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Rosebank Primary School in Nairn celebrates silver award from UNICEF UK for respecting children's rights

By Donald Wilson

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Rights Respecting Schools Group at Rosebank with teacher Mrs Main.
Rights Respecting Schools Group at Rosebank with teacher Mrs Main.

Rosebank Primary School in Nairn is the latest Highland educational establishment to be awarded the Silver Rights Respecting Schools Award.

The school received its accreditation following recognition by UNICEF UK.

Head teacher Lisa Campbell said: “Over the last few years staff and pupils have worked together to make this amazing achievement possible.

“We are very proud to receive this prestigious award and will continue to empower our pupils to know and exercise their rights, improve culture awareness, inclusion and acceptance and hopefully achieve the Gold award in the not too distant future.”

Local councillor Tom Heggie, who is also vice-chairman of Highland Council’s education committee, said: “On behalf of the local members, I would like to congratulate the pupils and staff at Rosebank Primary School on achieving this award.

“The pupils, staff and parents demonstrated their commitment as they continued their learning and understanding of children’s rights.”

He added: “I am proud the school is receiving this prestigious award and representing Nairn.”

Councillor John Finlayson, chairman of the education committee, said: “We have a responsibility to recognise, respect and promote children’s rights as it is these values that underpin our Highland-wide ethos of mutual respect.

“I am sure the school will be successful as they work towards the Gold award.”

Achieving Silver: Rights Aware status means there is evidence that Rosebank Primary is:

• Explicitly embedding the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in its policy, practice and culture.

• Promoting knowledge and understanding of the Convention throughout the school community.

• Putting into action and developing plans outlined on their Action Plan for Silver

• Beginning to see the positive impact of these actions on children and young people, staff, and on the school’s ethos, practice and environment.

• Beginning to see children and young people as rights-respecting global citizens and advocates for fairness and children’s rights, both locally and globally.

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