Making the Big Talk many Small Talks

Making the Big Talk many Small Talks

Dear Parents,

 

Following Part 1 and 2 of our Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE) programme, where we delved into supporting children to foster healthy relationships, friendships, and communication skills, we are thrilled to invite you to our concluding session: “Making the Big Talk many Small Talks.”

 

Register now for free

 

In this final part, we will explore how breaking down important conversations into smaller, manageable discussions can greatly benefit both you and your child. Whether you’ve attended the previous sessions or not, this session promises valuable insights and practical advice.

 

Key Details:

  • Date: Tuesday to Friday, the week starting Tuesday 19th March 2024 to 22nd March 2024
  • Time: 10 am and 7:30 pm sessions daily, with an additional 10 am session on 22nd March
  • Platform: Zoom (virtual sessions)

 

Registration: To secure your spot, please register using the link here

 

In this free online programme, you’ll gain insights into supporting your primary school children in forming healthy relationships and friendships. The RSE series features three vital sessions:

  1. Supporting your Child to build Healthy Friendships and Relationships
  2. Active Listening Skills
  3. Making the Big Talk many Small Talks

 

Limited Spaces Available: Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Register now to secure your spot!

 

This programme is delivered by National Parents Council and funded by HSE.

Active Listening Skills

Active Listening Skills

Dear Parents,

We’re excited to announce another round of interactive sessions from National Parents Council! Following on from last week’s sessions on Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE) Part 1 programme, we’re diving into Part 2: Active Listening Skills.

 

Register now for free : Supporting your Child to Build Healthy Friendships and Relationships (Part 2) – Virtual sessions taking place the week of the 11th March 2024 Survey (surveymonkey.com)

 

Session Details:

In this free online programme, you’ll gain insights into supporting your primary school children in forming healthy relationships and friendships. The RSE series features three vital sessions:

  1. Supporting your Child to build Healthy Friendships and Relationships
  2. Active Listening Skills
  3. Making the Big Talk many Small Talks

These sessions are open to all parents of children in Primary School. Please spread the word to fellow parents!

Limited Spaces Available: Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Register now to secure your spot!

This program is delivered by National Parents Council and funded by HSE.

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Preparing for the move from primary school to secondary school

Preparing for the move from primary school to secondary school

Dear parents/guardians,

We are sharing some of the information from the session with NPC and parents which may be helpful to parents of fifth and sixth class students.

As the move from primary school to secondary is a time of change for our children, Helen Butler from the NPC advised there are some details available from the NPC website at the following link  https://www.npc.ie/images/uploads/downloads/ChildMove.PDF

In addition, Helen and some KNS parents with experience shared the following practical tips which may be of benefit

  • Prepare for costs – try to understand in advance where money may be needed both at the start of the school year and during the year.
  • Spend time getting to know
    • What subjects your child is doing
    • What the school layout is (most schools have a video online)
    • The names of the teachers
    • Other parents
    • Who their friends are
  • Make several copies of the timetable – for home, study area, school bag / journal and locker. This will help with organisation
  • Ensure students prepare school bag and subjects the night before  … and any other items that may be needed . E.G. Home Economics may need ingredients, PE Needs PE Gear, etc
  • Look at their journal at least once a week – often contains notes from teachers or other useful info
  • Parents remain calm and listen .. don’t overreact and don’t ride the emotional rollercoaster that your child may be on
  • Be patient and supportive
  • Ensure bedtime routines are in place and children are getting enough sleep
  • Introduce  / Maintain screen and phone rules to ensure not impacting on sleep
  • Get the books early – don’t leave until last minute
  • Prepare for parent Teacher meetings and go to all teachers to get the ‘full picture’ …Parent teacher meetings were compared to an Olympic sport  😊

 

The following were tips from some wise secondary students

  • Remember even if teachers are strict, they are on your side
  • Friend groups change and that’s ok
  • Remember time management … factor in how long it takes to get from one class to another or from the canteen to a classroom
  • Organise your books – remember your timetable
  • Don’t procrastinate with your homework .. just do it
  • If you feel anxious or worried … don’t worry .. you are NOT the only person.. its normal
  • Time goes by really fast so enjoy 😊

