Welcome to Guidance and Counselling at Presentation College, Bray.

‘The Guidance Counselling process aims to help students develop an awareness and acceptance of their unique talents and abilities; to explore possibilities and opportunities to grow in independence and to take responsibility; to make informed choices about their lives and to follow through in these choices’.

Guidance Inspectorate DES, ‘Guidelines for Second Level Schools in the implications of Section 9(c) of the Education Act 1998, relating to students’ access to appropriate guidance’. 2005.

The National Development Plan 2000-2006 states that:

“the provision of guidance and counselling in second level schools is vital to enable each pupil to gain the maximum benefit from the education system.”

Students make significant decisions while still at school.  These choices are related to personal and social issues, educational issues and career issues.  Guidance Counsellors are trained professionals with the expertise and knowledge to help them make choices in the three important areas outlined above.  We do this through individual consultation, guidance classes and other activities.

Guidance in second-level schools refers to the range of learning experiences, provided in a developmental sequence, that assist students to develop self-management skills which lead to effective choices and decisions about their lives. It encompasses the three separate, but interlinked, areas of

  • Personal and Social Development
  • Educational guidance
  • Career guidance


Services of Guidance and Counselling in Presentation College, Bray include:

  •   Helping students to explore their feelings about their present life situation.
  •   Exploration with students of choices open to them and the consequences of those choices.
  •   Guiding students to perceive solutions to problems or issues they may have been experiencing.
  •   Offering confidential counselling and/or advice on issues of a personal nature.
  •   Identification of necessity of referral to outside agencies where appropriate.
  •   Providing information on various educational and training courses and/or employment opportunities.
  •   Organising classroom activities where you prepare a CV and Letter of Application.
  •   Inviting guest speakers from 3rd level/potential employers to address students.
  •  Organising visit to Open Days.
  •   Providing advice and help on study and examination techniques.
  •   Carrying out Assessment and Aptitude Testing and Career Interest Inventories.
  •   Administering 1st year entrance examinations.
  •   Providing guidance to students and parents about the CAO system and DARE/HEAR process and assisting with application.
  •   Presenting 4th year subject choices for senior cycle to parents and students.
  •   Providing information on studying abroad.

Donal Donnelly – Guidance Counsellor E-Mail: ddonnelly@presbray.com