Student Support Systems

The college has a wide range of student supports in place to assist with students’ general performance. These include:

STUDENT SUPPORT WORKER
As part of a local community initiative the school has the services of a Student Support Worker who focuses primarily on students who are potential early school leavers. Working in conjunction with the School Completion Programme, the worker is involved in programme development and provides support to students experiencing difficulties which might lead to early school leaving.

CARE COMMITTEE
A Care Committee, comprising Principal, Deputy Principal, Guidance Counsellor, a Student Support Worker, and Home School Liaison Officer meets monthly to monitor support for those students requiring such.

HOME SCHOOL COMMUNITY LIAISON TEACHER
Communication between school and home is an essential to maximising student performance. The college has a full-time HSCL person who supports parents and students on a variety of issues.

COUNSELLING
As well as offering advice on college options and career choice, our Guidance Counsellor is a key member of staff whos assists those students experiencing personal/emotional difficulties.

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES
The school has access to the services of a psychologist from the Department of Education. In the certificate examinations, special arrangements may be made for students with a physical disability or a specific learning difficulty.

SCHOOL MENTORING

Every year a group of Transition Year Students are trained and selected to act as Mentors to new students in the school.  This is a 'Big Brother / Big Sister' framework where older students support and advise the new students on all aspects of school. A variety of activities are organised to support this programme by the Mentoring Team.

 

LEARNING SUPPORT

The school has a learning support system. Students with a learning disability can benefit and progress in the areas of basic literacy and numeracy through the extra tuition provided in an individual or small group setting.

BOOK RENTAL
The school operates a book rental scheme making expensive books available to students at a very reasonable rate. The school has also introduced a new initiative whereby duplicate sets of books are provided in some subjects areas, thus reducing the heavy burden of school bag weight. One set of books is kept in the classroom while students keep a copy of the corresponding book at home for study purposes.