Children’s Commissioner wowed by Ballysally pupils

PAINTING FUN...Patricia Lewsley (NI Commissioner for Children and Young People) pictured with Susan Tannahill and her son Reece in the nurturing class during her visit to Ballysally Primary School on Thursday. CR13-173PL
PAINTING FUN...Patricia Lewsley (NI Commissioner for Children and Young People) pictured with Susan Tannahill and her son Reece in the nurturing class during her visit to Ballysally Primary School on Thursday. CR13-173PL

BALLYSALLY Primary School welcomed Patricia Lewsley-Mooney, the Commissioner for Children and Young people to the school.

Principal Geoff Dunn took the opportunity to highlight the importance of the school’s Award Winning Nurturing Programme explaining that it seeks to ensure that every child is valued and develops self-confidence and self-esteem in a positive and unique learning environment.

The Children’s Commissioner was particularly interested to learn of the innovative project which is now taking place in the community and is funded by DSD.

Mr Dunn said: “The links forged with other key stakeholders in the area help develop community confidence and seek to demonstrate that we care for people of all ages in our community. The parent and child art sessions which we offer, is typical of our commitment to fostering ever strengthening home-school relationships.“

Ms Lewsley-Mooney was entertained by enthusiastic whole school singing and Line Dancing before taking part in a School Council meeting.

School Council representatives told her of the many ways they had been influencing school life over the last three years and of their plans to develop the rights and responsibilities of the child next year.

In addition, she witnessed the Buddy playground system which helps to foster positive relationships, had fun watching an exploding science experiment with primary 7 pupils, visited the homework club and discussed on-line safety with primary 4 pupils.

Ms Lewsley-Mooney, said: “Visiting Ballysally Primary School has been a great experience and there are a lot of projects in place which to ensure that children and young people’s voices are heard.

“Indeed, one of the most important parts of my work is to meet children and young people and listen to and take on board the issues that they are facing. Visiting Ballysally Primary School was a great opportunity to do this.”