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Mr. Garrett Buckley
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Ms. Stacey Guinan

Student Council


What is a Student Council?

A Student Council is a representative structure through which students can become involved in the affairs of the school, working in partnership with school management, staff and parents for the benefit of the school and its students.

Gallen Community School values the views of students and ensures their involvement in its operation.

Gallen Community School’s active Student Council addresses issues impacting student learning and activities year-round. Each year, two student representatives are elected from every year group to advocate on behalf of their peers.

Student Council executive body for the academic year 2023/24;

 

Chairperson Sheola Rosney

 

Assistant Chairperson

 

Amelia Roche-IkhimioyaA
Secretary      Emer Curley

 

Assistant Secretary Shauna Buckley

 

Treasurer Dylan Morrow

 

PRO Mailton Masar

 

 

Class representatives  
First Year Gianluca Vaugh
  Aaron Kenna
 
Second Year Noah Tierney
  Kate Marie Egan
 
Third Year Florentine Tache
  Erin Delaney
 
TY Aoife Concannon
  Clodagh Egan
 
LCA Valene Rigney
Libby Daly
Fifth year Sarah Farrell
Caoimhe Dempsey
Sixth year Nathan Cornally
Cody Reams
Cluny Centre Anna Grennan
Rian Kiernan

 

The role of the Student Council

 

The main role of a Student Council as set out in the Education Act 1998 is “to promote the interests of the school and the involvement of students in the affairs of the school, in co-operation with the board, parents and teachers”.

 

 

Duties of the Student Council

  • Enhance communication between students, management, staff and parents­.
  • Promote friendship and respect among pupils.
  • To provide a forum for students to raise matters of concern to them.
  • Support the management and staff in the development of the school particularly in relation to Teaching & Learning and the School Improvement Plan.

 

Activities carried out by the student council of Gallen Community School:

 

  1. Irish Second Level Students Union

Gallen Community School are active members of the Irish Second Level Students Union where they collaborate with students from across the country to tackle issues affecting the youth of Ireland today.

 

 

  1. Comhairle na nOg AGM

Our student council are proactive members of Offaly Comhairle na nOg where they work to improve their local community through various initiatives promoting inclusive ‘Universal Design’ of public infrastructure within Co. Offaly.

 

 

  1. Milk Promotion Initiative

Gallen Community School has teamed up with the National Dairy Council to provide subsidised milk to students.

The program is run entirely by the student council who tirelessly distribute the milk each Tuesday and Friday morning.

  1. Additional Initiative

The Student Council also run many charity fundraisers and fun events throughout the year including:

  • Annual milk poster competition
  • Halloween Fancy Dress
  • Cutest Pet and Barnyard Beauty Competition
  • Sweet Treat Fundraiser
  • Anti-racism Campaign
  • Wellbeing Week

 

 

Senior and Junior Student Council meetings  Nov 2023

Students were thanked for their interest in joining the Student Council.

The following students were nominated and accepted positions on the executive  committee;

Chairperson Sheola Rosney

 

Assistant Chairperson

 

Amelia Roche-Ikhimioya
Secretary      Emer Curley

 

Assistant Secretary Shauna Buckley

 

Treasurer Dylan Morrow

 

PRO Mailton Masar

 

 

The following students agreed to act as representatives for their year groups:

Class representatives  
First Year Gianluca Vaugh
  Aaron Kenna
 
Second Year Noah Tierney
  Kate Marie Egan
 
Third Year Florentine Tache
  Erin Delaney
 
TY Aoife Concannon
  Clodagh Egan
 
LCA Valene Rigney
Libby Daly
Fifth year Sarah Farrell
Caoimhe Dempsey
Sixth year Nathan Cornally
Cody Reams
Cluny Centre Anna Grennan
Rian Kiernan

Student Council Events

Milk Promotion Initiatives

Emer Curley and other members of TY 2022/23 were applauded for their  tireless work rolling out Gallen’s Milk Promotion initiative last year.

Aoife Concannon, Clodagh Egan, and other TY students were thanked for continuing the initiative this year.

Poster Competition

The Milk Poster Competition was a great method of raising awareness among the student body, regarding the benefits of milk. Mailton Masar , Dylan Morrow and Jake Coffey were thanked for choosing the winners.

Halloween Fancy Dress

The  Halloween fancy dress was an excellent fundraiser, raising €450.00 for charity. The Student Council judges enjoyed the experience.

Irish Second Level Students Union AGM on Oct 5th 2023

The  Irish Second Level Students ‘Union (ISSU) Laois-Offaly Regional Council  took place on Thursday Oct 5th

This meeting was jointly hosted by Emer Curley, who was secretary  of  Gallen Community School’s

All students enjoyed the experience where they had the opportunity to meet  with other young people from across the country.

Emer Curley subsequently stood down from her position as regional representative.

 

Comhair na nOg AGM, Tullamore Court Hotel, October 17th

The success of the recent trip to Tullamore with Comhair na Nog was highlighted. Students appreciated the opportunity to debate topics that affect young people in County   Offaly.

