St. Kilian's Community School, Ballywaltrim, Bray

Guidance Information

Guidance Update September/October 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome back to another school year. Congratulations to all our Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied students who received their results in August.

Our students have progressed to Third Level University Courses, Institute of Technology Courses, Post Leaving Certificate Courses, college access courses,  apprenticeships and jobs.

Good luck to all our past pupils on their individual journeys.

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The aim of our Guidance Newslette is to give information to parents and guardians regarding:

  • Career events for September/October
  • Important dates for your diary regarding Higher Education Access Route and Disability Access Route.
    • HEAR is the Higher Education Access Route-an admissions route for school leavers who, for social, financial or cultural reasons, are under-represented in third leve education.
    • DARE is the Disability Access Route. It offers college places on reduced points to school leavers, under 23 years of age, with a disabililty.
    • Information regarding grants/scholarships and bursaries available to students.
    • Give information to parents/guardians on all other issues relating to applying to college, grants, access programmes, subject choice, testing in school, information nights and any other relevant information which may arise in relation to guidance.

List of career events for students in September/October

Date

 

Event

Location

20/09

Bray Institute of Further Ed. Open Evening

Bray

 

23/09

Pulse College, Open Day (private music college)

Ringsend Rd, Dublin 4

 

30/09

University of Ulster-Magee

 

Antrim

 

4/10

Roselyn Park College, Info sessions every Wednesday.

 

Sandymount, Dublin 4

 

05/10

 

College of Amentiy Horticulture, Botanic Gardens. Open day.

 

Glasnevin, Dublin 9

 

05/10

 

Gurteen Agricultural College, Open Day

 

 

 

06/10

 

Ballyhaise Agricultural College, Open Day

 

Cavan

 

06/10

 

Kildalton Agricultural College, Open Day

 

Kilkenny

 

07/10

 

SAT College Board (U.S. Scholastic Aptitude Testing) (must register)

 

St. Andrews College, Booterstown.

 

11/10

 

Cafre Open Day

 

Greenmount

 

11/10

 

Mountbellow Agricultural College, Open Day

 

Galway

 

12/10

 

Pallaskenry Agricultural College, Open Day

 

Limerick

 

13/10..2 days

 

Galway-Mayo I. T

 

Galway

 

14/10

 

Maths Week Ireland

 

 

15/10

 

Deadline for Oxford//Cambridge entry and for Medicine/Dentistry/Vet Science- UCAS

 

UCAS..applying to England/Scotland/Wales/N.I

 

19/10

 

I.T. Sligo, Open Day

 

Sligo

19/10..2 days

 

Limerick I.T. Open Days

 

 

 

19/10..2 days

 

Mary Immaculate College, Open Days

 

Limerick

 

19/10

 

St. Angela’s College, Open Day

 

Sligo

 

19/10..2 days

 

University of Limerick

 

Limerick

 

20/10..2 days

 

Athlone I.T.

 

Athlone

 

20/10

 

Shannon College of Hotel Management

 

Shannon, Co Clare

 

24/10

 

Science Open Evening (must book)

 

UCD

 

25/10

 

Eunicas..studying in the Netherlands

 

Carlton Hotel, Blanchardstown

 

26/10

 

National Maritime College of Ireland.Open Day

 

Ringaskiddy, Cork

 

27/10

 

I.T Tralee..Open Day

 

Tralee, Co Kerry

 

31/10

 

IADT, Taster Days (4 days)

 

Dun Laoghaire.

Notes:

  • Students must have the permission of their year head if they wish to visit a college during school time.

  • If an open day is on at the weekend it is recommended that students attend on that day.

  • Students must have some knowledge of the course/college they wish to visit

 

A listing of career events and open days are displayed on the library window. Students are also informed of these events in guidance classes. All career events are listed on www.qualifax.ie .  Students; with the permission of their parent/guardian, year head or principal, are encouraged to attend these events. If an event occurs at the weekend students are expected to attend at the weekend unless there are extenuating circumstances. Students are encouraged to do research prior to attending an event so that he/she may be prepared and get the most from the event.

KEY DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • HEAR and DARE Advice Clinic venue 2018 is on Saturday 20 January (10 am-2 pm)

  • Dublin: Trinity Access Programme, Goldsmith Hall , Pearse St. Dublin 2

 

  • Better Options; The College Fair for Students with Disabilities

  • Wednesday November 22 (10am-13.00pm), the Auditodrium Block A, DCU, St. Patrick’s Campus.

