Student Support

Second Level Student Support Services

Student Support

St. Kevin's College endeavours to develop a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment. Our second level student support services include;

The Breakfast and Lunchtime Clubs

The breakfast club begins at 8.00 a.m. and the lunchtime club begins at 11.50. They are open to all students. A breakfast is available to all students who attend. A roll, a drink and fruit is available at lunchtime. These are free of charge. Students can also play pool and a games console. This is run by our SCP co-ordinator Ms. Sinead Haughian, who encourages healthy competition in all games and plenty of chat for all!

Library

The college is very fortunate to have a full-time librarian, Mr. Neil Kettles. The library is funded from the JCSP demonstration library fund. All students and their parents can become members. The library aims to expose students to literacy and numeracy in a wide a variety of contexts as possible. It is hoped that this will increase the student awareness of and attainment in literacy and numeracy.

The library runs a wide variety of initiatives throughout the school year including chess club, brass band, writer in residence and Make a Book. The library also hosts the year group and whole school assemblies, the student awards ceremonies, inter CDETB chess competition, sixth year graduation and the Board meetings.

The library is open from 8.15 in the morning, at lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information go to the Library Section of the Website.

School Completion Programme

The school is very lucky to be part of the SCP scheme. Ms. Sinead Haughian, our co-ordinator, organised a variety of clubs and supports to assist and enrich the student’s college life. The baking club, coding club, Gaelic, hurling and boxing clubs are all organised through SCP. A transition programme for all new students is organised and run by Ms. Haughian. It is hoped that students participate in as many activities as possible in order to enhance their school life. For more information on the School completion Programme click here.

Learning Support

The learning support team, led by Ms. Farrell, includes Ms. Vero, Ms Luby and Ms. Whyte. All of the members have completed extra studies in Special Education Needs. The team meets once a week to plan for and evaluate Special Education provision for individual students in the school. Students may be referred to the learning support team for short or long term intervention.

From time to time students may need extra assessments. The learning support team are responsible for organising these assessments. They also ensure that teachers are aware of any educational recommendations contained in the reports that follow the assessments. This team is also responsible for applications to the NCSE for extra resources, where a students has an assessment. Parents/guardians will be informed if a student is referred to the learning support team.

Special Needs Supports

SNA allocation follows an application to the NCSE under strict guidelines. St. Kevin’s College are fortunate to have been allocated a whole time equivalent of four SNA’s in 2015/2016. Denise Kinsella, Shirley Doran, Jackie Kerrigan and Rhonda Mooney provide excellent support to the students of St. Kevin’s College.

Home School Community Liaison

The HSCL in St. Kevin’s College is Ms. Avril Switzer. The aim of this programme is to involve parents fully in the educational progress of their child(ren). It promotes links with community organisations that support the wellbeing and educational progress of students. The HSCL is a member of the care team, DEIS team and the attendance team.

Support may take place in a variety of ways including home visits, links with community or statutory organisations or courses/initiatives organised through the HSCL programme.

National Behaviour Support Service

The NBSS provides a support to the students of St. Kevin’s College in a number of ways, whole school support, group support and in some cases one to one interventions. Ms. Elaine Luby is our Behaviour Support teacher and she is responsible for planning and delivering the NBSS support in St. Kevin’s’ College.

Programmes that are available include FRIENDS for Life, Working Things Out, Alert, Movement Matters, Rainbows, Brick by Brick fine motor skills programme, Rapid Plus and SNIP Literacy programme.

Guidance and Counselling

St. Kevin’s College are very fortunate to have a Guidance Counsellor three days per week. Mr. Kevin Lynch is responsible for the delivery of Guidance around educational progression and progression to the workplace. A variety of supports are offered through Guidance including John Sisk, Business in the Community, REACH, New Era and Future you UCD programmes.

The Guidance Counsellor is also responsible for administering the DATs and CAT IV assessments to students, analysing these results and giving feedback. These help to identify the present attainment of students and make recommendations for future educational planning. Referral for counselling is through the care team.

Parental involvement in the Guidance process is encouraged and welcomed. Information evenings and other events are organised to develop links between home and school. Career Guidance and Counselling divides into two main areas, which may take place in the classroom setting or on an individual basis.

Guidance

  • Subject Choice
  • Study Skills
  • Exam Techniques
  • Psychological Testing
  • C.V. Preparation
  • Application Forms
  • Application Procedures
  • (UCAS/CAO) etc.
  • Mock Interviews
  • Job Search
  • Career Planning

Counselling

  • Study Difficulties/Planning & Exam Stress
  • Stress Management
  • Parental Pressure
  • Peer Pressure
  • Home Difficulties
  • Alcoholism/Substance Abuse
  • Family Break-up
  • Bullying
  • Suicide/Depression

Attendance

Ms. June Jordan is the attendance secretary. She is responsible for monitoring attendance on a daily basis. If a student does not present to school on time or does not present for a class a text message is sent to parents to indicate that the student is not present in their assigned class. The attendance secretary is part of an attendance team.

Ms. Sinead Haughian, Ms. Avril Switzer and Ms. June Jordan are part of the attendance team. This team is responsible for the overall monitoring of attendance and for identifying students who are persistently late or absent from school. If a student is absent for five days or more a parent/guardian will receive a letter. A report on attendance is compiled for the Board twice a year. A report of students who are absent for twenty days or more in a school year is forwarded to TUSLA four times a year.

Care Team

The aim is to provide co-ordinated support for students who have extra care needs. The care team is made up of the principal, deputy principal, guidance counsellor, SCP, HSCL, behaviour support and a representative from the CDETB psychological services.

The care team meets once a week. Information from the care team is treated with the highest confidentiality. A student is usually referred to the care team by a tutor or a team member. Where extra supports are needed a parent/guardian will be informed.

DEIS

Delivering Equality in School was established in 2005 to ensure equal educational opportunity for students from three years old to eighteen years old. St. Kevin’s College is a DEIS school. The DEIS team meets three times a year to plan for and evaluate the delivery of education in a variety of ways. The team is made up of the principal, deputy principal, SCP, HSCL, JCSP librarian, guidance counsellor and maths teacher.

Get in Touch

If you require more information on any of our second level student support services or second level education programmes please do not hesitate to call 00353 (0)1 453 6397 or email info@stkevins.cdetb.ie.