St Paul’s Junior High School are undergoing assessment next week for the prestigious Investors in Pupils Award.
If successful the school will be the first secondary school in Ireland to achieve the award.
The scheme was introduced by the Pastoral Team as a natural progression following the school’s loss of ‘Extended School’ status.
Similar to the rationale of the Extended School Programme, the motto of Investors in Pupils sends a strong message - ‘Because Every Child Matters’.
The scheme aims to promote attainment and achievement in attendance, learning and behaviour. Pupils monitor, evaluate and review the data and their progress in these areas through setting monthly group and individual SMART targets. Pupils are also encouraged to look at classroom/school management issues through discussing staff training days, finding out more about the roles of staff within the school in supporting their well-being and education and learning more about the school’s budget and financial expenditure.
At the heart of this award is the increase in pupil voice and participation. The Student Council is integral to this. It is led by the school’s Head and Deputy Head Boys - Sean Keenan and Mark Mulholland respectively. As a result of the work of the Student Council, pupils’ requests for an increase in school trips, a review of the merit system and a budget for the Student Council have all been granted. School trips to Barcelona and Paris also took place this year.
The school has also increased the work undertaken with external support agencies. As such the Education Welfare Officer and Behaviour Support Team advisor have a visible and pro-active presence within the school.
Three form classes have also completed a Circle Time programme, a group activity used to further individual’s understanding of themselves and one another.
The Pastoral Team extended sincere thanks to staff, pupils and the wider school community for their support and conscientious.