Holy Family Catholic School

As Holy Family, we learn, believe and seek to make the right choices, as God's children

 Class Five CAFOD Workshop

In school we have all been learning about the UNIVERSAL and UNCONDITIONAL rights of the child. In class today, we were given the opportunity to think about this more deeply in a workshop delivered by our friend Ann from CAFOD. We were able to consider how some children might not be able to access their rights becuase of where they live or difficult situations they might be in. We also discussed the rights that were important to us and learned that with rights come responsibilities. We very much enjoyed today's session. 

What is a Rights Respecting School?

A Rights Respecting School (RRS) puts the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of its planning, policies, practice and ethos.

A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between teachers / adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils.

Holy Family Primary School was awarded the UNICEF Bronze Award in 2017 showing that we are a Rights Committed school. We are now on our journey to attaining the UNICEF Silver Award which, when achieved, will certify that we are a Rights Aware School.

At Holy Family, the pupils learn about children’s rights during lessons, and all class assemblies are focused on at least one of the UNICEF articles. Each class has a Class Charter and work around this is included in our class floor books.


The UNCRC stands for United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The UNCRC is an International Agreement that protects the human rights of children.

All children have the same rights. All rights are interconnected and of equal importance. All Children’s rights are UNIVERSAL and UNCONDITIONAL The Convention stresses these principles and the importance of children respecting the rights of others, especially their parents. 

UNICEF’s Mission is to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. UNICEF is guided in doing this by the provisions and principles of the principles of the UNCRC.

UNICEF and our school community

At Holy Family School we strive to create a climate where Christian values are taught and experienced, the Rights of the Child are respected and the goals of a Holy Family education are met. These are the foundations on which all else is based. Our most recent section 48 Inspection undertaken by Salford Diocese states that;

An explicit Catholic values-based culture permeates the whole of the school. Relationships, based on truth, justice and compassion, are strong at Holy Family, for example, there is a display that tells us the world will be a better place if we ‘do to others as you would have done to you.’ The school clearly understands the community it serves.

We see our Catholic Faith as the cornerstone of all teaching at Holy Family, and value the community that we serve. However, we also have an awareness of our position as a school in a global community and realise that many children live in societies where their UNIVERSAL and UNCONDITIONAL rights may be compromised. At Holy family we are committed to respecting the rights of every child. Only when we work together can we ensure the best possible standards of living and opportunities for children across the world.

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Class Charters

Every Class has to discuss the different articles and to decide which articles meant the most to them as a class - they then created their own class charter, which shows what they are going to do to ensure they have these rights.

UNICEF- The Rights of Every Child Article

Article 1 - Everyone under 18 has these rights.

Article 2 - All children have these rights, no matter who they are, where they live, what their parents do, what language they speak, what their religion is, whether they are a boy or girl, what their culture is, whether they have a disability, whether they are rich or poor. No child should be treated unfairly on any basis

Article 3 - All adults should do what is best for you. When adults make decisions, they should think about how their decisions will affect children.

Article 4 - The government has a responsibility to make sure your rights are protected. They must help your family to protect your rights and create an environment where you can grow and reach your potential.


Article 5 - Your family has the responsibility to help you learn to exercise your rights, and to ensure that your rights are protected.

Article 6 - You have the right to be alive

Article 7 - You have the right to a name, and this should be officially recognized by the government. You have the right to a nationality (to belong to a country).

Article - 8 You have the right to an identity – an official record of who you are. No one should take this away from you.

Article - 9 You have the right to live with your parent(s), unless it is bad for you. You have the right to live with a family who cares for you.

Article - 10 If you live in a different country than your parents do, you have the right to be together in the same place.

Article - 11 You have the right to be protected from kidnapping. Article 12 You have the right to give your opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously.

Article 12 You have the right to give your opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously.

Article - 13 You have the right to find out things and share what you think with others, by talking, drawing, writing or in any other way unless it harms or offends other people.

Article - 14 You have the right to choose your own religion and beliefs. Your parents should help you decide what is right and wrong, and what is best for you.

Article - 15 You have the right to choose your own friends and join or set up groups, as long as it isn't harmful to others.

Article - 16 You have the right to privacy.

Article - 17 You have the right to get information that is important to your well-being, from radio, newspaper, books, computers and other sources. Adults should make sure that the information you are getting is not harmful, and help you find and understand the information you need.

Article - 18 You have the right to be raised by your parent(s) if possible.

Article - 19 You have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, in body or mind.

Article - 20 You have the right to special care and help if you cannot live with your parents.

Article - 21 You have the right to care and protection if you are adopted or in foster care.

Article - 22 You have the right to special protection and help if you are a refugee (if you have been forced to leave your home and live in another country), as well as all the rights in this Convention.

Article - 23 You have the right to special education and care if you have a disability, as well as all the rights in this Convention, so that you can live a full life.

Article - 24 You have the right to the best health care possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help you stay well.


Article - 25 If you live in care or in other situations away from home, you have the right to have these living arrangements looked at regularly to see if they are the most appropriate.

Article - 26 You have the right to help from the government if you are poor or in need.

Article - 27 You have the right to food, clothing, a safe place to live and to have your basic needs met. You should not be disadvantaged so that you can't do many of the things other kids can do.

Article - 28 You have the right to a good quality education. You should be encouraged to go to school to the highest level you can.

Article - 29 Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.

Article - 30 You have the right to practice your own culture, language and religion - or any you choose. Minority and indigenous groups need special protection of this right.

Article - 31 You have the right to play and rest.

Article - 32 You have the right to protection from work that harms you, and is bad for your health and education. If you work, you have the right to be safe and paid fairly.

Article - 33 You have the right to protection from harmful drugs and from the drug trade.

Article - 34 You have the right to be free from sexual abuse

Article - 35 No one is allowed to kidnap or sell you.

Article - 36 You have the right to protection from any kind of exploitation (being taken advantage of).

Article - 37 No one is allowed to punish you in a cruel or harmful way.

Article - 38 You have the right to protection and freedom from war. Children under 15 cannot be forced to go into the army or take part in war.

Article - 39 You have the right to help if you've been hurt, neglected or badly treated.

Article - 40 You have the right to legal help and fair treatment in the justice system that respects your rights.

Article - 41 If the laws of your country provide better protection of your rights than the articles in this Convention, those laws should apply.

Article - 42 You have the right to know your rights! Adults should know about these rights and help you learn about them, too

Articles - 43 to 54 These articles explain how governments and international organizations like UNICEF will work to ensure children are protected with their right.




Shoe Appeal

ShoeShare is a campaign in partnership with Unicef and Clarks Shoes. The campaign collects old or unwanted shoes, which are sent for re-use. For every tonne of shoes collected, a donation is made to Unicef which goes towards education programmes around the world.

More than 59 million children of primary school age are still not in education. This is just under the population of the UK. Clarks are helping Unicef to provide basic resources such as pens and pencils so that children have the right tools to learn, and also support training teachers and work with governments to ensure the quality and standard of education remains high and children are leaving school able to read and write.

The aim of ShoeShare is to reach even more children and improve their access to an education.

We, at Holy Family, decided to gather together our unwanted, but still good conditioned shoes, and send them to Clarks so they could help those who are less fortunate than ourselves. The response from the children and parents was amazing and the Faith leaders and Unicef leaders struggled to deliver all the shoes to the Clarks shop at the Lowry. They were incredibly grateful and we were incredibly proud of ourselves.