At St Columbkilles we are passionate about giving our pupils opportunities to develop their leadership skills and to ensure that they have a true pupil voice within our school.
Say hello to the inspiring leaders of St Columbkille’s Primary.
House Captains Vice House Captains
In Primary 7, as part of the additional responsibilities given to the children are the roles of House Captains and Vice House Captains. These are very important roles in school for which the children have to apply , in writing, if they wish to be considered for the posts.
House Captains and Vice House Captains are expected to set an example to younger children, to embody the values that the school holds dear and to contribute to the wider community.
They help the younger children, both in the classroom and at playtimes. They play a pivotal role in special days and themed weeks, assisting the staff in their planned activities. They also help at school events such as Christmas fayres, coffee mornings and curriculum evenings. One of their favourite jobs is showing visitors around our wonderful school.
Each year we have four House Captains and four Vice House Captains. They lead our named Houses:
St Andrews (Green)
St Mungo (Red)
St John Ogilvie (Yellow)
St Margaret (Blue)
The House Ambassadors are vital in keeping track of the weekly House Points and making sure that the House Points display is kept up to date. They also make sure that all the pupils in the school are aware of House competitions by making posters and speaking to classes individually and at assembly.
Each class in the school has an elected representative who sits on our Pupil Council. The aim of the Pupil Council is to give pupils a voice and to ensure that they are an integral part in the decision making process within the school.
Each Pupil Councillor presents the ideas and suggestions of their classmates at the monthly meeting and these are discussed with a view to improving our school.
Each class has a nominated representative who sits on the school’s Eco-Committee and it is their job to work with the other children in our school to make it a more environmentally friendly place.
They do what they can to organise visitors, workshops and activities to include all classes in what we as a school are trying to achieve.
They also try to get children who are not in the Eco-Committee to suggest things that they would like to see happen in their school. The pupils are encouraged to share their suggestions and these can be discussed at the Eco Council Meetings.
Mini Vinnies is a St Vincent de Paul (SVDP) group for P5-7s where children can put their faith into practice. We meet at lunchtime every Wednesday to talk, to pray and to share ideas about how we can help people in need in our community. Some of the ways we do this:-
· During Advent, we had a winter clothing collection. We were overwhelmed by the response from our school community. The donations were split between users of the SVDP foodbank and the Wayside Club.
· Every Friday a small group of us go down to St Columbkille’s Church Hall to make up the food parcels that SVDP hand out to those in need in our community.
· Our prayer intentions book sits on the school’s altar in the foyer which anyone is free to write in. These prayer intentions are then offered up at our meetings.
· We have a food donation point below the altar where people can donate to the foodbank operated by St Columbkille’s SVDP group.
The aim of Playground Leaders is to introduce and develop leadership skills to our Primary 7 pupils by training them to organise activities for our Primary 1 pupils in the playground.
The scheme helps to build and encourage social skills and promotes play for our younger pupils whilst giving our Primary 7 pupils the opportunity to develop key skills before moving onto high school.
St Columbkilles are delighted to present our very first sports council.
These dedicated pupils all applied for the role of Sports Councillor to South Lanarkshire Active Schools and were invited for an interview to discuss what they would bring to this important pupil leadership role.
In May 2018 they met for the first time with Active School Coordinator Paul Wight to discuss ideas about how they can develop and drive the school forward.