RRS Assembly (24 Feb 2017)

Before the children were introduced to the new Article of the Month each stage reported back on what they had decided the Primary 7 tuck shop profits should be spent on to help the charity www.righttoplay.org.uk

Lots of classes wanted to help as many children as possible and the most popular options were donating money to pay for a sports coach or to buy sports equipment kits. Using the profits raised by the Primary 7 tuck shop the school can afford to buy 6 sports equipment kits. Well done Hermitage Primary! The CORE committee look forward to writing to the charity to tell them the good news!

Primary 5 had also been writing about Article 31 in Language and Alina from the CORE committee shared an explanation text written by Jack Smith (P5a) all about the ways children at Hermitage Primary enjoy this right:

How we participate in Article 31 at Hermitage Primary School by Jack Smith

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child (UNCRC) is an international agreement that sets out all the rights for every child in the world. Article 31 is one of these important rights. It states that every child has the right to play, relax and take part in cultural and artistic activities. This text will explain to you how the children at Hermitage Primary School participate in this right.

The right to play is very important but some children don’t get to play in the world. Firstly in our school we get to play lots of the time including at breaktime, lunchtime, PE, Golden Time and lots more. Golden Time is very fun because we find out who is Star of the Week and you also get to pick what to do. You get to choose from Table Tennis, ICT, Own Choice, Painting and Modelling, Colouring and Drawing and last of all the Quiet Area. We have also got a lot of playing areas in our playground and it is very fun.

Often we get a lot of PE time and so we do fun games and exercise stations. In PE we are focusing on dance and gymnastics. We are creating a dance about Beauty and the Beast. At Language and Maths time we sometimes play fun games to learn too.

We get to relax all the time. We get to relax at Golden Time, during quiet reading time and story time. When we do quiet reading we get to relax while we read. It is super relaxing. When we finish PE we get to cool down and get a drink after working hard. We usually do the Bleep test which is hard for some people and easier for others. Relaxing is important because if you did not relax, you would get breathless and you might feel a bit sick.

Cultural activities are fun like Scottish Afternoon. We get to sing Scottish songs and at Hermitage Primary School we also listen to Scottish poems like ‘O ye canne shove your granny aff a bus’, ‘Feart’ and ‘The Wee Red Motor’.  Scottish Afternoon is really fun and we do it to celebrate Burns Day because our school is in Scotland. Hermitage Primary School also go to church to celebrate Christmas and Easter.

Finally we also do lots of artistic activities for example our stage assemblies and after school clubs. We also do Christmas concerts where we get to sing, dance and act. Other artistic activities include the Talent Show and when we learn through drama, dance, art and music in our classes.

As you can see there are many different ways that the children at Hermitage Primary School are able to participate in Article 31. We get to do this through lots of fun activities.

Mrs Jackson then introduced the pupils to this month’s RRS Article of the Month.

Article 6: It states that all children have the right to a life and that governments and adults must take actions to help all children survive and develop physically, emotionally, socially and morally.’

Mrs Jackson along with the help of some CORE committee members helped the children understand the different ways children develop physically, emotionally, socially and morally and the ways adults and governments can help them do this.

The children now have a task to discuss Article 6 in their classes and choose a charity they would like the next profits from the Primary 7 tuck shop to be donated to. The charity must be one that helps support Article 6 in some way however it can be a local, national or global charity. The CORE committee will then consider their choices and choose a charity to donate to.