Bonner has achieved its first Rights Respecting School Award following a rigorous and very positive inspection from UNICEF. You can view the full report here. The Award has now evolved – we are now SILVER – RIGHTS AWARE, which is the second stage of the award and is granted by UNICEF UK to schools that show good progress towards embedding children’s rights into school policy, practice and ethos.
The Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) is all about making sure that our children know and understand their rights by learning to respect the rights of others. We put the United Nations Convention of the Rights of a Child (UNCRC) at the heart of our policies and practice. We are continuing to develop our whole school community’s knowledge and understanding of the UNCRC and develop our global citizenship. We are aiming to achieve Gold: Rights Respecting which is the highest stage of the Rights Respecting Schools Award.
Rights Respecting Week 2018
We looked at different rights across the curriculum. Every year group had exciting lessons and we even had a special visit from children in Grafton Primary School who made presentations to the children in Years 3 and 4 about their faiths and beliefs. The children have deepened their understanding of rights and how this affects themselves and others around the world.
Air Pollution Campaigns
Bonner is Proud to campaign for cleaner air and raise awareness about air pollution in London and around the world. Children have taken part in campaigns, presenting to members of the local community, Tower Hamlets council and to representatives from the Mayor of London’s office.
In the spring term, a group of pupils from Year 5 at Bonner Mile End took part in an air pollution project as ‘Citizen Scientists’ with the organisation, Loop Labs. They used diffusion tubes to measure the quality of air at school, created powerful artwork about this cause, delivered a presentation to leaders in the local community… and made a music video about the dangers of air pollution! Unicef were so impressed that they decided to come and meet the pupils and take photographs of them for their own campaign.
We want every child in the UK to grow up breathing clean and healthy air to ensure they have the best opportunity to live a happy, healthy life. Every child has the right to breathe clean air. Yet the UK has been breaking legal and safe limits for air pollution since 2010.
On June 20th, 2018, children and adults completed the Playground Challenge to raise £400.06 for Unicef. Well done to all who participated and donated money to support this excellent cause. With the government matching our donations, this will provide two whole schools or villages with water pumps.
Outright Campaign 2017
We learned about the impact of the refugee crisis on children’s rights to protection and family reunification. We campaigned about their rights by telling our community, local MP and the Home Secretary what we think, to help make the family reunion law fairer.
We use Golden Rights to underpin our Behaviour and Discipline Policy. These Rights were written by a Focus Group which included children, teachers and parents, and the language was agreed in a vote that all the children took part in.
Human Rights Week 2016
Our work celebrating Human Rights Day 2016, included Human Rights themed lessons, creating displays, and special assemblies. Here are some of the displays we created: