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Guidance & contact numbers for support services for parents.

Parent/Guardian Support Numbers

 

https://www.samaritans.org/ireland/samaritans-ireland/

 

 

 

 

 

ADVICE FOR PARENTS AND CARERS

  • Schools have not ‘shut down’ – Although most children will not be physically attending school you will still be able to communicate with senior leaders or, in some instances, teachers.
  • Don’t try to replicate a full school timetable – It won’t be possible to replicate a full school timetable for a variety of reasons. Giving yourself and your children permission to accept this can be a big weight lifted.
  • Expect stress – This is an uncertain and unpredictable situation, stress and anxiety are normal.
  • Reassure children – Children can sometimes believe they are responsible for things that are clearly beyond their control. Reassure children that it is the adult’s job to make sure things are OK and to keep them safe.
  • Help children stay connected to their friends – Friendships are a key resiliency factor for children and young people. Most children see their friends nearly every day of the week and so not being in contact with them for some time might be upsetting. Is it possible for children to talk to their friends on the phone? Perhaps establish a group Skype or WhatsApp call? Perhaps they could write letters to each other.
  • Normalise the experience – Normalising the experience is likely to reduce anxiety for many children. Reassure children that lots of adults and other children are in the same situation.
  • Have a routine and structure – Having a plan and a predictable routine for the day can be very reassuring. As adults we like to know what is going to happen, and children like this too. A consistent routine lets everyone be secure about the plans for the day. It is often useful to involve children in creating this routine, so that they feel part of the plan, rather than the plan being imposed on them. You could display the routine using a timeline, or maybe pictures and visuals. Encourage children to develop independence by referring to their own routine/plan themselves.
  • Don’t worry if the routine isn’t perfect – Remember, this isn’t a normal situation. If you find that planning and sticking to the routine is causing more stress, friction or conflict, then it’s OK to be more ‘free-flow’. Perhaps be guided by the activities that children want to do.
  • Avoid putting too much pressure on academic work – Most parents and carers aren’t teachers and so it’s OK not to be doing ‘school work’ for six hours a day. It might be more important to be spending time together, building relationships, enjoying shared activities and reassuring children, as opposed to replicating the school timetable.
  • Try to keep work in one place – If children are doing school work or project work at home, try to keep it all in one place so that it doesn’t spread out over the house. This can help to maintain a work/home boundary. We know that people live in different circumstances that might mean this isn’t always possible, so perhaps there might be other ways to ‘signal’ the end of working e.g. putting away the work and then enjoying a favourite song or shared dance!
  • Reduce access to rolling news – It is important to keep up to date with new developments and announcements, but it can be hard to switch off from the constant stream of news from media outlets and social media. Reduce the time spent hearing, reading or watching news – at the moment it might be overwhelming for adults and children. Try to protect children from distressing media coverage.
  • Supervise children with screens – It is likely that children and young people will be using screens more often over the coming weeks e.g. phones, tablets, gaming consoles and the internet. If this is the case make sure they are supervised. Ensure appropriate content filters are active and try to ensure all children have a balanced range of activities each day. Involve children and young people in these discussions so that they feel part of the plan.
  • Provide reassurance about exams being cancelled – Young people may now be concerned that the exams later this year may not be going ahead as planned. They may feel like all their hard work has been for nothing. Acknowledge that is a bit uncertain right now and reassure young people that the government and Department for Education are working on a plan.
  • Play – Play is fundamental to children’s wellbeing and development – children of all ages! It’s also a great way to reduce stress in adults.

Adapted from document published by the Division of Educational and Child Psychology (DECP) British Psychological Society (BPS)

 

Contacts numbers for support services for students

Student Support Numbers

 

  • Childline Freephone 1800 66 66 66, Free Text 50101, Live Messaging Also Available at childline.ie

Jigsaw Online Group Chats – which are happening daily and are focused around issues related to mental health and the impact from Covid19. This is an anonymous form so young people can engage in a confidential way as facilitated by Jigsaw clinician. This link can be checked daily and you need to register three hours before the chat.

