CBS Student Council visit Louth County Council
Councillor Maria Doyle, who is also a teacher in the CBS Primary school in Dundalk, took the students on an educational tour of the local town council. Cllr Doyle has been on the council for nearly a year now after been co-opted onto the Dundalk Town Council seat left vacant when Cllr Jim D’Arcy was nominated to the senate last July.
The Student Council is comprised of pupils from second to sixth class of the CBS Primary School and a total of 36 students went on the tour. Cllr Doyle was also accompanied by resource and learning support teacher Niamh Corcoran and fifth class teacher Alan Dunleavy.
They were greeted and facilitated by the Senior Executive Officer of the Louth County Council Paddy Donnelly who gave all the students a special pack with items such as a diary for attending. Mr. Donnelly then gave a presentation accompanied by a slideshow which provided the students with various information of what the town council actually does and the services they provide to the local people.
A Q&A was then held and the students were given a chance to ask Mr Donnelly any questions that they had.
Cllr Doyle said she was very pleased with the questions they came up and added that they were answered well by Mr Donnelly. After the presentation they were given a tour of the Town Council Chamber by Mr Donnelly and the Student Council got the privilege of sitting in the councillors seats.
They concluded the day with a debate which was chaired by sixth class representatives. Cllr Doyle was delighted with how the day had gone and very proud that the students had reacted so positively to the tour and were genuinely interested in everything they had seen and heard during the day.
Cllr Doyle said she wanted to give them an idea of how a local town council operates and what kind of issues it deals with on a day to day basis. She also wanted them to see that not only is there a national government but there is also a local government which is equally as important.
The day was a definite success and all of the students thoroughly enjoyed and learned from their experience.