Rights Respecting Schools
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.
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.
St. Matthew’s visits London
On 6th November 2017, St. Matthew’s and Moss Park visited the Houses of Parliament in London after being invited by our local MP Kate Green. This was in response to the work she had seen when she visited us on World Refugee Day. Lily (Y6) wrote a recount of the day. Please take some time to read it below (Click on each photo to make them larger):
We really enjoyed our trip and felt honoured to have been invited. Below is a slideshow of the best moments from the day.
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.
Global Learning Week
During the week of the 19th June 2017, St. Matthew’s celebrated global learning week. During the week, we learned about children around the world who don’t get to enjoy all of their rights. As part of this, we celebrated world refugee day. Members of our steering group created a petition and got grown ups and children around us to sign the petition. Following this, we marched to Stretford Public Hall along with children from Moss Park Infants School to deliver the petition to Kate Green, our local MP. As well as this, representatives from our steering group attended a Rights conference held by 3 schools who had already achieved Level 2. It was a fantastic experience and we learned a lot about where we are going on our journey and gained some tips for how to get there. To end the week, we invited grown ups from our school in to see the work we had produced. For a short review of the week, see the slideshow below.
As a result of our work during Global Learning Week, Kate Green sent us a letter that she sent to Teresa May to promote our message.