Guidance & Support

Guidance and Support

Pastoral Care is fundamental in promoting the well being of our students and enhances their educational development.  Each year group is supported by a Year Head and Tutor team.

Our Guidance Counsellor works with students on an individual or group basis.

The role of the counsellor is two-fold.

  1. 1. To assist the students’ educational progress by:
  • Arranging and administering assessment tests
  • Advising on subject choice
  • Providing information on careers
  • Providing careers classes, explaining how the CAO system works, preparation for CAO application and discussing alternative 3rd level opportunites.
  • Organising attendance at careers exhibitions, College open days.
  • Organising Guest speakers from the different third level Universities and colleges including Post Leaving Cert colleges to visit the school
  • Hosting information evenings for parents/guardians
  1. 2. To provide support for students who may be experiencing difficulty

  • Personal and social guidance aims to help students to make decisions, solve problems, resolve difficulties and develop coping strategies that will empower them to live more fulfilled lives.
  • St. Mary’s Holy Faith Secondary School has a number of personnel, including a visiting counsellor, trained and experienced in supporting students in need.
  • Students can be referred for support at their own request, the request of their parent/guardian, any teacher or if a friend or peer draws it to the attention of a staff member that a student is experiencing difficulties.
  • Students bring a variety of different issues. These include:

-                     Personal Reasons –e.g. Friendship /Bullying/ Self-seteem

-                     Family Problems – e.g. Bereavement

-                     Relationship Ptroblems

-                     Stress/ Motivation and Coping Skills

-                      Health issues

POST LEAVING CERT GRANT APPLICATIONS – SIXTH YEARS

Sixth Years who wish to apply for grants can now apply online to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) using the following link http://vimeo.com/41277495

Check out the Careers Portal website for excellent resources in relation to career investigation.

http://www.careersportal.ie/

http://www.qualifax.ie/