The Students' Council is a really important part of student voice at ETSS Wicklow. The Students' Council will be elected by fellow students, allowing the school the opportunity to model election protocols, promote the positive value of voting, give experience of using ballot papers and establish conventions of campaigning such as campaign debates and speaking to student groups.
The way to build a strong Students' Council is for everyone to realise just how important this body is to the school. The Students' Council has influence over all areas of school life - the members meet, discuss school issues and develop recommendations to discuss with management. The Students' Council also nominate two students to liaise with the Board of Management and have opportunities to directly contribute to the quality of school life for all students during the course of the year - for example, by organising events such as talent shows, sports days and debates on important school social issues. As part of the pastoral programme at ETSS Wicklow, the Students' Council are the driving force of an annual Prize Night, a social event combining entertainment with recognition of the achievement across the school in all its diverse forms.
The focus of the Students' Council is on the wellbeing of all students and ensuring that every student has a voice in the school. All initiatives that build on this core priority are part of the Students' Council role - e.g. one idea is a mental health week promoting mindfulness and stress management, encouraging students to sometimes just take a break and relax:
The Students' Council is also aware of the responsible of the school in supporting nominated worthwhile charitable causes as part of our commitment to social justice - projects which lead to more social justice in the world will be nominated as focus charities each year.