10.12.21 Today we agreed that our school rules would sit closely alongside the actions we’ve been looking at as part of children’s rights. All our group felt this covered what we thought of for rules and Mrs Laird helped us record this. We will explain these at an assembly after the Christmas break. We also agreed to have a display where the new nursery is, beside the hall.
Our new rules are…
SAFETY (Shield of safety)
LEARNING (Sword of Knowledge)
LISTENING (Cape of Listening)
PLAY (Hat of Play)
With the best interests of the child at the centre.
26.11.21 At Pupil Council today, the children voted to have a Christmas afternoon like last year. Children can come dressed in pyjamas with a bear, Christmas outfits or jumpers or just dress down. They will then have an afternoon of activities in their class with a Christmas film, popcorn and hot chocolate. All classes will also do a decoration for the school Christmas tree.
We then selected the Pudsey t-shirt competition winners and agreed that prizes would be a rubber/pencil or bouncy ball. We had some great entries! P5/6 were a little late so we’ll look at these next week and choose from them too.
29.10.21 Today we welcome Alan to our group and discussed the purpose of the Pupil Learning Council ~ to help us claim our right to have our views heard, share our thoughts and our access to education.
We re-looked at the rules and discussed how we could make these memorable and the words we might use. Some children liked the idea of linking them with the rights shield, sword, cape and hat that we had been doing in classes this week. The children are going to discuss this with the children in their class along with what they would like to improve for the next time we meet.
We then looked at what we would like to do for Children in Need on 19th November. We looked at the online resources and have agreed to;
– Dress up in yellow/dots for £1 dontation
– Run a design a t-shirt competition
– Design and have a Pudsey’s Parkour (obstacle course) in the hall for some fun
We also looked at resources for Anti-bullying Week that runs 15th -19th November. The focus is ‘One Kind Word’ this year and the children thought about different ways we show kindness. We agreed to have a week of kindness focussing on different people each day;
Monday – Friends and Mr. Christie
Tuesday – Teachers
Wednesday – Helpers including cooks and cleaners
Thursday – Family and Mr Clark
Friday – Community including Children in Need
We’re going to think of ideas of how we can be kind to each next week.
1.10.21 We reminded ourselves of the rights and agreements we had made last week. We then looked at what we would like to concentrate on this session.
We’ll update this as we think of new ideas throughout the year and Mrs Laird will take it round all the classes to get a whole school view and support our pupil council members in gathering these.
We then discussed all the school rules we might follow. We are going to go back to class and consider what 3 words would be good reminders for our school.
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