Ask Jigsaw – Ask here and have your queries answered by Jigsaw Clinicians. These are trained mental health professionals who have lots of experience supporting young people and their families with their mental health.

Jigsaw Instagram – Young people, parents and those that work/volunteer with young people should keep an eye on our Insta page where we are posting daily new videos/group chats/live mindfulness sessions/service updates to support young people at this challenging time.

  • Pieta House 1800 247 247 Pieta provides free therapy to those engaging in self-harm, with suicidal ideation, or bereaved by suicide.

 

  • ie (for students 16 and above) They provide information on a range of different topics broken down into sections; education, employment, health, life and opinion.

 

  • National Centre for Guidance and Education

Anxiety – A Resource for Students https://www.ncge.ie/sites/default/files/20190704%20WSG-Anxiety-Stress-Student-Resource-Sheet-EN.pdf

Anxiety – A Resource for Parents https://www.ncge.ie/sites/default/files/20190704%20WSG-Anxiety-Stress-Parent-Resource-Sheet-EN.pdf

Further resources on anxiety and stress https://www.ncge.ie/wsg/anxiety-stress-further-resources

 

  • Relaxation Techniques

https://www.ncge.ie/sites/default/files/20190801%20WSG-Anxiety-Stress-RelaxationTechniques-EN.pdf

5 Senses (when you are trying to quiet your mind) – Focus on 5 things you can see, 5 things you can hear and 5 things you can touch.

Latest news and events at LCC

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Stand Up Awareness Week at LCC -Nov. 16th-20th

STAND UP AWARENESS WEEK

it’s important that every child feels safe and happy in school and as teachers that’s what matters to us all. Research has shown that 6-10% of any group of young people may be LGBT+  so it’s likely some of our students will benefit from having this week in school! LCC is a warm, inclusive, support environment, this really matters so much for our young people. No one should ever feel alone.

   

 

LucanCC presents “Supporting your child in school during Covid-19” with Psychologist Evan Costigan.

6th/5th/3rd Year Parents/Guardians! LucanCC presents “Supporting your child’s in school during Covid-19” with Psychologist Evan Costigan.

When: Tomorrow Wednesday 18th December @7pm
Details of how to join the online Zoom event will be sent via SMS/email.
Places limited so join at 7pm to access
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Retirement wishes for Ms. Ryan

RETIREMENT WISHES

 

 

Friday 23rd October marked the last day for Ms Margaret Ryan as a teacher in our school as she is retiring from teaching to start a new exciting journey. Ms Ryan started working in our school in 1985/6 before the school moved from its former home in Lucan Vocational School to its current home as Lucan Community College.

 

She has worked with many Home Economics colleagues during her 35 years of professional service in our school community including Ann McHugh, Johanna Williams and current Home Ec team Martin Feeney and Nicola Walsh and this week she introduced our newest staff member Ms Hackett to all of her students.

 

Ms Ryan is first and foremost a teacher of Home Economics and those students who have been lucky enough to have her as a teacher know the high standards and expectations she has had for each and every one of you as well as the individual feedback and support she has offered to help you to reach those standards. She has sought ways to expand the influence of the Home Ec department beyond the JC and LC subject classroom through TY cookery modules, classes on nutrition and healthy eating and with the LCA Hotel Catering and Tourism module and has been an important part of building home economics up to being one of our most popular option subjects.

 

Ms Ryan has taken on many other roles and responsibilities during her time in LucanCC including working on the important change of focus from vocational school to community college in 1987, planning for and contributing to many important school events including retirements for others staff members and our school’s 25th anniversary, leading a year Management team as Year Head, planning and writing the school timetable for many years and more recently leading our whole school Wellbeing programme with an excellent team of volunteers.

 

Throughout her time in Lucan CC Ms Ryan has worked hard to achieve positive outcomes for our students, to provide friendship and support for her colleagues and to seek ways to maintain and improve the ethos of Aontas/Unity within our school community.

 

We wish Ms Ryan  every happiness in her new adventure and hope that she continues to bring ideas and energy to whatever new endeavours she takes on in the future.

