14 / 3 / 2018
At this time of the school year, I am going around to Junior Cert classes to speak with students who do not wish to participate in Transition year. I am outlining their options for the Senior Cycle here in St Mary’s. As Guidance Counsellor I am making them aware of the importance of choosing the correct subjects, outside of the core subjects of Irish, English and Mathematics. Choosing the correct balance of subjects can maximise your son’s chances of pursuing a definite course at Third Level. It can also be beneficial in relation to training for a career. Employers are more than ever, seeking skilled people with a good Leaving Cert and further qualifications. The subject options that your son will take next September should be carefully considered with you his parents, and may be discussed with me and with his subject teachers, and not influenced by his peer group, as can often be the case. We need to ensure that their choice is compatible with their future career/course aspirations.