Rights Respecting Schools
St Matthew’s is a Gold UNICEF Rights Respecting School; the very first school in Trafford to earn this award and one of only 300 in the UK to achieve the highest standard. We are proud to have children’s rights shining out across our community.
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.
Toilet Twinning 2018
Thanks to the amazing work of our Year 6 children and steering group, we were able to twin toilets her at St.Matthew’s with 4 toilets around the world. This is a fantastic example of the children in our school working hard to help those around the world to enjoy their basic rights. Our toilets are twinned with a latrine in Nepal, Pakistan, Malawi and Uganda. As a result, we received 4 lovely certificates, which will be displayed outside toilets around school.
Soccer Aid 2018
What an amazing day at St Matthew’s! We were delighted to welcome UNICEF and footballer Yaya Toure to host the launch of Soccer Aid 2018. We had to keep the visit and the identity of the special visitor under wraps but the children were so excited when he appeared on the field. Our Rights Steering Group and School Council competed against UNICEF and Yaya on the Soccer Aid challenge whilst the rest of the school cheered our school team on. All our children were AMAZING ambassadors for our school, their local community and every child’s rights.
The children were interviewed by journalists from ITV and the MEN so St Matthew’s will soon be appearing on the news too!
UNICEF asked our school to host the event because of everything we do to make our school a rights-respecting community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted.
Having hosted the main launch event, we will now be taking part in our own Soccer Aid on Thursday 24th May. The children will be asked to donate £2 to take part and should wear sports clothes or their favourite sports kit.
Rights Mascot Competition 2018
As part of our Soccer Aid work, we held a competition in school for our first St. Matthew’s Rights Mascot. To enter, participants were asked to create a 30 second video blog about why they would be effective at the role. We had a number of great entries but Steering Group voted for the winner. They chose Harriet!
The Playground Challenge 2018
After UNICEF visited our school, we held our own Soccer Aid Playground Challenge. We invited children, staff and families to come into school dressed in their favourite sports outfit and take part in the playground challenge for a small donation of £2. We had an amazing time and raised an incredible £427 for UNICEF. During the event, each person taking part completed a mile as a warm up before completing the obstacle course. Well done to everyone who joined in and thank you for your kind donations!
UNICEF Stall 2018
To raise awareness about the work we have been doing surrounding Rights Respecting Schools, our steering group designed and set up an information stall for members of our school family. They stood outside the front of school and shared all of the fabulous work we have been doing.
Hear My Voice Conference 2018
On Friday 15th of June, members of our steering group, together with Moss Park Infants School, ran a conference to staff and children from other schools to promote Rights Respecting Schools to other schools in Trafford. It was a wonderful event in which our children spoke passionately about rights, why they were important and the impact of being a Rights Respecting School. Visitors to our event included Kate Green MP, Mayor of Trafford Tom Ross and a UNICEF representative. It was a memorable event to be proud of. Well done everyone!