Our Guidance Counsellor, Ms Kingston, provides our students with support, information, advice and guidance throughout their time in Deerpark CBS. Students from all years can avail of one-to-one meetings.
The role is to assist students in four main areas: Personal, Social, Academic and Career development. The role is a mixture of “Guidance” and “Counselling”.
GUIDANCE HELPS STUDENTS WITH THEIR CAREER BY:
- Identifying strengths, interests, personality and skills
- Learning how to plan the next stage in a student’s life
- Finding and understanding information about colleges and courses
- Learning about the world of work
- Learning about CVs, application forms (colleges and work) and preparing for interviews
Career Classes are timetabled throughout the Senior Cycle (TY to 6th Year).
Students’ self-knowledge and decisions are helped though Aptitude Testing, Interest Inventories, IT Programmes, Career Investigation Worksheets, access to internet investigation.
Visits to career events and colleges, presentations by speakers from colleges/industry/youth welfare and support groups are arranged throughout the year.
GUIDANCE HELPS STUDENTS TO LEARN HOW TO:
- Understand how school can help them
- Learn how to study more effectively
- Improve exam techniques
- Get information about subject choices and levels
- Learn about exams and qualifications
GUIDANCE HELPS STUDENTS WITH THEIR OWN LIFES TO:
- Learn about relationships
- Understand feelings and moods
- Learn how make important decisions
- Learn how to make plans
- Counselling offers a student a chance to talk to someone in a private, caring and non-judgmental place.
- Students are very welcome to make their own appointments or can be referred by teachers, and other members of our school community, parents/guardians and by friends.
- Ms Kingston will do everything possible to listen, understand, clarify and help students to make their own decisions.
- Counselling offers students help with a wide range of issues: generally feel mixed up. relationship problems, family problems, dealing with anger outbursts, loss of a loved one, bullying, low self-confidence, worried about the future, difficulties getting use to a new school, exam stress, drug and alcohol use, body image, identity, peer pressure, depression, abuse (psychological, physical or sexual) and self-harm.
Note to Students, Parents/Guardians:
I encourage all our students to knock on my door or stop me in the corridor. If something is worrying your son I will do my very best to help him. I would also like to say that parents/guardians are welcome to contact me at school, any time, if you have a worry about your son.
Some third level colleges and institutes of further education:
www.csn.ie (Colaiste Stiofain Naofa)
Other useful websites:
www.qualifax.ie (Ireland’s national course database, provides information on course content, entry requirements, subjects needed and points)
www.cao.ie (Central Applications Office – for applying to Universities and I.T.s)
www.examinations.ie (State examinations commission. Find exam timetables and exam papers)
www.studentfinance.ie (National website for applying for grants)
www.accesscollege.ie (Students applying for the HEAR and DARE schemes)
www.careerdirections.ie (Careers database established by FAS)
www.skoool.ie (online revision aid with interactive lessons, assessment and study notes
Useful sites if you need some emotional support