Life at St Mary's
We are working hard this year to make St Mary’s a Rights Respecting School.
WELL DONE to our Rights Respecting Steering Group!!
We have achieved our Recognition of Commitment certificate which is the vital first step towards becoming a Rights Respecting school.
What is the Rights Respecting Schools Award?
This is an award given to schools on behalf of UNICEF. In 1989 governments adopted the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The rights in the Convention are based upon needs that all children have in order to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential. Achieving the Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) means putting the rights and responsibilities of children at the heart of the school's planning, policies, practice, ethos and vision. A Rights Respecting school teaches and models rights and respect in all its practice. It also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between teachers/adults and pupils, between adults, and between pupils.
Doing this, we believe, will help our pupils become confident, caring and responsible young people both in school and in the wider world. By learning about their rights, our pupils also learn about their accompanying responsibilities.
There are 42 child-specific articles in the UNCRC, but they can be summed up as follows:
The right to a childhood
The right to an education
The right to be healthy
The right to be treated fairly
The right to a voice.
We will, of course, keep you updated as we progress through the project.