The aim of the Meitheal Programme in Scoil Mhuire is twofold, to help incoming first year students to adapt to secondary school and to promote leadership, responsibility and teamwork among fifth year students. Meitheal means a group of people working together with a common aim. Amongst the duties involved:
Help first years to mix. Make new friends and to include girls who don’t know many others.
Organise lunchtime events throughout the year, Social games, Icebreakers, quizzes, talent show, sports leagues etc.
Act as mentors; watch out for lonely, isolated students, report any incidents of bullying.
The 5th year team of Meitheal Leaders at Scoil Mhuire in Carrick-on-Suir who are selected to help the first year students settle in. They coordinate activites at lunch time for the younger students helping them to get to know each other and also are there to look out for them and answer queries.
2018 / 2019 first years with Ms Guerin, Deputy Principal and Mr O Dwyer, Principal
The fifth year students involved were selected following an interview. The 2018/ 2019 Meitheal leaders in Scoil Mhuire are: Sarah Breen, Lorna Butler, Kate Cooney, Miriam Daly, Laura Falconer, Leah Greene, Aine Hahessy, Alannah Hanlon, Cait Healy, Kate Kearney, Jenni O Dea, Ellie O Dwyer, Siobhan O Meara, Katie O Shea, Liadhain O Shea, Sarah Power, Lucy Skehan and Jaden Wootton.
Student Council Information
The Student Council is a representative structure for student, through which they can become involved in aspects of the school, working in a partnership with school management, staff and parents for the benefit of the school and its students.
The membership of the student council shall consist of the Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl and two representatives elected by each year group. Members shall be a positive example in terms of respect for the school code of behaviour and leadership. The student council works with a teacher who is the link person between students and staff and management in the school. There shall be at least one member of staff in attendance at meetings. The term of the council shall be from September to June.
Aims and Objectives
A Student Council is a representative structure for all the students in the school. Its principal aims are:
To support the ethos of the school
To support students with the opportunity to become involved in the affairs of the school
To work in partnership with school management, staff and parents
To encourage students to be self-confident, responsible and caring
To foster in students a sense of loyalty to the school
To improve communication at all levels
The Student Council has a responsibility for
Working with staff, Board of Management and Parents’ Association in the school
Communication and consulting with all the students in the school
Involving as many students as possible in the activities of the Council
Planning and managing the Council’s programme of activities for the year
Managing and accounting to the student council and Board of Management, for any funds raised by the Council.
Student Council activities
Liaising with Principal and Board of Management on issues of concern to students
Communication and co-operation with school staff
Working with the Parents’ Association in school
Co-operating with management and staff on the developmental of the Code of Behaviour
Promoting a clean, healthy and happy working environment
Involvement in School Planning
Having a say in school policies e.g. anti-bully policy
Making suggestions about improving school facilities
Schools Facebook and Twitter
Links with other schools
Getting involved with the community
Mentoring programmes for younger students
Student Award ceremonies
Assisting in sport and cultural activities
Assisting with or organising fund-raising events for the school
Assisting with or organising fund-raising events for charities
Assisting with liturgical events
Announcing and informing students of upcoming events
Regular meetings between members of the Council and the students they represent to discuss issues on the agenda and allow students to submit items to the agenda