05 Jul 2022

In pictures: Big day for nearly 170 first years at Laois secondary school

Portlaoise College staff and Students working hard to ensure the smooth transition of their 168 incoming First Years

Portlaoise College has welcomed 168 first year students to the school as they begin their secondary school educational journey.

Students met their Year Head, Linda Bergin along with their class tutors and Meitheal Leaders on the first day at the Laois Offaly Education and Training Board school. 

The school says Meitheal Leaders at Portlaoise College play an important role in supporting our first year students’ transition from primary school. Each Meitheal Leader at Portlaoise College is given responsibility for a number of incoming first years. They are tasked along with the support of the Year Head and tutors, to ensure the smooth transition of these young people into the school and to be available to assist them in any way necessary during their first few days in school. After this the Meitheal Leaders work with their First Year students, developing a relationship of trust and mutual respect.

Other ways in which Portlaoise College is facilitating a smooth transition for our first years is through a “Togetherness Day” where our first years will participate in a number of team bonding activities next week.

In addition, a “Working Together” online workshop for all first year parents and students where parents will have an opportunity to ask questions and an outline of the upcoming year will be presented.

Principal Noel Daly stated: “It was wonderful to be able to greet and welcome our incoming first years on Friday last. He went on to say that "with all the uncertainty and disruption experienced due to Covid it was a great day to witness what is the start of a new chapter in people’s lives".

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