The formal Guidance curriculum is delivered using two forms of intervention and by employing a number of methodologies:
The informal Guidance programme consists of liaising with other teachers/tutors/management to actively promote cross curricular links and to enhance the development of a whole school policy in relation to the delivery of the Guidance Plan. Meetings and appointments with parents are an integral part of the informal guidance plan.
Counselling facilitates students in crisis by exploring a range of coping strategies and interventions in a caring and sensitive way appropriate to the individual’s needs. Counselling can only take place in an atmosphere where the young person feels secure, accepted and understood and appropriate confidentiality is guaranteed. Counselling can only take place at the request of the student and is dependent on his willingness to participate. Great emphasis is placed on raising and enhancing students’ self-esteem. The counsellor will help the student to clarify his own thoughts and help him to make his own decisions. An interdisciplinary approach is adopted – teachers from various departments collaborate and liaise with students in achieving this objective. Counselling is an essential and integrated part of the school’s guidance programme.
Educational Guidance is developmental in nature and begins prior to the students’ entry to second level schooling. It involves empowering students in the area of subject choice/level, study and examination techniques and involves consulting with the resource department and parents about related matters.
Tests are used by the Guidance Department in conjunction with the Resource department to identify the potential of students prior to their entry to Glenstal and later aptitude tests to help with subject choice and goal setting.
Career Guidance involves empowering students to recognise their many skills and talents and to enable them to make informed decisions and take ownership of their own future.
All senior cycle students complete a number of psychometric career assessments. These help to scientifically identify career choices and courses by assessing the students’ Interests, Values, Personality and Skills as well as six aptitudes.
Students are encouraged to participate in open days, career exhibitions, talks from visiting speakers and other initiatives. The Guidance Counsellor assists students with HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) and DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) and applications to the UK, Europe and the States.
The Guidance Counsellor is always present the day of the Leaving Certificate Examination Results to offer assistance to any students who might need it.