Lanesboro Community College Guidance Service
“Lanesboro Community College is committed to providing superior services and academic programs that challenge the mind and body, instilling the joy of lifelong learning and responsible citizenship. We recognise every member of our school community as a unique individual, each with the potential to grow academically, emotionally, spiritually and socially and it is our aim to provide an environment conducive to this development at all times.”
School Philosophy and Mission Statement
Lanesboro Community College aims to help each student achieve their full potential, academically, spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially in a happy secure environment. In achieving this, the guidance counsellor plays an important part in the areas of counselling and guidance as well as involvement in the pastoral care programme.
The Aims of the Guidance Counselling Service
The guidance counselling service is seen as having a central role in the continuous developmental guidance process of each individual student, which begins prior to the entry of the student to the school and concludes when the student has left the school.
It is the guidance counsellor’s role to organise the guidance activities into a coherent programme in conjunction with the management and staff of the school. The nature and range of guidance activities as outlined above are based on the premise that guidance is both a whole school concern and a specialist area within education. As part of this role, the guidance counsellor will constantly review the programme to ensure it is meeting the demands of the students and their parents.
Objectives of Guidance Service
2. Informal Guidance
The informal guidance programme consists of liaising with other teaching staff/management to promote cross curricular links and to enhance the development of a whole school policy in relation to the delivery of the guidance plan. Meetings with parents/guardians form an integral part of informal guidance.
Counselling is a key part of the school guidance programme in Lanesboro Community College, offered on an individual or group basis as part of a developmental learning process and at moments of personal crisis. Counselling on an individual basis is part of the support structure that the school provides to students. Within the overall time allocated for guidance, adequate time is given for the counselling function in the guidance programme. The aim of counselling in Lanesboro Community College is to help empower students to make decisions, solve problems, change behaviours and resolve issues in their lives. Such activity may be personal counselling, educational counselling, career counselling, or it may involve combinations of each.
In Lanesboro Community College, we assess students at various times throughout their time in the school. The guidance counsellor is trained to use a range of psychometric tests and other evaluative instruments to support relevant objectives of the school guidance programme. Such objectives may be related to career and educational planning, personal decision making and development of self-awareness.
A professional relationship involving confidentiality is at the core of guidance counselling in Lanesboro Community College. The guidance counsellor takes all reasonable steps to ensure that consultation with students takes place in an appropriately private environment. Subject to the law, the guidance counsellor will take all reasonable steps to safeguard the storage, retrieval and disposal of students’ records, both written and electronic.
Information for Students
Particular attention should be paid by the guidance counsellor in introducing the elements of the service to the first year classes. It is important that the availability of the service is made known to them, as it will be a new educational resource to incoming first years.
Information for Parents
It is important that parents are made to feel free and welcome to come and visit the guidance counsellor. An appointment system is the best operational mode in this way. Appointments can be made by contacting the school secretary at 043 33 21139. Alternatively, an email from parents over a concern can be accommodated quickly. Also, as part of overall school information dissemination e.g. school notices, parent-teacher meetings, open nights, enrolment days etc. information regarding guidance and counselling is made available as required and on the school website, www.lanesborocc.com