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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.

School Caretaker position

Download the advert for School Caretaker, Lucan Community College here.

School Caretaker

Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB) invite applications for the following Full Time Caretaker position in

  • Lucan Community College, Esker Drive, Lucan, Co. Dublin

A panel may be formed from which future similar vacancies may be filled; such a panel will remain active for a maximum period of 6 months.

The Caretaker shall provide an efficient and effective range of caretaking, cleaning/maintenance and security service. He/she will be flexible with excellent interpersonal and organisational skills.

All appointments are to DDLETB and the successful candidates will be assigned in the first instance to the schools above.

Application form and job description is available from the Recruitment Section, Human Resources Department by emailing apply@ddletb.ie

The latest date for receipt of applications is 12:00 noon, Wednesday 17th August 2022. Shortlisting may take place.

Late applications will not be considered.

Dublin and Dun Laoghaire ETB, 1 Tuansgate, Belgard East, Tallaght, Dublin 24. D24 X62W

Booklists 2022

Booklists for 2022/23 are now available on our website here: Booklists

Lucan CC Newsletter 1st June 2022

Read about the recent events in Lucan CC here

Graduation Season in Lucan Community College -See the photos and read about it

See the photographs and read about our celebrations for our Transition Year and Leaving Certificate students in our special GRADUATION NEWSLETTER

6th year Graduation May 2022 Photo Gallery

Transition Year Graduation Photo Gallery May 2022

Little Shop of Horrors Photo Gallery

LucanCC Newsletter 18 May 2022

You can read the latest edition of our Newsletter HERE

GLUAIS students graduate with flying colours

Congratulations to our GLUAIS students from 5th year who graduated last week.

The GLUAIS team trained for 5 days last summer to help them work as leaders to our new 1st year student group during 2021/22.

Lucan Community College’s GLUAIS team for 2022/23 was Alisha Guy, Clodagh McDonnell, Eoin O’Sullivan, Jemima Kasisi, Jessica Power, Kate McCaffrey, Keelah Sisk, Meabh Egan, Natasha Roca, Rhian Hawkins and Sarah Mahon.

Gluais programme teaches young people leadership skills that they can use in their schools and use for the benefit of their entire school.

The GLUAIS team made a video as part of the graduation ceremony that we are delighted to share with you here.

TY students create musical magic with the ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

Congratulations to our amazing Transition Year musical class on their recent 3 night run of the Little Shop of Horrors.

The cast blew the audience away each night of this dramatic spectacle, singing and dancing to rapturous applause each night.

Their 3 night run culminated in a sell out show on the final night with cast, crew and audience revelling in the afterglow of awe, kudos and celebration.

A huge thank you to our wonderful Transition Year musical teachers, Ms Conway and Ms Geraghty for their dedicated work over the year to bring the show (and plants) to life.

Also a massive thank you to Mr Coogan for his work in creating the stage with his TY construction class and also to Ms Freeman  for her work with her TY Enterprise class in running the tickets and tuck shops and a lot more behind the scenes.

Finally, thank you to our wonderful teachers who helped out in so many ways to make the show possible and our dedicated Parents Association who ran the Tuck Shop each night and sponsored the raffle prices.