... as Trades House rewards community engagement in Glasgow
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
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
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
"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
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.
(from left) Mercedes McBride, Sinead McCallion,
Nathan Ward, Tamera McOmish and Morgan
The team of presenters pictured with Idris and head