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Changing friendships

Young people face many changes in their lives - leaving school, starting jobs and going to college. These resources will support your class to discuss what this can mean for friendships and how students can prepare themselves for inevitable change.

Learning intentions

  • Explore how their friendships may change as young peoples’ lives change
  • Discuss attitudes towards changing friendships.
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Senior cycle

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15 minutes

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SPHE Relationship skills
LCA SE Relationships and sexuality

Leaving school friends behind

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Nicola, Sam, Sinead and Rachel discuss what thoughts they have about the changes in their lives when they leave school and how it impacts their friendships.
Watch this video in class and ask students to discuss what they just saw or write down reflections.

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