Big Brother/Big Sister MentoringIn 2011/2012 Coláiste Muire introduced a mentoring programme with the help and support of Foróige and a member of staff, Íníon Ní Dhroighneáin. Students from First Year, Transition Year and 5th Year participate in the programme, which has been established to provide support for First Year students and help them make a smooth transition from primary school to post primary. In Coláiste Muire, Íníon Ní Dhroighneáin links with the local BBBS Officer, to ensure the programme is running smoothly.
So How Does It Work
Each Transition Year student (Big Brother/Big Sister) is matched with a First Year student (Little Brother/Little Sister) according to individual interests and hobbies.The programme matches first year students with fourth/fifth year students.
They meet once a week during the course of a school year and participate in games, sports, making lunch etc.. in the school.
Training sessions were provided by Foróige personnel, whereby our older students learned about the responsibilities associated with being mentors and First year students learned about their role as mentees.
The mentoring programme will provide a support system for First year students, which helps them settle in with ease to secondary school.
The programme has also allowed the mentors to develop communication skills and improve social competency, which are aims of the Transition Year programme.
Class TutorsEach class has a Tutor (Teagascóir Ranga) who encourages, supports and monitors the progress of pupils in a particular class. He/she will also liaise regularly with the Year Head (Ceannaire Bliana). A Class Tutor can assist in dealing with difficulties at an early stage, can build a positive morale in the class and contribute to a good year group spirit. In Colaiste Muire the role of class teacher is voluntary.
Teagascóirí Ranga – 2016-2017Bliain 1: Iníon Uí Lachtnáin / Iníon Uí Ghiollamhuire
Bliain 2: Iníon Uí Mhaoileoin / Iníon Uí Chatháin
Bliain 3: Iníon Uí Dhroighnéain / Iníon Uí Cheallacháin
IdirBhliain: Iníon Uí Ghráda / Iníon Uí Bhaoill
Bliain 5: Iníon Uí Aodha / Iníon Uí Mháille
Bliain 6: An tUasal Ó Briain
Year HeadHe/she is a member of pastoral care team in conjunction with the teagascóir ranga. The Year Head meets with pupils if and when necessary. They deal with disciplinary matters (in conjunction with principal and vice principal, depending on severity) and is a member of the coiste smachta. Íníon Uí Éanacháin is the year head for our Junior students and an tUasal De Búrca for our Senior students.
ChaplainAn tAthair Ó Cionnaithe, the School Chaplain, provides an invaluable service to the school, not only in providing Liturgies and Chaplaincy services but also in the area of counselling. An tAthair Ó Cionnaithe is available to meet students individually and to talk to parents.
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