Carnmoney Primary School

School/ECOCouncil: 2023-24

Our School/ECO Council: 2023-24

In September of each school year, our pupils elect their School/ECO Council representatives.  Each child wishing to stand for election writes and presents their manifesto to their class. Election fever then grips the school and the pupils go to the polls.  A boy and girl from each P4-P7 class is elected to form a new council.  

Monthly meetings are held to allow pupils to discuss issues which are relevant to them.  Each class has a class council (everyone in the class is involved) to enable the council members to set the agenda for discussion at each meeting. The meetings are not quite like debates in the House of Commons but sometimes they do come close!! 

The existence of our School and ECO Council is an important part of our school life as it ensures the pupils have a voice and supports, 'Article 12: United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child'. 

Article 12 states...

Every child has the right to say what they think in all matters affecting them.

ECO SCHOOL - GREEN FLAG 

 I am delighted to inform our school community that we are an ECO School Green Flag   holder.  This is an amazing achievement and one the children are very proud of, as this   accolade is not easy to achieve.  This award requires a lot of hard work by the pupils   throughout the year.

Schools are assessed every two years in the following areas: 

  • Saving Energy;
  • Litter;
  • Recycling;
  • Water conservation;
  • Transport;
  • Healthy living;
  • Biodiversity;
  • Looking after our school grounds;
  • Our school and its global links;
  • Understanding of climate change; and
  • Pupil participation.

Our school's ECO commitment is driven by the members of our School Council and the members of our ECO club which meets once a week after school.  Without a high level of participation by all the children in our school, the support of parents/carers and the dedication of the staff, we would not have been presented with this award.