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Guidance Department

Guidance Counsellors:   Ms. AnnMarie Whelan and Ms Grace O’Carroll

Guidance Office:   Telephone number: 0214871740

Guidance and Counselling Service

Ballincollig Community School provides an all-embracing Guidance and Counselling service to all students. The school Guidance and Counselling service provides educational, vocational and personal guidance.

Educational Guidance:

The Guidance and Counselling service provides the following service:

  • Assisting first years in their transition from primary school to Post Primary education.
  • Advising students on subject choice for the Junior Certificate and programmes to follow at senior cycle and on subject choice at senior cycle.
  • Providing seminars on study skills and examination technique.
  • Preparing students for the transition to further education, third level and the world of work.
  • Meeting with students who require support around study techniques.
  • Advising students on implications of changing levels.

Vocational Guidance:

The Guidance and Counselling service aids students in exploring their future vocational path. Guidance department links in with all junior cycle classes and the Wellbeing team. Guidance classes are taught to students in fourth and sixth year. The following topics are investigated:

  • Choosing a career path and options available after school.
  • Explaining third level application procedures. Eg CAO, UCAS, FETAC
  • Career Investigation
  • Organising seminars and guest speakers on career choice.
  • Organising student attendance at career exhibitions and open days
  • Individual appointments on future vocational paths.

Personal and Social Guidance

The Guidance Department helps students to develop both personally and socially, while adhering to the Child Protection Procedures as outlined by TUSLA. This is achieved through both classroom and individual contact.

The Guidance Counsellor may:

  • Offer individual counselling, providing a safe space and a professional approach to process issues and concerns.
  • Liaising with management and staff regarding individual students and their families
  • Addressing self- concept, family issues, adolescence, health, relationships and mental health difficulties.
  • Referral to outside support agencies and professional services

Parents are always welcome to contact the Guidance Counsellors.

Email: guidance@balcs.ie

Guidance department will continue to be available to all students online during the school closures. They will be available via email during the normal school day. Students can contact the above via school emails. Students wishing to avail of one to one counselling supports can do so by sending an email to request an online appointment.Guidance Counsellor will continue to adhere to Child Protection Procedures.

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