Introduction and Rationale
Covid-19 may have, to a certain extent, quelled those deafening roars and shrieks from our playground, but it has not succeeded in subduing or suppressing the articulate and eloquent voices of our children. In St. Columba’s Primary School and Nursery Unit, we are very proud of the various forums and outlets, which we have created, in order to enable the voice of the child to be heard on so many levels about so many issues and across so many subject areas.
We have been able to retain all of our important groups except unfortunately for our Buddies which will be back hopefully post this awful Pandemic. Just before lockdown in March the Inspection team which visited our school wrote:
E.T.I. Report March 2020
“The school’s participation in the Rights Respecting Schools Award is core to the work of the school, impacting positively on its ethos and on the children’s learning experiences and their aspirations and expectations. The children are empowered, through understanding, speaking and promoting the rights respecting language of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, to work in partnership with the staff and to be listened to in matters that affect them. The children are well-informed about current affairs and news items and make clear the links between what they learn in school and the world around them using rights respecting language. They respond with empathy and maturity to local and international issues and through charity initiatives have learned how to help those children who are much less fortunate. Consequently, they benefit from opportunities that place learning in real and relevant contexts which also develop their inter-personal and leadership skills.”
As we embark upon the final part of our journey towards a Rights Respecting Gold Award we will doubling our efforts to ensure that the voices of our children are heard loudly and clearly into 2021 and beyond.
Our groups consist of our:
School Council - Year 7 bubble - Teacher facilitator - Mrs Martin
Rights Respecting Ambassadors - Year 7 – Teacher facilitators –
Mrs Kearney/Mrs Henry
Anti-Bullying Ambassadors – Year 6 – Teacher facilitator – Miss Mc Kiernan
ECO Council – Year 5 - Teacher facilitators - Mrs Mc Guckin/Mrs Maguire
Digital Leaders – Year 7 –Teacher facilitators - Mrs Keenan/Mrs Henry