Primary students are good citizens

Central Primary School's pupils, parents and staff took part in a range of activities to celebrate the school's first Good Citizens Week. Picture by Simon Williams.
Central Primary School's pupils, parents and staff took part in a range of activities to celebrate the school's first Good Citizens Week. Picture by Simon Williams.

Youngsters at a Northumberland primary school have been learning about being good citizens as part of a special week.

Children, parents and staff celebrated ‘Good Citizens Week’ at Central Primary School in Ashington.

Since the merger of Central First School and Hirst Park Middle School in Ashington, staff, children and parents have been establishing the new values for Central Primary School.

Yvette Robertson, inclusion manager at the primary school, said: “To be a good citizen anywhere you have to be a good person. That means showing respect, empathy and tolerance, along with having a good attitude or just helping others.

“Our school will be built on these core principles and it was vital pupils and parents played a key role in setting out the values important to them.

“The launch of our school council, Pupil Voice, also allows students to have a say on school life and share their ideas.

“This was a very important week for staff, pupils and their parents who joined in with activities looking at empathy, tolerance, democracy and British Values, in line with the national curriculum.”

In addition to setting up the school council, pupils were also challenged to come up with ideas on what makes a good citizen and how to embrace the ethos of being a ‘telling’ school.

This saw them designing cards to take action against bullying and creating a peer-to-peer buddy-system for breaks and playtimes to support pupils that might be shy.