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After-Schools Programme - St. Oliver's Park / Bridgeview

The After Schools Programme has been particularly successful in facilitating the transfer of young Travellers from primary to secondary school.

The After-Schools Programmes work closely with the Visiting Teacher Service of the Department of Education and Science.

Since September 2002, our After-Schools Programme in St. Oliver’s Park and Bridgeview has been working with parents and children on the site to provide positive experiences of education. The Programme is learner directed and caters to the needs of the children and their families as identified by them. The Programme provides support to children which they may not be able to access at home or at school.

St. Oliver’s Park / Bridgeview After-Schools Programme is for all children in full time education at both primary and secondary levels in Clondalkin. It is working at full capacity and has a waiting list of children wanting to attend the programme.

The success of such a programme, when run in close cooperation with local schools and the Visiting Teacher Service, on an interagency model, is that it delivers a high quality educational experience. It engages parents in their children’s education and the link with schools helps the children to feel welcome and at home in school.

The fact that the programme is managed by Exchange House National Traveller Service ensures that the Traveller community has a sense of ownership of the programme.

The After-Schools Programme aims to support Traveller children in school by providing:

  • A quiet space for homework
  • Assistance in completing homework
  • A library
  • Computers
  • Additional leisure activities
  • Music and dancing
  • Physical exercise
  • Arts and crafts