The Guidance Department endeavours to support all our students in their journey through secondary education. Our role involves counselling, providing information, educational guidance, career guidance, individual appointments and providing for the personal, educational and social development of all our students. Students therefore may wish to see the Guidance Counsellor for educational guidance, career guidance or for personal counselling.
Educational guidance and career guidance are delivered as part of a structured whole school programme. Students participate in psychometric testing and have individual appointments to help them with subject choice. The Guidance Department have developed a career guidance programme spanning the three years of the Senior Cycle. In the period from Transition Year to Sixth Year students participate in careers classes, careers counselling, mock interviews, college visits and college presentations.
Personal counselling is available for all students quite apart from the general provision indicated above. Students may from time to time need care, support and guidance to help them cope with particular situations or difficulties they may be encountering. We work in conjunction with the Pastoral Care Team of Year Heads and form Teachers and liaise with the Senior Management Team to provide the range of supports which a student may need. The Guidance Counsellors are qualified and registered members of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors and adhere to the guidelines on best practise and the code of ethical conduct. The limits on confidentiality are to provide for the safety of the student if necessary.
Parents/Guardians are welcome to contact the Guidance Counsellors with any concerns or queries they may have. The Guidance Counsellors are available to meet with parents/guardians at all the parent/teacher meetings and various information evenings throughout the school year. The Guidance Counsellors maintain a list of registered practitioners and assist with referrals for students requiring additional support.