It is with profound sadness that we must inform all members of our school community of the passing of our cherished colleague and friend, Mr. James Baugh. James was killed in a road traffic accident on Sunday 26th July 2020. The thoughts of the entire Dunshaughlin Community College community are with James’ family and friends at this very difficult time.
James made an enormous contribution to the life of our community as a teacher, tutor and as a colleague since he joined the school in 2018. His kindness, empathetic nature and generosity have enriched all our lives and we have been privileged to work and learn alongside him. He was a wonderful role model and ambassador for our college, both in the classroom and on the football pitch, and he will be truly missed.
It is possible that your child may have some feelings and questions s/he may like to discuss with you. It is important to give factual information that is age appropriate.
You can help your child by taking time to listen and by encouraging him/her to express feelings. All children are different and will express their feelings in different ways. It is not uncommon for children to have difficulty concentrating or be fearful, anxious, or irritable. They may become withdrawn, cry, complain of physical aches and pains, have difficulty sleeping or have nightmares. Some may not want to eat. These are generally short term reaction. Over the course of the coming days, please keep an eye on your child and allow him/her to express their feelings without criticism. If you have concerns about how your child is coping, you should contact your GP.
Young people frequently turn to social media to see what others are saying, or to find out more. At these times it is important that you monitor their use and engage with them about what they read. We urge you to emphasise and reinforce the need to be extremely sensitive and careful about what they post.
Dunshaughlin Community College are implementing the school’s Critical Incident Management Plan. Psychologists from the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) have been contacted and will be supporting and advising teachers in their efforts to assist our students at this time.
Additional supports and resources to assist you in talking to your son/daughter about their feelings can be found here.
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