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.
In January 2019 we received the prestigious ‘Gold: Rights Respecting’ award. 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.
UNICEF Advent Calendar
This year pupils are opening an advent calendar with a difference. The UNICEF advent calendar gives OSPA pupils a chance to make a difference every single day. Each class is getting a chance to open it and see what the money we have donated in buying the calendar has bought.
Presenting at Governors
The Steering Group have recently presented at our governors meeting. Despite feeling a little nervous, they did a brilliant job! They presented on how being a Rights Respecting School makes us special, their highlight of being a Rights Champion and shared their action plan with our school governors. Miss Nolan was very impressed by how confident and articulate they were and they handled the questions very maturely offering fantastic answers.
World Children’s Day of Action
To celebrate World Children’s Day on Tuesday 20th November, all classes took part in our Goal 14 campaign by writing to school suppliers urging them to think about their packaging options or by writing to Miss Nolan to ask for more recycling opportunities in school.
Latvia were writing to Chartwells, our school dinner providers’ to ask them the stop using small plastic pots for deserts. They worked out that if half the pupils in school had a desert in a plastic pot each day for a week, 1425 plastic pots would end up in the bin. They are hoping that their letters urging them to serve deserts straight onto the tray and to swap cling film for recyclable tin foil will be a success!
Brazil wrote to our school milk suppliers. Read their letter and the reply they received below!
To celebrate anti-bullying week pupils from years 1 to 6 made anti-bullying pledge paper chains in class. Pupils wrote pledges to help put an end to bullying and joined them together to make a huge paper chain. A pupil in Year 5 said “I pledged to stand up to bullying when I see it happening. If we stand together, we can make a difference!”
A huge congratulations to Egypt who won the first Rights Challenge set by the Steering Group. This challenge was all about testing pupils global citizenship skills. Each class was given 10 pictures of cities and they had to work together to decide which country the were in. Everyone really enjoyed the challenge and can’t wait for the next one!
Food Bank Visit
The Rights Champions recently visited the CARE food bank to deliver food donated for the harvest festival. Whilst they were there they helped volunteers to make up food parcels. Everyone felt really inspired by local people’s generosity. They got to see first-hand the difference donations make and learn about how many children in Grimsby got to access article 24 – the right to food because of the food bank.
Check out our amazing Class Charters!
Each class worked together to decide on the articles for the class charter and how it would be presented in their classrooms. They then looked at what they would do to uphold their rights and what duty bearers will do in the classroom to ensure the rights holders enjoy their rights.
On Thursday 4th October, OSPA’s Steering Group organised their very first rights conference. As we are working towards our Gold Rights Respecting Schools Award and the conference was a fantastic opportunity for us to develop a more ambassadorial role in the community and to spread awareness of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The day was planned by Miss Harding, the Enrichment Coordinator and Key Stage Two members of the Steering Group. We had 17 members of school councils attend from two primary schools and one secondary for the full day with their teachers. Corey, Year 6 said, “Today was ace, we learnt so many new things about rights!” Rami, Year 7 said, “Thank you for sharing about the rights. I feel like I have learnt something totally new.” Mrs Cockram from Gipsey
Bridge Academy, Boston said, “My pupils are full of enthusiasm and now ready to share new ideas back at school with the rest of the school council.”
Pupils learnt lots about the rights and how to ensure they get them. As well as developing their knowledge of what it means to be a global citizen. They were also introduced to the Sustainable Development Goals. The Steering Group did a fantastic job of running the conference and presenting on their campaign for Goal 14 of the Sustainable Development Goals – Life Below Water. They cannot wait to run another conference in the near future.
The Rights Champions recently secured a huge £400 grant from the Greggs Foundation to help them with their Goal 14 Campaign. They decided that the first thing to purchase would be litter picking equipment to be used in school. A rota has been drawn up to make sure each class is contributing to keeping the school litter free. Watch this space and keep an eye on our twitter feed find out what they spend the rest of the grant on!
Goal 14 Campaign
Inspired by a Newsround report and Blue Planet 2 our Right Champions have created a campaign to address plastic pollution in our oceans and water ways. The name of the campaign comes from the Sustainable Development Goals, Goal 14 is all about life below water so it perfect for the campaign. The campaign was launched in school with a competition for pupils to be inventive in reusing plastic waste. The entries were fantastic! The Rights Champions have lots planned during this year including joining an E-Twinning project, delivering their presentation to other schools, delivering lessons to Early Years and Key Stage One, addressing plastic waste in school and getting very inventive with plastic bottles.
This academic year OSPA will be working alongside individual schools in Turkey, Spain, Italy and Poland to share apsects of their school life and culture. Each year group will have a half term to create a video to share with the other schools on topics such as school life, celebrating Christmas, traditional games and our town.
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.
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