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.
The first of our half termly rights challenges has taken place in school. Pupils had to work together as a class to determine the locations of 10 cities, a task chosen by our Rights Champions. Worldwide. A challenge to test their global citizenship skills. Well done to Egypt in year 2 who were our winners!
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.
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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.
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