The Guidance Department offers a full range of activities and interventions, which assist students in making decisions in their lives. For second level students these choices are focused on developments in three key areas:
In Our Lady's School we aim to provide a comprehensive service to students through a range of activities, which promote a student's personal growth , self-knowledge and self-esteem and which help them to become more aware of their emotions, abilities, interests and special aptitudes. We aim to support student's in making and implementing appropriate life choices and plans.
Guidance refers to both specific guidance programme delivered by the Guidance Counsellors and to whole school supports in which all school staff are involved.
Our Lady's School has two qualified Guidance Counsellors.
Both Guidance Counsellors are available to meet students throughout the school day either by appointment or referral. Please see the Guidance Explanation sheet for students and parents.
All Transition years have a weekly guidance classes.
All Sixth Year students have a weekly guidance class.
Guidance Counsellors have access to other year groups for guidance classes throughout the year.
Parents/Guardians are always welcome to meet with the Guidance Counsellors at information evenings, parent/teacher meetings and on request, by contacting the school.
The provision of guidance, in Our Lady's School, aims to ensure that students can avail of the following activities.
Counselling - helping students on an individual basis to explore their own thoughts and feelings about their present situation, about the choices open to them, and the consequence of each choice.
Information - porviding the students with objective and factual data.
Accessment - using aptitude and interest tests to help students make better decisions.
Career Transition Programmes - providing the necessary concepts, knowledge and skills to enable students to make the transition to further and higher education, training and work
Educational Development Skills - providing knowledge and skills relating to studying , examination performance, choice of subjects and levels.
Personal and Social Development Programmes - providing knowledge and skills relating to personal and social development, self- awareness, decision-making and planning.
Useful ResourcesGuidance in OLS explanation sheet.pdfSHARING EXPERIENCES AND SUGGESTIONS AROUND ALCOHOL & SUBSTANCE ABUSE - A COLLABORATIVE GUIDE FOR PARENTS.pdf
5th-Year Guidance 2018.pdf
6th Year Guidance - Information on college applications.pdf
OLS LC Subject choice presentation 2018
Subject Choice Booklet for LC 2020 - Feb 2018.pdf