Other helpful resources are available at

www.stepup.ie – resources for the “stepup” to secondary school. These were prepared as a direct result of the surveys from Planet Youth below.

www.planetyouth.ie – organisation based in the west of Ireland who survey teenagers and publish reports on the lives and lifestyles of teenagers in the west

www.webwise.ie  – resources focused on internet safety

www.ncca.ie – information on the junior cert curriculum – subjects  & assessments

Lastly for parents of 5th class students, please find attached a list of schools in Galway city, contact details and links to the websites where you will find enrolment policies and application forms

Post Primary Schools List June 2023

This document was prepared by the PA, so may not be 100% accurate but may be useful in helping parents understand what schools are available and get access to admission forms for September 2024. Most schools accept applications in the October of 6th class for the following September.

Kind Regards

KNS Parents Association

Free online information sessions for parents: Internet Safety

Free online information sessions for parents: Internet Safety

🎉 Celebrating Safer Internet Day – Feb 6th, 2024! 🎉 

Join us in the global celebration of Safer Internet Day on February 6th. Let’s stand “Together for a better internet” for our children. (https://www.saferinternetday.org/)

 

In this digital age, our kids are navigating the online world like never before. While the internet is an incredible tool, we all share valid concerns about our little ones spending too much time online, accessing the wrong content, and interacting with individuals who may not have the best intentions.

National Parents Council has your back!

 

We’re thrilled to announce a series of FREE Internet Safety Information Sessions tailor-made just for you – the parents! These virtual sessions are designed to arm you with knowledge and skills to dive into your children’s online lives fearlessly.

 

Register now for free: National Parents Council Internet Safety Information session for Parents – Virtual February 2024 Survey (surveymonkey.com)

 

Mark Your Calendar for Feb 6th to 9th, 2024!

🌟 Session Schedule:

  • 10 AM and 7:30 PM: Feb 6th to Feb 8th
  • 10 AM: Feb9th

Why Join Us?

  • Gain valuable insights into your children’s online world.
  • Equip yourself with skills to navigate the benefits and risks of the internet.
  • Discover hints and tips for fostering effective, responsible, and safer internet use.

At the end of each session, you’ll receive an exclusive template to craft an internet usage agreement with your children.

 

How to register? 👉 Click here:  National Parents Council Internet Safety Information session for Parents – Virtual February 2024 Survey (surveymonkey.com) to register for this event!

 

Curious minds can find more details about the Internet Safety sessions here.

 

Let’s empower our children to be effective, responsible, and safe internet navigators together.

Free Online Sessions for Parents: Smooth Transition from Primary to Post-Primary School

Free Online Sessions for Parents: Smooth Transition from Primary to Post-Primary School

 

Dear Parents,

We hope this message finds you well. As your child prepares to make the important transition from Primary School to Post-Primary School, we understand the challenges that may arise during this period. To support you and your child through this process, the National Parents Council (NPC) is offering free online sessions, providing valuable insights and guidance.

 

Session Details:

  • Dates: From 29th January until 2nd of February 2024
  • Platform: Zoom

 

Schedule:

  • 29th, 30th , 31st January, 1st February: 10 AM and 7:30 PM
  • 2nd February 2024:  10 PM

 

Registration: To participate, please register for free by providing your information here : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TPPP_Feb_2024

 

Session Topics: The sessions will cover a range of topics including:

  1. Choosing a school for your child
  2. Preparing your child for post-primary school
  3. Subject choice
  4. School policies
  5. Home-school communication.
  6. People you might meet in post-primary school.
  7. Parent/Teacher meetings

 

Who Can Attend: These sessions are open to all parents of primary school children. We encourage you to share this information with anyone who may be interested. We believe that these sessions will provide valuable insights and support as you navigate this significant transition with your child. We look forward to your active participation in making this journey smoother for both you and your child.

Best Regards,

National Parents Council

www.npc.ie

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