Having previously achieved the Level One UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) in 2010, it is our aim for the school to be reaccredited at this level and to then work towards achieving Level Two status.
UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation protecting 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 (UNCRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential.
The ‘Rights Respecting School Award’ (RRSA) will acquaint our pupils with the articles of the convention and help them to understand their importance. Our aim is for them to grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and within the wider community. By learning about their rights our pupils also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others and working together to achieve common goals. St John Fisher pupils are encouraged to reflect on how their behaviour and actions affect those around them and this helps us to build and maintain a positive and safe learning environment for all.
This year we have been working extremely hard to raise the profile of the UNCRC in our school. Every class has made a charter and we are in the process of creating a whole school charter. We now have a team of Rights Respecting Ambassadors whose job, alongside the School Council, is to be the voice of the students in the school and to make sure that every child feels they are treated fairly and listened to. They meet with me regularly to discuss how best to embed the rights respecting principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. Throughout the year we will be promoting these values through our everyday teaching, assemblies and various events, so please stay posted! We are looking forward to you joining us on our Rights Respecting journey.
If you would like more information about the work of UNICEF or a Rights Respecting School then please visit: www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa.
Mrs Vosper (Rights Respecting Co-ordinator)