Student Council Members 2018/2019: (Top) Kevin Doran Doyle, Bill Bolger, Kayla Roche, Pierce Murphy. (Bottom) Jodie Plummer, Sadie Browne, MJ Davitt, Aleeah Lafferty Colfer.
- Role and Purpose of the Student Council in Tombrack National School
Tombrack National School believes that students have a vital role to play in creating a positive and welcoming school environment conducive to learning and happiness. We believe that our Student Council plays a huge role in achieving this.
The Role of the Student Council in Tombrack National School
The role of the Student Council is to:
- provide an opportunity for pupils to voice their opinions and offer suggestions in relation to many aspects of school life
- offer an opportunity for all pupils to voice their opinions on proposed changes and thereby play a very significant role in improving our school
- act as a channel of communication within the school organisation, between pupils and between home and school
- encourage pupils to organise events in Tombrack National School and to represent the school in a positive way during these events.
The Election Process
Each year, all pupils are invited to nominate themselves for a place on the Student Council. Pupils give a speech on why they think they are a suitable candidate for the role and an election is then held in each class. One representative from each class is awarded a seat on the Student Council for the duration of that academic year. The elected pupils are required to be active participants in the Student Council, to attend meetings regularly, participate in activities and be a role model for other students.
Student Council Meetings
Members meet at least once a month. Council Meetings are facilitated by Ms Kenny during lunch breaks. Prior to these meetings, the Student Council representatives collect ideas and suggestions from all classes, for the agenda. Also, Ms Kenny may put forward topics to be discussed or upcoming events which need to be deliberated about at the meetings. As well as bringing matters to the Council for discussion, the members are required to report the outcome of meetings to the other classes.
Topics that come under discussion at Student Council meetings may include the following:
- school rules
- healthy eating
- our school garden
- behaviour and discipline
- green issues
- health and safety
- lunchtime games and activities
- school uniform
- extra- curricular activities
Through our Student Council, Tombrack National School hopes to give our pupils a more active role in the organisation of our school and ensure they are listened to and respected for their ideas and concerns. Discussions in class and at Student Council meetings help to develop social and learning skills in many areas including speaking and listening, problem solving, brainstorming and the decision-making process.