th year students to help them to make important choices on the higher and further education.

Transition Year Information Evening: We held a successful Transition Year Information Evening online via zoom on Thursday last. Well done to Ms. Dunne our TY coordinator as well as our Senior management for giving and insightful overview of the TY programme for the parents of current Transition Years.

Transition Year Trip: On Tuesday our Transition Year group got their first whole year group trip when they travelled to the National Ploughing Championships in Co. Laois. The weather was fantastic and the students enjoyed all that the championships had to offer including food, music, amusements, free giveaways, tractor rides to name but a few activities. This was a fantastic way to kick off Transition Year for this group. There were a lot of cowboy hats to be seen on the way home and I think we have a few converted farmers. Star Chef Nevin Maguire gave a cooking demonstration in the Farmers Journal tent but he required a little help from two of our Home Economics teachers Ms Dineen and Ms Ennis.

Bake Sale: A massive thank you to all of the staff and students who contributed to the bake sale in aid of Harold's Cross Hospice last Thursday. A grand total of €1100 was raised for this very worthy cause. Well Done to Ms. Banks also who organised this event.

1st Year Mass: On Wednesday our First Years had a first year Mass, this service marked the beginning of their journey with us here in St Joseph’s College.

6th Year Geography Field Study: On Monday our 6th Year geography students travelled to Kippure Co. Wicklow to carry out their Geography Field Study. This is a vital component of their leaving certificate course equating to 20% of their overall mark. Students carry out a field study of the river Liffey and one of its tributaries, the Athdown Brook, includes a study of landforms. Students measure river velocity, cross sectional area, calculate discharge, they measure and sketch river gradient and record all of the results to include in their project. They were accompanied by Mr. Walsh and Ms. Kearney.

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