The importance of Universal Design, for people with disabilities was stressed in relation to planning infrastructure and facilities within the county.

Mailton Masar and Jake Coffey stated that they had joined the Offaly branch of Cor na nOg. Jenna Harding,  Sarah Farrell and Shauna Buckley  are also contemplating joining the organisation.

 

Student Council 2022

This years Student Council have had a busy term with events and activities. Members of both the Senior and Junior SC attended the Comhairle na nOg AGM in Tullamore last month. Comhairle na nOg are local youth councils designed to give children and young people the right to have his or her voice heard by being involved  in the development of local services and policies.

This week four of our Senior Students will attend the Laois-Offaly Regional Council of Schools  which is run by the Irish Second Level Students’ Union.   Students will have the opportunity to attend workshops that inspires leadership, personal growth , development and active citizenship.

Here in school the SC are in the process of  establishing a “relax and chill” area for students use, during breaktimes. They   are also  hosting the latest Wellbeing initiative with the “Cutest Pet” and “Loveliest Lookalike” competition ! Up and coming events will include Christmas activities for Juniors along with some charitable fundraisers.

Congratulations to the schools SC recently elected representatives :

Chairperson ; Emer Curley

Secretary : Sheola Rosney

PRO           : Cody Reams

Treasurer  : Nathan Cornally

 

December 2020

The Gallen CS  Student Council for 2020-21 Academic Year was recently elected . The Student Council plays an important role in school life and acts as a bridge between the staff and the students. The Student Council represents the views of Students in our School and also acts as a forum where students can help to air issues and resolve them.

 

The following is the make-up of the student council  for 2020-21–

1ST Year – Isobel Cann and James Wren.

2nd year – Emer Curley and Lee Moore.

3rd Year – Megan Henson [ Secretary ] Liadh Dalton [ Assistant Secretary ] Lauren Reynolds , Leah Jane Taylor and Cody Reams.

TY – Ruairi o Neill [ Treasurer] and Lauren Kidney [ Assistant Treasurer]

5th Year – Ava Grace Egan and Eoin Lally.

6th Year – Cian Egan [ Chairperson] and Rachel Bracken [ Vice Chairperson]

 

This year our Student Council meets every second Friday at 12 am in the canteen in accordance with social distancing protocols.

Our Student Council has been to the fore in a number of activities recently.

They have met with our Deputy Principal with a view to improving student facilities.  On Friday December 4  Ava Grace Egan and Eoin Lally participated in an online Comhairle na N- Og seminar where climate change was the key topic  and both students brought  to the seminar the experience they have  gained from membership of the Climate Action Group  .

 

Our Student Council were actively involved in promoting the  Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Crumlin Childrens’ Hospital on Friday December 11  last.  Each member of the Student Council  collected money from within their year groups with a fantastic total of 830 euro being raised for a worthy cause. The Student Council is also working in conjunction with Liaison Teacher Mr. Mulhall and the Art Department  in creating a Student Council noticeboard  . After Christmas the focus of the Council will be on framing a Gallen CS Student Constitution , receiving training from the Irish Secondary Students Union and giving a student input into  possible designs for the upcoming new Gallen CS  PE uniform .

Student Council 2020/2021

 

 

 

Friday 31st January

A meeting of the Gallen CS student council took place in Mr. Mulhall’s room on Friday 31 January.

Present were: Ross McLoughlin, Orla Duffy , Charlotte Healy ,James McEvoy , Cody Reams , Joseph Dunican and Megan Henson.

Issues discussed were

  1. Progress on the issue of bag racks between the Home Economics room and the Cluny Unit.
  2. Ross  McLoughlin spoke about more students getting involved in Jigsaw particularly the 3rd Year  and TY Groups. Meetings are held once a month.
  3. As part of the Leaving Certificate subject awareness night, the new PE Curriculum and what it entails could be promoted. It was suggested that students are with teachers at Subject Tables and that students talk about their experiences of the subject.
  4. That a Spanish Cultural Evening be held as part of the TY Awards Night.

The Council agreed to meet again after midterm.

Student Council 2020

 

A meeting of the Gallen CS student council took place in Mr Mulhall’s room on Friday January 17. Present were Ross McLoughlin, Orla Duffy, James McEvoy, Cody Reams, Charlotte Healy, Cian Egan, Katie Dunne, Lauren Reynolds and Megan Henson.

The agenda was to fill the positions of Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary and Assistant Secretary.

The following were elected:

Ross Mc Loughlin Chairperson
Orla Duffy Vice Chairperson
Charlotte Healy Secretary
Cian Egan Assistant Secretary

Issues at the meeting included:

  • calls for bag racks for second years between the Home Economics room and Cluny centre.
  • It was highlighted that first years do not always use the bag racks so perhaps these could be used by second years.

The Council agreed to meet in Mr Mulhall’s room every second Friday at 1240.

It is hoped to get more representatives from each year at our next meeting particularly from TY and 5th Year.

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