School Council

Our School Council.
Our School Councillors 2020/2021
Our UNICEF Ambassadors 2019/2020

We have selected eight UNICEF Ambassadors to help us implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child throughout the school. To help us achieve our Gold Rights Respecting School Award.

The Multi School Council

Article 29: Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.

Some of our children attended the latest Multi School Council meeting at Doucecroft School. Over 50 children from 10 schools across the local area, came together to discuss many issues that affect them. We talked about sports, keeping healthy, mental health, how to raise money for charity and how to make more sport opportunities available to children.

The children played an active role in the question and answer sessions, making some excellent suggestions and observations. They also took notes, that they will pass on at our next School Council meeting.

At the next meeting in January we will be discussing climate change and what can be done to help.

Our School Council - What We Do!

Children’s University

Article 29: Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities.

On Friday 29th November 2019 one of our former pupils led an assembly advocating Children’s University. Discussing the benefits of joining the Children's University.

St John’s Green Primary School - Club Day 2019

It was fantastic to see the myriad of club uniforms displayed by the children. The range and variety of clubs that children attend after school on display was vast. We had been promoting this day as part of our Rights Respecting School work and some of the articles directly linked to after school activities. Article 6: I should be supported to live and grow. Article 15: I have the right to meet with friends and to join groups. Article 31: I have the right to relax and play. Some of the clubs represented included horse riding, martial arts, golf, football, rugby, cricket, cubs, beavers, rainbows, brownies, scouts, swimming, trampolining, boxing, acting and dance.

Cry in the Dark Appeal 2019/2020

Cry in the Dark are a charity who work across Romania, supporting children with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses, as well as children in need in their local area. They provide health care, family support, access to educational resources and hospice care for these children, ensuring they have the best quality of life they can. Every year, Cry in the Dark run their own shoebox appeal for the children they work with. The appeal this year will ensure 1700 children will receive a Christmas gift they otherwise would not. By supporting the charity, we will help CitD to ensure the children in their care are given the rights deserved by all children, specifically;


Article 23: You have the right to special care and education if you have a disability, so that you can live a full life.

Article 24: You have the right to the best healthcare possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food to eat, a clean and safe environment and information to help you stay well.

Article 28: You have the right to access a good quality education

Article 31: You have the right to play and rest

Freda Gunton Lodge

Article 29: Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.

Every Thursday morning, six children from Year 4 make the weekly visit to see the residents of Freda Gunton Lodge in Colchester, a local residential care home.

The children spend 30 minutes reading their story books and chatting with the residents in the lounge. Six children are selected from our Yr4 classes each week to ensure all children across the year group have the opportunity to visit and benefit from the trip. The children also join in activities, including decorating the dining area for the Royal Wedding and decorating the Christmas trees and hanging decorations for the resident lounge.


Article 29: Respect the rights of other people and the environment.

Our School Council have set up a new recycling system and we are now successfully recycling all of our paper on a weekly basis.

UNICEF - Rights Respecting School.

As a School, we are currently working towards becoming a Gold Rights Respecting School. This is a UNICEF award based on the following principles:

  • Equality 
  • Dignity 
  • Respect
  • Non-discrimination
  • Participation.

Our school councillors, led by Mr Folkard and Mrs Corani are our steering group to push forward this idea. Therefore, our main focus in school council meetings is discussing various rights from the UN Conventions of the right of a child (UNCRC).  The children then feedback to their classes the ideas we have discussed.  You can find a copy of the UNCRC below which is the document we use in our school council meetings.  

What is the Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA)?

The RRSA programme is an initiative founded by UNICEF and underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The programme supports schools to develop and integrate children’s rights into all areas of the National Curriculum. The award is based on five principles: Equality, Dignity, Respect, Non-discrimination, and participation. While, the (RRSA) programme recognises children as rights holders, it also places significant emphasis on an adult’s role as a duty bearer. Adults and children work together to create a more inclusive environment, so that children feel safe, respected, and enjoy their learning.

There are three levels of the Rights Respecting Award (RRSA): Bronze, Silver and Gold. We have achieved the Bronze and Silver award and are currently working towards the Gold award. Our school councillors and UNICEF ambassadors, supported by Mr Folkard and Mrs Corani, are working together to implement the initiative. Regular school council meetings focus on embedding children’s rights and the different Articles of the (UNCRC) into everyday aspects of the children’s school life.

What is the UNCRC?

The UNCRC sets out the human rights of every child under the age of 18 and is the most complete statement on children’s rights treaty in history. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1989 and is the most widely adopted international human rights treaty in history.  The UK ratified the UNCRC in 1991. The UNCRC has 54 articles which cover all aspects of a child’s life and sets out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children everywhere are entitled to. It also explains how adults and governments must work together to make sure all children can enjoy all their rights

Who are The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)?

UNICEF are an organisation, working within 190 different countries around the world. They support the protection of children’s rights and help to meet their basic needs, delivering food, water and supplies in times of hardship. They also provide medical treatment, equipment and provide vaccinations for those children and families caught up in unprecedented circumstances.

Why are SJG working towards the RRSA award?

We are working towards this award because we want to support our children to fulfil their rights, to become more knowledgeable, empathetic citizens of the world and to respect diversity. To help us achieve this award, it is essential that our children understand that every child has rights, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status. It is important to recognise their rights are;

Inherent:  Children are born with rights.                                                           

Indivisible: No one right is more important than another.                                

Inalienable: Rights cannot be given away.                                                        

Universal: Rights are for ALL children (under 18), everywhere, all the time.      

Unconditional: Rights are not a reward and are not dependent on a responsibility or action. Our actions should respect the rights of others and not deny.

Helpful tips for Parents…                                                         

Questions to discuss with your children at home.

  •  What is the difference between wants and needs?
  •  Are there any rights that are more important than other rights?
  •  Do different children in different countries have the same rights as us? Why?
  •  How can we help?

You can support your children by encouraging them to:

  •  Donate items to those who are in need.
  •  Consider the difference between what they want and actually need.
  •  Discuss others around the world and consider how fortunate we are as a nation


My Rights in a Day 2020

Our School Councillors worked with the children across the school in both thinking about and evidencing the ‘Rights’ that they experience in a day at school. The children drew, wrote, took photos and filmed. To illustrate that the Articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, are embedded in their daily school life. In essence, the children did three things. They ‘Hunted’ for their rights and how they were evidenced around our school. They thought about who ‘Defends’ their rights and how they defend them. They took the time to ‘Thank’ someone who protects their rights. Some of our children’s basic rights are: You have a right to—A home; An education; To relax and play; To a name and identity; To food and clean water; To be safe and protected; To live and develop healthily; To meet and join groups; To have a say in decisions made about you; To the language, customs and religions of your choice.