‘is to demonstrate that the UNCRC when implemented properly has a strong positive impact on the wellbeing of children and adults’
The word RESPECT takes great prominence at the beginning of our Mission statement and it is inextricably interwoven into everything we do. It is an integral part of our school life in all its entirety. Respect has always been at the core of our “being” in St. Columba’s Primary School and Nursery Unit. Our constant focus of putting the children of the school at the forefront, heart and culmination of any and all its decision-making is paramount. It was therefore, based on our strong foundations and also a wish to increase our knowledge and embed children’s rights in our ethos, culture, policies and daily practice that I decided after becoming Principal to apply for Rights Respecting status because in doing so we would be putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of our planning, policies, practice and ethos and very importantly we would unequivocally give all our children a voice and a platform so that they could express their opinions. A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between teachers/adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils.
RRSA is based on principles of equality, dignity, respect non-discrimination and participation.
After registering our school, the first stage of the RRSA was obtaining the Recognition of Commitment (ROC). The RRSA was introduced initially to the school community – staff, pupils, governors, parents and to the wider community. A steering group composing of adults and children was formed to guide, promote and develop the Rights Respecting initiative throughout the school. An audit was carried out and an action plan was completed and signed off by the principal. Procedures were put in place for monitoring the impact of the initiative. On May 15th 2017 all the necessary documentation was completed and signed off by Mrs. Kielt.
In June we were delighted to receive our RRSA Recognition of Commitment (ROC) status.
The Year Ahead!
During this academic year, we will be working towards achieving Level 1. The RRSA steering group have been busy planning events to help children recognise their rights and responsibilities, both in school and beyond. We are extremely proud of our children, staff and school. We hope that you will continue to support us on our Rights Respecting journey.
RRSA Steering Group
Our RR Steering Group has a very important role in raising awareness of the UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) and promoting the awareness of children’s rights at St. Columba’s. In our Steering Group meetings, all members work hard to ensure that UNCRC Article 12 ‘Children should have a say in matters which affect them’ is always top of our agenda.
By working together, we seek to ensure that all stakeholders have an opportunity to have their views heard and grow in confidence and knowledge when discussing the UNCRC and its impact on our daily lives. We work closely with our School Council, ECO committee and Digital leaders to strengthen the voices of children both inside and outside school.
As we welcome our new Year 1's as well as new pupils within our school community we are reminded of Article 28, that 'Every child has the right to an education'.
Having a say...
Classes around the school have had the chance to have a say in their own class rules, they have looked at Article 12 'Every child has the right to have a say in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously'.
Our Class Charters
Now that we are settled in our new classrooms, we have all produced our own class charters in our classrooms. Have a look at the amazing displays around our school. Article 1, 'Everyone under the age of 18 has all the rights in the convention'.
Check out this short snippet of our very own Rights Respecting Song!
Our Rights Respecting Song!
European Day of Languages
We had our first official Rights Respecting assembly to celebrate European Day of Languages. The children outlined for everyone Article 30, "Every child has the right to learn about and practise their own culture, language and religion..."
We celebrated the great diversity within our school community and enjoyed a sample of our many languages throughout the day!
We have the right to a name!
Article 7 states 'Every child has the right to a legal name'.
Year 1 are working hard learning to write their names.
To celebrate the Derry Minors reaching the All- Ireland final this Sunday we dressed in our Derry colours for the day. All of the pupils within the school embraced the red and white and enjoyed different Derry themed activities on the day.
Article 31: Every child has the right to take part in a wide range of cultural activities.
Old Buddy Old Pal
Our Year 6 pupils are enjoying helping their Year 1 buddies settle into our school environment. All the children are enjoying the joint play sessions, reminding us of Article 31 'Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities'.
The votes are in and the new councillors have been elected, well done to those who presented their speeches in order to be elected.
Remember Article 12, 'Every child has the right to have a say in all matter affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously'.
Good luck to the newly appointed team!
Our school council delivered an assembly on Anti-Bullying. We were on a mission to get across our schools strong Anti-Bullying message Unicef links anti-bullying week to Article 2 – Non-discrimination.
Article 2 states that 'The convention applies to every child without discrimination, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status, whatever they think or say, whatever their family background'.
This means that every child has rights…because although we are all different we are ALL EQUAL. Every child has the right to come school and be happy without being bullied.
Anti-bullying week also links to Article 13 – which states that 'Every child must be free to express their thoughts and opinions'.
