Rights Respecting School Council
Our Rights Respecting School Council is made up of representatives from Year 3 through to Year 6. There are 12 members in total. Miss Bateman assists the children to run the meetings effectively.
We discuss matters that arise in classes from class councils. We also discuss events such as fundraising, assemblies, behaviour around the school, the playground, lessons, money matters, reward systems, the library, sun safety, the environment and any other matters that arise that we feel are important to discuss.
We aim to meet once every month for a half an hour.
The Intervention Room.
The Rights Respecting School council at St. Luke's is made up of children who are voted by their class to be representatives for them. At the beginning of the new academic year, children discuss in their classes the responsibilities and qualities that they think would be important in our school council. Children are voted in to the council by their peers and two representatives from each class are chosen.
The meetings are run by the elected chairperson and the vice chairperson. The secretary and treasurer also play important roles as they record the minutes and keep a log of any “wishes” they may have that require funds.
All class representatives are allowed their time to speak and to be listened to. We value all comments and think about how we can make improvements in and around our school and community.
This award is granted by Unicef UK to schools that are embedding children’s rights throughout the school in their policies, practice and ethos. We are extremely proud of our children and our whole school community, as we have worked to promote children’s rights within our school. Our children spoke enthusiastically about our rights respecting journey and the impact on their interactions with others both in and out of school. The UNCRC underpins all that we do in school and our Rights Respecting Silver Award is a lovely way to recognise this.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is displayed in classrooms and corridors in our school. We wrote to the Children’s Commissioner and asked her for these colourful posters to support us in our Rights Respecting Journey (Article 12: Respect for the views of the child)
Each class in our school has a Rights Respecting Charter on display. These Charters are created at the beginning of the year by our children. We discuss our rights and highlight the UNCRC articles that we feel are most relevant in our classrooms. We then collaborate to create a list of actions that we will carry out to ensure that the rights of others are respected. We all sign our charter in some way, to show that we are committed.
Please click on the link below to access the Children's Commissioner website
The following link will direct you to a summary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: