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UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award

Autumn 2021

Silver Award

On Monday 18th October, our school was assessed for the Silver Award for the Rights Respecting Schools Award. This shows that St. Cuthbert’s are ‘Rights Aware’. Please continue to discuss children’s rights with your child and family, we know so much work has already taken place at home in connection to this.

Please read the full St Cuthbert’s SILVER Report  following our assessment.

Articles of the Week:

  • 6th September: Our first week back! Article 28 – the right to an education
  • 13th September: Article 12 – every child has the right to express an opinion and have their views taken seriously.
  • 20th September: Article 14 Every child has the right to think and believe what they want, and to follow a religion. This linked with our liturgy this week.
  • 27th September:  Article 27 – a good standard of living. This linked to our collection for Durham Foodbank.
  • 4th October: Linking to ‘Black History Month’ we have chosen Article 2
  • 11th October: Article 24  Health and Health services –  linked to World Mental Health Day
  • 18th October: Article 16 – right to privacy – Every child has the right to privacy.

How can parents/carers be involved?

Have a look at the information here:  https://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/
Throughout the year we would like your support with charity, awareness and fundraising events to promote the rights of children in need and we thank you for your support in many previous events.

How are teachers and staff involved?

Teachers and staff model rights respecting language and attitudes and make strategic decisions that involve students. Rights are taught and learned throughout the whole school community through training, curriculum, assemblies, topics, focus days and displays. Governors are informed of progress frequently and are invited to participate actively as much as they can. We have a dedicated Rights Respecting Governor.

How are pupils involved?

Pupils are encouraged to have an active role in their learning and in the community. They can join in steering groups such as the ECO Warriors, Rights Respecting Steering group, Mini Vinnies, School Council and Learning Council. They will be invited to talk about or demonstrate their understanding of their rights, to look at, choose and create RRSA resources for display around school. They are encouraged to recycle more, help children in their local community, in England in in other countries as well as many more events which link to UNCRC Articles. The children also understand that if they have a right, then so do others and this helps them to think about children who might not achieve their rights.

A word from Fr Chris on the history of children’s rights:

In his Rule for monastic communities St Benedict says that when important matters are to be decided then the whole community should be asked for advice. Because ‘the Lord often reveals what is better to the younger.’ This speaks to me of the child’s right to be consulted and listened to. Amazing that this was written in the 6th century AD! Even if the advice children may give us is not always followed they will, nevertheless, learn how to voice their opinions with respect and clarity – something sorely needed especially in the political arena.

Article 12

The children have been standing up for their own and others’ rights using Article 12 Every child has the right to express their views and opinions.


The children have made a fantastic start to the new school year completing work on some very important articles and class charters.  Above are the charters from  Year 4 and Year 1.

Tranquil Treehouse – Article 24

Nadia from Tranquil Treehouse came into classes from Years 1-6 to complete some mindfulness and reflection activities. These activities have shown the children how to relax, reflect on their strengths and weaknesses and to help them manage emotions. This has been in light of lockdown and to help the children to settle back into school life.
This has been a tremendous success and has really helped our children achieve their right in Article 24 – every child has the right to the best health and health care.
Here are some photographs of the children enjoying their time with Nadia during the last few weeks.


 
The Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) is awarded by UNICEF and focuses on promoting children’s rights within school.

Below is a list of the Rights of the Child agreed by the UN. These are the rights we are working with towards our Rights Respecting School Award.
List of rights

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. The 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.

Using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as our guide, we will work with all children and adults in our school to make more people aware of these rights. We have achieved the Bronze level of this award.

Working towards this level means that the children will be aware not just of their own rights, but of all children around them in school, in Britain and around the world.

If you would like more information on this award please visit https://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/the-rrsa/about-the-rrsa/

Have a look back to see what else we did last year.

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