On Thursday 2 February, Mr Alex Clark, Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Scotland presented the Junior School with their Rights Respecting School Level 2 Award in a special assembly held in the Dining Hall. The RRS Steering Group led the assembly.
A short slide show, reflecting back over the amazing amount of work that pupils, staff, parents and the community have done since registering our commitment to put UNCRC at the heart of our ethos and practice, was created to the sound track 'Something Inside So Strong' by Labri Siffre. It was a moving experience as the audience of P4 – P7 pupils enjoyed reminiscing as the years rolled by!
Mr Clark, who was celebrating 30 years of service in the Fire Brigade on the same day as the ceremony, said, "I am delighted and honoured to be asked to present this Level 2 RRSA which recognises the fantastic achievements of GWC in embedding children's rights in everything that you do. Having read the assessment report, I can see the amount of hard work that has been undertaken by all the staff, but more importantly, by you the children in order to achieve this award. It must be particularly pleasing for you all that you are being recognised as leaders within the Edinburgh area and that others schools are able to look to you to see how rights can be put at the centre of life. The greatest praise anyone can receive is when others aspire to emulate your achievements and that is indeed what others are being encouraged to do."
"Before presenting the award it is important to place children's rights, and your achievements, into the immediate context of today. You all, as rights respecting global citizens and advocates for social justice, fairness and children rights at home and abroad, are our future. In the light of current global political change, this ethos has never been so important. Continue with what you are doing and use it in whatever way you can to make the future a better place for everyone."