Heathland School is a Rights Respecting School
|The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos. A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships in our school community.|
The UNICEF website reports that Children in Rights Respecting Schools feel safe in school, are respected, and enjoy supportive relationships with the adults who care for them and engaged with their local community, their education and the global agenda.
We achieved our Level 2 award in 2015, which showed our deep and thorough commitment to children’s rights at all levels of school life, and we are now working towards our Gold Award. Heathland has been working with Unicef UK since September 2011 and we received our Level 1 certificate in July 2014.
When we asked what information we wanted to share with parents, two of our Rights Ambassadors said:
‘Our Rights Respecting School is like being in paradise. Our rights are respected in school because we take care of each other and make sure we are safe. We use the Articles from the Convention of the Rights of the Child (copy attached below). There are 54 in total. Articles 1-42 are the rights for children and Articles 43-54 are about how adults and governments must work together to help children enjoy these rights. Each year, we raise money and give it to an international charity.’
Each year, our Rights Respecting Ambassadors do fantastic job of promoting children’s rights within our school and local community. In their words,
‘As Rights Respecting Ambassadors, our mission is to make sure that everyone knows that there are 54 articles in the Convention for the Rights of the Child and that all children know their rights. We want everyone to feel like they have rights and know their importance, and we want to help those in need who don’t have access to them. We aim to talk about our rights and values, and look after others by being kind and respectful. We will look after our school, making it great and a safe place to be, by spreading the love.’
In 2019, the Ambassadors chose to work with a charity called KidsforKids, who work in Darfur to regenerate communities who face challenges following conflict. This is a partnership that has been very successful in the past, and this year the focus is on planting trees to tackle climate change, and provide food and shade for those who live in the desert. Our fundraising efforts will contribute to this charity, and we are going to focus on what we can do to help with Harrow’s Climate Change initiatives in our local community too. We aim to make a positive impact on climate action.
Heathland Whitefriars Federation, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 09066965. Registered office address: Healthland School, Eastcote Lane, Harrow, HA2 9AG.