Student Guidance and Counselling

Coláiste na Toirbhirte provides a full-time and a part time Guidance Counsellor for it’s students. Their areas of responsibility and intervention include personal counselling, career guidance and educational guidance. This comprehensive guidance and counselling service is available to all students.

Incoming students are helped to settle into the new environment of the secondary school. The Guidance Counsellor helps the students to choose subjects and make realistic career decisions. Up-to-date information is provided on third-level courses in Ireland, Britain and on other career opportunities of which students may avail.

Liaising with the Learning Support teacher, Pastoral Care team, parents and relevant external agencies is part of the professional services provided by the Guidance Department. The Guidance Counsellor is available to parents by appointment.

The aims of the Guidance and Counselling department

  • To help students develop an awareness and acceptance of their talents and abilities
  • To explore possibilities and opportunities
  • To grow in independence and to take responsibility for themselves
  • To make informed choices about their lives and to follow through on those choices

Guidance can be divided into three areas.

Vocational Guidance is related to assisting students in making educated choices in relation to third level training and education and how those choices influence their career opportunities. It includes career guidance classes for fourth and sixth year students, individual career guidance interviews, administration of aptitude and career interest assessments, and visits to career exhibitions and third level institutions.

Educational Guidance is concerned with student’s ability to maximise achievement in relation to their learning. It includes information on study skills and examination techniques, counselling for learning-related problems, and information and support in making choices of subjects and levels.

Counselling and Support is available to students who are experiencing personal difficulty with view to exploring a range of coping strategies and interventions in a caring and sensitive way appropriate to the individual’s needs. This is a confidential service.