STUDENT COUNCIL POLICY

SCOPE

The student council provides and opportunity for students to have an input into decisions which affect them.  The council is composed of students elected by their peers and includes staff members who liaise with them on an on-going basis.

 

AIM

To give students a voice in school matters and to foster a spirit of active participation in the school.

 

OBJECTIVES

  • To improve communication between students and staff.
  • To encourage students to make suggestions regarding school life – while maintaining a sense of realism.
  • To improve school spirit and the atmosphere in the building.
  • To promote a sense of justice among the student body.
  • To organise social events in the school.
  • To raise funds for projects deemed worthy by the student body.

 

STUDENT COUNCIL COMMITTEE

  • Membership: The council will consist of two students from each of the Years.

 

  • Officers: Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer.  One teacher to attend the meetings.

 

  • Officers may hold a particular position for one year.

 

  • Changes to the Constitution may only be made with the approval of the council, staff and Principal.

 

  • Council Meetings: The Student Council will meet at a minimum of every two weeks to ensure continuity and fresh input.  This should give the council members the opportunity to express their views on school issues and to engage in any feedback with their peers in each of the Years.

 

ELECTIONS:

The election of new members of the Student Council will be organised by the existing Student Council.

Elections will take place in May every year, with the new Council taking office in the following September.

A student may nominate him or herself.  It is accepted that the Principal has the right of veto concerning candidates for appointment to the Council.

The list of the final nominees in each year will be voted on by the whole year group.

 

RULES:

  • Minutes of all meetings should be recorded by the Acting Secretary. They are available to teachers on request.  The minutes are read out in the beginning of the next meeting.

 

  • Individual students, staff or parents may not be discussed.

 

  • Discussions to be kept on a non-personal basis.

 

  • The student council has no involvement in school grievances or complaints.

 

  • Majority rules in all matters.

 

  • It is expected that all Council members would abide by the School’s existing Code of Behaviour (as per School Journal). Failure to do so may lead to a Council member forfeiting their position.

 

  • Student Council members are expected to conduct themselves in respect of the position they hold.

 

  • The Student Council shall have no function in the disciplinary matters of the school.

 

  • The Student Council accepts that all proposals are subject to staff discussion and recognise the Principal as having the final decision.

 

  • Any teacher may attend a Council meeting as an observer.

 

  • No member of the Council may make public statements on their own behalf or on behalf of the Council without permission from the teacher organisers.

 

  • Each October the Student Council will set out in writing one important proposal that they intend to achieve in the course of the academic year.

 

EVALUATION: The Student Council will evaluate its work at the end of each year.

 

 

STUDENT COUNCIL CONSTITUTION

 

Role of Student Council:

  • To create in co-operation with the Principal, staff, students, Parents Association and the Board of Management, a better school life for the students of our school.
  • To provide students with opportunities of leadership and to appreciate the importance of teamwork. To empower students with a sense of responsibility.
  • To contribute to overall school development and to be a resource in working in partnership with the management of the school. To also assist where needed with policy development.
  • Students will have an opportunity to channel their opinions on issues within the school.

Structure of the Student Council:

  • Members of the Student Council will be as follows:

1st Year – 2 representatives (1 JCSP)

2nd Year – 2 representatives (1 JCSP)

3rd Year – 2 representatives (1 JCSP)

4th Year – 1 representative

5th Year – 2 representatives (1 LCA)

6th Year – 3 representatives (1 LCA)

  • Members will be elected before the end of November and will seat on the Council until the following October.
  • No member may serve longer than two consecutive years, but after this the Student Council will appoint a Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer and a Public Relations Officer.

Each officer will normally hold office for one year from date of election.

  • The Student Council reserves the right to form subcommittees.

 

Election Procedures:

  • The process begins with the nomination procedure. All interested pupils must fill in a nomination form.  Each class then votes on the nominated students for their class.
  • The votes are counted and kept by a staff member.
  • If a Council member leaves or is dismissed, the candidate with the next highest number of votes will replace him/her.

Liaison Teacher:

  • Attends all meetings.
  • Acts as a link between staff and the Student Council.
  • Has a voice but not a vote.

 

Meetings and Decision-making:

  • The Student Council will meet monthly.
  • All Council members are expected to attend all meetings.
  • Attendance record is kept and minutes are taken.

 

Finance:

  • The Council shall not primarily be a fundraising body.

 

Removal/Exclusion Procedures:

  • For ongoing breaches of school discipline involving a student or group of students, exclusion is at discretion of the Principal.
  • The Student Council has a right to remove a member, if that member fails to attend meetings or is not committed to the work or aims of the Council.

 

Amendments to the Constitution:

  • A vote must be held regarding any amendments to this Constitution and be ratified by the Board of Management.

 

Dissolution of the Student Council:

  • The Student Council may be dissolved, at the discretion of the Board of Management or Principal, for such reasons as gross misconduct or endangerment.