Every child has the right to say what they think in all that matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously. (Article 12, UNCRC)
The School Council is made up of 12 elected children. They meet once per months and put forward suggestions from their classes and think about ways to improve the school for everyone.
Each child campaigned in their classroom sharing their ideas for the school and persuaded peers to ‘Vote for Me’. Following this, the class voted and the top two successful candidates were elected on to School Council. The P4 councillors represent their own class. The two children from each P5-7 class represent their own class and a KS1 class. We have 14 councillors in total.
In our first meeting we elected a Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer. We have chosen our local and global charities for this academic year.
The councillors will be the voice for the class they are representing on how to improve our school and will feedback information from meetings when appropriate.
Hello my name is Charlie Beal. I am in P7. I like video games, Italian food, baseball, football and tennis. My favourite thing about school is that it has so many opportunities like this to get involved. So last year I was the Chairman of the School Council and me and the rest of the council came up with many ideas and picked out two charities. Our local charity was The Simon Community and the global charity was The H2O Project from Swaziland. They made us do a water bottle challenge where we had to get a water bottle and fill it up with as many coins as we could. We raised so much money that we were able to buy a water pump for a village that had no water. they were so happy they called it the 'Ballymagee Water Pump.' So yes I really enjoyed last year in school council and I am happy me and the others were able to make a difference. Thank you for your donations.