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Rights Respecting Schools Award

Dear Parent / Carers,

I am delighted to inform you that St Mary Magdalene School has started working towards achieving the Rights Respecting Schools’ Award. The Rights Respecting School s’ Award (RRSA) is an initiative run by UNICEF UK, which encourages schools to place the UN Conventions on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of its ethos and curriculum.

Children are taught about, and understand that they have the rights and everyone has the responsibility to respect the rights of others. The RRSA is premised on the understanding that if children want to achieve, they have to feel included, have a sense of belonging and an understanding that they matter.

A Rights Respecting School not only teaches about children’s rights, it also models rights and respect in all its relationships, whether between children or between children and adults.

In class the children will be introduced to the UN Convention of Rights. They will undertake different activities to help them understand they have rights and responsibilities.  Each class will be working on a class charter which will be asset of ‘rules’ which are imbedded in the UN convention.

Hopefully over time, the language and elements of the convention will become embedded in our daily school life. To achieve this type of impact, however, we are looking to involve the whole school community – Governors, staff children and parents.

To ensure we reach all these people and that their opinions and views are heard, it has been decided that we will set up a steering group. The role of the group will be to guide the school on its journey to achieving the award. The group will be made up of different members of the school community, including the School Council members who will be our Rights Respecting Schools Ambassadors.The groups will meet once a term to discuss any issues, ways forward and to help keep the values at the heart of the school. If you feel this is something that you would be interested in and would like to represent our parents, please complete the slip and return it to the office.

The achievement of this award promises to be an exciting journey. At St Mary Magdalene’s we pride ourselves on looking after the needs of the whole child and much of what we need to do for this award is already in place.

If you have any questions about this work, please feel free to speak to myself or any of the class teachers.

Thank you for your support

Yours Sincerely

Angela Brennan

Pastoral Leader