UNICEF Rights Respecting School

 

Kelburn Primary School is working towards the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Level 1 Award.  We are aiming to increase awareness of the Rights from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and how we can respect these.  We want to put the Articles of the convention at the heart of our school ethos and culture.

This page is updated monthly by members of our Rights Respecting Schools Steering Group.

What’s been happening in March – May 2015?

At the moment, all children from Primary 4 -7 are rehearsing for our end of session school project called ‘It’ll be all RIGHTS on the night!’  Each class is focussing on a different Article from the Convention and will be performing songs, dances, sketches and much more related to that Article.  The performances of ‘It’ll be all RIGHTS on the night!’ are on Tuesday 16th June and Wednesday 17th June – tickets are available from the school office.

The Rights Respecting School Steering Group are currently working on a lunchtime charter for the dining hall so that we can be respectful of everyone’s rights at this time.  We are hoping to include our RRS mascot on the the charter too!

The Rights Respecting Schools Steering Group are creating a fun rights quiz for Primary 4 – 7 children to try.

Primaries 2 and 3 had a rights homework challenge where the children took a little teddy bear home for the night and they had to draw a picture of it enjoying a right from the Convention.  This was very popular and successful with the children and little teddy bear enjoyed it too!

Primaries 4 -7 had a rights homework challenge too where they had to draw themselves enjoying a right from the Convention and write about why it was important to them.

The Rights Respecting Schools Steering continue to meet every few weeks and report back on what they are doing to the rest of the school at Tuesday assemblies.

On Friday 27th March, the Rights Respecting Schools Steering Group did a presentation for parents about the RRSA and what they have been doing in Kelburn to raise everyone’s awareness of rights.  The parent found it informative and interesting.

 

What’s been happening in February 2015

On Friday 6th February we had a wear a hat or wig day for UNICEF Day for Change.  We donated 50p each and raised a total of £185 for UNICEF.  This will be used to help children across the world who may not be enjoying their Rights due to being caught in emergencies.

Classes have been enjoying Rights homework activities.

The Rights Respecting Schools Steering Group will give a presentation to parents in March showing what we have done so far in the school.

What’s been happening in January 2015?

What is the UNCRC?

In 1990, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) was ratified so all children would have the same rights around the world.

At the beginning of session 2014/15, Kelburn Primary School started working towards the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award.

Where are we now?

So that we can achieve our award, a Rights Respecting School Steering Committee was formed in October 2014.  This group has members from P3-P7, teaching and non teaching staff, parents and a fire fighter.

We received our Recognition of Commitment certificate from UNICEF which recognises that we are now working towards becoming a Rights Respecting School.

Activities raising awareness of Rights and how we can respect them throughout the school and home:

* The Rights Respecting Schools Steering Group gave a presentation to the whole school explaining the main Articles of the Convention on Outright Day on 20th November 2014.

* Tuesday assemblies have a focus on Rights and how we can respect these.

* The pupils have learned a “We’ve all got Rights” song.

* Every class has created their own Class Charter.  The Class Charters highlight Rights and how children and adults will respect them.

* Posters have been put up around the school and whole school displays have been linked to Articles from the UNCRC.

What’s next?

* We are taking part in UNICEF Day for Change on Friday 6th February.  The children can wear a hat or a wig and give a 50p donation.  The children will take part in classroom activities to raise awareness of how their donation is used by looking at how UNICEF has helped people caught in emergencies, such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

* The Rights Respecting Schools Steering Group will give a presentation at Tuesday assembly about UNICEF ‘Day for Change’.  They will also read the book ‘For Every Child’ to infant classes to raise awareness of Rights.

* Classes will be exploring Rights Respecting School activities through their topic work.

* The Rights Respecting Schools Steering Group will continue to monitor the school every fortnight to ensure Class Charters and Rights are displayed and referred to.

 

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