The Meitheal Programme
The Meitheal programme might be called a school community co-operative. Based on an old Irish farming custom of neighbours helping each other out, Meitheal promotes the creation (in a 5th year class group) of a team which aims to be of service to the local school community, in various different ways, for the duration of a school year.
Meitheal team members try to identify one particular need, per month, in their school. Then, after consultation with the Meitheal support teacher and the other relevant school authorities, the Meitheal team tries to find helpful ways of responding to that need.
In Colaiste Na Toirbhirte the focus is on 1st year needs.