St. Patrick's Comprehensive School Shannon
Shannon, Co Clare
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The Guidance and Counselling service at St. Patrick's Comprehensive aims to offer a full range of learning experiences which are designed to assist students to make choices about their lives and to make transitions based on these choices. These choices may be categorised into three separate but interlinked areas -Personal and Social, Educational and Vocational.

Educational Guidance:  The Guidance and Counselling service provides the following service:

  • Assisting first years in their transition from primary school to second level education.
  • Advising students on subject choice for the Junior Certificate.
  • Providing seminars on study skills and examination technique.
  • Guiding students on programmes to follow at senior cycle and on subject choice at senior cycle.
  • Helping students in transferring to third level and further education.
  • Classes to students in third year.
  • Provision of aptitude tests.

Vocational Guidance: The Guidance and Counselling service aids students in exploring their future vocational path. Guidance classes are provided to students at junior and senior cycle. The following topics are investigated:

  • Choosing a career path and options available after school.
  • Explaining third level application procedures.
  • Career Investigation
  • Organising seminars and guest speakers on career choice.
  • Encourage student attendance at career exhibitions and open days
  • Individual appointments on future vocational paths.

Personal and Social Guidance:

Alongside the Year Head and Class Tutors the Guidance and Counselling service helps students to develop both personally and socially. This is achieved through both classroom and individual contact.

The Guidance Counsellor may:

  • Help you to explore your own feelings about your present life situation.
  • Explore with you the choices open to you and explore the consequences of each choice.
  • Refer you to qualified helpers outside the school system should this be necessary.

During the school year the School Guidance Counsellor may wish to see your son/daughter for individual educational, vocational, personal and social guidance.

Parents are always welcome to contact the Guidance Counsellor.

Please contact Mrs Schous our Guidance Counsellor for further details.

October 2017

Changes to Minimum Entry Requirements for Primary Teaching

The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton T.D. has announced new minimum entry requirements for primary teacher training programmes for the 2018/2019 academic year.

In addition to the points required for entry to programmes of primary initial teacher education (ITE), the Department of Education and Skills specifies minimum entry requirements in the core subjects: Maths, English and Irish. This is to ensure that primary teachers have the capacity to lead learning in these vital areas.

Changes announced have set higher minimum entry standards to programmes of primary initial teacher education for Leaving Certificate Maths and English at Ordinary Level and Irish at Higher Level.


The changes are as follows:

Subject Entry 2018  Entry 2019 & 2020
Irish Grade % Grade %
H5 50<60 H4 60<70

O5 50<60 O4 60<70
or   or  
H7 30<40 H7 30<40
Maths O6 40<50 O4 60<70
or   or  
H7 30<40 H7 30<40


In line with the new policy to encourage wider participation in the more challenging Higher Level papers, a H7 (which is equivalent for points to an O3) will now meet the minimum entry requirement (for Maths and English only).


In determining the entry requirements care was taken not to disadvantage those students who have already commenced the senior cycle and who intend sitting the Leaving Certificate examinations in 2018. [More]


For students applying for entry in 2018:


The Bachelor of Education (MI005/MI006) and the B.Ed. in Education and Psychology (MI008) at Mary Immaculate Limerick;


The Bachelor of Education programmes at DCU (includes St. Patrick's College Drumcondra and the Church of Ireland Centre) DC002 DC003 DC004;  


The Bachelor of Education at Marino Institute of Education CM001 CM002


The Bachelor of Education at Maynooth University MH001 MH002


The new entry requirements will be as follows:




Gaeilge – Grade H5


English – Grade O5 or H7


Mathematics – Grade O6 or H7


For students applying for college in 2019 & 2020


Gailege - Grade H4


English - Grade O4 or H7


Mathematics - Grade O4 or H7


Aer Lingus is recruiting for Cabin Crew

Aer Lingus has opened a new recruitment campaign for Cabin Crew. The closing date for applications is 16th October 2017.

How to apply

Application is made online via the Aer Lingus website here.


  • Athlone IT - AIT named Institute of Technology of the Year 2018; Open Days; CAO Information Evening.
  • CIT- Open Days; Entrance Test Dates.
  • College of Amenity Horticulture Botanic Gardens - Open Day.
  • DCU - Open Days, Irish Oral Supports; Maths Support Sessions for 2nd Level Students.
  • DIT -Guidance Counsellor Information Clinic; Open Day; Portfolio Information Day; Where can a degree from DIT take you; The world is your oyster with DIT scholarship opportunities.
  • DKIT - Open Days; CAO Course Information Morning.
  • GMIT - Open Day; New Enginering Programmes for CAO.
  • GMIT Letterfrack - Open Days; GMIT Student to Represent Ireland in WorldSkills 2017.
  • IT Blanchardstown - Seminar for Guidance Counsellors; Open Days.
  • IT Carlow - School Visits; Open Day.
  • IT Tallaght - Open Day; New Digital Marketing Courses; BA in Creative Digital Media.
  • IT Tralee - Open Day.
  • IT Sligo - Open Days; Book a Campus Tour; Download the IT Sligo CampusConnect App.


