What is the Home School Community Liaison Scheme?
The aim of the Home School Community Liaison (HSCL) scheme is to promote partnership between home, school and the community to ensure that every child participates fully in school life. It fosters a sense of trust between the students, the parents and the school. The HSCL scheme in Beech Hill College since February 2001.
Why do we need a HSCL Scheme?
Post Primary School is an exciting, challenging, rewarding but sometimes difficult experience, not only for the students but also for the parents. School life is not solely about what a student achieves between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm. There are many other factors, which contribute towards the experience of school life. The HSCL Scheme tries to ensure that this experience is as enjoyable and trouble-free as possible. It recognises the role of parents and the home environment and seeks to promote a partnership between school and parents.
Who looks after the HSCL Scheme in Beech Hill College?
Tony Mc Hugh is the HSCL teacher in Beech Hill College
Tony is available to discuss matters of concern with parents which may be impacting on their children’s education. He can meet parents at school or visit the home if that is preferred. Tony works closely with the Principal, Deputy Principal, Year Heads, Guidance Counsellors and School Completion Programme personnel in order to best meet the needs of our students and their families. We strive to listen to and communicate openly with the parents and guardians of all the students in our care.
How does the HSCL Scheme work?
The scheme recognises parents as the primary educators of their children and is constantly looking at ways to support parents and listening to their views and concerns. Parents will be able to participate in a wide range of courses, which we hope to run during the school year. These will be free of charge and we hope will cover many subjects including parenting, stress management, internet awareness and cookery. Such courses, not only help parents to have new skills, but also recognize the importance of parents having time to themselves. It also gives them the opportunity to share in the life and work of the school alongside their children.
Where does the HSCL Scheme take place?
The scheme is not confined to within the school walls. The HSCL teacher is available to meet parents and guardians in school or in the home. As well as working closely with the primary schools in order to ensure a smooth transition to Post Primary, the school seeks to build strong links with other agencies which support young people and their families. These include statutory, voluntary and community groups such as the I.S.P.C.C, Tusla, Teach Na Daoine, S.V.P, Monaghan Neighbourhood Youth Project and many others. In this way we seek to work collaboratively in order to best meet the needs of all of our students.
Remember, the HSCL Scheme is there for the benefit of you and your children, its success depends in large part on your input!
So, if you have any ideas, concerns, opinions or requests, share them with us.