The Rights Respecting Schools Committee was formed last session and is working hard to achieve our Level One Rights Respecting Schools Award. We were delighted to be awarded our Recognition of Commitment Award from UNICEF in June 2015.
Our aim this year is to make sure every child in our school learns about theirs and other people’s rights. Our RRSA committee meets at least once per month to talk about our ‘Right of the Month’ and we create our own agenda, take our own minutes and create our own presentations for assembly. We have a President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Committee members.
Every class in our school now has a class charter which replaces our class rules. Our charters link to an article in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and they also remind us of what responsible actions we should take in order to make sure that we respect ours and others rights.
We have also recently run a competition for our Playground Charter Design. This will be our new playground rules. Watch this space for the winning design…
Our RRSA committee have also worked hard to link the UNCRC to our school’s visions and values and we have been placing our ‘Rights Superheroes’ all around our school to show rights are made real in Chatelherault Primary School.
Part of being a Rights Respecting School is understanding the needs of all children in the world. So, our committee decided that each area in our school would nominate a charity of the year. The infant department’s charity of the year is Hamilton District Foodbank; the junior area’s charity of the year is Children in Need; the senior area’s charity of the year is The British Red Cross.
Every month, we award one person in each class with a certificate for displaying rights respecting behaviour.
Here are a few examples of the Class Charters.