School Action Team
The Rights Respecting School Action Team are a group of children who are passionate about making sure children's rights are met in school and in our community. They work with the teachers and leaders in school and in our community partnerships to make Haveley Hey an even better place to learn.
Our Priorities for this year...
We have spent a lot of time last year working alongside St Mary's and The Willows to help develop a Rights Respecting ethos in other schools. We worked with them to put on our second RRSA conference at the Forum in Wythenshawe to tell other schools about our Rights Respecting journey so far.
This year, we want to encourage our children to be active citizens and 'change makers'! Our priorities are to teach our community about the Global Goals that affect children's rights and encourage our children to get their voices heard whilst campaigning for an global issue!
Part of the work that our RRSA Action Team will do, will be to develop a pupil parliament with other schools from the Greater Manchester.
At the end of January we launched our first Pupil Parliament event. Our year 5 pupils, along with year 5 pupils from 14 other primary schools in Greater Manchester, attended MEA to discuss and debate the Global Goals we thought were most important. We were joined by Councillor Luthfur Rahem and our MP Mike Kane who told the children all about Parliament and campaigning. Our top 5 were:
* Zero Poverty
* Gender Equality
* Good Health and Well Being
* Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
* Climate Action
Working with the Council
Steve, a neighbourhood officer from the Sharston Ward, came into school to talk about all of the things that the Council do in the area. He wanted our ideas on how to make Wythenshawe even better. Our ideas are going to form part of an action plan to help improve the place we live!
New Action Team Elections
Our new School Action Team have recently been elected! It was a fantastic campaign and all of the children who nominated themselves should be very proud! We were visited by our local Labour MP Mike Kane who told the children how to prepare their manifestos. Then, all children from year 3-6 voted for the children they thought would be make best action team members. We even had our own presiding officer, Steve, from the council to keep everything fair! Last year's team counted the votes and we now have our new Action Team members. Their jumpers have been ordered and should be here shortly!
Meet last year's School Action Team
Action Team trip to Ghyll Head
In January, our year 5 and 6 Action Team members went to Ghyll Head with children from the Willows and St Mary's. We worked together on some team building activities and found out about the 17 Global Goals. In pairs, children researched one area and fed that back to the other children. We then decided on our top 5 goals! Click here to find out more about the 17 Global Goals.
Whit Walks Project
Year 4 and 5 Action Team members from Haveley, St Mary's and the Willows worked with Charlotte from English Heritage to complete a project all about diversity. Children found about about the Manchester Whit Walks and what they were and then thought about what made them different. We made banners and took part in our own procession around Central Library in Manchester.
What we have done so far...
Some RRSC members have been a part of the interview process for our new Head of School.
We asked the possible candidates a range of questions and Mrs Spiteri asked us for our thoughts and opinions!
RRSC at Haveley Hey worked alongside The Willows and St Marys school on the:
Hear my Voice Conference
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The children led the conference, exploring children's rights both locally and globally.
RRSC speak out about second-hand smoking!
RRSC have made a video using Talk For Writing about second-hand smoking.
RRSC in the community!
Since September RRSC have been into the community to share our rights respecting ethos. So far we have had the pleasure of visiting some of the residents at Frank Price Court. We chatted to lots of the people who live there and found out what Wythenshawe and our community was like when they were growing up. We were talking about children's rights now and were deeply shocked that when they went to school if they misbehaved they were punished in various ways. This is very different from schooling today!
Article 19; You should not be harmed and you should be looked after and kept safe.
The School Action Team Planning Trip
The children went to Ghyll Head along with children from The Willows and St Mary's to plan our work together.
Children speak out at the local council meeting!
RRSC wanted to share our Rights Respecting journey and our partnership with The Willows and St Mary's. Two representatives from each school, along with parents and staff went along to the Town Hall and delivered an amazing presentation to all our local councillors including the Lord Mayor (How scary!). We wanted to share with them our vision for the future within our community and also to ask for their support with issues and campaigns that we, as children, would like to get involved with!
Watch the video below...I am sure you will agree that our children were amazing. Possible politicians in the future. we hope so!
Article 12: Every child has the right to say what they think in all matters affecting them and to have their views taken seriously.