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The UK’s First RRSA Accredited Gold Award School

On 1st February 2018, Ferryhill School were visited by UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award assessors. We are delighted to be able to share that Ferryhill were successfully accredited under the new UNICEF RRSA award scheme standards and they became the first school in the UK to successfully achieve Gold using the new outcome strands.

Assessors noted a number of strengths in their final report and were particularly impressed by:

  • (The) polite, welcoming and confident children
  • Pupils who have a deep understanding of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Pupils could clearly see and explain the relevance of the CRC to their daily lives
  • An inclusive ethos based on a sound understanding by pupils and staff of the concepts of equity and fairness
  • Staff (who) model rights respecting language and behaviours
  • The recognition and celebration of wider achievement is highly valued by staff and pupils and linked to the CRC
  • RRSA is embedded across the school, and all staff are fully committed and engaged with the process.

Assessors went on to say…

The school is a wonderful ambassador for children’s rights and works hard to promote awareness in their local community and this wonderful achievement is recognition of the hard work, commitment and passion by pupils, staff and parents. Well done Ferryhill School!”

As a school, we will continue to build on this success and to guide and support our pupils to ensure that all children enjoy their rights.

Adventure Aberdeen Easter Holiday Programme

Adventure Aberdeen is a ‘not for profit’ Aberdeen City Council service. Closely associated with our school, they provide an essential and vibrant outdoor service to education, social care and community establishments across Aberdeen city.

Their Easter Holiday Programme offers fantastic outdoor experiences for children and the whole family.

All proceeds go back into the service to help support vital outdoor learning experiences for the future.

NSPCC Workshop: Speak Out Stay Safe

The recent online safety workshops presented by NSPCC in partnership with O2 reminded parents of the importance of understanding our children’s online world.

Along with some sobering statistics around cyber bullying, presenters Heather and Alan gave an introduction to some of today’s most common apps, the age restrictions for each (did you know you have to be 13 years old to use Whatsapp?) and the risks associated with some of the most popular apps.

The three greatest risks are:

  1. What they see
  2. Who they meet
  3. What they do

The key for us as parents is to engage with our children, have the conversation around what they’re doing online, help them set boundaries (e.g. only real-life friends can be online friends, no strangers) and give them strategies to cope with the risks.

Tools and help available online and in person:

  • www.net-aware.org.uk – a site that keeps you up to date with the social networks your child is using.
  • 0800 800 5000 – a helpline dedicated to parents who may have concerns about their child’s online safety
  • O2 gurus – free in-store expertise at O2 to help you set up parental controls, privacy settings etc (Union Street and Union Square stores)

Let’s work together to help our kids speak out and stay safe.

Ensuring everyone belongs, regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion, or abilities

We are proud to be a Rights Respecting school, working towards level 2 of the UNICEF program to implement the 54 articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in our school.

The four main principles of the UNCRC are non-discrimination, participation, best interest, and life, survival and development.

Article 2 on non-discrimination states:

The convention applies to everyone: whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, abilities; whatever they think or say; whatever type of family they come from.

Enabling pupil participation in all areas of school life

Ferryhill School is a Rights Respecting School. Of the 54 articles listed in the UN Covention of the Rights of the Child, we have chosen 4 articles to be focus areas for our school.

Article 12 of the UNCRC focuses on participation.

Every child has the right to say what they think in all matters affecting them and to have their views taken seriously

Working together to help our children develop to their full potential.

Ferryhill School is a Rights Respecting School and we have chosen four articles in the UNCRC as focus areas for our school.

Article 6 states focuses on life, survival, and development:

Every child has the right to life and governments must do all they can to ensure that children survive and develop to their full potential.