The Home School Community Liaison Scheme

 Courses and Classes for Parents 2017

Parents have been invited t participate in a number of educational and leisure programmes under the HSCL Scheme in St. Paul’s Community College. This year courses are offered in:

1. Zumba Dancing (keep fit)
2. Basic First Year Math’s for Parents: Algebra/Geometry
3.  Local History (short course)
4. Computers for Dad’s
5. GAA Juvenile Coaching Course (Hurling and Football)
6. Operation Transformation for Parents  (Diet and keep Fit)
7. Introduction to Computers and the Internet for Parents
8. Parents Plus Adolescent Parenting Programme (6 weeks)
9. Cooking on a Budget

Parents are invited to apply for any of the above courses which are free of charge. All applications must be in by the end of October. Christmas craft classes will be offered after midterm. Please contact Mr Lohan (085-2237323) or the main school office.

Science for Fun Programme 2017

The HSCL Science for Fun programme got off to a unique start this year when we worked with all our first year students on a Space Week workshop. All our first year students enjoyed a space presentation from Mr Lohan in our school library which was organised by the Science Department in the school. Junior Minister Mr John Halligan attended the event and was welcomed by Ms Reilly, school Principal, with a Guard of Honour provided by our Students Council. Ms Reilly acknowledged Minister Halligan’s love of space and science and praised all he was doing to promote science in Ireland. She also praised the fantastic commitment of the science teachers Ms Hennessy, Ms Kelly, Ms Brennan and Mr Dwyer and librarian Hilary Cantwell who all put a lot of organisation into the day. She praised Mr Lohan whose presentation resulted from his visit to the NASA Space and Rocket Centre in Alabama USA after he had won a science teacher scholarship there. Minister Halligan gave an absorbing talk and answer session on space to our first years and mentioned that an Irish astronaut is nearly finished her training to become the first Irish person in space. He will also be attending a launch of the Arianne Space Rocket at the European Space Centre next month. Following the presentation by Mr Lohan, the Minister visited our newly refurbished state of the art science labs where the rockets were being “prepared” by the students. He then attended the “launch” by the students of the rockets which they had designed and prepared themselves in the labs. Students made rockets of various designs and competed with each other to see whose rocket would go the highest. Ms Reilly praised the conduct and commitment of our students on the day and acknowledged the help of the SNA’s. They really enjoyed the day and such was the interest that we are sure one of them may become the second Irish astronaut into space one day.

Pictures from Science for Fun Space Week:

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Maths for Fun Programme 2017

The Maths for Fun programme begins on October 12th with first year students and their parents. Watch here for updates and photos on how the programme is going.

Local Education Committee 2017

The LEC are finalising their current project on Well Being and Positive Living. It is hope to publish and launch the project before Christmas. Further updates will be posted here.

One Book One Community Literacy Initiative 2016 – “Name Upon Name” by Sheila Wilkinson 

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The  Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr John Cummins, launched the ‘One Book, One Community’ Literacy Initiative on behalf of the Waterford Local Education Committee in St. Paul’s Community College school library last Thursday. The aim of ‘One Book, One Community’ is to encourage reading and enjoyment of books, to improve literacy and to promote books, reading and literacy in the family and community. For this initiative, sixth class and first year students in the five cluster schools, Presentation Primary, Presentation  Secondary,  St. Paul’s Boys’ National School ,  St. Paul’s Community College and St. Saviour’s Primary School  will get a copy of a book to be read over the next few weeks.  The book chosen this year is ‘Name Upon Name’ by Sheena Wilkinson.  This historical novel is set in 1916 and it links in with this year’s commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising and WW1, especially the Battle of the Somme.  It is the story of a family caught up in a war situation.  One cousin is in the British Army fighting in France, while another, Michael, is caught up in the action in Dublin in the 1916 Rebellion. Helen, the narrator, is the only one who can save Michael. Does she? We will have to read the book to find out!

The Local Education Committee comprising HSCL teachers, parents, Principals of the five cluster schools , SCP Coordinator, JCSP Librarian, Waterford Area Partnership and Waterford City Library met to discuss the key educational issues affecting students and community.  Following the Maths Initiative in 2013 and the Attendance initiative in 2014-15, it was decided that literacy would be highlighted this year.   Waterford Area Partnership has kindly sponsored the books, supplemented by the 5 schools and Waterford City Library.  In this way, approximately 300 books will find their way into families and communities.

