Fairview Primary School

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School Council

We have a very active School Council in Fairview Primary School.  Each class from P4 to P7 has a School Council representative, as well as a Class Council Chair and Vice Chair.  We use this system to make sure all pupils in our school have a voice.  School Council members visit P1 to P3 classrooms to report on what has been discussed and gather ideas from our junior classes.

School Council meetings happen once a month, with a class council meeting in between each School Council meeting.  Have a look at the School Council notice board in the entrance hall to catch up on all the meeting minutes. 


Three members of our School Council stood for the role of School Council Chairperson.  All three produced exceptional presentations which they delivered in front of our three school assemblies.  Following a whole school vote, Sophie Corr was elected as Chairperson and Zach Smith was elected as Deputy Chair.  Well done to all three candidates and in particular to our two new post holders. 

View our COUNCIL CHRONICLE for Term 1


The new school council elections have taken place and the following pupils have been elected for the following year 2017 / 2018:

Caleb Robinson P4C
Luke Kennedy P4E
Seth Scarlett P4A

Courtney Higgins Simpson P5B
Christopher McKelvey P5J
James Truesdale P5P

Zara Craig P6McA
Zach Smith P6McA
Zak Lannie P6McC
Daniel Wilson P6H

Sophie Corr P7N
Lois Simpson P7B
Euan Todd P7K




My name is Sophie, I am 11 years old and am the School Council Representative for P7, Mrs Norris' class. I am a fun-loving, pro-active and outgoing person. I enjoy hockey, dancing and I am a member of the school senior choir.  I love music and play the drums. I am confident and can speak out loud. I am imaginative and can think on my feet. I am good with iPads and laptops. I hope people will vote for me for chairperson.


Sophie - P7N

I am Lois from P7 Mrs Burch.
I would describe myself as sporty.  One of my attributes is that I can negotiate with other people to get the best option, something I think will be useful on School Council.
I am experienced at School Council because I was elected when I was in P5.
It is a pleasure to be back on School Council.
Lois - P7B

My name is Euan. I'm in P7 Mr. Kennedy's class.  My qualities are my fast thinking brain, I have good ideas and I'm good with technology.  And I've been in School Council for 3 years in a row.


Euan - P7K

My name is Daniel.  I am kind, fun and friendly.  I was very nervous joining the School Council but I have now gotten over my fear and shyness.


Daniel - P6H

Hi my name is Zak.  I am 9 years old, I am in P6 Mrs McCullough.  I am really looking forward to being on the School Council, I am a good communicator and will keep my class well informed of what's happening. I like sports but football is my favourite. I support Manchester United. I play football for Greenisland FC and play in the South Belfast league, I also have been selected for Club NI as part of their development squad. I like going to America on holiday with my family, especially Florida and Las Vegas


Zak - P6McC

Deputy Chairperson


My name is Zach from P6 Mr McAllister's class and I think I will bring a few great qualities to School Council this year.  The qualities are:

  • I have a fast working mind with lots of ideas waiting to be said
  • I can be serious every time I need to be
  • If I'm set a piece of work I can go on to it straight away
  • I have a wonderful imagination and a brilliant sense of humour!


Zach - P6McA

My name is Zara.  I am 9 years old and I enjoy reading fiction and Japanese comics.  I like drawing Manga figures.  This year I am in Senior Choir in school.  I love dogs and have a cavachon called Polly.  I support Manchester City FC.  I want to raise awareness of disabilities while I am on School Council.


Zara - P6McA

I am Christopher from P5.  I'm helpful for the School Council because I'm smart, quick thinking, responsible, good with technology and have some good ideas.  My interests are cars, Formula 1, Apple, McDonalds, friends and family.  My ideas are to have no homework in the summer month of June and 1 non uniform day every 3 months to raise money for our charities.


Christopher - P5J

My name is James, I am 9 years old, live locally in Ballyclare and have attended Fairview since Primary 1. My hobbies and interests include climbing, singing, dancing, playing video games especially minecraft and spending time with my family. I have a pet leopard gecko called Gaston and two dogs called Missy and Flash. I attend Ballynure Presbyterian BB on Monday nights and have this year progressed from the Anchor Boys into the Junior Section. My highlight this year has to be when I went spear fishing in Australia and caught a fish called a leather jacket with my uncle Perry.


James - P5P

My name is Courtney, I am 9 years old.  I am in P5 and love my new teacher Miss Bolton.  I am good at reading and writing, my favourite subject is art and I quite like story writing. My favourite books are The Puppy Plan and the BFG. I love animals, my favourite animal is a dog. My hobbies are gymnastics, I go every Wednesday, I also do dance which I do on Saturdays. I can't wait to be on School Council because I am very creative and have great ideas, I hope I have a great year.


Courtney - P5B

My name is Caleb, I am smart. I will have great ideas and I hope to bring great things to the school.


Caleb - P4C

My name is Seth.  I am 7 years old.  I am in P.4 and Miss Earls is my teacher.  My favourite thing to do in school is P.E.  I have one big sister called Evie and two big brothers called Zachary and Jacob.  I really enjoy playing rugby and love playing the guitar.  I am very happy to be on the School Council and hope to introduce some good ideas.


Seth - P4E

Hello my name is Luke and I am 7. I love rugby and I play on Fridays and Saturdays with Ballyclare Rugby Club. I have a cat called Poppy. I have one sister and no brothers. I am looking forward to being on School Council because I have lots of ideas to help make our school a better place.


Luke - P4A


Macmillan Coffee Morning

Our school is proud of all the hard work we do for charity and one of the main events we arrange is the Macmillan Coffee Morning in the month of September. This year, P6 and P7 members sold raffle tickets and assisted with the draw to announce the lucky winners for the different cakes and buns.  We also sold quizzes to win a delicious cake baked by Miss Earls and raised £71. 

We played our part in raising £600 for this great charity.

By Zach Smith


Open Day

We were delighted to be involved in Open Day this year as we welcomed the prospective parents and their nursery children into school.  The three P7 School Council members also formed part of the tour, guiding parents round school and chatting with parents and their children about life in Fairview.

By Lois Simpson


Shloer and Shortbread

As is traditional now, School Council welcomed all the grandparents into school for the special Friday morning infant concert.  The grandparents were all very nice and complimented us on the welcome they received and our manners.  At the end of the concert, we served Shloer and shortbread and had a chat.  We even got to finish off the Shloer and shortbread when the grandparents left!

By James Truesdale


Nursery Buddies

For the first time this year, each Primary 6 class has buddied up with a class from Ballyclare Nursery to take part in Forest School activities.  We went across to the Nursery School to collect our buddies and had a great time doing our Autumn treasure hunt around the Environmental Garden and front of school.  It was lovely to see our buddies again when they came across to see our Infant Concert in school.  We hope to have more Forest School activities with our buddies in the new year

By Daniel Wilson


P6 Buddies

Following on from School Council discussions at the end of last year, we decided to introduce playground buddies for infant lunch from September.  Normally, it is just P7 pupils who take on this role after Christmas.  Feedback from our P4 School Council members, and also from pupils in P2 and P3 when we go to chat to them, indicated how much they enjoyed having older pupils to help them with games at lunch time.  Our P6 pupils were given the opportunity to be lunchtime buddies and have done a great job!  P7 pupils will take over after Christmas as normal.

By Zach Smith


Developing class council

Part of being on School Council is ensuring all our pupils get the chance to have their voice heard.  This year, we are trying to develop Class Council with specific discussion points coming from each School Council meeting.  My class have recorded a Class Council meeting to help other classes see how it is done.  We hope to develop this further in the second half of the year.

By Sophie Corr


Visiting buddy class to share information

P4 to P7 are all represented on School Council.  Part of our role is to visit infant classes to tell them about the things we are discussing that affect them.  I have been to see Mrs Burns to tell her class about School Council and to get their ideas and feedback.  Everyone on School Council is paired up and has an infant class to visit.  I have enjoyed this part of my role.

By Seth Scarlett


Fairview leaflet for Open Day

We spent a lot of time in the first few meetings talking about what makes Fairview unique and what is good about Fairview.  We spoke to pupils throughout the school, some parents and got feedback from Class Council.  We used all this information to produce a leaflet for parents to take away on Open Day, telling them about our school and why they should choose to send their children here!  

By Sophie Corr


Analysing the pupil questionnaire

At the end of last year, pupils completed a questionnaire about life in Fairview.  We have been analysing the results at School Council, trying to understand some of the responses.  This will be a big part of Class Council work in 2019.

By Euan Todd


Pupil School Development Plan

Every year, teachers produce Action Plans which contain targets for the school to work on that year.  At School Council, we have looked at these Action Plans and tried to write them again in pupil friendly language.  This Pupil School Development Plan will be shared with all pupils in school through Class Council and displayed in the entrance hall.  Thank you to Mr McAllister and Mrs Matthews for helping us with this and explaining the targets set in the Action Plans.  We found it really interesting that some of the targets are based on pupil feedback through questionnaires we completed last year. 

By Lois Simpson


Invite for Cook to talk about healthy break and school dinners

We hope to meet with the cook in the new year to talk about dinner menus and extending the range of healthy break snacks.  Class Council have already talked about this and ideas have been brought to School Council.  We are looking forward to having some input into school dinners and working with the cook to develop menus and get more people taking school dinners.

By Sophie Corr


Busking at the Christmas Fair

We discussed ways we could improve the Christmas Fair.  One of our ideas was to introduce a busking stage, where pupils get to show case their singing and musical talents.  This proved to be very popular, with all the slots booked within a couple of days.  The evening was a real success.  I played my guitar.  All the acts were well received by the crowds in the food hall.  It really added atmosphere to the evening and will definitely be back next year.

Discuss ways to improve lunch time

Last year's School Council sought feedback from pupils about lunchtime and playground ˜Golden Rules".  The idea of these rules is to make lunchtime more fun for everyone.  This year, we have talked about ways to give pupils more time to play at lunchtime.  We will keep working on this after Christmas and all ideas will be sent back to Class Council for discussion before a final decision is made.

By Zac Lannie


Updating the website

We have updated our website with information and pictures about what School Council has been up to this term.  You will see our pictures and a short paragraph about us as well!  Thank you for visiting the school website to find out about our work.

By Christopher McKelvey and Daniel Wilson