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The Patrician Academy has a very proactive Student Council that makes lots of positive changes under the guidance of Ms. Glynn. At the beginning of the school year, two representatives from each class are elected. At the first meeting, roles are decided within the council such as chairperson, secretary, treasurer etc.
The student council organises many successful events such as the Annual Run, Walk, Cycle which involves both students and teachers alike and raises lots of money to be used positively.
The Green School committee is a sub committee working under the student council with Ms. Glynn. This committee has also done lots of positive work such as joining others around the world to march on climate change in Cork City. They also organised their own march in Mallow town for the same purpose. The art, music and literature departments also worked with the Green School committee to hold an exhibition to raise public awareness surrounding the environment and the damage being done to it.
In total the Student Council and Green School committees do lots of great work for the school as well as the world around us and are a proud part of our school.
Student Council Select Rolls of Officers –
Conor Lavery (P.R.O.)
The first week back Mrs Glynn distributed voting slips to the class year heads and each class voted two representatives.
At our first meeting on Tuesday the 10th September 2019, the roles of student officers were decided. Student Council members who were interested in rolls such as Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer etc. made their pitch to the Council as to why they believed they were worthy to take on the responsibilities of their preferred position on the Council. Once the students presented their pitch, the Council members voted on the student who they believed would best match the position.
After the very successful meeting, the Senior Student Council Officers 2019/20 elected are as follows:
President: Glen Singleton
Vice President: Charlie Carroll
Secretary; Emmanuel Blayil
Vice Secretary: Noble Thomas
Treasurer: Kenny Dunne
Attendance Officer: John Mullane
Vice Attendance Officer: Thomas Mohally
P.R.O: Conor Lavery & Billy Fitzpatrick
Green Schools Representatives: Eddie Hennigan & Paul Heavin
And the Junior Student Council Officers 2019/20 are:
Chairperson: Jack O’Connell
Secretary: Jack O’Hanlon
Treasurer: Rian O’Reilly
Attendance Officer: David Ahern
P.R.O: Ronan Lankford
Green Schools Representative: Hugh Ahern and Eddie Dineen
Last Friday, the 20th of September, millions of people from over 150 countries, left their school, work and home in order to join their local youth climate strike. I was among the attendees. I had become familiar with the strikes through Comhairle na nÓg, an organisation giving young people their say in politics. Many of the people I met there are heavily involved in the climate change debate and were frontrunners at the event. I had learned about our climate emergency though my CSPE classes in the Patrician Academy. I’m no expert on the crisis but I definitely wanted to support the up and coming global strike. I went to Google and of course, Cork City was the nearest location hosting one. I contacted some of my friends and to my surprise, nobody even knew it was on, not to mind wanted to attend. I inquired at St Mary’s, the neighbouring girls school and yet again to my surprise, no one knew a thing about it. I had some friends ask around to see if I could garner any interest, and as expected, there were buckets of it. In the end 23 people, 6 boys and 17 girls confirmed their availability.
We arrived in Cork Kent at 11:40, ready to walk 20 minutes towards Grand Parade, the rendez-vous point. The strike was starting at 12:20 and we arrived with time to spare. No matter how unfamiliar you were with the city, you couldn’t have missed the colossal crowd filling the street, from newborn babies to the elderly. The crowd was diverse in every category, but united by a common goal; Show The Irish Government that action needs to be taken in order to repair our damaged climate, damage that will soon become irreparable. The strike started to great success. People marched, waving homemade signs and banners. Those who couldn’t join the strike stuck their heads out of windows to catch a glimpse at the spectacle below. After the march, everyone sat and listened to the event’s speakers. They expressed their animosity towards the decisions being made by the government and demanded change. Everyone saluted the speakers in a rebellious raised closed fist, symbolising their readiness to fight for a future. The event ended at about 2 o’clock and we headed home on the train, hoping we had made an impact and that it would be seen in the United Nations emergency climate summit in New York this coming Monday.
Michael Corbett (3rd Year Student from the Patrician, Academy, Mallow.)
On the same day the Green Schools Committee of the Patrician Academy organised a march of our own for the school. The Green Schools is a sub-committee of the Student Council many members from the council attended the event, which took place in the car park outside of the school.
The students were practicing the chants and slogans for the last two days with the their teachers and also made many posters based on Global Warming. The chants: “ JOIN THE REVOLUTION AGAINST AIR POLLUTION” and “WE NEED YOU ASSISTANCE TO SAVE OUR EXISTENCE” Our thanks to Steven Murphy and Eugene Cosgrove who have posted on their Facebook pages.
Kenny Dunne (5th Year Student from the Patrician, Academy, Mallow.)
On the 27th of September 2019 Patrician Academy held their annual Run/Walk in Mallows Town Park. Students from first, second and third year were partaking in it. Many teachers also took part in the event including our new vice principal Mr Ger. Holland who ran alongside the students in his first ever Run/Walk in the Academy.
This year the event would take place in the park and would be five kilometres long for the runners and two and a half kilometres for all walkers. The runners started beside the soccer pitch, did a lap of the town park, ran up by the bullies, turned around and did another lap of the town park finishing where they started. Local newspapers were there on the day to take photos of all participants. There was a great atmosphere as all students were very excited to be taking part in the event they were excited to be getting off of class!
Members of the student council organised the Run/Walk. Sponsorship cards were given to each of the junior student, approximately €20 were collected from neighbour’s relative’s ad family. This money was given their money to their student council reps and counted. The treasures Rian O’ Reilly, Kenny Dunne and Ronan Langford looked after the final tots.
It took a long time to organise the event between getting a permit, printing out and distributing the sponsorship cards to all students, getting money and counting it and organising the park so that the runners and walkers would know where to go. We also had to sort out teachers to run and walk with the students.
Overall the student council raised over €2500 and that money shall be used for many different things such as making Christmas hampers for the St Vincent de Paul and we are hoping to fund more seating for outside the school as so far there is only one bench outside for students to sit during lunch.
Overall it was a great day for students and teachers who participated and we hope that this event goes on for many more years with just as much enthusiasm as we got this year.