Dunderrow National School is an equal opportunities primary school
Dunderrow National School is an equal opportunities primary school, which strives to provide a well ordered, caring, happy and secure atmosphere where the intellectual, spiritual, physical, moral and cultural needs of the pupils are identified and addressed.
Dunderrow National School is under the patronage of the Diocese of Cork and Ross.
Since all men and women are equal in the eyes of God, then each is entitled to an equal chance of obtaining optimum personal fulfilment. Hence this school strives to cater for the full harmonious development of each child – physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual.
It is our aim to foster and provide a happy and secure environment in which each child is loved and respected as an individual. While recognising and catering for individual differences – each child is encouraged to do his/her best. We strive to ensure his/her confidence and self-esteem are enhanced, his/her personality is enriched and his/her all round growth will be healthy and harmonious.
A Student Council is a representative structure for all the students in the school. It provides students with the opportunity to become involved in the affairs of the school, working in partnership with school management, staff and parents. It should always work for the benefit of the school and its pupils.
At Dunderrow National School, we feel it is very important for children to share their opinions, ideas and suggestions. To assist pupils in this practice, we set up a Students’ Council in June 2022.
The Students’ Council will give pupils a voice. We want our Council to play a central role within the school; with its status elevated to ensure that the voice of the pupil is heard at many levels of decision making.
- As class representatives, the elected School Councillors take class suggestions to full Council meetings on a monthly basis (class councillors, 2 teachers and Principal). These Council Meetings will ensure that the views of the pupils will be taken into consideration on suggestions for school development. They can also bring suggestions for class development to the attention of the class teacher to be discussed and developed within their own particular classroom. We want all our children to feel listened to and empowered.
- The personal impact on pupils is significant – pupils develop confidence in bringing appropriate issues to the school leadership and they feel that they are active members of the school community. Active participation allows them to develop as speakers, listeners, negotiators and decision makers. All of this has a positive impact on their self-esteem and self-confidence, which in turn moulds them to become active members of society and confident of their ability to create change.
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