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Tuesday, 25th April 2017

Drogheda parents graduate with flying colours

Community

Parents from St. Patrick’s and St. Brigid’s schools who graduated from the Genesis Programme this morning with their mentors.

At the 10th annual Parent Graduation event, almost 40 parents from 3 different programmes delivered in Drogheda through The Genesis Programme graduated with flying colours at a packed and excited Holy Family Community Centre earlier today.

This brings to almost 500 the total number of parents who have completed the 14 week parent programme since it was first introduced to Drogheda a decade ago.

In what was a new departure for the annual graduation event, parents graduating from the schools-based parent programmes were joined by graduates from two other programmes – the Toddler and Baby Massage Programmes.

The ceremony saw 25 parents graduate from the Incredible Years Parent Programmes attached to three of the four participating schools:

  • Marymount NS
  • St John’s JNS
  • St Patrick’s BNS

Another 16 parents from St Brigid’s GNS will follow swiftly behind with their graduation date set for June 2017. They did not commence their 14 week programme until late January.

Also graduating today was the first Baby Massage group to complete the programme in Drogheda. It was held in Marymount NS with seven parents and babies attending the programme which focuses on attachment and bonding between parents and their babies. It was delivered over 5 weeks and enjoyed by all who attended. It was a first for the school to have children of this age attending classes in the school!

There were also 6 graduates from the Incredible Years Toddler Programme that was hosted by Connect Family Resource Centre in Moneymore.

As has been the tradition for a number of years now, the graduation took place in the Holy Family Community Centre in Ballsgrove, the heartbeat of the local community. The word community encapsulates what The Genesis Programme is all about. 

The Genesis Programme Manager, Hugh Doogan, said:  “The Genesis Programme is a consortium of over fifty Partner Organisations and prides itself on its community based approach to prevention and early intervention.  The success of the programme to date has been far reaching in delivering better developmental outcomes for children and their families across Co Louth. It is great to see parents involved in a number of different parenting programmes graduate today on this the 10th anniversary of the event.”

Bairbre English, Home School Community Liaison at Marymount NS said: “The Incredible Years Parent Programme is a vital part of the Incredible Years Suite of Programmes that we run in Marymount School. It completes the circle of support around the pupils. It links school and home in a very positive and meaningful way. It provides our parents with the skills to change how they interact with their children on a daily basis and in doing so, help them to vastly improve the quality of family life and to support positive educational outcomes for their children. It helps us all speak the same language!”

This article was written by Andy Spearman

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