What is a Rights Respecting School?
UNICEF, the United Nations International Children’s Fund, is the world’s leading organisation for children. Their work is based upon the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This is a document that ensures the countries signed up to it, of which the UK is one, recognise 43 child rights. The convention outlines that every child, regardless of who they are or where they live, grows up safe, healthy and happy.
At OSPA we have just begun our Rights Respecting School Journey having received our Recognition of Commitment in December, 2016. We are currently working towards Level one. We have placed the values and principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of our academy ethos. Through the curriculum children are increasingly more aware of their rights and how they can respect these. Over time pupils will be able to make more informed decisions about their learning, health and well-being and become globally aware citizens.
International Schools Award
Ormiston South Parade Academy have achieved the foundation level of the International School Award for their upcoming Etwinning projects. The Steering Group (pictured) are taking part in an Etwinning project with a number of European schools to tackle plastic pollution. A second project involving the whole school is commencing in the Autumn term allowing pupils to work alongside pupils from primary schools in Italy, Turkey, Spain and Poland.
Clarks Shoe Share
OSPA Steering Group recent organised a shoe share for Clarks shoe shop. Each ton of shoes collected by Clarks means they make a donation to UNICEF to help them ensure every child is enjoying their right to education. We collected over 170 pairs of shoes and the Steering Group paired and bagged them up and carried them into town. Clarks were amazed and said it was the largest amount of shoes they had ever had delivered in one go.
We were featured in the OAT newsletter for our fundraising.
Class Charters are a central part of classroom culture at OSPA. Each class decided on the rights that were most important within their classrooms and created their own class charter. The charters help everyone, including staff who are recognised as duty bearers, to understand how they can respect their rights.
Please see examples of our class charters below:
Please see our Our Playground Charter.
Please see our RRSA Leaflet