St Jarlath's College


Guidance Counsellors: Mr. Larkin and Mr O'Connor

The Guidance Department offers a full range of activities and interventions which assist students in making decisions in their lives. For second level students, these choices are focused on developments in three key areas:

  • Personal
  • Educational
  • Vocational /Career

At St. Jarlath’s College Tuam, we aim to provide a comprehensive service to students through a range of activities, which promote a student’s personal growth, self-knowledge and self-esteem. Our guidance offers to help students to become more aware of their emotions, abilities, interests and special aptitudes. We aim to support students in making and implementing appropriate life choices and plans.

Guidance refers to both the specific guidance programme delivered by the Guidance Counsellor and to whole school supports in which all school staff are involved. The Guidance Counsellor is available to meet with students throughout the school day either by appointment or referral.

All Transition Year students have guidance classes for one full semester of the year.

All Fifth Year and Leaving Certificate students have a weekly guidance class.

The Guidance Counsellor has access to other year groups for guidance classes throughout the year. The Guidance Counsellor fulfils their role through a variety of interventions as described in the Role Document of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.

The work of the Guidance Counsellor consists of the following roles:

  • Counselling – Personal, Educational and career
  • Personal and social development
  • Psychological testing
  • Career information management
  • Consultations with parents, staff and community
  • Vocational preparation – Job search skills, work experience
  • Referrals
  • Evaluation of the school’s guidance needs and services

Parents/Guardians are always welcome to meet with the Guidance Counsellor at information evenings, parent/teacher meeting and on request by contacting the school.
The provision of guidance in St. Jarlath’s College aims to ensure that students can avail of the following:

Counselling – helping students on an individual basis to explore their own thoughts and feelings about their present situation, about the choices open to them, and the importance of each choice.

Information – Providing students with objective and factual information.

Assessment – Using aptitude and interest tests to help students make better decisions based on their personal strengths.

Career Transition Programmes – Providing the necessary concepts, knowledge and skills to enable students to make the transition to further and higher education, training and work.

Educational Development skills – Providing knowledge and skills relating to studying, examination performance, choice of subjects and levels.

Personal and Social Development Programmes – Providing knowledge and skills relating to personal and social development, self-awareness and decision-making and planning.

To get in touch with our Guidance Counsellor see details below.

Guidance Email:

Phone: 093 24 342

Guidance Resources:




Bishop Street, Tuam, Co. Galway, H54EV84
093 243 42
Roll Number: 68074M
Charity Number: 20202100
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