KTCS Careers News

KTCS Careers News

Careers News January 2019

6th Years

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6th year students have been having Career Guidance appointments with the Guidance Counsellor. At this meeting, aptitudes, interests, values, experience, results are taken into account to draw up a list of courses that would suit the student. Information is given on access routes, applying for exemptions, extra application procedures, etc. Targets for Leaving Certificate results are set, and students are given guidance on how to reach these targets and reach their potential. A total of 101/167 leaving cert students have had their appointments and the remainder will

Students are reminded of deadlines regarding HEAR & Dare applications as outlined to parents at the information session in October. Students must apply to the CAO by 17:15 on 1 February 2020 or January 20th, 2020 to avail of the reduced rate. No later than 17:15 on 1 March 2020, students must disclose your disability and/ or specific learning difficulty in your CAO application and fully and correctly complete Section A of the Supplementary Information Form (SIF). To apply to DARE, you must answer YES to Question 1 (‘Do you wish to be considered for DARE?’) on Section A of the fully completed SIF by 17:15 on 1 March 2020.Students must download Section B Educational Impact Statement (EIS) and have the school complete the form. Return the EIS to the CAO to arrive by 17:15 on 15 March 2020. Students must download Section C Evidence of Disability, and have it completed by the appropriate medical professional (only if you do not already have a report verifying your disability that meets the DARE criteria). Return it to the CAO to arrive by 17:15 on 15 March 2020.

Students must inform the Guidance counsellor to allow time to carry out school-based testing for DARE and to complete section B.

All information regarding access is on www.accesscollege.ie

The IT room is open for students to make college applications and to research courses on Thursdays at 1.30-1.55pm.

6th years have had a variety of presentations from Defence Forces, IT Carlow, Ulster University, UCD, WIT and DCU this month to help with their decision making process. They also had a presentation about careers in STEM from a Chartered Engineer.

Over 50 students attended the IT Carlow/ Carlow College open day on 14-10-2019. Here they had the opportunity to attend lectures and view facilities at the colleges.

As part of College Awareness week, teachers’ Alma Maters were displayed on Classroom doors and students have been encouraged to ask their teachers about their college experiences. Leaflets describing third level courses that relate to specific second level subjects have also been displayed outside classrooms to allow students to consider specific courses that relate to their current studies.

It was a pleasure to meet with so many parents and past students at the open night in October. The Wall of Fame is growing in KTCS with 58% of the class of 2019 attending Higher Education Institutions in Ireland.

The Past Pupils Colleges Speed dating event which took place on 19-12-2019 was a huge success with 32 past pupils returning to the school to share their college experiences with the present leaving cert students. Past Pupils from UCC, UL, MU, TCD, IT Carlow, TU Dublin, DCU, BIMM, St Conleth’s in Newbridge as well as students doing apprenticeships returned to the school and shared stories about courses, travel, scholarships, grants and the ups and downs of college life. Photos were taken for the ever increasing Wall of Fame and the students had tea and coffee with their teachers. Each student was given a selection box and best wishes from the school. We are hugely grateful to all past pupils who gave so generously of their time to promote a college gong culture in the school.

Educational Guidance

Transition Year students had their careers module on Monday 02-12-2019. Students carried out a range of self-assessment tests and explored career and college options that might suit them. They then looked at subject options for Leaving certificate and specific subjects required for specific courses . TY students will be given an appointment to meet with the GC in January 2019 to look at college and course entry requirements and their impact on subject choice.

Third year students have sat their CAT4 tests in KTCS. These abilities tests will help guide students in their subject selection and ultimately college course and career choice. Parents can pay the €5 fee on the easy payments section of the school website to obtain a copy of the CAT4 parents report to best support their child’s learning.

All 3rd year students also did their Probe interest test to see career areas that might suit them. Students were given information on Leaving Certificate subjects in KTCS and were directed to careers portal to view each subject in more detail. Each student will be given a subject choice information booklet when the final subjects on offer in the school have been decided. The subject choice selection sheet will be distributed to students in January.

Personal Guidance

Counselling is available to all students of the school from the GC and/ or the Chaplain. Students requesting an appointment can place their name on a piece of paper and place in the post box in the Guidance lobby or post under the door. They will be given an appointment slip to present to the subject teacher prior to the appointment.

In the spirit of promoting wellbeing, personal development and kindness, the KTCS Bake off took place on December 16th in the Home economics kitchen in aid of Pieta House. A total of €240 was raised for Pieta House. The event was a great success with teachers and students uniting to produce show stopping cakes. The Guess the teacher competition from the 12 caricatures of teachers which were on display in the canteen also raised a lot of money for this very deserving charity. A huge thank you to Jade Kearin for designing and producing the wonderful pictures. Well done to the Home Economics and Art departments and to everyone who was involved

All Guidance events can be followed on the school website, on the notice boards in the Guidance lobby and on the KTCS twitter page #ktcscareers.

If any parent would like to discuss any of the above they can contact the GC at eurell@ktcs.ie or contact the school at 045 535228.

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