Student Council 2017/18
Beaumont Boys School holds that the pupils should play an active, positive role in the life of the school and we believe that our Student Council helps to achieve this.
This year our Student Council comprises of;
6th : Mitchell Walker & Charlie Dunlea
5th: Luke Riordan & Ronan O’ Keefe
4th: Lughaidh Gannon & Alex Coleman
3rd: Cillian Murphy & Jack Browne
Our School’s Student Council is comprised of two representatives from each class from third to sixth. The Council is run along the lines of the Green Schools Group and meets regularly with two teachers, one being the Principal or Assistant Principal who acts as Assistant Chair. The sixth class pupils chair the meetings after some initial training.
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
- Discuss issues relevant to the school and encourage and promote initiatives from the pupils
- Offer an opportunity for all pupils to voice their opinions on proposed changes and thereby play a very important role in improving our school
- Act as a channel for communication within the school, between pupils and between home and school
- Encourage pupils and thereby their parents to organise events central to the life of the school
- Provide an opportunity to raise funds for charities or our school equipment fund.
Through our Student Council we hope to give the pupils a positive role in the organisation of the school and thus ensure they feel they are listened to and respected for their ideas and concerns and these are both valued and valuable. It involves the pupils in many of the decisions, which are made regarding the day-to-day running and management of the school. Discussions in classes and at the Council meetings helps to develop social and learning skills in many areas such as speaking and listening, problem solving and decision-making and the decision-making process.
From time to time the Student Council will discuss, make suggestions and decisions on topics such as:
|·school rules||· our Anti Bullying Code|
|·friendship||· lunchtime games and activities|
|·behaviour and discipline||· making the yard a happy place|
|·care for the building||· vandalism|
|·health and safety||· uniform|
· hall project
In addition to their role in communication and problem solving, the Student Council acts as an agent for the school news, as journalists and reporters, editors, production assistants and distributors. It is hoped that this makes the school news more child-centred and orientated. They also provide suggestions and material for the school web page and learn the process of constructing the page. Student Council will have its own notice board to communicate any events and initiatives.
In September, each class elects new members to represent them on the Student Council. Each class elects two members. Each pupil seeking election puts his or her name forward and candidates must have the approval of their class teacher. They are pupils who have a good attitude to school and to work. Prior to the election, the classes are encouraged to discuss the information pack given to them before the children can stand for election.
The pupils elected are required to be actively involved in the Council, to attend meetings regularly and participate in activities and be a role model for other pupils. As well as bringing matters to the council for discussion, the representatives are required to report the outcome of meetings to their own class and occasionally to other younger classes. Children who are deemed not to be pulling their weight are asked to step down in favour of the next in line. Each year the council decides on its own hands-on activities which might include Tidy Classroom Competition, organising charity events, organising school non-uniform day or welcoming visitors to the school.
The Council has an important role to play in the organisation of;
- The Junior Yard Buddy System
- The School Concert/School Musical
- Open Days, Christmas Fayre and Summer BBQ
- Welcome morning for New Infants
- Sport for All Day
- Teddy Bears Picnic
- Welcoming New Pupils
- Graduation Day for Sixth Class
In January Student Council elections were held in classes from 3rd to 6th. Boys who were interested in representing their class were given time to make an oral presentation. Every boy in the senior classes had a vote in the election. There was great interest and enthusiasm shown by the boys. The standard of presentation and the number of boys who put themselves forward for election attest to this.
Mrs. Meehan, Ms. Foley and Ms. Keating will support the newly formed Student Council. The inaugural meeting took place on Tuesday 14th February 2017. The following are the representatives for 2017:
3rd Class: Charlie Crosbie and Kealan Crowe
4th class: Jack White and Adam Hurley
5th class: Gavin O’ Riordan and Ethan Horgan
6th Class: Ronan McAuliffe and Luke McDonnell