Guidance & Counselling
Our school counsellors are available to all students to assist in the identification of learning needs. Our counsellors will work closely with Teacher Advisors and subject teachers to facilitate student learning. There are many special programs offered at Bishop O’Byrne High School that our counsellors can access for students. Our counsellors will also facilitate assistance for students in crisis situations. Our counsellors will work with Teacher Advisors to make students aware of scholarship opportunities and facilitate scholarship applications.
The Counselling program supports students, Teacher Advisors, parents and administration by creating a caring and collaborative community through creating positive relationships. The Counselling team works to maximize student potential through recognizing and supporting the student’s individual needs. These needs include the spiritual, emotional, social, academic, and career domains. The intention of the Counselling team is to be proactive in approach wherever we can and to offer support and referrals to both students and their families.
Health & Wellness
Healthy eating and active living play a key role in creating wellness. To support you in developing your own personal wellness, it is important to foster positive relationships, eat healthy and engage in physical activity that is appropriate for you. Your emotional and spiritual wellness contribute to overall well-being and health.
Student Suicide Information
Community Resources for parents and students who are dealing with suicide:
- Canadian Mental Health www.cmha.ab.ca 403-297-1700
- Distress Center www.distresscentre.com main crisis:403-266-4357
- Kids Helpline: 1-800-668-6868
- Access Mental Health: 403-943-1500
- Hospice Calgary (after suicide/grief care): 403-263-4525
- LivingWorks : www.Livingworks.net
- Centre for Suicide Prevention: http://suicideinfo.ca (403-249-3900)
If you or someone you care about is thinking about suicide, you must not keep this a secret. Tell your parents or a trusted adult in your school like a teacher, teacher advisor, principal or your school counsellor.
You can contact any of the community resources on this list and get help. Do not feel like you have to do this on your own. Reach out and get the help you need today!
Choosing the right program to follow can be a challenging task. The LiveBinder below is full of useful information to help you in the right direction. Contact our counsellors for additional support.
High school is an exciting time of life, full of opportunities and new adventures. Make the most of your high school experience by working hard academically and showcasing your talents through community and school involvement. The following qualities make a powerful combination when applying for scholarships.
- Academic achievement
- Extracurricular involvement
- Community services
As you progress through school the opportunities for success begin in Grade 10. Plan to develop your talents during each year of high school. This will increase your potential for scholarships.
Bishop O’Byrne High School counsellors may be contacted at:
- Pia Foss – 403-500-2103 Ext. 323, email@example.com
- Renee Luedey – 403-500-2103 Ext. 322, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phil St. Louis – 403-500-2103 Ext. 325, email@example.com
- Fitting In
- Getting Along with Family Members
- Conflict Resolution
- Anger Management
- Grief and Loss
- Substance Abuse
- Post-Secondary Planning and Counselling
- Scholarships and Bursaries
- Work Experience
- Registered Apprenticeship Program
- Out-of-Province Fair
- Alberta Post-Secondary Fair
- Student Loans
- Summer School Registration
- Summer Health Internships
- Referral to Career Practitioner
- Course Selection & Changes
- Study Skills
- Time Management
- Diploma Accommodations
- How to Obtain Financial Support
- Referrals for Testing
- IB Support
- ESL Support
- Test Anxiety
- Referral for District Support
- Referral to In-School Support
- Out of Province Evaluations
- Summer School Registration
- University and College Handbooks
- Scholarship Information
- Career Practitioner
- Work Experience (off-campus teacher)
- Visiting Health Nurse
- Career Referrals
Most of the things talked about to the counsellors are confidential. If however, a student or someone else is at risk of harm, the counsellors may need to talk to others. If in doubt, ask one of the counsellors first.