Mountrath Community School

Student Leadership: Prefects and Meitheal

Student Leadership:  Prefects and Meitheal

Prefects: Our Senior prefects are the chief student representatives of our School and the student leaders of our student body.

Our Prefects, including the Head and Deputy Head Boys and Girls, are chosen for their leadership skills and the values they hold in caring for other. They are ambassadors for our school in every way. They meet weekly with our Teacher Leaders and help to design extracurricular activities for our younger students. They liaise with the Student Leadership coordinator to feedback the general feeling among students and to report on the progress of their duties. The Head Boy and Girl hold the ceremonial role of being the chief representative at school events. They regularly address the whole student body.
They attend a training programme in Leadership in August before they take up their roles as Prefects.

Meitheal is a leadership programme operating in over 20 secondary schools across the Kildare and Leighlin diocese. In our school, our team of 6ty Yr students welcome and support our new 1st yrs in their transition from primary to secondary education. The Meitheal team take part in a week-long residential training programme in Castletown during the summer before their 6th year. The training explores themes such as personal development, communication, active listening, assertiveness and group dynamic, as well as practical meeting skills. Meitheal as a programme is all about self-improvement, and leaders are encouraged to take action to make the world a better place for themselves, their local community, and the wider population.

For 1st years, our Meitheal programme offers guidance in their first weeks in MCS. Each class group is assigned a contact Meitheal leader, who are there as support for any difficulties they may encounter throughout the year. The leaders are there to help the students, whether it be as emotional support or regarding the confusing logistics of navigating secondary school- lockers, timetables and finding the right classrooms can be daunting tasks for any first year! The Meitheal team are, for the first years, a group of familiar faces that can make their new school seem all the more welcoming, and less frightening.

For the senior students chosen to be Meitheal leaders, the Meitheal programme offers a taste of responsibility. It educates and empowers them to look at themselves and make worthwhile contributions to the school and community. It gives sixth years an opportunity to be leaders in the school, and the training they undergo as part of the Meitheal programme impart upon them valuable life skills that are transferrable as they enter the working world.

For all students, both leaders and first years, Meitheal is an exciting opportunity that fosters a sense of team spirit in the school. The leaders organise bonding activities, ice-breaker games, and fun day trips for the first years, bringing the group closer together and encouraging long-lasting friendships.

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