Please remember that everything that is mentioned in this newsletter is covered in detail in senior guidance classes. Senior students will have all this information in their guidance folders. Please make a point of checking the folder to reinforce the key dates and events.

OPEN DAYS/CAREER EVENTS

  • College Awareness Week....4-8 December 2017

While our College Awareness Week may seem quite a distance away it is already in the planning process. During this week we will accommodate a large number of speakers from a wide range of colleges/career areas. All our 5th and 6th year students are encouraged to attend talks which may be relevant to them. This is a great opportunity for students to hear what it is really like to work in a particular area.

Parents are also encouraged to attend talks in the school library. The timetable of events will be posted on the website closer to the time of the event.

  • A large number of speakers visit the school during  to deliver talks on various colleges, courses and career areas. All senior students, with the premission of their teachers, have access to these talks.
  • Senior Careers Information Night: Date to be decided. This is usually held at the end of November. Parents/guardians will be informed closer to the date. At this event parents will be provided with information on :
    • CAO
    • HEAR
    • DARE
    • SUSI grants
    • Post Leaving Certificate Courses
    • Access to college courses.
    • Useful career websites.

EXCITING NEWS REGARDING NEW FUNDING/BURSARY SCHEME FOR LOWER INCOME FAMILIES.

  • On August 23 2017 ministers announced €16.5m as part of a plan to widen access to Third Level Education over the next three years for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • The funding will be used to break down the barriers of disadvantage and open up pathways into education for those who may easily miss out.
  • The bursary aims to support over 2,000 extra students from disadvantaged groups to participate in third level education.
    • Target groups include:
      • Entrants from under-represented socio economic groups and communities.
      • Entrants with disabilities.
      • Mature entrants.
      • Members of the Irish Traveller community.
      • Students entering on the basis of a further education award (coming from PLC courses)
      • Part-time flexible learners.
      • Socio economically disadvantaged lone parents and ethnic minorities.
      • I will keep all students informed of application procedures for these grants and all other grants/scholarships/access programmes etc.
      • Students will always be informed of all key application dates  during guidance classes and at the appropriate time.
      • Students will be given handouts with these dates.
      • These dates will also be on display in the school
      • Students and parent/guardians must take responsibility for checking the guidance folders and remembering these dates.

 

Guidance Information

February 6th 2017

Interested students should consult the notice on the Library window concerning ESB apprenticeships in the areas of Electrical and Heavy Goods Vehicles.

January  2017                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Dear Parents/Guardians,

There will be a career information night next Wednesday 1  February  at 7pm. The time has now arrived for sixth years to make decisions regarding their plans for next year. This is a daunting task for many sixth years especially as is accompanied by high academic demands this year.

 While students are supported and assisted every step of the way this encouragement must be accompanied by a large amount of self-directed research and investigation. The student must take on the responsibility of researching his/her possible choices.  This will see the student engaging fully in the investigation process and will help him/her to make as informed decision as possible.

This aim of the newsletter is to give information to students/parents and guardians regarding:

  • Career events for January/February.
  • CAO
  • Higher Education Access Route (HEAR)
  • Disability Access Route (DARE)
  • SUSI grants.
  • Post Leaving Certificate Courses.
  • Useful websites.

 

OPEN DAYS/CAREER EVENTS

A large number of speakers visit the school to deliver talks on various colleges, courses and career areas. All senior students, with the permission of their teachers, have access to these talks. It is important that students attend the talks and ask as many questions as possible.

All listings of career events and open days are displayed on the library window. Students are also informed of these events in guidance classes. All career events are also listed on www.qualifax.ie. Students; with the permission of parent/guardian, year - head or principal, are encouraged to attend these events. If the event occurs at the weekend the student will be expected to attend then unless there are extenuating circumstances. Students are encouraged to do some research prior to attending a career event so that he/she may ask relevant questions.

