Home School Community Liaison Coordinator
Role of the Coordinator
The role of the co-ordinator is to work closely with the parents and give them the support needed to enhance the education of their child. This support can be through direct contact, provision of parent classes, and/or involvement of parents in school activities.
The Home School Community Liaison (HSCL) office is located in Rom 34 A (located in middle corridor of the school).
Home visits are a central and essential part of the coordinator’s work. Home visits raise parent’s expectations and aspirations for their children’s future and, in many instances, their own. Some of the direct outcomes include improved attendance, increased contact with the school, and co-operation with teachers. Parents become aware that schools and teachers are more accessible.
The HSCL Coordinator at Ardee Community School made over 60 home visits this year, along with over 330 direct contact with parents (phone calls and meetings).
Classes and Activities for Parents
Classes are organised throughout the year for parents and are funded by Community Education Dept., Dundalk and Family Learning Drogheda all part of L.M.E.T.B.* A Flower Arranging Course commences next Monday 4th December in the Parish Centre. If interested in any of these courses, please contact Ms Bridget Smith on 087 6340491.
- Computers FETAC 3 and 4
- Flower Arranging
- Refresher Maths
- Crafts andTextiles
- First Aid
- Cooking on a budget
- Conversational Irish
- Study Skills
- Parent plus *
Other activities HSCL involve in
- Care team
- Homework clubs
- Upbeat Week
- Parent teacher meetings
- Information talks
- Parent Association
The co-ordinator works closely with L.M.E.T.B, Family Support Workers, YAP workers, social workers and also St.Vincent de Paul.
The HSCL Coordinator makes visits each year to primary schools, in order to strengthen links and share information regarding incoming 6th class students. This has become invaluable for the coordinator, in order to initiate early links and supports for parents, as necessary.
A Local Education Committee which consists of HSCI’s and parents of three schools in our area and Ardee Community School, Schoil Uì Muirì and O’Carolan College – meet regularly and work on Education projects throughout the year and look forward to again making a difference to education in these three school communities.