Mountrath Community School

1st MCS Student Council Newsletter

This is the first newsletter of the Mountrath Community School Student Council, who have been doing incredible work to improve life in the school and its environs for students and staff. We welcome their engagement and also are looking forward to growing the student voice in the school.


1st Newsletter of Mountrath Community School Student Council

The Student Council will now have a voice at the Board of Management meetings once each semester.

MCS 5th and 6th year students were included in a Senior Cycle Reform survey conducted by the Irish Second Level Students Union (ISSU), which was run in conjunction with the ESRI. The results of this survey were presented to the Department of Education and all other Education stakeholders by the ISSU National Education Working Group during Easter.

The scoreboard is now complete and renewed thanks to Mr Liam O’Neill of Trumera for his kind sponsorship of two All-Ireland Senior Hurling tickets and also to all Students and Parents who took part in the raffle which raised €2200. Thanks again to the Sports Department for their help in the organisation of the raffle.

We gratefully acknowledge Mr Dan Tynan of Raheen for commissioning and funding the Irish Limestone seat, erected at the front of the school, which will be used for School photographs.

The chairperson of the National Biodiversity Data Centre Ireland, Dr Una Fitzpatrick, has been contacted to include Mountrath Community School in the All Ireland Pollinator Plan Map. To date we have established a biodiversity strip approximately 85 metres along one perimeter boundary, interspersed with six native Quercus trees donated by Mr Pacelli Breathnach Mountrath CPD Administrator Irish Foresters
Association. Four Tilia trees whose flowers are important for pollinators have been planted in the courtyard area of the school. We have also a designated crocus planting donated by Holocaust Ireland at the Malus tree planted last year to mark the School’s 10th Anniversary. The very large elliptical bed at the front of the school, sponsored by our Board of Management and landscaped by Mr. Ross Doyle of Gash Gardens, Castletown has been sustainably planted with herbaceous and perennial pollinator friendly plants. We have also secured grassed areas which will be left unmowed, to encourage pollinators, especially in early spring, when these plants are most needed by the bumble bees. The Student Council would like to acknowledge Laois County Council for their kind sponsorship of the biodiversity signage which will mark areas at the front of the School which are managed for pollinators.
Congratulations to Student Council Chairperson, Cuán Tilson, on coming fourth out of 1000 entrants in the ISTA Biodiversity Photo Competition with his spectacular photograph of a pine marten.
Congratulations also to Student Council Public Relations Officer, Courtney Chambers, on being appointed as 1 of the 10 members of the ISSU’s National Education Working Group.
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