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Now we go for gold!

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web-UN-Rights-All-GroupWe’re celebrating our UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Silver accolade along with our Shared Education partners Bangor Grammar and St. Columbanus’. 

Mr Pitts, Mr Perry and Mrs Huddleson joined with pupils and Shared Education co-ordination staff this week as they received news that their work to embed and promote the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has been officially accredited by UNICEF.

Alongside St. Columbanus’ and Bangor Grammar, the Academy has been busy working for two years, within the Shared Education Signature Project, to achieve the UNICEF Rights Respecting School Silver Award. A team of UNICEF scrutineers visited all three schools last week before awarding the prestigious accreditation. The scrutineers were impressed by the shared lessons and team building events, the pupils’ confidence and the positive relationships between and within all three schools.

Shared Education Co-ordinator at Bangor Academy, Mr Muir said:

“This is a fantastic achievement for all three schools. We’re delighted! The co-operation between our schools to co-ordinate joint lessons, hold team building events and embed the UN Children’s Rights ethos in our planning, environment and ethos can only continue to develop and benefit us all. We are excited about moving towards the gold award next. Finally, I must comment on the confident contributions from our pupils who spoke so well during the accreditation interviews, thank you to you all.” 

In a Rights Respecting School, young people and the school community learn about children’s rights and put them into practice every day.  The Award is not just about what children do but also, importantly, what adults do too. The award is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation. The award recognises the achievement of putting the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child at the heart of the school’s practice, ethos and environment. Silver accredited schools report that embedding respect for the rights of others creates happy, safe and inspiring learning environments. Pupils report a greater sense of wellbeing and schools can nurture their pupils to become responsible, active citizens.

A Rights Respecting School is a community where children’s rights are learnt, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted. The whole endeavour is a team effort as adults and children work towards this goal together. Schools involved in the award have reported a positive impact on behaviour, relationships and wellbeing; all of which lead to better learning, improved academic standards and mutually respectful relationships.

All three Principals and their Shared Education Co-ordinators remain committed to reaching for the top accolade as work towards Gold has already begun. Thanks to all the pupils and staff involved, especially Shared Education Co-ordinators: Mr Muir (Bangor Academy), Mrs Kelly (St. Columbanus) and Mr Turner (Bangor Grammar).