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 and continues throughout the pupil's life in our school.
Members of the Department:
Ms Anne Marie O'Brien Ms Aoife Lynch Mr John Curran
The Department is made up of the following strands:
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Lynda Young, Deputy Admissions Officer, Technological University, visits 6th year students to speak about the newly emerging institution. John Buckley and Josh Clinton visited Ms O'Brien's first year personal development class to speak to first years about developing their communication and presentation skills with the overall aim of becoming good public speakers.These DCU students have developed a six week ''speak easy'' programme which will be delivered across a number of secondary schools in the coming months. Our sixth years have just been hearing all about the newly merged @TU4Dublin from Dr Steve Meaney, who also shared information about the College of Sciences and Health #TUDublin Dr Ciaran Dunne, School of Appied Languages and Intercultural Studies at DCU, visits some of our Sixth Year students in the library. First years working on posture, communication skills and personal development. Team work and co-ordination. Personal Development Class. April. Eye contact, movement, coordination and balance. Phyllis Farrell, Guidance Counsellor in Plunkett College, gets into the finer details of progression to third level with our students.
Mr Hussain, Science teacher, supports with the regulation beads being used to help students with their mental health. Stay in the Green Zone, girls Ms O'Brien and Melanie Smyth are encouraging students to mind their minds and to be wise about their use of technology and remember to take plenty of breaks from screentime. Mindfulness Cards are being used with students to help with their mental health. Relax and have a cup of tea Ciara McDonnell and 6th year students after their Striking the balance Talk in career class this morning.
Ciara talks to two students (Fajinmi Ayanfejesu and Oyinloye Adetoun) interested in giving Rugby a TRY. Katie McDonnell 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. Thanks to Dr Rouse for sharing his own University experience. 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. Sixth year students listen attentively to Dr Paul Rouse Associate Professor of History in UCD. 6th year student Alison Burke enjoys a Growth mindset video in career class this afternoon (23rd February). 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. 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. Students delighted with the updates on courses in Athlone IT. Athlone IT voted IT of 2018. Interested students talk to Dermot Judge during Ms. O'Brien's career class on 19th January. Some of our sixth years with Ruth Daly from the Pontifical University, Maynooth Some of our sixth years were lucky to have a visit from Ruth Daly from the Pontifical University of Maynooth recently Jonny Cooper visits our 6th years for a college talk. Thanks DCU! Stay strong. Trust yourself. Redirect and take another option if needs be.
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