CAREER EVENTS

  • Crumlin College of Further Ed, Open Day                               17 Jan
  • Blackrock Further Education Institute                                      18 Jan
  • Griffith College Dublin, Open Day                                            18 Jan
  • CAO, apply online to avail of discounted fee(€25)                   20 Jan
  • HPAT Ireland Test, Registration closes                                     20 Jan
  • HEAR/DARE application clinic, DIT                                          21 Jan
  • National College of Ireland, Open Day                                     21 Jan
  • SAT (US Scholastic Aptitude testing)                                        21 Jan
  • Shannon College of Hotel Management, Open Eve.                24 Jan
  • Ballsbridge College of Further Education                                  25 Jan
  • Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Open Day             25 Jan
  • Sallynoggin College of Further Education, Open Day               25 Jan
  • Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Ed. Open Day                26 Jan
  • Rathmines College of Further Education, Open Day               26 Jan
  • Bray Institute of Further Education, Open Day                         27 Jan
  • Galway-Mayo IT, Letterfrack, Open Day                                   27 Jan
  • CAO, change of course choices (free) closes                           31 Jan
  • Ballyfermot College of Further Education, Open Day               01 Feb
  • CAO, normal closing date (€40) applies                                   01 Feb
  • HPAT Ireland-Late Registration closes                                     01 Feb
  • Killester College, Open Day/Interview Day                               02 Feb
  • Portofolio Submission Date, NCAD                                           10 Feb
  • UCD Science Workshop week                                                   20 Feb
  • HPAT Ireland Test Date                                                              25 Feb
  • HEAR/DARE closing date for completing online forms       01 Mar 
  • Dun Laoghaire College of Further Ed, Interview day                 01 Mar
  • Griffith College Dublin, Open Day                                              01 Mar
  • Teagasc Open Day, Mountbellow                                              01 March            
  • DIT, Portfolio Submission (2 days)                                             02 Mar
  • Teagasc Open Day, Kildalton Ag. College                                  03 Mar
  • Engineers Week                                                                         04 Mar
  • CAO, Late application facility opens                                           06 Mar
  • Ballsbridge College of Further Ed, Enrolement day                    08 Mar
  • Bray Institute of Further Education, Open Evening                     08 Mar
  • Teagasc Open Day, Ballyhaise Agricultural College                   09 Mar
  • Teagasc Open Day, College of Amenity Horticulture                  09 Mar
  • IADT, Portfolio Assessment Days (4 days)                                 13 Mar
  • Killester College of Further Ed. Open day/Interview day            13 Mar
  • Athlone Institute of Technology, Open Day                                 25 Mar
  • Maynooth University  Entrance Test                                           25 Mar                 

 

CAO

All students have received a CAO handbook and have been encouraged to bring this home. I would encourage parents/guardians to read this with your son/daughter as it contains all information on the following:

v  CAO application process.

v  Change of mind facility.

v  Offer of places.

v  Accepting/declining places.

v  What to do if you do not receive a place.

Parents/guardians will also find all this information on www.cao.ie.

The key dates for the CAO are as follows:

  • 20 January 2017-5.15pm-early closing date-€25
  • 1 February 2017-5.15pm-normal closing date-€40
  • 1 March 2017-5.15pm-closing date for completion of HEAR/DARE forms.
  • 1 April 2017-5.15pm-closing date for submitting HEAR/DARE documents to CAO
    • (go to www.revenue.ie to order your P21 now)
    • 5 May-1 July 2017-free change of mind facility open.

 

HEAR/DARE APPLICATIONS

The Higher Education Access Route( Hear) is an admissions route for school leavers who for social, financial or cultural reasons are under-represented at third level education.

AM I ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR HEAR?

v  Family income below €45 790 (less than 4 children)

v  Family income below €50 325 (4-7 children)

v  Medical/G.P visit card

v  Means tested social welfare for 26 weeks in 2015

v  Socio-economic group underrepresented at third level.

v  Attended a Delivering Equality of Education(DEIS)  school (St. Kilian’s is a DEIS school)

v  You live in an area of concentrated disadvantage.

All income is based on year 2015

You must meet the income limit and the right combination of two other indicators.

 

WHAT SUPPORTS WILL I GET?

  • Reduced points.
  • Extra money.
  • Guidance/support while at college.
  • Pre-college orientation week.

 

You must indicate on your CAO form that you wish to be considered for HEAR.

 

WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO SUPPLY TO THE CAO IF I AM APPLYING TO HEAR?

  • P21 or notice of assessment if you are a PAYE worker (go to www.revenue to order this)
  • Social welfare form signed and stamped by local Social Welfare Office (download from CAO website).
  • RP50 notice of redundancy or retirement lump sum payment.
  • Letter from TUSLA for children in care (download from CAO website).

 

HEAR APPLICATION TIMELINE

1 February-apply to CAO

1 March-Complete all elements of the HEAR application form. Gather all supporting documents (You should apply to revenue for your P21 now).

1 April-Submit copies of documents to the CAO.  Keep original documents and get a certificate of postage from An Post every time you post something.

April-June-HEAR screening.

Late June- Applicants notified of outcome of HEAR applications.

End June- HEAR rechecks.

August-Leaving Certificate Results

CAO offers

HEAR offers

Late August/Early September-Mandatory HEAR orientation programme.