We are a healthy eating school. Year 1 and 2 enjoy their healthy snack everyday before break.
Article 24 states that 'Children have the right to clean water and nutritious food'.
Mr John McCarron visited Key Stage 2 pupils as part of our Global Learning Curriculum. He recently visited Africa through his work with Trocaire. He showed the pupils photographs of life in Africa. He illustrated how the African culture uses inventive ways to farm, irrigate their land and generate school improvement projects using the money that we contribute to through our Trocaire Campaign, in reference to Article 28, Richer countries must help poorer countries. Our pupils were able to compare and contrast life in Ireland with life in Africa.
Miss Mc Kiernan's class had a brilliant trip to the Radar Centre in Belfast. they learned about fire safety, safety on buses, the problems associated with social media and the reality o anti - social behaviour. The pupils had an opportunity to experience the negative side of beer goggles and the obstacle course proved very difficult. On returning to school the pupils looked at the articles relating to their visit, this included Articles 16, 17, 19, 32, 33 and 36. WOW what an informative day!
Needs or Wants?
Year 1 have been busy voicing their opinions on needs and wants, remember Article 13 children have the right to say what they think. The boys and girls discussed lots of the Articles of the UNCRC and justified their thinking. Amazing Year 1!
Wants V Needs
The Right to Good Health
Our journey towards becoming a Rights Respecting School continued this morning with Year 6 presenting Article 28: The right to good health. They inspired us all to become more generous in our donations towards making a difference to the lives of many children across the world who do not enjoy good health. #rightsrespectingschool#hungrybabymoney
Northern Ireland Chest, Heart & Stroke
Emma and Caroline from Northern Ireland Chest, Heart & Stroke visited KS2 pupils today to talk about Healthy Living. They discussed the importance of daily exercise, eating the recommended portions of fruit and vegetables, eating a healthy breakfast, drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day and getting 10 hours sleep each night. The pupils from Years 5-7 will now begin their 'Commit to be Fit' challenge which will run for the next 5 weeks. Article 24 states that every child has the right to the best possible health.
Chinese New Year
Yo Yo and Jackie presented a wonderful presentation to the school on Chinese New Year, they spoke of their own traditions and how they celebrate Chinese New Year. The boys and girls enjoyed listening to the Chinese Zodiac and finding their own animal from the year they were born. We remember Article 30 states that every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family, regardless of whether these are shared by the majority of the people in the country where they live.
Safer Internet Day 2018
💻📱Safer Internet Day 2018 was celebrated globally today with the slogan, ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you’.
The day began with a whole school assembly lead by some of our digital leaders to introduce the theme. This is a topic that covered many rights. Article 13 states that children are free to express their thoughts and opinions and nowadays this is done through the use of the internet. We discussed the importantance of parental guidance when using the internet (Article 5) moreover the children understood Article 17 - access to information from the media, Then each year group took part in a different activity to raise awareness of Safer Internet Day. #SID2018 #itstartswithus 💻📱
The girls from Years 4, 5, 6 & 7 were very excited when Sarah Jamison from G.G. Ulster Brownies came to invite them to their local Girl Guides group in Kilrea Primary School. Sarah told the girls about the interesting activities they would experience and the new skills they could learn. They were reminded that every child has the right to meet with other children and to join groups and organisation's, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights, Article 15.
Polish Consul Visit
Today we had a visit from the Polish Consul General Mr Dariusz Alder and the Honorary Consul of Republic of Poland Mr Jerome Mullan, they were accompanied by local councillor Mr. John Dallat. Our Polish children presented a wonderful assembly discussing their experiences of life at St.Columba's through the eyes of a newcomer child. All children were in agreement with Article 30 which states that every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family, regardless of whether these are shared by the majority of the people in the country where they live.
Cancer Focus visited every class to deliver a talk and activities based on keeping healthy. Each class looked at Article 6 and 24 of the UNCRC, the right to life and the right to the best possible health.
St. Columba's Clubs
Our school promotes lots of extra curricular activities, a chance for boys and girls from different classes to come together and have fun. As Article 15 states every child has the right to meet with other children and to join groups and organisitions, a long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.
Year 3/4 looked at the life of Anne Frank during their WAU Topic ‘A Blast from the Past’.They discovered that Anne and her family were persecuted because they were Jewish.
Article 14 of the UNCRC states that, children and young people are free to be of any or no religion. Their parents can help them make decisions around religion, but:
•a parent can’t force a child or young person to adopt a religion
•a parent can’t force a child or young person to stop following a religion.
