The student council at Coláiste Pobail Setanta have played a pivotal roll in our college since opening in 2008. each year the council has gone from strength to strength and involved itself in numerous events/activities and policy making decisions that make Coláiste Pobail Setanta the college it is today. we have been involved in editing and drafting our learning code and other policies, the college uniform, pe uniform, crest, mission statement and so on. we have worked closely with our teachers, the BOM and the parents association to bring about meaningful change and improve our college for the benefit of all students.
There have been a number of activities that the Students Council is particularly proud of, in particular the college receiving the accolade of a human rights friendly school by amnesty international, our visit to Aras an Uachtaran to meet president Higgins or the election of a number of our student council representatives to Dail na Nóg and Comhairle na Nóg.
Our student council consists of two elected representatives from each class (1 male and 1 female). Within the council additional postholders also take responsibility for the roles of chairperson, treasurer, secretary, pr officers and so on. the students council has a constitution and all meetings are minuted. all students council representatives have in service training around the duties attached to their role but also encompassing leadership, communication and listening skills.
During this academic year, we have initiated a number of activities/events to raise money and not only for charities but also to put towards school expenses. we facilitated a presentation from Jigsaw, Headstrong and Suicide Awareness Dublin 15 for all senior students focusing on positive mental health. following this we decided to hold a non-uniform day, to raise money for these charities. We also organised a 5 km Fun Run as part of Meitheal Week to celebrate Positive Mental Health and Well Being Week. The Friendship Ball Pool was a fantastic Initiative as part of this week. We have also had several heated discussions about whether or not girls should be allowed trousers, reviewed and critiqued the Learning Code, Lunchtime Arrangements and the Semester Examinations. We also discussed Work Experience for TY, LCA and Fifth Year students. Without doubt the highlight of the year for the Student Council was our Intercultural Festival and our involvement in the Yellow Flag Project. During the International Festival, we staged to a fashion show, which featured different nationalities of the school and their native clothing. We also had a taster day, where native food from different cultures of the school were purchased by students.
Without doubt the highlight of the year for the student council was the success of our Meitheal (promoting positive mental health) week. The council organised a number of events/activities/ guest speakers, ran poster competition and with the help of transition year students ran meditations in our meditation room. The highlight of the week was the 5km “walk in my shoes” event which kicked off with a balloon launch to make the end of Meitheal week. The money raised from the fun run went to st. Patricks hospital. The race was great fun and went really well but the weather didn’t seem to want to co-operate. “a day is not wasted if a memory is made” and I don’t think we will forget running the 5km in near monsoon conditions!