Pupils use their student voice to support and improve their school communities!

Eighty-two Primary 6 and 7 pupils from three Mid-Ulster schools - Donaghey Primary School (Controlled), Lissan Primary School (Maintained) and Gaelscoil Eoghain (Irish Medium) have just completed a joint ‘Pupil Voice’ programme with the support of CASE Shared Education.

Stormont Chamber

The programme commenced in September 2018 with an ice-breaker activity at Cookstown Leisure Centre for the pupils. Members from the School Councils and Eco Committees at Donaghey and Lissan also had the opportunity to present some of their work to the other pupils. The ice breaker activity day was followed by a visit to the Mid-Ulster District Council offices in Dungannon. The programme also investigated the workings of Eco-Committees, with the pupils visiting Oxford Island, Lurgan to learn more about our eco systems and how Eco Committees contribute to protecting the environment.

The programme concluded in December with a visit to Stormont. Our hosts on that day, Mid-Ulster MLAs Keith Buchanan and Patsy McGlone, with the support from the NI Assembly Education Service Team, did a great job explaining to the pupils the similar processes involved between School Councils/Eco Committees right up to being an MLA. They encouraged the pupils to get involved in the life of their school and to speak out to help improve their schools and society. Sixty-one primary 4 and 5 pupils from the three schools will join the primary 6/7 pupils in term 2 to look at poetry and in term 3 the primary 4/5 pupils will conclude the year’s Shared Education activities with a study of biodiversity.

The three schools involved would like to acknowledge the support of the parents and CASE Shared Education in helping to make these programmes happen. We would also like to commend the pupils who have been excellent ambassadors for their schools.