A Student Council was set up in St. Mary’s College in September 1996. The 1998 Education Act requires that a student council be established in all second level schools.
Aim The student council is a means of involving students in the life of the school.
- To nurture citizenship and leadership skills
- To enable students experience procedures for the organisation of meetings.
- To provide a forum in which students can, in a constructive way, identify and express their needs.
- To enable students to appreciate the democratic process involving teamwork and loyalty to a decision.
- To develop in all students a sense of responsibility towards the whole school community.
- To Provide a forum for communication between students and between staff and students.
Every class group has 1 person freely nominated and elected.
A new Council is elected every year. Students can be on the Council more than once.
Student Council members 2014-15
Dominika Janowska Chairperson
Jack Gilmatrtin, Secretary
Klaudiusz Bak Vice – Chairperson
Aine McGlinchey Vice – Treasurer
Brian Killoran Treasurer
Liaison with Staff
- One staff member, Mr. Shane Kennedy, is the liaison teacher with the Council. The role of the liaison teacher is to:
- ensure a clear line of communication between Council and staff
- assist the Council in a resourceful, not directional, manner
- support the Council in respecting and implementing agreed student policies
- co-ordinate the elections, induction and training of the Council
- The Council is expected to report regularly at staff meetings and to the Board of Management. On occasion, the Council may address the staff and /or the Board of Management on a particular issue.
- The Principal / Deputy Principal meets regularly with representatives of the Council.
- Students wishing to represent their year fill in the application form.
- Names of suitable applicants are presented to each year.
- Each student votes for one student of their year only.
The council member should be:
- A Good Listener
- Able to relate well with the whole class
- Confident and willing to take on a leadership role in the school
- Influential in upholding rules and standards of the school as defined by the Code of Behaviour.
- Have the interests of the whole school at heart
- Proud of his / her school
Model of Operation
The council is expected to meet at least once a month. It will prepare its agenda and publish it in advance. After the meeting, it will publish the agreed minutes.
Induction and Training
There will be a short introductory session in May following the appointment of the Council. A more intensive training day will be provided in early September after which the Council will be formally inaugurated.