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Students are assigned the same counsellor throughout their four years of high school to allow an honest relationship to be built. Twice a year, each student will meet his counsellor to touch base in regard to how his life is going overall. St. Paul's counsellors abide by the confidentiality code of the Manitoba School Counsellors' Association. A counsellor's main responsibility is to the student, though parent communication is highly valued.
Throughout the school year, counsellors receive copies of notes to parents, progress reports, and report cards, all of which allow the counsellor to follow a student's academic and personal progress within the school community. Beyond check-up appointments, students may see a counsellor because of student request or referral by teacher, administrators, or parents.
The main areas of counselling focus are personal, academic, post-secondary, and career. In students' senior years, counsellors assist students in making the right course choices that will eventually lead them to their areas of post-secondary interests and scholarships.
“When I wanted to talk about it, my counsellor was there to listen.”