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Rights Respecting School

At Windygoul, we are currently working towards becoming a bronze level Rights Respecting school.  Classes throughout the school have been learning about the importance of children’s rights and raising their awareness of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Further information about this can be found at:

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – Unicef Uk

A summary of the rights can be found in the Parent Zone of the school website.

Children’s Parliament: Children as Human Rights Defenders

Back in April and May, 6 Members of Children’s Parliament (MCPs) and child Human Rights Defenders called Hannah, Cameron, Dylan, Alexander, Anna and Emily (aged 12 and 13) led five workshops across Scotland in Tranent, Edinburgh, Blairgowrie, Inverness and Benbecula. The workshops explored why children’s human rights are important and what children and adults can do to defend these rights. Every child involved created a piece of artwork, a story, a rap or poem about a right they feel strongly about defending here in Scotland – and these were just incredible!

We have created films about each of the five workshops which you can find here.

So what happened next?

In June, the 6 MCPs were joined by another 6 child Human Rights Defenders. They worked together to sort through the creative work produced in the workshops and organised the artwork into five key themes. These were:

  • Defending the right to play
  • Defending the right to education and a decent standard of living
  • Defending the right to be ourselves and participate
  • Defending the right to be protected from harm
  • Defending the right to be loved and cared for

In August, the 12 children worked together over five days to decorate five giant papier-mâché shields, painting and collaging images and text from children’s creative work produced in the workshops. It was a lot of hard work and a lot of fun making them! We’re so grateful to all the children who were involved in the workshops – so many of the ideas and views shared are woven into the shields in some way and we can’t wait to see what you all think. You can read Dylan’s blog about the process here.

Over the past few weeks, the children have been preparing to take the shields to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s Day of General Discussion which is at the end of next week! The children will give tours of the shields to children and adults from across the world who will be participating and will share stories about what each of the shield means and represents. We’ll be blogging and tweeting from Geneva next week so do keep an eye out for updates!

From all of the 12 children going to the DGD next week and from the rest of our Children as Human Rights Defenders team, we want to say a huge thank you to all the children involved in the workshops for sharing your ideas with us and for playing such an important role in the upcoming global discussion about defending children’s human rights.

P4A Blog

This term we have had lots of fun learning about the Vikings.

I enjoyed learning about the long ships because there was to learn like how they put shields around the side – Ruby

I liked learning about the Viking’s jobs. They were farmers, fishermen, traders and craftsmen – Alfie

I enjoyed learning about their clothes because there were materials that I didn’t realise exists at that time like linen, cotton, leather and silk – Jack M

We really enjoyed our drama workshop: We learned that the Vikings lived 1300 years ago – JackT

We all pretended to be Vikings raiding Lindisfarne and some of us were Monks.

 

In Maths, we have been leaning about fractions and shapes:

We have been working out fractions of amounts using counters and division – Grace

The top number in a fraction is called the numerator. The bottom one is called the denominator.  We used mirrors to check if pictures were symmetrical  – Joseph

We have been learning to make tiled patterns using 1 or 2 different shapes -Fraser

    

  

Reminder: Playground Development Event

Thursday 22nd March @9.15 in the dining hall.

Come and listen to some of our pupils talk about how they have been developing our playground and their vision for the future and share your opinions.

All are welcome.  This is a great opportunity for you to have your say in the future of the playground.

 

Teas and coffees will be provided by the parent council.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Playground Development

Thursday 22nd March @9.15 in the dining hall.

Come and listen to some of our pupils talk about how they have been developing our playground and their vision for the future and share your opinions.

All are welcome.  This is a great opportunity for you to have your say in the future of the playground.

 

Teas and coffees will be provided by the parent council.

We look forward to welcoming you.

P4A Snow Day Activities

Good Morning,

I hope you are all wrapped up warm and enjoying the snow.

Today is World Book day so I would like you to go on a scavenger hunt.  Print off the checklist below and enjoy looking through all the books you have at home.  You might discover a book you have not read for a while or a new one that captures your imagination.  Bring your checklists with you tomorrow.

World Book Day Scavenger Hunt

Have fun and stay safe.

Mr Mitchell.