In our Year 6 music classes, we cover many different ways of writing, listening and playing music, including songwriting! We decided to write a song based on the rights we have as children and adults in our community.
First, we looked at our Rights Respecting rules that we have in Osmani, we chose the rights that we felt were most important to us and made these into poem or ‘lyrics’ as we call them in songwriting.
We then created our backing track using both electronic and live instruments. We learned Pachelbel’s Canon in D on a range of instruments including piano, recorder and xylophone. Then, we produced the track by recording it and mixing in Logic Pro before finally adding our voices on top to complete the track. We are super proud of the track we made and hope it will highlight how important our rights really are.
You can also view our Rights Respecting song and other schools songs directly on the Unicef website. Click here to be redirected to their page.
During one of our meetings, the ambassadors discussed the use of plastic within our school packed lunches. The sandwiches are cased in single-use plastic and we wanted to use our voice to see if we could make a change. We emailed the local council to ask for suggestions for alternative materials that could be used for our lunch. We are still awaiting a response and will keep you updated when we hear from them.
On Friday 16th November, Osmani Primary School celebrated Children in Need by wearing pyjamas. Children in Need is a great charity to get involved in, as it helps children across the country who do not have access to their rights. We wore cosy pyjamas to school and raised lots of money.
Thank you everyone for your generous donations. Our school managed to raise £231.72!
Lower Key Stage Two presented an assembly about Harvest Festival. Year 4 explained how Harvest is celebrated in Christianity and Year 3 sang a beautiful Harvest song. It was also World Food Day so all the food that was donated reminded us how fortunate we are to have access to healthy and filling meals.
Thank you for all your Harvest donations. The Rights Respecting Ambassadors visited the Whitechapel Mission- a nearby homeless shelter where all your donations were greatly received and appreciated. As ambassadors who support children’s rights, we were amazed by how many adults and young people are left homeless with no shelter, food and clean water. It was a truly humbling experience and made us realise how lucky and grateful we should be to have easy access to many of our rights. As a community, it is really important that we continue to support the Global Goals (No Poverty) so we kindly thank you again for your support and contributions.
The Rights Respecting Ambassadors had a thrilling (if a little bit wet) trip to the Houses of Parliament on Thursday 1st November. We were welcomed and taken through security before going on a grand tour of the historical building. Firstly, we went to the viewing gallery where we watched a debate on ‘Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’. When the MPs finished their speech, other MPs stood up and when the speaker shouted their name, they would speak. After watching the debate, we had a tour throughout the Houses of Parliament. On our tour, we saw: where the old House of Common was and also visited Westminster Hall. We then took part in a workshop called: ‘Pupil’s Parliament’. The workshop reminded us that we can make changes to laws we are not happy with. Women fought for 100 years to have the right to vote. Their voices and actions made a huge change to democracy and how we vote today.
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At school, both staff and children wore their cool denim clothes as part of Jeans for Genes day. Jeans for Genes Day is a national fundraising event that encourages everyone to wear their jeans to school or work for one day each year. The money raised provides essential support to the half a million children in the UK living with the challenges of a life-altering genetic disorder. Thank you for all your donations- Your Jeans for Genes Day fundraising effort will make a big difference to children affected by genetic disorders.
The children at Osmani School exercised their right to voice their opinion and express their view when they voted for their chosen candidates to represent their class as Rights Respecting Ambassadors. We held an Election Day where the children in Year 2 to Year 6 voted in democratic fashion placing their private votes into a ballot box.
Our brand new ambassadors will work to ensure every member of our school community is aware of the UNCRC articles and of children’s rights. They will attend weekly meetings where they will discuss any issues that have arisen from discussions within their class and make decisions affecting our school.
At Osmani School, we respect the views and contributions made by our ambassadors and aim to use these to make improvements to our school whenever possible. Our wonderful pupils are excellent at identifying issues that are important to them and tackling them.
At the meetings, they discuss issues which concern the children in school, such as:
How the learning and curriculum at our school can be improved.
How we, as a school, can contribute to the wider community.
How we can resolve conflicts with our peers using our TAG system.
How we can influence events and the development of the school.
How to raise awareness of RRSA and the Global Goals in school.
On Wednesday 14th March 2018, Four Rights Respecting Ambassadors presented as a Tower Hamlets Primary Headteachers Consultative meeting. The Pupil Parliament presentation was presented eloquently and confidently by the ambassadors at the Tower Hamlets PDC.
The Headteachers were extremely impressed and the feedback about the presentation was overwhelmingly positive.