UNITAS LEADERS 2016/2017
(Left to Right from the back)
Liam Furness, Michéal Kavanagh, Matthew Redmond, James Fitzgerald, Darragh Lyons, Liam O’Shea,
Jack Ronan, Danny Winters,
Thomas O’Callaghan, Patrick Whelan, Dale Chapman, Bart Mrowicki, Jack Cullen Fitzpatrick,
Ricky McGrath, Jordan O’Brien
UNITAS LEADERS 2015/16
John Marshall, Kieran Kelly, Conor Kelleher, John Roche, Barry Daniels, Patrick
Flynn, James Prendergast, Vladyslav Komarschuk, John Cullen, Eoghan McGee,
David Casserly, David O’Beirne, James Dillon, Barry Óg Mc Grath, Bryan Grace,Robert Kehoe.
The Unitas Programme is a training programme for our senior level students. In this programme the students are trained to become mentors for incoming students at junior level. It is a programme based on pro-respect between students and one that enables students to take responsibility for the happiness of others and for the safety and well-being of all who share a school environment.
The programme is advertised among senior students who are invited to become Unitas Leaders in Good Counsel College. All applicants are interviewed and a selection is then made. The students who are chosen to become Unitas Leaders undergo a training programme in the summer prior to their return to school the following September. This training programme covers the areas of personal development, identity, self-esteem, communication skills, listening skills, assertiveness skills, group dynamics, group management and many other skills that are necessary for the students to develop if the programme is to be successful.
After their training the students return to the school as sixth years and each is given responsibility for a number of incoming first years. It is then the task of the Unitas Leaders to ensure the smooth transition of these young people into the school and to be able and available to assist them in any way necessary during their first few days in school. After this initial work it is then expected that the Unitas Leaders will work with the junior students, developing a relationship of trust and mutual respect. The hope for the remainder of their first year is that if the junior student should experience difficulties or anxieties of any kind that they can turn to their Unitas Leaders and find in them understanding, respect, advice and assistance. The programme has proven to be effective in promoting the happiness of students in general as well as reducing instances of bullying, isolation and early school leaving.