Guidance & Counselling

Our Guidance Counsellor, Ms Teresa O’Flynn, provides advice and support to students throughout their secondary school education.

Many challenges can present themselves during this time – eg transition to secondary school, subject choice, study & goal setting, programme choice, preparing for and coping with exams and making important decisions about the future can sometines cause uncertainty and worry. A safe space is provided for students to talk if they are experiencing difficulty and we offer counselling to help students address issues. The guidance programme is both individual and class based.

Guidance facilitates people throughout their lives to manage their own educational, training, occupational, personal, social, and life choices so that they reach their full potential and contribute to the development of a better society.

Guidance in schools refers to a range of learning experiences provided in developmental sequence that assist students to develop self-management skills which will lead to effective choices and decisions about their lives. It encompasses the three separate, but interlinked areas of personal and social development, educational guidance and career guidance.

Guidance is an entitlement in post-primary schools as per the Education Act (1998) Section 9 which states that a school shall use its available resources to (c) ensure that students have access to appropriate guidance to assist them in their educational and career choices.

Guidance in post-primary schools is a whole school activity that is integrated into all school programmes at both junior and senior cycle and supports students from first to sixth year.