Pastoral Care

Here is Coláiste Nano Nagle we go to great efforts to create a nurturing and supportive setting, where students feel safe, secure and respected.

The Role of the Guidance Counsellor

The role of the Guidance Counsellor (GC) involves working in three different areas, in class or on an individual basis (one to one guidance interviews). These areas cover career, educational and personal guidance.  Our school has an extremely dedicated and committed Guidance Counsellor, Neil Loftus.


Work with Senior Cycle Students

In the classroom

Throughout their senior years students are encouraged to seriously consider their career options. The GC meets with Fifth and Sixth Years classes on a weekly basis. Areas covered include career interest tests, information on Third Level courses, PLC courses, CV preparation, letter writing, form filling, interview skills, grant information, CAO and UCAS application. Areas covered in relation to educational guidance include study skills and exam preparation. Information evenings are also held for parents regarding the CAO application, study skills, etc. On the LCVP programme the guidance counsellor is also involved in the career investigation report.  On the LCA programme, the GC delivers the guidance module.

Individual basis

The GC is also available to students on an individual basis regarding the above career and educational issues or any personal issues that may prevent progression at school. Confidential guidance is available to any student who wishes to discuss personal difficulties or problems in so far as the student is not a danger to themselves or others. Sometimes reassurance or encouragement is all that is needed, at other times the problem is more serious and may require ongoing support. Students can be assured they are supported in a non-judgemental way in assisting them to work through their problems and find their own answers. Sometimes the difficulties are such that they are beyond the capabilities of the GC and the student will then be assisted in seeking other/outside professional help.

Work with Junior Cycle Students

In the classroom

The GC has a role with incoming First Years in relation to administration of AH2’s (aptitude tests) for placement purposes.  Areas covered in class on an ad hoc basis are issues such as transition from primary to secondary, study skills and subject choice for Second Year. Second Years are seen by the GC on an adhoc basis regarding setting goals and study skills. Third Year students complete a battery of aptitude and career interest tests and classes are given on subject choice, study skills, exam preparation. Information evenings are also held for parents.

Individual basis

Individual appointments are arranged for first and second year students who wish to discuss areas such as homework, adjusting to school, subjects, study skills or personal issues.  Third year students are seen on an individual basis regarding options and subject choice for fifth year and any other issues that may arise.

Other areas of Work

Within the school, the GC also has involvement in the Care Team, Critical Incident Management Team, and NBSS.  The GC also maintains contact with outside agencies/ support groups that cater for the career, educational and personal needs of students. i.e. NEPS, CAMHS, Junior Achievement, Barnardos.  GC’s are also encouraged to attend regular Institute of Guidance Counsellor meetings and attend supervision.

The Role of the Chaplain

The school Chaplain is around to provide spiritual support to students and staff.  This involves bringing a ‘faith presence’ to the different seasons of the school year.  The Chaplain is involved in any decisions regarding the Faith Life of the School.

Our Christian Community in Presentation Sexton Street tries to value every person.  We celebrate school community life, its achievements and at times its losses through family bereavements etc.  For all we praise and thank God in prayer and worship.

 The Chaplain offers the school:

  • A place of prayer and worship in the school oratory
  • A focus for planning school Liturgies
  • All spiritual events are planned and organised as a team
  • Spiritual Direction when called upon​
  • Development of Retreats for each class in the school
  • Special group prayer sessions, such as the beginning of school year for first years, month of November, Advent, Lent and the month of May.
  • The Chaplain affirms that Education is about more than academic achievement
  • Meets, talks and prays with students at vulnerable moments in their lives
  • Is part of the care team in the school community

 The pastoral role is supportive and affirmative to Management, Staff, Students and Parents.