Presentations on Starting/Returning to School in September - Primary and Post Primary
Transition from Primary to Post Primary School - online session for parents and children
The National Parents Council have created a freely accessible online video for 6th Class students and parents to watch together to support them with the transition from primary school to secondary school. It has practical tips and advice and an overview of the Junior Cycle, it explores what to expect, and hopes, fears, concerns and expectations around starting school.
View online session HERE.
Clare CYPSC Virtual School Tours for all Pre-Schools and Primary Schools in Clare
This year, more than anymore, has made transition supports more important than ever. As well as designing the tours the subgroup has been hard at work the last number of weeks putting together an infographic for parents to encourage them to start the chat with their child about school return (see PDF HERE).
A generic primary school tour was also built using 3D modeling and animation. This "imagination" CYPSC school is suitable for all young children transitioning to primary school and will be circulated to all schools in Clare as well as pre-schools.
View Generic Primary School Tour for all schools & pre-schools to use: https://3djuniors.virtual360.ie
- Holy Family Jnr School – Ennis Co. Clare - https://holyfamily.virtual360.ie/
- St. Tolas N.S – Shannon Co. Clare - https://sttolas.virtual360.ie/
- CBS N.S – Ennis, Co. Clare - https://cbsennis.virtual360.ie/
- Scoil Chriost Ri N.S. – Ennis, Co. Clare - https://scoilchriostri.virtual360.ie/
- Clarecastle N.S. – Clarecastle, Co. Clare - https://clarecastle.virtual360.ie/
- Colaiste Mhuire – Ennis, Co. Clare - https://colaistemuire.virtual360.ie/
- Edmund Rice College – Ennis, Co. Clare - https://ricecollege.virtual360.ie/
- St. Caimins Secondary School, - Shannon, Co. Clare - https://stcaimins.virtual360.ie/
- Ennis Community College, - Ennis, Co. Clare - https://ecc.virtual360.ie/
ESCI - Helping with the return to school in Autumn 2020 - Presentations for Teachers & Parents on helping young people return to school.
A number of useful presentations for Teachers, Parents and SNAs have been developed over the last 12 weeks by the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) and the HSE Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in partnership with ESCI.
The Covid-19 pandemic and the responses to it have radically changed society and the education landscape.
These presentations have been developed to assist, inform and guide adults who are in contact with children who are transitioning from primary to secondary school but they will also be useful for parents and teachers of all children and young people who are returning to school following the Covid-19 school closures and summer holidays from March to September 2020.
Schools may find it useful to share these links with parents, teachers, SNAs and all other stakeholders in school communities.
Information and knowledge will help ease the return to school for our young people.
Transition to Secondary School 2020 - Preparing & Supporting Students with ASD during Covid-19 Times (This presentation is a collaboration between the National Educational Psychological Service and Kilkenny Education Centre)
Description: Presented by a NEPS Psychologist, this presentation deals with the issue of transition in uncertain times preparing and supporting students with ASD for the move to post primary school during the time of Covid-19.
- Change, and upheaval brought about by Covid-19
- Changes brought about by attending Post Primary School
- Apprehension nervousness and anxiety brought about by these two factors
- Anxiety and managing it. Why it is particularly difficult for children with ASD
- Practical anxiety management strategies
- Preparation for the move
- Academic and environmental challenges and sensory needs
- Additional Resources
Psychological First Aid (PFA) for Teachers - School Year 2020/2021 (This presentation is offered by the Carlow/Kilkenny NEPS Team NEPS - Supporting School Communities in the Context of Covid-19)
Description: PFA is the result of a collaborative effort between the WHO, War Trauma Foundation and World Vision International. Endorsed by 24 UN/NGO international agencies and is available in numerous languages.
PFA may simply be defined as a supportive and compassionate presence designed to do three things: 1) stabilize (prevent the stress from worsening) 2) mitigate (de-escalate and dampen) acute distress 3) facilitate access to continued supportive care, if necessary. PFA does not entail diagnosis or treatment. Nevertheless, like physical first aid, it requires basic training to be effective and reduce the risk of inadvertently making things worse (Everly & Lating, 2017).
- Supports available from NEPS in times of Covid-19
- Overview of Psychological First Aid (PFA)
- Looking after our students and the school community
- Looking after ourselves
- Contact details and further info
Transition to Secondary School 2020 - Info, Tips & Strategies for Self-Regulation and Organisation (This presentation is a collaboration between the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and Kilkenny Education Centre)
Description: Presented by a CAMHS Senior Occupational Therapist, this presentation covers the themes of Self-Regulation and Organisation, and how you can help your child to make school more manageable.
- Homework & Study
- The School Diary
- The School Bag; Books, Copies & Pencil Cases
- Colour Coding
- The Locker
- Continuing to offer positive Support.
Transition to Secondary School in 2020 - What to Expect; Supporting your Child (This presentation is a collaboration between the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and Kilkenny Education Centre)
Description: Preparing for the school move to secondary school, supporting your child's education, school and friendships, a presentation by HSE Social Care Workers.
- What’s different in secondary school?
- Preparing for the School move
- Supporting education and school
- Taking an interest in your child's education
- Working closely with the school
- Supporting homework and study
- Homework guidelines
- Dealing with problems
- What can I do as a parent?
- Friendships - what to expect
- How can I help my child to make friends?
Transition to Secondary School 2020 - Practical Approaches to Good Nutrition (This presentation is a collaboration between the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and Kilkenny Education Centre)
- Factors which affect dietary choices.
- Importance of nutrient density - many of our young people are well fed but under-nourished
- Fruit and veg
- Giving advice and guidance to your teenager
Transition to Secondary School 2020 (This presentation is a collaboration between the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and Kilkenny Education Centre)
Description: Adolescence and Developmental Changes. A Psychology perspective on adolescence and developmental changes that coincide with transition to secondary school.
- Self reflection
- Changes in and for adolescents
- Challenges and ways to support your child during this time of change
- Some implications of Covid-19
- Supporting your adolescent
- Adolescent mental health