Margaret Aylward Community College
The Thatch Road, Whitehall, Dublin 9, DO9RHN3
Tel. 018375712 / 018367778 Fax: 018377718


6 December 2022
 Maths Drop-in sessions this Wednesday - OPEN TO SENIOR CYCLE STUDENTS


Kind Regards,

Laurence Van der Haegen

Widening Participation Outreach Officer | DCU Access | Dublin City University
Week Communication 20th to 24th November 2021
How to deal with bullying

How to reduce Anxiety Seminar

ASD WEBINAR link below


We are delighted to announce that we will be running a Free 8 week ‘Change 4 Life’ Programme beginning 15th March. There will be loads of fitness classes, nutrition talks and cooking demos, as well as weekly challenges to keep everyone active. Plus plenty more as the weeks progress.

Registration for the Free 8 week programme at


Free Online Talks

Supporting your Child’s Mental Health during the Covid crisis
A free workshop with John Sharry for parents of children aged 2 to 12 years
Monday 8th March 2021 (7-8pm online via Zoom)

Supporting your Teenager’s Mental Health during the Covid crisis
A free workshop with John Sharry for parents of children aged 13 to 18 years
Monday 15th March 2021 (7-8pm online via Zoom)

Further information and bookings are available on the website here.

A guide to daily routines for Parents during Lockdown
Education and Parent Support Websites:

Education Websites:

Parent Support Websites:


All the latest information from to the Department of Education website 

Barnardos Parent Support Line 

1800-910-123 10am-2pm Mon- Fri 


800 helpline number and service can be accessed by young people between 12-25, regardless of whether they live in a Jigsaw catchment area or not.  The number can also be used by parents and guardians if they are concerned about a young person's mental health. 

Contact Details click here
1800 JIGSAW (544729)   
SMS 086 180 3880.          

Traveller Specific Supports

Online Counselling now available at the Traveller Counselling service 

Roma families & NPC 

Contact details for a helpline that has been made available for Roma families re Covid19. Information available in English, Romanian and Romanes.

call 087 126 4606 from Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm

Autism Support

Helping an autistic child during lockdown – visit website and listen to this podcast. 

Dealing with Bereavement

‘The Invisible String’ story book is excellent for supporting new Sent from my iPhone


Interesting Articles by Dr John Sharry

Four steps to preserving family relationships under lockdown: 1) Manage your own stress; 2) Attending to adult relationships in the family; 3) Talking to children about their worries; 4) Creating a family routine… Read More

Managing family and relationship conflict during Covid crisis

Create space for time apart as well as together and learn to pause, listen and speak up respectfully during conflict Read More

16 tips to help you cope in the new world we live in

Accept the new reality, exercise each day, reach out for support, limit social media use and more… Read More 

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A zoom link to a Decluttering Workshop

Meeting ID: 816 6723 8919

Passcode: 121031


Teen Guide to Surviving Lockdown

Your Wellbeing

Parents Self Care

College Awareness Resources for families

Useful link for parents below


Internet Safety 

Parents should try  to do the following five key things;

1.      Start the conversation - Parents start talking with your children about online safety, early in their online life.

2.      Agree limits -Parents can download a family agreement template and learn about the importance of setting limits to online time.

3.      Be informed - It is important for parents to keep themselves informed about the online world, and this video provides some tips for helping parents stay up to date.

4.      How much time was I online today? - Parents can set positive examples regarding online activity to their children through their own online lives.

5.      Parents share and learn  -The support of parent to parent peer support is fantastic, and this video encourages parents to link in with each other to provide that support network.  


Barnardos is here to support parents throughout this challenging time.

They have just launched a dedicated telephone and email support service to provide advice to parents on a wide range of issues that may have come up during this time. If you or someone you know needs extra parental support we are here to help.

This service will be staffed by Barnardos project workers who are trained professionals. Some issues that parents may need support on include:

  • How to talk to your children about the corona virus
  • Setting a good routine
  • Managing children’s behaviours and sibling dynamics
  • Managing aggression and family discord
  • Home schooling/managing school expectations.
  • Fostering natural learning opportunities in the home
  • Healthy eating
  • Accessing fun and educational activities for families and individual children
  • Managing your child’s worries
  • Self-care for parents
  • Helping parents manage their own worries and anxieties
  • Managing children’s online activity

You can make contact with this service by phoning 1800 910 123 between 10.00am and 2.00pmMonday to Friday or by emailing