Role of the Student Council
- To create in cooperation with the Head teacher, staff and students, a better school life for the student of our school.
- To provide students with opportunities of leadership and to develop in all students a sense of responsibility.
- To encourage the students in the school to become more aware of how the school is run and express their needs.
- To contribute to overall school development by being involved in school policy development and to be a resource in working in partnership with the management of the school.
- To act as liaison where appropriate between the students and the teaching staff and management.
Structure of the Student Council
- Spokesperson of the meeting;
- Calls meetings;
- Liaises with school management;
- Ensures that the Student Council is run effectively and efficiently;
- Prepares the agenda for each meeting with the Secretary;
- Circulates the agenda to all members in advance of the meeting or at the start of the meeting;
- Takes minutes at meetings and writes them up;
- Distributes/reads out minutes from previous meeting;
- Keeps financial records in order and reports to the Student Council on the current financial status of the group;
- Makes a brief financial report when needed;
The Public Relations Team/Communications Officers
- Keep the whole school informed about the activities of the Student Council;
- Keep notice boards updated;
- Help produce the Student Council newsletter, if the school has one;
- Take lots of photographs of Student Council activities to accompany any reports or notices for the board.
A copy of the agenda should be posted on the Student Council notice board a few days in advance of the meeting so that members can prepare for the meeting. It is important that members participate in meetings and give their opinions. However, members should also listen carefully to what others have to say and respect their opinions.
Removing Members of the Council and Filling Vacancies:
The Student Council has the right to remove a member if that member fails to attend three consecutive meeting without a valid reason or is not committed to the work or the aims of the student council.
Student Council Activities
- To represent the views of the student body to the Board of Management, Headmaster, teachers and parents.
- To organise and effective communication system e.g. newsletter.
- Assist in school activities: sporting, cultural, liturgical, extra-curricular.
- Organise or assist with fund-raising / charitable work
- Making suggestions about improving school facilities
- 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
Communication and SC Notice board
- Keeping a student notice-board in the school where information on the Council’s activities is posted;
- Producing a student newsletter;
- Announcing upcoming events at assembly/roll call;
- Surveying students on issues being discussed by the Council;
- Providing an end of year report to the Board of Management;
- Notice board
- Agenda for next meeting;
- Minutes of last meeting;
- Ideas of what the students want the Student Council to do;
- Student Council achievements and ongoing activities;
The treasurer should keep good records of how much was raised at each fundraising event and how it was spent;
Don’t hold too many fundraising events. Prioritise a limited number of issues and events;
Students should have a say on fundraising issues;
Make sure all students in the school are told about the event well in advance, and know what the Student Council plans to use the money for.