Cardiff schools are to attend an exciting School Council Fun Day to promote the importance of School Councils for children to get their voices heard and to share some of the brilliant things the individual councils have achieved.

 On the 18th February 2011 over 100 children from a diverse range of School Councils from around Cardiff are coming together in the Urdd Centre, Wales Millennium Centre to celebrate the importance of School Councils. The day is being organised by Barnardo’s Cymru in partnership with the Cardiff Children and Young People’s Partnership.

 Along with fun activities such as a graffiti wall and junk modelling, rights-based workshops and consultations it is hoped the event will encourage and inspire the attendees to create a Grand School Council for Cardiff’s Children. This is considered an important step in ensuring that children’s voices are heard and involved in decision making at a strategic level within Cardiff. As Tierney from Tongwynlais Primary School explains:

 “If lots of children in School Councils come up with good ideas….it makes sense to put them all together and then we can make great ideas!”

 Attending the event will be the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Keith Towler as well as CBBC’s Sid Sloane. There will also be an opportunity for the Link Teaches that are attending to take part in a Effective School Council Workshop and share their views on School Councils and how best they believe a Grand School Council would function.

 Event organisers have also set up a competition to design a logo and name for the Grand School Council. Lots of brilliant entries have been received and the winner will be announced on the day.  

 For further information please contact

Hannah Bussicott – Participation Development Officer for Younger Children

hannah.bussicott@barnardos.org.uk

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