Rights Respecting School Award

Rights Respecting School Award

Over the past year, Testwood School has been working towards achieving the UNICEF’s Rights Respecting School Award. This is an important award that recognises Testwood’s commitment to protecting and promoting the rights of all young people. The rights all young people are entitled to are outlined the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). These rights allow young people to achieve their full potential and recognize their role as a global citizen. You can find the full CRC by following this link.

https://www.unicef.org.uk/what-we-do/un-convention-child-rights/

We have already achieved the Recognition of Commitment part of this award and we are now on our journey to achieve Level 1.

Over the past few months we have been raising awareness with students what these rights are and why they are important. The School Council has taken an active role by designing the Testwood Charter. This outlines the rights that school council thought had the biggest impact in school. They then thought about the role of the student and staff to help them to achieve these rights. They then designed and created a Charter to be displayed in all classrooms and around the school.

As part of our development of global citizenship, Testwood students have been involved in raising money for a number of local and global charities. So far this year we have raised £200 for Save the Children by wearing Christmas jumpers during the winter term. The Christmas Fayre raised £348.76; this is being split between Wave 105 Cash for Kids charity, TLC orphanage in Johannesburg, South Africa and Kibera charity. We also collected donations for local charity SCRATCH to help families with presents at Christmas. A group of Year 11 students have also been fundraising for the British Heart Foundation. They have also raised £30.60. This page will be kept up to date with all the fundraising we do to help others.

There is more work to do in this process, but we are pleased with the progress made so far. Keep an eye out for any up and coming events. We are very grateful for parent support in helping students become more aware of their rights and responsibilities as we seek to develop a positive, respectful school community where all students feel valued, significant and are fulfilling their potential.

Please see http://www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa for more details and to print off your own copy of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.