Welcome to Athy College Guidance Department website.
The Guidance Counsellor in Athy College is Ms Joanne Parry.
During this time that we stay at home in order to play our part to slow down the spread of the Covid-19 virus in Ireland, and keep as many people safe and well, here is a constantly updated list of everything that is free to access online. We can read and listen to books, access online libraries, learn a language, watch sports, meditate, catch a performance. Happy online exploring!
List of Everything Free to Do Online (Constantly Updated)
We are so proud of our Athy College students for following the government advice and playing YOUR part to slow down the spread of the Covid-19 virus in Ireland. As Minister for Health Simon Harris recently tweeted:
'If ever you dreamed of playing for Ireland, now is your chance'
Advice for Young People while Schools are Closed
Stay Responsible and Informed
Stay Active and Connected
Stay Positive and Calm
The Government has made a decision to close all schools in Ireland in order to slow down the spread of the Covid-19 virus in Ireland and keep as many people as possible safe and well. We have not been in this situation before, so this is new to us all, but if we follow the right advice we will get through this, and in time we will be proud of how we responded, working together to support our country. You have a part to play in this. Some of you may be ready to take on the challenge os social/physical distancing and doing schoolwork at home, some of you may be bored and fed up and others may be feeling worried or anxious about what these changes may mean. We are all adjusting and adapting. When trying to think about how you can support yourself, your family, your communty and your country in the coming weeks, remember these three key messages:
Stay Positive and Calm
1. Stay Responsible and Informed:
2. Stay Active and Connected:
Routines and Schedules are the key to getting through this new phase of our lives. Making our days structured and predictable will help us feel secure and reassured. Schools have closed and this has changed our regular daily routines. During this time of Covid-19 lets create new routines. Keeping busy, having a sense of purpose and feeling in control of our time is very important. You can help yourself get through this time by creating a Plan for the Day, every evening for the day ahead (see link below). Following your normal school day can be your guide. Don't forget to discuss your plan with your family to make sure that your scheduling of mealtimes, showering, computer time etc. works for everyone in the house. When you are creating your Plan for the Day think about the following:
Developed by the DES National Educational Support Service (NEPS)
Please see Department of Education and Skills Advice for Young People while Schools are Closed here:
DES National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) COVID-19 Advice to Young People while Schools are Closed
Department of Education and Skills Recommendations for Young People regarding Relaxation Techniques:
DES National Educational Psychological Service Relaxation Techniques
Advice on Planning your Day:
DES National Educational Psychological Service Plan for the Day
Social / Physical Distancing
Department of Education and Skills
Department of Health
World Health Organisation
Little Things Campaign
Young Minds UK