Congratulations to Aidan who is our Rights Respecting Champion this week!
Rights Respecting Success!
St Olcan’s is a Right’s Respecting School after receiving our Level 1 award in May 2015.
We decided to become a Rights Respecting School because we want St Olcan’s to become a better place for everyone. We want to teach children about their rights and we want them to understand how to respect each other’s rights and develop the responsibilities they have towards each other.
Rights Respecting learning makes us think more about other people and how our actions and words affect them.
We would like children and adults to look at their own behaviours and see how it affects other people and how they would feel if they were treated in a similar way.
We believe this is a very important skill for children to succeed in life and be happy.
What is RRSA?
The RRSA (Rights Respecting Schools Award) is given by a charity called UNICEF.
UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) work hard to help children and families all over the world. They work hard to ensure that all children can enjoy their rights by upholding the UNCRC. We all have rights and they cannot be taken away from us.
What is the UNCRC?
UNCRC stands for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child.
It was created by UNICEF and it has 54 articles which outline all the rights the child has. It builds on the basic rights a child has;
Such as the right to:
Develop to the fullest
Protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation
Participate fully in family, cultural and social life
UNICEF Rights Respecting website
We have a School Council with elected representation from P3 – P7 (P1 and P2 are represented by Miss McVeigh) which meets twice termly to discuss issues, solutions and views which affect the children and the school. The Rights Respecting committee also meet with Miss McVeigh and parents/grandparents as part of the wider steering committee. The council make decisions which are then brought to the principal. They have their own budget for purchasing items which they consider are needed for the school.