Chidham Parochial Primary School

“Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15 verse 12

Rights Respecting School

What is a Rights Respecting School?

Chidham Parochial Primary School aims to be a school where all our pupils feel happy, safe and respected. This year, we are working towards recognition as a “Rights Respecting School”. This is an award which is given to schools on behalf of UNICEF.

UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential. A summary of these rights are available below.

The ‘Rights Respecting School’ award (RRSA) will help our pupils to grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and within the wider community. By learning about their rights our pupils also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others.

Chidham Parochial Primary School pupils are encouraged to reflect on how their behaviour and actions affect those around them, which allows us to build and maintain a positive and safe learning environment for all, both in the classroom and around the school grounds.

If you would like more information about the work of UNICEF or a Rights Respecting School then please visit: Unicef – Rights Respecting Schools

Please select the link below to view a Fact Sheet: A summary of the rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child

UN Convention – Rights of the Child

Black Lives Matter

Parent Zone: Resources to help you talk to your child about racism.
As this is such an important issue – and one that we would be discussing with the children if they were in school with us – we wanted to share some information about this movement, share some links to learning and other things you might find relevant.
Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an organized movement advocating for non-violent civil disobedience in protest against incidents of police brutality against African-American people. An organisation, known simply as Black Lives Matter, exists as a decentralised network with over 30 chapters in the United States and sister organisations worldwide, while a larger Black Lives Matter movement exists consisting of various separate like-minded organizations such as Dream Defenders and Assata’s Daughters. The broader movement and its related organizations typically advocate against police violence towards black people, as well as for various other policy changes considered to be related to black liberation.

In 2013, the movement began with the use of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin in February 2012. The movement became nationally recognised for street demonstrations following the 2014 deaths of two African Americans: Michael Brown – resulting in protests and unrest in Ferguson, a city near St. Louis – and Eric Garner in New York City. Since the Ferguson protests, participants in the movement have demonstrated against the deaths of numerous other African Americans by police actions and / or while in police custody. In the summer of 2015, Black Lives Matter activists became involved in the 2016 United States presidential election. The originators of the hashtag and call to action, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, expanded their project into a national network of over 30 local chapters between 2014 and 2016. The overall Black Lives Matter movement is a decentralised network and has no formal hierarchy.

The movement returned to national headlines and gained further international attention during the global George Floyd protests in 2020 following Floyd’s death by police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This episode was written by Malorie Blackman and was first broadcast on BBC One on 21 October 2018.

In the episode, the Doctor, and her human friends Graham O’Brien, Ryan Sinclair, and Yasmin Khan, arrive in Alabama in 1955, and find themselves seeking to stop time-travelling criminal Krasko from preventing Rosa Parks influencing the American civil rights movement during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The episode’s plot concerns racial segregation in the United States at the time, including the law upheld in Alabama regarding municipal transit during this period.

Link to Dr Who and Rosa Parks episode.

Here are some links to Newsround and Blue Peter episodes where they discuss these important matters in a very child-friendly way.

Link to Newsround: George Floyd – Why are there huge protests in the US and around the World?

Blue Peter: How you can help stop racism.

Newsround: What is racism – and what can be done about it?