Congratulations to the Year 7 pupils who received their sacrament of Confirmation at the weekend. As they receive this sacrament we are reminded of Article 14 which states that every child has the right to think and believe what they want ad to practise their religion, as long as they re not stopping other people from enjoying their rights.
At the start of the season of Lent we began our annual collection for Trócaire. We learnt that not all children get the same opportunities in life because of many reasons. This year the child on the Trócaire box was called Kumba and she has had her life ruined by a mud slide which ruined her village. Well done to Year 3 for raising the most money for Trocaire during the season of Lent. During Lent classes throughout the school discussed Articles 26 and 27, how the Government must provide extra money for the children of families in need as well as helping families to afford a standard of living that is good enough to meet their physical, social and mental needs.
World Book Day 2018
The spirit of World Book Day was very much alive in St Columba's. As we celebrated World Book Day we remembered Article 28 which states that: All children and young people have a right to free primary education. Children should be encouraged to go to school to the highest level they can. But while we may take books for granted, there are millions of children who cannot get their hands on a book to read, for whom even a school textbook is a luxury. It is easy for us to take books for granted. Next time you find it difficult to decide what book you want to read, from all the choice that is available, think of the millions of children who may lack the opportunity to read even a single book.
Mother's Day Assembly
Year 1 performed a wonderful assembly to celebrate Mother's Day, they discussed Article 7 which states that children have the right to be cared for by their parents.
To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight each class took part in a Fairtrade lesson. Year 6 then closed Fairtrade Fortnight with their annual Fairtrade Bake Off. Every pupil in the school contributed 50p towards the tasting of the Fairtrade treats. This money will be given to farmers in third world countries. It is our duty to help those in need just as Article 24 states; richer countries must help poorer countries achieve good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food and a clean environment.
Year 1 Discussion
Year 1 are enjoying their reading books every night, this week they came across a little girl in wheelchair in one of their books. The boys and girls discussed how a child with a disability is entitled to the same life as themselves. Year 1 looked at Article 23 a child with a disability has the right to live a full and decent life with dignity and independence, and to play an active part in the community.
St. Patrick's Day Assembly
Well done to our Year 5 who performed a wonderful assembly to celebrate our Irish culture. This included Irish language, dancing, sport and music. The boys and girls reminded us of Article 29 Education must develop every child's personality, talents and abilities to the full as well as Article 31 Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities. 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.
Well done to the boys and girls from Year 6 and 7 who presented the Easter Story to the school. A reminder of the true meaning of Easter highlighting the importance of the Catholic Ethos within our school. The children discussed Articles 14 and 30 that every child has the right to think and believe what they want and to practise their religion.
Needs and Wants
Year 6/7 and Year 3 pupils decided that a ‘need’ is a necessity but a ‘want’ is a luxury!
Year 6/7 discussed the recent attack in Bangor and felt that it is important that we are aware of our social responsibility. They discussed Articles 15, 36 and 37.
We all have the right to chose our own friends!
Beauty and the Beast
What a show! Well done to KS2 on their wonderful performances of Beauty and the Beast. St. Columba's is full of talent, Article 29 states that education must develop children's abilities and talents to the full.
A great week of Water at St.Columba's!
Thankfully we aren't talking about the rain for a change. Our week started off with the arrival of the Water Bus for KS2 pupils. There was great excitement mid-week when NI Water donated a water butt to our school, which was very quickly put it to good use in our woodland area. Another great way of saving water! Finally the week ended with a wonderful assembly performed by Mrs Mc Alary's class to reinforce the importance of water and the detrimental effects of a lack of water in third world countries and how Article 24 discusses the need for safe water to drink.
Fairytales Well done to Mrs Guckin’s class for performing a wonderful assembly on Fairytales! The boys and girls were able to identify the rights within many of our traditional fairytales. They discussed tales such as Hansel and Gretal and how children have the right to be cared for by an adult (Article 7). Cinderella told us about Article 6, how every child has the right to life as well as to develop to their full potential. Snow White reminded us of Article 19, how governments must do all they can to ensure that children are protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and bad treatment by their parents or anyone else who looks after them. Poor Snow White had a wicked step mother who deprived her of this right.
