RRSA

The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA)

We are very proud of the fact that Sunnyfields in a Rights Respecting School. We have been inspected and judged worthy of the highly regarded Level 2 Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) which is run by UNICEF and links to the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. We are delighted that we have achieved this status and have done so because we place children's rights at the heart of all that we do. 

In the spirit of 'Article 12, Every child has the right to express their opinion', children were invited to become RRSA Ambassadors who worked in collaboration with the School Council to establish the set of agreements that underpin the school ethos; the School Charter. All adults and children within the school adhere to the principles enshrined within the School Charter and each class displays their own Class Charter to remind everyone what has been agreed. 

The School Charter

At Sunnyfields, we aim to ensure all children enjoy their rights and show respect to the articles below so that other children access their rights.

 

Promoting Children's Rights

Sunnyfields promotes children's rights within school by ensuring that our young students become aware of their rights in the classroom and beyond. We believe that it is essential for children to understand their rights, and simultaneously, to respect the rights of their classmates.

However, we also believe that our pupils have a responsibility to promote the rights of children in local, national and global communities. We encourage all students to accept their responsibility as members of the next generation to recognise the need for children's rights to be realised everywhere and to develop a stronger sense of the need to act for global justice. 

To this end we have organised a number of special events to raise awareness of issues locally, nationally and globally. For example, 

 

  • A 'Fun Run' to raise money for NSPCC and Childline.
  • Toiletries donation to HABS (Homeless Action in Barnet).
  • 'Day for Change' to raise money to purchase mosquito nets for orphans in Ghana.
  • Cake Sales to raise money to buy goats for families in Sierra Leone. 
  • 'Sponsored Soaking' to raise money for 'Free the Children'.
  • Participation in OUTRIGHT writing letters to MPs, corporations etc.
  • Protest for Zebra Crossing on Greyhound Hill.

We recieved our Level 2 Award in September 2015 and achieving RRSA has been the most beneficial undertaking. All members of the school community have been supportive. Most wonderfully, we have observed a significant change in the behaviour and attitudes of our children. They recognise the benefit for themselves, their classmates and children in other countries who are fellow citizens of the world.