This week at Oaklands Community College there was a very successful study skills week for students and parents. There was a wide range of activities and workshops for students across all year groups. First and Second year students benefited greatly from a series of workshops aimed to promote studying and how to study effectively, these skills will not only help students this year but it will be a great benefit throughout their time at Oaklands and indeed into third level.
Second, Third and LCA students received an excellent talk from Wolf Academy. This talk focused on resilience and goal setting and in particular how to overcome various challenges.
Our Sixth year students started the week with a wonderful talk from motivational speaker Ray Langan, they also benefited from exam strategies from some of our past pupils and a student enrichment workshop.
All students received a talk on how to cope with stress and anxiety and an excellent talk and cookery demonstration from Sinead Bradbury, this talk focused primarily on how health eating and wellbeing and the benefits that eating well has on improving study.
We also had daily quotes and competitions over the week also with brilliant prizes to be won. We would like to thank all of our sponsors for donating the prizes The Stationary Shop Edenderry, Groomes, All Links, Centra Edenderry and Abel Furniture.
Well done to Emma O’Reilly who won the prize for ‘design your own study space competition’. Emma is pictured here with Head Boy Martin Dempsey and Head Girl Ciara Dempsey with Principal Mr Kehoe.
Parents will also had a series of online talks this week. Chartered clinical Psychologists, Julie O’Flaherty & Imelda Ferguson addressed anxiety in young people and gave some helpful practical tips on handling stress and anxiety as a parent/guardian. Renowed Nutritional Therapist Sinead Bradbury who has worked with some of Ireland’s top athletes and businesses people, schools and colleges throughout the country advised parents on the importance of diet & lifestyle choices , and how to help your son/daughter be more productive in their studies and life in general. Student Enrichment Services’, Rory Mulvey and his team advised parents on how best to help their child set realistic, personal goals; to show them simple time management skills; to explain how to make effective use of homework time; to demonstrate a variety of note making styles.
Thanks to Ms O’Shea, Ms Walsh and Ms O’Toole for their work in preparing an excellent week of activities which is of major benefit to all our students and parents.