POBAL: Our School-Our Spirit
‘Pobal’ is the Irish word for ‘community’, but in Scoil Phadraig it means much more than that.
Pobal is a social awareness programme unique to our school. It is built around our ‘Pobal Pupil Charter’. This is a charter of Rights and Responsibilities designed collaboratively by the pupils outlining what they have decided to be the Rights and the Responsibilities of the children in our school community.
We hold ‘Pobal’ assemblies where we highlight in an interactive way aspects of school life that are important, such as showing respect, being inclusive and taking individual responsibility for creating a happy and caring school environment for the benefit of everyone.
To date we have also held whole school ‘Pobal’ initiatives such as ‘Friendship Week’, ‘Bucket Week’, ‘ Pobal Awards Incentives’, ‘Anti-Bullying Week’, learning ‘Pobal’ related theme songs, poetry, poster and rap competitions, all based around the positive social messages we wish to embed in our school.
‘Pobal’ is fluid, constantly growing and changing, under the direction of our ‘Pobal’ committee, made up of both pupils and teachers.
Pobal - Scoil Phádraig Charter of Pupils’ Rights
Our Pobal Poem
Be Kind, If You Don’t Mind!
By Ariadna Gomez-Kelly
Can I ask you if you don’t mind?
Could you take a moment to be kind?
Try to go and play fair,
To show others that you care.
Try to include others,
Everyone, sisters and brothers.
Don’t interfere with all ball games-
Please be nice and don’t call names.
Respect the boundaries, here and there,
Because invading other classes isn’t fair.
Line up nicely, it isn’t hard, okay?
Now all that’s left to do is go and play.
The Pobal Rap
Pobal is a word
It means community
We're all in this together
So how's it gonna be?
Caring is the thing
You find it in yourself
If you go into a shop
You won't find it on a shelf
Scoil Phádraig is our place
We come here everyday
Now let's work together
And rap the Pobal Way
Don’t interfere in others’ games
Please be nice
And don’t call names!