Back to school with ad­vice

Irish Examiner - County - - News - ÁilíniQuin­lan

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.

Pic­ture: De­nis Boyle

St Bro­gan’s Col­lege Ban­don past pupil and tool-maker, James Joyce, ad­vis­ing Leav­ing Cert stu­dents, Roby Waugh and James Crow­ley.

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