Personal guidance is a key part of the school guidance programme. It encompasses relatively brief interventions with students either on an individual or group basis. Personal guidance may include personal counselling, educational counselling, career counselling or a combination of these.
Counselling is available on a referral basis. The Guidance Counsellor works closely with our Chaplain as well as teams such as our Pastoral Care, Boarding and Special Educational Needs teams.Students are referred by management, staff, parents, or they may self- refer. During and after counselling the guidance counsellor will consult with teachers and other relevant and concerned parties on a regular basis to monitor progress, to discuss how pupils are coping and to plan for further support.
- Publicising to the students and at parents’ meetings the role of the guidance counsellor and the counsellor’s availability to individual students for consultation at any time, within the framework of guidance hours available, is a key task
- Students and parents are free to request a consultation with the counsellor
- The counsellor also initiates consultations with pupils, teachers and parents when particular circumstances arise indicating that a pupil may be in need ofcounselling on a personal issue, which impinges on their school life
- The counsellor is consulted by school management and pastoral care personnel on such issues
- Every student in fifth and sixth year is afforded the opportunity to meet the guidance counsellor on personal and career related matters. Students in first, second third and fourth year are seen by the guidance counselor on a request or referral basis
- Where and when possible small groups of students may be seen together if they have a common interest, for example a number of students wishing to pursue a specific career or course such as nursing.