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Pastoral Care and Student Supports

Pastoral Care and Student Supports

Each class has a Class Teacher who has a special responsibility for all the girls in that class. Each year has a Year Head who has overall responsibility for all the students in a year group. In addition there is a school counsellor and students are free to see her discreetly and by appointment. In keeping with our Mission Statement, we wish to maintain a happy, friendly atmosphere in the school as we believe strongly that students will succeed best in that type of environment.

School Chaplain

We have a School Chaplain who spends two and a half days per week in the school. She works with class groups, small groups and individuals. She provides support for pupils and families in times of difficulty and spiritual guidance for those who seek it.

Students’ Council

There is a Students’ Council that promotes the interests of the school and the involvement of students in the affairs of the school, in co-operation with the Board of Management, parents and teachers. Elected members of the Council are drawn from all year groups. The aims of the student council include the following:

  • To enhance communication between students, management, staff and parents
  • To promote an environment conducive to educational and personal development
  • To promote friendship and respect among pupils
  • To support the management and staff in the development of the school
  • To represent the views of the students on matters of general concern to them
     

The Senior Prefects

The Senior Prefect System is designed to provide additional leadership experience to interested Fifth Year students. Senior Prefects play an important role in the life of the school. Among the roles undertaken by Senior Prefects are the following:

  • Acting as ambassadors for the school on formal occasions
  • Promoting a positive image of the school
  • Acting as role models for other students
  • Assisting Year heads and Class Teachers with student activities
  • Supporting younger students in a pastoral care role
  • Organising events and activities for students in the Junior School
  • Helping to promote good behaviour and a happy, positive atmosphere in the school


Selection of Prefects

All Fifth Year students may apply to become prefects. There is a formal application process. Interested students complete an application form. As part of the application process, students must supply the name of a teacher referee. The teacher referee will be required to complete a student reference form to support the application. Depending on the number of applicants, short listing may apply in the selection of students for interview.
The selection committee will award marks for performance at interview and for the quality of the application submitted. The views of the teacher nominated by the student as a referee will also be considered.

Twelve students will be appointed as Senior Prefects. The student awarded the highest mark by the selection committee will be invited to become Head Girl. The student awarded the second highest mark will be invited to become Deputy Head Girl. The Head Girl assisted by the Deputy Head Girl will co-ordinate the activities of the Senior Prefects. They will also represent the student body on formal occasions and will speak publicly on its behalf as such occasions require.


Parents’ Association

There is an active Parents’ Association in the school. Membership is open to all parents of pupils currently attending the school. In the First Term parents meet to elect the Parents’ Council which promotes the interests of the pupils in the school in co-operation with the Board of Management, Principal, teachers and students. The Parents’ Council is affiliated to the National Parents’ Council.


The School Canteen

The school canteen is run by a fully qualified chef helped by a dedicated team of workers. It opens at 8.15 a.m. providing breakfast to pupils who may not have had time in the morning because of the need to catch an early bus. Pupils may also pre-order lunch. At break-time, 10.50 – 11.05, pupils may purchase breakfast rolls, tea, drinks, etc. At lunch-time, 12.20 – 1.05, pupils can get a substantial lunch or a range of snack food.

 

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