School may be out for summer but the staff in the School Completion Programme (SCP) Dominican Campus Ballyfermot have been very busy. During the month of June in partnership with teachers, they provided exam support for students who were sitting the Junior and Leaving Certificate which included providing a hot breakfast and lunch for students on a daily basis, stress management techniques, study skills and just a quiet place to relax in between each exam
In July, a Summer Camp for students in St. Michaels, St. Raphael’s, St. Gabriel’s and St. Dominic’s has been organised. Students from 4th class to 2nd Year were invited to attend and over 50 students attended each day. This Summer camp has been taking place over 3 weeks and activities include tag rugby, team games, dancing, cookery lessons, trips to the cinema, Malahide castle, swimming plus a mystery trip during the last week (sshhh we are taking the Stena line to Holyhead but don’t tell anybody). The camp will finish in late July with the Interagency Summer Evening which will include a BBQ, bouncy castles, inflatables, face painting and ice cream stand.
In August SCP Staff will hold a two day Induction Programme for our incoming 1st Years to prepare them for starting secondary school. They are also organising to secondary school. Parents have stated that ‘they are really looking forward to being involved in the transition programme and believe that this model should be used in all schools’
Our Staff in the primary school will facilitate a Back to School Camp in August which will include games and activities to help students return to school after the holiday period.
Kim Bates Coordinator of Dominican SCP Programme stated ‘this year the students have really engaged with the activities and we hope to provide similar programmes throughout the school year’