Rights Respecting Schools

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Dreghorn Primary School is a Rights Respecting School – that means we put the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of everything we do. We are working towards the “Rights Respecting Award” which will show how we promote children’s rights and empower them to become global citizens. A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between adults and children and between children and adults.
UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfill their potential.

What have we done so far?
The school community revisited the convention in September 2015. Each class began the journey by creating class charters displaying rights relevant to the class, alongside responsibilities the children have to ensure every child has their right met.
A Rights Respecting Steering group has been created with children representing each class from the school. They will be meeting fortnightly to work together on ideas to help the school on its journey.
The Rights Respecting Schools Council have created a school charter based on the SHANARRI principles.

What is next?
There will be regular assemblies from the Steering group updating the school on their progress.
A mascot competition will be launched in October.
The whole school will take part in a Diversity week in November (details to follow)

Rights Respecting School Members
Meet the new members of our Rights Respecting Schools Group.  They wont just be wearing the badge they’ll be working hard to help teach the pupils, staff, parents and local community how to be Rights Respecting.

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Jessica, Callum, Taylor, Airen, Struan, Ross, Kayla, Aaron, Hannah, Connor, Mia, Dawson, Sean, Chloe, Lee, Fraser and Katie.

All classes took part in Diversity Week in November.  The older RRSA group members came along to assembly to explain what would be happening throughout the week with explanations as to the activities and final celebrations.
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Each class had a theme so that as a school we were learning about a wide variety of people across the globe.   You can find out all about Diversity Fortnight on its own celebration page.
We had a Diversity Fortnight competition.  Everyone had to design a person that will be displayed within out main corridor.  The person could be from anywhere in the country and display a range of diverse people that make up the world.  Check out our winners.
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Our p4-7 choir recently took part in a Rights Respecting Schools concert organised by some pupils from Greenwood Academy. They performed along side pupils from Greenwood and feeder primary schools and represented the school to a high standard – as always!
They chose to perform ‘Roar’ by Katy Perry as the song as a strong message about making your voice heard and standing up for what you believe in. For some choir members it was their first time singing in front of a large audience but they dealt with their nerves like professionals and pulled off an incredible performance. Our more experienced members provided lots of support to the new members – this attitude is what makes us such an awesome team!
The choir have lots more performances coming up nearer to Christmas so watch our for them in a venue near you!

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