Guidance Dept @DCC
Guidance is an ongoing process involving a wide range of learning activities such as information giving and counselling.
The aim of the guidance programme is to ‘ensure that all students have access to appropriate guidance’. In so doing, the guidance service assists students in their educational career and personal and social development while in school.
Guidance in Donabate Community College refers to the range of learning experiences provided in a developmental sequence, designed to assist students to make choices about their lives. These choices may be categorised into three distinct but interlinked areas:
- Personal and social: One to One counselling. Appointments by referral. Students receive three sessions
- Educational: Class contact to assist decision making in relation to choice of courses, subjects and levels. Study workshops for both 6th and 3rd years. College speakers for 6th years.
- Career: One to one meetings to assist students with decision making in relation to education and training courses, employment opportunities, job search skills work and other life roles
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 need. Counselling may include personal counselling, educational counselling and career counselling or a combination of these. Two professionally trained Guidance Counsellors Ms Whelan and Ms Chaloner administer Donabate Community Colleges School’s school guidance counselling service.