Parent Support Group
This group of pupils, siblings, parents and staff meets around once a month, usually on Thursday evenings with the aim of improving the opportunities available for pupils and their families.
Thursday 25th April 2013: The children made funky hats with Mary T.
Thursday 28th February: The Parents have been discussing ideas to help raise funds for the schools new Multi Sensory Room.
Thursday 28th January: Thanks to everyone who came along to the Parent Support Group. Hilary spoke with the parents and Mary T worked with the young people to make clay designs.
Thursday 29th November: Hilary talked to parents about stress management and Mary T provided Art and Craft activities for the kids.They made Christmas figures from old recycled bottles and materials. The new Parents and Friends group also met at 7pm with Caroline.
Special parents go from “stressed out” to “chilled out”!
Thanks to the Big Lottery Live and Learn project, parents at Riverside School in Antrim were treated to 2 evening sessions with Hilary Caithness focussing on strategies for recognising and responding to stress.
Living and Learning together is a 5 year Big Lottery funded programme assisting communities in the Magherafelt and Antrim area to enhance and develop skills to address health and wellbeing issues, and to develop social inclusion.
Up to 10 families attended each evening, during which pupils and siblings were also provided with fun and games courtesy of “Dramability” (also paid for by the project). For a small school, this was a great turn-out. A few pupils were so keen to join in the Dramability sessions that they pestered their initially reluctant parents to come, with very positive outcomes all round. This was the first time Dramability had worked with such a varied and challenging group, but happily, both school staff and the Dramability team were very impressed with how well the pupils and their siblings participated.
The evenings were very informal and generated lots of chat (and laughter!) – the participants had to be actively encouraged to break for the coffee and mince pies on offer! Parents left with a range of small changes they could make to improve their own well-being.
All in all, the funding was of great benefit to this group and we are very much looking forward to being able to benefit further from this project.
There was a really helpful talk by dietician Gillian Killiner on Childhood Nutrition at the support group meeting on 27 May.
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