Rights Respecting Schools
We are a Rights Respecting School!
At Cavendish Primary School, we are committed to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Click this link to see a summary of the UNCRC.
We learn about rights, through rights and for rights. Our aim is to 'create brilliant citizens' and we believe that our pupils are more sensitive and empathetic towards others through learning about children's rights.
What is the RRSA?
The letters RRSA represent 'Rights Respecting School Award'. The award is given by UNICEF to a school for recognising the 'rights' of a child. There are 3 awards, they are:
Bronze - Being Rights Committed.
Silver - Being Rights Aware.
Gold - Being Rights Respecting.
Cavendish have recently been awarded the Bronze Award and will be assessed for the Silver Award in April 2019.
Latest Cavendish RRSA News
Autumn 1 - Welcome back to school and the start of a brand new year. We hope you are all excited about your new year groups and new teachers.
We have been very busy with Rights Respecting Schools so far - the children have chosen their articles and designed their class charters, we have set up a new steering group (and split it! Miss Hansen is taking years 1, 3 and 5 and Mrs Mitchell is taking years 2, 4 and 6) and we are getting ready for our Silver assessment which is on 8th October. It has been a very exciting start to the term. No new Right of the Month yet, but we will set it after our assessment in October.
Some of the class charters:
Summer 2 - Welcome back after half term! We hope you had a safe and happy half term holiday.
This half term has been very busy for our steering group. We had Soccer Aid in June (and the children won!) which helped us to think about children's rights globally.
Our new Right of the Month for July is Article 24: Every child has the right to the best possible health. The children's challenge is to bring a reusable water bottle as well as trying to avoid single use plastics in their snacks.
Good luck everyone!
Summer 1 - We are busy as ever this half term, planning for Soccer Aid next half term. We have introduced a 'Right of the Month', as chosen by our steering group. For May, the Right of the Month is Article 12: Every child has the right to have a say in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously.
We believe we are already doing this, through various pupil voice groups, but we can always do better. To help us improve, we have introduced some blue post boxes around school. You may have seen them already? They are there for students to put suggestions in and the Rights Respecting ambassadors will look at them during our steering group time.
Spring 2 - Welcome back to school! We hope you had a lovely half term.
Here are some of our RRS ambassadors with our Shoe Share certificate. We are really pleased that we have been able to help other children access their right to an education through taking part in this campaign.
This half term, we are busy preparing for our Silver Rights Respecting Schools Award Assessment. Our pupil voice postboxes are almost ready to go out and our children are busy learning about rights. Which rights have you learned about recently?
Key Dates for this half term:
7th March - World Book Day
8th - 17th March - World Science Week
11th March - Commonwealth Day
14th March - International School Meals Day
21st March - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
22nd March - World Water Day
2nd April - Autism Awareness Day
Spring 1 - January was a busy month for our Rights Respecting Steering Group! Mrs Mitchell and Miss Hansen are now leading RRSA and are very impressed with the steering group's enthusiasm and ideas.
We have organised a Clark's Shoe Share for Friday 15th February. Children can bring in unwanted shoes to donate to Clarks in return for a donation to Unicef. For more information about this please see the Unicef website:
This half term, we have been focusing on Article 12: You have the right to give your opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously. We have set up some post boxes around school where children can voice their opinions on matters that are important to them. Look out for them around school!
Key dates for this half term:
20th January - World Religion Day
27th January - Holocaust Day
4th-10th February - Children's Mental Health Week
5th February - Safer Internet Day
20th February - World Day of Social Justice
Autumn 2 - October was Black History Month and Miss Frazer and Mrs. Brants each lead assemblies in kS2 on why we celebrate Black History Month. The children learnt about key figures in Black History such as Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Jessie Owens. We held a competition to design a poster which shows why Black History Month is so important. The steering group judged the posters and the winner was a member of 3CH.
In Autumn Term 1, all children across the school have been very busy creating class charters with their teachers. The idea of the class charter is to decide which rights are the most important to the children within the class and then to plan how they and duty-bearers (the adults) will make sure these rights are being met in school.
Here are some examples of the brilliant charters that have been produced so far!