Welcome to Catholic University School Guidance and Counselling website.
Catholic University School aims to create an open, happy, stimulating and mutually respectful environment in which the boys are able to develop the full range of their talents and abilities in a balanced, integrated and generous way.
In Catholic University School the Guidance and Counselling department strives to develop students who are open to growth, intellectually competent, socially able, culturally aware, physically developed, inspired by the values of the Marist Founders. Our graduates are developed to be flexible and adaptive, actively concerned about justice and peace and committed to the criterion of excellence in all aspects of life.
At Catholic University 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 helps them to become more aware of their emotions, abilities, interests and special aptitudes. We aim to support students in making and implementing appropriate life choices and plans. Guidance refers to both the specific guidance programme delivered by the Guidance Counsellor and to whole school supports in which all school staff are involved. The Guidance Counsellor is available to meet with students throughout the school day either by appointment or referral.
The work of the Guidance Counsellor consists of the following tasks:
- Counselling – Personal, Educational and Career: helping students to explore their thoughts and feelings, and the choices open to them; giving care and support to students learning to cope with the many aspects of growing up and at moments of personal crisis.
- Psychological testing: helping students to obtain a better self-understanding through the use of psychometric tests and other inventories. The CAT (Cognitive Ability Testing) is undertaken by all 1st year students. At the end of 2nd year all students do the DES Standardised English Reading and Maths tests. Differential Aptitude Tests are administered at the end of Transition Year as an aid to help students choose subjects for Leaving Certificate and to identify their strengths which may help with future career choices. Interest Inventories are also used in each year of the Senior Cycle.
- Careers Information Management: providing students with objective and factual data on education and training opportunities, occupations, labour market information etc. The annual CUS Careers Fair for 5th and 6th year students and parents gives opportunity to research one to one with University, College and Business representatives. A further aspect of Career Guidance is the weekly career presentations by University/Colleges and other institutions from September to January.
- Student Research: independent student research is encouraged at every stage and full use is made of Guidance Software and Online resources. A careers library with books, college prospectuses and online access is available to all students. Senior Cycle student use the Reach+ online Career Guidance Programme, as part of their Career Guidance classes.
- CAO/College Application: helping students prepare for application to Third Level institutions and Colleges of Further Education is a key part of the work of the Guidance Counsellor. Students who wish to apply to UK Colleges through UCAS or colleges abroad are also given every assistance. Online application facilities are made available to all students.
- Consultations with parents, staff and the wider community: parents/guardians are always welcome to meet with the Guidance Counsellor at information evenings, parent/teacher meetings and on request by contacting the school. One to one meeting with parents of all 6th years with the guidance counsellor and the student in term 1 of 6th year facilitates stronger focus on study and third level choices.
- Vocational preparation – job search skills, work experience, industrial and appropriate work site visits during Maths week, Science week, and Engineers week are undertaken.
- Referrals: for outside assessment by psychologists, clinics or other agencies.
We hope you find our Guidance and Counselling Website helpful. We endeavour to update our website regularly to provide both students and parents with up to date career guidance information, information on in-school career events, information on promoting positive mental health, and any relevant articles and videos that we think you may enjoy.
Frances Ruane – Guidance Counsellor