♻Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!♻ Well done to Miss Coyle’s class for performing a wonderful assembly entitled ‘All Things Litter’ on Friday! They have also been out and about litter picking around Kilrea. Keep up the great work of creating a clean environment so that children can stay healthy. (Article 24)
Well done to Mr Murphy's Year 3 class who performed a wonderful assembly on how to keep active, they even put some pupils and staff members through their paces. Within their assembly they told us of the importance of health care and nutritious food in order to stay healthy, (Article 24). Many pupils in Year 3 shared their experiences of joining groups and organisations in order to stay active, (Article 15) organisations such as Camogie, Irish Dancing, Karate and much more. This assembly was followed by our full day fitness marathon by Fitness Freddy, where every child in the school moved and grooved in order to raise money for school funds. (Article 31)
We All have Rights!
Year Fours explored all the UNICEF rights of a child. In order to do this the children carefully studied a poster and had to by identify a picture related to each right. They worked in groups to identify the article related to the picture!
Walk to School Week 2018
This year we were blessed with sunshine for our walk to school week. As we walked and talked we discussed the related articles, Article 15 and Article 24.
Using the experiences of Paddington, foundation stage are starting to understand the challenges, difficulties, and dangers that refugee children face when fleeing conflict or persecution. Pupils became more empathetic by exploring what they would take if they were forced to flee their own homes, and discuss the unnecessary and dangerous journeys refugee children are making. They looked at Article 10 and Article 22.
Year 3 have been learning about Pirates. They thought it would be a good idea to use their understanding of rights to create a set of rules aboard their pirate ship.
Illustration of Rights
Well done to Year 2 class who have used drawings to show the rights of a child!
There's a Bear on my Chair
Year Four and Year Six came together for a Rights Respecting Lesson. They listened to the story “There’s a Bear on my Chair”. They were split into groups and used role play to try and persuade the bear off the chair. The children used persuasive language and compromised in order to resolve a situation. Both classes came across lots of different rights when working through this process. Great team work! The boys and girls now know how they could resolve real life situations whilst still respecting the rights of others.
Rights Respecting Bun Sale
Whilst learning about Paddington and refugees the Year 1's decided to hold a bun sale to raise money for refugees. They raised a grand total of £401.05 which will be presented to a member of Unicef on World Refugee Day next Wednesday (20th June). Amazing work Year 1 and well done to all those who supported their Bun Sale.
Shared Education Forest Visit
Year 1 and 2 visited Garvagh Forest with their friends from Kilrea Primary school, just like Article 15 states every child has the right to meet with other children as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights. They enjoyed looking for signs of summer as well as exploring the forest with their friends.
PSNI Road Policing
Kids' Court came to St. Columba's Primary School this morning with 15 drivers facing our panel of pupils. Drivers of all ages were caught speeding and every single one was challenged by the pupils to rethink their driving behaviour. Article 13 states that every child must be free to say what they think and to seek and receive all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law. Officer Henry also spoke to all the classes regarding road safety and the importance of bike safety.
Joe Wicks The Bodycoach
On September 13th pupils in Years 3-7 had the opportunity to participate in a live fitness session with the Bodycoach, Joe Wicks. Everyone had great fun while feeling the benefits of exercise on our bodies and minds. Article 24 states that every child must have the best possible health. Exercising daily ensures that we all stay fit and healthy. #schoolsfitnessweek#thebodycoach#healthybody#healthymind
We came together to celebrate mass for the beginning of the school year. We were joined by our Parish Priest, Fr John Cargan and past pupil, Fr Ciaran Hegarty who celebrated the mass. Fr Hegarty spoke with very fond memories about his time at St. Columba’s. The theme of the mass was 'sharing' which is something which we will be focusing on this year. Article 14 states that every child has the right to practise their religion.
Fundraising for ZAP
Elizabeth and Roisin from ZAP visited on Friday to show the pupils how hard life is in Zomba. We presented them with a cheque for £300 from our 'Hungry Baby’ money. They thanked us very much for both the donation and all the uniforms that have been sent to Zomba from our school community. Article 27 states that every child has the right to a standard of living that is good enough to meet their physical and social needs and support their development. We must help families who cannot afford to provide this..
Our fabulous Anti-Bullying Ambassadors received their training with Paul and Robbie from ‘The Diana Award. Article 15 states that every child has the right to join groups and organisations. Our Anti-bullying ambassadors will be working hard to ensure that everyone is safe and happy in St.Columba's and that all rights are being respected. #whatateam#saynotobullying
The Radar Centre
Year 7 thoroughly enjoyed their trip to the Radar Centre to learn about safety in the home.On returning to school the pupils looked at the articles relating to their visit, this included Articles 16, 17, 19, 32, 33 and 36.
