St Francis' is a school where everyone recognises and acts upon their own rights and responsibilities with respect to the school, the local community and the wider world.
Since September 2011 we have been comitted to becoming a Rights Respecting School and in June 2012 we recieved our 'Record of Commitment.'
Teachers have been making sure children understand the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child and we have depicted the different Articles set out in the convention through artwork. Parents and friends came into school, helping us to interpret and discuss the rights of children around the world whilst completing a wide range of art and textile work.
Children and adults are working together to realise the rights of the child with respect to the school, the local community and the wider world. We believe that in order "to be the best they can be," children must first develop understanding of their own rights, learning to appreciate and uphold the rights of others. Children learn that with rights come responsibilities.
At St Francis', children learn about their rights by becoming familiar with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Children learn the value of a rights based culture by experiencing learning in a community where adults take responsibility for ensuring that all children enjoy their rights. They then compare and contrast this with Memorial Christian School, Bangladesh, our partner school. Children are working to build a long-term relationship with students in Bangladesh and have been sharing their dreams and aspirations with them.
Children take on leadership roles within the school and play a full and active part in the decision making processes that help to improve the education and environment provided by the school. This academic year children have designed the new kitchen, appointed a Deputy Headteacher, selected new outdoor equipment, made a school banner, worked with an artist to design a school sculpture, observed teaching and learning around school and have worked with St Francis' Church Congregation to design the new community room.