*SUSI is now open. Check out the link under 6th Year Career Guidance on the left of the page for more information and links*
Guidance refers to a range of learning experiences provided in a developmental sequence, designed to assist students to make choices about their lives and to make transitions consequent on these choices. 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 are offered a short programme on transition from primary to post-primary – which helps them to adjust to new subjects, more teachers, longer day, changing friendships, school timetable, and teach 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.
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.
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 and Rothwell – Miller Interest Blank are administered and the results are explained to the students. 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 16th November 2016 @ 7.30pm. There will also be a parents information evening in relation to subject choice on Tuesday 28th of February 2017 @ 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.
Transition Year As a school we are delighted to announce the introduction of 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 entereing 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 infomation 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 28th of February 2017 @ 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.
Fifth Year All 5 Year students are facilitated individually as they prepare their Career Investigations and prepare for Leaving Cert.
Sixth 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 on a weekly basis. Weekly 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, examing 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. There will a CAO meeting for parents on the 12th of December 2016 @ 7.30pm.
This school guidance plan being implemented in FCJ Secondary School addresses the main needs of the students by helping them in their personal and social, educational and career planning needs
School Guidance Counsellors
Ms Ciara Kenny & Ms Anne Carroll