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 - and have recently been reaccredited once again.
The assessors from UNICEF were very impressed during their recent visit, and wrote a lovely report highlighting our achievements and on-going work as a flagship school for the award.
We were excited to host another visit from the staff and children of St. Catherine’s School in Barnet. They took a tour of the school with our Ambassadors, took part in our ‘Active Lunchtimes’ and we even made special biscuits together. They finished off their day by watching a rehearsal of our Year 6 production too!
Both schools had an amazing time, and will hopefully see each other again soon!
PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD! - OUR SHOE SHARE CAMPAIGN - Summer Term 2018
A massive thank you to everyone who wore odd shoes and funny shoes, and to those who donated shoes for our 'Shoe Share' campaign - we gave over 250 pairs to Clarks in Wood Green, who will now recycle them and donate money to UNICEF projects around the world.
WRITING LETTERS TO THE LOCAL COUNCIL AND GOVERNMENT - Summer Term 2018
Our UNICEF Ambassadors have been busy writing letters to the government about their views and opinions on the budget cuts and money problems facing schools across the country.
Their letters were amazing!
We have now been lucky enough to receive formal replies from our Local MP, Kate Osamor, on formal House of Common letterheads! What a great achievement, and something to hold on to the future.
We are very proud of our Ambassadors, once again!
BRETTENHAM'S RIGHTS RESPECTING CHAMPIONS
Each term, our Ambassadors design a quiz or challenge
to send across the school to determine who the most
knowledgeable class are...
Spring Term's winners had to decide which rights,
from a given list, were true and which are false,
and answer questions relating to capital cities
and US states.
This term's winners were 6S!
RAISING MONEY FOR THE AMBASSADORS - Spring Term 2018
The school's Ambassadors wrote to Mr Humphreys to ask for his permission to organise a cake sale to raise funds for the school. As their new lanyards have begun to fall apart, they have asked to purchase new badges so that everybody in school can identify them effectively. Mr Humphreys agreed to their plan, and wrote a lovely letter of reply.
We are pleased to report that we raised a brilliant £40 for the school, which is more than enough for us to be able to buy our new badges and donate some extra money to the school.
Well done and thank you to everyone to helped us!
GLOBAL WEEK - Spring Term 2018
This year, our Ambassadors chose a global issue for each year group to explore during 'Global Week':
Year 6: War and Conflict
Year 5: Natural Disasters
Year 4: Deforestation
Year 3: Global Warming
Year 2: Import and Export Trade
Year 1: Lifestyles and Cultures
Reception: Flags of the World
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, or visit their website at http://glp.globaldimension.org.uk/
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!
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 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.
“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 RRSA Lead Teacher: