We use digital learning platforms often in OLS so we are, fortunately, very well equipped to deal with the challenges that the current school closure brings.
However, it is important to recognise that people have different levels of confidence when it comes to digital know-how and school. This is where we need to work together as a community - teachers, students and parents - to support each other where needed.
Another important factor to consider is that we are now using many more digital tools at a much greater frequency than usual. This means we need to be mindful of how the teaching and learning is progressing as we are navigating this new territory.
If you have queries or top tips specific to a class group, you might share these with your class and teacher on your Google Classroom. If you have overall queries or top tips about your experience of remote teaching and learning, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be very interested in sharing experiences to help people figure out solutions that work for them.
COVID support for families of young people with mental health difficulties - short videos
At this link are short videos by mental health professionals for parents/families of children with ADHD, ASD, eating disorders, depression, ID and mental health difficulties:
Incoming House Captains
TY Entrepreneurial Spirit!
As part of their end of year project, the TY Enterprise class were challenged with recreating a new purpose for an everyday household item. The winning class project received a €25 just eat voucher which was purchased using the class funds. Well done to Alice in B4 who won the voucher!
A Chinese Chicken & Cashew treat for dinner...
Check out a tasty dinner recipe from the TY Chinese class:
The OLS Gratitude Journal
Working 9 to 5: The OLS Quarantine Version
Some insights into the quarantined lives of our 6th Years and some special guests...
B2 Magazine: Quarantine Life: Covid-19 Edition
B2 have worked with Ms Hayes to compile a special edition magazine for the OLS Community... Quarantine Life: Covid 19 Edition. It has student experience, a parent interview, top tips, poems, stories, memes, recipes, puzzles...there is something for every single one of you. Kick back and enjoy! Thank you B2 for giving us such a treat!
Some guidelines for learning from home:
Guidance supports during this school closure:
6th Year Space:
You can only do the best with what you have right now: This short YouTube clip (3 min) gives some very practical tips for managing overwhelming thoughts and expectations. It was made by UCC for college students but is very relevant to LC students too. Remember you can reach out to any teacher, your form teacher, your Year Head or Guidance Counsellor if you need more support right now.
Self Care: Another Everyday Matters clip from UCC
Having a growth mindset: Another Everyday Matters clip from UCC
Managing Motivation: This article is written by Newcastle University but a lot of its information is relevant to 6th Year students. It offers down-to-earth suggestions for the following situations:
- If you need to pick up your studies again after disruption
- If you're finding it hard to concentrate, or are only able to work in short bursts
- If you'd benefit from a bit of structure to keep things going
- If you're feeling behind and overwhelmed with your studies, losing motivation
- If you really can't focus on your studies right now (This is the only bit that needs an OLS tweak – if you are struggling in this regard, you might wish to flag it with a teacher, your form teacher, your Year Head or Guidance Counsellor. Sharing this worry is a really positive step in starting to address it.)
Ideas for keeping busy:
Click here for a whole range of ideas for entertainment!
Join the library to access free ebooks/papers/magazines: www.librariesireland.ie
Le Chéile Pay It Forward Day:
This was such a success! Well done to all involved! See some evidence of the great kindness shown here:
Earth Day 2020:
Family & Parents