On Tuesday 5th November an assembly took place aimed at looking how poverty affects children around the world. This is linked to Article 27 - every child has a right to a standard of living that is good enough to meet their physical, social and mental needs. An inspirational lady came into school to help present and share the fantastic work she does in her own time, the charity is called - 'Helping the Gambia', which is an extremely worthwhile cause. Hopefully, we will have further meetings with Emma Turnbull and can assist her in raising both awareness and donations for this charity.
The children at Vane Road have a huge input into how the school is run. We believe firmly that the children are the most important part of the school and everything should be done for them. In this belief we acknowledge that they are often the best placed to say how they feel the school should be run and what we should do to make their education the best it can possibly be. We endeavour to give all of our children lots of opportunities to share their thoughts and opinions and play an active role in the decisions that affect their learning and well-being as described in Article 12 of the United Conventions on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). 'Article 12 - respect the views of the child. Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them and to have their views considered and taken seriously.'
We have lots of ways that the children can do this formally such as through the Rights Respecting Team, SNAG Team, E -Cadets, Community Group, House Captains and during House Meetings, Pupil Questionnaires and writing their own School Newspaper. However, we also want to create an ethos that allows the children to regularly share their opinions in an informal way, in class, during assemblies and also to share with Mrs Sim, Miss Wren and Mr Pavey, our doors are always open.
Below are just some of the ways children have their say in what happens at the school: