It’s been 9 long weeks since we last saw their little faces at school, and we were delighted to see so many happy smiling faces at the door of Leswalt Primary on Monday morning. It was P1-3’s first day back since the New Year – the building has been rather quiet without them! They were all glad to see each other and be back with their friends.
We’re super happy to have P1-3 back with us at school and hope they all had a brilliant first day back – fingers crossed it’s not too much longer before P4-7 can join us on 15th March .
It may have been an odd year, but nonetheless 2020 was a rather successful one for the North Rhins Partnership – we are delighted to announce that we have achieved our Bronze Award for Rights Respecting Schools! This national accreditation is to recognise the work we have done so far and our commitment to learning more about and embedding the UNCRC Rights of the Child in the life and ethos of our schools.
Our work started waaaay back in January last year (pre-Covid times – can anyone remember what that was like?!) when pupils began learning about the Rights of the Child at assemblies. Then, when pesky Covid came on the scene, we were forced to continue our journey towards our Bronze Award online, with some home learning challenges on various different Rights of the Child.
When we were eventually allowed to return to school and class assemblies resumed, we then focused on ‘Respect’ – what this means and how to respect others’ rights. We learned how respect is at the centre of anti-bullying and we made a video to share with everyone, explaining what ‘RESPECT’ means to each of us; here is the link if you’d like to watch it and the finalised copy of our ‘Respect for All’ policy to have a read through:
Behind the scenes, staff have also been busy learning all about the Rights of the Child, how this permeates lots of what we do in school (including how it is embedded into our ‘Respect for All’ policy) and how we can use language and a restorative approach to further promote respecting everyone’s rights.
A huge thank-you to everyone who helped in achieving this award – we are very pleased to gain national accreditation and recognition for all of our hard work. We can’t wait to continue our Rights Respecting School journey towards our silver award – watch this space!
Lockdown 2021 meant that we could not have our usual in school Scots poetry focus as all learning was taking part at home. But, this did not stop us! Our in inaugural North Rhins inter school Scots poetry competition took place on Friday 29th January and was judged by local Burns enthusiast, Mr Alec Ross.
This event took place on Microsoft Teams, where everyone could see the beautiful handwriting and creative artwork. Pupils recited their poems with gusto, over the internet.