Cúram, the Irish word for “Care”, is a group of teaching and wider staff who coordinate the wellbeing programme within the school, working with all areas of College life and indeed multiple external organisations. The key focus is promoting wellbeing and positive mental health but, of course, everyone goes through difficult times. When this happens, Cúram is there to help and we do our best to put supports in place for them, in the most discreet way possible. In the vast majority of times, working with School Counsellor will be sufficient but, in more serious situations, Cúram will work sensitively with Housemasters, parents and the pupils concerned to help provide the best possible supports to allow pupils overcome their difficulties.
If a parent is concerned about their child, the Housemaster should always be the first point of contact.
As well as this wider role, Cúram is responsible for organising the annual Bullying Awareness Week and Mental Health Awareness Week in the College.
Who are Cúram?
The Cúram Team comprise a range of roles and responsibilities across the school. In 2021, the Cúram Team comprises of:
Ms Maybury (Head of Pupil Welfare & SPHE)
Mr Owen (Chaplain)
Mrs Owen (School Counsellor)
Ms McEneaney (Head of SEN)
Mr Higgins (Head of Pastoral Care)
Anita Getty (Matron)
Ms Robinson (House Staff Representative)
Mr Jones (Careers Counsellor)
The Cúram Team meets every week to discuss pupils of concern, to organise events, to manage information and arrange training. All meetings are carried out under a strict policy of confidentiality.