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 priamary 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.
I organise personal, leisure and academic classes and courses for adult family members in the school thereby encouraging you to take an active role in your childs’ education while empowering yourself and learning new skills. Parents / Guardians and family members are always encouraged to be part of the decision making in New Cross College and so I would encourage you to become involved in our Parents Association so your voice can be heard and to be part of the policy formation in the school.
A parents room is also available in the school and here you can pop in and enjoy the hospitality of other parents in a warm and welcoming environment.
Please feel free to contact me anytime Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm on 085 1672777. Remember “ There is no problem to big that it can’t be solved with a little contemplation…..over a cup of tea and a chat”.
I look forward to meeting you.
Mairead O’Brien HSCL teacher