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Follow your heart but take your brain with you.

2014 Elected Council

 

The Republic of Ireland is a Nation State where democratic decisions form the basis of our politics and livelihood. Democracy is still the fairest and most effective political structure in the world. Our local and national governments operate within a democratic system and therefore an understanding of it is vital in our lives.

The 1998 Education Act stipulated that all secondary schools should make provision for a student council. The council is comprised of one representative from each class group with a Head and Deputy-Head. We represent the wider student body by:

  • Meeting regularly

  • Putting forward issues

  • Debating items

  • Making recommendations

  • Reporting to the staff and board of management

     

“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” 



― 
John F. Kennedy

 

Civic Duty should be central in all our lives. Our aspirations, beliefs and anxieties for our communities need to be heard. How can we expect to see change without playing some role? Can we afford to become complacent? Do we have the right to complain after we choose to ignore issues?

If we wish for results we need to play an active role in their realisation. Simply expecting that problems will disappear or that others will handle them is presumptuous.

        

How can I make a Change?

“The first duty of a man is to think for himself” 

― José Martí

1. Ask yourself about your thoughts on the school: the campus, the learning experience, social aspects etc.
2. Know your class representative very well. Get talking to her for she is your voice on the committee.
3. Make it your duty to raise your thoughts with your representative.
4. Your class representative can then ensure that your interests are addressed at council level.


A consideration for all aspiring committee members and representatives:

A man may climb Everest for himself, but at the summit he plants his country’s flag. – Margaret Thatcher.
To date there has never been a lady Taoiseach, will it be you?

For further information or to become involved please speak with Mr Hicks, the Student Council Liaison Teacher.