Rights Respecting School
The Rights Respecting School initiative is a nationwide award scheme that promotes the ‘United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child’ (UNCRC) This Convention forms the basis of all the work untaken by UNICEF and reminds the world that all children have the right to be:safe,educated,healthy, fairly treated, enjoy their childhood and be heard.
At St Nicholas we have all been learning about these rights and the responsibilities that accompany them. We have recognised their importance by putting them at the heart of all we do and incorporating them into our vision and core aims for the school.
‘At St Nicholas we nurture everyone to be the best we can be, in a caring and inclusive Christian environment.’
UNCRC Article 29: All children have the right to learning that allows you to become the best that you can be.’
At St Nicholas we recognise the historic foundation of our school and work in partnership with the Church to provide high quality education within the context of Christian beliefs and practice. We encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of the teachings of Christ, alongside promoting tolerance and respect for other cultures and faiths, and those expressing no faith. The Christian values of Love, Hope and Trust are at the centre of all the experiences we provide and permeate all we do.
A flavour of what we have we done so far….
- The children elected Rights Respecting Ambassadors who have led assemblies for parents and reported to governors; they have also visited other schools and informed the wider community about our work, through writing articles in the parish magazine.
- Our School Council and ECO committee have also helped to lead the initiative.
- Our Harvest Assembly celebration was based around the Rights of the Child and involved the whole school. We also held a musical Fairtrade Café to raise money for farmers in developing countries.
- Home / school projects have included designing posters and making some fabulous games!
- We invited a representative from UNICEF into school to talk to parents and children about the work of UNICEF and the importance of ‘UNCRC
- We have raised money for charities and formed links with a school in Pakistan
- We discuss local, national and world issues with the children and link these to the rights of others.
- We ‘ve developed class charters around rights and responsibilities
- Assembly and curriculum themes reinforce the key Christian values and encourage children to reflect and look beyond their own world.
- We have family groups and buddy systems that help the children to feel secure and confident.
As a result of this …
- Our whole community has a better understanding of the work of UNCRC
- The ethos is inclusive and caring and often commented on by visitors!
- Children are developing greater resilience and an ability to reflect
- Relationships are very strong between all sections of the community.
- We understand that we have a responsibility towards others and how our actions can make a difference.
- There is a common language and shared vision with everyone contributing and aiming ‘..to be the best we can be…’
Click below to read our Rights Respecting School Policy