Camphill Primary School pupils complete 'Our Community' programme

DURING February and March 2010, Mrs McLarnon and Mrs Gleghorn's Primary 4 classes at Camphill Primary School participated in a four-week course in conjunction with Ballymena Borough Council's Good Relations Unit and the Young Enterprise Programme.

Over the four week period pupils were taught, through a series of interactive workshops and games, how to: understand what a community is; understand what types of shops, people and activities are within a community; recognise their own community of Ballykeel and the larger community of Ballymena; recognise shops & services which are essential for the good of a community as well as understand the needs and wants of communities.

In addition, pupils were taught to understand the role of Government, the importance of paying taxes and realise what may happen to a community if taxes are not paid and if government did not exist.

Other skills utilised within the programme included working as a team in order to solve a problem; understand how voting works and recognise the importance voting has as a means to solve problems; how to present sound arguments that take into consideration the thoughts and feelings of others, and finally, to work as part of a team to build a community.

The session completed on Monday, March 15 with the Mayor of Ballymena Cllr James K F Currie, MBE congratulating the participating pupils and presenting individual certificates to mark their achievement.