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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.

Important information for 6th year students and parents 05/03/21

http://lucancc.ie/leaving-certificate-programmes-2021/

Please read and discuss over the weekend.

TY Work Focus Week 8th – 12th March 2021

TRANSITION YEAR -WORK FOCUS WEEK 8TH-12TH MARCH

This week will see TY students undertake a 30-hour on-line suite of modules related to the World of Work in lieu of the traditional work experience placement.

You will all be as busy as if you were attending a work-place & you need to schedule your days to make sure that you complete all the modules by the end of the week.

Credits for the completion of this aspect of the programme will be awarded at the end of the year. Full Certification for all modules is available and must be produced to receive the credits.

REMOTE EXTRA CURRICULAR PROGRAMME

Lucan CC will launch their online extra curricular programme on April 19th. There will be a great range of club/activities for all year groups to get involved in. Huge thanks to the teachers volunteering their time and Ms. Brooks for organising.

David Wright, 6th Year Lucan CC, interviewed by The Irish Times about the finalised plans for LC2021:

David Wright, 6th Year Lucan CC, interviewed by The Irish Times about the finalised plans for LC2021: a great article from a student perspective.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/i-can-finally-breathe-students-on-plans-for-leaving-cert-2021-1.4488833

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Transition Year News

Congratulations to the Transition Year students who applied for the Royal College of Surgeons online programme of events running this week, this is a fantastic opportunity for them and will give them a fascinating insight into all things medical.
The Transition Year Law students are about to embark on a schedule of modules drawn up by The Law Society of Ireland, Lucan Community College is delighted to be part of this initiative and students will receive certification of their involvement in this new departure.
On Thursday 25th the Transition Year students will all take part in a workshop provided by the Education officer from Reptile Haven, this should be a very interesting insight for the students.

Keep up to date with Department Announcements for JC and LC 2021

As details are being announced for the Leaving Certificate process for 2021 we will continue to update you.
Link to recent announcements from Department of Education about LC2021, LCA2021 and JC 20201: here.
Minister Foley’s announcement on 17th February: here.
Leaving Certificate Examinations Timetable here.
Leaving Certificate Applied Examinations Timetable here.

We will continue the process of working together as a school community during these challenging times. Further details will be made available to staff, students and parents/guardians when they have been released by the Department and the State Examinations Commission.

Midterm message

Ms Birnie’s midterm message for students can be read here.
Link to support agencies: here.

 

SPIN AR SCOIL

6th Year Lucan CC student David Wright is one of four students in the country, who for 8 weeks will be working with the SPIN AR SCOIL radio show – the one-stop shop for Leaving Cert Students.
It is a unique opportunity for Leaving Cert students to get involved in a weekly live interactive subject special show.
  • Each Saturday they focus on one core Leaving Cert Subject with the help of a subject experts and special guests.
  • How best to achieve your grades from home?
  • Tips and tricks to acing the exam paper or accumulating the best-calculated grades.
  •  Special Guests: Subject experts, including teachers who create, examine and correct Leaving Cert papers for the Department of Education & Science, authors of Leaving Cert textbooks and specialist grinds teachers.
Links to Episode 1 and SPIN AR SCOIL on SPIN 1038:

https://www.goloudnow.com/podcasts/spin-ar-scoil-730#/

PART-TIME CLEANER REQUIRED

Edukid fundraiser

Congratulations to Ruby and Lily Crocker-Dunne and family who are walking/cycling the distance to Palestine in 100 days to support a charity called Edukid. Edukid works to support students’ education in Cambodia, Palestine, and Uganda. 260 million children* worldwide cannot access school for various reasons such as poverty, gender, war, disability, insufficient teachers or government funding.
This is a link to the website if anyone would like to know more about the work Edukid do http://www.edukid.org.uk/ and here is the JustGiving page that they created if anyone would like to support their fundraising efforts: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/thecrockerdunnevirtualtrektopalestine