European Languages Day 2018
The whole school had a fantastic day celebrating language and culture on European Languages Day. Article 30 states that every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family.
Representatives from Cancer Focus visited St. Columba’s today to remind us of the importance of keeping our bodies fit and healthy! Article 24 states that every child must be educated on health and well-being so that children can stay healthy.
Johnny from Sustrans visited to talk to our pupils about sustainable transport, particularly on our journeys to and from school. He also spoke about our upcoming 'Ditch the Dark' day, which will take place on Friday, 12th October.
Silver Rights Respecting School Award
On 11th October we celebrated our Silver Rights Respecting Schools Award. We were joined by Father Cargan, members of the Board of Governors and members of our P.T.A. Our special guest was Koulla Yiasouma, the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People. The whole school community took part in a spectacular assembly filled with music, song, humour and culture. Pupil groups were represented and a presentation by the Rights Respecting Ambassadors, Eco Committee, Anti-Bullying Ambassadors and School Council was warmly received by everyone! #rightsrespectingschool#niccy
Shared Education Week
We started the week off with a shared staff meeting with the teachers from Kilrea Primary School to plan the year ahead. Miss McKiernan attended the Shared Education Conference on Tuesday. Year 1 carried out a community 'Litter Pick' with our friends from Kilrea Primary on Wednesday. Article 15 states that every child has the right to meet with other children.
Maths Week Ireland
We celebrated Maths Week Ireland this week in St. Columba’s by carrying out a range of practical activities and investigations in each class. What great fun! Article 28 states that all children have the right to an education.#mathsweekireland
Ulster Schools Swimming Championships
Congratulations to our Year 6 pupil who represented St. Columba’s at the Ulster Schools Swimming Championships. She got a PB and has now qualified in both the backstroke and breaststroke at the Irish Minor Championships which will take place in Dublin in February. Article 29 states that every child must have the chance to develop their talents to the full.
Road of Hope Shoebox Appeal
Wow! Today we packed off an astounding 194 shoe boxes, bags of additional items and a cheque for £1450 to Road of Hope Christmas Shoe Box Appeal. There will certainly be smiles on the faces of many children, young adults and the elderly in developing communities in Eastern Europe on Christmas morning! A huge thank you to everyone who supported this very worthy cause! #roadofhope#makingotherssmile
YEAR 6 'WORLDS APART' ASSEMBLY
Article 14 states that everyone has the right to practise their religious beliefs. Yesterday was Red Wednesday, a day where Christians around the world stand together against the persecution and imprisonment of fellow Christians due to their faith in God. Our Rights Respecting Council led everyone in assembly and each class then made wristbands to help spread this important message.
Well done to the children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One on their two fabulous Nativity performances. They put us all in a festive mood with their amazing singing, dancing and drama! #itsaparty #starsofthefuture. Article 29 states that education must develop every child's personality, talent and ability to the full.
Chinese New Year
Jacky and Tommy told all the pupils about The Chinese New Year and all their celebrations. We always embrace other cultures and enjoyed hearing all about it. Article 30 states that every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family, whether or not these are shared by the majority of the people who live there.
Online Safety Talk
Save the date - Online Safety Night delivered by Wayne Denner❗️
We are hosting a parent information night in partnership with our friends in Kilrea Primary School on the important topic of 'Online Safety'. This will take place on Wednesday 27th February at 7.00pm in Kilrea Sports' Complex. Our guest speaker for the night, Wayne Denner, an online safety expert, will deliver relevant, current and practical advice aimed at empowering parents to take control. Wayne will be providing us with tips on the best ways to protect our families. We are looking forward to everyone joining us for what is sure to be an extremely informative night! Article 5 states that governments must respect the rights and responsibilities of parents and carers to provide guidance and direction to their child as they grow up so that they can fully enjoy their rights.
It was lovely to get such positive feedback from a member of the public on our Year 6 pupils showing impeccable manners. We always respect the rights of others. #rightsrespectingpupils #rightsrespectingschool
Our school choir travelled to The Braid Arts Centre this week to compete in the Ballymena Festival Primary Schools’ Competition. They were absolutely fabulous and performed both their songs to the highest of standards. We are very proud to say that the choir were placed third. Article 29 states that education must develop every child's personality, talents and abilities.
World Book Day
We celebrated World Book Day by coming to school in our pyjamas ready to 'relax with our favourite book'. Each class carried out a range of activities to mark the occasion. Article 31 states that every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.
