Our School Partners
A close network of partners is at the core of the Our Lady’s School community. The Board of Management, Parents’ Council, Student Council, Past Pupils’ Union and the Religious of Christian Education represented by our trust, Le Chéile, work tirelessly together to ensure the educational journey our students experience is second to none. Within this community partnership, each group plays a specific role to enhance the learning and teaching experiences in our school.
BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
In their mission statement, the Board of Management outlines its role in the school community: ‘We, the members of the Board of Management, will exercise our responsibility of managing all the resources of Our Lady’s School so that we can play the significant role expected of us in moving the school towards the vision given by the Trustees and outlined in the Mission Statement. We will continue to support the process of engaging all the partners in the ongoing development of the school.’
Members of the Board of Management 2019-2022:
- Mr Kevin O’Brien
- Mr Paul O’Neill
- Ms Helen Kelly
- Mr Mark Caslin
- Ms Stephanie Flannery
- Ms Freda Kinsella
- Mr Kevin Prendergast
- Ms Nicola Rautenbach
- Ms Marguerite Gorby/ secretary to the BOM
Parent Representatives 2018/19:
- Gráinne Ferguson
- Claire Ryder – Treasurer
- Aibhin Dunne – Chairperson
- Simon Suttle
- Nicola Rautenbach
- Karina Curley
- Berni Durnin
- Jacinta Ashe
- Sharon Lett – Secretary
- Denise Lloyd
- Denise Lloyd
- Cathy Elliot
- Noleen Lynch
- Alison Healy
- 6th Year
- Roisín Sullivan
School Liaison: Brenda Lee
The Parents’ Council can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
A Student Council is a representative structure through which students in a post-primary school can become involved in the affairs of the school, working in partnership with school management and staff and parents for the benefit of the school and its students (Department of Education & Science, 2002).
The Student Council in Our Lady’s School was established in 2014. It plays a central role in school life & aims to empower students by giving them a voice. Over the past number of years the Student Council has been making improvements in the following areas: School rules and policies, Canteen, Footpaths, Lunch rooms, Lockers, Bathrooms and Environmental issues such as Litter & Recycling. They also create awareness among the student population about important matters related to wellbeing, voting rights and health and safety concerns in the school building. They deal with all other matters arising that affect students.
Key functions of Student Councils
The functions and activities of a Student Council should support the aims and objectives of the Council and promote the development of the school and the welfare of its students. In planning and undertaking activities during the course of the school year, the Council should:
- work closely with school management, teachers and parents,
- consult regularly with students in the school, and
- involve as many students as possible in the activities of the Council.
There is a wide range of activities of benefit to the school community which a Student Council may wish to undertake, some of which are outlined below:
Representing the views of the student body to the school management
This should be one of the fundamental aims of every Council. It involves talking and listening to the student body, considering their views and concerns, and discussing these with the school management on behalf of the students.
Promoting good communication within the school
Improving communication within the school community is a shared responsibility and a Student Council can contribute to this process. Making presentations at staff meetings to keep staff informed of activities, keeping a Student Council notice-board or organising a regular newsletter are just some ways the Council can communicate with the students, school management and staff, and parents.
Supporting the educational development and progress of students
A Student Council can contribute to the learning environment for students in the school by, for example, setting up study groups for students in exam classes or homework clubs, or organising lunchtime activities such as language clubs. Assisting with induction and/or mentoring for new first year students Starting secondary school is a challenging new experience for 1st Year students. A mentoring programme where senior students help new students to find their feet can help their integration into the school community.
Contributing to the development of school policy
The Student Council can actively contribute to the development of school policy in a wide range of areas such as bullying, uniform requirements, behaviour code and extra-curricular activities. The Council could form sub-committees to consider individual policy issues, to consult with students, staff and parents on those issues and to represent the Council’s views on those issues to school management.
Assisting in school sporting and cultural activities
Student Councils can assist in organising and developing sports and cultural activities within the school, including, for example, sports days and drama or musical events. Assisting with or organising fund-raising events for charity Student Councils can organise events both within the school and involving the wider community, for the purposes of raising money for designated charities.
Liaising with Student Councils in other schools
It may be useful for a Student Council to liaise with Student Councils in other schools, particularly in the organisation of sporting and cultural activities and when fund-raising for charity. An existing Student Council could have a useful role in helping and advising a newly formed Student Council in another
Forming the Council
Throughout September a presentation is made to each year group about the Student Council by the Student Council Liaison teacher and members of the outgoing Council. The presentation includes the importance of the Council, benefits of getting involved, how it operates, nomination & election procedures.
Nomination Day takes place in early October where every class nominate 2 students from their class group to go forward for Election. Students can also put themselves forward.
The Student Council Election is held mid-October where all candidates going forward give a 1 minute speech to their year outlining the reasons why they want to join the Council. When all the speeches have concluded the voting commences. The students in each year with the top votes will be representatives for the year.
The following are the representatives for 2018/2019
- 1st Year: Rachel Byrne P1 and Rachel Vaughan L1
- 2nd Year: Anika Jatar C2 and Sarah Warfield Byrne P2
- 3rd Year: Roisin O Neill C3 and Emily Aasen P3
- 4th Year: Laura Donovan L4 and Hannah O Brien C4
- 5th Year: Yollie Corr C5 and Laura Burke B5
- 6th Year: Oonagh Duke L6 and Amy Dodrill M6
Past pupils play a valued role in our school community. We look forward to our past pupils returning to the school to share their life experience and lessons with our current students. This year we welcomed past pupils who graduated from OLS in 1993, 1998 and 2008 to an Open School Event. There was great fun, chats and memories shared as the girls caught up and had a chance to wander the corridors reminiscing about their own school days! The 6th Year Council brought the past pupils on tours of the school, representing contemporary OLS superbly.
The Le Chéile Schools’ Trust was originally set up by twelve religious congregations. It carries out the legal and inspirational role of trusteeship that has, up to now, been done by individual congregations. Our Lady’s School came under the trusteeship of Le Chéile in September 2009. This is a significant development in Irish education as the Catholic Church and the individual religious congregations renew and reformulate their commitment to Irish education.
The main object of Le Chéile Trust is the development of a vision of Catholic education and overseeing its implementation in the schools, encouraging preservation of key aspects of the evangelical heritage of their founding congregation and to facilitate the opening of new schools if and where the need arises and resources permit.
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