New School Council Meeting

school council 700St Malachy’s Primary School, Castlewellan held their first new school council meeting recently with Mrs Noreen Rooney, Personal Development Coordinator. The school council is an elected body of pupils from P5, P6 and P7 who represent the pupils’ voice in the School Development Plan.

‘In St Malachy’s we value greatly the input of our pupils. Our school is a very open, inclusive environment where we work together to allow everyone a voice in the decision making process. Our school council has come up with some fantastic ideas in the past and have raised a significant amount of money both for the school and for local charities. The election of the school council is a wonderful time and the children get so much out of drawing up their manifestos and presenting them to their fellow pupils before election. They play a big part in school life throughout the year’ commented Mrs Rooney.

The council members shown in the photograph with Mrs Rooney are from left to right Oisin McDonagh P6, Liam O’Neill P5, Caolan Murray P7, Chloe Kidd P5, Aleksandra Ratajczak P6, Chantelle Walsh P5, Katie Rose Trainor P7, Eoin McGuinness P6 and Molly McAlinden P7.

The School Council have met on three occasions since Christmas,

  • Monday 17th January
  • Monday 24th January
  • Friday 15th March

The council recently distributed a questionnaire to parents on school uniform and are currently going through the responses. They have addressed the pupils at Key Stage 2 assembly and have also put a proposal to Mr O'Neill to begin a breakfast Club in September.


School Council 2013/14

New school council elections took place in September 2013 with manifestos delivered in the assembly hall. The voting was extremely close with new elected members being Megan Carroll, P7, Emma Burns P7,Aodhan Wynn P7 and Nathan Garland P5, Caoimhe Sharkey P5, Donagh Keary P5. The constitution allows only two years on council. The first task was to be involved with the design of a cover for our new CD and the launch night which was a massive event in our school history.
School Council Meet to discuss Funding Review
St Malachy's Primary School Council recently wrote a letter to the Minister for Education, Mr John O'Dowd, in response to his proposed changes to the Common Funding Scheme for schools. Like the majority of schools in Northern Ireland we stand to lose out financially if the Minister's proposals are accepted. The council informed the Minister that they are not against schools in poorer areas getting additional money but they do not believe it should be taken out of our funding. They explained to him that they felt every pupil deserves to be treated the same no matter where they live. We all feel very upset that a lot of schools will suffer if the proposals are accepted and it is important that the Minister understands how our pupils feel and hopefully he will take this very personal response on board when making his final decision.


 council web 2

27th November 2013 School Council Meet to discuss and organise Open Night. The Council felt it was important to have various activities taking place in the open areas throughout the school. They proposed art activities that would result in a child taking away a decoration for their Christmas tree at home that would remind them of St Malachy's. They also suggested Bee Bot activities to showcase ICT which would be fun. 

11th February 2014 School Council Met to discuss charity fundraising during Lent. It was decided to approach 'Children in Crossfire' and request a project that our school could assist them with. The Council felt having a specific area would allow us to locate it on a map and give the children ownership of the project. they suggested various fundraising activities and these will be brought to the school management team. Council also suggested speking to Fr McKinlay re church collection after opportunity to address congregation at Mass. Mr O'Neill to speak to Mr Moore re project and Fr McKinlay and report back to Council. Mr O'Neill shared Ministers response to School Council letter sent pre christmas. He congratulated boys and girls on their hard work and promised to update them when more information re funding becomes available.

School Council 14/15

Manifestos Delivered:

Elections held:

Newly elected school council members, Marty Steele P7, Dearbhla Clarke P7, Siabhradh Burns P7, Holly Orderley P5, Senan Cunningham P5, Beth Duggan P5, Conor McVeigh P5.


Meeting Wednesday 5th November 2014









St Malachy's Primary School
33 Lower Square
Co Down
N. Ireland
BT31 9DN


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