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Guidance

We have two guidance counsellors: Ms Aine Kirby & Mr Rory Meegan

Both guidance counsellors advise our students on career options, well-being, mental health and provide supports to students.

Both guidance counsellors are part of our Student Support Team. Any student who would like to contact either of them regarding supports can do so through their school email.

akirby@stfinianscollege.ie

rmeegan@stfinianscollege.ie

Please click here to see our Whole School Guidance Plan

Guidance Career Portal

https://careersportal.ie/careerguidance/office.php?school_id=687

Useful resources

The HSE have put together some very good advice and supports provided by mental health partners during COVID-19 eg:

Online counselling and supports:

Turn2Me, MyMind, JigsawShineBodywhys Online Support, Alone.

Phone, email and text supports

AloneSamaritans,Pieta House,Childline (ISPCC),BeLonG To Text SupportAware Support LineCrisis Text Line IrelandLGBT IrelandMental Health IrelandGROW Mental Health Recovery

Mobile apps to support your mental health and help you manage anxiety.

Mindshift by Anxiety CanadaClear FearHeadspace.

More online supports:

The YourMentalHealth.ie website

https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/4/mental-health-services/connecting-for-life/news/supports-and-services-during-covid-19.html

If you have any questions or need additional support, do not hesitate to contact Ms A Kirby or Mr R Meegan via the school email and we can explore options including phone support, google meet, or a combination of supports.

Guidance-related learning websites

Revise.ie has launched free classes for Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate. For further information please visit: https://www.revise.ie/free-online-classes/

www.Qualifax.ie education, training and career information

www.Careersportal.ie education, training and career information, REACH+ programme

www.CAO.ie The CAO have opened a dedicated page with FAQ to support applicants http://www.cao.ie/index.php?page=faqcovid19 and also offer an email service for any query

Access college https://accesscollege.ie (DARE and HEAR applications)

Student Universal Support Ireland [SUSI] grant applications www.susi.ie

NCGE www.ncge.ie

Individual colleges and Higher Education Institutions are providing applicants with online support and advice including helplines and 1:1 support. See websites for more information.

General learning resources:

Scoilnet https://www.scoilnet.ie/

Beyond the Classroom. The PDST Primary PE team will release new videos and activities each week for pupils to practice their fundamental movement skills at home. https://www.scoilnet.ie/go-to-post-primary/maths/PDSTdaily/https://www.scoilnet.ie/go-to-post-primary/maths/PDSTdaily/

Daily Maths. The PDST Maths team is uploading daily resource banks for Post-Primary students. A different maths topic was covered each day during the school closure period https://packs.eb.co.uk/sciencehttps://packs.eb.co.uk/science

Britannica LaunchPacks. Britannica has kindly offered FREE access to their Science and Humanities LaunchPacks. Access is available to all Scoilnet users during the school closure period.

World Book online. All students in the Republic of Ireland have open and free home access to World Book Online. World Book is a trusted encyclopaedia containing thousands of informational articles with stunning illustrations, videos, interactive maps, research help, and activities. During the duration of school closures, World Book Online has kindly made available a collection of all their eBooks. There are about 700 proprietary World Book titles for ages 4-18 and over 2,500 Project Gutenberg titles.

State Examinations https://www.examinations.ie/

PDST Distance Learning https://www.pdst.ie/DistanceLearning

Home Tuition https://www.education.ie/en/Parents/Services/Home-Tuition/covid-19-arrangements-for-continuation-of-home-tuition-by-distance-learning-for-the-duration-of-the-pandemic-emergency.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions re CAO

The CAO Change of Mind facility will operate as usual, opening on the 5th May at noon and closing on the 1st July at 17:15.

Our counsellors continue to send out up–to-date information to your son/daughter regarding careers, colleges, universities and PLC courses via their school email. As you can appreciate the landscape is changing constantly and it’s important for your son/daughter to keep up to speed with these changes.

Frequently asked questions relating to COVID-19 and the CAO.

I have made a late application and I need to submit supporting documents, what should I do?

Applicants who are required to supply documentation to support their application are asked to wait until the restrictions are lifted before posting such documents. Documents sent in recent days will be processed when the CAO office re-opens. Documents already in the postal system will be delivered to the office when the restrictions are lifted.

I sent my documents to you just before the government restrictions were announced - do I need to re-send them?

Documents sent in recent days will be processed when the CAO office re-opens. Documents already in the postal system will be delivered to the office when the restrictions are lifted.

When will Round One offers be issued now that the Leaving Certificate has been postponed?

Over the coming weeks, CAO will hold discussions with the State Examinations Commission about the expected revised timeline for the provision of Leaving Certificate examination results. Following on from this, CAO and HEIs will discuss the impact this change will have on the existing offers and acceptances schedule. We will be notifying applicants and other stakeholders as soon as a revised schedule has been agreed by CAO and HEIs.

Contacting CAO

If you have an urgent query or an account access issue, please email CAO via the Correspondence Section of your CAO Account (or the Contact section of the website). Please remain patient and allow their remote access team sufficient time to deal with your request. Make sure to include as much information as possible to assist them in handling your query. There is no telephone service available at this time.

Postal correspondence should not be sent to the CAO office at this time. Applicants who are required to supply documentation to support their application are asked to wait until the restrictions are lifted before posting such documents. Documents sent in recent days will be processed when the CAO office re-opens. Documents already in the postal system will be delivered to the office when the restrictions are lifted.

Online late applications are still being accepted up to 1st May at 17:15. To make a late application to www.cao.ie click on `Apply`.

HPAT-Ireland results will not be released until the Leaving Certificate examinations are complete. We anticipate that results will be released around August, and will notify all affected candidates of the exact date once this is confirmed.
https://hpat-ireland.acer.org/

Important websites for sixth year students
www.cao.iewww.dare.iewww.hare.iewww.ucas.iewww.euincas.com

Supporting websites:
www.careesireland.netwww.careersportal.iewww.qualifax.ie

Please click here to view a document with important information on the following topics for Leaving Cert Students and their parents:

Career Guidance Information for Parents of Leaving Cert students

??? content to follow?

  • Calculated grades
  • Transition from Post Primary to Third Level
  • CAO.
  • Appeals process
  • SUSI Grants
  • Apprenticeships
  • UCAS
  • Applications to Europe/USA
  • HPAT
  • Applying for jobs
  • Wellbeing

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St. Finian's College
Mullingar
Est. 1802
 Longford Road, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath,
 Ireland, N91 H593
 (044) 934 8672 - (044) 934 8313
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