Bringing the parts of an institution together is an ongoing task, and not easily solved by one initiative.
Personal and technological connecting
There have been major changes in the day to day dynamics of a working day at the Pathways School, and it seems as though everyone is busy and yawning all the time. With a full five-period timetable, new staff arriving, and many students to support, it can be hard to find the time and space to connect with colleagues and students in meaningful ways. However, there are some things which we can do to try to bridge the distance, even if they do not fully solve the dilemma. They can't hurt, really.
There have been some great initiatives led by Student Services to make available lots of clubs and activities for students, including the Trinity Lifeskills Club. This has great potential to provide opportunities to meet and work with colleagues from different areas, and to participate in fun and life enriching activities with students. Check out the site where the Trinity Lifeskills Club has their main page for sharing information and pics. This is an internal website location.
Some of the staff at TCFS have begun creating groups and communicating via Yammer, which as the ad says, is a private social network for your 'company' - read 'workplace' instead. The format is friendly, and there are cross platform mobile apps and one for iPads. Interested? Read a well considered evaluation of Yammer by someone who took the time to explore all Yammer has to offer. Connect with the Trinity College Yammer group.