The adolescent child is passing through his/her most formative years here in St Mary’s and can be faced with decisions that will have implications for them long into the future. The school offers the services of a full-time Guidance Counsellor to help our students in their development towards maturity and choice of career in later life.
All students are encouraged to seek guidance and counselling on a one to one basis and the Leaving Certificate Classes are individually assisted so that they are familiar with the various grants available for further study and are helped to choose from the maze of courses that might be compatible with their talents.
Parents should feel free at any time to contact the Guidance Counsellor during school hours. Guidance Counsellor telephone 061-378344.
Leaving Cert Arrangements
Term 1 : Students are given essential information on careers and on colleges in Ireland and England. Applications are made to English colleges.
Term 2 : CAO forms are completed in school and posted by February 1st. Students prepare CVs and letters of application. Mock interviews are arranged for students in school.
The Role of the Guidance Counsellor
The role of the Guidance Counsellor is to help students to make choices and decisions in three key areas:
- Personal & social
- Educational issues
- Career Choices
Ms Buckley carries out the above duties through guidance classes, organized activities and individual consultations with your student. Students are informed of and encouraged to attend College Open Days, Study Skills Seminars and Career Exhibitions. Ms Buckley is also available to parents on issues which concern them. Please phone the school office to make an appointment at  378344.
Information on all third level colleges & courses, entry requirements, maintenance grants, scholarships etc are available from Ms Buckley. The philosophy of the school is to be as supportive, helpful and informative as possible to parents and students alike.
- Learn to listen then listen to learn
- Do what needs to be done. Do what’s in front of you and keep doing it. Putting things off only creates a build up of work and increases stress.
- Questions are essential to learning. Make sure your questions are worded properly and to the point. The word question is made up of ‘quest’ and ‘ion’, which mean the eternal search. Learning is an on-going voyage of discovery.
- Know what you need to know and know what you can do without.
- Memorise only what you need to.
- Find a quiet, well lit place to study. Distractions like the radio, i-phones, computer games etc. will only distract you. Also, it is best to study in the same place every day because familiar surroundings help the concentration.
- Be sure to study at a desk or table. Your brain works best when your body is in an upright posture.
- Remember, your attitude to learning is all important. Repeat to yourself the phrase, ‘I can do this’.
- Dreams have a habit of coming true the more you believe in them and if you want them enough. You can get enough points for the course of your choice if you want it enough and work hard enough for it.
- Stay focused. Be confident.
A Guide to effective revision
Study is made up of homework-written/oral; revision and examination preparation. Begin each study session by quickly looking over the previous topic you revised. Remember, revision involves going back over material already learnt. Avoid revising in only one way by reading textbook and reading your notes.
Revise actively by
- Writing outline answers to possible questions.
- Writing out the keywords from a chapter when revising
- Reciting aloud and recalling your notes
- Trying to solve a problem you had not attempted before
- Asking yourself questions and then answering them
Revision is best when
- It takes place soon after the lesson learned
- It is performed not long before the exam
- Revision sessions should be short bursts of memorising with breaks in between. Better to have many short revision sessions than a few long sessions.