F.C.J. Secondary School | Guidance & Counselling 

Guidance and Counselling

F.C.J. Secondary School

Welcome to our Guidance Counselling Website!Fáilte chuig ár Suíomh Gréasáin Gairmthreorach


refers to a range of learning experiences provided in a developmental sequence, designed to assist students to make choices about their lives.These choices may be categorised into three separate but interlinked areas Personal and Social, Educational and Career.

Counselling - Counselling empowers the students to make decisions, solve problems, change behaviours and resolve issues in their lives. Sometimes in FCJ this may be personal counselling, educational counselling, career counselling or it may involve combinations of each. Counselling is a key part of the school guidance key programme offered on an individual or group basis as part of a developmental learning process and at moments of personal crisis.

First Year Students this year have two Pastoral Care classes every week. To help students make the transition from Primary to Secondary School, we offer a Transition programme. This programme helps first year students  adjust to new subjects, more teachers, longer day, changing friendships, and the new school timetable. Furthermore it teaches them skills to become organised and study effectively. Each student will get a workbook which will especially help those students who are having difficulty settling in. 
This year the 'Friends Youth' programme will again be rolled out for First Year Students. The ‘FRIENDS Youth’ programme is a school-based positive mental health programme. The World Health Organisation cites ‘FRIENDS for Life’ as the only evidence-based programme effective at all levels of intervention for anxiety in children (WHO 2004). The programme helps students to develop effective strategies to deal with worry, stress and change and teaches the skills required to reduce anxiety and promote resilience. First Year students are involved in our 'College Awareness' week which we run in November. On the last week of September the Guidance Department are involved in the meetings set up for First Year parents, to help parents recognise their son/daughters guidance counsellor and it allows us to explain what our Guidance Service offers..
1st Year Guidance Counsellors - Colm & Victoire I (Ms. Carroll), Brid & Padraig I (Ms. Goff), Aidan & Marie I (Ms. C. Kenny)

Second Year
 The students are generally referred by Form Teacher, Dean, Deputy Principal or Principal. Some students self refer for a wide variety of reasons and these are promptly dealt with through individual appointments. Students will also have classes on Wellbeing, Goal Setting and Study Skills throughout the year. Second Year students are involved in our College Awareness week which we run in November.
2nd Year Guidance Counsellor - Aidan, Brid & Padraig II (Ms. Carroll), Colm, Marie, & Victoire II (Ms.Goff)

Third Year A module programme on study skills and subject choice for senior cycle is provided in class groups and students can arrange individual interviews. Comprehensive information on the potential benefits of the Transition Year programme is made available at this time. Aptitude Tests Aptitude Tests such as the DATs Test  are administered and the results are explained to the students on a one to one. The annual Information Night for Parents in relation to Senior Cycle Options is availed of as an ideal opportunity to reinforce in summary form much of the work covered in class and will take place on Wednesday 14th November 2018 @ 7.30pm. There will also be a parents information evening in relation to subject choice on Tuesday 26th of February 2019 @ 7.30pm. Students will also attend an information event during the school day where teachers from each subject department will speak to allow students have a greater insight into all subjects. All Third Year students will be involved in College Awareness week which will take place in November.
3rd Year Guidance Counsellor - Aidan, Colm & Marie III (Ms Carroll), Brid, Padraig & Victoire III (Ms Goff)

Transition Year
 As a school we are delighted to be using the REACH+ Programme in to our school. The REACH+ Career & College Preparation Programme is the most advanced career guidance programme available in Ireland. It covers a comprehensive range of topics. The programme encourages students to match their aptitude, values, interests and personality to career pathways and course opportunities. The programme includes a substantial online learning environment where students can complete and store all of their career research. Students will also learn the importance of having an impressive CV and how to create one. The importance of Interview skills cannot be underestimated and students will learn interview skills, techniques and the need for interview preparation. Throughout TY students will have the chance to do a mock interview which will give them experience when entering the world of work. Guest speakers will also visit TY classes throughout the year from colleges around Ireland. TY students will again look at subject choice for 5th year and they will get to attend an information event from both teachers and students in relation to subject choice. There will be a parent information evening in relation to subject choice on Tuesday 26th of February 2018 @ 7.30pm. Students will also attend an information event during the school day where teachers from each subject department will speak to give students a greater insight into all subjects. All students will be brought to an organised Career Event. TY Students will also be involved in the College Awareness Week in November.
TY Guidance Counsellor - Aidan & Padraig IV (Ms Carroll), Brid & Colm IV (Ms Goff)

Fifth Year All 5 Year students are facilitated individually as they prepare their Career Investigations and prepare for Leaving Cert. Students will also have Study Skills Day run by an outside agency. Students will be brought to UCD for a College Open Day. Students will have access to college speakers during 'College Awareness' Week. 5th Year Students also have Career Guidance Classes throughout the year and each student will have at least one guidance appointment. 
5th Year Guidance Counsellor - Aidan, Brid & Colm V (Ms Carroll), Padraig, Marie, & Victoire V (Ms.Goff)

Sixth Year All 6th Year Students have the option of attending a Study Skills day on the 29th of August which is run by Super Generation. On the 12th of September all 6th Year Students will attend the 'Higher Options' in the RDS.
Throughout the year the Guidance Counsellor meets all 6th years individually. Some students are seen several times depending on personal needs and circumstances.  All 6th years have Career Guidance Classes throughout the year. Classes will guide students through 6th year, by looking at Options after the Leaving Cert, Grants, College Courses, PLC's, HEAR & DARE Scheme, how to Survive College Life, Scholarships, examine how the CAO works and how to list CAO choices. 6th Year Students will also be able to attend speakers who will come from third level institutions all over Ireland throughout the year and on 'College Awareness' week. There will a CAO meeting for parents on the 10th of December 2018 @ 7.30pm. 
6th Year Guidance Counsellor - Ms. C. Kenny

The school guidance plan being implemented in FCJ Secondary School addresses the main needs of the students by helping them in their personal, social, educational and career planning needs

School Guidance Counsellors
Ms Ciara Kenny ,Ms Anne Carroll , Ms Leanne Goff

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