St John Paul II Primary Is Tops At Citizenship

... as Trades House rewards community engagement in Glasgow schools   

GEO_0405 CopyProudly holding the winning Citizenship plaque with delighted school pupils looking on are the team of presenters
(from left): Tamera McOmish, Mercedes McBride, Nathan Ward, Sinead McCallion and Morgan Patterson,
head teacher Jim McShane, Bishop Idris Jones and Late Collector Ruth Maltman

St John Paul II Primary School in Castlemilk, Glasgow, has been awarded the Trades House of Glasgow Citizenship Award 2015 in recognition of the great work it has achieved by engaging its pupils in school, local and wider community projects. 

Now in its 16th  year, the award encourages and rewards good citizenship in pre-5, primary, secondary and special needs schools across the city. It is supported by Glasgow City Council Education Department. 

"The pupils and staff are delighted to receive the Trades House Award," said Jim McShane, head teacher of St John Paul II Primary School. "It is a great honour for the whole school and it recognises the good work the pupils have been focusing on not only within their own local community but also nationally and internationally. Their presentation allowed them to highlight their many projects and how effective their contributions have been in helping others. 

"The award is now a significant addition to our school's annual calendar and will play an important part in our educational programme throughout the coming years."

One of the initiatives the pupils talked about in their presentation was the John Paul II Foodbank, which primary 5 pupils organised to help people who were going hungry as they were unable to afford food. The children went around the school each day to collect food from other classes, ending up with a minibus full for delivery to the Glasgow City Mission.

Commenting on the award, Deacon Convener of the Trades of Glasgow, Bishop Idris Jones, said:  "We believe citizenship is fundamental in preparing young people well for the future. It helps them understand the need for values and respect for others, as well as enabling them to connect with the realities of everyday life. Our School Citizenship Award directly encourages and develops this important element of the school curriculum. 

"In terms of judging, we look carefully at the contributions each school makes to the life of its local community. We chose the winner after hearing presentations from pupils representing each of the nine finalists we had this year. While St John Paul II Primary School demonstrated citizenship at its very best, I would like to congratulate all our finalists for their great work.

The St John Paul II Primary School pupils who presented to the judges included Tamera McOmish, Mercedes McBride, Nathan Ward, Sinead McCallion and Morgan Patterson. They beat stiff competition from eight other finalists Shawlands Academy, Carmyle Primary, Lourdes Secondary School, Hyndland Secondary School, John Paul Academy, St Benedict's Primary, St Clare's Primary, St Roch's Primary and Hearing Impaired School.

The judging panel included senior members of the Trades House and Glasgow City Council Education Department. As well as the special Citizenship plaque awarded to the winning school, the judges also make commendations. 

Idris visited St John Paul II Primary School along with Trades House of Glasgow Late Collector Ruth Maltman, to officially present the Citizenship plaque and meet pupils, the head teacher and staff.

"We were left in no doubt that the plaque had been awarded to the right school," said Idris. 


Citizenship2015_GEO_0410Proud pupils
(from left) Mercedes McBride, Sinead McCallion,
athan Ward, Tamera McOmish and Morgan Patterson

The team of presenters pictured with Idris and head teacher Jim McShane