Article 29: Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.
In assembly today we launched our Food 4 Food February campaign for 2017. All proceeds will go to our partner school, Mpeni Primary in Malawi. What treat can you give up to help feed our friends in Malawi?
Today the Rights Knights had their first community group of the new year.
Our key focus today was about conflict and war.
Article 38 -Governments must do everything they can to protect and care for children affected by war. Governments must not allow children under the age of 15 to take part in war or join the armed forces.
Think about all aspects of your daily life. What do you need during their days in order to feel safe and protected?
Our top suggestions were…shelter, family, enough food and clean water, police and emergency services.
Do you think our list would be the same as people who are affected by conflict?
What might be the same?
What might be different?
We then played the pencil game!
- The aim of the game is to get a good education for children.
- This is shown by making pencils out of paper, using a stencil.
- The pencil must be cut out.
- The tips must be coloured in with a coloured pencil.
- Rewrite the future must be written on the pencil.
- The more pencils the group makes, the greater level of education you have accessed.
After conflict broke out we found out how that affected the education that people recieved, for example transport was disrupted so supplied were no longer able to get to school.
For the second part of the session we took part in 1 million stars to end world violence project.
We weaved stars and stars from across the world will come together in a large installation during the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
To find out more please see: http://www.onemillionstars.net/
Our new social skill is friendship. All classes will be focusing on what a good friend is, as well as thinking about what friendship looks, sounds and feels like.
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.
Malawi is experiencing famine.
Many of the children are suffering and not attending school as a result.
Every child has the right to food.
Article 24 – Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food and a clean environment so that children can stay healthy. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.
The famine has been brought about as a result of the floods last January which devastated crops. This also means as they are mainly farmers their income and ability to buy food which has gone up in price is affected.
Please help us by giving up a treat, a chocolate bar, bag of popcorn, meal out etc and donate the money to Mpeni to help buy food for the children.
Mpeni Primary have been visited by a local member of parliament who brought 20 sacks of maize. This is enough to feed 60 children, but the school has almost 400 learners so they need more help.
Mrs Burton will be putting a collection box out in the office for people to add their donations, however small. Many thanks in advance.
In assembly today we discussed Martin Luther King Jr.
Today is the birthday of a very special kind of hero. His name was Martin Luther King Jr. He told people that they should stop the way they were behaving because it was unfair. Although some people do not share his goal or his dream, it has changed life for so many people around the world.
This term our whole school focus is on reaching goals and respect. Mrs Burton introduced this in assembly. In classes we will be thinking about how we can reach our goals, and what will help us achieve these. Gold credits can be handed out by any member of staff to children showing and demonstrating respect towards others.
Article 29 – Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.
Special kind of heroes
Pupils are able to nominate someone that they believe is a special kind of hero at Stockbridge, and explain why they have nominated them. We will be sharing our nominations every week in assembly.
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