'Ours is not to reap the harvest, Ours is just to sow the seed'
Blessed Anne-Marie Javouhey

Guidance Counsellors

Our Guidance Counsellors have a caring and supportive role in the school where students can get advice and support about a range of issues. From relationships to study skills and family difficulties to college advice and information, the Guidance Counsellors are on hand to meet with students in a confidential environment where they can be cared for and supported throughout their time in the school. Counselling helps pupils explore their thoughts and feelings and the choices open to them. It gives care and support to pupils learning to cope with the many aspects of growing up, school life and with their individual personal circumstances.

The Guidance Counsellors liaise with Year Heads, Learning Support Teachers, School Chaplain, Subject Teachers, Deputy Principal and Principal. They also have regular contact with parents, psychologists, employers, colleges, social services, counsellors, the Department of Education and other outside agencies.
The role of our Guidance Counsellors falls into three areas:

  • Educational Guidance - providing support at key moments during the students’ time in school. The Guidance Counsellors are involved in helping with the transition from primary to secondary school and with helping with subject choices fifth year. The Guidance Counsellors also work with students on developing their study skills.
  • Vocational Guidance - working closely with students in 4th, 5th and 6th year on career/ college choices.
  • Counselling – the Guidance Counsellors are available to meet with students to talk about any issue that might be affecting them. The students may also have talks and workshops on stress management, making friends, mental health etc.

Guidance Counselling Support in Junior Cycle:

In first year, the Guidance Counsellors work closely with the Year Head and Tutors to identify students who may need additional support in the transition from primary school into Mount Sackville. This can be a difficult time for students and their families as they cope with the academic demands of secondary school as well as trying to fit in and make new friends.

Throughout 1st, 2nd and 3rd year, the Guidance Counsellors will be working with the Year Heads and Tutors to identify students who may need support around personal issues (such as depression or low self-esteem) or who need support around academic issues (such as study skills, subject choices and identifying students with particular learning needs).

Guidance Counselling Support in Senior Cycle:

In Transition Year (4th year), 5th year and 6th year, the Guidance Counsellors will continue to be on hand for students with personal issues, but also work in class groups with students around colleges and their choices after school. This involves visits to college open days, having guest speakers in and giving presentations to students and parents about their options.

The Guidance Counsellors are always willing to meet students and parents who may want to discuss any concerns or to provide any guidance advice if necessary.

06 2020
School Closed for Easter
25 2020
Uniform / Strike Performance Fitting Day
28 2020
Celebration of Mount Sackville at National Concert Hall
30 2020
Award Ceremony for the Young Economist of the year
Mount Sackville Secondary School,
Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny,
Dublin 20,
D20 WP68

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