We believe the children are the most important people in our school! We recognise they will have lots of ideas to share. One way of enabling children to take part in the leadership of our school is through the J Councils.
There are three J Councils: one each for Years 3, 4 and 5. By secret ballot, each class chooses one or two representatives, often one girl and one boy.
The J Councils meet once per term. The Head Teacher chairs the meeting and takes minutes, with increasing responsibility given to the students in these roles as they become more experienced in the democratic process.
Councillors share discussions with their classmates at a later date and note down new ideas or comments in special J Council booklets.
Achievements of the J Councils over recent years include advising on Primary break time activities, leading year group assemblies to address issues such as litter in the playgrounds and assisting with the hire of new teaching staff by suggesting interview questions.
Furthermore, councillors lead discussions with their classmates on what makes a good teacher and a good lesson and what gets in the way of their learning. Via J Council meetings and the Head Teacher this information is fed back into discussions about the Junior Phase Development Plan.
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