Home School Community Liaison

Home School Community Liaison

The role of the HSCL is to provide a source of help and support between home and school. It promotes partnership to ensure pupils fully engage in school life. Parents are supported and encouraged to get involved through a variety of activities:

• Home visitation

• Courses and classes

• Information meetingsschoollia

• Working with students

Contact details:
: Sinead Collins
Ph: (01)8371423

General Aims ;

The Home School Community Liaison scheme has been in operation in St.Kevin’s College since 1996.

It is a preventative strategy which targets pupils at risk of, not reaching their full potential in the education system or leaving school early. Home School aims to promote Partnership between home school and community to ensure pupils fully engage in school life. It takes a whole school approach recognising parents as the primary educators of their children. [Remember children only spend 15% of their time in school.]

Whats happening for Parents ?

Parents are supported and encouraged to get involved in school life through a variety of activities –

• Information Meetings for parents of new 1 st . Years

• Courses and Classes for Parents are offered both in school and in schools in the locality. { Funded by DVEC}

• Paired Reading and Maths for Fun. Literacy initiatives.

• Transfer Programme and Welcome packs

• Parents Council

• Parental involvement in Policy Making

• Parents on Local education Committee

• Home Visitation – Co-ordinator calls to visit parents at home. This is very important in establishing bonds of trust between Parents and the school.

• Drop –in centre – Parents room in school where Parents can meet for chat and coffee.(Parents support group in St. Johns Centre)

Home School Community Liaison also works very closely with the School Completition Programme

Various initiatives have been funded and supported by SCP including –•  “Go for It” Programme•  PS 2 Programme•  Anti Bullying Programmes•  Build –A – Bike scheme•  Cookery classes for students•  Peer to Peer Drug Awareness programme•  Homework Club•  Attendance OfficerLinks with other schoolsHome School also has very close working links with the local Primary and Secondary schools in the area particularly The Sacred Heart Boys, St.Canices Boys, Mother Of Divine Grace N.S, Gaelscoil Ui Earchain and Beneavin College.Transfer programmes are facilitated between the primary schools and St.Kevins through the Home School links. This is particularly relevant during the Assessment testing when Primary schools are consulted about the strengths, performance and requirements of the pupils due to attend St.Kevins each September.


Paired Reading
Links with the Community Home School is also conscious of the role the school and community play together in the development of the student/parent body. Links have been forged with various bodies including –•  Ballygall Teen Counselling•  Finglas Library•  Tolka Area Partnership•  Local Drugs Task Force•  St.John’s Education Centre•  Fingal Centre•  Finglas Childcare – Creche on School Grounds•  Community Garda / JLO.•  Local St.Vincent de Paul•  Dublin Bus•  Comhairle Na nOg /Dublin City Council•  The Aisling Project BallymunSt. Kevins prides itself on being a school which is open to parents and where parents have a say in the life and work of the school.


Co-ordinator: Sinead Collins

Contact details:

Phone: (01)8371423