We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Rights Respecting School Silver Award. UNICEF has recognised that Greystoke School is explicitly embedding the Rights of the Child in our policy, practise and culture. Today a Rights Respecting School advisor spoke to 20% of the children in school to confirm their knowledge and understanding. We are thrilled to have earned this national accreditation and look forward to continuing on our journey towards the Rights Respecting School Gold Award.
In November 2020, we were awarded the Bronze Award Level. A huge well done to everyone involved and we are really looking forward to continuing our journey to the Silver Award .
Participation is one of the four principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This week we focused on Article 12 - Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them. We discussed how our voices and participation of young people can make a difference so we began by looking at how we can make a positive difference in the village of Greystoke. Using a map and a key we walked around, identifying issues that were apparent. We also spoke to a few Greystoke residents who mentioned that the issues which could be improved are; speeding cars and bicycles, poor parking, lack of safe place for parents with young children to cross, litter and the amount of dog poo. We are going to use this information to focus on how we can use our voices to make a positive difference in Greystoke.
We would like to work with our community to make a positive difference. We have walked around our village and found three areas which we would like to improve: litter , cars speeding ( and poor parking) and the amount of dog poo that is not picked up. We have spoken to a few people on our walk who have shared some of their thoughts with us but we need a little more help. We posted a plea for help on Greystoke Village Facebook page and members of the community have been very generous in giving us their thoughts, suggestions and ideas as to what we can do to make a difference.
In support of the work we are carrying out on our campaigns to help improve our village we headed out this afternoon with a range of jobs to complete. Firstly we were armed with bin bags and gloves to complete a litter pick. Whilst carrying out our litter pick we also collected data to support our campaigns and to help us plan the next steps that we want to complete. We collected information on; the number of litter bins in the village , the number of dog poo bins, evidence of poor parking, evidence of speeding and the number of horses passing through the village.
Our Speed Awareness Group identified poor parking and speeding as two areas of concern that they wanted to tackle in our village. Today we have built our bespoke signs which remind motorists of the dangers of speeding and inconsiderate parking. The children have built the signs and placed them outside of school, taking care not to block the pavement or any driveways. We are also working in consultation with the Highways department at Cumbria County Council to ascertain whether it is viable to instal any permanent speed sign or signs in the village. We hope to have an update on this matter before the end of the week.
Every child has rights, and every child has the right to know their rights (UNCRC). As part of our UNICEF work, the children have enjoyed an afternoon of discussion and drama. During lockdown some of the children, in school and at home, developed a school charter. This charter reflects all 42 articles related to children's rights. This afternoon, the children have interpreted each one of their rights and expressed them through drama and art.
UNICEF-Rights Respecting Schools Award
The Rights Respecting School Award puts children's rights at the heart of schools in the UK. Greystoke School is proud to be working with UNICEF to create a safe and inspiring place to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. UNICEF's Rights Respecting School Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active global citizens.
Article 29 -Goals of Education
After speaking to Pets at Home, they very kindly gave us a supply of dog poo dispensers and dog poo bags. We are hoping to place the dog poo bag dispensers around the village in places where we found dog poo that had not been picked up. If, or when, these dispensers are empty, please contact Greystoke School and we will refill them. If you are aware of other dog owners who possibly do not use this page, please feel free to share this information. Thank you for your help.
Jack, Sam, Saydie and Freya