January 7, 2014


Guidance Counselling

Guidance Counselling in the CBS High School Clonmel endeavour to create a safe, caring and supportive environment for all our students. We help our students to make informed choices in the personal, social, educational, and vocational areas of their lives. The Guidance Counsellor engages with students from First to Sixth Years in a variety of ways. 

A range of learning experiences appropriate to the student’s age and developmental stage are provided. These include a wide range of experiences which include some of the following:

  • One to one counselling and guidance
  • Careers classes
  • Support with college, grants, accommodation and scholarship applications
  • Subject Choice Presentations
  • Study Skills workshops
  • College Campus Visits
  • Guest speakers (College, Careers and Mental Health)
  • PLC Mock Interviews
  • Psychometric Testing (For example: Aptitude and Careers Interests)
  • Parent CAO Information Night
  • Partnership and referral to outside support agencies 
  • Mental Health Support and Education

Career Guidance

  • Information on the Careers Service for 6th Years

Parents play a central role in assisting their children with career decisions.We would like to take this opportunity to inform you about aspects of the careers service for 6th years in the CBS High School.

  • Appointments with the Guidance Counsellor

Each 6th year student is invited to make at least one appointment with the Guidance Counsellor(s) to discuss his career choices/plan. Further appointments can be arranged by request with the Guidance Counsellors. We are also available to meet parents by appointment. 

  • Careers Research

It is the responsibility of the student to do the recommended research. As an aid to this research there are a number of excellent websites, in particular www.qualifax.ie and www.careersportal.ie

  • Open Days/Exhibitions 

Open Days are opportunities to visit a college, research specific courses and speak to College staff and students. They are useful days only if the students do some research before their visit i.e. check college prospectus or the college website. Open Days will be advertised on the Careers Noticeboard. The school will arrange transport to some relevant Open Days/ Career exhibitions.. Most are now held on Saturdays and this is an opportunity to attend with your son. We will provide all relevant information regarding the schedules at these Saturday Open Days.

Other events such as career exhibitions and seminars are notified to students as they occur. Speakers from the colleges are invited to the school and this may be an opportunity to hear about and explore their courses

  • Applications to Higher Education

There are a vast range of options available to your son in progressing to further and Higher Education, from Post Leaving Certificate Courses to University degrees. Every year the 1st of February is the closing date for applications to the CAO. 

  • Applications to UK Colleges can be submitted until – January 15th 

Earlier applications are required for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science and for application to Oxford and Cambridge i.e. October 15th. An early appointment with one of the guidance counsellors is essential.for any student thinking of applying to the UK.

Subject Choice for Leaving Certificate

A number of subject options are available to students to Leaving Certificate. Click on the link below to view more information on the groups which they can be classified into:

Subject Choice Groups

Click on the link below to view a presentation on Leaving Cert subject choice:

My Subject Choice