Rockwell Green Primary School aims to be a school where every aspect of a child is focused on and developed, including the area of well-being. As part of our school’s aims to promote a happy and successful school, we are working towards recognition as a “Rights Respecting School”. This is an award which is given to schools on behalf of UNICEF.
UNICEF 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.
The ‘Rights Respecting School’ award (RRSA) will help 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, your children, also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others.
Pupils are encouraged to reflect on how their behaviour and actions affect those around them, which allows us to build and maintain a positive and safe learning environment for all, both in the classroom and around the school site. In preparation for the launch of RRSA, and in consultation with pupils and staff at all levels, our school rules and expectations are being re-written to form charters, which outline expectations in the classroom. Pupils have already started to learn about the convention and their rights and responsibilities through assemblies and in class.
During Monday's assembly the children learn about the convention, their rights and responsibilities and other children around the world. Special mentions are also given to children who have been spotted respecting other children on the playground. Their names will then be put in a special raffle to win a prize at the end of each half term. Some children may win a 'No Outsiders' or 'No Bystanders' award, if they have been seen to be outstanding citizens, during break times.
If you would like more information about the work of UNICEF or a Rights Respecting School then please visit: www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa.