STUDENT  COUNCIL 2015-2016: END  OF  YEAR  REPORT

SEPTEMBER: 

  • The Student Council was elected by the end of September 2015.

OCTOBER:

  • The first major event organised was the Fancy Dress day at Halloween which raised €998, which was divided between a charity for the homeless (where one of the 6th year students volunteers) and also the Syrian refugee Schools project (which Fr William, our chaplain, is involved in).
  • The students discussed and brought to management requests regarding the school uniform – the option of wearing trousers and also being allowed to wear their tracksuit to school on the days that they have PE is an issue that was raised at meetings.
  • 1st year students were asked for their feedback on the transition from primary into secondary school and they were very positive about the induction days which were organised at the beginning of the school year which helped ease them in to this busy environment.
  • The council joined the Irish Second level Students Union (ISSU) which is the umbrella organisation for student councils in Ireland.

NOVEMBER:

  • The Student Council had a leadership and team building workshop here in school with Young Social Innovators (YSI) and this was a very positive and productive day for all involved.
  • Two representatives from the council, Donna Dragos and Aine Basem (5th year) attended the ISSU conference where many issues affecting students (academic and non – academic) were debated.
  • The Council began processing student leapcards.

DECEMBER:

  • All student leapcards were distributed
  • The Student Book Bank was launched on 11th December.  This has proved very successful and students are regularly borrowing books, particularly on 'Drop Everything And Read' (DEAR) days! We  welcome donations of any books in good condition so we are and will continue to remind the school community to please keep this in mind when doing a sort out of books at home.
  • Tracksuit Friday raised €720 for St Francis Hospice.
  • The Council organised the annual 1st Year Poetry Recital on the theme of Christmas and it was enjoyed by all.

JANUARY:

  • Two representatives attended the Le Chéile conference and had the opportunity to engage with students from other Le Chéile schools.
  • The council along with the SMILE committee attended the CycleAgainstSuicide Leaders’ Congress in the RDS and joined with almost 5000 students from all over the country to promote a positive mental health message that "It is ok not to feel of and it is absolutely ok to ask for help".
  • At a meeting it was suggested that a cafeteria survey be carried out so that we could promote healthy eating in our school. Also comments were made with regard to graffiti on toilet walls and students were asked to refrain from doing this in deference to all their peers who are using the toilets.

FEBRUARY/MARCH:  

  • The main activity for students at this time was doing as much as possible to work on plans for the launch of the refurbished library

APRIL:

  • Plans were put in place to organise our second Inter-Culture Week which was to happen in May. We want to embrace and celebrate all the many cultures in our Manor House community.

MAY:

  • Inter-Culture week took place from 3 to 6 May 2016. It was a wonderful success and we hope to do it again next year.
  • A Textile and Phone collection was organised between 9 and 11 May to raise funds for 'Team Dee' and we were delighted to raise €455.45.
  • The launch of the newly revamped library took place on 18 May.  This included a visit by author and past pupil, Sarah Maria Griffin, as well as readings from a selection of novels and poetry from 2nd years and the announcement of our Junior Cycle winners in a Creative Writing Competition(organised around the theme of Books and Reading). It is hoped that the library will make a hugely positive difference to students and staff.  Books can be an escape, a wonder and a joy for many so we want this to be a space for all to enjoy. We look forward to the ‘big launch’ in September 2016.
  • We wish 3rd and 6th years every success in their exams.

GOING  FORWARD:

  • The Council intends to prioritise a strong link with the SMILE group which has been so active in the school in the past number of years. We wish to ensure that that this is a whole school movement rather than being specifically associated with Transition Year.
  • Cafeteria facilities, menu and eating areas, will be considered by students to see if possible improvements could be made to promote healthy eating and to enhance the existing eating areas.
  • Communication is always an issue in a big school such as ours, so we want to continue the practice of reporting back at assemblies, using a Student Council suggestion box and organising an end of year forum which all students can attend so that students know what is going on. The end of year forum did not happen this year due to time pressure. It was also noted by reps that these forums had been badly attended in the two previous years so there was a question mark over the necessity of having one….
  • Next year the reps will meet class captains of their year group on a monthly basis to inform them of what is going on in the Council. 

(Report by Ellen  Munslow and Makayla O’Moore  - Chairpersons of the Student Council)

2016-2017

Student Council Report 1: November 2016

The Student Council for this academic year would like to thank everyone for their support in their activities during the year so far. This is your Council so we need to hear from you about what you would like to see happening in your school. We have heard from you about... Click here to read the full report (pdf).

Student Council Report 2: Comhairle na nOg in Croke Park

Megan Brady (5th year),  Nessa  Lyons  (5th year)  and  Sophia  Hijazi  (2nd year)  attended the North Dublin City Comhairle na nOg  AGM  in Croke  Park on 18 November. All attendees were divided ... Click here to read full report from the Student Council (pdf).