Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra

Student Council

Student Council
Congratulations to our recently elected Head Girl, Marian Nagle and Head Boy, Michael Dennehy.
Marian & Michael take over from 2019/20 Head Girl & Boy Mary & Alex. Best of luck for the year ahead.


The Education Act of 1998 obliges school boards to ‘encourage, facilitate and give all reasonable assistance to students wishing to establish Student Councils’. The aim of a Student Council is to act as a representative body and liaise with other students, staff, Board of Management and the Parent’s Association on matters of importance to young people within the school.

Benefits of the Student Council

  • It gives students a voice on issues that affect them
  • It gives a sense of responsibility to students
  • It introduces students to valuable organisational skills
  • It gives students and staff an opportunity to develop a working relationship with staff and management that benefits all concerned
  • It can provide a valuable point of information on relevant issues
  • It actively encourages the concept and practice of youth participation


  • A Student Council is primarily a ‘voice’ for students and a forum for them to work with the structures within a school.
  • Discusses matters relevant to student affairs and make proposals in connection with them.
  • Make it possible to organise extra-curricular activities within a school
  • Provide opportunities for fundraising that can help subsidise extra-curricular activities
  • Encourage an atmosphere of co-operation between staff and students
  • Encourage students to act in a democratic manner and independently.
  • Help students forge links with other Student Councils and encourage partnership and friendship
  • Provide a forum for students to voice their opinions on broader issues of relevance to them.
  • Enhance skills, knowledge and the abilities of students
  • Give students the opportunity to make recommendations in connection with the running of the school
  • Act as a communication link between the school management and students

Composition of our Student Council

The Student Council in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra operates under the direct guidance of the Student Council Co-ordinator. It comprises:

  • Two Class Prefects elected from every class in the school
  • Elected Head Boy and Head Girl

Operation of the Student Council

  • Two class Prefects per class are elected in the first term, one boy and one girl where possible.
  • An election of Head Boy and Head Girl is held shortly afterwards.
  • All other positions on the Student Council are filled at the initial Student Council Meeting.
  • Student Council Meetings are usually held fortnightly, but may be called weekly if the need arises.
  • Each Class Prefect receives a ‘Prefect’ badge, a copy of the Student Council Policy and a List of the Student Council members.
  • The Student Council is affiliated to the Union of Secondary Students of Ireland and two USSI representatives are elected.
  • An Agenda is set for each meeting and all members are encouraged to raise issues of importance to the student body.
  • The Secretary takes Minutes at each meeting and after these Minutes are proposed and seconded, they are signed by the Head Boy and Head
  • Girl and the Student Council Coordinator.
  • A Roll is taken at each Meeting.
  • The elected PRO gives a brief Report of the main points of the Student Council Meeting over the Intercom to the entire student body.

Election of Class Prefects

  • Students wishing to put themselves forward for election to the Student Council must:
  • Have a clean Disciplinary Record in the previous school year.
  • Complete an Application Form (see Appendix 1) and run for election in class. This involves preparing a speech for their class outlining the reasons why they want to be a Class Prefect.
  • Undertake to attend all Student Council Meetings and bringing any issues that pertains to their class.
  • Act as a positive Role Model at all times during the school day and while engaging in school related activities.

Head Student Election

  • Complete an Application Form and run for election in the school.
  • All candidates are required to write a Speech which they read out over the School Intercom which usually takes place the day before students are balloted.
  • Ballot boxes are placed in Registration Rooms and one Ballot Box is placed in the Staffroom.
  • Classes vote during Morning Registration
  • Students are given two Ballot Papers:
  • Blue for the Head Boy election
  • Pink for the Head Girl Election

Student Council Executive Committee

  • Head Boy and Head Girl
  • Secretary
  • Assistant Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Assistant Treasurer
  • Public Relations Officer (PRO
  • Assistant PRO
  • Irish Language Promoter
  • Two USSI Representatives
  • Year Heads for each respective year group.

Duties of the Student Council

Duties of the Student Council include:

  • Assist at the Annual School Awards Ceremony
  • Assisting at Open Night (non-exam classes)
  • Organisation of Christmas Hamper Collection
  • Organisation of School Talent Quest
  • Assisting at Parent-Teacher Meetings (non-exam classes)
  • Assisting at the Graduation Ceremony (non-exam classes)
  • Fundraising
  • Organisation of Extra-Curricular Activities for 1st years
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Our TY, LCA 2 and 5th year Art students had a lovely educational trip to Dublin this week where they visited the RHA, National and Hugh Lane Galleries, the National History Museum and more.
Our first year students had a very enjoyable day outside of the classroom on Wednesday taking part in their retreat with Declan Browne, retreat facilitator.
This week our TY class took part in the regional Vex Robotics competition in Munster Technological University, Cork. They really impressed in the first session and were ranked 1st with a 100% win rate and narrowly lost in the quarter finals. It was a
Well done to Alex Thompson who represented us so well at the BT Young Scientist competition in Dublin last week, where he got to meet the Minister for Education Norma Foley.
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