Respecting our right to be heard

At Netley Primary School we are committed to ensuring that both the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and global citizenship are central to our core values and ethos. The articles are embedded in all aspects of our lives at school.

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Pupil Voice

The Rights Respecting Council consists of children from each class who are elected by their peers.

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Our RRS School Councillors are at the forefront of decision making, presenting ideas from their classmates and as Nathan, one of councillors from Year 3 last year said, ‘..turning dreams into reality.’

At a national and global level they “have their say” by lobbying to MPs and the Prime Minister through annual events such as Send my Friend to School. They are also following the developments of HS2 at a local level, even attending presentations of petitions at the Houses of Parliament!

This year our RRS councillors are focusing on achieving our Rights Respecting Level 2 Award.

Our aims this year include:

  • Involving parents and holding workshops to inform them about our work
  • Fundraising for local and global charities
  • Linking with schools in other countries

 

RRS councillors present their rucksacks to Sir Keir Starmer as part of the school’s Send My Friend to School campaign 2016.

RRS School Council representatives attended a presentation of Netley Primary School’s petition against HS2 on reducing pollution, at the Houses of Parliament in September 2016.

Active Citizens

The children at Netley take their right to be heard very seriously, and use their voice in many ways to help others, both locally and globally.

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Year 1 children asking for donations for a local food bank in Regent’s Place.

 

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Year 5 wrote information pamphlets about the Global Goals and distributed them to people in the local area to raise public awareness.

 

Global Goals Exhibition

Last year, we celebrated the launch of the Global Goals (previously known as the Millennium Goals) with each year group immersing themselves in one particular goal. This then became the focus of our annual exhibition entitled: The World We Want.

Year 1:

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

Year 2:

Goal 4: Quality Education

Year 3:

Goal 14:  Life Below Water

Investigating what happens when there is an oil spill.

Year 4:

Goal 5: Gender Equality

The suffragette movement.

Year 5:

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Year 6

Goal 16:  Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Woodlands:

Goal 15: Life on Land

 

Takeover Day

Every year, to coincide with the anniversary of the UNCRC, the children have the opportunity to apply for different jobs in the school and take over that job! Some children also do some work shadowing in local businesses and companies. The whole day is about children having a voice, making decisions and having their opinions respected.