Millmount Road, Mullingar
Co. Westmeath
Ph 044 9340786


Pastoral Care

Mullingar Community College has a highly effective structure that supports students. Led by a pastoral care team, which meets each week, it also includes a class tutor that meets the students each morning and a yearhead that oversees their progress. The guidance counsellors, home school liaison, attendance officer and special education team support other aspects of their development.  We are especially proud of our anti-bullying procedures. It is this combination of supportive structures, comprehensive curriculum and excellent teaching that delivers successful students. 



Year Heads:
1st – K. Hogan
2nd – S. Corcoran
3rd – M. Heavey
5th – T. Hunt
6th – M. Hughes

Class                        Tutor                       Room
Heaney 1                  S. Scanlon                  31
Goldsmith 1              M. Ellife                      27
Beckett 1                  J. Coyne                     15
Heaney 2                  B. Corcoran                 33
Goldsmith 2              S. Tighe                      28
Beckett 2                  I. Martin                     24
Heaney 3                  A. Donoghue               26
Goldsmith 3              J. Rayfus                      4
Beckett 3/Yeats         N. Kenny                    20
5A1                          F. Foy-Keane              29
5A2                          E. Kenny                    25
LCA1                        B. Barrett                   17
6A1                          L. Kearns                   32
6A2                          J.Ganly                       8
6A3                          M. Mulligan                 3
LCA2                        C. Maguire                 30

Programme Co-ordinator:          S. Finnerty
JCSP Co-ordinator:                   G. McLoughlin
PLC Co-ordinator:                     E. O’Reilly-Kelly



    • The pastoral team shall normally meet on a monthly basis – First Wednesday, every month 11:55am.
    • Reporting and reviewing the progress of students and identifying any apparent difficulties, and any strategies or interventions that may be required to be put in place
    • Liasing with external support agencies and services – Community Guards, social workers
    • Arranging seminars and programmes for the personal development of both pupils and staff
    • The school maintains a broad based curriculum and extra curricular activities to cater for a wide range of individual needs. These activities and curricula, including leaving certificate applied and junior certificate schools programme and constantly being monitored by the pastoral care team to further a supportive and positive experience for all students


Personal students information will be shared only in a ‘need to know' basis as laid out in the ‘Child Protection Guidelines' for post Primary Schools.

CRITICAL INCIDENT PLAN - Response and guidelines

A critical incident may be defined as the traumatic death of a student or staff member. Whether by suicide or major incident, recognising natural death can be traumatic to an individual or whole school community.

A response plan will be put into action involving the particular skills of the pastoral care team, school chaplain and counsellor, and the necessary support of external community agencies – i.e. local GP's, an Garda Siochana, HSE, Department of Education and Science.

Certain issues are beyond our competence and recognise our limitations. Particular issues will necessitate the intervention and support of external community agencies. Good communication by informing the staff first, then breaking the bad news to the students in an appropriate way, by assembly or class groups. Acknowledging the loss followed by a short prayer. Reactions or shock to the tragedy may vary from person to person, requiring keeping extra vigilance and providing immediate and ongoing support.

Timetable changes and availability of rooms may be required, providing a focus for grief where symbols and flowers can be placed. After appropriate time holding a mass or prayer service to bring closure.



Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) and Religious Education are integrally linked to our pastoral care programme, creating a context for discussion of issues, and availability of support, and an ability for students to approach other teachers.

Mullingar Community College is involved in the national school completion programme, targeting students most at risk of early school leaving. This programme directly funds many of our pastoral care programmes.

The school operates a ‘tutoring system' where each class group is designated a teacher, who acts as a tutor. The purpose is to ‘identify and be identified' with the class. It affords the opportunity to build a rapport and respect where issues are more quickly identified. The tutor liases with the year head and pastoral team suggesting practical supports/ strategies to further the development of the student.



The relationship between the school and parents is a partnership. Our home school liaison officer is the mainstay between home and school - the link is facilitated by home visits, individual contacts/ consultations outside formal parent teacher meetings and the provision of ‘parenting ‘ seminars and counselling.


Pastoral Care Programmes include:

  • Open nights
  • Taster days
  • Induction/ orienteering days for 1 st years
  • Counselling for students and parents
    • Drop in
    • By appointment
  • Personal development/ life skills
  • ‘Friends First' – anti anxiety depression programme.
  • Study skills
  • Homework club
  • Evening study
  • Breakfast / lunch club
  • Suspension intervention programmes
  • Student Council
  • Monitoring absenteeism
  • Wednesday Activities


Millmount Road, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
Ph 044 9340786 - Fax 044 9341886

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