Rights Respecting Schools

We are a GOLD Rights Respecting School!

20th July – It has been a very unusual end to this year and as we begin the six weeks holiday, all of the staff at Rosa Street would like to say thank you for the support we have received off our parents and carers. We would like to say thank you and well done for all of the amazing home learning activities we have received since school was closed to most of our pupils.

The rights to keep in mind while we are away from school are:

Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

Article 24: Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food, and a clean environment and education on health and well-being so that children can stay healthy.

We hope that you will all get time to rest and recharge before we welcome you back in September! #StaySafe

13th July – This week each class has an activity that looks at Article 23: A child with a disability has the right to live a full and decent life with dignity and, as far as possible, independence and to play an active part in the community. Governments must do all they can to support disabled children and their families. Our children have completed a variety of tasks looking at different disabilities and how a disability does not mean a person can not achieve great things. In particular, a few classes have looked at the Paralympics and another looked at learning some sign language.

6th July – This week each class has an activity that looks at Article 17: Every child has the right to reliable information from a variety of sources, and governments should encourage the media to provide information that children can understand. Governments must help protect children from materials that could harm them. It is important that children get reliable information and that they are aware that not all sources of information are reliable. One of the main things classes looked at for this right was where can we get reliable information from? The news, schools, the internet and newspapers are just some of the places we get information.

29th June – This week each class has an activity that looks at Article 30: Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family, whether or not these are shared by the majority of the people in the country where they live. As the world becomes ever more connected, it is important that our children are able to respect the different cultures and beliefs that they will encounter. Lots of our children enjoyed learning about something new from another culture such as a traditional dance or meal.

22th June – This week each class has an activity that looks at Article 2: The Convention applies to every child without discrimination, whatever their ethnicity, sex, religion, language, abilities or any other status, whatever they think or say, whatever their family background. Our children have completed a variety of tasks looking at developing their understanding of how all children and adults should be treated fairly and without discrimination. Some classes have also looked at why it is good to be themselves!

15th June – This week each class has an activity that looks at Article 42: Governments must actively work to make sure children and adults know about the Convention. The children have completed some fantastic work and looked at why it is important that they are taught about the rights they have. They have also looked at why it is important for adults to know about the rights of a child.

OFSTED (1.10.2019) – ‘Pupils learn lots about how to be peaceful citizens. They learn to respect differences of all kinds. The UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award has been well-earned.’

Article 1: Everyone under the age of 18 has all the rights in the Convention.

Article 2: The Convention applies to everyone: whatever their race, religion or abilities, whatever they think or say, whatever type of family they come from.

Article 3: The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all things that affect children.

 

What is a Rights Respecting School?

The term ‘Rights Respecting School’ is given to schools that put the work of UNICEF at the heart of their educational policies and practices. Every child has rights and along with those rights come responsibilities. The adults and children in our school model these rights and respect them in all relationships. We aim to make children aware of their rights and to be respectful of the rights of adults and other children.

What is UNICEF?

The Rights Respecting School award is given to schools on behalf of UNICEF.

UNICEF – the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential.

What are the rights of a child?

Below are links to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child:

UNCRC A Summary of Children’s Rights

UNCRC Child Friendly Rights of a Child

Why do we want to be a Rights Respecting School?

The ‘Rights Respecting School’ award (RRSA) helps our pupils to grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and within the wider community. By learning about their rights, our pupils also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others.

If any parents, grandparents or carers would like to continue to support us in embedding children’s rights within our school community, please speak to Mrs Grant or the school office to find out how you can become involved.

If you would like to find out more about the work of UNICEF or the Rights Respecting School Award, please follow the link below: http://www.unicef.org.uk/

Our Right of the Fortnight!

8th June – This week each class has an activity that looks at Article 19: Governments must do all they can to ensure that children are protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and bad treatment by their parents or anyone else who looks after them. Our children have completed a variety of tasks looking at how they are kept safe and building their understanding of how all children should be treated.

1st June – This week each class has an activity that looks at Article 14: Every child has the right to think and believe what they choose and also to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Governments must respect the rights and responsibilities of parents to guide their child as they grow up.

25th May – As we head into our last half term of this academic year our right of the fortnight is Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities. We hope that all of our families have the chance to enjoy the lovely weather that is forecast for next week! #StaySafe

18th May – This week each class has an activity that looks at Article 7: Every child has the right to be registered at birth, to have a name and nationality, and, as far as possible, to know and be cared for by their parents. The children have completed some fantastic work centred around their own name and identity.