 

DARE

This is a supplementary admissions scheme which offers college places to students with disabilities.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

Anyone whose disability has had a significant impact on educational performance in school.

WHAT SUPPORTS WILL I GET

  • Reduced points.
  • Orientation programme.
  • Learning support.
  • Assistive technology.
  • Library support.
  • Exam support.
  • Academic tuition.

DARE TIMELINE

  • Apply to the CAO by 1 February.
  • Fill out DARE application form by 1 March
  • Submit completed academic reference to CAO by 1 April (the school will organise this).
  • Submit your evidence of disability documentation to the CAO by 1 April (consultant report).

POST LEAVING CERTIFICATE COURSES

WHAT ARE THEY?

They are one year courses which may lead to a second year Higher National Diploma and are provided in schools and colleges outside the third level sector. They are held in colleges such as Bray institute of Higher Education (BIFE).

WHAT DO I NEED TO APPLY FOR A POST LEAVING CERTIFICATE COURSE?

Traditionally they are aimed at people with a  pass Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied. However this is changing and many courses now require people to have one or two honours.

CAN I GO ON TO UNIVERSITY/INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AFTER I DO THE PLC?

Usually students take 8 modules or subjects. They will usually need distinctions (80% or over) in 5 subjects to be eligible to attend an Irish university or Institute of Technology. Check with individual colleges as this may differ.

HOW MUCH DOES A PLC COST?

  • There is a student contribution of €200. You do not have to pay this if you have a medical card.
  • There is a student resource fee of €350.
  • Specific courses like Art or Beauty Therapy may incur higher costs.

Some colleges allow students to stagger payment of fees.

You are entitled to apply for a SUSI grant.

 

STUDENT UNIVERSAL SUPPORT IRELAND (SUSI) GRANT.

WHO CAN APPLY?

All students who want to do a course of at least one year can apply. These courses include:

  • A Post Leaving Certificate Course-Level 5
  • A Higher Certificate Course-Level 6
  • An Ordinary Degree Course-Level 7
  • An Honours Degree Course-Level 8

All students are entitled to have their fees paid under the free fees scheme they may still be entitled to pay a student contribution charge of €2750. This may be covered by your SUSI grant.

 

AM I ENTITLED TO A SUSI GRANT?

Please look carefully at the income levels the levels of maintenance grant and the family income levels below. This will give you a very clear idea if you are entitled to apply based on your family income.

 

Remember the family income which is used to calculate grant eligibility is for 2016 while the income which is used for HEAR eligibility is for 2015.

 Note:    NA-non adjacent-living away from home

A-Adjacent-living at home

 

HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE SUSI GRANT?

  • Log onto www.susi.ie at the beginning/middle of May.
  • You will answer a list of questions related to your family income.
  • SUSI will get back to you to let you know if you are eligible and will tell you what documents to forward.

All information on grants can be found at either www.susi.ie or www.studentfinance.ie

USEFUL WEBSITES

www.cao.ie

www.qualifax.ie-                             Career information/subject choice information.

www.careersportal.ie                    Career information/subject choice information.

www.studentfinance.ie                Grant information.

www.susi.ie                                       Grant awarding body.

www.accesscollege.ie                    Information on HEAR/DARE.

www.revenue.ie                              Who to contact for your HEAR/SUSI grant financial documents.

 

 

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS OF THIRD YEAR STUDENTS.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The time has come for third years to start thinking about choosing their subjects for next year.  All third years have been given an information book called, “Making a Choice, Senior Cycle Options”. Before Christmas students had  a subject choice seminar in school

This is just the start of the subject choice journey. I would be delighted if all parents/guardians would read this booklet with your son/daughter.

There is a section for notes at the end of the book. Why not jot down any questions or concerns here and you can address these at the subject choice seminar for students and parents which will be held in the next two months.

 

Marie Fitzpatrick

Guidance Counsellor

 

 

October 21st 2016

CAREER EVENTS OF INTEREST TO STUDENTS IN OCTOBER 2016

     DATE

 

                  EVENT

             LOCATION

5/10

 

Information session

Roslyn Park College, Dublin 4

6/10

 

Teagasc Open Day

Botanic Gardens

7 & 8/10 (2 days)

 

Open Day

NUI Galway

8/10

 

Open Day

University College, Cork

 

14/10

Cao options/Careers Zone/Learning Zone

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

 

15/10

 

National Maths week, Ireland

 

CALMAST, Waterford I.T

 

15/10

 

Revision Day

 

Pontificial University, Maynooth

 

15/10

 

Open Day

 

Trinity School of Law

 

15/10

 

