Student Support Services

The care of each student is of utmost importance to all at Loreto College and as a result our Student Support Services emphasise the Personal, Social, Emotional, Spiritual, Vocational and Educational Development of all students.

Structure

Each year group has a Year Head who monitors academic progress and attendance and ensures that the welfare of every student is a priority. Year Heads work closely with parents and are in regular communication with them regarding their daughter’s progress.

In addition, each class is assigned a Class Tutor who liaises closely with the Year Heads in relation to all students.

Programme

  • A Student Support Services Programme exists in the school and topics appropriate to the development of the student are dealt with particularly in Social, Personal and Health Education, Civic, Social and Political Education and Religious Education.
  • A full-time Guidance Counsellor is available to provide support to students, particularly in relation to their personal, social, vocational and educational development.
  • A full-time School Chaplain is also available to help and support students in their spiritual and emotional development.
  • This programme is evaluated and monitored through the Guidance Planning Process.

The Guidance Counselling Service

The Guidance Counselling Service in Loreto College aims to offer a full range of learning experiences which are designed to assist students to make choices about their lives and to make transitions consequent on these choices. These choices may be categorised into three separate but interlinked areas – personal and social, educational and career.

A comprehensive programme is available to students consisting of mock interviews, seminars, visits, aptitude tests, subject option talks, interest assessments. Individual and group counselling is also available to allow students the opportunity to make decisions, solve problems, change behaviours and resolve issues in their lives.

Social, Personal & Health Education

  • The aims of the SPHE programme in our school are as follows:
  • To enable students to develop skills for self-fulfilment and for living in communities.
  • To promote self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • To enable students to develop a framework for responsible decision-making.
  • To provide opportunities for reflection and discussion.
  • To promote physical, mental and emotional health and well-being.
  • The programme is run by 12 SPHE Tutors drawn from the teaching staff. In order to support the teaching of the SPHE Tutors, guest speakers are invited into the school to talk to both parents and students on different topics in the course of their first three years.

Buddy System

A Buddy system is in operation  which pairs every First year student with a Sixth year. This ensures that each First year will have someone to turn to who will be there for her from her first day in the school and throughout the year.

Caomhnóir

The position of Caomhnóir is a highly valued one. It is held by a Sixth Year student who co-ordinates the Buddy system and organises a number of events for Buddies during the year in co-operation with the Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl.  She welcomes new students to the school in late August and throughout the year as the need arises.

Principal/Deputy Principal

The Principal and Deputy Principal see the care of students as a vital part of their work on a daily basis and as such are an integral part of the Student Support structure. They aim to know each student as an individual with a name, personality and particular needs.

Non Teaching Staff

Non-teaching staff provide a valuable service to the School, they also provide a listening ear for staff and students alike.