Pastoral Care System

The Pastoral Care System and positive code of behaviour are strongly linked in the college. We feel by creating an environment of care and support it encourages and reinforces good behaviour. This in turn creates a positive and safe environment for teaching and learning. This pastoral approach to student welfare forms a key philosophy in the college. In Castleisland Community College we endeavour through the Pastoral Care System to support the welfare of each student.

Pastoral Care is:
The responsibility of all who are involved in the college is strongly supported by the year head system, teacher mentoring, the care team, the learning support team and school completion team. Over the course of the five years that your child is attending the college they have access to a wide range of support systems that can help in their personal, social and academic process.

Care Team

The purpose of the Care Team is to take a team approach amongst the service providers for the care of the student in the college. The Care Team in school consists of the Principal, Deputy Principal, Guidance Counsellor, Home School Community Liaison Teacher, School Completion Team and the relevant Year Head. This group will meet every Wednesday to put in place relevant support for students in need.

Year Head

Year Heads are responsible for the welfare and academic progress of all students in their group. Each year group within the school has a specific Year Head looking after their well-being.

Guidance

Guidance & Counselling is an integral part of the school’s educational provision. The Guidance & Counselling service in Castleisland Community College aims to provide for the personal and career development of each student. The service provided by the Guidance Counsellor encompasses three main areas:

  1. Educational Guidance – study skills, subject choice & coping with learning difficulties.
  2. Vocational/Career Counselling – aptitude tests, provision of career information & decision making.
  3. Personal Counselling – Students can meet with the Guidance Counsellor on a one-to-one basis. Students can make an appointment at their own discretion. School staff and parents/guardians are also welcome to contact the Guidance Counsellor if they have any concerns.
Counsellor

The college also offers the services of a fully trained counsellor on a part-time basis for the students. Students may make an appointment at their own discretion or they may be referred on for counselling as part of an intervention from the care team. Parental permission to engage in counselling is sought for all students less than 18 years.

Learning Support Team

As part of the college’s philosophy is to develop the individual potential of each child, the learning support team plays an important role for students who find school challenging in various ways. The college has number of professionally trained learning support and resource teacher. Learning support in the college can take many forms from small group withdrawal to team teaching in practical classes. The college endeavours to assess the strengths and weaknesses of all students in the core areas on entrance to the college. This is to enable us to plan correct support systems on the timetable so students are being helped in the best way within the resources available.

Supervised Study

Supervised study is offered to all students for two hours after school on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays for a small fee. 1st Years have one hour study on the same evenings free of charge.

Transition Year Peer Mentoring

To support first year students with the transition from Primary to Secondary School we have introduced a system of peer mentoring. It is proven that students feel more at ease to ask advice from older students.

As a result our Transition Year group are trained in peer mentoring by K.D.Y.S. at the beginning of the academic year. Transition Year Students provide encouragement and help to the first year students.To support first year students with the transition from Primary to Secondary School we have introduced a system of peer mentoring. It is proven that students feel more at ease to ask advice from older students.

As a result our Transition Year group are trained in peer mentoring by K.D.Y.S. at the beginning of the academic year. Transition Year Students provide encouragement and help to the first year students.

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