Students’ Council

Students’ Council

The BOM has established a Students’ Council in fulfilment of section 27 of the Education Act, 1998.

The Board acknowledges the valuable contribution that students can make to the effectiveness of their school and considers their meaningful involvement in the operation of the school to be a valuable part of their education process. A financial grant is made available to the Students’ Council by the BOM each year to help cover its expenses.

The general objectives of the Students’ Council are:

  • To enhance communication between students, management, staff and parents
  • To promote an environment conducive to educational and personal development
  • To promote friendship and respect among students
  • To support the management and staff in the development of the school
  • To assist with policy development by its representation on the School Planning Group Sub-Committee
  • To represent the views of students on matters of concern to them

Membership of the Students’ Council will be as follows:

  1. Two elected representatives from each year group in the school with 120 students
  1. Three elected representatives from each year group in the school with 150 students
  1. Head Girls (ex-officio member)

The Students’ Council operates in accordance with its constitution for conducting its meetings and business. This constitution is included in Appendix 5.

The Principal and/or Mr. Broderick will attend all meetings of the Students’ Council in a non-voting capacity.

Meetings of the Council will generally be held on a fortnightly basis at lunchtime.

The members of the Students’ Council for 2020/2021 are as follows:

1st year Keeva Molony Molly Donoghue Robyn Wiggins
2nd year Jagoda Staszewska Finna Donoghue Katie Kehoe
3rd year Caitlin Hunt Robyn Hayes Charlotte Buckley
4th year Faye Gilmore Maeve Hayes Lucy Fitzgerald
5th year Maeve Buckley Sinead Hegarty
6th year Amy Barron Ella Duggan
Head Girls Eileen Roe Sinead Mythen
Liaison Teacher Mr. Broderick

Annual Calendar of Events

Month Event
September Election/appointment of new Students’ Council

Team-building activity

Fortnightly meetings

Meeting with Principal

Representation on School Planning Committee

Collection of news items/photos for school website

Monthly report on school website

October Fortnightly meetings

Attendance at Loreto schools training session for Students’ Councils

Attendance at Comhairle na nOg

Planning for Random Acts of Kindness Week

Survey of students on lunchtime activities

Assisting with parent-teacher meetings

Representation on School Planning Committee

Collection of news items/photos for school website

Monthly report on school website

November Fortnightly meetings

Random Acts of Kindness Week

Assisting with school musical

Assisting with parent-teacher meetings

Meeting with Principal

Representation on School Planning Committee

Collection of news items/photos for school website

Monthly report on school website

December Fortnightly meetings

Assisting with parent-teacher meetings

Meeting with another school’s Students’ Council

Christmas lunch with Loreto Parents’ Council

Representation on School Planning Committee

Collection of news items/photos for school website

Monthly report on school website

January Fortnightly meetings

Assisting with parent-teacher meetings

Meeting with Principal

Representation on School Planning Committee

Collection of news items/photos for school website

Monthly report on school website

February Fortnightly meetings

Assisting with parent-teacher meetings

Representation on School Planning Committee

Collection of news items/photos for school website

Monthly report on school website

March Fortnightly meetings

Assisting with parent-teacher meetings

Sports Day

Meeting with Principal

Representation on School Planning Committee

Collection of news items/photos for school website

Monthly report on school website

April Fortnightly meetings

Planning for annual school prize-giving

Representation on School Planning Committee

Collection of news items/photos for school website

Monthly report on school website

May Fortnightly meetings

Reflection/evaluation of year’s events

Meeting with Principal

Assisting with annual school prize-giving

“Treat event” for Students’ Council

Representation on School Planning Committee

Collection of news items/photos for school website

Monthly report on school website

Notes

  1. The Students’ Council will be assisted throughout the year by a member of the school’s management team, Mr. Broderick.
  2. The above calendar of events is not exhaustive. Other events may be planned by the Council as it sees fit.

