Rights Respecting Schools

Global Learning Platform

Thank you to Mrs Lown for the beautiful display in the main corridor of the 17 Global Goals.  It is in a cental place so this will enable the children to become very familiar with the different designs and their meanings.

  Goal 1

No Poverty-End poverty in all it’s forms everywhere. To achieve Goal 1, States have agreed to:

  • Ensure that everyone in society is protected
  • Ensure we help people who have less money
  • Protect people from climate-related extreme events, like floods and droughts

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Our Class Charters are now up. We have concentrated on the articles below.

Article 29

The right to an education that develops their personality and talents to the fullest

Article 30

The right to practise one’s own culture

Article 14

The right to practise one’s own religion

Article 2

The right to be treated fairly

Article 24

The right to access clean water and nutritious food

Article 19

The right to protection from harm

Article 23

The right to support

Article 17

The right to have easy access to books and sources of information

Article 24

The right to have access to good medical care

Article 27

The right to housing and clothing

Our charters are visually very creative and we hope you stop and look at them when you visit our school. Each class also has ‘The article of the Month’  and ‘Thought for the Month’ as see below.

                                            Thought for the Month

Global Learning Platform

In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. Our governments have a plan to save our planet…it’s our job to make sure they stick to it.

In last year’s newsletter we introduced you to the 17 goals. This half term the whole school are concentrating on ‘Every Plate tells a Story’.  The children will look at meals they like to eat. This could be a favourite meal or one they have recently eaten. The point is to think about what you are eating and how it links to the Goals. All the classes will watch the World’s Largest Lesson linked to this theme.  Here is the link for you to share this experience-


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During the course of the next two weeks the children will be creating their own class charter. The charter for a rights-respecting classroom sets out:

  • the rights (articles) selected which the children and adults consider to be the most relevant to our school.
  • the actions agreed between the children and adults to ensure that these rights can be realized and enjoyed by everyone.

Each class will set their charter out in a visible way for the whole school community to share.

Rights Respecting Schools – UNICEF UPDATE

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects.

All children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfil their potential – to the benefit of a better world. At St Catherine’s we firmly believe this and do all we can to make a difference.

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Thank you to everyone in our school community who supported our fundraising for the Grenfell Community. The money raised will be donated to support those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. Thank You.
As we reach the final month of this academic year the children now have the new Article of the Month linked closely to the Grenfell Tower tragedy and the ‘Thought for the Month’. Teamwork is crucial as it is so important to work well together, trying our best in any circumstance. At St Catherine’s we always try our very best to cooperate, using our individual skills and talents. It is a vital skill used in all areas of life. School is, however, an excellent time to cultivate the teamwork ethos our children will then draw from throughout their life.


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Mrs Ainger attended the training for moving from Level 1 to Level 2 this week at Unicef House. Unicef UK
grants the Level 2 Rights Respecting Schools Award to schools that show they have fully embedded the
Convention in their culture and practice and have met the four RRSA standards and Expected Outcomes
for a Level 2 school. To receive the Level 2 Award, we will be assessed by two Unicef UK representatives
who will look at the whole school’s rights-respecting work. This will take place early 2018. Mrs Ainger
will be working closely with the steering group, school council, staff, parents and governors to ensure we
fully understand this process.

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On Wednesday Brettenham School visited our school. Some of the steering group had the opportunity to work with them and participated in activities relating to the Global Learning Programme. We gave the children a tour of our school and were keen to gather ideas and suggestions as to how we could achieve Level 2 RRSA.

“Today we met with children from Brettenham School. We did lots of activities based on our rights. We looked at different cultures and places around the world.” Layla May and Emily

We finished with an activity called “What does a child of the 21st Century look like?” We came up with so many key words- trustworthy, determined, joyful, inspirational, amiable, respectful, proud and so many more.

The children from Brettenham Juniors had so many positive things to say about our school. They loved the RRS displays, the Buddy bench, the classroom environments, the library and enjoyed having lunch with us all.
The children had a wonderful time. Thank you to Mrs Brown and the children. We look forward to visiting Brettenham Juniors again in the Autumn Term.

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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, or UNCRC, is the basis of all of Unicef’s work.
It is the most complete statement of children’s rights ever produced.

Article 24: 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.

Article 34: Governments must protect children from all forms of abuse and exploitation.
These articles are closely linked to the visit of the NSPCC in June after half term.

Finally, thank you to everyone who supported the Day for Change by sending in their loose change to
make a difference. As stated last week the money that we raise will be matched pound for pound by The
Power of Nutrition, a charitable foundation – meaning the impact of your fundraising will be even
greater. We raised in excess of £100!

Rights Respecting Schools – Day for Change Wednesday, 17th May

Thank you to everyone who supported the Day for Change by sending in their loose change to make a difference. As stated last week the money that we raise will be matched pound for pound by The Power of Nutrition, a charitable foundation – meaning the impact of your fundraising will be even greater. Watch this space to find out how much we raised in next week’s newsletter!