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.

 

Members for 2019/2020 are:

 

1st Year

(3 students)

2nd Year

(3 students)

3rd Year

(3 students)

4th Year

(2 students)

5th Year

(2 students)

6th Year

(2 students)

Head Girls
Jagoda Staszewska Caitlin Hunt Caragh Whelan Maeve Buckley Amy Barron Camille McGrath Minduli Senevirathna
Isabella Caufield Robyn Hayes Faye Gilmore Sinead Hegarty Ella Duggan Sophie Innes Alanna Fusciardi
Christina Molloy Abigail Buckley Hannah Stephens

 

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.

Students’ Council Meeting Report 28 May 2020

Attendance

1st Year: Jagoda Staszewska

2nd Year: Robyn Hayes, Abigail Buckley

3rd Year: Caragh Whelan, Faye Gilmore

4th Year: Maeve Buckley, Sinead Hegarty

5th Year: Amy Barron

Head Girls: Alanna Fusciardi, Minduli Senevirathna

This meeting was held on Microsoft Teams.

Minutes:

  1. Instagram Quiz: The council reflected on the Loreto quiz held on Instagram last week. Overall, the quiz seemed very popular with many students taking part and the feedback was very positive.
  2. Reflection on the year: The council discussed the year overall and reflected on events and improvements that could be made.

Members discussed how big events such as the Easter Egg Hunt and Sports Day were missed out on and how perhaps there should be a big event at the start of the next academic year to make up for this.

Mr.Broderick then spoke about the structure of the council next year. Members agreed that it may be a good idea to have some of the current members of the council stay on next year for some experience. It was recognised that new members take time to get settled into the council so more experienced members would be an asset to the Students’ Council.

The council also discussed possible events for next year. Members agreed that the council should have one main school event next year that has never been done in the school before. The event could be charitable or just an event for the whole school. The event would hope to raise the profile of the Students’ Council.

It was also discussed that the council could organise a meeting of all the Students’ Councils in the 5 schools in Wexford town. This would be a way for every council to share their ideas and learn from each other.

  1. Last Meeting: This was the last meeting of the 2019/20 Students’ Council.

Students’ Council Meeting Report 14 May 2020

Attendance

1st Year: Jagoda Staszewska, Isabella Caufield

2nd Year: Robyn Hayes, Abigail Buckley

3rd Year: Caragh Whelan, Hannah Stephens, Faye Gilmore

4th Year: Maeve Buckley, Sinead Hegarty

5th Year: Amy Barron, Ella Duggan

Head Girls: Alanna Fusciardi

This meeting was held on Microsoft teams.

Minutes

  1. Instagram Quiz: The council gathered questions for the Instagram quiz. There will be 5 questions per day for the week starting Monday 18th Alanna will contact Ms.Kennedy with the questions for each day.
  2. Baking Challenge: The council decided to hold a Loreto Bake Off on Instagram. The whole student body will be encouraged to send their recipes and pictures of their baked goods to Ms.Kennedy via email. These will then be posted to the school Instagram for the whole school community to see. Sinead is contacting Ms.Kennedy in relation to this.
  3. Next Meeting: There will be another meeting sometime next week to evaluate the Instagram quiz. Time and day is to be confirmed.

Students’ Council Meeting Report 11 May 2020

Attendance

1st Year: Jagoda Staszewska, Isabella Caufield, Christina Molloy

2nd Year: Caitlin Hunt, Abigail Buckley

3rd Year: Caragh Whelan, Hannah Stephens, Faye Gilmore

4th Year: Maeve Buckley, Sinead Hegarty

5th Year: Amy Barron, Ella Duggan

6th Year: Camille McGrath

Head Girls: Alanna Fusciardi, Minduli Senevirathna

This meeting was held on Microsoft teams.

Minutes

  1. Students’ Council involvement during lockdown: Members discussed what the council can do to stay involved with the school during this pandemic. They decided to do something on the school social media. Ideas included a baking challenge, a quiz, a virtual sports day and running for charity.
  2. Instagram quiz: The council decided to do a quiz next week on Instagram with 5 questions per day. Each year of the council is to come up with 5 questions each based on life in Loreto. Alanna is contacting Ms.Kennedy to tell her our idea.
  3. Student Body Involvement: The council also decided to put polls on Instagram to find out what the student body wants to see from the students’council. Maeve is contacting Ms.Kennedy to see if this is possible.
  4. Next Meeting: The next meeting will be held via Microsoft Teams on Thursday 14th May at 11am.

