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School Life – Secondary School

School Day

Amber Flag

The Pieta House Amber Flag initiative recognises the efforts of schools, to create healthy, inclusive environments that support mental well-being and eradicates the stigmas associated with mental health issues. We have an Amber Flag Project Team comprising a staff member as co-ordinator, a committee of eight Transition Year students, and other staff members across the whole Well-Being area of the school.

Anti-Bullying

The Teresian School is an inclusive, safe place for students and we do not tolerate bullying in any form. We have a team of Anti-Bullying Ambassadors who support their classmates and stand up to bullying across all years of the Secondary School. These ambassadors have been trained through the Diana Awards Anti-Bullying Ambassadors programme.

Pastoral Care

PASTORAL CARE 

I ask you for a new system, a new method inspired in love.  St Pedro Poveda 

Rooted in our Christian and Povedan identity, pastoral care promotes the integral development of all members of the school community that is marked by freedom, respect, warmth, joy, simplicity, active participation and a sense of belonging. 

Staff, families and students promote a safe and supportive environment where students themselves are fully involved in the process of their own learning. Class tutors play a significant role in animating school life and encouraging commitment to justice and human rights. 

THE CARE TEAM 

Pastoral care is coordinated by the Principal, Deputy Principal, Career Guidance, Students Office and the Pastoral Care Officer. This team promotes and addresses academic progress and challenges, the physical, social, emotional and spiritual well-being of each student and all members of the school community. 

EDUCATION FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE 

We must all cooperate. Each person has a place, a duty, a responsibility. St Pedro Poveda 

Compassion, caring attention and commitment to others are learned and experienced in volunteer activities, international solidarity projects and caring for the environment. This is another dimension where students can develop their sense of self, of purpose and learn that they can make a difference and engage constructively with those around them. 

Well-grounded in their own identity, in these activities students can experience and reflect on plurality, respect and celebrate diversity and value intercultural and interfaith dialogue. A deep and inclusive sense of community and work for the common good are fostered. 

AIM FOR THE YEAR 

The aim for each school year marks the life of the school and serves as a theme in the life of the school:  atmosphere, campaigns, celebrations, daily class work, experiences of faith and solidarity. It is to be embraced, reaffirmed, adopted and encouraged in everyday living during the year.   

PASTORAL CARE OFFICER 

Within the school’s holistic approach, the Pastoral Care Officer’s role includes  

  • Special responsibility for communicating knowledge and enhancing celebration of the Teresian School identity, history and Christian ethos among staff, students and parents. 
  • Activities and liturgical celebrations that raise awareness and commitment to the vision-mission of the Teresian Association (TA), including ecumenical and interfaith services
  • Creating opportunities for inter-school link-ups with other TA Education centres around the world.
  • Enabling students and staff to connect with TA socio-educational projects and international TA projects.
  • Promoting student awareness of pressing development and social issues (migration, sustainable living, intercultural and interreligious dialogue) as integral life skills, solidarity and inclusion, in keeping with the international outlook of the school.
  • Meeting students, providing a listening space 
  • Being available to all, whether for support in daily challenges or for spiritual concerns, relating to any faith or none.

Guidance Counselling

Guidance Counselling in The Teresian School is offered to all students. The service aims to help students to develop an awareness and acceptance of their talents and abilities; explore possibilities and opportunities; grow in independence and take responsibility for themselves; make informed choices about their lives and follow through on those choices.

The Guidance Counsellor, in the interest of students and to provide an appropriate guidance service, liaises with the Principal and Deputy Principal, Class Teachers, Resource Teachers and Subject Teachers. Regular contact is also made with Parents, Employers, Colleges and the Department of Education and Skills.

The role of the Guidance Counsellor may be categorised under the following headings

  • Career Guidance
  • Educational Guidance
  • Personal Guidance.

Career Guidance:

Choosing a career is a process that takes time. Throughout their second level education students are encouraged to consider seriously their career options. Students meet with the Guidance Counsellor on an individual basis where career plans are discussed in the light of the student’s interests, aptitudes, strengths and abilities. Areas covered can include:

  • Interest inventories/aptitude tests.
  • Work experience.
  • World of Work e.g. CV preparation, cover letter writing, application form filling, interview skills, job search, job retention skills, employment rights and responsibilities.
  • Up-to-date computerised information on 3rd level courses in Ireland and the EU – entry requirements, course content, work load, progression route – this helps students choose the university/college course at home/or abroad most suitable to their needs and interests.
  • CAO/UCAS system & application procedure.
  • HEAR/DARE options & application process.
  • PLC Courses.
  • University/College Open Day Preparation.
  • Preparation for 3rd level – lifestyle changes, independent/self-motivated learning, increase in personal responsibility, supports available.
  • Grant Information/Scholarships.

Educational Guidance:

Topics such as study skills and exam techniques are discussed during guidance classes. Individual appointments are arranged for students who wish to discuss areas such as homework, subjects and levels, study skills and exam stress.

Personal Guidance:

Confidential guidance is available to any student who wishes to discuss personal difficulties. Sometimes reassurance and encouragement is all that is needed, at other times difficulties may be more complex and may require ongoing support.

The School Food Co

The School Food Company operates a canteen service in the school. They serve at little break and lunchtime. Wraps or salads for after school can be ordered at lunchtime and will be left for collection by students staying late for activities or study. The canteen operates a cashless system. Fobs and an explanatory leaflet have been distributed to students and staff. Please see below a sample menu.

Sample Menu

Online Payment Portal

VS Ware Login

The Teresian Secondary School uses VSWare for student attendance and reports. We strongly encourage all parents to download the app to facilitate this communication of information. Parents will receive login information at the start of the academic year.

Go to the VS Ware site.

PTM Organiser

The Teresian Secondary School uses PTM Organiser to timetable parent teacher meetings at scheduled times throughout the academic year. Parents will receive a notification when the timetable is open for preferences.

PTM Parent Login

Secondary School

Upcoming Events

09Jun

State Exams Begin

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
04Jun

Summer Holidays Begin

8:00 am - 1:30 pm