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Newsletter No.127 Monday 10-01-22


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Newsletter No.127 Monday 10-01-22

Semester 2 Week 4

Rang Uisnigh Nonuniform

Dear parents/ guardians

On the 14th of January rang Uisnigh is going to be doing a nonuniform day for their YSI project deeper than the surface where students get to wear their own clothes to school which will cost €2 and all the money will be used to make mirror affirmation stickers for the school bathrooms and the left-over money will be donated to the charity BodyWhys. For the affirmation stickers they will be stickers with quotes on them to boost people’s confidence, mood and improve their selflove, they will be stuck on the bathroom mirrors and stalls. BodyWhys is a Irish charity that helps people with all different types of eating disorders, helps people with body image and teaches people how to support others in different situations which you can find on their website www.Bodywhys.iefor other information too.

Thank you for your support

Rang Uisnigh

EAL News

Congratulations to Francesco Sebastiano Mocanu in TY who was one of 15 students to win the EAL DDLETB Reading competition. This competition highlights the improvement in the skill of reading. Francesco went from 11/50 to a score of 30/50 in reading and his English level is now at B1 (Intermediate level). This is an excellent achievement for Francesco. He won a €50 book voucher. Well done!!

Congratulations also to Amely Grigorita in 3rd Year who was runner up in the EAL DDLETB Reading competition. Amely’s score went from 38/50 to 50/50 in reading and her English level is now at C1 (Advanced). This is an excellent achievement for Amely. She won two graded readers. Well done!!"

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I hope you and your families had a happy Christmas despite the challenges and restrictions of Covid 19. I am pleased to let you know about two free online parenting talks coming up this January. In February, I will be providing workshops for parents on helping children and teenagers manage and overcome anxiety.

See also my article on making your new year resolutions work in 2022!

With every best wish for the year ahead.


Upcoming Talks and Workshops

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‘Starting Healthy Family Habits this New Year’
Establishing positive family habits around healthy eating, family mealtimes, fun activity and restful sleep will make all the difference to your children’s health and well-being. In the midst of the ongoing Covid crisis, this has never been more important. Drawing on the evidence-based Parents Plus Programmes, in this talk, I will provide practical tips on how you can:
- start positive family habits
- establish routines that work
- overcome challenges
- ensure you remain in control as a parent

Suitable for: parents of children under 12 years
Venue: Zoom online
Date: Thursday, 13th January 2022
Time: 7.30pm-8.45pm
Cost: Free of charge. This talk is sponsored by the Parents Plus charity, places are limited.
To book your place is on this talk click


‘Parenting a Child with ADHD’
Drawing on the evidence-based Parents Plus Programmes, this workshop looks at the unique challenges for parents raising a child with ADHD, as well as describing practical solutions and strategies that can make a real difference. Topics covered include:
- understanding your child’s ADHD
- how to manage challenges
- learning to personally cope as a parent

Suitable for: parents of children up to 12 years
Venue: Zoom online
Date: Wednesday 19th January 2022
Time: 10am-11.30am
Cost: Free of charge. This talk is hosted by Clarecare and sponsored by TUSLA. You must register to attend as places are limited.
Please email or phone Clarecare on 065 6828178 to book your place for this talk.


‘Helping Your Children and Teenagers Manage and Overcome Anxiety’
Worry and anxiety are common problems and many children and teenagers get caught in worry cycles that stop them getting on with life. In this workshop I will present a strengths-based model for understanding anxiety that shows how you can help your children employ their imagination and strengths against the anxiety that bothers them as well as practical strategies to overcome problems in a step-by-step gradual way.
Venue: Zoom online
Date: For parents of 3-10 yr olds: Friday 4th February 2022
Date: For parents of 11-18 yr olds: Friday 11th February 2022
Time: 7.30pm-9pm
Cost: €20
Places on each workshop are limited. Further information and bookings are available on my website here.

Making New Year Resolutions

In this Irish Times article, I describe a self-compassionate and realistic way to approach your new year’s resolutions Read it here.


Instagram Tips

I copy a few posts from my instagram page below (if you cannot see the images click here or visit my instagram page here ).


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Parenting Q&As

There are hundreds of articles on my website here. More recent articles are on The Irish Times website here. If you would like me to answer your parenting question anonymously through my column (every second Tuesday), there is a new way to submit your question here.

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