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Please click on the link below to download the list of Secondary Schools in the area, complete with Application Closing Dates and Dates of Offers and Acceptance for the 2024/25 school year.

Secondary Schools List 2024/25 Applications

Walk to School – November 2023

There will be a Harold’s Cross N.S. Walk Together to School

On: Wednesday, November 15th 2023

From: Super Valu in Sundrive.

Meeting at 8.10am and leave at 8.15am

Parents are to gather together in the back car park safely with their child and then we will walk in an orderly fashion on the footpaths from there to the school. We are hoping to get a Garda escort but this may not be always possible so please be very vigilant as you cross roads on your way to the school.
Please note that your child’s teacher may or may not be there so you are in charge of your child’s safety.
We look forward to seeing you all there. Please make the effort and come along. 




Keep an eye on this page for details of upcoming events, classes, clubs, webinars, useful information, etc.  If you would like to borrow a parenting book, a book on special needs, gender identity, or a book on bereavement, please let me know, as I have a selection in the HSCL office.

Updated list of local  Sports Clubs .

Please click and download this updated list of clubs in the area:

Clubs in the area Feb 2023

Hallowe’en Games with the PTA – 25th October, 2023



Upcoming Classes and courses for parents :

  • Free Glow Fitness classes in the school hall every Tuesday morning at 8.35am after the drop off and Wednesday evenings at 6.30pm. These classes include Fitness, Zumba, Toning and Relaxation and are suitable for all abilities.

Glow Fitness Classes Flyer

Useful websites to plan your Christmas family activities:

  • www.schooldays.ie
  • www.mykidstime.com (Ireland)

Mental Health resources for parents and young people:

Click to download:

Mental health resources and websites


LAYA-STOPP- Anxiety Card




There is  a selection of books in the hscl office on Parenting, Bereavement, Gender identity and Special Needs. They are suitable for both Parents and children. Let me know if you would like to borrow some or if there is any particular book you are looking for.

Here are some recommended books that help to  explain loss to young children . Read them yourselves  to make sure that you are happy with the content before reading them with your children.

  • The Invisible String,by Patrice Karst
  • Badgers Parting Gift,by Susan Varley
  • Is Daddy Coming Back in A Minute,by E Barber
  • Missing Mummy,by Rebecca Cobb
  • The Memory Tree,by Britta Teckentrup
  • Goodbye Mog, by Judith Kerr

Some community links  that may help :

  • www.childhoodbereavement.ie
  • Irish Bereavement Association

Other  useful Resources:

Irish Resources For Parents : click on  the link below and download a list of websites and resources to improve your Irish:

Irish Resources For Parents




Safefoods.net website. (sleep routines,fussy eaters,keeping you child healthy)

cypsc.ie (Playful Parenting Support videos ,tips for covid related anxiety and general anxiety)

gov.ie ParentsCentre web page ( general advice for parents).



www.barnardos.ie.(well being for parents)

Gaeilge sa bhaile le Gaelbhratach-(to improve irish at home)

www.webwise.ie  (see parents guide to a better internet)

www.childnet.com (digiduck stories)- another resource suitable for younger kids.

https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk – for older children




A useful service from the HSE regarding Speech and Language. Click on the link.

Drop in Phone Poster

www.webwise.ie (How to deal with Cyber bullying)

parenting24seven.ie – look for the articles on:

  • using attention to improve behaviour,
  • 3 tips to help your child in times of stress
  • Positive Parenting.

loveparenting.ie-There is  a nice article called ” Promoting Parent Self Care And Self Compassion”

healthpromotion.ie– ideas on healthy family living.

Please click on the links below for information  and tips regarding homework:


Tips for Parents re Homework

Tips for Parent’s on  getting your child settled back to school after school breaks:

  • Establish and maintain a good morning routine
  • Get up early enough to avoid rushing
  • Make sure they go to bed on time and get enough sleep (according to The Sleep Council, 3-6yr olds need 10-12 hours of sleep per day,older children need 10-11 hours)
  • Include a healthy , filling breakfast as part of the morning routine
  • Walk to school if possible. This will help with their concentration levels in school
  • Have a treat on Fridays to mark the end of the week (movie night,games night etc)
  • Listen to any worries they may have, acknowledge their worries and stay calm
  • Try not to pass your own stresses and anxieties on to your kids(this may be difficult at times)
  • Remember: Things will get easier once they are settled into their school and homework routine.

See below links for other useful tips:


More Tips for Parents of Junior Infant children:

  1. Children need plenty of rest after the excitement of school. Make sure they go to bed early.
  2. Show a continued interest in whats happening in his/her daily adventures.Listen to all the stories but don’t pester your child with questions.
  3. Try not to compare your child with other children especially while he/she is listening.
  4. Be careful not to criticise the Teacher in the child’s presence as it might demotivate the child.
  5. When it comes to homework-plenty of patience and praise is needed!
  6. Children may forget to give you important messages , so please check their school bag daily.
  7. www.schooldays.ie is a good website, as is helpmykidlearn.ie
  8. Walk or cycle to/ from school if at all possible. The fresh air and exercise will help your  child concentrate better in the mornings and it will re-energise your child after a long day in school.
  9. Remember to label everything clearly from pencil cases to jumpers and coats, as they can and will go missing!
  10. Please see link below on tips for teaching your child independence

Tips For Teaching Your Child Independence (1)

Finally, enjoy your child’s first year in Harold’s Cross National School!


  • Day one:Small break-yogurt, plum. Big break-tuna wrap with mix pepper and sweetcorn.
  • Day two: Small break-pear,milk. Big break-pasta salad with chicken-chick peas.
  • Day three: Small break -mixed veg sticks and hummus. Big break-pitta pocket with cheese , lettuce and relish. fruit salad.
  • The key is to introduce variety and keep lunches interesting.Involve your child in preparing the lunch(this might save you time in the long run). Drinks should be milk or water and encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.

Please note that  we have a no egg and  nut policy in school due to allergies.

I have some leaflets and a small number of recipe books in the parent’s room for more healthy food ideas. If you would like to donate some healthy recipe books to the parents library , we would be delighted! (When the Parent’s Room is reopened)


  • COUNT how many hours your child is spending on the screen (including television)
  • REDUCE the amount of time your child spends on screens gradually
  • MONITOR the content
  • Encourage  PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES/HOBBIES  to  replace amount of time spent on screens
  • Take out the BOARD GAMES for rainy days
  • Join the LIBRARY
  • Encourage screen free PLAY DATE
  • click on the link below for tips on how to teach your child independance

Role of the Home School Liaison Teacher:

The aim of the Home School Community Liaison (HSCL) is to promote partnership between home, school and the community and to ensure that every family participates fully in the school scheme. Harold’s Cross NS recognises the role of parents as the primary educators of their children, the influence of the home environment and seeks to promote a partnership between school and parents and the local community.

  • The HSCL teacher is available to discuss on a personal level, matters of concern with parents .
  • Listen,encourage, support and offer suggestions on how parents can support their children.
  • Offer free courses for parents.
  • Offer one to one support to parents on how to get the best from their child’s learning.