Riverbank School is a Level 2 Rights Respecting School and was the first school in the UK to achieve RRSA Level 2 three times.
We promote RRSA – Rights Respecting School Award – and have welcomed visitors from other schools, to Riverbank, so that they can find out more about a Rights Respecting School. Our visitors have included pupils, parents and teachers from schools in Aberdeen and Inverness. Our pupils have also visited a seminar for newly qualified teachers who are about to start their probationary year in schools. At this meeting, the pupils explained about the ethos of a school and how Rights Respecting Schools has had a huge impact on the ethos of Riverbank.They, also, spoke about some of the work that they have been involved in at Riverbank eg writing to the Prima Minister regarding the plight of refugee children, fundraising for a water pump in Uganda at Kamuli School to mention just two.
It can, sometimes, be quite difficult explaining what makes a RRS but to spread this message UNICEF has released a short documentary which explains more about the initiative to which Riverbank belongs. The contributors come from all four of the countries of the UK and although we hear about different school structures, the RRSA message is the same.
To find out for yourself, please use the link to view the video.
UNCRC / RRSA
Article 1 – Everyone under the age of 18 has all the rights in the Convention.
Article 2 – The Convention applies to everyone: whatever their race, religion or abilities, whatever they think or say, whatever type of family they come from.
Article 3 – The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all things that affect children.
Article 4 – Governments must do all they can to make sure every child can enjoy their rights.
Article 5 – Governments must respect the rights and responsibilities of parents and carers to direct and guide their children as they grow up, so that they can enjoy their rights properly.
Article 12 – Every child has the right to have a say in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously.
Article 13 – Every child must be free to say what they think and to seek and receive all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law.
Article 15 – Every child has the right to meet with other children and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.