UCAS Applications deadline (certain courses)

 

UCAS

 

17/10

 

Open Evening

 

Quinn School of Business, UCD

 

18/10

 

Open Evening, Science

 

UCD

 

20/10

 

Open Day

 

Institute of Technology, Sligo

 

20/10 (2 days)

 

Open Days

 

Limerick Institute of Technology

 

20/10 (2 days)

 

Open Days

 

Mary Immaculate College, Limerick

 

20/10

 

Open Day

 

National Maritime College, Cork

 

20/10

 

Open Day

 

St. Angela’s College, Sligo

 

20/10

 

National Maths Week Talks

 

UCD

 

20/10 (2 days)

 

Open Days

 

University of Limerick

 

21/10

 

Open Day

 

Shannon College of Hotel Management

 

25/10 (4 days)

 

Try nursing at WIT

 

Waterford Institute of Technology

 

2/11

 

Information Session

 

Roslyn Park, Dublin 4

 

4/11

 

Online Application Facility Opens

 

CAO

 

September 8th 2016

   BRAY INSTITUTE OF FURTHER EDUCATION 

PLACES STILL AVAILABLE

APPLY NOW ONLINE AT WWW.BIFE.IE          Tel:  01 282 9668

 

DEPARTMENT OF ART & DESIGN

  • Architectural Design
  • Fine Art
  • Fashion
  • Furniture Design
  • Garden Design
  • Graphic Design

 

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL COMMUNITY & HEALTH

  • Beauty & Wellbeing
  • Health Care Assistant
  • Nail Technician & Salon Administration
  • Pharmacy Retailing & Cosmetic Selling
  • Supervision in Early Childhood Care and Education

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF MEDIA & PERFORMING ARTS

  • Acting for Stage & Screen
  • Dance
  • Music Performance
  • Sound Engineering

 

DEPARTMENT OF SPORT AND SECURITY

  • Security Studies
  • Soccer
  • Gym Instruction

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AND TOURISM

  • Management
  • Tourism
  • Accounting

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION

  • Legal Administration
  • Legal Studies – Pre University
  • Office Administration

 

 

ADULT LEAVING CERTIFICATE

 

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTING

  • IT Skills with Digital Marketing

 

DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE

  • Forensics
  • Pre University Science

 

 

March 2nd 2016

Guidance Update March 2016

CAO

5 March:       Late applications opens at 12.00 noon.

HEAR/DARE

1 March (5.15pm): Last day for filling in HEAR/DARE forms.

TRINITY ACCESS PROGRAMME (TAP)

28 March:    All financial documents must be uploaded to your application                            form.

28 March:    Teacher references must arrive at Trinity. It is the student’s                                responsibility to give the reference forms to the relevant teachers.

                        *You must also upload medical card/GP form by this date.

DUBLIN INSTITUTE OF TECHNONOLY (D.I.T.)

8 April:          Closing date for DIT Completed Access application forms.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN (UCD)

22 March:   

  • Open Evening for anyone interested in Economics/Law/Finance.
  • Register at myucd.ie.

30 March: Open Afternoon for:

  • Biology & Environment.
  • Biomolecular &    Biomedical.
  • Chemistry.
  • Geology.
  • Computer Science.
  • Maths/Statistics.
  • Physics.
  • Register at myucd.ie.

GRIFFITH COLLEGE DUBLIN

Free Maths Workshops:

Scholarships in Griffith College:            

POST LEAVING CERTIFICATE COURSES

  • You can apply now.
  • After application you will receive an interview date.
  • You will need a CV and reference.

January 13th 2016

I.T. Carlow Access Programme-School Leavers (Financial Support-Reduced Points)

  • Students who are eligible to apply for HEAR are also eligible to apply for this access programme.
  • Students must have the minimum entry requirements for the course applied for.


I.T. Carlow Access Programme (Disability-reduced points entry)

  • Documented evidence of long-term disability or serious medical condition.
  • A high level of motivation on the part of the applicant.
  • The minimum entry requirements for the course.


The closing date for completed applications is Monday 1 February 2016 at 5pm. Late applications cannot be considered, proof of postage is advised.

Application forms for both courses can be downloaded from www.carlow.ie/access

January 11th 2016

  • CAO Information and Advice Clinic will be taking place in UCD on Tuesday 12 January from 5-7pm. This workshop will provide advice to parents and students about the CAO application process.

  • UCD Engineering and Structural Engineering with Architecture Open Evening will take place on Wednesday 13 January from 6-8.30pm. Log onto www.ucd.ie/opendays to register.