The Student Council of Colaiste Muire is a formally recognised body within the school community with responsibility for putting forward the views of students on a wide range of topics. The council works in partnership with school management including the principal and deputy principal, the Board of Management and the Parents’ Council to maintain a positive, safe and healthy environment where both staff and students are encouraged to achieve their full potential.
The student council is comprised entirely of students and supported by a liaison teacher. Each class group elects a prefect and deputy prefect at the beginning of the school year. Elected prefects then attend and participate in a full council meeting on a monthly basis where they express the ideas and opinions of their individual class groups.
The school also elects a head boy and girl at the start of every academic year
Functions of the Student Council:
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 pupils
To support the management and staff in the development of the school
To represent the views of the students on matters of general concern to them
(Student Councils: A Voice for Students, Department of Education and Science, 2002)
Responsibilities of individual Student Council members:
Participate in Student Council Leadership Training
Liaise with individual class groups to determine topics for discussion
Feedback to individual class groups regarding decision made at meetings
Support the school community at official events such as open day/evening and parent/teacher meetings
Consult in a positive and collaborative manner with school management and staff