We are becoming a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School!Musselburgh Burgh Primary School aims to be a school where children’s rights are at the heart of our ethos and culture, to improve well-being and to develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. As part of this plan we are working towards recognition as a ‘Rights Respecting School’, an award given to schools on behalf of Unicef UK.
Unicef is the world’s leading organisation working for children and young people and their rights. In 1989, governments across the world agreed that all children have the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential.
Pupils will learn about their rights by putting them into practice every day. A Rights Respecting School models rights and respect in all its relationships. We have been completing lots of work in class and have started the New Year by introducing a right of the month in assembly.
We really hope that you will be able to support our school on our journey towards becoming a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School. You can find a bit more about the Convention on the Rights of the Child by visiting unicef.org.uk/crc.
We have been busy working alongside our friends from Golden Dove Primary School.
Here are some of the things we have been doing:
Two of our 2020/21 Pupil Council members made this <<video>> of our school. We then shared it with our Ugandan link school – Golden Dove Junior School. They then shared some <<photos>> of their school garden and the children tending to it. We had to Google what some of the vegetables were!
We have been learning how to build our resilience using the ‘Building Resilience’ whole school program. Our 2020/21 Pupil Council interviewed our Ugandan link school’s Head Teacher, Aisha Matovu, about what lockdown was like for her and how she demonstrated resilience throughout it. The Ugandan schools have largely been closed for 2021 and are still closed as of December 2021. You can view part of this interview <<HERE>>
Golden Dove Junior School in Ugandan sent us some letters describing their experience of lockdown. They’re so interesting as their lack of access to the internet has made their educational experience extremely different to ours. Please do have a read of them HERE. Our wonderful P5/6 class then replied trying to show empathy and awareness and sharing some of their personal experiences.
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As part of our school’s review of our vision values and aims, we want to draw on the views and opinions of our whole school community so that our shared aspirations for our children are at the heart of everything we do.
It is important that our values and our vision recognise the things that matter to our whole Burgh family, and that our aims reflect the high expectations we all have for each of our learners.
In this way we can ensure that every action and each step we take is in the same direction and towards the same shared ambitious goal.
Please take just a few minutes to tell us what really matters to you so that we can use your views to shape our common purpose.
Share your views on our East Lothian’s Learning Estate
An online questionnaire to gather the views of local communities on the council’s existing learning estate went live on Monday (22 February 2021).
Phase 1 of the Learning Estate Review pre-consultation has been designed to offer schools and communities the opportunity to share their opinions on the condition of the existing learning estate. The pre-consultation will also gather views on how well the school estate supports learning.
The questionnaire will run from 22 February – 15 March on the council’s Consultation Hub, to provide an easy and accessible way for people to participate.
Phase 2 of the process will involve a series of online community engagement workshops, which will run from 10 – 28 May.
I am sure you will be aware of the current outbreak of coronavirus that has now resulted in positive cases having been identified in Scotland. I am writing to let you know that the Council is acting on national advice and keeping our schools updated.
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.
Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups – very few cases have been reported in children.
Preventing spread of infection
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
washing your hands often – with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
Download a nursery registration form from the website.
Complete the form and take it to your preferred (first) choice nursery. You should also take your child’s birth certificate.
If you are choosing a blend of more than one provider, apply to your council nursery first and then speak to your funded provider – private nursery, childminder or community group – about what hours you would like from them.
Make sure your application is in before 6 March 2020. Applications will still be accepted after this date, but they will not be considered in the first allocation process. Please get in touch with the Early Years and Childcare team if you have any questions or you can’t register by 6 March 2020.
Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full.
It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.
The start of a new year is often a time for looking at our lives and making promises to ourselves. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is a list of promises from world leaders to all the children and young people of the world.
Education matters because it helps children and young people to:
Learn how to be safe and healthy
Be part of a community
Meet people, play and make friends
Develop new ways of learning
Learn ways to support each other through hard times
Feel included and have a voice
Access healthy food in schools
Find out more about different cultures and traditions