And so to the young people reading the book.  Over the next few weeks they will have access to a stimulating resource pack, a fun quiz with prizes, parents and students will have an opportunity to visit the library and /or museum.   They will also get to meet the author when Sheena Wilkinson will come to Waterford in early March for ‘Name upon Name’ workshops and to chat with the students.

“Well done to all on the Local Education Committee on the launch of this initiative – Principals, teachers, parents, JCSP library, sponsors.  We hope when pupils and students  have finished reading   ‘Name upon Name’  that more people will be encouraged to join their local library and nurture and  develop a love of reading and books” said Mayor Cummins.  Thanks to Mayor Cummins for launching the project and to Mr Dermot Power who gave a very inspirational address on Waterford’s involvement in the 1916 Rising. Mayor Cummins offered some very sound advice on reading in his closing address –  remember ‘Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body’ so let’s get started!

St Paul’s Community College is also proud to be the only school in Ireland selected in a national competition to have 25 student representatives at the Somme 2016 commemorations in France during the Summer to commemorate the Battle of the Somme. More details on this will be released soon.

To hear a podcast of Ger Lohan’s interview with Mary O’Neill on WLRFM radio please click the link below.

http://www.wlrfm.com/shows/47-on-the-fringe-with-mary-oneill/3472-hear-about-the-one-book-one-community-initiative.html 

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  Parents Computer Classes (help is not far away)

Mr. Gerard Lohan is the Home School Community Liaison Co-ordinator/teacher in St. Paul’s Community College. Mr. Lohan may be contacted in the school at any time (085-2237323) and his main role is to support families and parents whose children are attending the school.

January 2016

Basic Computers and Internet course will start in mid January and is free for those parents/grandparents/guardians who need an introduction on how to use a computer/laptop and the Internet. If you are interested please text or call 085-2237323.

Other parents courses as follows:

1. Zumba Dancing (keep fit)
2. Basic First Year Math’s for Parents: Algebra/Geometry
3. Local History (short course)
4. Computers for Dad’s
5. Cake Decoration
6. Cooking on a Budget

Parents/Guardians who would like to volunteer to help out on the Maths4Fun and Science4Fun programs in school please text 085-2237323 or contact the school office at 051-355816.

Use our School App to apply for any course or text Mr Lohan HSCL teacher @ 085-2237323

Download the St Paul’s CC school App in the Google Play Store or Apple App Store (search for St. Paul’s Community College). 

Background to HSCL in St. Paul’s Community College

Mr. Gerard Lohan is the Home School Community Liaison Co-ordinator/teacher in St. Paul’s Community College. Mr. Lohan may be contacted in the school at any time and is part of the whole-school Care Team to support the parents of those students who are attending our school.

The Home School Community Liaison (HSCL) Scheme has been operating in St. Paul’s Community College since 1992 and was designed to be a preventative structure in promoting full attendance by students to Leaving Certificate or equivalent level. It provides a framework for co-operation between home, school and the community. The HSCL teacher facilitates parental involvement in their child’s education while they attend St. Paul’s through work in a variety of key areas. These include Home Visitation, involvement in Local Committee and Cluster Meetings, involvement in Policy Formation and the development of literacy and numeracy initiatives such as the Science for Fun programme, Maths for Fun programme, One Book project and Maths Trail project, etc. The HSCL teacher also offers courses and classes to parents to help them in their personal development and so that they are able to help and encourage their child to learn and participate fully in school. An important aspect of the work of the HSCL is the networking and integration with local statutory and voluntary agencies, especially those that impinge directly on the families with children attending St. Paul’s. The HSCL Scheme integrates and liaises with other existing structures of parental support and contact in the school including close liaison with management, staff and key care personnel. The school has always had a welcoming policy around parental involvement and this is further demonstrated through high attendance rates at P-T meetings, Awards night and other meetings organised to inform and support parents.

Courses and Programmes offered to parents this year 2015-2016 include Zumba, First Year Maths, Pilates, First aid, Beginners Computers, Parenting and Cooking.

Parents still interested in courses please contact Mr Lohan (085-2237323)

Parents are also invited as usual to volunteer for our Maths for Fun and Science for Fun programmes which will be starting in mid-January.  Also Parents are welcome to join our active Parents Council which meets monthly in the school. Mr Maurice Kelly is currently our Parents council Chairperson.