Loreto Students’ Council 2020/2021 

Minutes of the meeting 19112020 

Attendance

1st Year: Keeva Moloney, Molly Donoghue, Robyn Wiggins

2nd Year: Finna Donoghue, Jagoda Staszewska, Katie Kehoe

3rd Year: Caitlin Hunt, Charlotte Buckley

4th Year: Faye Gilmore, Maeve Hayes, Lucy Fitzgerald

5th Year: Maeve Buckley, Sinead Hegarty

6th Year: Amy Barron, Ella Duggan

Head Girls: Sinead Mythen, Eileen Roe

Apologies

Robyn Hayes

Minutes

  • Results of the mobile phone survey: At the start of the meeting, the members of the Students’ Council looked at the results of the mobile phone survey.  The members were informed that a new phone policy will be made based on these findings. 
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week: It was decided that Random Acts of Kindness Week is to be held on the 23rd to the 27th of November. 
  • Activities for Random Acts of Kindness Week:  The Members had to think long and hard about what activities would feasible during these timesIt was decided that the Members will hand out bingo cards and call out the numbers each day on the intercom, the winners will get a prize at the end of the week.  The Members also agreed that it would be a good idea to leave wrapped sweets and stickers on tables for students to take. Kindness quotes will also be read out on the intercom each day.  A cardboard cut-out of a smiley face will be made to be put on the Students’ Council board.  Members of the school community can write down their random acts of kindness on it.  
  • Next Meeting: The next meeting for the Students’ Council is on Thursday the 26th of November at 3:05pm.  

Loreto Students’ Council 2020/2021 

Minutes of the meeting 12112020

Attendance

1st Year: Keeva Moloney, Molly Donoghue, Robyn Wiggins

2nd Year: Finna Donoghue, Jagoda Staszewska, Katie Kehoe

4th Year: Faye Gilmore, Maeve Hayes

5th Year: Maeve Buckley, Sinead Hegarty

6th Year: Amy Barron, Ella Duggan

Head Girls: Sinead Mythen

Apologies

Eileen Roe, Robyn Hayes Murray, Caitlin Hunt

Minutes

  • Survey on mobile Phones: We discussed our thoughts on the mobile phone policy within the school and the survey that the Head girls had made for the student body to find out their opinions.
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week: We are organising an activity where letters will be written to a random classmate and quarantine for three days then passed out, we are looking at handing out individually wrapped sweets or stickers . We also are trying to organise bingo by printing bingo cards and possibly having Betty call out the numbers of the winning card.

We have also talked about having nice quotes called out in the morning and maybe covering the notice board with positive sticky notes.

  • Our next meeting will be held on 19/11/2020

Loreto Students’ Council 2020/2021 

Minutes of the meeting 05112020 

Attendance

1st Year: Keeva Moloney, Molly Donoghue, Robyn Wiggins

2nd Year: Finna Donoghue

3rd Year: Caitlin Hunt, Robyn Hayes, Charlotte Buckley

4th Year: Lucy Fitzgerald

5th Year: Maeve Buckley, Sinead Hegarty

6th Year: Amy Barron

Head Girls: Eileen Roe, Sinead Mythen

Apologies

Jagoda Staszewska, Katie Kehoe, Maeve Hayes, Faye Gilmore, Ella Duggan. 

Minutes

Updating the school mobile policy

Mr. Broderick informed the Students’ Council about the possible change in the school mobile policy and asked for their view on it. The members of the council discussed the question, should we be allowed use our phones in class with our teacher’s permission and at the first twenty minutes of lunch? Some members pointed out that the phone rule is hard to police. The Students’ Council stated that we need to find a way to use phones in a safe way in school. 

Random Acts of Kindness Week

The Random Acts of Kindness Week was unable to take place at its usual time in the month of October due to Covid-19. The Students’ Council had to establish what week this event would take place. All members agreed that it should be in this term during the month of November. 

Students’ Council Notice Board

Mr. Broderick pointed out that the Students’ Council notice board is empty. All members agreed that they should begin sticking things up. It was suggested that we start filling this notice board by firstly putting up the photos of the Students’ Council with an article about the Council alongside.  

Pen Pal Letters

The Students’ Council tried to think of ideas that would benefit the whole community. A suggestion about writing letters to local nursing homes was mentioned. The members thought this was an excellent idea but indicated that there would not be enough residents for everyone to write a letter to. It was then suggested that the school could do the pen pal letters in year groups, where everyone writes a letter and receives one off another girl in their year. The members suggested that this idea could be used for the ‘Secret Friend’ event. 

Next Meeting

The next meeting for the Students’ Council is on Thursday the 12thof November at 3:05pm.