In September, our school began its journey towards becoming a Rights Respecting School. The aim of this is to ensure that UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is at the heart of everything we do as a school. We are working together with Moss Park Infants and will be the first schools in Trafford to achieve the award.
I am delighted to announce that St Matthew’s is now a Level 1 UNICEF Rights Respecting School.
This is a brilliant achievement for our school and we are the first school in Trafford to achieve this award along with Moss Park Infants. We are proud to have children’s rights shining out across our community from our schools. Well done to everyone!
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What is the UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools Award?
The UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, nondiscrimination and participation. The RRSA seeks to put the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s ethos and culture to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. A rights-respecting school is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted. Young people and the school community learn about children’s rights by putting them into practice every day.
RRSA in our school
With the help of our school council, we created a Rights Respecting Schools Steering Group with the role of driving the initiative forward through the stages of Recognition of Commitment, Level 1 award and Level 2 award. The steering group hold regular meetings to discuss our progress and decide on what to do next. Below are the minutes of some of our meetings.
After learning about the UN Convention of the Child and some of the rights, staff and children worked together to redesign our school values so that they incorporated the rights that we, as a school, thought were most pertinent to us. The children in Year 6 worked really hard to adapt our aging golden rules into 3 new rules that reflect the ethos of our school. The document below shows what we decided on together.
As well as having a whole school charter, each class has worked on developing their own class charter in, in which they have set out articles that are important to them, how they will make sure everyone is able to enjoy their rights and how adults can support them. Each class chose a theme for their charter and the finished work is amazing!
Great news!! St Matthew’s has successfully achieved the UNICEF UK Recognition of Commitment for a Rights Respecting School. This is a true recognition that we are well on our journey towards the Rights Respecting School Award and our next step is to achieve Level 1.The student council have worked really hard on coming up with an action plan for the next stage which is for St Matthew’s to achieve level 1 status.
Rights and Diversity Week
In January we celebrated our very first ‘Rights and Diversity week’, during which we discussed and learned about our rights to raise the awareness within our school. Have a look at the piece of work below, in which Jocelyn in Year 5 wrote an incredible newspaper article to describe the events.
As Jocelyn has described, Rights and Diversity week was a huge success, with some fabulous work being produced. By the end of the week, classes which were paired together completed a large poster to present their work, which have been framed and hung in our office area. Below are some pictures of the work (click to enlarge).
At the end of our Rights and Diversity week, we were very fortunate to be visited by Kate Green MP and members of staff from Moss Park Infants’ School. Our steering group spent time discussing what we have been doing regarding Rights Respecting Schools and gave them a tour of our school to show them some of the amazing learning that has been taking place.
A visit to Moss Park Infants’ School
As part of our collaboration with Moss Park Infants’ School, we took time this morning to visit them and take a look at the work they have been doing towards their Rights Respecting Schools Award. Mr Johnson, Mr Hughes and representatives of our school steering group were really impressed by their Global Learning Day and enjoyed looking at their recently created class charters. We really appreciate the chance to go and see the fantastic work they are doing.
Rights around the world
At St. Matthew’s we are passionate about ensuring that we do the most that we can to help all children around the world to be able to enjoy their rights. Here are some examples of work we have undertaken to do this:
Red Nose Day
As part of our celebration of Red Nose Day, our Year 5 children spent time learning about Malaria and the effect it has on children around the world. They created a fantastic poster to raise awareness about Malaria as a class. Further to this, they then produced some incredible homework in different forms to carry their work on. There are some examples below:
23rd March 2017
In the wake of the terrorist attack in London on 22nd March, we held a special assembly to think about and pray for those who were affected by the incident. The assembly was lead by our school worship leaders.