These stunning images were taken Gillian Hayes from Dapple Photography to showcase St John’s. We certainly feel that they capture the light and space of our new school building.
Today all the pupil councillors went on a trip to Waterstones at Princess Street to get new books. When we arrived there we went up-stairs to look for books and the best part was we got to choose any book we wanted. We picked fact books and fiction books, we got to spend £500! It was so fun! After all our hard work we had a hot chocolate. It was so yummy! We were split into two groups and the other group had ice cream. Later we went down stairs and onto the mini bus back to school and that was the end of our pupil council trip to the book shop.
This morning, staff and pupils joined parishoners in St Mary Magdalene’s RC church to celebrate the Feast of All Saints. The children sang beautifully and responded well throughout the mass. Children confidently offered answers to Father Jock’s questions and the pupil councillors read very proficiently on the altar. Primary 5 and 6 helped the younger children to and from mass and we managed to avoid much of the rain. Thank you to everyone in the parish who helped organise the mass and to the musicians who led the hymns today.
Today James and I were invited to a Pupil Council meeting. It was a welcome/get to know you event where we were given our folders and we heard what we will be doing this year. We then made a logo before going to see Mrs Buckley to make peace sticks.
Cluster Pupil Council Session
A group of P6/7 pupil Councillors attended an afternoon session with all of the Cluster Primaries who feed into Holy Rood High School, on Thursday 4th February.
Everyone was very excited to be a part of this new venture.
The pupils from our school were Thea Thompson, Carla Lisi, Aidan Jones, Katie Alexander, Hugh Harris, Carrie Davies and Farrell Bain.
Prior to going to the event the children had to brainstorm ideas for their i-movie. Elements included talking about the members of the Council, the process, elections and the speeches, the autobiographies, meetings and what happens and what they were involved in. Basically how they have made a difference to the school .
The film took about 2 weeks to make and the children were delighted with the result . It certainly was very lively and all of their own work.
On arrival at Holy Rood ,after a short taxi ride, everyone was treated to refreshments . Then each of the schools showed their movie . Later, there were discussion groups, which had representation from each of the schools. The main focus was to share ideas and ask questions. We had 5 main points to take forward as a whole group- Having defined roles ( as a Chairperson , minute taker) Liaising with the parent Council, using suggestion boxes and giving feedback.
The pupils were then given a task to take back to share with their own councils in relation to
“ Feedback in learning”
This was shared at our meeting during the week. The Pupils on the Council are going to share this task with our classes and when we met next time in May , we will be able to share all of our ideas. =
Our Pupil Councillors had a fantastic experience and the afternoon was given a big “ Thumbs up” !