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Guidance Counselling

What is Guidance?

A School Guidance Programme refers to the range of learning experiences which a school provides in response to the guidance needs of its students and its available resources. The Guidance programme at Gonzaga College SJ is provided in a developmental sequence, designed and maintained to assist students to cope with their life experiences. These experiences may be categorised into three distinct, but interlinked areas:

All our Guidance activities are rooted in the “Cura Personalis” characteristic of the Jesuit education designed to help the students grow holistically, to think for themselves and develop their diverse competencies.

We have a full time Guidance Counsellor who is responsible for managing, co-ordinating and ensuring delivery of the annual Guidance Plan which is designed to deliver the objectives of the overall school Guidance Programme

The Guidance programme is informed by best practice guidelines from the National Centre for Guidance Education (NGCE) and the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.

Team Approach

A team approach is the preferred and most effective way of delivering our programme in Gonzaga College SJ. We recognise that guidance is both a whole school concern and a specialist area within education. The Guidance programme dovetails with other school programmes which themselves may address guidance related issues. These other areas include:

Across the School

Guidance provision in Gonzaga College SJ is delivered as a whole school programme across all years. In the Junior Cycle the SPHE programme forms the basis of the Guidance Programme delivered by Form tutors. Students can see the Guidance Counsellor at any time or can be referred directly to the Guidance Counsellor by management and staff. In 4th Year a classroom based Guidance programme is delivered including the completion of a full Guidance project. In 4th-6th Year all students are counselled on a one to one basis.

The Guidance Counsellor in Gonzaga is Sharon Byron-Smith Q.M.I.G.C.