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
🔷 Killian 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 (2020/2021)

🔸Jay Condron, 🔸Peter Grogan, 🔸Caleb Noctor, 🔸Tom Roche,🔸Alan Karpinski, 🔸Daniel Hennessy,🔸Gabriel de Andrades, 🔸Luke Noctor, 🔸Cailean Bannon, 🔸Conor Moore, 🔸Pat Craddock, 🔸Ben Brown, 🔸Dean Quigley, 🔸David Curran, 🔸Patryk Cwikla, 🔸Ned Fleming,🔸 Gleb Judin, 🔸Jack Shannon Nolan, 🔸Keir Kelly-Garvey, 🔸Tim Phelan, 🔸Dylan Tannam Graham,🔸Jeffrey Gao

👉 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

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved SIX Green Flags since our participation in the Green Schools Programme. These six flags were awarded for the research, progress and enactment in each of the following themes.

Litter and Waste

Litter & Waste is the first theme. It focuses on litter and waste issues, encouraging a sense of responsibility


Energy looks at the steps which can be taken at school to reduce energy consumption and raise awareness of climate change


This theme develops awareness around water conservation and how to effectively manage this important resource in schools


This theme aims to increase the number of students walking, cycling, scooting, using public transport or carpooling to school


Biodiversity looks at increasing awareness in schools of the importance of native plants, animals and habitats

Global Citizenship – Litter & Waste

This theme enables schools to discover how work on Green-Schools has positively influenced our global community

👉 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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