Student Council 2021-2022


  It’s your choice

 Use your voice

What is a Student Council?

A Student Council is a representative structure for students only, through which they can become involved in the affairs of the school, working in partnership with school management, staff and parents for the benefit of the school and its students. This definition of a student council was drawn up by the Working Group on Student Councils. This Working Group was set up and is chaired by the National Children’s Office to encourage the establishment of effective and democratic student councils in all second level schools in the country. All of the partners in education, including students, are represented on this group

Why have a Student Council?

 The benefits for YOU

  • A group of students elected to represent your views
  • Have a say on school issues such as uniforms, school rules and regulations
  • Make your school more democratic
  • Replace peer pressure with peer support
  • Help prevent bullying
  • Get involved in organising social events

The benefits for Your School

  • Equality and respect for everyone involved in the school
  • New ideas and a new point of view • Improved student – teacher relations
  • Support for younger students
  • Build links with other schools through Student Councils
  • A better school and satisfied students, through the involvement of students in planning and decision-making.


Suggested activities of a Student Council

  • Liaising with Principal and Board of Management on issues of concern to students
  • Communication and co-operation with school staff
  • Working with Parents Council in school
  • Co-operating with management and staff on the development of school rules and regulations
  • Be involved in developing the curriculum in your school
  • Involvement in School Planning
  • Having a say in school policies e.g. anti-bullying policy
  • Making suggestions about improving school facilities
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • School newsletter/magazine
  • Links with other schools
  • Getting involved with the community
  • Mentoring programmes for younger students
  • Student Award ceremonies