For the past ten years, I have been a member of Ardscoil La Salle’s Parents Association, six years when my daughter was a pupil and for the last four years, as my son is a pupil now in fourth year. As a parent, I enjoy being part of the school community.

This year, the Transition Year students were, once again invited to Verizon media headquarters for a skill-building workshop. The first thing I noticed was the space: it was really welcoming, and I was excited to see the rest of the building.

1st and 2nd year woodwork students won first place nationally, in the competition which was run by JCT and The Tree Council of Ireland for National Tree Week. The task was to create something using the theme 'Trees and wooden material have a unique relationship with humankind'.

Our students chose to design a project which would create awareness about our environment and the importance of protecting nature. They used recycled and natural materials and created a ‘Biodiversity Village’ with various insect/bug hotels.

Congratulations and well done to all the students for their hard work.

“I feel the very serious work over the last three days in Dublin will have been enriched by the testimonials that were provided to you by the students from Larkin College. They reminded us all that bullying for some children and young people is an everyday occurrence with devastating consequences. The Larkin students’ testimonies highlight the need for the Forum’s work, and the importance of working together as an international community. Together, by sharing expertise and valuable research, we can identify the measures that will reduce the prevalence of bullying behaviour.”

Tusla has requested us to inform all parents of changes to school age care services. "Services that provide after school childcare must now register with Tusla. School-age childcare services have not, to date, been subject to registration, so this is a significant step forward in ensuring quality school-age childcare. Childminders may be exempt from registration depending on the numbers of children they are minding." the full text can be found here.

From Your HSCL

Sometimes it is helpful to think of Absenteeism at school in terms of what would happen if bad habits followed the student to work.

 At School    At Work  
 Full Days Missed  14 Days  Didn't Show Up at All 14 Days
 Part Days  42 Days  Only Showed up for a short time 42 Days
 Lates  53 Days  Wasn't on time 53 Days
 Classes Missed  221 Classes  Jobs not done 221 Jobs
 Hours of Teaching and Learning Lost  148 Hours  Hours with no pay 148 Hours
 Wages Lost (at €15/hour)  €2220  Wages Lost €2220

A student attends school for 6 years. A person with that record at work would have lost €13,320 in wages over 6 years.

Focus on Attendance is a HSCL initiative.

This system, powered by Google, provides Gmail to our school, as well as a suite of other Google products such as Google Docs and Google Classroom that will enable us to better communicate, share, and collaborate. We have joined over 8 million other pupils and teachers (about 4% of the number using Moodle) that are already using G-Suite at schools around the world.

It is identical to G-Suite for Business.

We have decided to offer G-Suite as it represents an important step towards developing an effective and up to date approach to the new curriculum and learning. These tools will support the high levels of collaboration that are required in today’s classroom to prepare students with communication and collaboration skills for life.

Using a G-Suite eLearning platform to organise and direct a students interaction with APPS makes for a powerful teaching and learning tool.

Next week, the HSCL will be visiting the homes of all of next years new students, to welcome them to the school.

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