My name is Mairead O’Brien and I am the Home School Community Liaison Teacher (HSCL) in New Cross College. HSCL teachers are found in DEIS schools throughout the country and at present there are 19 HSCL teachers all based in either a primary or post primary school in the Finglas/Cabra area. My main role is to work with you the parents & guardians along with the teachers and the wider community to enhance your son/daughters learning opportunities and to promote attendance, participation and retention in school.
My job also involves visiting you in your home to work with you, help you and act as a support to you in whatever way I can around any issues that may impinge on your childs attendance, participation and retention in school. I also link in and work with other key players both in the school and the local community eg Principal, Deputy Principal, Pastoral Care Team, Guidance Teacher, Behaviour For Learning teacher, Year Heads, Tutors , Class Teachers, other HSCL’s in the Finglas/Cabra Cluster, Finglas / Cabra Drug Taskforce, Cross Care, Juvenile Liaison Officer, Education Welfare Officer, School Completion, CDETB, Symantec, Dublin North West Partnership, Local Management Committee, Focus Ireland, St Vincent De Paul, Wellmount Health Centre and Tusla to name but a few in relation to supporting further our students in attendance, participation and retention in New Cross College.
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Big thanks to all our parents and community friends who turned up in Erin Isle for our Wellness Day today. A great turn out and we hope you enjoyed your morning. Big thanks goes to Ms Cullen and our TY students who ran the horticultural stall. Ms O’ Brien, Home School Liaison teacher.