Our children put themselves forward to serve on the council and prepare an election speech which they deliver to their peers. Following this candidates are selected then put forward to the election itself which is organised by our P7 pupils as part of their Democracy topic. Following the election process the votes are counted and the results are shared at a whole school assembly. Again this is led by our senior pupils who take on the responsibility for declaring the results of the ballot. Every class is represented on the Pupil Council which meets on a monthly basis with the HT to discuss a range of topics and concerns.
The Pupil Council decides on charitable fundraisers and brings any issues raised by their classmates. Sometimes the members help to decide how we should spend money raised by our Parent Group.
Pupil Council Reps are also used to meet and greet visitors to our school and as such we expect them to wear their school uniform on a regular basis. Pupil Council members need to be sensible, hard working, well behaved and able to listen, contribute, and report back to their classmates on all the items discussed on the agenda at the monthly meetings.
(Junior Road Safety Officer)
JRSOs are chosen from primary six and seven each year. We usually have one boy and one girl.
The children attend initial training at Chatelherault Country Park and thereafter are responsible for maintaining their noticeboard and organising competitions related to Road Safety issues. Sometimes our JRSOs issue flyers to our parent/carers to remind them about safe parking around our school and encourage participation in events such as Walk to School Week. Road Safety competitions are also organised by the JRSOs as well as the gathering of information for the annual gathering of data related to how pupils travel to school.
The Eco group have been really busy since August. We created Glen the Scarecrow and entered him into the Overton Farm Scarecrow competition. The children are continuing to keep Merryton Train Station looking beautiful by maintaining the planters at the station.
November is Energy month. Each class will look at one type of energy and conduct experiments relating to that specific energy source. We will all consider how to save energy both at home and at school.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Article 12) states that ‘every child has the right to be heard’. Here at Glengowan, we feel that every child has the right to articulate their views and participate effectively in their learning and in the wider life of their school community. Hence we established a Pupil Voice Group (PVG) in 2013.The purpose: to allow pupils to share who they are, what they believe and why they believe what they do, with their peers, parents, teachers and entire school.
In 2013 the PVG examined the role of reading within the school. They discussed how they felt about reading in class and at home. They reflected on how the new higher order reading strategies impacted on the learning and teaching of reading in their class.
This year we are going to be looking at whether or not target setting in Maths, help shape the learning and teaching across Early, First and Second levels.
“Children are inspired by the belief that their ideas count and will make a difference.”
We train a group of Primary 7 pupils each session to be able to carry out the role of ‘Lunchtime Pals’.
The ‘Lunchtime Pals’ provide support and leadership to our younger pupils by encouraging good manners and social skills in the canteen and helping them play well together in a range of playground activities and games which they oversee.