Banchory Primary Win Award
Monday 24th December 2012
Banchory Primary School were rewarded last week after 10 months of working towards achieving their Rights Respecting Schools Level 1 accreditation.
The school formed a Focus Group made up of a selection of P1-P7 pupils. This group was responsible for choosing Rights to focus on as a whole school each month.
Education Convener, Councillor Ellen Forson, who presented the school with their Accreditation, said: "Assessors would look at the school calendar and current news issues then agree which Right could link closely with that issue.
"Each class collected evidence of how they incorporated that right and responsibility into their classroom learning and the Focus Group collated this and shared findings with the whole school through their evidence folders, class displays, and school wall space that was updated with their progress. They are to be commended on their excellent efforts."
Jessica Freck in P4 said, "I liked the Silly Olympics that I helped to plan. I remember the biscuits we made and games we played and events we took part in. We were raising money for UNICEF to help other people who needed it most of all."
Initially the school informed families that they were working towards becoming a Rights respecting school through sharing pupils views on classroom charters and informing parents of the activities involved and the benefits of learning about Rights and Responsibilities.
Courtney Dickson in P5 said, "We all took part in the shoe box appeal to help other people. We want to help children be happy and give them things to play with as they have a right to play."
Councillor Forson added: "Teachers and pupils took responsibility for planning Rights into the curriculum and all staff were aware of Rights respecting schools, language and model appropriate behaviour."