Positive Discipline: Rewarding Excellence!

The end of any school term is always busy however this week has been a particularly busy and enjoyable one. This week pupils have been cashing in their credits to receive rewards for their hard work, positive behaviour and involvement in school activities throughout the year and it has been great to see all the smiling faces!

On Monday alone, 185 pupils were rewarded through trips to Tayto Park and Carrickfergus Omniplex, beanbag cinemas in school and the extremely popular ice cream van that was arranged for lunch time! And on Wednesday, our Yr12 pupils enjoyed one last get-together at Carnfunnock Country Park with their Form Teachers and Year Leader.

All these end of year events are in addition to the Flipping Crepes vouchers, free drinks, snacks and lunches and memory pens that pupils have been able to ‘buy’ with their credits throughout the year, not to mention the postcards and phone calls home to recognise their efforts and achievements. We would like to congratulate all our pupils who have worked so hard throughout the year and demonstrated exceptional standards of work, behaviour, presentation and above all, our integrated values through their words and actions.

Our first year of Positive Discipline has been challenging but extremely successful and we look forward to its development and progress next year. Already pupils have been talking about what they will save or spend their credits on!

As always, we appreciate the support of parents/guardians particularly in this first year of Positive Discipline. Your feedback and comments are very much part of our review of the system and will continue to inform its development in the coming months and years as we embed it in Ulidia.

We would also like to thank all the local businesses and organisations that have supported us in providing rewards to pupils:

Flipping Crepes, Carrickfergus for their incredibly generous vouchers each month

The Beanbag Cinema, Belfast for the loan of their amazing beanbags for our beanbag cinema

Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory, Belfast, for the loan of their popcorn machine that made the beanbag cinema even more special

Fergus Butchers, EuroSpar, Carrickfergus, for providing the delicious food for our Yr12 BBQ

We hope that everyone has a restful summer and takes a well-deserved break before tackling a new academic year in September!