By D. Birnie

 

 

TY news, Maths week and 1st year message

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Lucan Community College Non-Uniform Day – donations to SVP local conference

Thank you for supporting our Midterm Non Uniform Day. Our nominated charity is the Society of St Vincent De Paul. To avoid collecting coins and notes from students we are asking our school community to donate on-line this year. Don’t forget that masks must still be worn and all the usual health and safety rules apply.

Go to: https://svp.ie/get-involved/donate/single-donation.aspx

Select East for where you want your donation to go to and write in Lucan Community College as the Company Name so that all of our donations can be identified and passed onto our local conference. Then enter all other necessary information and click donate now.

As Friday 23rd October is Ms Margaret Ryan’s final school day as she takes early retirement, it is fitting that we use Friday’s non-uniform day to raise money for this worthy cause as Ms Ryan has organised the school Christmas SVP collection (from hampers to financial donations) for an incredible 34 years with the assistance of many other staff members and student leaders. Thank you Ms Ryan for your leadership of this initiative over the life time of the Lucan Community College.

SVP’s help and support in our local community is so vital in these challenging times and their usual fund-raising opportunities have been badly affected by the restrictions in place. Thank you for giving whatever you can to help those in our community who need some additional help and support at this time.

Select East for where you want your donation to go to and write in Lucan Community College as the Company Name so that all of our donations can be identified and passed onto our local conference.

As Friday 23rd October is Ms Margaret Ryan’s final school day as she takes early retirement, it is fitting that we use Friday’s non-uniform day to raise money for this worthy cause as Ms Ryan has organised the school Christmas SVP collection (from hampers to financial donations) for an incredible 34 years with the assistance of many other staff members and student leaders.
SVP’s help and support in our local community is so vital in these challenging times and their usual fund-raising opportunities have been badly affected by the restrictions in place. Thank you for giving whatever you can to help those in our community who need some additional help and support at this time.

Gaisce Awards

Gaisce Awards  

Well done to the 36 5th years who received their Bronze Gaisce cert and medal today along with David Wright and David Griffin, both 6th year students, who received their Silver Gaisce Award. It was a really special achievement this year as each participant had to come up with new and imaginative ways to complete their skills during lockdown. Online courses with Joe Hicks, learning to bake, yoga, looking after elderly neighbours, environmental projects and hiking trips around Lucan (keeping within a 5km distance) to name but a few of the new skills our students undertook.

A big thank you to the PALs, In.Ni Bhriain, Ms Feeney, In. Ni Ruaidhri and Ms Gallagher who coordinated Gaisce for the students and worked through Teams to support and encourage the students in the final stages of the award.

Art Competition

All of Miss McKeever and Miss Byrne’s second year students have submitted entries to the Mental health Ireland art competition. Copies of their beautiful artwork entitled ‘Reflecting on How I’ve Grown’ currently adorns the corridors of the school. We wish them the best of luckhttps://www.mentalhealthireland.ie/art-photography-competition/

 

World Teachers’ Day 2020


Monday 5th October 2020 was World Teachers’ Day. As Principal, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our teachers and other education personnel for rising to the challenge even in the most adverse circumstances to ensure that our students can continue their learning. Teachers, SNAs, Office staff, Caretaking and housekeeping staff, the Deputy Principal Team and the many people who have taken on leadership roles in helping us to prepare for and adapt to the new protocols in place, all play essential roles in our school community and we owe them our recognition and respect for their daily work, perseverance and professionalism during these exceptional times.

In a recent letter to the Chairperson of the Board of Management of Lucan Community College, the Chief Executive of Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board, Caitriona Murphy, acknowledged the outstanding work of the Senior Management team of Lucan Community College and of the staff in reopening the school. Ms Murphy said “I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for this and their commitment, motivation and drive to ensure that our learners returned to a safe school environment”.

Let us take this opportunity to celebrate the wonderful team of staff who are keeping Lucan Community College a working learning safe school environment.

The National Parents Council presents:

A series of conversations with Dr Colman Noctor Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. Click on the link below for more details.

Conference promotion