St Andrews PS rewarded for respecting rights

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St Andrews Primary School has achieved Level 1 of the Rights Respecting School Award (write Alyx Buchan and Daniel Ferguson).

It is in recognition of their hard work in supporting pupils’ rights and UN Convention for the Rights of the Child.

Pupils have been learning through rights, about rights and they have been protecting the rights of others.

Chairperson of the Rights Respecting School Steering Group, Alyx Buchan (9) explained how they did this. “In every class we have a charter which includes a few of the rights and describes how we will respect them. We want to make sure we Get it Right for Every Child because this is our School’s vision.”

Daniel Ferguson (11), secretary for the group, said: “We talk about the rights at Assemblies to make sure every single pupil knows the rights that they have.”

Pupils have also taken part in fundraising activities for children who can’t access their rights. Last session they raised money for Miss Stephen, a former local head teacher, to take to Nepal to help the children she was working with to have the right to an education. They have just finished working with the Rotary Club to fill shoeboxes with toys for children in Eastern Europe because they have the right to relax and play.

The school will now be working towards Level 2 making them ambassadors for children’s rights in the community. The pupils would be delighted to share their learning about rights with any members of the community. Their report is available to read on the School Website.