In Athlone Community College we have a very proactive Student’s Council which works on topics that effect our students learning and activities during the school day. Every class in our school has two representatives who are on the council, these are known as 'Ceannairi' and 'Leas Ceannairi' which mean Leader and Deputy Leader and this system is in operation throughout the entire school, these are all elected democratically by their respective classes. We also have the 'prefect' system in operation in the college, Prefects are nominated from the sixth year cohort by staff. We encourage all students to run for council and represent their class.Ceannaires and Leas Ceannaires are then placed on the Student Council. From here we elected the following positions using thre Irish Electoral System (STV).
Student Council 2022/2023
Council President: Fionnán Mulvey (Transition Year)
Vice President: Sam Brooks (6th Year)
Secretary: Ryan Dolan (Transition Year)
Public Relations Officer: Dimeraia Nyikasani (1st Year)
Junior Mayor: Nikka Campbell (6th Year)
ISSU School Rep: Molly Mulvihill (6th Year)
Student Leadership Team Members: Aoife Carroll (TY, Green Schools Rep), Sashwat Somesh (2nd Yr), Oisin Johnston (5th Yr)
Staff Representatives: Mr D. Hughes (Laison Teacher), Mrs E. Donohoe (Principal)
Parent Representatives: The council meets regularly with the Parents Association and for this reason we do not associate with just one member of the PA.
Community Representatives: Cllr Frankie Keena. The council currently has 98 members.
Contact the Student Council:
All general queries should be directed to our Student Executive who can be contacted by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or if you know what member you want to speak to, you can contact them by teams.
The duties of the Council are;
Arcadia Creative Climate Website Winners 2022:
This project involved looking at what Athlone and the Arcadia Retail park might look like in 2050 with reference to environmental changes. The team were all part of the Student Council who conducted research, created a website and put together a video to showcase their entry. The second part of the competion was an interview where they really impressed the judges with their depth of knowledge realating to climate issues.
Team Name - ACC Climate Caretakers
Team - Sam Brooks, Aoife Carroll, Shashwat Somesh, Ryan Dolan and Kristers Jonass
Student Council Members 2022/2023
Arcadia Climate Website Winners 2022
Junior Mayor 2022/23 - 6th Year Student Nikka Campbell
We have a culture of student voice here in Athlone Community College. We are making strides in ensuring that Student voice is a core aspect of a young person’s educational experience in our school. We believe that for a child to truly be at the centre of their own learning, then they must be provided with opportunities to exercise their voice.
We have an extremely effective Student Council and Prefect system but we go beyond this to ensure that we ‘hear’ all voices.
We have Student Voice included in our curriculum as part of the learning modules in our Wellbeing Programme.
We have a dedicated First Year Programme aimed at easing the transition from Primary school into Post-Primary school. This Programme begins by reaching out and engaging with our students while they are still in 6 th class to help ease them into making the transition to post-primary school
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