Rights Respecting School/Ysgol sy’n parchu hawliau
Ynysfach Primary School was awarded Gold status in March 2020. It is the third stage of the Rights Respecting Schools award granted by UNICEF UK.
At Ynysfach we have fully embedded children’s rights throughout the school in it’s policies, practise and ethos.
At Ynysfach we create a safe, inspiring environment that allows children to thrive. Children and their rights are respected in every aspect of school life.
We understand that rights are for ALL children from birth and they are universal. They cannot be taken away and ALL rights are equally important.
Our Rights Respecting Councillors in Ynysfach Primary School 2022-2023
Year 2 – Alys. D, Ivy
Year 3/4 – Jessica, Poppy-Haf
Year 4 – Ashton.W, Milly
Year 5 – Lilly. Price, Robyn
Year 6 – Rosa, Aaron
RRS Councillors were delighted to welcome our special visitor Lord Hain to tell him about our Rights respecting journey so far. We have already achieved our Bronze and Silver Awards and are currently working towards our Gold status.
For our Right of the Month – Article 27 “The right to a good standard of living” we are holding different events to help raise money for Christian Aid.
During Christian Aid week we are delighted to welcome a special visitor to carry out a whole school assembly.
On Friday 17th May we are selling cakes and badges as across the world there are still 260 million children who dont have full access to education. We believe it is important that every child should have an equal chance to learn and live their dreams.
We raised a grand total of £82.00p in our cake sale for Christian Aid week.
We were very exited to take on our playground challenge. We either wore blue or our football kits to school. We combined football matches with a day of playground activities outside and health and wellbeing activities such as yoga, healthy eating and mindfulness tasks.
Well done William Doyle and Madeline who very kindly took time after school, during a Governors meeting to explain the hard work of RRS Councillors. They did a good job of explaining all about childrens rights and the UNRC. They also handed aroud special leaflets with all the articles of the convention and gave out questionnairs for Governors to fill in.
Sadly we say goodbye to our excellent Year 6 RRS Councillors who have worked so hard throughout the year.They have helped to plan and organise many events in school to halp other children know their rights and begin to understand what they mean. We look faorwrd to welcoming new Councillors in Year 2 and elections will take place in September. All our RRS Counillors are happy to continue their amazing work as we look forward to our GoldAccreditation visit in the new academic year. We will keep you posted.
Sept 2019– We have the right to an education
We held our rights respecting elections in each class and are pleased to welcome our new councillors. We know we have a really busy year ahead as we are hoping to receive our Gold accreditation award in March. Councillors have been busy planning our coffee morning for Macmillan and are hoping to invite our local MP Christine Rees.
October 2019– We have the right to be heard.
Rights councillors discussed with the head boy and girl pupils views and ideas for the year ahead. They discussed and shared these ideas with our school governors.
Nov 2019– We have the right to be safe
We welcomed Chloe from NPT school safety team to remind all classes about keeping safe whilst we are out and about. Rights councillors also helped to create a leaflet on ‘How to keep safe at school.’ It was also shared within our school, governors and community. The whole school took part in a safety walk to school along with Henson the Hedgehog. Every class enjoyed celebrating World Children’s Day and it was even more special as we are celebrating 30 years of governments across the world signing the special UNCRC charter. We did a special ‘shout out’ of rights that were important to us in each class.
Dec 2019– We have the right to follow our own religion- Article 14
We invited the community and friends to our school to share our Christmas songs, mince pies, coffee and tea. We also sang songs from around the world for our Christmas concert.
Jan 2020– We have the right to be the best that we can be- Article 29
Our ‘Seren yr Wythnos ‘were delighted to receive their golden tickets to sit on the Golden Table for having such an amazing week in class.
Feb- 2020– All children have rights
Rights councillors met with the foodbank coordinator in Resolven Building Blocks to discuss designing a new poster for Resolven Food Bank. We also set up a collecting box within our school for parents and children to donate food items. Councillors also thought it was a good idea to spread the word within the community too and placed posters around our village with specific items the food bank was in need of. Rights Councillors also wrote a letter of concern to our local MP Christine Rees explaining the need for the food bank in our village.
March 2020–We have the right to a name and nationality.
We were delighted to welcome our Gold Accreditation team to Ynysfach. It was a lovely day involving all pupils, teachers and governors. We were overjoyed to hear that our Gold status could be awarded… Celebrations for all!!!
Covid meant that schools were shut for a period of time…
Due to covid and our class bubbles in existence we decided to hold our elections for new rights respecting councillors in each class. Newly elected council members in each class decided to hold class cake sales and donate money to Macmillan.
November -2021– We have the right to be safe- Anti- bullying week.
Rights respecting councillors in each class decide to hold an odd socks colouring competition in foundation phase and Keystage 2 to be completed in school. They also asked each class to come to school in odd socks to mark the occasion celebrating differences and being unique. It was a great start to Anti- bullying week.
Still in our class bubbles, Rights, respecting councillors decided to raise money for UNICEF for Soccer aid. We came to school in our sports kit, football kit or we could wear anything blue. We enjoyed a carousel of activities in Keystage 2 where we played football and completed mindfulness and health and wellbeing tasks.
Sept 2022– We have the right to an education
We are delighted to welcome our newly elected councillors. We have decided to be part of the biggest coffee morning ever and are so pleased that we can once again invite the community to share this special day with us. Rights, respecting councillors have decided to sell badges in the coffee morning to raise money for Macmillan.