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29 January 2023
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Schools notes

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Lucan Community College

Class Freeman Careers Trip
Class Freeman went on a trip to Liberties College of Further Education on Friday to explore their future career and training options. The students had the opportunity to talk to teachers about the courses on offer and visit the various practical rooms.


Barista Classes for our Transition Years
TY's received Barista training this week with the help of the Dublin Barista School. New skills were learned which many students will find useful has they take part in work experience in the coming weeks! Thanks to Ms Higgins for organising.

Junior Girls Basketball
Our Junior Girls Basketball team started their new year campaign against Rathcoole HFCS on Friday last. The girls came up short 17-14 but put on an excellent display for their first away game. Scorers on the day included Aisling Fleming and Ella McGrath. Thanks to our new TY coaches Anete Salna and Dina Sulaiman for their work with the girls. Well done to all involved!


Mock Exams
Mock exams take place from the 23rd January – 3rd February in Lucan Community College. We wish our 3rd and 6th Year students the best of luck in their exams.


St Joseph's College Lucan

Camogie: Huge congratulations to our senior camogie team who were victorious in the senior a Dublin camogie championship final on Friday last against Mount Sackville on a score line of 2-08 to 0-7 points. This was a fantastic victory for this group who lost out in last year’s final against Friday’s opposition. This is one of the most talented groups of camogie players we have had in the school and the 6th years will leave having won the minor, junior and senior camogie championships over their 6 years in St Josephs which is a fantastic achievement.


Concern Debating: Huge Congratulations to our Senior Concern Debaters for reaching the last 32 of this year's All Ireland Debating Competition. Once again, this is a wonderful achievement by this group of committed debaters. Well done to Mr. Smyth also for all his hard work with this group. We wish them well with the next round of the competition.

Entrance exam: On Saturday the 28 January we welcome our incoming First Year students to St Josephs to do their entrance assessment, no preparation is required for this assessment and we look forward to seeing you all on the day.

2nd Year Parent Teacher Meeting: We held our 2nd year Parent Teacher Meeting on Tuesday last; it was great to meet with all the parents to discuss students’ progress since the start of 2nd year.

Taize Prayer Service: Our 6th year students took part in the Taize Prayer service on Wednesday prior to the commencement of their Mock examinations. This annual tradition is an important day in our school calendar. A huge Thank you to the Religion Department for all of their work in organising this service and to Fr. Tom for allowing the use of the Church for this service.

Mock Exams: Best of Luck to our 3rd and 6th year students who begin their Mock Exams this week, the exams will run in the school from the 26 January until the 10 February 2023.

Transition Year: Our Transition Years are doing work placement over the next two weeks; this is great experience for the students to get and insight into the world of work. We would like to Thank all of the businesses and organisations who have opened up their doors to allow our students to have this invaluable experience.

Cross Country: Best of Luck to our Students who are taking part in the West Leinster Cross Country competition this week.

5th Year Ice Skating: On Friday our 5th year students are travelling to Dundrum Town centre to enjoy a day out at Dundrum on Ice. We wish them well and hope they have an enjoyable day.

Junior Cert Chill Out: On Friday our 3rd year students are being treated to a chill out day prior to the commencement of their mock examinations the following week. This involves the students voting on their preferred movie and watching it in their base classes. There will even be a sweet shop for them to enjoy with popcorn. This is a great treat for the group prior to their examinations. This was organised fully by Ms. Wards Future leaders event management class, who are putting their new found skills into practice.

Practice Hike: Well done to all the Transition Year Students and the 5th Year Students who took part in the Gaisce practice hike on Saturday last. They did excellently to hike to Djouce Mountain in what was challenging conditions.


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Colaiste Phadraig

Soccer: Hard luck to our senior soccer team who were beaten 3-2 by Castleknock Community College in the Dublin Metropolitan League Regional semi-final last Thursday. Tyler Doherty gave Lucan the lead with a powerful header from close range mid-way through the 1st half. An unfortunate own goal levelled the scores before half-time. In the 2nd half, Castleknock went 3-1 up before Tyler grabbed his 2nd of the game with a drilled finish from the edge of the box. Lucan pushed hard for an equaliser but Castleknock were resolute held on for the win.

Our u15 team advanced to the Dublin West League semi-final after defeating Holy Family Rathcoole 2-0 last Friday. Sam Deegan opened the scoring in the 1st half with a crisp close range finish. Ben Lawless scored Lucan’s 2nd goal after a typical clinical right-footed finish across the keeper into the far post. Lucan were rarely troubled in defence and they eased to victory in fine style.

They were out again in action on Tuesday when they faced Palmerstown CS for a place in the Leinster Minor Cup 3rd rnd. Unfortunately, a physically imposing Palmerstown team scored three set-piece goals in a 3-1 victory to knock Lucan out. Lucan fought hard throughout and created plenty of opportunities against a deep lying defence but they came up just short on the day. Cillian Murphy scored the team’s only goal as he curled the ball around the keeper into the bottom right hand corner.

Football: Hard luck to our u16 football team who were beaten 6-16 to 2-11 by Scoil Chaitríona in their final group game of the Dublin Junior Football League on Tuesday. Scoil Chaitríona hit a hot streak in the 1st half scoring 3 unanswered goals in quick succession to open up a commanding lead that in truth they rarely looked like relinquishing. Shane Wallace had a fine game for Lucan as he scored 8 points while Michael O’ Brien and Reece Kelly scored the team’s goals. The team finished with 3 points in the group stages (after 1 win from 3) which was not enough to secure a place in the knockout stages of the competition.

Basketball: Our 1st and 2nd yr basketball teams began their Eastern League campaigns last Friday with the 1st of their respective group stage matches against Drimnagh Castle. It proved to be a day of contrasting fortunes with our 1st yrs losing 21-3 while our 2nd yrs won 35-18 in impressive style. Hasan Al Mani scored Lucan’s only three points against strong opponents and our 1st yrs will have learned a lot from their first match together with three more matches to play.

Our 2nd yrs, coached by TY student Alseny Bah, produced a dominant display to ease to victory in their match. The team opened up a 9-2 lead by the end of the 1st 1-4 with thanks to some impressive baskets from Lucan’s influential point guard Lewis Adjinakou, Cian Kelly and Aaron McCormack, who excelled with rebounds. They moved 23-8 clear by the end of the 3rd 1-4 and continued to control the game in the final 1-4, with Jack Horan and Jack O’ Dwyer impressing late on with some nice baskets.

Religion: As part of Catholic Schools week, a poster competition was held based on the theme “Walking together in faith and love”. There was a huge number of high quality posters submitted and after serious consideration by the judges, the winner was 1st yr Aaron Jobin, who’s creative, colourful and artistic representation of the theme impressed everyone. Aaron won a lunch voucher for his efforts and his poster was framed and put up in the main entrance to the school for all to admire.


Poster Competition winner with Mr. Tarpey

Exam News: Our 3rd and 6th yr students began their mock exams next week and which will go on until Friday 10th Feb, at which time they will have a well-earned mid-term break to recover from their exertions! The 6th yrs begin on Monday while the 3rd yrs start on Thursday.

Prefects: Our 6th yr cohort of prefects, who had served as prefects up until last week, were treated to a delicious meal in Cosmos, Liffey Valley last Friday. Mr. Keane, who worked with them throughout the year, was also in attendance. The students are now fully focusing on their upcoming exams in June and we wish them well.