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Guidance & Counselling

School Guidance and Counselling service is an integral part of Moyne College. Student interests and attitudes are taken into account in assessing their potential and suitability for Further Education, Training and the world of work. This process is part of the school’s overall provision and helps students to achieve goals which are consistent with their ability.
Guidance and counselling specifically seeks to orient students in the most suitable direction.

It is possible to distinguish three areas of concern within the guidance counselling, namely:

  1. Educational
  2. Vocational
  3. Personal/Social Guidance and Counselling

The guidance and counselling process aims to help students to grow in self knowledge and self-esteem by helping them:

  • To understand their abilities, interests and special aptitudes
  • To acquire information about educational and vocational opportunities
  • To make and carry out appropriate choices and plans to achieve satisfactory adjustments in life.
  • In practice, these three areas are closely linked in practice

The guidance and counselling programme is concerned with the following functions:

1. An appraisal/assessment service which is designed to collect, analyse and use a variety of data for the purpose of better understanding the students. This will also assist them to understand themselves. It involves the use and interpretation of psychological and educational standardised tests and measument.

2. An information service providing facts on which to make informed choices and decisions. This service includes career information management in order to acquire and disseminate useful career and course details.

3. A counselling service, which is designed to facilitate self understanding and self-development. It helps students explore their own thoughts and feelings about their present situation, about the options open to them and about the consequences of those options.

4. A range of programmes and planned experiences, designed to develop the skills and knowledge that will assist the students and their choices.

Guidance and Counselling at Moyne College

Guidance and Counselling is at the heart of our pastoral care in Moyne College. Our Guidance Counsellor Mairéad Higgins has a caring and supportive role in the school where students can obtain advice and support about a range of issues. Issues such as relationships to study skills or family difficulties to college advice and information, the Guidance Counsellor is on hand to meet with students in a confidential environment where each student is cared for and supported throughout their time in the school. Counselling helps students explore their thoughts and feelings and the choices open to them upon completion of their education at Moyne College. It gives care and support to students learning to cope with the many aspects of growing up and school life and with their individual personal circumstances. Moyne College offers a comprehensive guidance and counselling service to all our students. The Guidance Counsellor liaises with the school Principal, Deputy Principal, Year Heads, Tutors, Class Teachers and Learning Support Teachers. She also has contact with parents, psychologists, employers, colleges, counsellors and the Department of Education to ensure a comprehensive network is in place to support all students. 

The role of the Guidance Counsellor falls into three areas:

1. Educational Guidance & Counselling - providing support at key moments during your time in school. The Guidance Counsellor is involved in helping with the transition from primary to secondary school and with helping with subject choices in first year and fifth year. The Guidance Counsellor also works with students on developing their study skills and future prospects.

2. Vocational Guidance & Counselling - working closely with students in 5th and 6th year regarding career and college choices.

3. Social and Personal Guidance & Counselling – the Guidance Counsellor is available to meet with students to talk about any issue that may arise in their school life. The students also have talks and workshops on stress management, making friends and mental health.

Useful Websites

Follow the links to any of these websites This is the website of the Central Applications Office and for those intending to apply to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) the information on the CAO website should be carefully considered. A very useful careers website with a number of resources for students. This is another useful careers website This website outlines how specific applicants to the CAO may avail of the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) or the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE). Both of these schemes are aimed at increasing participation rate in Higher Education. This outlines what financial assistance is available regarding grants This outlines what financial assistance is available regarding grants A very comprehensive site, run by FÁS, giving details of numerous occupations This is the website for those who intend to apply to colleges in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.