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The Student Council is a group of pupils who talk about green schools and bins and important news from around the school. Every class voted for a student council boy. In our class the student council boy is Olan O’Brien. Olan and other boys go for meetings every Wednesday with Ms. Kelleher. They talk about what is happening in the classes and if there is anything they can do to help the boys. The student council boys all wear a red badge which says Student Council on the badge.

By Frank Sobolewski (4th Class)

The idea of a student council was proposed at a staff meeting last year. Staff welcomed the opportunity to give students a voice in appropriate school matters.
Discussions took place in class as to what kind of skills and attributes a class representative should have. Students were then invited to nominate candi-dates for the election.
In an effort to make the elections as authentic as possible, each child was presented with their own ballot sheet which had the name of any proposed candi-dates or finalists. They had to present themselves to polling clerks to ensure their name was on the voting register. After their name was crossed off the register, each student then got the chance to vote for their candidate of choice at the official polling booths which were kindly lent to the school after the referendum for our use.
Ballots were counted and at assembly the following week, the suc-cessful candidates were deemed to be elected. The council has already had a few meetings regarding healthy eating, green schools etc. They were also asked to represent their class mates at the blessing of our new grotto.
We have been very impressed so far with how articulate and imagi-native these boys have been at meetings held. Their suggestions and ideas have been well thought out.
Early in the New Year, we hope to have an official inauguration ceremony at assembly. Our class representatives are easily spotted throughout the school wearing their official ‘ Comhairle na nDaltai’ badges.
- Ms. Kelleher

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