Students’ Council Meeting Report 5 February 2020

Attendance

1st Year: Jagoda Staszewska, Isabella Caufield, Christina Molloy

2nd Year: Caitlin Hunt, Robyn Hayes, Abigail Buckley

4th Year: Maeve Buckley, Sinead Hegarty

5th Year: Amy Barron, Ella Duggan

Minutes

  1. Meeting with Mr.O’Shea: The council discussed last weeks meeting with Mr.O’Shea and the Prefects’ Council. At this meeting, toasters, bus shelters and queues at lunchtime were discussed. Another toaster has been supplied and a letter to the County Council regarding bus shelters and rubbish bins has been finalised and sent. Members also discussed how queues at lunchtime can be lessened and decided that the Prefects’ Council will be in charge of solving this issue.
  2. Valentine’s Day Event: The council decided to give out sweets to students on the way into school on Valentine’s Day. The sweets will be bought by the 2nd years and will be distributed in the morning by 4th and 5th year members of the council. There will also be a special Valentine’s Day Just Dance in the P.E. hall on the day run by 4th, 5th and 1st year members of the council.
  3. Next Meeting: The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 12th February in Meeting Room 2 at lunchtime.

Students’ Council Meeting Report 8 January 2020

Attendance

1st Year: Jagoda Staszewska, Isabella Caufield, Christina Molloy

2nd Year: Robyn Hayes, Abigail Buckley

3rd Year: Caragh Whelan, Hannah Stephens

4th Year: Maeve Buckley, Sinead Hegarty

5th Year: Amy Barron, Ella Duggan

6th Year: Sophie Innes

Head Girls: Alanna Fusciardi, Minduli Senevirathna

Minutes

  1. Discussed this terms events: The council discussed the things that must be done this term. This included helping out at parent teacher meetings and one big event. Ideas suggested were events for Easter or Valentine’s Day.
  2. Fortnightly meetings: It was decided that the council will meet every fortnight from now until the mocks are over.
  3. Student Issues: The council discussed the lack of sandwich toasters in the school. The head girls were to mention this at the Friday Planning meeting. The issue of bus shelters and rubbish bins outside the school was also discussed. Sophie and Camile composed a letter which will be sent to the council about this issue.
  4. Next meeting: The next meeting will be held at 13:05 on Wednesday 22nd January in meeting room 2.

Students’ Council Meeting Report 13 November 2019

Attendance

1st Year: Jagoda Staszewska, Isabella Caufield, Christina Molloy

2nd Year: Caitlin Hunt, Robyn Hayes, Abigail Buckley

3rd Year: Caragh Whelan, Faye Gilmore, Hannah Stephens

4th Year: Maeve Buckley, Sinead Hegarty

5th Year: Amy Barron, Ella Duggan

6th Year: Camille McGrath, Sophie Innes

Head Girls: Alanna Fusciardi

Apologies

Minduli Senevirathna

Minutes

  1. Random Acts of Kindness Week: The council discussed what events were to be held during Random Acts of Kindness Week to be held from the 18th to the 22nd of November.
  • 1st and 2nd years will be leaving kind messages on students’ lockers.
  • 3rd years will be giving out sweets on Monday and Friday mornings.
  • 4th years will be doing drop everything and dance on Tuesday and Thursday.
  • 5th years will be giving out random spot prizes over the intercom.
  • 6th years will be doing bingo over the intercom.

Each year also organised secret friend within each base class. Sinead and Maeve will be putting together a report at the end of the week.

  1. Bus Shelters: After seeing the need for bus shelters outside the school the council decided to write a letter to the County Council. Sophie and Camille will be writing the letter.
  2. LGBT+ Week: Members of the council also discussed LGBT+ week and some events that could be held during the week. Ideas included balloons around the school, facts around the school and a rainbow over the entrance.
  3. Just Dance: Amy and Ella will be running Just Dance this week and will be taking pictures for the school website. They will also be writing a report about Just Dance that will also be put on the website.
  4. Next Meeting: The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 20th

