We have three 'Rights Respecting Steering Groups' at Courthill. Each group of children and adults meet together to discuss, plan and drive forward everything we do as a Rights Respecting School.
The groups are from Year Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 and the representatives do an amazing job. The children were chosen to be in the Steering Groups during this academic year because of their ability to contribute to class discussions and their interest in becoming a Rights Respecting School ambassador.
Article 12 in the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child states that "all children have the right to an opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously." During steering group meetings, all contributions and decisions are mutual, and the children's ideas are as important as the adults' ideas.
This year, on our journey to becoming a RRS Gold Award school (the highest of the awards for Rights Respecting Schools), the steering group have an important role as ever.
Steering Group activities
Inspired by Rights
Two of the children in Year 2 were so inspired about the Rights respecting work being completed in school they decided to write poems all about taking responsibility for the planet.
Having a voice
The children in Year 2 have really impressed all the staff with their amazing empathy and natural reaction to our recent work on rights. As part of the latest topic, Amazing Achievers, the children learnt about Rosa Parks, Matthew Henson and Dr Martin Luther King. They listened and then discussed events. From that work, the children were inspired to write and perform speeches using persuasive language. What amazing ambassadors we have at Courthill!