Although the right to 'freedom' is not on the UNCRC, here at St Mary's we recognise that upholding people's rights give them freedom. There are only a few people in history who have done this more successfully than Dr Martin Luther King. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of his visit to Newcastle University, the whole school focused on what it means to be free. Throughout the week, we have realised that freedom is the right that is a result of upholding all of the others, and we have been inspired by the life of Martin Luther King to bring freedom to others both inside and outside of school.
Article 24 of the UNCRC states that "You have the right to safe water to drink." As part of our Lenten journey, KS2 worked together this afternoon in our sponsored activity - a water carry! With a full container of water at one end of the yard and an empty one at the other, the members of each team were given a plastic cup and tasked with transferring the water from one end to the other in a relay style. Despite our best efforts, we still found it tricky not to spill any precious water, which only increased our admiration for those in our world who have to travel and transport their water for miles every day. A huge thank you to all of our sponsors and to KS2 for their efforts!
As part of our Extended Learning Week focusing on rights, we again celebrated rights in our school by taking part in Outright 2016. This year's theme was based on the journey of refugees. From Reception Class thinking about what they need to feel loved to Year 6 speaking out to uphold the rights of refugees, the whole school has learned about and engaged with learning about rights. Year 5 and 6 were also very fortunate to be visited by an Asylum Seeker who shared his experiences - this really emphasised the importance the work of organisations like UNICEF has on upholding people's rights all over the world. Check out the display outside of Mr Wheatley's office to see the work we have produced!
Today our pupil council members from Y5 and Y6 visited the Baltic, where they were joined by children from primary schools across Gateshead to celebrate the 26th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The day was full of exciting events including creating an animation film, sharing wishes and anniversary cards with other schools and even sharing messages about how they would feel if they, like many children around the world, were denied basic rights - these messages are being sent by UNICEF to David Cameron!
We also met people from amazing organisations such as Save the Children, St John's Ambulance, Northumbria Police and Sustrans.
Most importantly though, we were able to share the fantastic work we do in school and see some of the inspiring work other schools do, which we can't wait to share with everyone back at school!
Our photos show what a great day we had...