11th May – This week each class has an activity that looks at Article 24: Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food, and a clean environment and education on health and well-being so that children can stay healthy. This is a very important right to look at in these difficult times. We have received lots of your amazing work and here are some examples: #StaySafe

4th May – We might be at home but that doesn’t mean we have to stop learning about our rights! Thanks to the wonderful people at UNICEF we are adding an RRSA task to our weekly home learning packs. Each week UNICEF are releasing a selection of activities that look at a specific article from the children’s convention of rights! This week we will be looking at Article 12: Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously. Here are some examples of the fantastic work we have received from our children:

20th April – We hope that you have all had a lovely Easter break! We are continuing to adapt and improve our home learning materials to help support all of our children and will keep you informed via our school app and social media accounts. As our staff and children adapt to home learning, our right of the fortnight will be Article 28: Every child has the right to an education.  Here are some amazing examples of the home learning taking place:

3rd April – It has been a strange two weeks, but both our staff and children have risen to the challenge of working from home. In these difficult times, it is important to remember to look for the positives and as we look to forward to the next two weeks, which would normally have been the Easter holidays, we want to remember Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities. Our activities might be slightly different to a normal Easter, but we can still enjoy them and relax at home. We would also like to send a huge thank you to the staff who will be going into school over the next two weeks to care for our key worker children. #StaySafe

20th March – Our right of the fortnight is Article 24: Every child has the right to the best possible health. The Government announced on Wednesday that schools will be closing today until further notice. We will be open for children who have an Education, Health and Care Plan, a Social Worker, or pupils with parents who are children of key frontline staff. We will endeavour to keep you fully informed of our upcoming events through the newsletter, our new website: www.rosastreetprimary.org.uk (where all newsletters are uploaded), twitter (@rosastreet4) and our school Facebook page. Download our app to keep up to date with all school messages – for further details see our website. Unfortunately, we are unable to notify parents when school will re-open for all pupils as we await government advice. We will keep in touch with you via our app, facebook, twitter and the school website. Pupils in receipt of the Free School Meal Benefit will receive Free Packed Lunches. These will be available to collect from school from 12pm from Monday 23rd March. Please call in and collect these for your children. Stay safe everyone and we hope to be back soon!

6th March – World Book Day was a great success this year and reminds us of the importance of books and reading not just for children but for everyone! Reading is the foundation of a strong education, so our right of the fortnight is Article 28: Every child has the right to an education.

14th February – Happy Valentine’s Day! As we head once again into half term our right of the fortnight is Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

31st January – Our right for the fortnight is Article 17: Every child has the right to reliable information from a variety of sources and governments should encourage the media to provide information that children can understand. Since the creation of the internet our children have been more connected and have access to more information than ever before so it is important that they are educated to be safe on the internet so coming up we will have our E-safety assembly where the children will teach their adults all about the safety tips they have learned!

17th January – HAPPY NEW YEAR! As we start 2020 we want to welcome in the fresh start (and hopefully some warmer weather) as we look at our right for the fortnight Article 24: Every child has the right to the best possible health. Coming up in school we will be having a SNAG meeting where children across the school are chosen to talk with our catering staff about what healthy meals they would like to see on our school menus and ways we can encourage packed lunches to be as healthy as they can be. Parent are also encouraged to come along to share their views.

20th December – IT’S CHRISTMAS!!! We hope you all have a lovely break and enjoy the holiday season. Our right for the fortnight we are away is Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities. Stay safe and we will see you all in the new year!

6th December – As the cold weather really settles in for the winter remember to wrap up warm when you come to school, we do have some spare hats and gloves to help those children who do not have any or have forgotten them. Our right of the fortnight is Article 24: Every child has the right to the best possible health.

22nd November – Our right of the fortnight is Article 30: Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religions of their family. This links in with the hard work done by our International Schools group who are led by Mr Hornsby as we have achieved the International Schools Award for the second time! The children and staff across school have learned so much from our partnerships with Sri Lanka, France and most recently, Kenya.

8th November – This week we will be having a remembrance week to celebrate the lives of the brave men and women who have fought and still are fighting for our country so our right of the fortnight is Article 19: Governments must do all they can to ensure that children are protected from all forms of violence.

18th October – As we get close to the half term holidays it is important to remember this right of the fortnight Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities. Have a great break and stay safe!

4th October – As the weather turns colder and the nights get earlier, we have chosen our right of the fortnight to be Article 24: Every child has the right to the best possible health. Here at Rosa street we do everything we can to keep our children safe and healthy. One of the things we do is to encourage all our children to have a healthy lunch. Whether they are on school dinners or packed lunch, those children who are eating healthily will receive a raffle ticket and the children with the most at the end of the term will win a space on fantastic reward trip! This term the reward is a fun afternoon at our local swimming pool where the children will even get the chance to go on the water slide!

20th September – As the children have begun to settle into their new classes and are working hard, it is important to remember our right of the fortnight this week which is Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities. This right fits perfectly for some of our Year 5 and 6 pupils who are heading off on an outward bounds residential this weekend at Winmarleigh. We know that they will have a fantastic time and look forward to seeing all of their tweets! Also, our singing group have been invited to sing at the Harvest Service at St Paul’s Church on Sunday 6th October!

6th September – As we begin our new school year here at Rosa Street Primary school, our right of the fortnight is Article 28: Every child has the right to an education. This is a right that staff here at Rosa are passionate about and we do all that we can to give every one of our children the best education! This was reflected in our Year 6 data which was above the National Average in Reading, Writing and Maths.

 

What else have we been up to?

Summer 2019-20

Happy Easter!Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities. We hope that all of our children have enjoyed their Easter break and all the staff would like to say how odd it is to not be seeing their classes and getting to talk about how their holidays have been.

Our NHS heroes!Article 24: Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food, and a clean environment and education on health and well-being so that children can stay healthy. Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities. During this time everyone at Rosa Street would like to pass on our heartfelt thanks to those brave individuals who are working in our NHS to keep people safe! We have made our very own rainbow to show our support:

Spring Term 2019-20

Home LearningArticle 17: Every child has the right to reliable information from a variety of sources. Article 24: Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food, and a clean environment and education on health and well-being so that children can stay healthy. Article 28: Every child has the right to an education. Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities. In these strange times we would like to say a huge thank you and well done to all our pupils and staff who have adapted to a new way of approaching education. As you know the Government has temporarily closed all schools to the majority of pupils to help keep the people of this country safe. Thank you to all of our families who are working with us during this transition to help keep each other safe whilst still providing an education to our children as is their right. We have a number of online learning platforms already in place for our children (please don’t hesitate to contact the school or your child’s teacher using the new class email system for their login details) and are working as a staff to develop curriculum linked tasks that the children can complete from home.

Sport ReliefArticle 1: Everyone under the age of 18 has all the rights in the Convention. Article 2: The Convention applies to everyone: whatever their race, religion or abilities, whatever they think or say, whatever type of family they come from. Article 24: Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food, and a clean environment and education on health and well-being so that children can stay healthy. Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities. On Friday 13th March 2020 our children came into school in sportswear and brought a £1 donation for Sport Relief. They also took part in an outdoor obstacle course during the school day. We would like to say a huge thank you to all those who supported ‘Sport Relief’ last Friday. We managed to raise £118.00 for the charity.

Blind FootballArticle 2: The Convention applies to everyone: whatever their race, religion or abilities, whatever they think or say, whatever type of family they come from. Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities. Our nurture group children had the great opportunity of experiencing blind football and had to focus on what they could hear in order to catch the ball which contained a bell.

World Book DayArticle 17: Every child has the right to reliable information from a variety of sources. Article 28: Every child has the right to an education. On the 5th of March our children celebrated all things book related by coming dressed all in one colour. This was to match the book ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ which the whole school from Reception to Year 6 focused on. The children had a fantastic day!

Stray Aid DogsArticle 17: Every child has the right to reliable information from a variety of sources. Our Year 5/6 class met Gillian from the charity Stray Aid Dogs. They were so touched by the stories she shared that many of them offered donations to the charity to help them continue the wonderful work that they do.

Free After-School ClubsArticle 12: Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously. Article 29: Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities. As ever, we strive to provide a range of extra-curricular activities for our children based on what they themselves have asked for. Clubs will start the second week back and we are delighted to be able to offer pupils from Reception to Year 6 the following clubs: Multi Skills Club led by students from Whitworth Park and supervised by Mrs Anderson a Tuesday, Scooter Club with Mrs Rowley on a Tuesday, Mindfulness Colouring Club with Mrs Grant on a Wednesday, Drama Club with Miss Bennett on a Thursday, Tennis Club with Mr Hornsby on a Thursday and Year 6 Football on a Friday coached by Mr Wilson. There will also be a singing club on a Wednesday lunchtime with Miss Davison and Mrs Tarling.

Year 6 Booster ClassesArticle 28: Every child has the right to an education. Article 29: Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. To further support our fantastic Year 6s on their SATs journey the after-school booster classes will continue. These sessions are made possible through the dedication of our staff members who want nothing but the best for our children.

Green Flag Award CelebrationArticle 24: Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food, and a clean environment and education on health and well-being so that children can stay healthy. On Thursday 6th February the whole school came together to celebrate achieving the ‘Green Flag’ award from Eco-Schools. We are very proud of our Eco-club who have worked hard to ensure we are reducing our waste (electrical as well as physical), reusing where we can and recycling! The children wore green to mark the special occasion and took part in environmental activities throughout the afternoon. To finish off our celebration the Mayor of Spennymoor and some of her councillors came to watch us raise our very own Green Flag on our new school flagpole!

Team Up 2Article 17: Every child has the right to reliable information from a variety of sources. Article 24: Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food, and a clean environment and education on health and well-being so that children can stay healthy. As part of making our children more aware of their own mental health the children in Years 4 and 5 took part in a Team Up course last year and have been able to continue with the Team Up 2 course this year. On the courses the children are taught about the different chemicals that are released in our brains (known as the Brainy Bunch) and are shown different physical activities and games designed to either boost or lower the production of these different chemicals. Here are some pictures of the children taking part in one of the weekly sessions:

Year 5/6 Enterprise DayArticle 29: Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. Our fantastic Year 5/6s have being trying their hand at being entrepreneurs. They were set a budget, went shopping and created stalls for the other children from across the school to come and buy snacks at morning play! They did such a fantastic job and were so popular that they reinvested their profits from day one to do the whole thing again the next day! Well done Year 5/6!

E-Safety AssemblyArticle 17: Every child has the right to reliable information from a variety of sources. Article 19: Governments must do all they can to ensure that children are protected from all forms of violence. On Tuesday 11th February, we were happy to welcome many of our parents to our E-Safety assembly performed by all of our children. The money raised from tickets will go to the NSPCC who provide excellent resources and support for parents and schools to keep children safe online.

International schools Sri Lanka TripArticle 1: Everyone under the age of 18 has all the rights in the Convention. Article 2: The Convention applies to everyone: whatever their race, religion or abilities, whatever they think or say, whatever type of family they come from. Our very own Mrs Ashton went to visit our partner school over in Sri Lanka. She took over lots of resources for the children there and even took over some work completed by our own pupils. These amazing links remind us that there are children all around the world and each and every one of them has a right to an education!

Sportsability EventArticle 2: The Convention applies to everyone: whatever their race, religion or abilities, whatever they think or say, whatever type of family they come from. Article 29: Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. A selection of children were chosen from across the school to take part in a fantastic Sportsability session where the children got to experience and take part in a range of different sports that they would not ordinarily have the chance to. They took part in blind football, wheelchair basketball and got to use the different gymnastic equipment at the Pink Gym.

23rd JanuaryArticle 1: Everyone under the age of 18 has all the rights in the Convention. Article 2: The Convention applies to everyone: whatever their race, religion or abilities, whatever they think or say, whatever type of family they come from. Article 17: Every child has the right to reliable information from a variety of sources. Today the children recapped what a rights respecting school is and looked at the meaning of some of the key vocabulary linked with our rights:

Universal – Rights are for all children.

Inherent – Rights are there from birth.

Inalienable – Rights cannot be taken away.

Unconditional – Rights do not have to be earned.

Indivisible – All rights are equally important.

Duty bearer – Someone who makes sure that children’s rights are protected.

Basketball FestivalArticle 29: Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. We have had a fantastic run of sports events recently and on the 21st January a team from our Y6 class took part in a Basketball Festival at Spennymoor Leisure Centre.

Swimming GalaArticle 29: Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. On the 17th January a selection of our KS2 pupils took part in a Swimming Gala at the Newton Aycliffe Pool. For all of our children this was the first time they had taken place in a swimming competition and we were very proud of how they conducted themselves, they were a credit to our school.

Year 1 Multi Skills FestivalArticle 29: Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. On the 15th January our Year 1 class attended a Multi Skills Festival at Sedgefield Community College for the afternoon. The children participated in a rotation of different activities that were led by children from the secondary school. They worked on the basic skills of throwing, catching, kicking, running, jumping and hopping.

Drumming Lessons – We want to develop our children in as many ways as we can and one of those ways is providing them with the chance to play musical instruments. Each term a different KS2 class has the opportunity to learn to play the West African Djembe Drum with a specialist instructor from the Durham Music service. Here are our Year 5s having a lesson:

Free After-School ClubsArticle 12: Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously.  Article 29: Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities. What’s on offer this half term? As always, our after-school clubs will start the second week back and we are delighted to be able to offer pupils from Reception to Year 6 the following clubs this half term: Drama Club with Miss Bennett on a Thursday, Just Dance Club with Miss Darke on a Tuesday and singing club on a Wednesday lunchtime with Miss Davison and Mrs Tarling. The clubs will be free of charge.

Year 6 Booster ClassesArticle 28: Every child has the right to an education. Article 29: Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. To further support our fantastic Year 6s on their SATs journey there will be booster classes for Year 6 pupils after school covering a range of skills. These sessions are made possible through the dedication of our staff members who want nothing but the best for our children.

Autumn Term 2019-20

Christmas PartiesArticle 14: Every child has the right to think and believe what they choose and also to practice their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Article 30: Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family, whether or not these are shared by the majority of the people in the country where they live. Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities. It wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit from Santa! Our children have all been on their best behaviour so were able to meet Father Christmas himself for a special early Christmas present! It was great to hear all of the fantastic manners being used by our children too!

Christmas Production – I’m Gonna Shine!Article 14: Every child has the right to think and believe what they choose and also to practice their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Article 30: Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family, whether or not these are shared by the majority of the people in the country where they live. Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities. Drama and acting is a valuable skill set which helps to build the confidence of our pupils and this Year our Year 5s will take to the stage to bring us a fantastic production supported by singing and dancing from all of the other classes.

Christmas CraftsArticle 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities. We have had a delightful week of Christmas crafts to sweep us into the holiday spirit as the advent countdown begins. It was lovely to see so many parents, carers and other family members join the children to create Christmas masterpieces.

Christmas Jumper and Dinner DayArticle 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities. As always, our children did us proud with a colourful selection of the finest Christmas jumpers to celebrate our Christmas Jumper day!

OFSTED Celebration EventArticle 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities. As you already know our school was recently visited by OFSTED and they were blown away by the level of respect and tolerance our pupils display on a daily basis. They could see exactly why we are a rights respecting school! To thank the children and staff for all of their hard work we had a celebration event in school.

International Schools award!Article 28: Every child has the right to an education. Article 30: Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family, whether or not these are shared by the majority of the people in the country where they live. Our fantastic international schools group, led by Mr Hornsby, have helped our school to achieve the International Schools Award for the second time. Well done for all of their hard work and effort! We now have links to a school in Kenya as well as Sri Lanka.

Year 3 Stone Age ResidentialArticle 29: Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. To ensure that our children get the most opportunities and experiences out of their primary school lives we love to offer a wide range of trips and residential experiences and for the first time we took our Year 3 class on a one-night stop over which was amazing! The children got a lot out of the experience even if the rain made us a bit soggy at times. The instructors were also impressed by the pre-existing knowledge our children had of what life was like in the Stone Age.

Singing Club sings for Age UKArticle 29: Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities. Our singing club showed their support for our local area and sang beautifully at the Age UK Christmas lunch on the 3rd December held at Trinity Church.

Children in NeedArticle 1: Everyone under the age of 18 has all the rights in the Convention. Article 2: The Convention applies to everyone: whatever their race, religion or abilities, whatever they think or say, whatever type of family they come from. We had plenty of Pudsey’s in school today to help raise money for children in need! They are an important charity who help children all around the world and they try to ensure all children receive their rights!

The safety CarouselArticle 24: Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food, and a clean environment and education on health and well-being so that children can stay healthy. Our Year 5/6 class had the opportunity to take part in a safety carousel where they learnt important safety skills for roads, fire, electricity and swimming in the sea.

Remembrance DayArticle 19: Governments must do all they can to ensure that children are protected from all forms of violence. Our Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 classes went into town today to watch the Remembrance Service and pay their respects to the soldiers who have and still are protecting our country.

Our Steering GroupArticle 12: Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously.  At Rosa Street we have a steering group which is made up of two children from each year group across the school from Reception to Year 6. During Autumn Term, the steering group came together to do a survey of all the class charters in school. If anything was missing the group informed the class teacher and they gave out posters of children rights and the RRSA logo.

Interfaith DayArticle 1: Everyone under the age of 18 has all the rights in the Convention. Article 2: The Convention applies to everyone: whatever their race, religion or abilities, whatever they think or say, whatever type of family they come from. Article 14: Every child has the right to think and believe what they choose and also to practice their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Article 30: Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family, whether or not these are shared by the majority of the people in the country where they live. Our Year 5s had a great day learning about different faiths from around the world. It is important that we learn about these faiths so that we can respect them even if they are different to our own beliefs. Everyone, children and adults, have the right to their own beliefs as long as it does not stop others from accessing their rights.

OFSTED – 1st and 2nd October 2019Article 17: Every child has the right to reliable information from a variety of sources. Article 28: Every child has the right to an education. As many of you already know our school had a recent visit from OFSTED and we are proud to say that they were blown away by the level of respect, acceptance and tolerance within our school. They could see how hard we are working as a Rights Respecting School to educate all of the children on their own and others rights as well as building a solid foundation of respect for all. They even wrote in their official report that they thought ‘The UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award has been well-earned’!

International Schools Kenya TripArticle 1: Everyone under the age of 18 has all the rights in the Convention. Article 2: The Convention applies to everyone: whatever their race, religion or abilities, whatever they think or say, whatever type of family they come from. Our very own Mrs Wilson went to visit our new partner school over in Kenya. She took over lots of resources for the children there and even took over some work completed by our own pupils. Mrs Wilson also took all of the toothbrushes that had kindly been donated by our fantastic families, the children in Kenya were so happy to receive one, so thank you for those. These amazing links remind us that there are children all around the world and each and every one of them has a right to an education!

Food BanksArticle 24: Every child has the right to the best possible health. As we head into the colder moths lets see if we can all do our bit to support those who may need some extra help at this time of year!

Tickled Pink and Coffee Afternoon for Breast Cancer Research UKArticle 24: Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food, and a clean environment and education on health and well-being so that children can stay healthy. Each year our school are proud to raise money for Breast Cancer UK which is a charity close to many of our hearts. This year we managed to raise a staggering £660, so thank you to everyone who came and helped make this possible!

Year 5 and 6 Winmarleigh ResidentialArticle 29: Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities. Children from our Year 5 and Year 6 classes have had an adventurous start to the year with the first residential trip to Winmarleigh. It was an action packed three days filled with a wide variety of outdoor adventurous activities including the infamous giant swing, kayaking, lots of climbing, a zip wire, archery and a game of ambush! We believe that it is important for our children to get as many opportunities as possible while they are with us so  that’s why this year we are aiming to do even more residential trips with not only our oldest children but those in years 3 and 4 too!

 

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Article of the Fortnight: Article 4: Governments must do all they can to make sure every child enjoys their rights by creating systems and passing laws that promote and protect children’s rights.

We are pleased to announce that we have recently achieved our Level 2 Rights respecting Schools Award.  The assessor complimented how well the children knew their rights and was impressed with the way in which the school consider all children’s opinions and include them in decision making processes.

We are always keen to improve and are now working towards some of the recommendations from the report. We will be looking to get involved with community events, learn more about global goals and become active citizens to support others in developing their knowledge of the Convention for the Rights of a Child.

We are pleased to annouce that Recpetion class have completed the FairTrade – FairAware Award for our school.  Well done Reception!

If any parents would like to get involved in our Rights Respecting work then please contact the school office for more information.

Here are some of the fantastic Rights Respecting  charters you can find throughout the school.

Our Rights Respecting School week which took place in the week beginning 8th February was a huge success.  The children explored their rights through the story ‘Goldilocks’.  Each class took a right and completed a range of work around it.  Year 2 enjoyed learning about ‘the right to privacy’ whilst Reception leanred about ‘the right to and identity’.  It was also lovely to see so many parents taking an interest in our work that we had completed and taking the time to come to Year 1’s ‘Breakfast Cafe’.  We hope you enjoyed all of the tasty breakfasts that Year 1 designed and made!

We have recently taken part in a range of fundraising events including UNICEF’s Day for Change, Save the Children’s Den Day and Cancer Research’s Race For Life.  Take a look at the fun we have had:

 

We raised a fantastic total of £175.75 for the charity Save the Children!

We are always looking for parents who would like to take a more active role in Rights Respecting Schools.  We have a steering group that plans and monitors the impact of the award upon our school.  Dates for meetings will be mentioned on the school newsletter.