The METNS Student Council have recommenced work on their two year term this October. We would like to welcome our newest Second Class Student Council Representatives Tom, Millie & Zuzanna and congratulate our new Chairperson Ria and our Vice Chairperson Aidan, both from our Sixth Classes. Thank you to the rest of our Council Members who resumed their Trojan work for a second year; Séamus(6th), Ali(5th), Molly(5th), Milena(4th), Heather(4th), Joseph(4th), Ellie(3rd), Aaron(3rd) and Bram(3rd). We would also like to welcome our new teachers to the Council who facilitate the student Council at METNS and without whom, the Council itself would not be possible; Karen(JI), Laura(SI), Joann(SI), Ciara(SI) and welcome back to Laura (3rd)!
Following the Council’s successful Anything-but-a-Schoolbag-Day fundraiser, the Council will donate €241 to CUMH, Cork’s maternity Hospital, and €241 towards yard equipment for our pupils.
This year, the Student Council launched their term with our Lie in for Libya Day in conjunction with UNICEF Ireland. Many of you may be aware that severe flooding has devastated many children’s lives in Libya. Children are sleeping in temporary shelters with little or no clean water or food. However, the recent escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip has taken a horrendous toll on the lives of children and their families. Both causes require our help and attention. Therefore, all money raised in our Lie in for Libya Day will be donated to the UNICEF Ireland Emergency Team for them to use towards both devastating events. The METNS Student Council will keep you posted on all monies raised.
Last Friday 13th, Marie Wenham, a Child Rights Education Expert who leads UNICEF’s CRS work globally and Aibhlín O’ Leary, Child’s Rights Schools Coordinator, visited our school to consult with our Student Council and Rights Respecting School Ambassadors in order to develop a local Theory of Change for the Child Rights Schools Programme in Ireland. As a Gold Child Rights School, we were chosen to take part at the grass roots of this extremely important process and it was such an honour! The Student Council Representatives and our Rights Respecting School Ambassadors were a credit to the school, our community and to the teachers who lead this program within our school John(5th) and Laura (3rd).
All in all, a fantastic start to the year by our committed and talented pupils! Watch this space for further updates!
Amy – On behalf of METNS Student Council