Primary School Council
Some Reasons for Setting up a School Council
- A school is a community; pupil councils help to make this community harmonious and good to live in
- School councils enable pupils to make a positive contribution to the school environment and ethos
- Every child learns to listen to others and to recognise themselves as a worthwhile individual with a right to be heard
- Children learn self-confidence and social skills
- From a young age, children are challenged to be responsible for their behaviour towards each other and towards their teachers and helpers
- Contributing to their class and school community allows children to grow in self-esteem
- Every child learns from their own experience how to contribute to society as a whole and what it means to be an active citizen
- Make our school a better place
- To listen to and help our classmates
- To make sure no single child feels left out or sad
We had a competition to design a logo for the school council. This is the winning logo, designed by Darrell Pinontoan. He explained the parts of his design:
- The circular design symbolises the unity in diversity that we have at DC
- Red is the chosen colour for 2009/10 School Council
- The waves represent the constant knowledge development at DC
- The colours in the waves represent the five house colours
- The children represent the diversity among us – the people of Doha College!
What We've Done and What We're Doing
On Pink Day we sold watermelon slices and paid 10 Riyals to wear pink clothes. The school council made pink ribbons for all the children to wear. We organized pink day to raise money for breast cancer charities. We had a fun day and raised nearly 5,000 Riyals!
Carley and Audrey
Soft Toy Collection for Hamad Hospital
Children in Primary donated second hand soft toys to some of the disabled children in Hamad Hospital Day Care Centre.
We sent them all to the ICT room and the box was filled to the top with toys. When each class had donated some Mrs Quine took them to Hamad Hospital. The children there were very pleased to have been given them, so ‘thank you’ to all of the children in Primary that donated some!
Zara and Millie
30th Anniversary Committee
This year is the 30th anniversary of Doha College. We have been working really hard on organising special and fun events for all the children to enjoy. We love going to all the meetings and sitting at the big black desk in Mr Leppard’s office! We have helped to organise many events like a non-uniform 80's day when all the children dressed up in 80's clothes and had a ball. They looked amazing! At the Year 5 and 6 pearl party we all dressed up in fancy clothes and had a party in the main hall - it was a blast! We have some more events coming up but that's just a little bit about what we have done this fun and exciting year.
Marisa and Nafe
Helping the FDC
We made banners for the FDC Car Boot Sale and the Spring Fair. They showed the time, date and event. We painted them in different colours. The banners were hung outside of the secondary entrance.
We had so much fun making the banners!!!
Murray and Megan
Car Boot Sale
We had a stall at the FDC Car Boot Sale in January. We raised 1,500 Riyals selling items that we had asked our classmates to donate. There were toys, books and clothes that they didn’t want any more and we sold them. We used to money to buy plants for our classrooms.
Reuben and Shamilah
30th Anniversary Tombola
At the Car Boot Sale we had a Tombola to raise money. We asked the children in our classes to put 30 items in a jar and they were the prizes. If your ticket had a lucky number, divisible by 30, you won a prize! Lots of people came, had lots of fun and enjoyed the day.
Seb and Cai
We made new stickers to remind everyone to turn off everything when they have finished using it.
Every class has to do it! These stickers help remind us to save energy, so whenever you leave anywhere, like your classroom or your house, don’t forget to switch off the lights or anything else.
Don and Eiman
School Governors Meeting
The school Council were invited to a Governors meeting. We went there because the Governors asked us to tell them what projects we have done and what we are still doing.
We wrote a rap song about saving the planet and we made a dance to it. We made the rap especially to show the Governors. We made a power point presentation to show the Governors some photographs of our activities.
Jordan and Eddie
This year at the Spring Fair, the School Council held a book stall. We had lots of books for adults and children, that had been donated by our classmates. We made 1,500 Riyals which we have put towards our fund for making our school more green.
Some of the things we did last year :
The School Council helped the PPA with the Spring Fayre. We had great fun painting a giant sign to advertise the fayre, which we hung on the wall outside the school!
All the children in the Primary School were given a jar to fill with prizes. We collected all the jars and at the fayre people paid 10 riyals to choose a card and won the jar which was on the matching card. We raised a lot of money! The total amount raised at the fayre was over 50,000 riyals.
We also helped the Secondary School Council with 'Guess the expiry date of the Giant Toblerone'! The toblerone was kindly donated by a parent, Mr Burton. We shared the proceeds between the two Student Councils – Secondary will use their share for new library books and Primary will be putting it towards their next initiative, which is 'Making the Primary School more green'!
The School Council have been following up a suggestion from the students that they would like to have one backpack in which to carry all their belongings to and from school.
It would also make the cubby holes in the corridor look tidier! We got Zaks to provide a sample backpack and we tested it to make sure that book bags, snack boxes, PE kits and other items would all fit in. We surveyed the parents to see how many would be interested in buying a backpack and we had almost 100 replies. We have now placed an order with Zaks and they should be in the shop by August!
Qatar 2022 Bid
We represented the Primary School at the unveiling of a world cup banner, on the front wall of the college, showing our support for the Qatar 2022 World Cup hosts bid.