On Friday the 27th of October, St Declan’s, 3rd year CSPE class went to South Dublin County Council Offices as part of their Junior Cert Action Project. The class of 26 were welcomed by 3 Council Councillor’s:- Cathal King (Sinn Fein), Cora McCann (Sinn Fein) and Dermot Richardson (Sinn Fein).
In preparation for the trip the class worked in groups of 3 and were assigned different tasks including: contact the Councillors, draft letter of introduction, script questions to ask the Councillors.
In the Council Office the students took a seat in the arena where the Councillors hold their meetings (usually every Monday). Esther sat in the Mayor’s seat where she rang a bell if Councillors were talking for too long. There were a total of 30 questions typed up but the class only had time to ask 1 question per group. Esther hit the bell several times and the class had a blast. A group photo was taken and Mr Tunney the teacher of the CSPE class wore the Mayor’s seal of office.
After the questions we got a quick tour of the offices and then gave the class some juice, biscuits, tea and coffee. Scotty B then performed the Ex St Aidan’s boys rap “Where’s the Compassion” jumping and getting lit to the music. The councillors where amazed at his raw talent.
The students visited the construction plan map of South Dublin and were shown where new buildings and houses would be located. The students then thanked the Councillors. The students will be inviting the Councillors back to the school to tell them what they learned so stay tuned !!!!!!!
By Mark Sogoba 3rd Year St. Declan's