Back to school with advice
The returning of college students to their former school in Bandon to give advice to Leaving Certificate pupils was such a success it will become an annual event.
Fifty former students recently returned St Brogan’s College to give tips, advice, and the hard-won lessons of their own experience, to the school’s current Leaving Certificate students.
The inaugural ‘Back For The Future’ event was the second-level school’s bid to help stem the tide of high drop-out figures amongst first-year college students.
The former pupils, who, between them, are now attend- ing a wide range of college courses, apprenticeships, colleges of further education or who are already in the workplace, were happy to give advice on working or studying at third-level, in areas like medicine, primary teaching, engineering or business.
The returnees, who also included people who were on apprenticeships of various kinds, were carefully “matched” with Leaving Certificate students interested in pursuing similar courses or careers.
“It went extremely well,” reported English teacher, Teresa Vaughan, who organised the initiative with careers guidance teacher, Kathleen Murphy.
St Brogan’s College Bandon past pupil and tool-maker, James Joyce, advising Leaving Cert students, Roby Waugh and James Crowley.