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UNICEF AWARD- Friday Assembly

Each week UNICEF club award a child from KS1 and a child from KS2 with the UNICEF award and mascot. The awards are for children who have demonstrated some of the rights from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. An example often used is Article 12 (respect for the views of the child) Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously. This article is usually demonstrated during our P4C sessions/ PPPB discussions throughout each lesson.

The mascot and the UNICEF book is taken home by each child and over the week your child can write about how they achieved their award.

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The World's Largest Lesson


This term we are taking part in The World's Largest Lesson. The Worlds Largest Lesson introduces the Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people everywhere and unites them in action. In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. Our governments have a plan to save our planet…it’s our job to make sure they stick to it. The Global Goals are only going to work if we fight for them and you can’t fight for your rights if you don’t know what they are. We believe the Goals are only going to be completed if we can make them famous.

Miss McFarlane, Miss Hancock and Mrs Doran-Hannon will talk about Goal 4, 9, and 16 during their expectation assemblies. 

Each class also has a Goal they will be learning about in class.


  • No poverty

Year 1: 

  • Life Below Water
  • Life on Land

Year 2: 

  • Good health and well being
  • Clean water and sanitation

Year 3: 

  • Zero Hunger
  • Responsible consumption and production

Year 4: 

  • Affordable and clean energy
  • Climate action

Year 5: 

  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Sustainable cities and communities

Year 6: 

  • Gender equality
  • Reduced inequalities 

On Wednesday 7th February Miss Smith and the UNICEF ambassadors will share the fantastic work that has been completed in class and will finish The World's Largest Lesson by talking about Goal 17 - Partnership for the Goals.  

SHOE APPEAL- December 2017

Thank you so much for supporting our OutRight Campaign for UNICEF. We believe that during Advent we collected over 100 pairs of shoes which have now been dropped off. Our UNICEF Ambassadors work very hard in sharing their knowledge and understanding of the plight of refugees in the world today and the response from the STM community has once again been overwhelming. The school appeal is now closed, but we believe that shoes can still be donated at any Clarks shoe shop.

OutRight Campaign- 20.11.17

OutRight is Unicef UK’s annual schools’ campaign that empowers children and young people to speak out about the importance of children’s rights. A campaign for children, by children, OutRight is a celebration of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the anniversary of which falls on 20 November, World Children’s Day. OutRight 2017 focuses on promoting and protecting the rights of unaccompanied refugee children.

Pupils are encouraged to:

  • Develop their knowledge and understanding of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Learn about the impact of the refugee crisis on children’s right to protection and right to family reunification, through activities that encourage empathy and understanding
  • Express their views on children’s rights to their local community and to their local MP.

In supoprt of this, on November 20th (World Children's Day) UNICEF club are leading an assembly about children's rights and the Outrightcampaign. All classes will complete 2 activities before the assembly so that the children have some understanding already about what they can do to try and support this great cause.

The two main articles we will be focussed on are;

Article 10 (Family reunification): governments must respond quickly and sympathetically if a child or their parents apply to live together in the same country. If a child’s family members live in different countries the child has the right to visit and keep in contact with them.

Article 22 (Refugee children): 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.

We think that OutRight empowers children and young people to speak out and stand up for their rights and the rights of other children and young people.

The Silver Award Rights Respecting Schools Award

Here at St Thomas More we are happy to say that we have achieved the Silver Level of the Rights Respecting Schools Award in June 2017 after lots of hard work.

The Silver Award is granted by Unicef UK to schools that show good progress towards embedding children’s rights in the school’s policy, practice and ethos, as outlined in our four standards and in our Expected Outcomes at Silver Level.

Well done to all of our pupils, expecially the UNICEF ambassadors, as they have made this achievement possible!

Achieving Silver Level means there is evidence:

  • your school is explicitly embedding the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in its policy, practice and culture
  • you are putting into action and developing the plans outlined on your Silver Level Audit and Action Plan which you submitted to get your ROC.
  • you are beginning to see the positive impact of these actions on children, young people and staff, and also on the school’s  ethos, practice and environment
  • you are promoting knowledge and understanding of the Convention throughout  your school community
  • children and young people are beginning to see themselves as rights-respecting global citizens and advocates for fairness and children’s rights locally and globally.

Miss Smith our UNICEF leader

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