Foveran School’s UNICEF accolade

Ellon councillors Isobel Davidson, Richard Thomson, Rob Merson and Gillian Owen with pupil Kai Dias-Smith and the UNICEF certificate.
Ellon councillors Isobel Davidson, Richard Thomson, Rob Merson and Gillian Owen with pupil Kai Dias-Smith and the UNICEF certificate.

Foveran School is celebrating its second success story this month.

The school has reached the first level in UNICEF’s Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA).

A huge amount of effort has gone towards this award from our pupils, parents and staff

David Williams Head Teacher

It comes after long-awaited new playground equipment was officially opened earlier this month.

UNICEF representatives recently visited the school to assess if it met the criteria for the first of two phases of the award.

RRSA recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos.

According to the criteria, a rights-respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between pupils and adults, between adults and between pupils.

Confirmation that Foveran has successfully achieved the first level was announced at a school assembly last Friday, attended by pupils, teachers and local councillors.

Head teacher David Williams said: “Foveran School is committed wholeheartedly to the guiding principles of the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award.

“The process of striving for the award has raised knowledge and understanding of the charter for the Human Rights of Children both in the school and in the wider community.

“A huge amount of effort has gone towards this award from our pupils, parents and staff, most notably class teacher, Mrs Joyce Mackie.”

Mr Williams added: “We will continue to develop the excellent work that has been acknowledged today by UNICEF and celebrated with our local councillors, as we work towards level 2.”

The politicians praised the school’s achievement.

Councillor Gillian Owen said: “It is really good to see the children winning this award and more importantly understanding the role they have to play in life.

“Respect is two way but undoubtedly needs to be earned and treating others how you would like to be treated is a long term goal.”

Earlier this month, Foveran unveiled new playground equipment costing £10,000, including games and basketball nets.