Nagle Rice Secondary School, Doneraile, Co. Cork.  Tel: (022) 24500 / Fax: (022) 24586 / email: info@nrss.ie

Student Council & Amber Flag Committee

The Student Council at Nagle Rice is made up of representatives from every year group.  The Liaison teachers are Mrs Fleming, Mr Coleman and Miss Hennessy.  The Council meets currently at lunch time on Mondays in Room 9.


Aims:














Examples of Student Council Activities to Date:












Initial Training on 29th November 2010:


Listens to Students

Represent Students' Views

Communications channel between students, teachers and management

Peer Support

Improve School Atmosphere

School Social Issues

Improve the Learning Environment

Improve School Facilities

Improve the Learning Environment

Raising Students' Awareness of "bigger issues"

Fundraising

Christmas Activities and fundraisers

St Vincent de Paul Food Appeal

Opening of the School Friendship Room

Friendship Week Activities

Participation in the annual School Mass

Fancy Dress Days

ICTU YouthConnect in Mansion House, Dublin

Art Collages and School Decor

Amber Flag Committee and Noticeboard

Participation in School Open Day

A few of the main areas members looked at were as follows:

Nagle Rice Secondary School was awarded its first Amber Flag for their work to raise awareness of the importance of Positive Mental Health in schools in May 2014. The initiative was brought to the attention of staff and students by Guidance Counsellor Miss O'Leary in October and then was developed by members of the Amber Flag Committee. The school had to set three main aims that would help to raise awareness of mental health in the school. The first task they decided on was the TY Enterprise Programme: TY students set up their own mini-company with the main aim of trying to encourage people to talk about their worries and concerns with family and friends, and what better way to do this than to talk over tea. Hence a range of crockery items were produced, including mugs, cups, teapots etc.  The second task was to invite a Guest Speaker in to talk to us about the importance of Positive Mental Health.  They contacted Martina Ryan from the Cork Mental Health Foundation and she was happy to visit.  The Amber Flag committee would like to thank her for the work she did with in the school.  The Committee found this information very helpful and have now displayed the various resources that they received from Martina on our notice board - this was the third and final task they set out to accomplish. This noticeboard is located in a prime position within the school and is updated on a regular basis by the Amber Flag Committee. The noticeboard displays positive quotes, helplines and positive visual displays along with fundraisers.  The school was successful in achieving its three aims and attended an Awards' Ceremony in the Rochestown Park Hotel in early May where Nagle Rice was one of the very few schools in North Cork to be presented with the Amber Flag. Mental Health promoter Conor Cusack officially raised the flag for the school in September 2014.


The school was delighted to be awarded their 2nd Amber Flag in May 2015 for their ongoing efforts for Mental Health Awareness.

Two Amber Flags for Nagle Rice!