On Monday 23rd May 2016 the school Council launched the Simon Richards Award In memory of Simon Richards.
Earlier in the year the School Council and some Year 5 children set up a shop of unwanted toys, to raise money. They ran the shop in their own break and lunchtimes and raised over £300. They wanted the money to help purchase something in Simon’s memory.
We commissioned and purchased a memorial plaque and created ‘The Simon Richards Award’ – this will be presented on a termly basis to children who use their talents for the benefit of others.
Anita, Simon’s Mother, was present during the assembly to endorse the Award.
We are working towards becoming a Rights Respecting School. To do this, we are teaching the children about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and ensuring that it is at the heart of our school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos.
The Convention is very important because it recognises that all children have the right to be treated with dignity and fairness, to be protected, to develop to their full potential and to participate. Our children are rights-holders therefore they can claim their rights and we as adults are the duty-bearers to fulfil these obligations.
So far the children have explored some of the 42 articles through work in class, assemblies and visiting workshops to our school. We have also launched the ‘Day for Change.’ Day for Change is also about raising awareness of Unicef’s vital work to protect millions of children who have been affected by violence and abuse, disease, hunger, war and disaster. This event is where everyone brings in their loose change to raise money and have an impact on children’s lives across the world.
For more information about the Articles see the document attached below.
On Thursday 31st May St Joseph’s had a whole school Diamond Jubilee Street Party provided by the school cooks.
All children stood in honour of the Queen during the National Anthem, then had a street party feast whilst the tanoy played ‘Jerusalem’, ‘Land of Hope and Glory’, ‘Rule Britannia’ and ‘Trumpet Voluntary’.
All children wore red, white and blue, in their home made crowns.
A great occasion and memories that will last for another 60 years!