The Student Council is a representative structure for students, through which they can become involved in the affairs of the school, working in partnership with school management, staff and parents for the benefit of the school and its students.
Some benefits of a student council are as follows:
■ a vehicle for student participation;
■ creates a positive school atmosphere;
■ creates a caring school environment, which is supportive and inclusive;
■ beneficial impact on issues such as discipline, bullying and staff-student relations;
■ creates educational opportunities for students;
■ provides an interactive learning environment;
■ students can develop communication and leadership skills, responsibility and accountability;
■ valuable resource to management, teachers and other students.
A new system for election to the Student Council was introduced in 2016:
- Each Year group elects two representatives, a boy and a girl; this ensures gender balance.
- All students can put themselves forward for election.
- A vote takes place at the morning assembly of each year group
- The Student Council President and Vice-President are elected by a separate election process which involves the entire student population.
The Student Council representatives for 2016-17 are as follows:
President: David Cronin, LC2
Vice-President: Eoin Murphy, LC2
First Year: Freddy Offereins and Micheál O Donoghue
Second Year: Mary Ellen McCarthy and Ruairí Burns
Third Year: Callum Twomey and Nora Murphy
Transition Year: Martin O Sullivan
Leaving Certificate Applied 1: Rebecca O Donoghue
Leaving Certificate, Year 1: Adam Van Mechelen and Rachel Whelton
Leaving Certificate, Year 2: Joanne McCarthy and Jordan Schmidt
The new Student Council was given training on how to run the Council and to establish their priorities for the coming year. This was provided by Ms. Geraldine O Halloran from the KDYS on 20th October.
The Council will meet regularly throughout the year and have their own noticeboard, adjacent to the Library. All information pertaining to the Student Council will be displayed here, so watch for updates.
The Liaison teacher for the Student Council is Ms. Ann Piggott.