As part of Fairtrade Fortnight Year 6 surpassed themselves with their impressive Fairtrade cakes and buns. Thanks to all the pupils who came to sample the goods and for the donations to the Fairtrade Foundation. This money will make a big difference in helping the rights of others. Article 32 states that children must be protected from economic exploitation and work that is dangerous or might harm their health, development or education.
All pupils and staff looked fantastic in their green for St.Patrick's day. Everyone enjoyed learning all about St.Patrick and celebrating our Irish culture during a fantastic assembly performance by year Five. Article 30 states that every child has the right to use and learn the customs of their family.
Congratulations and God’s blessings to our Year 7 pupils who received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Donal McKeown on Tuesday 2nd April. Article 14 states that every child has the right to practise their religion.
Many thanks to the ladies from the NSPCC who visited our school today to deliver assemblies to the whole school and workshops in Years 6 and 7 as part of their ‘Speak out Stay safe’ programme.They taught us all that we have the right to Speak out and stay safe. Article 12 states that every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them.
First Holy Communion
Congratulations to our year 4 pupils who received the sacrament of communion for the very first time on Saturday. Article 14 states that every child has the right to practise their religion.
Local MLA John Dallat collected £500 raised by the pupils of St.Columba’s to send to Malawi to assist flood victims. Article 27 states that every child must have a good standard of living. As a rights respecting school we always love to give to others. Well done everyone!
Rights Respecting Cup
Well done to our Year 7 pupil Jamie who was awarded the Rights Respecting Cup at the Year 7 Leaver's Mass. Jamie always respects everyone's rights and strives to make our world a better place. We hope you continue to practise your rights as you move into secondary school. Good luck in your new chapter!
Habitat for Humanity
The entire St.Columba’s family send our best wishes to Miss Aoife Coyle (Year 1 teacher) who is travelling to Zambia with the “Habitat for Humanity” organisation to build houses for children who have lost everything, including their parents. We are extremely proud of her and wish her safe travels. Article 20 states that if a child cannot be looked after by their immediate family then alternative care that is continuous and respects the child's culture, language and religion must be provided.
2019 - 2020
Meet Our New RRSA Team!
The votes are in and we are delighted to welcome our new Rights Respecting Ambassadors to the team. Joining us on our journey to achieving Gold are, Tiarnan and Lucy from Year 3, and Amy from Year 4. Best of luck in your new role!
Our RR team held a Rights Respecting Assembly to kick start our year of going for Gold ✨✨ They performed a super RR Rap to remind all staff and students of our goals for the year ahead 👏🏻
Year 3 Mission Assembly
Year 3 performed their 'Mission Assembly' for the whole-school to remind us of the need to provide support to children and people who live in disadvantaged countries around the world. We can make a valuable contribution by putting spare change in the Mission boxes in our classrooms as the money goes directly to helping children in need.
Article 24 - Every child has the right to the best possible health.
Article 28 - All children have the right to a good quality education.
Article 3 – The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all things that affect children
European Day of Languages 2019
We celebrated European Day of Languages in St. Columba's speaking in a range of different languages, including Irish, Spanish and Polish! The Newcomer children in our school enjoyed sharing their first language with their peers, giving us all an insight into other cultures.
Article 30: Every child has the right to learn and use the language, custom and religion of their family.
FiFi the Rights Respecting Fairy
We would like you to meet FiFi our Rights Respecting fairy. FiFi supported us last year in our school when gaining an insight into all of our Rights Respecting Articles. This year FiFi is flying high around our school ensuring we are doing all we can to go for Gold! #RightsRespectingSchool #GoingforGold
Eco Team & School Council Assembly
Both the Eco Team and School Council held very exciting and informative assemblies on their ideas for the year ahead.
The Eco team discussed their new campaign 'Active Travel Superhero' challenge, which encourages all children to actively get to and from school every day.
Article 24states: 'Every child has the right to the best possible health'.
This is excellent campaign promotes both positive mental and physical health 😊👏🏻
The School Council also discussed their latest idea for a new whole school reward system 'Weekly Wish' where children will be rewarded for working hard, showing good manners, demonstrating their talents and overall showing respect to all members of the school community.
Article 29 states: 'Education must develop every child's personality, talents and abilities to the full'.
World Mental Health Day 2019 🧠🗣
Everyone in St.Columba's celebrated 'World Mental Health Day' by completing fun activities with their class and teacher.
