“Student wellbeing is present when students realise their abilities, take care of their physical wellbeing, can cope with the normal stresses of life and have a sense of purpose and belonging to a wider community”. (cf NCCA Guidelines for Wellbeing 2018)
Pastoral care underlies all relationships within the school community. We aim to create a safe and happy environment which enriches the lives of the students.
A specific teacher liaises with primary schools to enable a smooth transition to secondary school. All first years participate in a two-day Orientation programme to help them make the adjustment from primary to secondary school. A Twinning co-ordinator also helps First Year students with this transition, and is assisted by Fifth Year students who act as “Twins” to the first years.
Wellbeing tutors take a wellbeing class each week and take an active role in each student’s progress. Year Heads monitor an entire year group in conjunction with the Wellbeing Tutors, Chaplain, Guidance Counsellors, Deputy Principals and Principal. Regular assemblies are held in each group.
There is a chaplain and two careers counsellors to help students who may encounter difficulties with their lives. The school chaplain works closely with the staff as we try to respond to students’ needs, and has a specific responsibility for their spiritual and pastoral development.
The careers counsellors also help students with career orientation, organise D.A.T.S. tests, Open Day visits to third level colleges, careers talks, careers fairs, mock interviews and arrange for relevant guest speakers. An S.P.H.E. (Social, Personal & Health Education) programme provides valuable insights and information to students.
Throughout the school year significant religious events are celebrated. Liturgies occur at relevant times and a school mass celebrates the beginning of each school year. Retreats are organised for each year group.
“Student wellbeing is present when students realise their abilities, take care of their physical wellbeing, can cope with the normal stresses of life and have a sense of purpose and belonging to a wider community”. (cf NCCA Guidelines for Wellbeing 2018) “The school community is commended on the very wide range of programmes it provides to promote student wellbeing. These include an Intercultural week, a Mental Health week and a Friendship week, all of which add to the strong sense of community in the school.” (cf DES Careers Inspection Jan 2019).