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Student Council

Student Council

The Student Council Elections are one of the main events of the school year. The Student Council consists of students from 6th class and 5th class. During early October, anyone who wants to be on the Student Council puts their name forward and then 5th and 6th class have their own mini elections to pick their final candidates.

Once chosen, the candidates get their campaigns started. They come up with ideas, make posters and then write their speeches. The speeches are made at Assembly so all the voting students get to hear from all the candidates.

Every year the 6th class girl and boy with the most votes are selected as Príomhchailín and Príomhbhuachaill, or the Príomhchinnirí. This year Jamie Allen and I were lucky enough to be chosen.

Elections take place in October and all students from 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th vote for who they wish to be elected. We have two ballot papers and use proportional representation.

The Student Council work very hard to make Scoil Mhichíl Naofa a better place. We have already organised World Kindness Day in the school and carried out a survey so the students opinions can be heard. We hope to organise some after school activities, a Science Fair and some activities for World Book Day.

By Emily Byrne

Student Council Elections – Counting the votes

Mr. Quinlan’s 6th class helped Ms. English to count the votes the day after the elections. What I learned from counting the votes is that you have to be patient and careful when counting. One mistake can ruin the whole thing. Counting the votes is actually fun. It’s about teamwork and co-operation. It is not an easy thing to do but the more you do it, the easier it is to understand the process. The ballot papers have to be separated out into distinct bundles depending on who got the number one vote. The papers are then counted and the person with the least amount of votes is eliminated. These votes are then given to other candidates, if they got the number two vote.

When a candidate reaches the quota they are elected. The quota is calculated using the number of votes and the number of people to be elected.

The count took about two hours. I learned how important the number 2, number 3 and number 4 votes are as some people were elected based on those votes.

By Immanuel Oluwabiyi-Felix

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