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Achieving Gold: Rights Respecting means there is evidence that:

  • Your school has explicitly adopted a child rights approach based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and has embedded it in school policy, practice and culture
  • Children, young people and adults in your school have a thorough understanding of child rights, and rights respecting attitudes and language are embedded across the school
  • RRSA has had a positive impact on children and young people’s learning and wellbeing
  • Students see themselves as rights respecting global citizens and are advocates for social justice, fairness and children’s rights at home and abroad

Miss Smith our UNICEF leader

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The Gold Rights Respecting Schools Award

We are overjoyed to announce that we have achieved the Gold Level of the Rights Respecting Schools Award in June 2018 after many years of hard work.

The Gold Award is granted by Unicef UK to schools that have fully embedded children’s rights throughout the school in its policies, practice and ethos, as outlined in the RRSA Strands and Outcomes.

Gold: Rights Respecting comes after Bronze: Rights Committed and Silver: Rights Aware.

To achieve Gold: Rights Respecting, our school was assessed by two Unicef UK RRSA assessors who looked at the whole school’s rights respecting work.

Children and young people also play an increasingly leading role in driving progress. At Gold: Rights Respecting, you are must show you can intensify and broaden these areas below:

  1. Teaching and Learning about rights: for the whole school community through training, curriculum, assemblies, topics, focus days/weeks, displays
  2. Teaching and Learning through rights: by modelling rights respecting language and attitudes and making strategic decisions that involve students
  3. Being ambassadors for the rights of others: developing as rights respecting citizens

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

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.

UNICEF MascotUNICEF mascot 2

The World's Largest Lesson

GOALS

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.

Reception: 

  • 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.

Gold Rights Respecting School Visit

8th June 2018

On Friday we will have our Gold Rights Respecting School assessment visit. The Unicef ambassadors will be showing the ladies from the award around our classrooms to look at our class charters and Unicef displays. A rights respecting school is a place where we can all feel confident with ourselves and it encourages us to use our voice. It helps us build our confidence and raises awareness of injustice in the world.

Global Learning Day

4th June 2018

Today we all took part in St Thomas More’s global learning day. To start our global learning day we learnt about ‘World Environment Day’, which is taking place on the 5th June.  It is the United Nations most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, World Environment Day has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. “Beat Plastic Pollution”, the theme for World Environment Day 2018, is a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time. The theme invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife and our own health.

Global Plastic Pollution by the Numbers:

  • 13 million tonnes of plastic leak into the ocean each year
  • 17 million barrels of oil used on plastic production each year
  • 1 million plastic bottles bought every minute
  • 100,000 marine animals killed by plastics each year
  • 500 billion plastic bags used each year
  • 100 years for plastic to degrade in the environment
  • 90% of bottled water found to contain plastic particles
  • 83% of tap water found to contain plastic particles
  • 50% of consumer plastics are single use
  • 10% of all human-generated waste is plastic

We must act as both consumers and informed citizens, demanding sustainable products and embracing sensible consumption habits in our own lives. This World Environment Day, we’re calling on every plastic consumer to exercise their buying power by refusing single-use plastics. Single-use plastics, or disposable plastics, are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These items are things like plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles and most food packaging. 

We watched a short video. It showed us how we can move away from using single-use plastics and start using alternatives. 

Instead of using lots of water bottles and throwing them away, buy a reusable water bottle. It is cheaper too!

Instead of using thin plastic carrier bags and throwing them away, buy a bag for life and keep using it. It is cheaper too!

Instead of just throwing plastic away, recycle it!

We can all help to clean up the planet by making small changes. You can make a difference just by making different choices. Let’s all work together to make the earth a healthier and cleaner place for everything.

For the rest of our Global learning day each year group learnt about a country. At the end of the afternoon each year group shared what they had learnt about their country with another year group. Reception learnt about Spain. Year 1 learnt about India. Year 2 learnt about America. Year 3 learnt about Hungary. Year 4 learnt about Ghana. Year 5 learnt about Japan. Year 6 will learn about Zimbabwe later this week.

Fourth Plinth Award 2018

This year we entered into the Fourth Plinth competition for London students to imagine what they would like to see on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. This year they had an amazing 3,841 entries from schools in every London borough. 

We had 14 children who submitted an entry and their work is online to view via the link below. We were very proud of our students and their dedication to raising awareness of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals as given by UNICEF.

https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/arts-and-culture/art-and-design/fourth-plinth/fourth-plinth-schools-awards-2018/gallery?borough=7598&school=12024 

One of our students was presented with his prize for his polar bear entry to the competition. It is now on show at the exhibition at City Hall and will be there alongside other winners from across Bexley until June. The artist Heather Phillipson whose work is due to be next on the plinth, said that his work was both "simple and sophisticated# and that she could actually envisage his work up on show in Trafalgar square. In addition to that, Miss Harris was delighted when her name came out as winning the Teacher Award presented by Heather on behalf of the Cass Foundation. She was thanked for her hard work and effort because of teh high quality entries she sent off from STM. As you can imagine we had great smile son our faces for the day! This was all inspired by the children's commitment to the UNICEF objective of implementing this agenda from the local to the global levels so that all people -- including all children -- will live in a safer, cleaner, more equal and more prosperous world by the year 2030. 

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