Rights respecting school
As you know, Lonesome Primary School aims to be a school where every aspect of a child is focused on and developed, including how they feel about themselves, their learning and their future. We want all of our pupils to develop as happy and confident people who can express their views clearly and thoughtfully. To support this, 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. These are rights that all children have. They cannot be taken away and it is adults who have the responsibility to ensure their rights are met. The core rights that we focus on are:
- All children have the right to learn and go to school.
- All children have the right to say what they think and be listened to.
- All children have the right not to be harmed and should be looked after and kept safe.
- All children have the right to relax, play and join in with artistic and cultural activities.
- All children have the right to develop their personalities, talents and abilities to the full.
- All children have the right to be healthy.
- All children have the right to privacy.
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 children will also learn about the importance of respecting and standing up for the rights of others. Currently, we have been awarded a 'Recognition of Commitment' and are at present working towards Level 1.
Our 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.
We really hope that you will feel able to support us and your child in working towards our goal of being a ‘Rights Respecting School’. If you would like more information or if you would like to work as a parent/carer member of our ‘Rights Committee’ please come in and talk to Mrs Hudson.
Please look in the school foyer for more information about being a Rights Respecting School. The Lonesome charter, which has been written by all the children in the school and the adults who work there, is also on display in the foyer.
If you would like more information about the work of UNICEF or a Rights
Respecting School then please visit: www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa.