Home School Community Liasion

/Home School Community Liasion
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Our Home School Community Liaison Co-ordinator  is Siobhan Connolly

 contact her at 0852347143 or email  sconnolly@stdominicsballyfermot.ie 

St Dominic’s places a high value on the importance of parents and guardian’s role in enhancing their children’s education. To support this we have a full time Home School Community Liaison Co-ordinator who works to promote active cooperation between home, school and relevant community agencies in promoting the educational interests of our students.

As part of this service we run a variety of free courses for adults in our school which include Parenting, Art, Craft, Horticulture, Cookery etc. Everyone is welcome, for more information contact  Siobhan Connolly  at 0852347143 or email sconnolly@stdominicsballyfermot.ie 

Parents Plus Programme –helping you to stay ahead of your teenager!

Each year we offer the  Parents Plus Course to parents/ guardians of our students and students from our local primary schools. This is a practical and positive course which aims to build on parents strengths to help them to solve conflict / behaviour  issues and have a more enjoyable and satisfying relationship with their teenagers. The course runs over 8 two hour sessions If you are interested in participating in the next course please give Siobhan a call at   0860236236 or email sconnolly@stdominicsballyfermot.ie   

Local Committee

 Each year a local committee made up of parents, Home School Community Liaison Coordinator and members of local agencies such as the School Completion Project, SWWCDP, local Garda etc. focuses on a pertinent issue for the school year.  Following a highly series of workshops on raising awareness around mental health and launching a brochure on “Teenage Survival guide”. This years’ chosen initiative is to set up a working garden in the school grounds. The committee has been meeting every Wed in the school at 11.00 and would be very pleased if anyone could give up an hour or two to help with the developing project.

Maths Eyes Programme – Students / Parents/ Staff 

A Maths Eyes Project was undertaken by students, parents and staff from the  Dominican Campus Ballyfermot schools featuring real life maths from our Ballyfermot Community. Our aim was to work together to develop our ‘Maths Eyes’. But what did that actually mean?

The idea of ‘Maths Eyes’ began with Dr Terry Maguire from IT Tallaght when she decided to develop a project to build confidence in maths in all members of the community. Everybody uses mathematics in their life, but they don’t usually call it mathematics. These ‘everyday’ mathematical skills often involve the use of complicated mathematical skills and techniques. People often underestimate their mathematical abilities because they often consider the maths they do as ‘common sense’ and the maths they can’t do as ‘mathematics’. By developing ‘Maths Eyes’ everyone can discover the mathematics that surround them and that they use in everyday life.

Each September a lecture from IT Tallaght talks to us about opening our ‘Maths Eyes’ following this we carry out our own  ‘Maths Eyes’ project here in Ballyfermot to develop our confidence in our own abilities around mathematics.

So what  do we do ?  3rd class students from the primary schools and Transition Year students from the secondary schools along with Parents, staff and Home School Liaison Co-ordinators go out into the community – specifically Markievicz Park, the church, the school campus and the shops – to explore whether or not we can find evidence of maths in our community. We use digital cameras to take pictures of the maths that are all around us.  During these visits we take hundreds of pictures. We quickly realise that maths really are everywhere when you open your eyes.  We then  select the best pictures and come up with captions and maths descriptions for each poster.

Then St Dominic’s, St Gabriel’s, St  Raphael’s and St Michael’s schools invite  parents, students, staff, representatives from schools and organisations in our wider Ballyfermot community as well as from national organisations and IT Tallaght to a show case of our ‘Maths Eyes Project’. We then  submit our final posters to the national Maths Eyes competition. We have been the proud winners of the Community Maths Section for three years. 

But or course now that we have opened our maths eyes its really only the beginning. We plan to share our learning experience with other schools in the community and to use our posters as a learning resource with other students within the schools.  Our TY students will work with 1st years to develop their maths eyes and we plan to evaluate the effectiveness of this intervention. In the primary schools the children from the three 3rd Classes will share the successes of this project with their whole school so that all children in all classes can open their maths eyes.  The posters were uploaded on the shared network in the three schools so that they can be used a resource for teaching mental maths on a daily basis.

Domestic Violence Women’s Network Partnership 

Women’s Aid report that 1 in 5 women in Ireland will suffer domestic violence at some point in their lives. Many of these women do not seek help and may feel that they are suffering alone. Based on the population of Ballyfermot we estimate that 1,661 women living in the area will suffer domestic violence. The Ballyfermot Network Challenging Violence Against Women aims to raise awareness of the issue of violence against women. We hope to encourage more women to seek help and become aware of the supports that are available to them. We engage in workshops with local schools to raise awareness of violence against women. The Ballyfermot Network Challenging Violence Against Women is comprised of representatives of local voluntary and statutory services working with the local community in Ballyfermot. This includes: An Garda Siochana, Ballyfermot Traveller Action Project, Barnardos, Dublin City Council, Exchange House, Home School Community Liaison Coordinator service, School Completion Programme and Rathmines and Tallaght Women’s Refuges