Report from Chairperson of student council 2015 2016
The student council of 2015/16 had a good year .Elections were held in the autumn and representatives from all years were elected.
Sixth year Reps: Kyle Higgins, Therese Cosgrove, Roisin Egan and Chanelle Keegan.
Fifth year Reps: Joe Egan, Peter Egan, Avril Spain.
Ty Reps: Niamh Spain, Kieron Leonard.
Third year Reps: Gina Millington, Rian Power.
Second year Reps: Callum Dooner, Shane Coughlan.
First year Reps: Kieran Kenny, Chloe Healy and Ffion Anderson
Meetings were held once a term : the only issues as regards the facilities were to ensure toilet facilities were kept open and door locks to be checked frequently by Sodexo. There was also a request for Gym to be opened at lunchtime and some more student noticeboards to be put up.
The request to allow sixth years make tea/coffee before evening study in the Meeting Room was again facilitated by the principal.
Gallen CS student council affiliated with the Union of Students in Ireland and on Nov. 1st Therese and Avril went for some training with USI in Trinity College Dublin and gave feedback at the next meeting
In Feb/March students were actively involved in the 1916 preparations. Students not in the student council delivered morning assemblies as Gaeilge and did project work. On the day Callum was involved in the flag ceremony and lots of other students did readings, songs and other pieces.
Two of the student council: Therese and Chanelle will address the sixth year graduation class at the Graduation in August.
Ideas for 2016/17: More regular meetings, student application like 2014 15 instead of class nominations, secretary to keep records (not sixth year), principal requested students might review some school policies and is open to their ideas
Report from Chairperson of Student council 2014 2015
The student council of 2014/15 had a very successful year .Elections were held in the autumn and representatives from all years were elected. Four sixth years were on the student council to facilitate leadership development of the student council and also to ensure a presence of some seniors if others were taken up with school work.
Our new building is maintained to a high standard so we had no suggestions to make regarding improvements to any facilities for students. In September a request was made to allow sixth years make tea/coffee before evening study in the Meeting room. The principal facilitated this all year and the students want to acknowledge her support.
The student council; got involved in the survey on Health Promoting schools and three members were elected onto the Health Promoting Schools Committee. After all the surveys from staff, parents and students were collated, “Healthy eating” was chosen as the focus for this new initiative which continued all year. Student’s opinions were sought on food in canteen, suggestions for healthy options etc.
The student council also got involved in the planning of a Christmas school concert following the carol service and also the Easter Egg Hunt to raise some money for Haiti. They invited a representative from the charity to come to the school and talk with a lot of the students…
The student council also had their own meeting with newly appointed Bishop Francis of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise and Bishop Frances is one of the patrons of the school.
In April the student council with school management organised a guard of honour for the funeral of our secretary and mother of one of our sixth year students.
The four Leaving Certificate student council members asked if all four could speak at their Graduation in August and the principal was delighted to facilitate this knowing what great ambassadors these young people are for our school.
All members agreed that they had a very successful year and that the experience was very worthwhile.