Home School Community Liason Scheme
The HSCL scheme was discontinued by the Department of Education and Skills sometime around 2009. The following article, written around 2005, is left online to explain the scheme as it existed before that.
The HSCL scheme was established in 1990 and has been operating in Our Lady`s College, Greenhills since 1992. It is based on the principle of partnership between the home, the school, and the community.
The aims of the Liason scheme are:
(i) The actual participation of the children in the learning process, especially those who might be at risk of early school leaving.
(ii) To promote active co-operation between home, school, and the relevant community agencies in promoting the educational interests of the children.
(iii) To raise awareness in parents of their own capacity to enhance their childrens` educational progress.
(iv) To enhance the childrens` uptake from education, their relation in the educational system, their continuation to Leaving Cert level and to third level.
Home Visitation is a crucial element in establishing bonds of trust with families. Community ownership of the scheme is through the development of Local Committees.
The training of TY students as Peer Educators by the health board, and the imparting of the knowledge learned about drink, drugs, and smoking to first year students is a project which the Local Committee initiated and is implementing in the school under the guidance of the Home School Liason Officer. A care team meets once a fortnight in the school to identify students in the school who need extra care and attention socially and educationally. This team consists of the guidance personnel, deputy principal, chaplain, resource teacher and the Home School Liason Officer. Each year there are courses arranged in the school for parents. They take place in the school during the day and are free to parents. Over the years we have had personal development classes, computer classes, and in 2008 we started flower arranging classes. Over the years Drogheda Partnership have been instrumental in the development of many pilot projects in the school. They have also financed and personally supported the Homework Club.
Home School Community Liason helps children make the most of their time at school, especially those who might leave school early. It also encourages co-operation between parents and school to help each student reach their full potential.