In January 2012 we started our journey to become a ‘Rights Respecting School (RRS)’ with a ‘Rights’ day which saw all children across the school learning not only about their rights but also the responsibility they have to ensure they respects the rights of others.
This is linked to the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and since January we have been working really hard to achieve the Level 1 award of Rights Respecting Schools.
The staff have chosen 6 rights which they think are very important for Radipole Primary. We will be focusing on these rights in our assemblies.
- You have a right to a good quality education which should help you to use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people. (articles 28 & 29)
- You have the right to play and rest. (article 31)
- You have the right to choose your own friends and set up your own groups as long as it isn’t harmful to others. (article 15)
- You have the right to be protected from being hurt or mistreated in body or mind. (article 19)
- You have the right to give your opinion and for adults to listen and take it seriously. (article 12)
- All adults should do what is best for you. When they make decisions, they should think about how their decisions will affect children. (article 3)
Rights Respecting School
Every class has nominated a representative to be a Rights Respecting Ambassador to work alongside the Rights Respecting Co-ordinator. This enables every child within the school to feel as though they have a ‘voice’ and will be listened to. Regular meetings are held for the ambassadors during which important decisions are made regarding RRS issues.
19th – 23rd November was ‘Friendship Week’ and the whole school thought about the qualities of a good friend. They also spent time making new friends with children from other year groups and working on a joint activity. They really enjoyed meeting and playing with children from other classes.
Send My Friend Campaign
For the last four years we have taken part in the ‘Send My Friend’ campaign which is designed to encourage world leaders to work towards Education for all children. When we started supporting this campaign, 75 million children were unable to go to school. Now this figure is closer to 69 million. The aim is to see all children in school by 2015.