Rights Respecting fever seemed to take over the whole of our school more than ever last Thursday 14th October, as the staff, parents and children of the Elsea Park family had the chance to show off and celebrate their commitment to the UNCRC (United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child). As we are already a Gold Level Rights Respecting School, every 3 years, we rise to the challenge of being assessed for reaccreditation, and this time around the assessors could not have been more impressed. Although sadly, due to COVID restrictions, the assessment took place virtually, this did not dampen the enthusiasm of our children and adults, as group by group, various representatives of the school met with Hilary Alcock and Jilly Hillier from UNICEF. Over the big screen, the participants shared their passion and enthusiasm for, and their knowledge and understanding of, their Rights. Article 12 states that ‘Every Child has the right to have their views listened to’ and this could not have been clearer as each group of Pupil Voice representatives put forward their examples of how knowledgeable they are about their rights, how the school enshrines them in their rights and how they use their voices to campaign for the rights of children locally, nationally and around the globe. From Student Councillors and Eco Warriors, to E-safety champions and UNICEF Ambassadors, each group spoke eloquently about; what makes their school Rights Respecting, about how safe and respected they feel, how valued they are as individuals, how their Christian and British values are interwoven with their UNICEF rights, how important it is for them to take action and campaign against Climate Change and how empowered they feel to be Agents of Change in this ever changing modern world. When asked why their Student Council is so important, one Councillor said, ‘We take our friends’ ideas and wishes and turn them into a reality’. As we all wait with bated breath for the results of the assessment, we would like to say thank you to all the children, staff and parents who continue to support and champion our Rights Respecting journey. If they continue to do so, then the future for our school is Golden!