Ms. Aisling Roche and Mr. Tom Nolan work together to form the Guidance Department in Ardscoil na Tríonóide. The Guidance Department is an integral part of the pastoral care system in the school. Both Guidance Counsellors attend weekly pastoral care meetings to discuss student issues of concern which may arise. The Guidance Department works with the care team, Principal, Deputy Principals and Year Heads to provide a support service for students throughout the school. The Department covers three major areas:  Career guidance  Educational development  Personal counselling


The CAT entrance exam is administered to incoming First Years in January which helps us identify the needs of the student body and the supports that are needed to be put in place to help each student achieve their potential. The Guidance Department may liaise with the Special Needs Co-ordinator following the results of this test. Our department have a weekly class of careers with 1st yrs. covering all aspects of subject choice and career options. This continues throughout 2nd yr. Third yrs. Receive detailed information in subject choice and assistance in picking their LC programme.


Transition year TY students receive an intense programme of career guidance in which they are fully briefed on senior cycle subjects and options available to them. Interview skills,Career Interest Inventory Tests, CV preparation, guest speakers from a variety of colleges and a
class visit to Maynooth University make up this very thorough programme.

5th Year:In 5th Year the emphasis is on individual decision-making, goalsetting and planning. An appointment with the Guidance Counsellor can be made for each student to explore career choice and the educational requirements for various courses.

6th Year: In 6th students are seen individually by either of the guidance counsellors. They are kept informed as a group as to all the important dates regarding college application. They are brought to the Higher Options seminar in Carlow, to Carlow IT open day and are encouraged to attend open days in colleges they may be considering. All dates are displayed on a well stocked notice board in the careers area. A very informative CAO information night has proven to be exceptionally helpful to both students and parents.

Personal Guidance:The Guidance Department work very closely with Class Tutors, Year Heads, Subject Teachers and the Pastoral Care team to support students with personal issues. Students can call to either of the Guidance Counsellors or can be referred by a teacher and will be treated in a kind and confidential manner. We have many links with outside agencies and liaise with them when necessary to get the most effective help for any child in crises.

College Websites: Athlone: Institute of Technology Carlow Institute of Technology Carlow College Cork Institute of Technology University College Cork Griffith College American College Dublin Marino Institute of Education Dublin Business School Dublin City University Dublin Institute of Technology Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology Institute of Technology Blanchardstown Institute of Technology Tallaght National College of Art & Design National College of Ireland Royal College of Surgeons Trinity College Dublin; University College Dublin Dundalk Institute of Technology Galway & Mayo Institute of Technology National University of Ireland Galway Letterkenny Institute of Technology Mary Immaculate College Limerick Limerick Institute of Technology University of Limerick Pontifical University Maynooth Maynooth University Institute of Technology Sligo Institute of Technology Tralee Waterford Institute of Technology

Post Leaving Certificate Websites St Conleths Community College Ballyfermot College of Further Education Rathmines College of Further Education Ballsbridge College of Further Education Inchicore College of Further Education Liberties College of Further Education Blackrock Further Education Institute

Other Websites

24 2018
Mass for 1st year parents & students 7.30 pm followed by an information meeting
01 2018
School closed
Co. Kildare,
R14 DK12,

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