Bord na Móna Apprenticeships

Bord na Móna is developing new sustainable businesses, that will deliver greater returns for its employees and the wider community. Eighty years ago Bord na Móna committed itself to delivering a new industry for Ireland using our indigenous resources. We are now looking for you to help us deploy 21st Century technologies as our company fulfils its original mission as it delivers a new sustainable future.

The Role:

Our Business Units currently wish to recruit Apprentices as follows:

  • Electrical Apprentices

The Person:

Candidates will need to have completed their Leaving Certificate at Ordinary Level completed, at a minimum. Candidates will also need to have attained a minimum of Grade D in five subjects (including Mathematics) and at least one of the following:

  • Science;
  • Construction Studies;
  • Engineering;
  • Design & Communications Graphics (Technical Drawing)

Proficiency in the English language is a requirement. Candidates who meet the screening criteria will be invited to complete a number of relevant aptitude tests. The results from these aptitude tests will be used to compile a short list for interview purposes.

Candidates selected for appointment will be required to pass a medical examination, including a colour vision test. Please attach your Curriculum Vitae including a contact number, e-mail address and details of your Leaving Certificate results.

Note: Failure to attach the above details will result in application not being processed.

The selection process for this role will include candidate screening from application. Visit for more information.

If you wish to be considered simply click the “Apply” on the job on our Intranet or enter the following link on your own personal computer:

September 2017 

The Defence Forces are now accepting applications for General Service Recruits in the Army and Naval Service .

 They are looking for men and women from all backgrounds that possess a strong sense of duty and enjoy working as part of a team.

Applicants for the Army must be at least 18 years of age and under 25 years of age on the closing date of applications 27th October 2017

Applicants for the Naval Service must be at least 18 years of age and under 27 years of age on the closeing date of applications 27th October 2017.

To find out more about careers in the Defence Forces click on the link below :


Better Options 2017 - College Fair for Students with Disabilities

 Many major colleges will be represented in the Exhibition hall and useful seminars will run concurrently.

 When: 10:00-13:00, Nov 22nd 2017

 Where: Auditorium, Block A, DCU St Patrick's Campus, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

 Cost: Free - registration is not required, just show up!

New courses at UL


UL’s new Bachelor of Arts programme will create a greater range of subject choice and give students the opportunity to work, travel or study abroad. Ranked as the highest general entry arts course in the country with 360 points, one of the programme’s strengths is its range of 19 subjects with 176 possible combinations to degree level. As part of this new degree programme, €1000 will be awarded to the three students who achieve the highest CAO points for the year of their application. A further €1000 will be awarded to the three students with the highest QCA at the end of Year 1. This course is in conjunction with Mary Immaculate College.

Paramedic Studies is another new course to the UL curriculum increasing the number to a total of 44 undergraduate programmes which are offered by the University.

The first of its kind to be incorporated into a Level 8 degree, it is required that students have both a driver’s license as well as a van license in order to begin study.

Students will be given the opportunity to partake in work placement in order to deal with a full spectrum of emergencies.

If you wish to learn more about the full range of courses offered at UL as well as their 2018 CAO entry points go to;


Information on the New Common Points Scale is currently available on in the Student Resources and Information for Schools sections on the CAO website.  Additional resources, including a Points Calculator and Converter, will be made available when the 2018 website goes live on the 4th November, 2017.


 All 4th and 5th  Year students are advised to sign up to the Careers News website.  You will receive daily emails with relevant links to up-to-date careers news. Simply log on to, click on the sign up to newsletter tab at the top of the page and complete the necessary information.  You can also follow ‘Careers and Education news’ on Facebook and on Twitter



 All LC students are being scheduled for their individual Guidance appoinment with Mrs Schous. Please ensure that you have made your appointment and that if you cannot attended please swap with another student.



 Students from 4th, 5th  Year are encouraged to attend Open Days of Universities and Colleges that they are interested in on Saturdays where possible. A full list of dates for these events is available on, each institution’s website and on


CAO Applications

 CAO Applications may be made online from 4th November at 12 noon. Students are encouraged to register as early as possible in order to be familiar with the system. The courses that you select now can be amended up to 31st January for no extra charge and students who apply online before 5.15pm on 20th January 2018 may avail of the discounted application fee of €25. Students are reminded that you may download for free the CAO APP which is a very helpful resource. This is available for free on Apple and Android devices.



 Applicants with a disability or specific learning difficulty will be able to complete their own section of the SIF when they apply online. Applicants who wish to be considered for the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) scheme must complete this form and indicate on the form that they wish to be considered for DARE. They will then print the sections to be completed by the school and by a consultant and return these to CAO. Please see the CAO handbook for details. A guide and instructions will be available on the CAO website in November.



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