St Louis High School Guidance and Counselling Department
The two Guidance Counsellors deliver personal, social, educational and vocational guidance in a professional and effective manner. We provide appropriate access to Guidance and Counselling, whilst balancing the needs of Junior and Senior cycle students.
Guidance is provided in the following ways:
Individual and group guidance and counselling is available, as appropriate
Priority given to students with mental health difficulties and students who are showing signs of not coping with their lives
Positive behaviour is promoted by the Guidance Counsellors in all their dealings with students.
Bullying awareness and conflict resolution are addressed, where possible.
Interviews with parents as necessary or requested.
Aptitude and Career Interest testing administered by the two Guidance Counsellors
Referral where necessary (e.g. NEPS), specialised counselling, etc
Both Guidance Counsellors attend weekly meetings of the Student Support Team
Guidance Counsellors regularly meet with the Principal and Year Heads
On-going support of students with special educational needs, students who are at-risk and students who require additional support
Presentations to parents on year appropriate guidance including subject choices and applications to higher and further education
Consultation with NEPS psychologist & other professional services
Career Guidance activities/events include the following:
Guidance classes are provided to guide students on making optimum subject choices. Talk for parents on subject choices for Junior Cycle.
Guidance classes are provided to prepare students to set vocational and educational goals.
Guidance classes are provided to guide students on options for senior cycle. Additional guidance on subject choices for Leaving Certificate is provided for 3rd year students who are progressing directly to 5thyear.
Weekly classes in a computer room where we follow the Reach+ program. Subject to availability, TY students have the option to participate in Roboslam, WAVES, TCD Dept of Botany programme, DIT School of Architecture placement. All TYs visit Maynooth University and DIT/DCU on a one-day excursion. Talk for parents on making effective subject choices for Leaving Certificate.
Module of classes to prepare students for choices post-Leaving Certificate. DATS (aptitude testing) is carried out early in the first term. Each 5th year student receives at least one individual appointment with her Guidance Counsellor, feedback on DATS forms part of the focus of this meeting. Annual Careers Day. Students choose from approximately 40 different options of career/course/college talks delivered by Third Level lecturers or school liaison officers, professionals and past pupils. In addition we bring all 5th years on a customised tour and talk in UCD. Talk for parents on advance preparation and planning in relation to Third Level applications.
Weekly classes in a computer room where we focus on applications to further and higher educational institutions. Each 6th year student receives a minimum of two individual meetings with her Guidance Counsellor. In partnership with Ernst & Young we organise mandatory mock interviews for all 6th year students. Oral and written feedback is provided to all interviewees. Talk for parents on making applications to further and higher educational institutions
Individual appointments are available as required. Depending on the needs of the student, referral to external agencies may be required and will be communicated to parents. Our confidentiality policy is communicated to all students in class and at their initial appointment.
We undertake to take all reasonable steps to ensure the confidentiality of information about any student in the course of our professional work. Normally, we do not need to share or reveal what they tell us except in the following circumstances:
where it is clear that there is a health/safety danger to the student or another person
if we are required by law
The issue of limited confidentiality is explained to the girls in class when the guidance and counselling is introduced and again at the beginning of the first personal counselling session.