The facilitator had a great ability to engage and challenge pupils. From just a one hour session, the pupils came away with renewed enthusiasm and concrete, real objectives which they could now move forward with in their lives. He certainly helped create a more positive environment within the class group.
The elements of the retreat really worked well and spoke to students at their level. An overall brilliant day - showed students how unique and special they are.
Patrick Boland recently presented an information evening in Coláiste Mhuire for parents based on the theme “how to communicate with teenagers”. I would recommend this talk to both teachers and parents. It was delivered in a dynamic fashion and the content was definitely thought provoking. The question and answer session after the presentation allowed parents to actively participate. We received very positive feedback from parents and we eagerly await next year’s presentation.
Our appointment with [our guidance counsellor] was extremely worthwhile and I would highly recommend him. The entry process into third level education is difficult to negotiate and to have expert help with good contacts makes such a difference. [Our guidance counsellor] contacted the colleges for the information we needed and was most professional and informative, furnishing us with a comprehensive list of all the necessary information. His advice on study skills to our son produced an energised and focused teenager with an appetite to achieve and the knowledge to best use his time and skills.
Possibly the most crucial thing in my leaving certificate education was my appointment with [my guidance counsellor] . He is an expert in study skills and I think he is one of the very few teachers who will tell you and more importantly, show you that study can be fun. He gives you a clear perspective on school life and teaches helpful study planning. If you want to do as well as you can, he is undoubtedly the person to talk to.