At Arkleston we started our journey back in 2018 and in 2021 we achieved our Gold Award for the 2nd time! We are fortunate to be one of the only primary schools to have received this award and were given a special mention at Holyrood!
To achieve our gold award we learned that:
Rights are for ALL children – UNIVERSAL
Rights are there at BIRTH – INHERENT
Rights CANNOT be taken away – INALIENABLE
Rights DO NOT have to be earned – UNCONDITIONAL
All rights are EQUALLY important – INDIVISABLE
Over the past few years we have focused on fully embedding rights in all that we do, including our school vision, values and our newly transformed curriculum. We have established a community and ethos whereby all rights are valued collectively. All articles are explored with equally importance, in a natural teaching/learning environment and using a responsive planning approach. Being a rights respecting school has helped our Arkleston community to identify individual talents, uniqueness and character strengths such as resilience.
‘We are delighted with the progress made in shaping our citizens of Renfrew and cannot wait to see where our journey takes us next.‘
(Carolyn Crawford Head Teacher)
Rights Respecting Schools – a guide for parents
Our respected and responsible citizens committee are children from P1-P7. They work with Miss Rainey to ensure that the whole school community knows about the rights that every child is born with. They designed an Arkleston mascot who is now a favourite amongst the classes. More recently the committee have been creating a lunch hall charter and designing a Royal Rights Mail Box which holds whole school examples of how we demonstrate our rights.
Quote.’ I have enjoyed joining the committee because I feel included in matters important to Arkleston. I liked designing posters and putting them up around the school. It helps remind people of the rights we have.’ ( P4 Pupil.)