St Anne’s Student Council
Role and purpose of the Student Council in St. Anne’s National School Navan.
St. Anne’s believe that students have a very important role to play in the running of our school.
A Student Council
- helps improve school life for everybody.
- Acts as the voice of the students.
- Acts as a channel of communication within the school organisation between pupils, school and home.
- Encourages pupils to organise events and to represent the school in a positive way during these events.
The Election Process
Every year, students from Fifth and Sixth classes are invited to nominate themselves for a place on the Students Council. Before the election candidates are asked to present their ideas in a speech to their peers. The classes elected their council representatives. Our newly elected Student’s Council was set up in September. The elected Students Council is required to attend regular meetings, to participate in any projects. Council members wear a special badge to ensure that they are readily identifiable as Student Council members. This year’s Student Council are Rasa Bieliauskaite, Alison Byrne, Ayesha Ednan, Caitlin Brady, Isabel Thorp,(Chairperson) Emma Brogan, Jay Sheridan, Maxwell Olasisoye, Mark Moisejenko. Alfie Conaty, Jem O’Connor,(Secretary) Hugh Clarke- Carolan and Sean Betson. (Treasurer)
What makes a good Student Councillor?
A good councillor should be:
- A good listener
- Able to work in a team
- Want to make changes
- Have good ideas
Student Council Meetings
We have meetings once a fortnight with the Mrs Gibbons to work on our goals. Prior to the meetings, the Student Council representatives collect ideas and suggestions from all classes through our suggestion boxes for the agenda. Mrs Gibbons may put forward topics to discuss or upcoming events in the school which the Student Council may need to be involved in. The Chairperson helps run a council meeting. From this meeting Student Council will be given tasks to carry out. Members are also asked to report back to the student body on the outcome of our meetings. The Student Council notice board will have regular updates. We invite Ms O’Bric to attend some of our meetings to keep her updated on our goals.
Some Topics that come up for discussion at Student Council Meetings:
- Cake sales
- Bike rakes for pupils who cycle to school
- Behaviour and discipline
- Doing things for charity
- Lunchtime rules
- Personalised hoodies for sixth class
- School improvements
- Well being
Some of the ways we have improved school life include:
- Goalposts in the basketball court
- Water fountain in the boys bathroom.
- Buddy Benches in the yard.
- Fundraising for Daffodil Day.
- Surveying the pupils in St. Anne’s to improve yard rules.
- Helping with St Anne’s open evenings, special occasion, and visitors.
- Book donations
- Implementing new initiatives.
Through our Student Council St Anne’s National School hopes to give our pupils a more active role in the organisation of our school and to ensure they are listened to when making school policies and rules. Discussions in the classroom and Student Council meetings help to develop social and learning skills including speaking, listening, problem solving, project work and decision making process. We are very proud of our Student Council in St. Anne’s.