The Shadow Of A Gunman- A TY Production 2019

Student Leadership

At Woodbrook College, student participation is at the core of our student leadership programme. Student voice and activism is encouraged through the ample student leadership opportunities we offer. Students are encouraged to practice a range of leadership skills in a supportive, learning, and social environment.

Student leaders in Woodbrook College are responsible, organised, hardworking and caring representatives of, and advocating for, the student body. They actively demonstrate and encourage involvement in creating a positive whole school community.

Head Students

Head Students are responsible for leading the elected school Prefects, hosting school events, representing the school at public events, chairing the student council, organizing the mentoring programme, and assisting staff members. Head Students in Woodbrook College play a crucial role in ensuring that the RICH ethos of the school carries across to all areas of school life.

Head Students
Head Boy Cole Bateson
Head Girl Abigail Byrne
Deputy Head Boy David Nervez
Deputy Head Girl Niamh Tapley


The Prefect system in Woodbrook College is made up of nine senior prefects. Prefects play a vital part in the running of Woodbrook College, assisting and supporting both staff and pupils. The role of a Prefect falls into three main categories:

  1. Helping/assisting staff
  2. Supporting younger pupils
  3. Organising events

Qualifications and experience

  • Academic record should be above average
  • Behavioural record must be exemplary, including attendance record

Personal skills and aptitudes

  • Leadership skills
  • The ability to work well in a team
  • Organisational skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Maturity
  • Responsible
  • Reliable
  • Punctual, polite and honest
  • Ability to talk confidently and appropriately to staff, students, and parents
  • Pride in Woodbrook College
  • Live the R.I.C.H culture
Senior Prefects
Cole Bateson Ella Redmond Eva Fox
Abigail Byrne Saskia Cepillo Harigovind Vinodkumar
David Nervez Robert Munro Conor Martin
Niamh Tapley Reece Gray Alexander Kliszcz
Ruby Roche Michelle Dolores Abin Joby
Adam O’Toole Chad Phillips Molly Owens

Student Council

The Student Council in Woodbrook College is a democratic and effective representative body within our school community. It provides a collective voice for our students and represents them as stakeholders in their education. There is one representative per class, assigned roles and shared responsibilities. All Student Council Representatives are fully trained with ISSU (Irish Second level Students Union).

Class Representatives

Class Representatives
1st year Avoca C.J Obanya
1st year Dodder Jasmin Lily Coogan Moorhouse
1st year Glencree Alexia Ungureanu
1st year Liffey Niamh Smith
1st year Vartry Eoghan Clifford
2nd year Avoca Joe Tapley
2nd year Dodder Molly Weafer
2nd year Glencree Isabel O’Connor
2nd year Liffey Ellie Rose O’Brien
2nd year Vartry Noah Fogarty
3rd year Avoca Cain Mulligan
3rd year Dodder Khrystyna Nasrallah
3rd year Glencree Luke Kelly
3rd year Vartry Arina Lungu
TY1 Max Roche
TY2 Jason Tamayo
TY3 Kayleigh Aranas
5th year Avoca Malachi Blunden
5th year Dodder Emma Louise Kenny
5th year Vartry Aisling Tapley
6th year Avoca Lexi Cummins
6th year Dodder Samuel Oni
6th year Vartry Ruby Roche
6th year Slaney Eva Fox


  • Attending all meetings of the student council
    • Voting on any issues that may arise in meetings of the student council
    • Making proposals on behalf of the students they represent to the student council
    • Actively representing the interests of their peers
    • Reporting to the students which they represent on any updates or events from the student council.

Student- Leadership Accredited Programmes

Woodbrook College offers students an array of student leadership programmes which encourage and empower our young students. These programmes develop skills which can be transferred to both school and community life.

Green School programme Ms. Doyle
Global Goals programme Ms. Hand
Creative Schools Ms. Shiely
An Gaisce Ms. Kilfeather
Young Social Innovators Mr. Coady
Foroige Leadership Programme Ms. O Neill
Model United Nations Mr. O Donnell
Gaelbhratach (Irish Flag) Mr. Dwyer
DCU Early University Entrance Programme Ms. Hand

Throughout the year our TYs studied two plays during their drama module and then chose one to put on for the school. They picked The Shadow of a Gunman over The Importance of Being Earnest and so the auditions began. The lads worked so hard over the coming months. They came in during work experience for extra rehearsal as well as catching up on work from other classes that they missed because of rehearsal. Between trying to learn lines, costume malfunctions, accents and lots of laughs they finally made it to the stage.
Two fantastic performances made it all worth it. Our main characters Evan and Daniel did an unbelievable job as roommates Donal Davoren and Seamus Shields. The standard of acting was second to none and a lot of hard work was put in. The musical talent of Paul Megna as Tommy Owens made the audience erupt with laughter. Maguire played by DJ made a short but lasting appearance when he left a bag of bombs with Seamus. Daniel Soco our landlord brought the drama to Act 1 trying to get rent out of Seamus Shields. More comedy ensued with the unlikely friendship duo Leslin and Daragh as Mrs. Henderson and Mr. Gallagher as they attempted to befriend Davoren.
Danben stole the show as Minnie Powell who was desperate for Davoren to be a gunman. A natural talent and always the professional. Our married couple Adolphus and Mrs. Grigson played by Adam Seong and Adam Bushe were definitely one of the highlights of the show. The Auxiliary made an impression at the end with appearances from Conor and Ethan who overturned the set. A big mention to Carlos and Thomas our understudies and to all of the TYs who helped out with the set. All of the pupils worked so hard during the last few months and really put everything into the play. It was a huge achievement and one that will be remembered. A true credit to Sean O’Casey.