Loreto Secondary School Balbriggan
1. Aims of the Guidance Programme:
Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan is a catholic girls’ secondary school. In the spirit of Mary Ward we aim to develop all the abilities of our students in order that they realise their full potential and use their talents for the service of others.
We also aim to encourage self-confidence and self esteem in a happy atmosphere and structured environment.
The school community collaborating together in mutual respect strives for holistic excellence.
We also aim to promote self-confidence and self esteem in a happy atmosphere and structured environment.
The school recognises the uniqueness, inherent worth and dignity of each student.
The students are encouraged to know themselves, to acknowledge and use their gifts, to recognise and accept their limitations and to share their talents with others.
The school environment encourages recognition of the potential of each individual student, responding to the needs and differences of each.
To raise awareness of the relevance of their studies in today’s world.
Enjoyment of learning and commitment to the development of independent life-long learning are fostered.
2. Needs analysis of guidance and counselling in Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan as identified by students, staff and parents:
Opportunities for personal development and self-confidence
Education and encouragement in developing social skills
To promote understanding and the importance of self-worth in students
To create awareness of multiple intelligence
Education about social issues
Mental health education
Emotional support for students experiencing difficulties
Confidential counselling for students
Direction towards up to date information on subject/courses
Support and guidance around subject choice
Advice about subjects levels
Guidance towards realistic career choice
To identify students with special needs as early as possible
Extra support for students with special needs
3. Objectives of the Guidance Programme:
To assist each student in their personal development and to help them to know and accept themselves, including their strengths and weaknesses.
To support each student in following an educational path which is appropriate to them.
To support students who may be experiencing difficulties in their lives, at home or at school.
To facilitate students in choosing and embarking on a career path which will be personally rewarding and will reflect their individual talents and values.
To support students at times of transition.
To identify and explore opportunities for students.
To help students grow in independence and take responsibility for themselves.