This year, all of the children and staff in our school have embarked on an exciting journey towards becoming a ‘Rights Respecting School’. This award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into practice within the school and beyond. We endeavour to achieve this status by promoting the values of respect, dignity and non-discrimination and supporting the children in our school to build a moral framework, based on equality and respect for all that lasts a lifetime.
Through our journey, the children’s self-esteem and wellbeing will be boosted and all of our children will gain a thorough understanding of the convention of rights and how they can be used to consider solutions and gain perspective in different moral situations.
This journey will give our children a powerful language to use to express themselves and challenge the way they are treated as well as empowering them to make informed decisions as they grow into engaged, responsible members of society. We are excited to inform you that at St Joseph’s, we have already achieved the first stage of the rights respecting schools award, Bronze: Rights committed and we are now progressing towards Silver: Rights aware. We look forward to sharing our journey with you.