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Defining Guidance


Guidance refers to the range of learning experiences provided in a developmental sequence that assists students to make choices - personal and social, educational, and career - about their lives and which enables them to successfully deal with the transitions which result from such choices. A spectrum of activities and services are provided in order to assist students; counselling, assessment, advice, information, educational development programmes, personal and social development programmes, vocational development programmes and referrals.


The Guidance and Counselling Department is inclusive to all Students:


Guidance in second-level schools refers to a range of learning experiences, provided in a developmental sequence, that assist students to develop self-management skills which will lead to effective choices and decisions about their lives. It encompasses the three separate, but interlinked areas:


  • Personal and Social Development
  • Educational Guidance
  • Career Guidance


Counselling is a key part of the school guidance programme, offered on an individual or group basis as part of a developmental learning process and at moments of personal crisis. Counselling may include personal counselling, educational counselling, career counselling or combinations of these.

Personnel involved in the Provision of Guidance


  • Guidance Counsellor
  • Principal
  • Deputy Principal
  • Year Heads
  • Class Tutors
  • SEN Team
  • R.E. Teachers
  • SPHE Teachers


Principal:                                     Mr Michael O’Leary

Deputy Principal:                          Ms Ni Mhurchu & Mr. O'Connor

Guidance Counsellor:                    Ms. Michelle Dunne

Year Heads:                           

                                                    6th Year: Mr. Finnegan

                                                    5th Year: Mr. Shields

                                                    4th Year: Ms. Connolly

                                                    3rd Year: Ms. Doherty

                                                    2nd Year: Ms. Rooney
                                                    1st Year: Mr. McLoughlin

Emergency Contact Numbers and Counselling Services


Phone number

Emergency Services


Local Health Centre

01 8834906

Balbriggan Gardaí

01 8020510

DDLETB Psychological Services

01 4598446

National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS)

(01) 889 2700 

Jigsaw North Fingal 

(01) 960 3020

Pieta House Dublin North 

(01) 883 1000


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