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Rights Respecting School

We continually strive to promote an ethos which reflects UNICEF’s 'Rights' Respecting School Award’ (RRSA).  The award recognises schools that have put the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of their planning, policies, practice and ethos.  A rights' respecting school is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted.  We received our ‘Recognition of Commitment’ in October 2017.

 

 

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is the basis of all UNICEF's work and states that every child has the right to:

  • a childhood (including protection from harm); 
  • be educated (including all girls and boys completing primary school); 
  • be healthy (including having clean water, nutritious food and medical care); 
  • be treated fairly (including changing laws and practices that are unfair on children);
  • be heard (including considering children's views). 

The RRSA we believe helps our pupils to grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and within the wider community. By learning about their rights, the pupils will also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others i.e. their responsibilities. 

In Moira Primary School, we have an elected School Council.  School Councilors, staff members and Nicola Markwell, a representative from our Board of Governors, all form the school’s RRS Steering Group and are therefore involved in making Rights Respecting School decisions on behalf of the pupils.  This involvement and opportunity for the pupils to express their views about their school, supports Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Respect for the views of the child/a child's right to be heard. 

Our RRS steering groups meets regularly to plan and evaluate the work of the school towards becoming recognised for the various stages of the RRSA . 

 

 

Mission Statement

 

The purpose of the Pupil Council is to encourage pupils to get involved in issues that concern them in and around school. It is our aim to promote a happy, safe and fair environment for all pupils.  
 
We believe many voices should be heard. We will focus on listening to the views of all pupils (from Nursery to P.7) and report regularly to our classes regarding the work of the council.  

Our Pupil Council Members

Our Pupil Council Members  1 Matthew Malcomson P7McN - Chairperson
Our Pupil Council Members  2 Cormac McEntee P7K - Vice Chairperson
Our Pupil Council Members  3 Samuel Adams P7K - Secretary
Our Pupil Council Members  4 Joel Irwin P5G - Treasurer
Our Pupil Council Members  5 Ruby Marsden P6W - Public Relations
Our Pupil Council Members  6 Nate McCann P4S - Public Relations
Our Pupil Council Members  7 Charlotte Duncan P6W - Rights Respecting Schools
Our Pupil Council Members  8 Trudy Murray P6Q - Rights Respecting Schools
Our Pupil Council Members  9 Zara Hopkins P5G - Class Council
Our Pupil Council Members  10 Isabella Brooks P4McB - Class Council
Our Pupil Council Members  11 Philip Graham P7McN - Fundraising
Our Pupil Council Members  12 Niamh Latuske P4McB - Fundraising
Our Pupil Council Members  13 Emma McEntee P5H - New Resources
Our Pupil Council Members  14 Isaac Warwick P5H - New Resources
Our Pupil Council Members  15 Thomas Bates P6Q - Bright Ideas
Our Pupil Council Members  16 Niamh Avis-Cassidy P4S - Charity

Minutes 28.09.17

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