Our Home School Community Liaison (HSCL) Coordinator is Olwen May. Olwen has been a teacher in St. Brigid’s Infant School for many years. In her role as HSCL Coordinator she has been released from teaching duties and engages in full-time liaison work creating partnerships between the home, the school and the community.
Home visits are the cornerstone of the HSCL scheme and therefore are a significant part of Olwen’s work. These visits help form bonds of trust between home and school and provides parents with an opportunity to discuss any issues or concerns in a familiar environment.
The Parents’ Room is located upstairs, and parents are always welcome to come in and chat over a cup of tea. The coordinator’s office is situated right beside the parent’s room. During your child’s time in St Brigid’s you may be invited to many different events in the Parents’ Room such as information meetings, coffee mornings, classes and courses, workshops and Maths for Fun.
The HSCL coordinator organises a variety of classes and courses for parents and family members throughout the school year. These classes generally take place in the Parents’ Room. Examples of courses that have run in St. Brigid’s are: First Aid, Parent’s in Education, Health and Beauty Therapy, Salsa dancing, Knitting and Crochet, Life Coaching and English language classes for parents.
If you would like to chat to Olwen you can visit her in her office, upstairs in Room 12 beside the Parents’ Room or contact her by text or phone call on 086 370 5773.
The Home School Community Liaison Scheme
The goals of the liaison scheme are:
- To maximise active participation of the children in school.
- To promote active co-operation between home, school and relevant community agencies.
- To raise awareness in parents of their own abilities to enhance their children’s education and to assist them in developing relevant skills.
- To enhance the children’s uptake from education, their retention in the educational system, their continuation to post-compulsory education and to third level and their attitudes to life-long learning.
- To disseminate the positive outcomes of the scheme throughout the school system generally.
Ms May organises lots of different activities for the parents, grandparents and children in our school. She hosted a Seasons for Growth course in school this year. The parents and children really enjoyed it and learned lots! She also organised Grandparents Day in January and Storytime for parents and children during Book Week.