St. Augustine's College
Roll No: 64890W
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Definition of Guidance
“Guidance facilitates people throughout their lives to manage their own educational, training, occupational, personal, social and life choices so that they reach their full potential and contribute to the development of a better society”
National Guidance Forum, 2007.
The Guidance Department:
Guidance Counsellor: Ms. Elaine Moore (BA,MSC,PGDE,PGGC)
The Guidance Service:
In St. Augustine's College, We offer a comprehensive guidance service to students from 1st to 6th year including;
- Career/Vocational Counselling
- Educational Counselling
- Personal Counselling
Any student can attend the guidance counsellor for personal, educational or career guidance. Students allocated an appointment will be issued a permission slip to be signed by their teacher at the time of the appointment. Students will be made aware of confidentiality and its limitations.
A mentoring programme is run in St. Augustines College.Twenty 6th year students, 10 girls and 10 boys are given a small group of 1st years to mentor for the year. The mentors give 1st years a tour of the school on their first day, help staff issue lockers,show students to their classes and sit with them at break-time. Throughout the year the 6th year mentors meet the first years and organise activities for the 1st years.
The Meditation Room, called, 'SACRED SPACE', is open to 3rd & 6th years during their SPHE/RE class to help students find a balance and reduce stress levels. It is a quiet, tranquil space, lit by candles and scented with lavender, camomile and bergamot oils. A maximum of 12 students are allowed in the room and students must sign up for the session with the guidance counsellor or their SPHE/RE teacher.
Referred students from 1st, 2nd, 3rd, TY, 5th and 6th years meet with the Guidance Counsellor individually throughout the school year. At the beginning of each term, the guidance counsellor, year heads, and management of the school review each student and identify students not performing academically. Students identified are met by the guidance counsellor or yearhead/management about their results. Study skills, class behaviour, attendance, homework, daily routine, extra-curricular committments and revision are addressed. A student may be put on report and/or met after the next set of results to monitor progress. Parents are generally contacted if a student is not performing consistently.
Students are referred to the guidance counsellor when they request to drop from higher to ordinary level in core subjects. Students in 3rd and 5th year are advised to drop down a level in subjects after a midterm examination in order to reduce class disturbance and furthermore ensure that the student does not make a quick and easy decision that may cost them points in 6th year.
4th Year students (and 3rd year students not doing transition year) have some classes focusing on subject choices after Christmas. The classes include; career interest tests, personality profiling, an introduction to the points system, colleges in Ireland, qualification standards, qualification levels according to the NFQ and college entry requirements. An online profile on the website careers portal is set up by each student. Online tests on careers interests link enrolled college courses in Ireland and careers to consider. All assessments completed can be viewed by the guidance counsellor. All 4th years (and 3rd years not doing transition year) have the opportunity to meet with the Guidance Counsellor individually or in groups to discuss subjects choices for senior cycle and subject requirements for particular courses in universities and colleges. Students are met individually in January regarding 5th year subject.
5th Year students 5th year students throughout the year will sit the Differential Aptitude Test, careers interest tests and personality profiling tests. Students must update their online careersportal account and complete career based tests. Students are also required to input their academic results into their careersportal profile to track their points from each midterm report. The guidance counsellor will see every update that they make and any research they carry out. Students are encouraged to attend open days in 5th year in order to limit disturbance to their study in 6th year.Open Days are posted on student notice-board and on the guidance website under 'events'.
6th Year students All 6th year Students attend the RDS Higher Options at the beginning of September. Irish & UK Universites, the Military, FETAC Colleges and seminars on career sectors make the RDS Higher Options a worthwhile experience. All 6th years will be allocated an appointment to meet the Guidance Counsellor before the end of september. The appointment is a time, to discuss their career interest tests, summer results, and college/work options to consider. 6th year students meet the guidance counsellor regularly throughout the year in relation to subject levels, course options, stress management and financial and disability access routes. The individual and module careers classes in 6th year include; careers interest tests, evalutation of points, guest speakers from universities and colleges, financial access routes, disability access routes, stress, multiple intelligences, interview techniques, CAO applications and further education college applications.