Science for Fun and Maths for Fun

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The popular Science and Maths for Fun programmes are being run with first and second year students. Class 2T have been busy preparing and launching rockets as part of the Science programme while at the same time learning about the early Apollo missions to the Moon during the 1960/70’s and incorporating Junior Cert Science especially around the physics curriculum. Class 1S have finished the Maths for Fun programme, being introduced to a variety of games, including chess strategy and PC based games in NumberShark and Maths Trainer. Pictured above is Class 2T including their science teacher Ms Brennan, Mr Lohan HSCL teacher and Maths for Fun tutor and SNA Gráinne Hughes. Pictured also, and a big word of thanks, are the three parents who are helping out on the programmes, Mary Foley, Winifred Chadwick and Mary Holohan. Parental support and participation on these HSCL initiatives is most welcome from parents and more parents are invited to lend a helping hand, learn new skills and become familiar with their child’s Science and Maths courses in a fun way. The programmes will continue with the remaining first and second year classes before Easter. The second year school tour is going to the European Space Centre in Belgium in April which ties in very well with our Science for Fun programme and we have over twenty students travelling. See more pictures featuring Class 2t and Class 1S below:
More Science and Maths for Fun pictures

Cyber Bullying Parents Morning
In the first term Garda Sargent Gavin Hegarty from Waterford Garda Station gave a very informative presentation to parents on the dangers of the Internet and Cyber Bullying, The presentation took place in our school library as part of Friendship Week, which ran in our school all last week. Sargent Hegarty covered some topical areas like the use of Facebook and its inherent dangers, especially as used by our young people and how easy it is to be put in danger or left open to bullying. He also offered advice to parents around Internet shopping and covered the fraudulent use of phishing e-mails and fake websites by unscrupulous individuals to extort money and entice young people to befriend strangers, especially on Facebook and other social media websites. Our thanks again to Sergeant Hegarty for his informative and engaging presentation.

Pictured below with Garda Sargent Hegarty in our school library are parents Breda McGuire, Mary Whelan, Ruby Purcell, Winifred Chadwick, Marcella O’Meara and Mary Foley who attended the Cyber Bullying Presentation on Wednesday December 5th 2012.

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St. Paul’s Parent’s complete Cooking Course

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HSCL Parents Cook It Programme

Pictured above are the parents group who were awarded with certificates after completing the
HSCL/HSE CookIt programme facilitated by the Presentation Secondary School. The course was a joint venture by parents from St. Paul’s Community College, St. Paul’s BNS, Presentation Primary School and Presentation Secondary School. Well done to the parents from St. Paul’s Community College – Mary Foley (pictured above), Winifred Chadwick (pictured above) and Philip Doherty, who were awarded certificates and a free recipe booklet on the final morning of the course. Further parents courses will be run after Christmas and all parents will be invited to become involved.

Parents Courses

Most parents have returned forms re: classes and courses. Some parents have started the Cooking IT course in the Presentation Secondary school with whom we have partnered for this programme. In week 1 the group baked brown bread and scones as well as learning about the nutritional value of what they were cooking. Parents interested in doing any of the courses please contact Mr Lohan. Mr Lohan is also busy visiting the homes of our new first year students and a large number of parents attended the recent information morning for first year parents held in our school library. It is hoped to hold the Parents Council AGM next month.

Science and Maths for Fun Programmes

Science for Fun is underway with one of our third year classes. We are looking in to running a school trip to the European Space Centre in Belgium in conjunction with this programme for second years. Details will be posted soon. Mr Lohan hopes to start the Maths for Fun programme with our first year classes shortly. Some parents have volunteered to help out with the science and maths for fun but more volunteer parents are needed so please contact Mr Lohan if you can be of help.

Parents Council

Once again, the management and staff would like to pay tribute to our wonderful Parents Council, who organise and administer our very successful Book Rental Scheme. In these recessionary times, this scheme is more appreciated than ever, but it entails a huge amount of time and effort and couldn’t function so effectively without the tireless efforts of the members of the Council.

Breakfast Club

Start your day the smart way with a healthy breakfast provided free of charge in the Assembly Hall every morning at 8.15am to 8.45am. This service is provided for all students attending the school.

School Lunches

A wide variety if school lunches are available in the Assembly Hall every day. Orders can be made during the morning break at 11.00am.

Click here to see HSCL News and Photos from previous years