Our Lady of Lourdes’
We are the School Parliament which are led by our democratically elected primeminister and other members of parliament. Other cabinet roles include a chancellor and a minister for education.
Each class from Year 1- 2 elected two members at the beginning of the year to be their Parliament representatives who attend Parliament meetings in St. Anne’s room. At these meetings we raise issues that are important to us before going back to ask the opinions of our class mates. We then take these opinions back to our Parliament meetings where they are discussed before final decisions are made.
Another important role played by our Parliament is when we help to interview new staff members. Our views are listened to by our Headteacher, Mrs. Bickerstaff, and we get to write our own questions to ask each candidate. Mr. Doherty will confirm that we take this role very seriously and ask precise questions just as we did when he applied for the job as Deputy Head!
Our Parliament is an active group and we take tremendous pride in representing our peers and making a real difference to life in our wonderful school.
The parliament changes every year. You can apply to be part of 2017's parliament in September. You will be given an application and then a class vote will take place. Each vote is private an confidential.
Bike It Crew!
We encourage and promote children and adults to cycle! Over the last two years we worked very hard to reduce the number of people taking the car to school and increase the number of people riding their bikes. There are now more Our Lady of Lourdes pupils than ever riding their bike to and from school. We also managed to get a grant for 7 new bikes which were used as part of an after school bike club. The next goal is to win a grant for a new bike shed in the Key Stage 1 playground as we are struggling to find space to store all of our bikes...
For the past two years we have taken part in ‘The Big Pedal’ where, for two weeks, every child and adult at school is encouraged to cycle as part of a nationwide competition. Throughout these two weeks we run a golden lock competition where we place a golden lock on a bike randomly and the owner receives a prize when they approach us to unlock the bike. This has been so successful that we don't make the golden lock competition just once a year, but now once a week!
We have a two leaders, our Bike It Champion attached to our school, Mr. Doherty, and our Sanstran Leader, Alison Litherland, who helps us organise wonderful events to promote cycling.
To apply to be part of the Bike It Crew 2017, collect an application from one of our current Bike It Crew members. You can only apply if you are in Year 5.
We began the Peer Mediation service at Our Lady of Lourdes last year., 2016. The aim is to get “Peers” to resolve conflict within the school playground using mediation.
How do I apply to become a peer mediator?
You can apply to become a peer mediator in the Summer term once you reach Year 5. There is then a selection process:
- Complete an application form to apply for the post.
- Mrs O'Neill (Year 6 Teaching Assistant) reviews the application forms with the Senior Leadership Team and select 10 peer mediators.
- The children then take part in a series of training sessions delivered by ‘Behaviour Matters’. This training teaches the newly appointed mediators the correct strategies to resolve conflicts.
- During the second half of the summer term, the new peer mediators shadow the current Year 6 mediators in the playground to gain invaluable hands on experience.
- At the start of the new academic year, once the children are in Year 6, the new peer mediators are then introduced to the school during an assembly.
What does the job involve?
Children in the playground, at times, feel they would rather ask a peer mediator to help them resolve their issues in the playground. The mediation process involves two peer mediators sitting in a quiet area with the children involved and finding a resolution. If the mediators feel they are not equipped to deal with the conflict then it is referred to a member of staff. However, our mediators often find that they are able to resolve the situations themselves. Please note that, in the unlikely event, if physical altercations are always dealt with by a member of staff.
Mediators are required to keep a record of any conflict resolution that occurs in the playground. There is a book where entries should be logged at the end of every lunch time.
What support is given to a peer mediator?
Due to the nature of this job and the fact that it can sometimes be demanding, support is always on hand. Weekly meetings are held to discuss which strategies are successful when resolving conflicts and any areas with which they require some support.
Our mediators say their important role has been extremely beneficial to the children in the playground as well as themselves. The children’s confidence has improved and we think they all do a fantastic job!
‘Mini Vinnies’ is the name for a St Vincent de Paul Group for primary aged children. The focus in our school is to help others in need within our school community. At the beginning of the academic term, pupils from Y3-6 were able to fill out a nomination form to apply to become a Mini Vinnie. We had an overwhelming response and it was a difficult decision. Two pupils from each junior class were then selected to become Mini Vinnies. The elected members received their badges and a prayer card during a celebration assembly and explained what their roles would be to the rest of the school. Mini Vinnies meet frequently to share and plan ideas for how together they can help those in need in our local community. They enjoy their roles and are proud to be following in the footsteps of Christ, showing their compassion to serve others. Each pupil recognises the importance of their role and is dedicated to taking their first steps to becoming possible 'Vincentians for life.'
If you are a Year Two pupil, watch this space for a chance to apply to join the Mini Vinnie team in September.