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Rights Respecting School

Londonderry Primary School aims to be a school where every aspect of a child is focused on and developed, including the area of well-being. As part of our school’s aims to promote a happy and successful school, we are working towards recognition as a ‘Rights Respecting School’.

The ‘Rights Respecting School’ Award (RRSA) will help our pupils to grow into confident, caring and responsible young citizens both in school and within the wider community. By learning about their rights our pupils, your children, also learn about the importance of respecting the rights of others.

We will be updating the school website as we progress towards the award. In October 2013 we received our Level 1 award, we hope to achieve a Level 2 certificate this year.

Londonderry Primary School is proud to have been awarded Level One of the United Nations Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA): we are the first school in Newtownards to have achieved this and it is something we are very proud of as a school community.

As a Rights Respecting School we aim to teach the children about that they have rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). From this starting point they also learn their responsibility to respect each others’ rights in the community.

Why are children learning about their rights in school and what is meant by rights?
Rights are not the same as ‘wants’. Rights are the basic human needs and values that should apply to everyone, for example:

The right to water
The right to an education
The right to nutritious food

The UNICEF website outlines the articles in more detail and can be found at

We recognise that rights and responsibilities are equally balanced, we encourage our children to take responsibility for their actions in order to develop an awareness of how they might affect the rights of others.

We have been studying the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. The children are trying to memorise each article and think about how this applies to their lives.

Article 2 - We all have the right to be treated fairly.
Article 2 - We have the right to a name
Article 6 - We have the right to life and to be healthy
Article 12 - We have the right to be listened to
Article 13 - We have the right to find out things and share what we think with others
Article 15 - We have the right to choose our friends as long as it isn't harmful to others
Article 19 - We should not be harmed and we should be looked after and kept safe
Article 24 - We have the right to safe water, nutritious food, and information to help us stay well

In September and October we will focus on:

Article 28 - We have the right to learn and to go to school
Article 29 - We have the right to develop our talents.
Article 29 - We have the right to be the best that we can be.
Article 31 - We have the right to relax and play
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Where to find us

Londonderry Primary School
Glenbrook Road
Co Down
BT23 4EY
T: 028 9181 4325
F: 028 9182 3827



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