Pastoral Care

St Brendan’s College is fully committed to the ongoing development of the Pastoral Care of all students in the school.  Adopting a whole school approach, we continually strive to promote all aspects of the growth and development of each student in a caring environment.  The enhancement of self esteem and life skills and the development of potential – academic, personal and emotional – leading to greater personal autonomy for all students are our central goals.  We strive to ensure that all students are supported in our school and will leave as well adjusted, flexible and enterprising young adults filled with a healthy self- image and self– worth enabling them to meet the challenges of a changing society.

The Year Heads

The Year Heads provide academic and personal support to all the students in their year. They monitor the educational progress of each student. They are aided in their task by individual class tutors.

Year Heads 2014/2015

  • 1st Years – Mr Seamus Greally
  • 2nd Years – Mr Paul Barden
  • 3rd Years – Mr Haulie Clifford
  • Transition Year (TY) – Mr Garry McGrath & Mr Ed O’Neill
  • 5th Years – Mr Hugh Rudden
  • 6th Years – Mr Mike Leahy

Guidance Counsellors

A full-time Guidance Counsellor works with students from 1st year to 6th year, individually and in groups, concerning the following areas

  • Educational Guidance: study skills, exam techniques, subject choice, CAO & UCAS applications.
  • Vocational Guidance: aptitude tests, information on careers, interview preparation.
  • Personal & Social Development: students can meet with the guidance counsellor on an individual basis to talk about issues of concern. Parents are also encouraged to contact the guidance counsellor if they have any concerns.

The Pastoral Care Team consists of Guidance Counsellor, the Special Education Coordinator, Pastoral Care co-coordinator, the Deputy Principal and Principal.  The Team meets on a weekly basis to identify and assist students in times of need

Outside Agencies

The school works with outside counselling agencies, the Southwest Counselling Centre, the HSE and NEPS (National Educational Psychological Service).This is further reinforced by visiting speakers from The Garda Siochána, Kerry Mental Health Association, Drug Awareness Initiatives & Kerry Life Education.

Pastoral Care Team

The Pastoral care team combines representation from the Year Head, Special Needs, Senior Management  Religious Education and Guidance Teams. The group, which meets formally once a week, monitors at-risk students as well as proactively planning strategies and events which support the welfare of our students



Freephone Numbers

For Confidential non-judgmental Support

Immediate Help, GP or A&E: 999

Samaritans: 1850 60 90 90

1 Life Suicide Prevention*: 24/7: 1800 247 100 or   Text ‘Help’ to 51444

Aware: 1890 303 302

Heads Up* : Text ‘Headsup’ to 50424

Rape Crisis 24/7*:  1800 778 888

Console*: 1800 201 890

Cura* : 1850 622 626

Teenline Ireland*: 1800 833 634 (7pm – 10pm)

 LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender):  1890 929538


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