17.9.21 Today we had our first Pupil Learning Council for this session. It was great to be back together, sharing our ideas. We started by deciding the following agreements that we would all try to keep in mind for our meetings;
- Listen by looking
- Respect each other e.g. by saying, ‘Good idea,’ ‘Thank you’, ‘I agree/disagree because….’
- Try to concentrate
We then watched a video of a Pupil Council meeting and discussed what we picked up from it; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGfu9IfQrVc
We realised that this showed our agreements above and also decided that children should lead. We discussed this and agreed that each of the P7s would take a turn at leading a meeting and lead a smaller group to make sure everyone had a say.
We then discussed which rights we were upholding as part of the Pupil Learning Council and agreed these were mainly;
Article 12 (respect for the views of the child) Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously. This right applies at all times, for example during immigration proceedings, housing decisions or the child’s day-to-day home life.
Article 13 (freedom of expression) Every child must be free to express their thoughts and opinions and to access all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law.
Article 28 (right to education) Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free and different forms of secondary education must be available to every child. Discipline in schools must respect children’s dignity and their rights. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.
Finally we discussed why it was important that children had a voice and agreed our main thoughts were;
- To have good communications with friends, family and the school.
- To share ideas from lots of different people.
- To show we value these ideas.
- To get help if needed.
- To learn new skills that we might use as adults.
Our Pupil Council members this year are:
Gaelic P1-7 Mileigh and Ava
P1/2 Mia, James, Ava and Calum
P2/3 Conan, Francesca, Hannah and Lewis
P3/4/5 Hollie, Aoife, Daniel M and Finlay
P5/6 Rylee, Aleks, Daniel and Keira
P6/7 Abby, Liam, Morven and Rhys