The Student Council is a central part of the life of the Sligo Grammar School.
The team of twelve to fourteen members gather once a month. Their challenge is to channel new ideas from the student body. There is a male and female representative for each school year whose job it is to liaise with their fellow students to help make decisions about things that will make school life run more smoothly. The headmaster or Deputy Principal attend the Student council meetings.
Elections are held at the beginning of every year to choose the representatives from each class group.
This year’s Student Council is:
The council started to look at recycling within the school.
Recycling bins were provided within classrooms.
Researched the elimination of the use of single-use plastic bottles within the school.
Looked for more seating for break time and the school agreed to open up the Old Gym/Sandwich Bar area for use during break.
Helped organise students’ participation in the Climate Change Demonstration.
Members of the council went for training at The Crib and reported back to the council. they met with School councils from other schools.
Led the Christmas Food Collection for Sligo Social Services in the school.
Helped with organisation of Mental Health Week.
Organised the largest Christmas Food Collection for Sligo social Services
Helped with running of the Positive Mental Health Week in February
Got clocks put up in most classrooms.
6th year students got permission to eat in their locker areas during lunchtime.
The representatives from each year were elected at the end of September 2015. They met every two weeks to discuss any issues that had been raised by students.
Our Student Council is affiliated with the Irish Second-Level Student Union. During Easter, two members, Patrick Feeney and Aenya Greene traveled to Liberty Hall Theatre in Dublin, to attend the ISSU AGM 2016. The theme for the AGM was: “Creating the Student Proclamation”.
This year the Student Council wanted to get better bathroom facilities, and they successfully had new mirrors and automated air fresheners installed in the toilets. They also had more clocks installed around the school and in classrooms. They successfully campaigned for a separate canteen for day pupils.
The Council has been working with Tidy Towns, and have organised a clean-up day for the TYs later in the year.
A male and female representative was elected from each year in early October 2014. We met once every two weeks in the library to discuss student issues. In2014/15 we focussed on small issues that make a huge difference to student life such as fixing lockers, getting more benches and coat racks.
We also collaborated with the TYs in their initiative to get a new school jacket for next year. Each representative got feedback from their year groups so that the TYs are could put these plans into action.
The Student Council have managed to get bike racks , working clocks in every classroom , to turn the heating on in the Herm to get the boys rugby changing rooms cleaned more often and a suggestion box in the school.