Tanbridge hosts Rights Respect, Responsibility Conference (Nov 2010)

School children from around Horsham gathered together recently to celebrate their rights and responsibilities at the Rights, Respect, Responsibility (RRR) Conference, hosted by Tanbridge House School.

Tanbridge was the first secondary school in West Sussex to gain the Unicef Rights Respecting School’s Award Level 1. The award recognises school’s who use the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) to teach children and young people about their rights and responsibilities, to create a respectful ethos and learn about the rights of children around the world. Other schools in Horsham who have also received the award include Castlewood, Shelley, Southwater Infants, Southwater Juniors, Trafalgar and St. Andrews (who were the first school in the area to receive the award). Other schools involved in the conference were Arunside, Greenway and St. Mary’s who are all involved and interested in the positive impact of teaching students about their rights and responsibilities.

Each school created a performance to highlight one of the different UNICEF “Articles” from the Convention on the Rights of the Child; these included dance, rap, art work, drama, “Stomp” drummers and more. Following the delicious ‘RRR’ decorated cakes, the second half of the conference focused on learning about global citizenship, through a work shop covering issues such as diversity, global warming, discrimination and child labour.

Sally Hawes, (Leader of Learning; Inclusion), from Tanbridge House School, said: “The day was a great success and the children who performed were truly outstanding. The conference confirmed once again that children from reception age through to Year 11 can gain confidence as well as empathy from knowing their rights and responsibilities. The UNCRC gives young people a very clear foundation from which to build respectful and fair relationships, this has a real impact on improving the learning environment for all in our local schools.’