GUIDANCE & COUNSELLING

Our aim is to provide education as part of a total plan and to enable our students to become well balanced, caring members of their community. To achieve this, each class has a class tutor who looks after the welfare of the class. Our career guidance teacher is on hand to advise and help students make the right choices for future careers.

STUDY SKILLS AND MOTIVATIONAL SEMINARS

The development of effective study skills is critical to ensuring that students maximise their potential. We provide seminars to support this objective. The skills acquired are enhanced by the provision of our after-school Supervised Study Programme from 4 to 6pm Monday–Thursday.

HOME SCHOOL COMMUNITY LIAISON

The school offers a HSCL Programme. The involvement of parents in the educational process is encouraged and promoted. Active co-operation is encouraged between the home, school and the relevant community agencies in promoting the educational interests of children.

PASTORAL CARE SYSTEM

Portlaoise College has a system of pastoral care which we hope will help our students to cope with the many problems which young people regularly face. Each class has a Class Tutor who takes a special interest in the class and if any student has a particular problem or difficulty, he/she can bring this to the attention of the Class Tutor or Year Head.

There is a Pastoral Care Team in the school that meets on a regular basis and this team is always available to help out with problems that might occur. The team is made up of teachers from the following departments: Religion, Home School Liaison, Guidance, SPHE, Learning Support and other volunteers.

SPECIAL NEEDS/LEARNING SUPPORT

All students are assessed on entering the school. Support for students with learning difficulties is provided by trained support teachers. There is close liaison with primary schools to gather all relevant information to make sure the transition from primary to secondary is as smooth as possible