Maisondieu Primary School pupils took part in a vote called “A Right Blether’ last November (writes the Maisondieu pupil press team).
Over 74,000 children and young people across Scotland took part in the vote to choose top issues they would like policy makers to take action on.
The priorities for action were centred round children’s rights in the home, school, community, and in Scotland.
The ‘Right Blether’ was organised by Tam Baillie, Scotland’s commissioner for children and young people (SCCYP).
One of Tam’s jobs is to ensure that the people who make important decisions in Scotland listen to what young people have to say. Almost a year after the ‘Right Blether’ vote, Tam Baillie visited Maisondieu Primary School last Wednesday.
In preparation for Tam’s visit, primary 4-7 pupils met in their house groups to focus on the priorities from the vote carried out last year.
The four priorities were: help us be safe and secure in our home, help us have the same chances no matter how much money our families have, help us feel safe and respected and help everyone to include each other, no matter how different we all are.
The overall slogan for the morning was “Get it Right 4 Us” (GIR4US). Each house focused on a priority and completed a PMI grid which identified positives, negatives and solutions to everyday problems for children and young people in Brechin. Slogans were created to represent the discussions held in each of the houses, one of which was “safe and sound all around.”
The four house groups prepared questions to ask Tam.
On the morning of the October 26, primary 4-7 pupils met with Tam and were given the opportunity to share their slogans and pose their questions.
One question, asked by Zoe Watson primary seven, was “can you help to set up voluntary groups for children and young people in our community so that we can contribute more to our community, e.g. helping the elderly, having more say in decisions that are made?”
Tam provided helpful advice and guidance to the pupils and staff at Maisondieu.
Rachel Johnston, primary 4, asked Tam how he would keep in touch with the school to let them know what he had done about the pupils’ suggestions and concerns.
Tam expressed his keenness to keep in touch with the school and reminded the pupils about the SCCYP website.
Sarah Scorgie, primary seven, presented Tam with a booklet entitled “What matters to the children of Maisondieu Primary School in school, their homes, Brechin and in Scotland”. The booklet showcased the pupils’ PMI grids, slogans and questions.
Head teacher, Mrs Tough, stated: “We were delighted that Tam chose to come to Maisondieu to discuss the work we had undertaken before his visit.
“We look forward to keeping in touch with him and hope that he is able to take some of our ideas forward to improve the lives of children and young people in Brechin.”
Many of the children said they had enjoyed Tam’s visit and hoped he would work on their suggestions and keep in touch.