This week our Student Council met with the school's Board of Management. The Student Council presented their proposed design for the school's new logo or crest. The students delivered a professional and clear presentation which explained the process that the school had taken to design the new logo. They also explained what each part of the design represented. After some deliberation, the Board of Management voted and then officially ratified the design as our new school crest! Take a look at some of the photos and videos from this historic moment in our school.
As this year draws to a close the school community would like to thank the Student Council of 2017/2018 for their commitment to our school this year. They made a great effort to listen to the opinions of all the children in the school. They worked democratically as a group and implemented new initiatives in the school.
They were the first Student Council to set up an induction programme for new pupils. They ran a very successful fundraising day and spent the money raised according to the wishes of the children in the school They assisted the school in their efforts towards achieving the Active Flag by purchasing skipping equipment and setting up a skipping zone in the yard. The school now has a new class set of chess boards. The running track has been repainted as per their request. They have played a crucial roll in ensuring that the student voice was central in the development of our new school crest.
We are very proud of them and grateful to them for all their hard work! We look forward to welcoming our new Student Council in to their role in September.
Lot of new children have joined Citywest ETNS this year from other schools and other countries. The Student Council had the very important job of helping the new children settle in to our school. We met them and played some games to help everyone get to know each other then we explained important things about life in Citywest Educate Together. We also buddied up with new children. Buddies will check in with the new children in the yard or in class to see all is ok with them.
Just before the summer break the children at Citywest elected their new student council for the year 2017-2018. Election week was very exciting for all the children, especially the children who were nominated by their class to run for election. In the end 10 children were voted on to the council. At Citywest ETNS, we value the democratic process and we are so proud of how our school engage with the process of electing our student council. The children on the council are from 2nd to 5th class. They are thrilled with their positions and looking forward being a voice for all students in Citywest ETNS in the coming year.
Sports Blitz with Citywest and Saggart CNS
Over the past few weeks we have worked very hard to organise a football blitz with the school next door. We got the idea from our suggestion boxes. Each class from 1st - 4th, played football games against the classes next door. The student council members had important jobs like referee, time keeper, goal score keeper, first aid and bibs. We really enjoyed the experience and learned a lot. It was great fun organising an inter-school event with our neighbours.
As part of Seachtain na Gaeilge we are inviting everyone to dress in green or dress unusually for the day for example you could wear odd sock, odd shoes, layers clothes or have crazy hair. It's up to you, this is just for fun and not a fundraiser.
The Student Council is happy to introduce 'The Thankful Tree' to our school. The Thankful Tree is an interactive display in the corridoor that promotes positive thinking by encouraging everyone in our school community to write something that they are thankful for on a leave and add it to the tree. So far people are thankful for 'Fridays', 'Engineers visiting our school' , 'Listening to Aoife play the harp' and 'Playing with friends'. Please help us fill the tree by adding your happy and thankful thoughts..
This year the Student Council decided to set up suggestion boxes around the school. The suggestion boxes were a chance for everybody to make a suggestion for something they would like to see happen in the school. The Student Council looked through all the suggestions and picked three that they felt they could achieve. One of them was a running track around the yard. With John's help we now have a path around the yard for children to walk, jog and run on. All the classes are hoping to complete lots of laps as we work towards our Active Flag this year.
The Student Council are now working hard to achieve other suggestions from the suggestion boxes.
On Friday November 11th, the Minister for Children Katherine Zappone visited our school to open our new classrooms and meet with us, the student council and Educate Together Second-Level Campaign Group.
The children in our school had been working on letters and artwork to show the Minister for Education how much we need an Educate Together Secondary School in our area. We want to continue to learn together until we finish secondary school.
It was our job to present the work to Minister Zappone who promised to deliver the work to the Minister for Education Richard Bruton. We were very proud to have such an important job to do!
The Student Council have been very busy lately preparing for Active School Week. Last week they went around to all the classes in the school gathering everyone's ideas. The children in CityWest Educate Together have excellent ideas for us to increase our activity levels. This week the Student Council are busy making Active School Week posters to decorate the school. They are also planning a fun fundraiser that will happen during Active Schools Week. June is going to be a busy month for us!