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