As part of establishing our Amber Flag initiative this year we have also decided to establish a Student Council to give the children in our school a voice! The children that were selected put themselves forward very bravely, wrote excellent election manifestos, designed fabulous posters & campaigned creatively over the last 2 weeks. They were voted in by their fellow pupils on Wednesday 21st September and results of the ballot were announced on Friday 23rd of September . Each council member represents both their own class and a younger class. From speaking to the new members of our Student Council we have no doubt that they are going to do an amazing job and we wish them all the best in their new role!

Our student council members for 2022/2023 are:

Brooke O Brien Crowley
John O’Regan
Naoise Bowe
Charlotte Costello
Andrew Welch
Katie Cronin
Donncha O’ Riordan
Caoimhe McCourt
Donagh McHugh
Joey Cotter
Rory O’ Connor

The Role of the Student Council in Watergrasshill N.S.

The role of the Student Council is to:

provide an opportunity for pupils to voice their opinions and offer suggestions in relation to many aspects of school life
offer an opportunity for all pupils to voice their opinions on proposed changes and thereby play a very significant role in improving our school
act as a channel of communication within the school organisation, between pupils and between home and school
encourage pupils to organise events in our school and to represent the school in a positive way during these events.

Student Council Meetings

Members will meet at least once a month at lunchtime. Council Meetings are facilitated by Ms Cussen. Prior to these meetings, the Student Council representatives will collect ideas and suggestions from all classes, for the agenda. Also, Ms. Cussen may put forward topics to be discussed or upcoming events which need to be deliberated about at the meetings. As well as bringing matters to the Council for discussion, the members will be required to report the outcome of meetings to the other classes.

Topics that come under discussion at Student Council meetings may include the following:

school rules
behaviour and discipline
health and safety
lunchtime games and activities

The Council has an important role to play in the organisation of:

School celebrations- Seachtain na Gaeilge; Friendship Week, Well-being Week, Seasonal celebrations
School Fundraising
Implementing new initiatives- Amber Flag

Through our Student Council, Watergrasshill National School hopes to give our pupils a more active role in the organisation of our school and ensure they are listened to and respected for their ideas and concerns. Discussions in classes and at Student Council meetings help to develop social and learning skills in many areas including speaking and listening, problem solving, brainstorming and the decision-making process.