Guidance & Counselling

The Guidance & Counselling Department in St. Dominic's College Cabra aims to aid in the Personal and Social, Educational and Career development of each pupil, throughout their St. Dominic’s school years. This allows them to make a smooth and healthy transition from the world of secondary education to the world of work or further education. Our objectives are guided by the good practice as outlined by the Institute of Guidance Counsellors and the National Centre for Guidance in Education. We see guidance as a continuous developmental process which begins prior to the entry of the pupil to St. Dominic's College Cabra and continues throughout the pupil's life in our school.

Quote of the Month

Month of April Quote:

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou

Month of March Quote:

"I want each girl to know that her voice can change the world." - Malala Yousafzai

Personal Development

April 2018:


Students with the school librarian, Ms Dickson, in front of the library's Black History Month display.

February 2018:

First year students listen attentively to Missy Daviesmesh as she reads a list of ways students can improve on their Personal Development. First years came up with Lovely ideas for personal growth In Ms O'Brien's PD class this morning (23rd February).


March 2018:

Ciara McDonnell of the Leinster women's rugby team speaks to 6th year students today about striking the balance and how students can balance a good study routine along with keeping fit and well during their Leaving Certificate Year.

Ciara McDonnell and 6th year students after their Striking the Balance talk in career class this morning. Ciara talks to two students (Exaucee Menda and Adetoun Oyinloye) interested in giving Rugby a TRY.

February 2018:

Ms O'Brien welcomes Dr Paul Rouse to speak to 6th years as one of a series of talks to encourage growth mindset and encourage students to never give up on their ambitions.

Sixth year students listen attentively to Dr Paul Rouse Associate Professor of History in UCD.

This talk is one of a series of Growth Mindset talks encouraging our students to progress to third level and to never give up on their ambitions.

Thanks to Dr Rouse for sharing his own University experience.

6th year students follow up on Carol Dweck's theory of growth mindset in Career class with Ms O'Brien following their Mind to Mind talk from UCD professor Dr Paul Rouse.

6th year student Alison Burke enjoys a Growth mindset video in career class this afternoon (23rd February).

January 2018:

Students delighted with the updates on courses in Athlone IT. Athlone IT has been voted IT of 2018. Interested students talk to Dermot Judge during Ms. O'Brien's career class on 19th January

College Awareness Week: 20th November - 24th November, 2017:

Some of our sixth years were lucky to have a visit from Ruth Daly from the Pontifical University of Maynooth recently

Some of our sixth years with Ruth Daly from the Pontifical University, Maynooth

UCD meets St.Dominic's. There was great interest from our 6th year students in UCD too.Thanks to Daire at admissions for a very interesting UCD presentation. Let's Go Girls!

Jonny Cooper visits our sixth years for a college talk. Thanks DCU!







Jonny Cooper with our sixth years


Leaving Certificate Grading Scale

Click on the link above to view a Powerpoint presentation explaining all you need to know about the new Leaving Certificate Grading Scale.

Useful Websites:
Information on college fees, student grants and Third Level Scholarships. Application forms are published on this site as they become available.
Excellent information on applying to college through the DARE scheme for students with a disability and the HEAR scheme for disadvantaged students.
Information and practical advice on general well being, coping with stress and many life issues.