St. Canice's BNS, Finglas
Our school has had a proud history of having pupils elected to Comhairle na nÓg, a youth parliament where school pupils discuss matters relevant to their school and local community. To find out more please read Emmet and Adams report from when they attended a recent meeting!
Comhairle na nÓg
Last October I attended Comhairle na nÓg in Croke Park with three other pupils in my school. Miss Lynchechan, a teacher in my school, brought us to Croke Park. We had to sign ourselves into the log book, then we were all assigned to our seats. When we were all seated we had to introduce ourselves to the leader of our group and all of the other children.
In our group we played games while we were waiting to be called to play icebreaker. After playing icebreaker we all had lunch. Croke Park supplied all the children with tea, coffee, biscuits and fruit.
After lunch we had a debate about three local issues which were litter and environment, mental health and our school council. My group decided to pick litter and environment. We decided to pick this because litter is damaging and polluting the Earth. My group had to make a poster on littering and the environment to give to Comhairle na nÓg. Comhairle na nÓg put up all the posters on the wall from each group. All groups got the chance to vote on which poster we thought was the best. After this we played icebreaker and all pupils had to give a speech about why we should vote for them. We all had to cast our votes. While our votes were being counted Croke Park supplied us with chips, chiken nuggets, pizza and soft drinks. After lunch our votes were counted and announced. Myself and Adam Smith both got a position in Comhairle na nÓg, Adam Smith became a member and I became a sub-member. We had great fun at Croke Park. We left Croke Park at 2:30pm to make our way back to our school.
Comhairle na nÓg.
Comhairle na nÓg is like a kid government where kids have a say. In October we went to Croke Park we had a great day discussed topics and elected a rep. for the committee, we had lunch and played games, it was lots of fun.
In my experience I had lot’ of fun I met lots of people. The best thing is the other representatives and leaders are all really nice. But at the same time we do work, even when we are working, we still have loads of fun. Personally it gave me a great confidence boost.
On December 12 we went on a team building trip to Crumlin Sports Centre, we played loads of games. It was great and I had loads of fun. And the best thing was I got elected onto the Youth Council … Yippeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!