Year 1 and 2 enjoyed some yoga to help them relax.
Year 4 incorporated some new Mindful exercises into their PE lesson.
Article 24:Every child has the right to the best possible health.
Article 31:Every child has the right to relax.
Weekly Wish Winners!
Every week the children of St. Columba’s work towards a Weekly Wish. These wishes encourage good behaviour, manners, positive attitude and overall being respectful to all member of our school community.
As as a Rights Respecting school, we think this is an excellent initiative 👏🏻
Article 29:Education must develop every child’s abilities to the full.
The Rights Respecting team kick started their fundraising ideas with ‘Socktober’ - Every Friday in October the children came to school in bright coloured socks and give a donation of 20p.
The RR team felt that fundraising through this idea would raise awareness of children in other countries, such as Africa who do not have adequate clothing. Well done everyone, what a fabulous job 👏🏻👏🏻
Here to make a change!
The Rights Respecting team got presented with new vests which they will wear outside in the playground every day. This will help the children in our school identify the members of the Rights Respecting team.
In St. Columba’s we recognise the importance of always reminding ourselves of the UNICEF Articles on the Rights of the child.
Article 2: Everyone in the World has Rights.
🌎 Abaana Visit 🌎
On Friday 15th November, a charity called Abaana visited our school to tell us about their charity. Their fantastic charity is connected to children who are in poverty, in Uganda. The Rights Respecting team thanked everyone in the school for raising money through ‘Socktober’ which they then donated to Abaana. We are delighted to have this global connection to our school. #fundraisingfun #socktober
🌎World Children’s Day 🌎
Year 4 celebrated 'World Children's Day' on the 20th November, by completing tasks relating to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). 2019 is the 30th Anniversary of the introduction of the UNCRC and as a Right's Respecting School, we are fully committed to promoting Children's rights in all that we do.
Article 42: You have the right to know your rights! Adults should know about these rights and help you learn about them, too.
Christmas Nativity Performance
The children across all Key Stages displayed their talents with a wonderful performance of the Nativity at Christmas.
This targets Article 29: Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities
Digging for Dignity
Through our ‘Digging for Dignity’ theme, it was decided that the money raised from our ‘Christmas Jumper’ day would be donated to St. Vincent De Paul within our local community.
Planning for ‘Playground Rules’ Posters
The children in the Rights Respecting team, along with Miss McGrogan contacted ‘Sugar Rush Creative’ in Belfast to express our ideas for our new ‘Playground Rules’ poster. We spent weeks going through different designs, and have been delighted to finalise our design this week.
Rights Respecting Detective
The Respecting Team came up with an excellent idea to encourage the staff and children within the school to practice using the language associated with the articles and continue to develop their knowledge of the UNCRC.
Visit to Toberdoney Fold
The children from the Rights Respecting Team began their ‘Digging for Dignity’ theme on Wednesday 18th December, in Toberdoney Fold. The children had a ‘Christmas Chat’ with the elderly people in their community. They showcased their talents through song, music and poetry.
Article 28 reminds us about the right to have and show respect for others. It highlights the word ‘dignity’.
They had their second visit to the fold on the 15th of January for a 'Respectful Read'. The children prepared pieces from their favourite novels along with poems, and recited them beautifully.
Grandparents Day 2020
The children in St.Columba’s recognise the importance of showing respect to their parents and their grandparents. We celebrated 'Grandparent's Day' along with our loved ones, with different events in the school and wider community.
Article 29 reinforces this.
Digging for Dignity
Our current theme ‘Digging for Dignity’ focuses on showing respect to the elderly people within our community. On Grandparents Day 2020, the Key Stage 2 children participated in a wonderful mass in St. Anne’s Church in our own community, for grandparents and other family members.
In St. Columba’s, we value the importance of expressing our Catholic faith in a range of ways.
Article 14 highlights the importance of 'Every child having the right to practice their religion'.
Accelerated Reading Millionaires
We celebrate success here at St. Columba’s. Check out the accelerated millionaires who have excelled in their reading throughout Term 1.
Article 29 reinforces the importance of Education developing every child’s personality and talents.
Key Stage 2 had a visit from Stem Ambassador, Steven Burke heightening their understanding of the production of electricity. Steven discussed his job as an engineer in great depth for the children.
The RR team members in Year 6 and 7 were able to reinforce to their peers that this related to Article 28: All children have the right to an Education and Article 29: Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities.
