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.”
As part of Road Safety week the college hosted the special “Causes and Consequences” event, facilitated by the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Services, on Friday the 25th November 2011. The event commenced with a powerful presentation by firefighter Denis Kelly which highlighted the potentially fatal dangers of being in a car when a driver is speeding, distracted or their judgement has been impaired by alcohol or drugs.
The presentation was followed by an outdoor re-enactment of a rescue by the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Services following a fatal car crash. The following comments by post 16 students who attended the event give an indication of the impact that it had on them:
‘I found this event very useful as it really hit home about the implications of a serious accident.’
‘The demonstration was very realistic and probed an evaluation of my own driving.’
‘The talk was very informative and useful. Outdoor re-enactment was very in the moment as if you were there. The event showed the dangers of high speed, drink and drugs.’
‘Everyone involved within the outdoor re-enactment was very convincing. Overall an excellent event.’
‘Taking part in the event as one of the firefighters made it all seem real even though I had spoken to the actors at the start’
‘It was a big wake up call, as although I knew potential dangers, I didn’t quite realise how big an impact it could have on my life or my friends. It made it very visual and made me aware that it could happen to anyone.’
Aimee McDowell and Matthew Magill from St. Killian’s College Garron Tower, pictured with Aideen Johnson STEMNET team at W5 in the “Finance Zone” at the recent Invest NI Go for It Step “n” Zones event as part of Global Enterprise Week. Over 1,000 pupils took part in the two-day event where entrepreneurs of the future explored the potential of business ideas and worked through them during a series of creative workshops. W5 hosted the “Finance Zone” where pupils worked with STEM ambassadors on a fun but messy Cupcake Challenge!