Rights Respecting Schools (RRS)

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We are very proud to be a ‘Rights Respecting School.’ We have been involved with this UNICEF initiative for many years, and are proud to be awarded ‘Level 2’, the highest award available. This fits perfectly with our ethos at WTLA, providing children with a breadth of learning and experience and setting high expectations.

For more information about Rights Respecting Schools at WTLA please read this short guide: parents guide

More information can also be found here at the official RRS website:

www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/

If you are feeling confused by rights and still wondering what it’s all about, our Lower School Rights Action Group have some advice for you:

“Think of rights as ‘needs’; they are a collection of things we need to live our best lives!”


World Children’s Day 2020

On November 20th we marked World Children’s Day by revisiting the Global Goals for Sustainable development, as well as launching some campaign work related to global warming. This is a day to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights and importantly to translate this into discussions and actions that will work towards a better world for children.

We are joining UNICEF’s ‘OutRight’ campaign programme which supports children to stand up for theirs and other’s rights by speaking out to decision makers. This year the focus is about climate change. The negative impact of climate change has implications for children and importantly, their rights.

First, we did some learning and finding out about climate change. Have a look to see what we got up to:

Reception and Year 1 were appreciating the natural world by decorating hearts with materials from the great outdoors.

Year 2 ‘mapped their footprint’ by recording all of their daily behaviours which may have a negative impact on the planet, and thinking about ways we could change these into positive choices for our world instead.

Year 3 and 4 were ‘making links’ to find out how the effects of climate change can have a knock-on effect to their daily lives and jeopardise their right to good health.

Finally, Years 5 and 6 looked into biodiversity and how we can create a future where people and the planet can all thrive.

Did you know in the last 50 years 60% of the world’s wildlife has been lost?!

We will now be writing some letters to world leaders ahead of the 2021 Climate Change Summit. Watch this space!

Have a look at this great website for ideas of ways we can all reduce our footprint with the help of some superheroes! https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/climate-action-superheroes-info/


Fundraising

Thank you to everyone who has contributed towards our fundraising and awareness days so far this year. World Mental Health Day and Children in Need have been great successes.

We continue think about our fundraising efforts in relation to children’s rights.

Children in Need

Article 23 – Children with disabilities have the right to live a full and decent life.

Article 27 – Every child has the right to a standard of living that is good enough to meet their physical and social needs.

World Mental Health Day

Article 24 – Children have the right to an education on good health and well-being.


School closure

Teachers and staff were sad to say goodbye to pupils in March, entering an unknown period of lockdown and concerned for the children’s education and well-being. Pupils were sent three lessons each day to ensure they could access their right to an education. We are all so impressed with the hard work you all in put in at home. Well done children and thank you parents and carers for your support!

Thank you to all who had a go at the ‘Article of the Week’ activities your teachers sent you. We hope you had some valuable conversations with your carers at home about your rights, and that they now have a better understanding of them too!

Well done to all who had a go at designing a window poster to promote children’s rights during lockdown:


Governor

Starting in September 2019 we are happy to welcome Mr Rayner along to our Rights Action Group meetings. Mr Rayner will support our work promoting children’s rights and can share all of our hard work with the governing body at school. Welcome Mr Rayner!


Food bank collection

Thank you to all who supported our food bank collection in the run-up to Christmas. The Rights Action Group strive to support the rights of children in their local community, and the Counterslip food bank provide food for children and families in Brislington and surrounding areas, supporting their right to the best health (Article 24) and an adequate standard of living (Article 27). We donated 102kg of food in total, and a special mention to Stanley in 2N who spent £20 of his own money towards the collection!


World Children’s Day

World Children’s Day on the 20th November 2019 marks 30 years of the ‘Convention on the Rights of the Child’ (CRC) and to celebrate here at WTLA we have taken a day to stop and think about the world we live in, how it’s improved for us over the last 30 years, and what still needs to improve.

To help us we have been learning about the ‘Global Goals for Sustainable Development’. Agreed by world leaders these goals aim to develop a better world for all by 2030, by eradicating poverty, inequality and combating climate change. Each year group focused on one goal, looking at the current issues, and thinking about action we can take to support the goal. Take a look at the 17 goals:

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Have a look at this video by ‘The World’s Largest Lesson’ which got us thinking about these issues:

World’s Largest Lesson

Newsround have created this informative video outlining Children’s Rights at 30 years old:

30 years of the UNCRC

Here’s the upper school RAG’s review of our important day:

Reception were thinking about Goal 14 ‘Life under water’. They considered ways we can prevent polluting seas through our everyday habits. Dragonflies created this colourful artwork representing their ideas:

Year 1 were focusing on Goal 2 ‘Zero hunger’ and recorded some videos with their top 3 tips for reducing hunger globally. Year 2 looked at Goal 6 ‘Clean water and sanitation’. They researched the many causes of water pollution and created some postcards outlining how they can support clean water for all. They decided on reducing plastic, buying fewer clothes, and reducing meat consumption. Have a look at some of their postcards:

Year 3 look at Goal 5 ‘Gender equality’ and focused on the inspiring work of Malala, who campaigned for equal rights for women and girls, as well as education for all. Year 4 looked at Goal 4 ‘Quality Education’, creating some postcards from 2030 outlining how they’d like to see things change:

Year 5 looked into Goal 13 ‘Climate Change’ suggesting all sorts of ways they can have a positive impact on our fragile planet, such as reducing car use, growing our own food, and using sustainable materials

Finally, Year 6 thought about Goal 12 ‘Responsible consumption’ and have pledged to reduce their food waste, and thought about where their food is sourced from.


Introducing our RAG members for 2019!

RAG stands for ‘Rights Action Group’. We have 2 different groups; one for lower school and one for upper school. Read on to find out more about us:

Lower School

Hello! We are the lower school Rights Action Group. Our names are: Lottie, Erin, Brandon, Evie, Stanley, Heidi, Aleisha, Rhys, Jack, Hanna, Alice, Hamish, Ben, Sienna, Star, James, Hayden and Chloe. We are very proud to be helping all children at WTLA know their rights. We collect ideas from our classes and discuss them at regular meetings. Some of us are involved in interviewing new teachers. We are always thinking about ways to make our school the best it can be, and are also looking forward to getting involved in some exciting campaigns.

Upper School

Hi, we’re the upper school RAG group. Our names are: Oscar, Charley, Tayler, Dominic, Elina, Lewis, Lara, George, Dexter, Agnes, Andi, Alfie, Reggie, Roxy, Jack, Daniele, Mady and Martins. We’re trying to make our school a better place by respecting our rights and teaching others about their rights.