St. Mary's Academy CBS
- An Edmund Rice School

Student Leadership

Student Leadership

👉 Meitheal

Meitheal is an old Irish term that describes how neighbours would come together to assist in the saving of crops or other tasks. Meitheal is a youth Leadership peer ministry programme in the Kildare and Leighlin Diocese which has had great success in St. Mary's Academy CBS. Each year a group of ten Sixth Year students work together to aid the transition of First year students from Primary level to Secondary Level Education.

Although a year like no other, we have a team like no other.
This years Meitheal team have been busy helping first years settle in. On their first day the first years had already formed their own groups; however the Meitheal team over a course of sports days, icebreakers, kahoots and general maintenance brought this group together as a team. This helped make first years feel comfortable in their new classes and provided them with tools to make new friends. Unfortunately this years first years have pulled a short straw and joined a school system nobody foresaw but now thanks to the Meitheal programme we have managed to maintain public health integrity and provided a warm welcome to our new students here at St Mary's Academy CBS Carlow.
Activities undertaken with students by team
  • Sports day
  • Induction Programme
  • Lunchtime supervision
  • Kahoots
  • SPHE class on bullying and mental health
  • Check ins during lock down and in school time
  • Christmas Movie Day

Meitheal Team Leaders (2021/2022)

🔷 David Curran
🔷 Daniel Core
🔷 Abdulmateen Olatilewa
🔷 Evan Dowling
🔷 Matthew McCutcheon
🔷 Luke Noctor
🔷 Eoghan Byrne
🔷 Enoch Olanese
🔷 Diarmuid Long
🔷 Jamie Murphy

👉 Student Council

Our Student Council is a representative structure for all the students in the school. Its aims are:

  • To support the management and staff in the development of the school 
  • To represent the views of the students on matters of general concern to them
  • To enhance communication between students, management, staff and parents 
  • To promote an environment conducive to educational and personal development 
  • To promote friendship and respect among pupils

Our Student Council Members (2021/22)

1H: Kevin Iwanik 1K: Michael White 1L: Maiklas Luckus
2H: Robin Hayes 2K: Noah Oglesby 2L: Shahriar Uddin 2M: Conor Dunne
3H: Jack Doyle 3K: Cailean Bannon 3L: David Duru 3M: Jarif Akbar
4H: Thomas Proctor 4K: Keir Kelly Garvey
5H: Radoslaw Lublin 5K: Daniel Hennessy 5L: Thomas Rocher 5M: Peter Grogan
6H: Ben Brown 6K: Cormac Millward 6L: Corey Walker 6M: Eoghan Byrne
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👉 Peace & Justice

  • The Peace and Justice group is a voluntary group that meets in our school every week. We are part of a growing movement of ERST schools that work for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation and sustainability in the world around us. The group is open to all students in our school. We work to raise awareness of Justice issues in our local community and further afield.

👉 Green Schools

Our Green Schools programme will be working towards our 7th Green flag in the 2022/23 academic year. Exploring the theme of ‘Energy’, our team is planning to analyse our school’s energy consumption and develop strategies to use energy efficiently in our school community. Energy is fundamental to the way we live our life today. Electricity is an amazing resource and should be used efficiently both at home and in school.

This year, our TY Green school groups have been working hard in keeping our school grounds clean and tidy through litter picking drives. They have developed two biodiversity gardens on our school site, using recycled materials. Linking in with our neighbouring primary school Bishop Foley’s N.S, a wildflower garden has been planted in one of these areas. Our Ag Science classes have been involved in sowing potatoes in the other area.

Our new Green Schools Committee will be set up in September 2022. All students are more than welcome to get involved in the programme.

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👉 GAA Future Leaders

The “Future Leaders Transition Year Programme” is a joint initiative from the GAA and the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It is a cross-curricular programme comprising of a series of modules designed to encourage maturity, initiative, responsibility and leadership skills in pupils. The Programme gives pupils the knowledge and skills to support all roles required in the effective staging of Gaelic Games. As part of the Programme students are challenged to organise and run both on-field and off-field events for younger students.

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