Herself held a zoom training session for her student council this morning. It was facilitated by a student organisation. Last Friday week she sent all of her council members home with letters to be signed by their parents allowing for them to stay at home for the first three classes this morning so that they could join the zoom session (children from different years/classes can’t be in the same room together and all of their engagement is virtual which is a pain).
Last week she repeatedly emailed the facilitator and texted him until on Friday he confirmed the zoom link. All 13 of her committee members confirmed that they had got the link and given in the permission slip duly signed.
On Saturday the two second years on the committee said that actually they hadn’t got their permission slips signed and wouldn’t be coming. She gave them the wording on the slip (via text message in Irish – all of this is via text message in Irish, imagine) told them to write it out, get their parents to sign, take a picture of it and send in to the school. Then she alerted the relevant teacher that it would be coming and asked her to confirm to the disorganised second years that they could stay at home for the zoom session and come to school late.
On Sunday, another student said that she couldn’t come as she had a (surprise?) dental appointment on Monday.
This morning, two of the committee members claimed that they would have trouble getting a lift to school at the later time and had come into school at the normal time and therefore would not be able to attend the meeting. Herself described this as “not credible” on the basis that one of the offenders lives within walking distance of the school.
One of the committee members (one of the second years) came to school by accident and then panicked and refused to answer any of the texts from the increasingly frustrated student council president. Herself then rang a teacher, got her to hunt down the errant second year and put her in a – hard to find – empty room to take the call.
She had 11 out of 14 members there in the end including herself. This could well be the death of her. On the other hand, useful life lessons right here.