Secondary class charters

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Secondary class charters

We are all unique. We are all individuals. But in school, we are a community. Sometimes, it is hard to put aside personal wants and prioritise the community’s needs. In our learning environment, as a Rights Respecting School, we use class charters to negotiate these tricky situations that often arise when there is a conflict between what the individual wants and that the group needs.

UNICEF UK defines a class charter as a “visual document that establishes an agreed set of rights-based principles upon which relationships can be based and which provide a language for shared values.” At the start of the academic year, each class discusses and agrees on the values and rights that are most dear to them, they explore how their values are presented in their classroom and they agree on consequences, should these values be disrespected. Once the values and rights are agreed upon, the class comes together to assign roles and responsibilities to make the charter. 

On a higher level, creating a charter helps to make the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) more prominent and relevant. It is an opportunity for children to learn about and engage with their rights. When children become fluent and aware of their rights, they gain a more global perspective on the rights of children everywhere. It is a key step to becoming a global citizen.

The Year 7s have taken inspiration from the places they would like to visit. The world is a big place with lots of exciting things and they would like to be able to experience it all. The key Article for the class is Article 2: No Discrimination. 

The Year 8s too have decided to take a global perspective this year. Their class charter represents the different continents and the different cultures they are interested in discovering and preserving. The students believe that despite the news and Information and Communication Technology, we are still very disconnected from what is happening all over the world. 

The Years 9s wanted to use bold colours and abstract shapes. They brought together different colours to represent the differences between individuals in the classroom. The key right for the class is the right for every child to live, study and grow up without discrimination. Equality, in particular, equality of opportunity is very important to the class.

 

The Year 10s were inspired by Minecraft. The class rep Tomás tells us that Minecraft has become even more popular with younger children and that using some aspects of the game makes the rights more understandable. The class has chosen Article 18: Protection of Privacy. They represent it using an image of a special door from a mod that provides extra security. It exemplifies this class’ desire to encourage each other to respect everybody’s right to be let alone and everyone’s inherent freedom from interference or intrusion. Information privacy is also something that is very important, as most of us have our lives online, it is important that we know our right to have some control over how your personal information is collected and used.

The Year 11s were inspired by human ethics. Throughout the discussions with their tutor Erin, they explored moral principles and morality. It is a tough year for the Year 11s, they have chosen inspirational quotes to lift each other up when going gets tough. 

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