Scoil Chroí Naofa Students’ Council 2017-2018
Sixth class pupils are members of the Students’ Council. The aim of the Student Council in our school is :
- to give a voice to the student body
- to make positive changes to our school
- to promote the Irish language.
The Students Council advertise their events and activities on their noticeboard which is situated in the school hall.
Students’ Council Activities 2017-2018
Annual June Bake Sale
This years bake sale was in aid of the Athenry Tidy Towns Committee. It was a fun-filled event with face painting, tattoo artistry, slime and guessing how many sweets were in a glass jar! And of course, mountains of buns, cakes, pastries and delicious treats baked by the sixth class girls and a lot of very generous parents. Check out the June blog for lots more photos.
Sports Day June 20th
The Students Council organised a fantastic Sports Day for the staff and children of the school at the end of the school year. They set up stations all around Kenny Park and ran off the activities at each station with great enthusiasm and spirit. From penalty kickouts to ball skills, from obstacle courses to archery, the kids of the school had a brilliant experience and a very memorable day.
Statue of Our Lady
The Students Council, in partnership with the Athenry Tidy Towns, planted new flowers at Marys Grotto on the church Grounds in June.
JEP BUSINESS PROGRAMME
Mrs Monson’s 6thclass took part this year in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) for the second time. JEP is an entrepreneurial awareness & skills enhancement programme for primary school children over a 12 week period. The children were encouraged to become critical thinkers, to identify a diverse range of strengths and talents, to engage in teamwork and collaboration and to reflect on their learning. This programme brings real life business learning to children. It nurtures creativity, independence and problem solving among the pupils. Over the 12 weeks the children came up with their own business ideas out of which five ideas were selected. The ideas were presented to our three dragons: Mrs Neylon, Mrs Cronin and Victoria McDermott from Athenry Antiques. The winning product chosen was Slime Surprise. The next phase was design and costings. The school gave a start up loan of €400. Then there was a very busy week of production where the 6thclass room was turned into a hive of activity. Finally the product was showcased and sold to the whole school and the girls raised over €1,700. They paid back their €400 loan and paid an extra €80 on expenses. The remaining profits were divided between the 6thclass girls. Each girl has made €40 approx. It was a fantastic programme and an overall great learning experience for all involved. The class have been awarded a flag, a plaque and certificates in recognition of all their commitment, dedication and hard work.
Jumpers for Peru
Sixth Class were extremely busy in the second term knitting jumpers and hats for babies and toddlers in Peru in South America. These babies are called the ‘fish and chip’ babies because when they are born they are wrapped in newspaper to keep them warm as their families are extremely poor. Aine Hardiman in Sixth Class has an aunt working in Peru (Sr Eileen) who was delighted to bring these very special gifts back with her when she returned to Peru after a trip home to Ireland. The girls were kindly assisted by the Athenry Knitting Club. What a wonderful project!
Raffle for the Lourdes Pilgrimage Trust
The committee organised an Easter Raffle in aid of this very worthy cause. They raised 812 euro in total and presented the cheque to Maureen Cannon at morning assembly. Our contribution funded the trip to Lourdes for one very deserved child from Athenry and we are very proud of the philanthropic efforts of our Students Council.
Sixth Class launched Superliners in the second term to help to encourage the children in each class to exit and enter our school building, before and after breaks, in a safe and orderly fashion. Their aim is to catch children using kind hands and kind feet whilst on their way to the yards and to award points daily to each class. The class with the most points at the end of each fortnight is given a prize by the Students Council.
Grandparents Day January 31st 2018
The Students Council were on hand on Grandparents Day to escort the grandparents to the various classrooms around the school.
Our Community Link
The Students Council, directed by their teacher, Mrs Monson, encourage us to take part in local projects and competitions. In September they notified us of a very exciting photography competition whereby pupils were asked to take photos of an aspect of Athenry. The winning entries were put together to create a beautiful calendar showcasing the beauty of our town. Sophie and Amelie from Sixth Class were two of the 12 lucky pupils chosen to have their photographs included in the calendar.
Decorating Athenry for Christmas
Sixth Class were very busy the first week in December creating handmade baubles to decorate various Christmas Trees around Athenry town. They worked hand in hand with the Athenry Tidy Towns Committee and have greatly enhanced Athenry for Christmas.
STUDENT COUNCIL 2016/2017
Mrs Monson’s 6th class took part this year in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) for the first time. JEP is an entrepreneurial awareness & skills enhancement programme for primary school children over a 12 week period. The children were encouraged to become critical thinkers, to identify a diverse range of strengths & talents, to engage in teamwork & collaboration and to reflect on their learning. Over the 12 weeks the children came up with their own business ideas out of which five ideas were selected. The ideas were presented to our three dragons: Mrs Cronin, Mrs O’ Sullivan and Sarah Walls from Gúna Geal. It was a great day. The winning products chosen were “Choc Pops” and “Easter cups”. The next phase was design and costings. The school gave a start up loan of €300. Then it was a very busy two weeks of production where the 6th class room was turned into a hive of activity. Finally the products were showcased & sold to the whole school and the girls raised over €1,400. They paid back their €300 loan to the school and donated €200 to Athenry Cancer Care. The remaining profits will be divided between the 6th class girls. Each girl has made €45 approx. It was a fantastic programme and an overall great learning experience for all involved. Special thanks to Shane O’Neill of SolarHomes who shared his Entrepreneurial Story with the girls. Thanks also to staff, parents and children who supported 6th class by purchasing their product.
STUDENT COUNCIL 2015/6
Sixth class pupils are members of the Student Council. The aim of the Student Council is to give a voice to the student body, to make positive changes to our school and to promote the Irish language. The following officials who have been elected: Lauren Crimmins (Chairperson), Alanagh O’Mahony (Vice-Chairperson), Kayla Donnelly (Secretary), Sophie Murphy and Michelle Gyamera (Treasurers).
Here is some of their activities from over the year:
- A Student Council noticeboard is on display in the hall. A box has been placed nearby to encourage pupils to put forward suggestions to the Council
- They taught Irish phrases to the pupils every week.
- They continued the Superliner Competition.
- They assist in the paired reading initiative where they read with a child in Junior Infants for a story session.
- They were a great help in assisting parents and children onto the school grounds via the safe route.
- They assisted the staff in implementing our Healthy Eating Policy.
- They organised a variety of fun activities for our Sports Day.
- They held their annual Bake Sale to fund burgers/hot dogs for all the children on Sports Day.
- They taught P.E. to all the classes during Active School Week.
- They created an Art Gallery where children could display Art & Craft projects completed at home.
- They organised a collection for the Syrian Refugees.
- They participated in a SCN Election to coincide with the National Elections. Fianna Flower were the winning party. The following was their manifesto;
- Requests for Teddy Bear Picnic
- More trips to park
- Not to wear school uniforms at end of school year
- To be allowed to have elastic bands in the yard
- To be allowed to bring in their pets
- To get rid of soap bars and that soap dispensers from 3rd up to 6th would not be watered down
- A mirror to be put in 2nd and 4th class toilet areas.
- A recommendation was made for a noticeboard to display children’s outstanding work created at home.
- More games in the yard and PE equipment to be brought out.
- Scarecrow to be dressed and returned to its patch
- Repeat of a special Butterfly project
- The first eight requests were honoured to date!!