The Year Group Assemblies in St Killian’s were buzzing with election excitement in October, as students from Years 8 – 14 went to the polls to elect their representatives for the School Council 2011. The council is made up of two elected representatives from each year group. Each prospective candidate is asked to speak in front of their whole year group and give an outline of their manifesto pledges, a valuable experience in itself. Once elected, the councillors have to make sure that they put forward both their views and the views of pupils in their year group as they are the representatives of the other students in the school. A School Council is a great opportunity for the whole school community as it fosters, nurtures and promotes student involvement.
Mr McIlwaine, who is co-ordinating the School Council, explained: “A School Council should make the school a better place for the students, as they consider issues which can lead to school improvement. They are given a voice and the forum to try and make their suggestions become reality. I hope that the School Council will enable pupils to contribute, influence and initiate strategic ideas relating to the day to day running of school.”