Tannaghmore School Council
Here in Tannaghmore PS we realise that children should be listened to and their views and feelings should be acted on. We see children as key stakeholders and that they need to be consulted about the services provided to them. Our School Council contributes to positive changes in the lives of every child in the school. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 states that:
children should be given the opportunity to voice their opinions and to have those opinions taken into account on any issues relevant to them (Article 12)
School Councils are an important step in promoting and protecting the rights of children and young people in school and in preparing them to assert their rights in the wider community.
Tannaghmore PS aims are:
- Involve children in decision-making
- Help children become more active participants in their education, making a positive contribution to the school environment and ethos.
- Afford children the opportunity to make a difference in their school, community and neighbourhood
- Children will learn self-confidence, social skills and will become morally responsible to the whole school community
- Our children will develop skills for adult life including self-esteem, self- awareness, communication skills, relationship skills and assertiveness.
Tannaghmore's School Council, which meets regularly is made up of democratically elected pupils from P5 to P7. It discusses issues and ideas that need to be addressed at a whole school level. The elected pupils represent the views of their own class at the School Council meeting and then report back to their class on the outcome. Other classes can make contributions to the School Council through our suggestion box. Tannaghmore's School Council link teacher is Mrs A.Burke.