St Paul’s Secondary School strongly promotes leadership and student voice. The Student Council is one such example of this in our school.
The Student Council is made up of three representatives from each year group together with the Student Council liaison teacher Mrs White. The qualities of a class representative are very important when electing a council member and we strongly believe our students uphold these qualities. They include:
- Responsible and reliable
- Good listener
- Able to relate well to the whole class
- Understand that confidentiality of issues is important
- Able and willing to take on a leadership role in the school
- Influential in upholding rules and standards in the school
- Having the interests of the whole school at heart
- Proud of his/her school
- Well presented in uniform
The Student Council have contributed to both the school community and the wider community of Oughterard. Within the school they are responsible for reviewing school policies, attending open night where they carry out tours to prospective students, organising and running initiatives such as mental health week, wellness week and a yoga wellness day.
Ms Forde and Ms Monaghan are responsible for running the biodiversity programme within the school. In May 2019 a number of student council members attended a biodiversity event in Galway City.
Over the past number of years, the Student Council has run a St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Food Drive. It was an event which encouraged students to consider those people for whom Christmas may be a very difficult time, and to work together with the wider school community to help those people. Through their spirited enthusiasm, the council members promoted the event in a variety of effective ways, including making a promotional video which was shown to the entire student body, and also posted on the St. Paul’s Facebook page. This drummed up a huge amount of support within the school community and beyond, and we managed to donate an astounding amount of food to the SVP Food Appeal.