Message from The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union

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Hi everyone! Welcome to the Spring / Summer edition of BellTime magazine.

My name is Rob O’Donnell, I am a sixth year student in The Abbey School Co. Tipperary and I am also the newly elected President of the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU).

We are delighted to have been asked to contribute to this edition of BellTime magazine. It is a busy time of the year for everyone in all levels of education. Exams are just around the corner, and hopefully the Summer sun will be there too. Whether you will be sitting State Examinations or Summer tests, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best of luck and wish all students and teachers a very happy and fun-filled Summer too. Exam season can be a stressful time of the year so make sure to get plenty of rest and speak to your family or friends if you are feeling any way worried. Always believe in yourself and your potential.

We here in the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union are the national umbrella body for second level Student Councils. We aim to represent and connect Irish second-level students the length and breadth of the country, ensuring that the voice of the Irish second-level student is heard, respected and viewed as an equal voice. We strive for innovation and democracy within the Irish education system and we want students to become actively involved in the decision making process that shapes their education!

So how can you get involved with ISSU? We will be running our online Exam Blogs shortly so if
you are interested in participating with content, make sure to keep an eye on our website
www.issu.ie over the coming weeks! You will see later on in this edition an introduction to who
we are, what we do and what we are hoping to achieve over the coming year also. Our doors
are always open and between our 10 elected National Student Executive officers and small
administration team, we believe that we can challenge, empower, engage, listen and
communicate to others what young people have to say. We hope we can contribute in a positive
manner to our education system and continue our platform of achieving meaningful student
voice and input, and have a great time and fun in doing so also!

We hope you enjoy this edition of BellTime magazine! Make sure to download their app which is available on Apple Store and Playstore too. It is a brilliant resource for keeping up to date with education and relevant news for students, teachers and parents! Don’t forget to have a read of our information spread later on in the magazine also!

Le gach dea ghuí,
Rob O’Donnell

#ISSU15

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