BRETTENHAM IS A LEVEL 2
RIGHTS RESPECTING SCHOOL
We are extremely proud to be THE FIRST SCHOOL IN ENFIELD to achieve the prestigious Level 2 of the Rights Respecting Schools Award.
Since their visit to us last term, we have been keen to visit the ambassadors at St Catherine's to learn more about what they have done, and are continuing to do, to earn their Level 1 Rights Respecting Status. Brettenham's Ambassadors from Years 5 and 6 visited in June to have a look around, engage in some activities and offer advice for their upcoming Level 2 assessment.
Brettenham took part in this year's 'UNICEF Day for Change', focusing on raising awareness of malnutrition around the world. Children are malnourished when they do not eat enough food, or eat too much of the wrong kinds of food. On average, a child dies of malnutrition every 12 minutes.
On the day, we all donated £1 to come to school dressed in lots of blue, and learnt more about the issue of malnutrition in our lessons, producing some great work about our hopes for the future. We also made and sold fruit smoothies, and took part in food related games and competitions to further embed the importance of making healthy food choices.
Altogether, we raised an amazing £290, which will be doubled by another charity, meaning we will eventually send around £600 to UNICEF to help with their projects around the world!
Thank you, and well done to everyone!
Brettenham's UNICEF Ambassadors meet weekly with Mrs Brown, our RRSA lead teacher, to discuss the workings of the school, and be the voice of our pupils. Additionally, they organise a number of theme days to bring together all our learning about children’s rights around the world.
They also collect evidence and photos of our work to show our children, parents and visitors all the fantastic work that we do!
This year, Brettenham has been awarded the title of Enfield's 'Global Centre of Excellence'. This is primarily in relation to our work on global issues and social awareness, and our status as a Rights Respecting School.
We use this title to coach, mentor and train other schools in the area in their development of their own global learning and education. Please do not hesitate to contact us at Brettenham for more information!
The UNCRC is a document agreed to by all countries around the world to help
protect children. It tells us our rights as children.
“Rights" are things every child should HAVE or BE ABLE TO DO.
All children have the same rights. These rights are listed in the UN Convention
on the Rights of the Child.
Almost every country has agreed to these rights.
All the rights are connected to each other, and all are equally important.
Sometimes, we have to think about rights in terms of what is the best for
children in a situation, and what is critical to life and protection from harm.
As you grow, you have more responsibility to make choices and exercise your
Brettenham's UNICEF Ambassadors worked together to re-write the UNCRC in their own words, making it more accessible to all our children.
As well as individual class charters (reminding children of their rights and how to respect them while they are learning in class) our UNICEF Ambassadors have also designed charters for other key areas around school. These charters aim to promote positive attitudes and behaviours, as well as making sure our RRSA work is prominent throughout the school.
“The UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) supports schools across the UK to embed children’s human rights in their ethos and culture. The award recognises achievement in putting the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of a school’s practice to improve well-being and help all children realise their potential. The award is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The initiative started in 2006 and schools involved in the Award have reported a positive impact on relationships and well-being, leading to better learning and behaviour, improved academic standards and less bullying.”
learn more at: http://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/
For more information on our RRS work, please contact Jo Brown, our RRS Lead Teacher: firstname.lastname@example.org.