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Student Council Coláiste Íde agus Iosef

Since its conception in 2011, the student council has been nurtured, cultivated and encouraged to become an integral component of the fabric of school and student life at Coláiste Íde agus Iosef. While embodying the true spirit of democracy, the council has developed to become a successful vehicle for students to communicate and express leadership skills along with encouraging responsibility, student voice and wellbeing across the school community. The council supports student collaborations with the principal, staff and fellow students along with the school community of Coláiste Íde agus Iosef.

With an invested understanding of the principles of democracy the council is elected following a transparent democratic election process. Under the watchful eye of the student council liaison teacher Ms. Mairéad Finucane and members of the outgoing council students are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the election process. This is a school wide event which occurs annually towards the end of September once first year students have settled in and are suitably informed about the role and activities of student council. 

Some previous election coverage on the website

2016 Election

2013-14 Election

2012 Election and video

Some Key Achievements to Date

  • Student Council supported the development of a Student Charter and School Anthem.
  • Student voice integral part of the development and revision of school policy i.e. Student Support and Critical Incident Policy (2013), introduction of 40 minutes classes and a Friday half day (2017) etc.
  • Student council engaged in a reflective process with the SSE team to enhance student learning and teaching within and across the school community.
  • To improve the school environment for students the student council have communicated students concerns to management and secured benches, bag racks, additional water fountains and revisions to the school canteen food provisions, morning and evening study etc.
  • Council liaise with the Parents Association to support fundraising activities i.e. bingo night along with that of the design and inscription of the schools memorial garden.
  • Council members have worked as part of committees i.e. Arts committee.
  • Council liaise with and support the wider school community through yearly fundraising activities such as Spina Bifida (2017), Irish Cancer Society (2012) etc.
  • Council supports student life via health promotion week (2015), bonding days (2011), publication of school magazine (2012), biannual newsletter featuring student success and endeavours, talent show (2012), teacher student soccer tournaments (2013), teacher cook off (2017), competitions etc.
  • Council engages with external organisations such as Comhairle Na Nóg, LCETB student council network, Youth connect etc.

Ceannaire addressing students

Role of the Students Council

  • To create in collaboration with the Principal, staff and fellow students a better school life for the students of our school.
  • To give students the opportunity to express leadership skills whilst encouraging responsibility in students.
  • To contribute to overall school development by being involved in school policy development and to be a resource working in partnership with the School Management.
  • To act as a liaison where possible between the students, management and teaching staff of the school.
  • To encourage and engage students to become aware as to how the school is run.
  • To provide students with the opportunity to identify and express their needs in a positive constructive manner.
  • To help improve the school atmosphere, conditions and facilities.
  • To provide a forum to enhance student participation in the life of the school.

Structure of the Students Council

  • The student’s council will consist of two democratically elected, one male and one female representative of each year grouping.
  • The council will therefore be made up of twelve representative members.
  • A representative of staff Ms. Mairead Finucane will also be involved in the council.
  • The principal together with the student’s council liaison teacher may attend council meeting in a nonvoting capacity.

Student Council and Ceannaire Elections 2016/ 2017

This year’s Student Council elections took place on the 5th October 2016. The election stimulated an energetic, democratic and competitive interest amongst all students. This was evident in the lead up to the Election Day along with the number of students who ran for election. Mr. Murphy, Ms. Finucane and the 2016 council team addressed year group in advance of elections to ensure all students were suitable informed about the role of the student council and the election process. There were a number of candidates from each year vying for the position of year group representative. The Election Day was an electrifying hive of activity which was thoroughly and democratically executed by the 2016 council team. The school P.E hall was transformed into a polling station. Voting took place in polling booths located in the P.E Hall whereby all year groups were facilitated to cast their vote via specially designed ballot papers containing the names of the candidates running in each year group. The students then placed their ballot papers in the ballot box which were carefully counted and checked for accuracy. Once results were in all students were called to the hall where Mr. Murphy announced each of the successful candidates, one male, one female, from each year group along with that of the 2016/2017 Ceannaire and Deputy Ceanniare . The new student council then stood for a photo with Mr Murphy, Mrs Collins and Ms Finucane.

Pins of Office


Elected Student Council Representatives 2016-2017

First Year


Brendan Roche

Hayley Collins

Second Year


Keith Cullinane

Ellen Sheehy

Third Year


Korey Keogh

Rosheene David

Fourth Year


Liam Sheehan

Klara Flynn

Fifth Year


Keith Kelliher

Sarah O’ Grady

Sixth Year


Ian Sheehy

Tamara Nolan

Student Council Training Day November 2016

Following elections on the 30th of November 2016, the student council took part in a training day facilitated by Donal Fitzgibbon. The training day incorporated a number of interactive student based group work sessions whereby members worked together to tease out and develop an informed understanding of the key fundamentals relating to the student council. As part of the training, members worked in unity effectively collaborating to successfully identify the fundamental values, identity and role of the student council for 2016/2017 school year in Coláiste Íde agus Iosef. 

The training was an overall success as we discovered more about each other and became closer as a unit. At the end of the training we had to make a presentation to the group on what we learned throughout the day. This process helped us with our confidence and speaking in front of other people. Overall the student council thoroughly enjoyed the day with Donal and the skills we obtained will stay with us for life.

Student Council Fundraiser in aid of Spina Bifida Ireland

Battle of the Woks Thursday the 18th of May

We would like to thank all staff and students for their support, participation and generosity on the day. The fundraising day which included a non uniform Jersey day and teacher wok cook off was a huge success and spirited event for the school community whereby total of €1024.26 was raised. Spina Bifida was chosen as the council’s charity of choice to donate funds this year as a member of the council has Spina Bifida along with a long and close relationship with the charity. Well done to all and we look forward to next year’s fundraising endeavours.

Audience at Battle of the Woks


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Contact Information

School:   Coláiste Ide agus Iosef
Principal: Liam Murphy
Convent St., Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick
Phone: (00353) 68 30631


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