Student Council

 

What is the Student Council?

A Student Council is a representative structure for students only, through which they can become involved in the affairs of the school, working in partnership with school management, staff and parents for the benefit of the school and its students.

Usually the student council works with a teacher, who is the link person between students and staff and management in the school. Many schools already have excellent student councils.

The Work of the Student Council

A Student Council is a representative structure for all the students in the school. It provides students with the opportunity to become involved in the affairs of the school, working in partnership with school management, staff and parents. It should always work for the benefit of the school and its students.

 

The Student Council is responsible for:

  • Working with the staff, Board of Management and Parents' Association in the   school;
  • Communicating and consulting with all of the students in the school;
  • Involving as many students as possible in the activities of the Council;
  • Planning and managing the Council's programme of activities for the year;
  • Managing and accounting to the student council and Board of  Management, for any funds raised by the Council.

 

Student Council activities

The Student Council can be involved in many activities in the school. Here is a sample of some Student Council activities:

Standard Yearly Activities

  • Liaising with principal and board of management on issues of concern to students
  • Communication and co-operation with school staff
  • Working with the parents’ council in school
  • Co-operating with management and staff on the development of school rules and regulations
  • Involvement in school planning
  • Having a say in school policies e.g. anti-bullying policy, homework, substance use, mobile phones, healthy eating, code of discipline, uniform, school tracksuit, punctuality… Write up student friendly versions.

Optional Activities

Making suggestions about improving school facilities: locker areas, changing areas, showers, toilets etc.

Extra-curricular activities: or lunch time activities such as movie clubs, computer games clubs, chess clubs, language clubs, book clubs…

Getting involved with the community e.g. inviting in senior citizens for help with mobile phones, internet, e-mail, recording from the television…, tidy towns, holding a party for students of a local special school, etc

Mentoring programmes for younger students, table quizzes…, poster competitions, guide to the school for new students, mental health awareness…

Fund-raising: for things such as water fountains, library books, sports equipment, defibrillators, outdoor benches, picnic tables, DVDs, to do up a lunch room, to buy posters, to plant flowers, to construct a garden of remembrance, to invite in speakers on different issues …

 

Organising recycling in school: getting involved or introducing the Green Schools, running an anti-litter campaign, clean up an area of the school or helping out in the community on environmental issues.

Carrying out surveys and questionnaires on issues and reporting back to the school management with the gathered information.

Organising social events: such as talent shows, fashion shows, battle of the bands, quiz events, sports tournaments …

School newsletter / magazine: or putting together a school record for the year using photographs etc.

Linking in with other Student Councils in the area and organising a meeting with a view to sharing ideas and maybe a joint project.

Student award ceremonies, Student Council Award…

There are many more activities which a Student Council can be involved in. The Student Council should listen to the views of the students, the staff, the Principal and the Board of Management when drawing up its calendar of activities.

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