Rights Respecting Schools Award
Autumn Term 2020
In November we celebrated World Children's Day by sharing work we had competed as part of the Unicef OutRight campaign. This year's focus was on climate change which also links in with Laudato Si - care for our common home. As we could not hold our annual Paddington picnic, families were invited to have a picnic at home, discuss climate change and share their photographs. Year 5 and 6 have written letters to our local MP Graham Stringer expressing their views and offering solutions for a cleaner, climate-friendly country.
Please click on the link to see the Article of the Week and some related activities that you can do at home during lock-down.
Spring Term 2 2020
This half term the children will be completing some pupil voice activities as we promote the right to freedom of expression (article 13 of the UNCRC). Every child must be free to express their thoughts and opinions and to access all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law.
Spring Term 1 2020
In the new year, we focused on the right to privacy (article 16 of the UNCRC) and the school Digital Leaders led an assembly about how to keep safe online by keeping information private and the use of avatars to protect identity online.
Autumn Term 2 2019
In November we celebrated World Children's Day by holding a Paddington picnic in school. We also took part in the OutRight campaign again by celebrating 30 years of the UNCRC. Classes focused on their favourite rights. Year 6 thought about new rights that could be included on the UNCRC for our modern world. Children's work was displayed in the hall to share with parents.
Autumn Term 1 2019
We focused on the right to not be harmed and kept safe (article 19 of the UNCRC). The School Council produced a safeguarding booklet for children. This can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
Summer Term 2019
In Summer Term 1, the children will be learning about Article 23 of the UNCRC - the right to special care and support if you are disabled. Each class will have an opportunity to take part in an inclusion sport i.e. seated volleyball, boccia or goalball.
Spring Term 2019
In Spring Term 2, the school council took photographs of pupil s enjoying their right to relax and play (Article 31 of the UNCRC). The photographs were displayed on the school council noticeboard.
During Spring Term 1 the Digital Leaders led classroom activities about consent and permissions online linked to Article 16 of the UNCRC which states: Children have a right to privacy.
Autumn Term 2018
We focused on Article 6 of the UNCRC in Autumn 2.
The article states: Children have a right to life and be healthy.
The whole school took part in Unicef's Outright campaign to breathe clean air. The infants had a Paddington picnic and the school council spoke about the campaign work we had done in school. Some children wrote postcards which were sent to Unicef who created a scrapbook that features a small selection of the postcards they had received, to be presented to the Environment Minister, Michael Gove. Two postcards from students of St John Bosco primary school are included in the scrapbook. Well done to Alissa, 5 and Niamh, 9.
We focused on Article 27 of the UNCRC in Autumn 1.
The article states: Children have a right to a good standard of living.
Elikem and Julia - the Year 5 representatives of the school council - led some classroom sessions about what a good standard of living is. They led an activity about wants vs needs to highlight what children need to have a good standard of living.
Summer Term 2018
We looked at Article 30 of the UNCRC in Summer 2.
The article states: Every child has the right to learn and the the language, customs and religion of their family, whether or not these are shared by the majority of the peope in the country where they live.
The children in our school speak many different languages and we have celebrated this in a short film made by Amy and Zak of the School Council.
In Summer 1 we learned about Article 24 of the UNCRC.
The article states:Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food, and a clean environment and education on health and well-being so that children can stay healthy. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.
North Manchester has some of the highest levels of child tooth decay in the country. To increase awareness about oral health, we have invited a dentist in to school to talk to children and parents about good dental practice and choosing the right things to eat. The dentist will be visiting school on Thursday afternoon 19th April.
Spring Term 2018
We focused on Article 2of the UNCRC in Spring 2.
The article states: All children have these rights no matter what.
Mrs Doyle and Mrs Quinn visited each class to talk to children about their class charters and other rights they had been learning about.
We focused on Article 19 of the UNCRC in Spring 1.
The article states: You should not be harmed and should be looked after and kept safe.
The Digital Leaders led assemblies on internet safety.
Autumn Term 2017
We focused on Article 22 of the UNCRC in Autumn 2.
The article states: Refugee children have the same rights as those born in our country.
The whole school took part in Unicef's Outrights campaign. A refugee called Amir came in to talk about his experiences.
We focused on Article 12 of the UNCRC in Autumn 2.
The article states: Children have a right to say what they think should happen and be listened to.
The children elected their class representatives to the School Council. The School Council began working on how to promote the UNCRC in school and voted for articles to focus on as a school each half term.
We are becoming a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School
St John Bosco 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.
Our pupils will learn about their rights by putting them into practice every day. A Rights Respecting School models rights and respect in all its relationships.
We really hope that you will be able to support our school 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