St Oliver Plunkett School Student Council
Student Council 2015-
Our Student Council is organised so that pupils in the school have a forum at which they can air their views and bring up ideas to improve the sense of community within the school. The work of the Student Council is a valuable facet of school life. They undertake many practical tasks in addition to offering their views on a wide range of topics. The members of the council are well prepared for later life having honed their diplomatic, communication and negotiating skills to a fine art.
In a recent study undertaken in third level Colleges, students who had the experience of participating in a Student Council, were found to be much more articulate and much better at using their initiative. This is the fifteenth year of Student Council in our school and we wish the members of the Council well in the year ahead. We look forward to hearing their plans and supporting their initiatives.
This year the Council members are: Alanah Tilley, Cormac Nolan, Aoibhin O’Toole, Jamie Wilson, Maya Chalisani, Jamie Wynne, Tara Berry, Wilhelm De Klerk, Lauren Memery, Diogo Figueiredo, Aoife Mitchell, Cathal Mc Loughlin, Erica Egan, Christian Scanlon, Alex McGahan, Ryan Butterly, Heather Mulcahy, Emmet Ryan, Summer Baker and Ben Cody O’Carroll.
St. Oliver Plunkett School holds that the pupils should play an active, positive role in the life of the school and we believe that our Student Council helps to achieve this.
Our School’s Student Council is comprised of two representatives (one male, one female) from each class from third to sixth and two representing the Reading Classes. The Council is run along the lines of the Green Schools Group and meets after school with two teachers, one being the Principal or Deputy Principal who acts as assistant chair. No child can be a member of both groups. The sixth class pupils chair the meetings after some initial training.
The role of the student council is to
• provide a opportunity for pupils to voice their opinions and offer suggestions in relation to many aspects of school life
• discuss issues relevant to the school and encourage and promote initiatives from the pupils
• offer an opportunity for all pupils to voice their opinions on proposed changes and thereby play a very important role in improving our school
• act as a chanel for communication within the school, between pupils and between home and school
• encourage pupils and therby their parents to organise events central to the life of the school
• provide an opportunity to raise funds for charities or our school equipment fund.
Through our Student Council we hope to give the pupils a positive role in the organisation of the school and thus ensure they feel they are listened to and respected for their ideas and concerns and these are both valued and valuable. It involves the pupils in many of the decisions, which are made regarding the day-
From time to time the Student Council will discuss, make suggestions and decisions on topics such as:
In addition to their role in communication and problem solving, the Student Council will act as agents for the School News, as journalists and reporters, editors, production assistants and distributors. It is hoped that this will make the School News more child-
One representative from each class will attend each monthly meeting on a rota basis, though from time to time all members may be required to attend. Attendance will be structured in such a way that ensures a good divide of boys and girls. Any items to be discussed at the meeting will be given to the children beforehand in the form of a simple Agenda. Meetings will not go on beyond 3.30. If necessary the Principal or Deputy may convene a meeting during school time.
Each September the children in their classes elect the new members of the Student Council. Each class elects two members, one male and one female. Each pupil seeking election puts his or her name forward and candidates must have the approval of their class teacher. They are pupils who have a good attitude to school and to work. Prior to the election, the classes will be encouraged to discuss the information pack given to them before the children can stand for election.
The pupils elected are be required to be actively involved in the Council, to attend meetings regularly and participate in activities and be a role model for other pupils. As well as bringing matters to the council for discussion, the representative are required to report the outcome of meetings to their own class and occasionally to other younger classes. Children who are deemed not to be pulling their weight will be asked to step down in favour of the next in line. Each year the council decides on its own hands-
The Council has an important role to play in the organisation of events such as: