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Model Primary and Nursery School, Derry

The Role of the School Council

The School Council has the important task of presenting the views, concerns and ideas of the pupils of The Model Primary.

   It is our aim to promote a happy, safe and fair environment for all pupils. Pupils, through the School Council , can present the issues that are most important to them. They can also act on suggestions that are placed in 'class suggestion boxes'. Children can write down ideas for school improvements and put them in the box. The councillors will then take their boxes to each School Council meeting and suggestions will be read and discussed.

  We believe many voices should be heard!

  The School Council will meet regularly and the chairperson will discuss the minutes of the meeting afterwards with Mrs Ramsey.

   The School Council Board is in the Assembly Hall and relevant information will be displayed there by the Communication Team within the School Council.  

Summary of School Council 2017/18

In September the School Council continued with previously elected members from June. Fortnightly meetings have occurred. Playground buddies have been established again.

A Friendship week has taken place to encourage development of good friendships within our classes. A cake sale has also taken place in order to raise money for school I-pads. £266 was raised.

Other issues that the School Council have dealt with have included; making up 10 Golden Rules for our school and working on a child friendly version of the School Development Plan. Also, two ‘rainbow’ Buddy benches have been set up in the playground painted by the Art Club. The School Council have encouraged all classes to design a healthy lunch box. A Smiggles lunchbox was given to prize winners in each Key Stage.

Playground Buddies

Who are they?

Primary 5, 6 and 7 children take on the role of Playground buddies. The buddies really enjoy the responsibilities and not only does it make the playground a happy place for all the children, but it offers a great help to the staff on duty at lunchtime.

What is their role?

  1. To help all children to learn how to play cooperatively with each other.
  2. To help children resolve minor conflicts.
  3. To teach children to play a wider range of games.
  4. To help lonely children make more friends.
  5. Most importantly, be available as a friend to all the other children.

How do we spot them?

Look out for their bright orange bibs at break and lunchtime.