School Council 2017/2018

Thursday 9th November marked the reveal of our incoming School Council.  The children of P4, P5, P6 and P7, along with staff, were delighted to welcome special guests; Grainne McCoy (The Apprentice 2016 finalist), Jake McCann and Niall Campbell (Head Boys representing St. Paul’s Students’ Council), and Chairman of the Board of Governors, Mr. Michael Lynch.

In preparation for their election campaigns, this year’s nominees were tasked with designing a poster to promote themselves as a suitable candidate for the 2017/18 School Council.  Pupils were encouraged to use all their creative talents, and to make their poster stand out.  Traditional and digital posters were submitted, with final designs showcasing an extremely high standard.

On Election Day, each hopeful candidate delivered their manifesto to their classroom peers. A selection of highly creative songs, raps, self portraits, PowerPoints and slogans featured in the candidates’ presentations.

Using our democratic voting system, each child then voted at their class voting station anonymously, choosing one boy and one girl representative. The votes were then counted by the election team and the children waited eagerly for the results to be revealed at Thursday’s assembly, in front of children, staff and invited guests.  

After our new School Council took their seats, Jake and Niall spoke about their own Primary School experiences, when there was no system of school council and were very impressed with how all children can now have their say at Primary School level.  They encouraged everyone to give ideas and suggestions, and to support their newly elected council members,  emphasising how everyone has a part to play.  Both boys congratulated our new council, and keenly anticipated working with them in the near future.

Grainne McCoy then spoke to the children and staff, reminiscing about her own dreams and aspirations from childhood.  She emphasised the importance of following your dreams, in line with our School Council motto; If you believe it, you can achieve it.  Ms McCoy congratulated each and every child individually, and expressed her eagerness to return and work with school council later this year.  After making time for #selfies, #wholeschoolies and lots of hugs, Grainne kindly stayed for some photos with the new council members (and some star struck staff members, too!)


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