From little acorns, big oaks grow!
At St Columba's Primary school we have a working School Council which comprises of representatives from Primary four to Primary seven classes. The members of the school council also form the Eco Council. The elected councillors work in conjunction with the school's link teacher in discussing issues received by peers and processing the items discussed to the relevant member of the school community.
School councillors are elected by peers at the beginning of the academic year. Children write their manifestos which they share with their peers who then vote for who they wish to represent them on the School Council.
It is the hope of the school that all pupils who serve as councillors, stand for election or cast a vote will have an understanding of the democratic systems that serve around the world.
The Golden Table Award
As part of our lunchtime routine at St Columba’s, we encourage and promote good manners and behaviour whilst eating at the table. As we are a healthy eating school, we also encourage children to eat healthily at lunch time as well as snack time. To recognise and celebrate this, we have a Golden Table Award. Our School Councillors and lunch time assistants issue Golden Tickets to pupils who have healthy lunch boxes or to those who have lovely manners and behaviours in the canteen.
Each Friday, the lucky Golden Ticket holders get to sit at a special table where they will enjoy their lunch on the golden plates and drink from the golden cups. Each ticket holders name goes into a pot where 1 is drawn, the winning child and their class get extra playtime as a reward.
This reward applies to all, whether you have school dinner or a packed lunch.
Here at St Columba's Primary School we have a senior leadership programme called Playground Pals. Primary 6 and 7 pupils actively promote friendships through games. Teams of playground Friends buddy up with younger children and assist in teaching and caring for them during break and lunchtimes.