Time Steps Living History
The children in Year 2 had an amazing visit from Time Steps Living History. They explored their right to play, through playing with a range of toys from the past.
Article 31: You have the right to play and rest.
Investigating Rights in Year 4
Year 4 have been learning all about Anne Frank in their ‘Blast from the Past’ topic. Anne Frank and her family were persecuted by the Nazis during WW2 because they were Jews. Jewish people and children at that time didn’t have access to their rights.
The 27th January 2020 was ‘World Holocaust Day’. Using NewsDesk, Year 4 engaged in group discussion about the mistreating of Jewish people, especially children during WW2. They talked about the Articles of the UNCRC and which of these rights were not provided in the Concentration Camps during the War.
As part of our ‘Digging for Dignity’ theme, the Rights Respecting members had their third visit to Toberdoney Fold to take part in ‘Bonding Baking’
Rights Respecting Lessons
The children in Year 2 explored the term ‘Refugee’ in relation to their book ‘Paddington Bear’. They discussed the importance of every child having the right to be kept away from danger (Article 32).
They used C2K News-desk stories to support their learning. Following this, the children worked in pairs to create ‘Thankful’ posters as a reflection point from learning about children refugees.
Fairtrade in Year 2
Year 2 have been learning all about Fairtrade and how farmers should be treated fairly and paid a fair price for their produce.
Article 29: Education should encourage children’s respect for human rights.
The children in Year 6 have been working hard to create their ‘Lenten Promises’. They recognise they have the right to practice and express their religion in relation to the UNCRC conventions on the rights of the child.
Article 30: You have the right to practice your own culture, language and religion
Learning From Home
The children of St. Columba’s like many children across the world at the moment are learning from home. Now more than ever, due to the current pandemic the children in our school recognise the importance of the Rights we all have and the specific articles to which they are related.
We wanted to continue our Rights Respecting journey at home, so each week our teachers prepare an activity focused on an 'Article of the Week'. Have a look below at some of our amazing virtual Rights Respecting lessons. 👏🏻👏🏻📚
Article 24: We all have the right to good health.
Article 12: We have the right to use our voice.
Article 7: We all have the right to a name and identity.
Year 5 designed their own 'Coats of Arms' to represent their identity.
Year 4 'Identity Hands'
Article 14: The right to express Religion and Faith.
‘My Church’ by Year 4
🌺Year 2/3 remember Mary during May🌸
Year 3 Drawing God
Article 14: We have the right to practise our religion
🌈Year One enjoy their right to practise their religion.
These are the people they are praying for at home. 🌈
Article 28: The right to an Education
Article 15: Every child has the right to meet with other children and to join groups and organisations.
👫Year 2/3 are missing their friends!👫
They wrote a message for their friend.
Year One recognise that they all have the right to meet other children.
They are missing their friends at school and clubs. They have written letters and drew pictures for each other. 🤗💕
Year 6/7 explore ARTICLE 15
The boys and girls in Year 2 recognise they all belong to St.Columba’s.
Article 19: Every child has the right to feel safe and be protected.
Article 14: All children and adults should know about the Convention.
Article 2: All children have rights, no matter who they are, where they live, what their parents do, what language they speak, what their religion is, whether they are a boy or girl, what their culture is, whether they have a disability, whether they are rich or poor. No child should be treated unfairly on any basis.
The boys and girls in Year 2 enjoyed reading The Color of Us.
They drew images of their favourite characters from the story.
Year 2/3 recognise all their great qualities.😊
We are so excited to be back at school with all of our friends. We are looking forward to continuing on our Rights Respecting Journey.
Article 24 states 'All children have the right to good quality education.'
We are happy to be back at school and are ready to learn!
The Right to an Identity
The children in Nursery have been learning about their names. The children can recognise their own name and they know that each one of their names is special.
Article 8 of the UNCRC states 'You have the right to an identity – an official record of who you are. No one should take this away from you'.
National Fitness Day
Exercise is one of the most important things we can do to keep fit and healthy. Every class enjoyed talking part in outdoor exercise to celebrate National Fitness Day.
Article 24 states that 'All Children have the right to education and information
so that you can stay healthy.'
Our school participated in the 'Sustrans Active Travel to School Week'. It was great to see so many children walking, cycling and scooting to school. The journey to school provides another opportunity to get in the recommended 30 minutes of daily exercise. #activetravel #healthychoices
Article 24 reminds us 'All children have the right to good health education and information to keep them healthy'.