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!

Rights Respecting Schools : Wednesday 17th May

What is Day for Change?

Day for Change is a fundraising challenge for schools. During the school day the children will be taught about how we can help others in our world. Ths is an  opportunity to teach pupils about the transformative power of nutrition and empower them to hep raise  funds to help make sure malnourished children can grow up healthy and strong.

The money that you raise will go even further- simply send in any loose change you may have and make a difference. Thank You!

This year the money that our school raises will be matched pound for pound by The Power of Nutrition, a charitable foundation – meaning the impact of your fundraising will be even greater.

http://www.powerofnutrition.org/

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Year 5 have composed poems about the importance of being a Rights Respecting School. Here is Toby’s poem.

R espect everyone’s rights.

I n Iraq millions of people have lost their homes.

G o and tell the people about CRC. (The Convention on the Rights of the Child)

H elp the people that are not as lucky as us.

T hink about the people whose rights are not respected.

S how and tell everyone.

 

R ights aren’t just for children- they are for everyone.

E ncourage the world to help.

S aving children and taking them to safety.

P eople in need of help.

E veryone should have an education.

C RC tries to help those in need.

T he people get separated from their families.

I n their lives they have no peace.

N ever do they have enough food.

G iving the supplies will help them live.

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Year 5 have composed poems about the importance of being a Rights Respecting School. Here is Niamh’s poem.
R espect all things you love.
I t would be hard if you had to leave them.
G ratefulness is more important than being spoilt.
H appiness can be found in the darkness of times.
T rust everyone you meet.
S helter is an important CRC right for all children.
R espect hyman rights.
E veryone is included.
S ometimes life is hard.
P rotect those around you.
E nsure others are safe.
C are for those in need.
T raveling and leaving your home is rough.
I t is important to have these rights.
N o one can make you a slave.
G overnments fight for these rights.
By Niamh
Thank you to the children of year 5 who composed such thought provoking poems. Many of these are on display in the main hall.

 

Day for Change UNICEF – What is Day for Change
Day for Change is a fundraising challenge for schools. The ask is simple: change something about your school day and collect as much change and cash as possible – helping to keep children safe from hunger. This year the money 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.
Date: Wednesday 17th May -more information to follow

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Year 5 have composed poems about the importance of being a Rights Respecting School. Here is Stephanie’s poem.

R espect all the rights.

I  magine how you would feel.

round shaking , bombs dropping.

ouses bombed and broken.

T their belongings all taken!            

S helters are unsafe for life.            

 

ights protecr you.  

veryone has the responsibility to keep people safe.         

S tand up for your rights.

P ray for those whose rights have been lost.          

E mbrace the orphans.

C onvention is here for children.                

hink of ALL the children.                   

I magine a world of torture and sorrow.                

N ever stop people following their rights.               

o and walk hard to stand up for the rights of all children.

    By Stephanie

We continue to introduce the new Article of the Month and the Thought for the Month. These are displayed in all classes, at the After School Club and in the main hall.

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