Pupils unite in the pursuit 
of happiness

'Happy School' day event at The Langdale Centre at Howdon.'REF 1510145478
'Happy School' day event at The Langdale Centre at Howdon.'REF 1510145478

Happiness was the theme of the day for a group of local students.

Pupils from 15 borough primary schools came together last Wednesday to examine what makes a ‘happy school’.

School council members took part in the event to mark European Local Democracy Week – October 13 to 19.

Around 120 pupils attended to reflect on the theme of ‘happiness’ and the role that school councils play in creating a happy school for learning.

The event took place at The Langdale Centre, Wallsend, with North Tyneside Council chairman Tommy Mulvenna among the attendees.

He said: “This event is a great way of helping our younger children to understand how democracy works and how school councils play a part in shaping and influencing decisions within their school environment.”

The discussions were led by Percy Main Primary School’s school council, who prepared a presentation for their fellow pupils about the work they do to make their school a happy place to learn.

Activities included the creation of a ‘bucket of happiness’ – where pupils suggested and shared what makes them happy, with their peers.

Other interactive events on the day included parachute games and the preparation of displays which pupils shared with each other. Pupils took their learning from the day back to their schools to develop it with their peers.