We were delighted to be asked by Comhairle na nÓg to host the launch of the findings of their national survey ‘So, how was school today?’ The launch took place in the college on the morning of November 6th. The survey had been carried out nationally, with over 3,200 young people surveyed on their everyday experience of school. The launch of the findings was attended by people from across the country, including parents, members of Comhairle na nÓg and most importantly young people who presented the findings. The significance of the event was marked by the presence of Richard Bruton the Minster for Education and Skills and Katherine Zappone the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. The event also attracted much media interest.
In schools our everyday work centres on looking after our students and their welfare. Ultimately all our decisions and our policies must be directed towards making school as safe, as welcoming and as productive an environment for our students as we can. An environment where quality teaching and learning can take place. Listening to our students and hearing them voice their experience of school seems only logical if we want to improve that experience. The fact that this approach that would not have been taken in the past, makes the work carried out by Comhairle na nÓg, in conducting this survey, all the more noteworthy.
The event on November 6th proved to be most enjoyable and most informative. A significant number or our own students were able to be involved and contributed to the success of the event. Two of our sixth years, Alex Pow and Ben Cunningham, were interviewed and both were very impressive in how they articulated their thoughts on the findings.
Our CEO Mr. Paddy Lavelle and our Education Officer Ms Deirdre Keyes were both in attendance as were members of our Board of Management and our Parents’ Council. Both Minster Bruton and Minister Zappone commented on the welcome they received and Comhairle na nÓg were delighted with the organisational effort put in by the college.
All in all a memorable event in the life of the college!