Students’ Council Meeting Report 16 October 2019

Attendance

1st Year: Jagoda Staszewska, Isabella Caufield, Christina Molloy

2nd Year: Caitlin Hunt, Robyn Hayes, Abigail Buckley

3rd Year: Caragh Whelan, Faye Gilmore, Hannah Stephens

4th Year: Maeve Buckley, Sinead Hegarty

5th Year: Amy Barron, Ella Duggan

6th Year: Sophie Innes

Head Girls: Minduli Senevirathna, Alanna Fusciardi

Minutes

  1. Past Pupils Meeting:Ms. Kennedy came to the meeting where she spoke to members of the council to see who might be interested in assisting at the meeting of past pupils next Wednesday 23rd October. Members would be required to show attendees around the school. The names of interested members were taken and later given to Ms.Kennedy.
  2. Over Use Of Plastic In The School: Members spoke about the use of plastic in the school and how it could be reduced. It was decided that single use water bottles in the vending machines should be stopped and all the water taps in the school should be fixed. Members decided to organise a meeting with Mr.O’Shea where these topics could be discussed.
  3. Seminar for Students’ Councils in Dublin: The council discussed what idea could be brought to the Seminar for Students’ Councils in Dublin on 23rd It was decided that members attending should bring the idea of organising Just Dance for all students in the P.E. hall on Friday lunchtimes every fortnight. The first is to be held this Friday 18th October at 13:30pm.
  4. Random Acts of Kindness Week: The council then discussed Random Acts of Kindness Week and what could be done throughout the week. Members were asked to think about what events should happen during the week.
  5. Next Meeting: The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 23rd October at 13:05pm in Meeting Room 2.

Students’ Council Meeting Report 2 October 2019

Attendance

1st Year: Jagoda Staszewska, Isabella Caufield

2nd Year: Caitlin Hunt, Robyn Hayes, Abigail Buckley

3rd Year: Caragh Whelan, Faye Gilmore, Hannah Stephens

4th Year: Maeve Buckley

5th Year: Amy Barron, Ella Duggan

6th Year: Sophie Innes

Head Girls: Minduli Senevirathna, Alanna Fusciardi

Apologies

Sinéad Hegarty

Minutes

  1. Students’ Council Roles:Mr. Broderick reminded the council of the roles of each member and details of what each role entails.
  2. Comhairle na nÓg AGM: Mr. Broderick then informed the council of the three members who have volunteered to represent Loreto Wexford at Comhairle na nÓg on Thursday 24th October. The students are Caitlin Hunt, Faye Gilmore and Robyn Hayes.
  3. Seminar for Students Council in Dublin: The council dicussed the Seminar for Student Council to take place in Dublin on 23rd Six members must attend. Members were asked to think about how members should be chosen to attend.
  4. Timeline of Events: The annual calendar of events was then distributed to each member of the council. The council then dicussed events taking place in October such as Random Acts of Kindness Week and members were asked to start thinking about ideas and events to take place during this week.
  5. Student Discussion: The members of the council then rose issues and topics that should be discussed by the council in the future. The issues were: student parking, littering at bus stops and strikes for misbehaviour. The council also organised for a Students’ Council Whatsapp group to be set up and a Students’ Council Suggestion Box to be put into Mr.Broderick’s classroom.
  6. Next meeting: The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 9th October at 13:05pm in Meeting Room 2.

Students’ Council Meeting Report 25 September 2019

Attendance

1st Year: Jagoda Staszewska, Isabella Caufield

2nd Year: Caitlin Hunt, Robyn Hayes, Abigail Buckley

3rd Year: Caragh Whelan, Hannah Stephens

4th Year: Maeve Buckley, Sinead Hegarty

5th Year: Amy Barron, Ella Duggan

6th Year: Camille McGrath, Sophie Innes

Apologies

Alanna Fusciardi, Minduli Senevirathna, Faye Gilmore

Minutes

  1. Multicultural Week: Ms. Jordan spoke to the students about the upcoming multicultural week and asked the Students’ Council to considering helping out again this year. Anyone interested are invited to the next meeting.
  2. Constitution: Mr. Broderick congratulated all members of the new Students’ Council 2019-2020. The constitution of the Students’ Council for this academic year was distributed to all members and they were reminded of what their role in the school is.
  3. Students’ Council Roles: Mr. Broderick facilitated a procedure where Student Council meeting roles were assigned. These entailed:
  • Chairperson – Sophie Innes
  • Vice Chairperson – Camile McGrath
  • Secretary – Maeve Buckley and Robyn Hayes
  • Treasurer – Caitlin Hunt
  • PRO – Sinead Hegarty and Amy Barron
  • SLO – Jagoda Staszewska
  1. Format of Meetings: The format of the meetings going forward was discussed. Wednesdays at 13:05pm was agreed as a time to meet every second week (unless specified otherwise).
  2. Contract: Mr. Broderick informed council members that the Student Council contract will be distributed and signed once it is finalised.
  3. Comhairle nA noG: Mr. Broderick informed students that Comhairle na noG is taking place on Thursday 24th of October and looked for volunteers to attend. Interested students are to give their name to Mr. Broderick.
  4. Next Meeting: The next meeting of the Students’ Council is on Wednesday 2nd October at 13:05pm.