Rights Respecting Schools
In 2015, Southmead Primary School became a Rights Respecting School. Children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted. Young people and the school community learn about children’s rights by putting them into practice every day.
Our vision is that the whole school community learns about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, that the school has a rights-respecting ethos and that the children are empowered to become active citizens and learners.
Autumn 2017: What a great start to the school year. The newly elected councillors embarked on a campaign focused on: Article 24 ‘All children have the right to nutritious food’, raising awareness of of malnutrition globally through lessons and an informative assembly.The school community donated food items in support of a local charity - Wandsworth Foodbank - to support local families in crisis.
Spring Term 2018: Article 24’ We all have the right to a clean environment’ WOW! What a busy term. The ‘Plastic Pollution Campaign’ was launched during Science Week. Highlights this term included a visit from local MP (Justine Greening) to hear about our campaign, an, assembly and workshop led by Wandsworth Recycling Centre and a school plastic collection.
Summer Term 2018: Article 12 – We have the right to express our views and to be listened to. ‘This house believes that single-use plastic should be banned’. 6 children from Year 5 & year 6 represented Southmead at the Wandsworth MUNGA debating challenge. It was a fantastic experience to be part of a model United Nations.
We also had another visit from the RRSA Ambassadors from Burntwood School. What an amazing assembly helping us to learn more about our rights.
Read on to learn about some of our campaign work…
2018 – 2019 Campaigns
UNCRC Article 19 - We have the right to be protected from all forms of violence and mistreatment. We have the right to be safe.
UPSTANDERS Campaign: To raise awareness of anti-bullying week within our school community and to show us how to STAND UP to bullying all the time.
School council did a fantastic job speaking and listening to their classes - exploring the definitions of bystanders and upstanders. Using the feedback from the school community, School Council (with the help of NED) created and performed a powerful school assembly.
“You can always think about NED to make the right choices about being an UPstander and not a bystander. It is not okay to do nothing.” Lukye and Madeleine.
UNCRC – Article 24: We have the right to breathe clean air.
School and Eco Council worked together to raise awareness of air-pollution, which is affecting lots of people, particularly children, across the UK (and around the world).
Southmead have teamed up with Unicef to help spread the word, including writing postcards to MP Michael Gove, designing campaign posters, carrying out traffic surveys and checking the air pollution levels by our school.