News – October 2015
On Wednesday 14th October, six Student Council representatives from our school were invited to attend the Loreto Student Council seminar in Croke Park. There were seventeen different Loreto schools represented on the day.
We learned different ways to run our Student Council effectively. We listened to students from other schools and also to the different teacher liaison officers who attended the conference. We learned how to improve different aspects of our daily school life and how to take responsibility for our roles as elected representatives of the school body.
We returned to school with drafts of our long term and short term plans for this school year, which we will try our best to achieve. Overall we were highly motivated by the excellent presentations and were able to deliver plenty of feedback to the rest of our Student Council.
Photograph (L to R): Anna Mac Nulty, Eva Montayne, Caitlin Fanning, Sneha Thomas, Alison Keane and Helen Fisher
Student Council Members at Croke Park Conference
News – January 2015
The Student Council meets every Friday at lunchtime in F5. All students are welcome to attend or observe and Student Council members are always delighted to hear about student issues.
So far this year the Council has been involved in a number of initiatives:
It has successfully dealt with issues of micro-waves in the canteen, and extra capacity has been installed. Other housekeeping issues such as 'soap dispensers' have also been addressed.
From the every-day….to the innovative! This year the Student Council has worked towards developing spirit and friendship within the school. To this end, a successful 'movie-night' was hosted for 1st Year students in December. Thanks also to the 4th Year Mini-company who got involved. The 2nd Years were treated to a drumming session with David Day from Jabbe, Jabbe, Jembe. It is hoped to have similar 'group' activities for the remaining year groups in the coming term.
Watch out for Student Council involvement in the forthcoming 'Healthwise Week'. Student Councillors will be 'brand ambassadors' for the week, encouraging everyone to get involved in as many activities as possible.
Later in the year, the Parent School Association and Student Council will work together to reinstate the School Sports Day - watch this space!!!
Remember the Student Council is your voice in the school. Get involved, raise concerns, bring your suggestions and together we can work to improve the school for everyone.
Student Council 2014/15
News – April 2014
Since the last newsletter, the Student Council has been busy working on a number of projects.
In January, the Council met with Mary and Damien O’Mahony from ‘The Lunchbox’, who provide the food in the lunchroom to discuss menu options. Based on feedback from student surveys, the students were interested in the introduction of meal deals, loyalty cards, gluten free products and additional healthy food options. The Student Council would like to thank ‘The Lunchbox’ for listening to its suggestions and for the recent additions to the menu that have been introduced as a result. These have included a number of changes such as the new loyalty card, the meal deal (which includes a main meal; snack and drink), brown rice, wholegrain sandwiches, new salad/sandwich combinations, carrot & hummus snacks and the itemising of gluten free products on the menu. Mary and Damien are keen to hear the students’ reactions to the changes and they are encouraged to put their comments into the Student Council suggestion box. They will meet with the Council before the end of the year to hear our feedback on the changes.
In March, the Council were delighted to be part of another successful Healthwise Week, handing out stickers to those who walked to school every day and in helping to steward the Loreto 5k.
At the end of March, the Council joined forces with the Leadership Team and Drama Club for their annual Friendship Week. (See report on Friendship Week) Following the success of the ‘cup song’, they welcome suggestions for another event that can match the excitement created by the both the preparation for and the performance of the song!
The Council are looking forward to discussing plans with the Parents’ Association for a joint long-term project to work similar to the successful purchase of the hockey dug-outs. We will keep you updated!
We organised a referendum before the Easter break to amend our constitution to allow closer links with the Leadership Team. This was ratified by the students and will ensure that a representative from the Leadership Team will attend Student Council meetings in order to work on mutual projects of interest.
The Council met with both Ms. Prendiville and Ms. Daly since Christmas and discussed issues such as supervised study during the Easter break. We would like to thank them both and all of the staff for their work with and support for the Council throughout the year.
Ellen O’Brien - 4th Year Representative
News – January 2014
The Student Council has been working really hard since September, already achieving many goals from our Year Plan. We hope to continue this hard work until the summer term.
Our first assignment of the year was to elect our 1st Year representatives. Lisa Baldwin, Ciara Corscadden-Hennessy and Lauren Tracey were elected towards the end of September. On the same day that this election took place, we began one of our biggest projects of the year. In conjunction with Transition Years, the Debating Society and the History prefects, we organised a “Mock” election for 6th Year students regarding the Seanad Referendum. Three local politicians, including Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., came to the school for a lively debate! The debate was a huge success as the student debaters gave the seasoned politicians a run for their money with their debating skills!! It also gave the 6th Year students a realistic insight into voting.
Student Council Week took place from 24th-29th November. Our main focus was to raise awareness of the role of the Student Council and our logo, so that students would be more familiar with it around the school. Activities included daily quizzes, a poster competition and treasure hunt. We also held an open meeting, encouraging all students to attend and to bring forward some new ideas. Congratulations to Bobbi Fitzpatrick (1 Babthorpe) who won our suggestion-box poster competition.
After the Christmas break, we carried out a survey on a few issues ranging from school spirit to food in the lunchroom. Last week, we met with Damien, Manager of the ‘Lunchbox’ and gave him the results of our surveys on food choices. The survey results show that students are eager to have as many healthy choices as possible on the menu. The Council will keep the website updated on our work on this.
Caroline Greene, 5th Year Representative.
On behalf of all of the students in Foxrock, the Student Council wish to congratulate our fellow council member, Shauna Griffith (5th Year) on her role in RTÉ’s drama Amber, currently airing on RTE 1 nightly at 9.30pm for four nights. You may also catch up on 'real player'. Watch out for Shauna who plays the part of Amber's friend Jenny.
Student Council Meetings 2013-14
The Student Council in Loreto Foxrock is comprised of eighteen elected members - three representatives from each year group. Elections to the Student Council take place each May with the voting of the representatives from 2nd Year to 6th Year. These students form the Student Council in the following school year. They are joined in mid-October by the final three members when the election of the new 1st Year students is complete.
Student Council (2013-14)
The Council meets regularly during the school year to discuss any student-related issues which are brought to its attention. If you have any concerns or suggestions, please see one of your student representatives and let them know that you wish your issue to be brought to the Council.
- The Council acts as a communications link with school management, teaching staff and other staff in the school.
- The Council facilitates student participation in decision making and policy formation in the school.
- The Council promotes the good of the students in the school and ensures that students' issues are listened to and given due consideration.