Rights Respecting Schools Award
We have achieved our Level 1 Rights Respecting Schools Award!
On Tuesday 26th April, Gerry McMurtrie (Senior spoke to a variety of children throughout the visit. The children did extremely well and they should all be proud of their hard work. Thanks to the staff and parents too!
The RRS Ambassadors decided that monies raised from our dress down day on the last day of term will be donated to the Belgian Red Cross to support victims of the Brussels attack and their families
'Day for Change' Update - so far we have raised £80 for the children of Nepal. Please keep sending in your pennies if you can! The final date for sending in pennies will be Wednesday 11th May.
We will be taking part in 'Day for Change' again this year. The RRS Committee led a wonderful Assembly to help us learn about children who are affected by emergency situations around the world. They told us about children who are in danger after an earthquake in Nepal. They asked that children bring in their spare change from home so that we can donate it to the children of Nepal. We are hoping to raise £150. Thank you in advance for your support.
Our RRS Ambassadors led an Assembly to help us learn about the children in Cambodia. We learned that a lot of children are not accessing their right to an education. We prayed the MISSIO prayer for the children and we held a 'Christmas Jumper Day' to raise money to help the children. We raised nearly £100!
On Monday 21st September 2015, our school supported Peace One Day – a day of Global ceasefire and non-violence. The theme of the day was ‘Who will you make peace with?’ Peace One Day is not only about a reduction of violence in areas of conflict, it is also about reducing conflict in our homes, communities and schools.
Peace One Day supports the work of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child by allowing the following rights to be realised -
Children have the right to protection and freedom from war.
Children have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated in body and/or mind.
Throughout the day the children took part in a variety of a activities –
- an Assembly to raise their awareness of the positive impact of peace and that their contributions matter as global citizens
- Peace Postcard and Peace Dove activities
- P5 – P7 children will took part in a ‘One Day, One Dodge’ inter-house dodgeball tournament. COngratulations to Rannoch who were the winners!
- We raised £72.27 through a collection for SCIAF’s Syria Refugee Emergency Appeal
On Friday 6th February, 2015, we took part in UNICEF's Day for Change. We did this to raise money to help to protect children caught in emergencies, such as the recent Philippines typhoon and the Syria conflict. The day helped us to learn about the lives of children around the world - whenever or wherever disaster strikes, UNICEF responds rapidly to deliver life-saving food, medicine and water so children in danger get the help they need.
The Rights Respecting School Committee decided that we would 'change our day' by having pupils dress as teachers and staff dress as pupils. Thomas and Kerry led an Assembly, with Mia and Ryan G, to teach us about Typhoon Haiyan. Then, once the serious bit was over, the teachers were very silly! We had lots of fun and we even got to teach our own lessons!
Have a look at photos from the day in our Gallery!
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child came into being 25 years ago, on 20th November 1989. To mark this event our Rights Respecting Schools Ambassadors took part in an event called OUTRIGHT! This is aimed to help children to talk about their rights. The Ambassadors showed that they are active and responsible citizens by writing a very special letter to Aileen Campbell, the Scottish Government Minister for Children and Young People. It is her job to make sure that the Government upold the Articles listed in the UNCRC. They wrote about what rights are important to them and asked what she thought was the most important right for children - we look forward to hearing her thoughts!
Encouraging the children to talk about their rights outside of the school is important because the more people who understand about children's rights, the fairer and safer the world will be for our children.
On Tuesday 28th October, the P7 members of our RRS Committee went to visit the St John's Academy RRS pupils to have a tour of their school and see the progress that they have made with their Award. They have recently been awarded their Level 1. We got lots of ideas and the children will share these at Assembly shortly.
The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos. A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between teachers / adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils.
We are just embarking upon our Rights Respecting Journey and will work further with the children next term to ensure they understand more about UNICEF’s Rights of the Child. Our Rights Respecting Steering Group has been established. So far the members include Mrs Mendes, Mr McCluskey and pupils from across the school this year (check back here for further information about these pupils after the holidays). We would very much like a parent member to join us on the committee to please let Mrs Mendes know if this is something that you would be interested in.