The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) – Unicef
The Rights Respecting Schools Award puts children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK.
Unicef works with schools in the UK to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. Our Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.
Armistice Day 2019: They gave their tomorrows for our today
Prior to Armistice Day, students have been learning about 11th November 1945 and the significance of the date. As they remember the fallen, students have also been thinking about their own rights to live in a peaceful country, untainted by war and conflict. In assemblies, History and RE lessons, students have been creating poppies and lanterns as they think deeply about how grateful they are for the sacrifices made to protect peace in our country as well as the rights of those students who still live in war torn parts of the world.
UNCRC Article 38 – (War and Armed Conflicts)
Article of the month – November
We believe that all students in our school deserve to never suffer either direct or indirect discrimination. Students should not be treated differently because of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, ability or disability.
In fact, we do not tolerate students treating each other negatively for any reason. It is for this reason that, in our Wellbeing Week we marked on a map of the school where bullying took place. We also wore odd socks to show that we would wanted to show we were proud to be unique and to be ourselves. We also took part in National Kindness Day to show our fellow students that even when they felt low or sad, someone else sees them and is there to support them.
UNCRC Article 2 – (Non-discrimination)
Stockland Green Students defend their rights!
Thoughtful and eco-conscious Year 10 students have been busy raising students’ awareness of the need to recycle. Whilst our school is keen to become an Eco-School and the form ambassadors are working hard towards this goal, it is impressive to see our students taking the time and energy to get themselves involved! We are proud of our students, who have acted upon their rights and embraced this topical and important global goal.
Sam Bakewell and Precious Onojah, Titiloreoluwa Ojeyemi-Oyadeyi from Year 10, proud to uphold their right to freedom of expression, have been creating a petition to present to Mrs George to demonstrate the depth of their feelings on the matter. Having taken this action, the students and Mrs George and Mrs Goode were able to come up with an action plan together involving: looking at the school’s energy output and how this could be reduced; improvements to plastic recycling; linking recycling within our rewards system and the students delivering assemblies to their peers about the need to recycle more effectively. We look forward to seeing what they will do next to ensure that their beliefs and thoughts can be put into action.
UNCRC Article 13 (Right to freedom of expression)
Article of the Month – October
We have many exciting opportunities such as the Drama Club shown here. Students can come along at lunchtime and take part in dramatic presentations with their peers. Students also have the chance to take part in Debate Mate, an extracurricular opportunity which allows students to learn the art of arguing constructively.
Year 9 have also been writing letters to Amnesty International in support of people who have not have freedom of expression. In order to show that as rights holders, Year 9 have also the ability to think of the rights of others, students and tutors have sent their letters to Amnesty International.
UNCRC Article 13 (Right to freedom of expression)
Article of the Month – September
We believe that both out Rights Holders and Duty Bearers are very lucky in this country to have access to good health care and the NHS.
Every year our houses compete to provide baked goods for the Macmillan coffee morning to raise money for those who have been diagnosed with cancer.
By thinking about others in this manner, students have had the chance to think about article 24 and the health services that are needed by those with terminal illnesses. Macmillan nurses and hospices do a wonderful job and it is our privilege to be able to support this each year.
UNCRC Article 24 (Health and Health Services)
These posters are displayed around Stockland Green School and each child has been given a copy so that they can learn about their rights. We are committed to becoming a Rights Respecting school, and will be making reference to the articles during Citizenship lessons, and linking lessons resources to these topics.
We want our pupils to consider the rights of the child, and how their behaviours and actions contribute to ensuring all children have their rights met, in school and outside in the wider community.
Letter from the Deputy Headteacher
5th March 2018
Dear Parent / Carer,
Unicef UK Rights Respecting School
This academic year, we are raising awareness of children’s mental health and wellbeing, ensuring they are safe and happy. As part of this, we have decided to become a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School!
Stockland Green School aims to be a school where children’s rights are at the heart of our ethos and culture, to improve well-being and to develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. As part of this plan we are working towards recognition as a ‘Rights Respecting School’, an award given to schools on behalf of Unicef UK.
Unicef is the world’s leading organisation working for children and young people and their rights. In 1989, governments across the world agreed that all children have 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.
Stockland Green School students will learn about their rights by putting them into practice every day. Citizenship lessons will discuss the articles of the UNCRS and students will be encouraged to evidence how we demonstrate the rights of the child in all aspects of our lives.
Our Student Wellbeing Leaders will form our student steering group and play a vital role in delivering aspects of the award across the school to our students. A Rights Respecting School models rights and respect in all its relationships. It really is an exciting time and we know that you will support us on our journey towards becoming a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School.
For further information about Rights Respecting Schools please visit: www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa and also see the Q&A sheet attached.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Harding at the school on 0121 566 4300.