Dundonald School Council is made up of two representatives from each class, starting from Year 1. At the beginning of the autumn term, the children elect two people to represent their views and attend school council meetings. These are held every two weeks, where the school councillors investigate issues raised by their classmates, Mrs Duffy (Headteacher) or outside agencies (Governors, members of the PTA and members of the LA). The councillors then feed back to their classmates about what happened at the meeting and make things happen, or explain why they can't.
School Council Aims:
The school council wants to empower all children at Dundonald Primary School. Empowerment is not only about academic success; it also means having your views listened to, respected and acted upon.
1) To give Dundonald's pupils 'a voice' and to make sure any suggestions or concerns are listened to and acted upon.
2) To give pupils the opportunity to work alongside other members of the school community (staff, governors, visitors, parents/carers).
3) To encourage collaboration between pupils of different ages.
4) To allow pupils to experience democracy at first hand and learn the importance of being active citizens.
Recent Projects and Achievements:
The School Council recently
- Decided on the new menu for school dinners;
- Carried out the science questionnaire as part of pupil voice for the Quality Science Mark;
- Looked at ways to promote 'No Outsiders' on the school website. We found out from classes that there are 44 different nationalities at Dundonald and agreed on a statement to be recorded for the school website to welcome online users to our school;
- Organised Christmas Jumper Day supporting RLNI Lifeboats (a charity that the children decided on).