Today we were very lucky to welcome Keith Towler (children’s commissioner for Wales) to host a webinar from our school. It was held in our Learning Lounge with our Super Ambassadors, school council, head boy and head girl. Our Super Ambassadors, Harri and Teagan, introduced Keith Towler to all other viewers confidently and spoke very well! All other members then had the opportunity to ask Keith any questions they wanted. We learnt a lot about Keith and his job role as Commisioner for Wales. All children who took part were such a credit to our school and even had a treat of squash and biscuits for their participation!
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Tuesday, June 17th saw our Super Ambassadors and Deputies visit Margam Park for a fun-filled day. They had the opportunity to meet Keith Towler, the Children’s Commisioner for Wales as well as complete fun activities based around this months special mission on school dinners. Here are some photos of our day.
In the afternoon we enjoyed a treasure hunt around the beautiful grounds. Before leaving we also got to see Mad Science set off a rocket!
It was a great day and the Ambassadors were a credit to the school. Here they are with Keith Towler and their certificates for all of their work throughout the year…
Here are some photos of our Christmas Jumper Day. We managed to raise an amazing £106 for Save the Children! Save the Children help to ensure that children all around the world receive their rights and we are so proud that we were able to help. Thank you so much for your support on the day, the children (and staff) had a great day.
Here are a few pics from our election to find our 2013 Super Ambassadors. We held our election on Wednesday 17th July. Our possible candidates had been busy campaigning for a few days and then stood up in a special assembly and told the whole school why they would be good in the role. Over the course of the day, everyone voted. The votes were counted and the successful candidates were told on Thursday morning. Mrs Smith was incredibly proud of each and every one of the boys and girls who tried out for the position.
Congratulations to our successful Super Ambassadors and their deputies!
We’ve finally managed to select a winner in our Mascot competition! It was so difficult as they were all so fabulous!
All will be revealed this week…watch this space….!
Today Mr Henwood visited us to talk about Article 19 of the UNCRC…
You should not be harmed and should be looked after and kept safe
Mr Henwood is the Council’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Officer. He helped us to understand his job and told us all about the people who help to keep us safe every day.
We really enjoyed showing the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Keith Towler, around our school today. Our Children’s Rights Ambassadors led the visit, talking to Mr Towler about how we learn about our rights and how we listen to each other’s views.
It was great to be able to ask Mr Towler some questions. One of which was “What is your top tip for Children’s Rights?”
He said that he felt it was important to always stress the importance of Article 12 in schools.
Article 12 (Respect for the views of the child):
When adults are making decisions that affect children, children have the right to say what they think should happen and have their opinions taken into account.
We decided this should be “Towler’s Top Tip”!
Mrs Reece and Mr Pridham showed Mr Towler our wonderful new Life Learning Lounge and Mrs Reece demonstrated how ‘Aurasma’ app was going to be used in the area. Very cool! The Commissioner then spent some time in Year 5 and Year 6 seeing how the pupils were using digital technology to teach younger children in our Foundation Phase all about Children’s Rights. He saw iMovies, Animation HDs and Moxier Collages to name a few.
Year 6 also showed how they have been using ‘Scratch’ to program their own computer games which they will use to raise money for Comic Relief. Amazing stuff!
Thank you to Mr Towler for a fab afternoon. We loved showing him around Casllwchwr and look forward to sending him some of Year 5 and 6’s wonderful pieces of work.
Follow the Children’s Commisioner for Wales on Twitter @childcomwales
Children’s Rights Week March 11th – 15th 2013
We believe that by understanding their own rights, children learn to appreciate and uphold the rights of others. Pupils at Casllwchwr learn about rights through the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This week we are celebrating those Rights with a specially themed week. We are very excited to have Keith Towler, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, visit us on Tuesday to see the wonderful things that we do at Casllwchwr. We are honoured that he has been able to take time out of his busy schedule to visit us.
Next School year we are hoping to be assessed by UNICEF to be awarded the status of Rights Respecting School (Level 1) in recognition of our work in Children’s Rights. We have wonderful Ambassadors in Year 6, who will be working hard to raise awareness of these rights this week and throughout the rest of the year.
They would like to use this week to launch a competition to Design a Children’s Rights Mascot for our school. Most Rights Respecting Schools have a mascot that they use throughout the school on reward stickers, displays and signage. Some of them even have their own Twitter feeds.
Design Casllwchwr’s Children’s Rights Mascot
Can you think of a catchy name? (Alliteration is effective!) Make your design simple, yet colourful. The winning design will be chosen by the Ambassadors, Mrs Smith and Mrs Reece on Tuesday 19th March.
During the autumn term we held an election to elect our Children’s Rights Ambassadors. The pupils worked hard campaigning an the election was a big success. Each candidate prepared a speech which they gave in Assembly in front of the whole school.
We held a secret ballot and the winners were Nia, Michael, Jodie and Sam! Da iawn!