St Mary’s Student Council was established in 2004 and its aim was to afford students a greater voice in the decision making process of the school.
Representatives from Fourth, Fifth and Sixth classes are elected by secret ballot and take a seat on the council for the duration of the school year. Nominees may canvass prior to the election. All Student Council members wear specially designed badges for easy identification.
The Student Council convenes once a fortnight, at lunchtime, and the meetings are facilitated by Mr Ó Coigligh (Principal), Mrs O’Hare and Ms. Mary Geoghegan. Prior to these meetings, the council representatives will have collected ideas and suggestions for the agenda. These are then discussed at council meetings, brought to the staff meetings and sometimes to the Parents Association Meetings for further consideration.
The Student Council has been instrumental in the many positive changes that have taken place in the school since the council’s inception. Student representatives collaborated closely with the Parents’ Association to introduce the new blue and white school uniform. A Homework Club was set up in 2009 and is still going strong. The Council has engaged in many initiatives and holds a very successful annual Talent Show, all the proceeds of which go to student-nominated charities. The students continue to make very practical and eco-friendly suggestions to improve our school, inside and outside, and we have a very pleasant learning environment as a result. We, in St Mary’s, are very proud of the role played by our students in developing our school and we look forward to working with our new Student Council Representatives in the coming academic year.
Student Council Co-ordinator