Rights Respecting Schools Meeting: Wednesday 20th March 2019
We thanked GP, OM, CM, AF & IL for doing such a good job presenting our assembly.
Everyone was delighted about our recent FairAware award and were keen to move things forward. We agreed to present one assembly per term about Fairtrade, so that our pupils can learn more about it.
We agreed roles and responsibilities for everyone in the group next term.
- MMac & CM: Typing out the article(s) of the fortnight onto PowerPoint slides
- BG: Mounting article(s) for display
- AB, SL, DM & BG: inserting relevant images into PowerPoint slides
- TD & AF: updating blog
- MMcC & IL: writing/compiling end of year Rights Quiz
- AB, AM & OB: practising assembly introductions and instructions
- OM & GP: assembly/meeting technicians
Our next assembly will be on Wednesday 1st May. It will be about “Migration and How it Benefits Society.” The P1 girls will have their first experience of introducing the assembly. The presenters will be: MM, TD, AB, SL and DM.
Rights Respecting Schools Assembly: “The Displacement Cycle” (20.3.2019)
Governments must do all they can to make sure every child can enjoy their rights by creating systems and passing laws that promote and protect children’s rights.
Every child has the right to life. Governments must do all they can to ensure that children survive and develop to their full potential.
If a child is seeking refuge or has refugee status, governments must provide them with appropriate protection and assistance to help them enjoy all the rights in the Convention. Governments must help
refugee children who are separated from their parents to be reunited with them.
At this assembly the pupils were thought about all the different ways people are forcibly displaced around the world. We learned that one child is forced to leave their home every six seconds. We listened to Ubah’s story, and learned how she had to leave her home in Somalia’s Puntland region, just so that she could survive. When people have to move to stay alive, we call it “forced displacement.” UNICEF say, “Every year hundreds of thousands of people move to other countries just to survive, and it is important to know that this is the way it has always been – since long before there were national borders, passports and visas.”
This assembly helped us to develop empathy for the children and adults all over the world who this happens to, and ways that we could show friendship and positivity towards them.
Rights Respecting Schools Meeting: Wednesday 6th March 2019
Our RRSA group started to prepare our next assembly, which will be about the displacement cycle. Several volunteers were happy to be presenters again, so they decided how to divide up the script and had a quick practice. The rest of the group worked in mixed-age trios to research more about displacement. Our next RRSA meeting will be on Wednesday 20th March after the assembly, where we will discuss and agree what we will be doing next term.
Rights Respecting Schools Assembly: “Mother Language Day” (6.3.2019)
Every child has the same rights regardless of their race, colour, sex, language, religion, politics, nationality, social class, place of birth or disability.
Every child has the right to practice their own culture, language and religion.
Today we celebrated all the languages learned and spoken throughout Scotland! We heard the story of a Moroccan girl who moved to Spain, and experienced criticism for using her mother tongue with her own family. The pupils felt empathy for the girl in the story, and realised that we should respect everyone’s home languages.
Rights Respecting Schools Assembly: “Cocoa News” (21.2.2019)
The Convention applies to every child, regardless of race, colour, sex, language, place of birth, religion, politics, disability, and status.
All children and young people have the right to the best health care possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help them stay alive, healthy and safe.
In preparation for Fairtrade Fortnight, the RRSA group presented a “news bulletin” to the school all about farming cocoa and the importance of Fairtrade chocolate. We learned how Fairtrade chocolate gives cocoa farmers a much fairer deal, allowing them to invest in better health and education for their communities. The Fairtrade Foundation want to concentrate their campaigning on Fairtrade chocolate for the next three years. This year’s campaign has a special focus on female farmers.
You can find the Fairtrade Foundation’s “Cocoa News” assembly here: Cocoa News Fairtrade Primary Assembly 21.2.2019
Rights Respecting Schools Meeting: Wednesday 13th February 2019
Our RRSA group split into two teams this afternoon – one team prepared a school assembly about children’s rights and fairtrade fortnight, which they will present on Thursday 21st February. The other team started to gather information about Mother Language Day (21st February) which they will present to the school on Wednesday 6th March. Our next RRSA meeting will be on Wednesday 6th March after the assembly, so we knew we had a lot to achieve today! You can see from the photos below that everyone worked really hard. 🙂
Rights Respecting Schools Assembly: “Everyone’s a Hero” (6.2.2019)
Article 19: Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect.
Our RRSA presenters got everyone thinking about how to respond to bullying today. They posed a quiz, and everyone in the school had to hold up their answer: A, B or C. It was really interesting to see what the pupils thought about different situations – some were quite thought provoking. The pupils could see the links between this assembly and our school values of empathy, respect and friendship as well as several of the health and wellbeing indicators.
The four presenters used the assembly below, if you would like to see the questions that the children were asked and talk about them at home.
Rights Respecting Schools Meeting: Wednesday 16th January 2019
• Miss Mullin presented the first RRSA assembly to the whole school this afternoon. It was agreed that all RRSA members will take on different roles to prepare for the next one (on Wednesday 6th February.)
• Isla was welcomed to the RRSA group.
• Assembly jobs were agreed as follows:
o Martha, Thomas, Andrew & Maisie will present the assembly “Everyone’s a Hero” (UNICEF 1.) They agreed to divide up the script.
o Aibhne & Owen typed out Article 19 for the right of the fortnight display.
o Poppy, Poppy & Isla transferred the “We’ve all got rights” song from Youtube to a song sheet. If you want to listen to the song, click the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN_70HXxd5Y&index=8&list=LLVPEqzapW_bxK4aP8rwjgHg&t=7s
o Sam, Conon & Bhavya made master copies of the voting cards that we will need for the next assembly.
o Duncan, Harry, Grayson, Orla & Ava prepared & counted the colour paper for the voting cards.
Next meeting: 30th January 2019.
Rights Respecting Schools Meeting: Wednesday 10th October 2018
• Miss Mullin has officially registered our school for the Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA.)
• UNICEF RRSA year planner shared with P7s. P7s to identify potential themes/dates for assemblies.
• Thanks to the PSAs for photocopying our surveys.
• Return date of Friday 2nd November agreed for all surveys.
• P7s distributed pupil and staff surveys.
• Noticeboard in hall selected – PSAs asked to remove existing display.
• Featured image agreed for RRSA blog.
• P7s typed up minutes for RRSA blog.
• P1-P6 pupils started to create paperchains for RRSA display board.
Next meeting: date to be confirmed, November 2018
Rights Respecting Schools meeting: Wednesday 19th September 2018
• Miss Mullin welcomed the 16 pupil representatives from across the school.
• P7s appointed as executive committee. Poppy is chair person. Martha and Ambar will share the role of secretary/public relations officer. Congratulations to all three!
• Gaelic P3-7, P3/4, P4/5 and P6/7D selected for Pupil Surveys.
• Majority voted for a RRSA noticeboard to be created.
• RRSA group to present an assembly to the whole school – P7s to sort out a date with Mrs Laird.
• Group photo taken for noticeboard.
Next meeting: Wednesday 10th October 2018.