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Rights Respecting School

Holm Primary Playground Charter

A few weeks ago the Rights Respecting School Team were discussing how we could improve our school playground. Each representative asked their class for ideas and shared them at our meeting. From this we created common themes and worked with some PSAs to create our charter. The charter has created a shared set of values for our school and playground.

The RRS team decorated designs and the whole school voted. The winner was revealed at the assembly last week.



This was the winning design! The signs have been made and they have been popped up in our school; 1 in the playground and 2 on the field.


May Right of The Month- Article 23

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. We looked at the LaunchPad to develop our knowledge and then we got to create flags to show inclusion.

  • “We went onto the LaunchPad and we found out that all rights are for everyone.”
  • “I’ve learned a new article.”
  • “I learned Article 23- you have the right to have everything you.”
  • “We all got put into partners and we created lots of different flags.”
  • “I think we should put them around the school so everyone knows they are included.”

Health Week

Last week was our  Health Week. We completed lots of activities to help develop and build upon our knowledge and skills in Health.


We completed an orienteering task where we had to find all the different sugary drinks and work out the sugar content. We used our mapping skills to find all of the clues.

  • “I enjoyed orienteering because we got to find lots of things and we had to circle 5 of the least sugary drinks.”
  • “Our team won because we chose the lowest sugary drinks.”

We had the overall winners in P2/3! Well done 🙂 For their prize they got to make healthy juices with Mr Ross.


 Article 23- You have the right to everything you need to feel included.

We learned how to sign the alphabet in Makaton with Mrs Renton. We all signed our names and it was good learning a new skill. Ask the children to show you at home. They were very good at it.

  • “I showed my Dad the whole alphabet without the sheet.”
  • “I learned how to sign my name without the sheet.”

Sports Day!

What a super Sports Day; everyone completed the races and behaved really well. A great afternoon with lots of budding athletes.



  • “I liked long jump because it was really fun.”
  • “I liked the javelin because it was fun.”
  • “I enjoyed boxing because I learnt new moves.”
  • “My favourite activity was the javelin because we threw them very far.”
  • “My favourite was Dancemania because we got to do different dances.”
  • “I loved yoga because it was nice and relaxing.”
  • “”Dancemania was great because we learned new dance moves.”
  • “I loved the circuits and everyone was amazing.”
  • “We got to play sports games on the computer.”
  • “I liked doing the step ups for circuits.”



  • “I learned different names of the skeleton.”
  • “I learned that the part of your back is called the spine.”


The Rights group presented an assembly explaining the new Playground Charter.

  • “It will help with our behaviour.”
  • “I think it looks really colourful and people will read it.”

Pupil Council shared Mrs MacGilvray’s Marathon interviews and we got to watch the fabulous presentation from the Gymnastics team.





House Challenge

We all worked in our house teams to complete the water bucket challenge. There was great team spirit and lots of laughs. Excellent afternoon!



Exploring Powerpoint – Primary 2 and Primary 5 Buddies

For the last two weeks the Primary 5 children have been introducing the Primary 2s to Powerpoint. They have worked together to make a PowerPoint presentation about Rights! While one half of the class were on the computers, the other half worked with their buddies to create a Rights poster!

‘Last week my buddy and me got lots of pictures to do with rights and put them in our powerpoint.’ Emma

‘We changed the background of our powerpoint so that it was grey. We typed sentences and we put in the rights we have, like the right to play and rest.’ Ewen

‘I worked with my buddy to make a poster. I put the rights in bubble writing and I coloured them in.’ Stewart

‘I worked with my buddy to put in pictures about rights. We also wrote a title and a little bit of information about writes underneath.’ Isla


P5 Assembly

  • It was fun learning about the refugees in Syria, what happens to them when they have to leave and the journey they go on.
  • I enjoyed doing the assembly, singing a Gaelic song as well as an English song, we did something different to other assemblies, and it was fun.
  • It was good learning about something serious but also having fun at the same time.
  • It was fun performing on the stage with lots of people watching.
  • It was fun learning about where the refugees live, where they go and what they have to go through.
  • I enjoyed learning about the different rights in the convention.
  • I liked learning about the refugees and seeing how their life is so different to ours.
  • Learning about the refugees made you think about what it would be like to live like that.

R.R.S Group Trip to Lochardil

On Friday the RRS group went to Lochardil Primary to meet their Rights Group who were called ‘Unikids’. This was a great opportunity for us to share what we have done so far and hear about their journey. We would like to say a big Thank You to Lochardil Primary and the ‘Unikids’ as they were very welcoming and gave us some great advice to help us towards our Level 1 award. The group gave us a tour around the school and showed us their classrooms and playground charters. This was really helpful as classroom charters are on our agenda for this year. We have invited the ‘Unikids’ to come to Holm Primary next time. We are delighted to have started this partnership and we are looking forward to helping each other on our Rights journeys.

  • “I would like the Unikids to come to us next time.”
  • “I enjoyed going to Lochardil and sharing our ideas to their rights group. We also learned from them as they shared their ideas.”
  • “It was good to meet with another school to see what they have been doing.”
  • “I liked meeting new people from another school.”
  • “It was great when they showed us around their classrooms and told us what they have done for rights.”
  • “I enjoyed meeting their group.”
  • “I liked finding out about how they got their award.”
  • “I enjoyed seeing their class charters because they included lots of rights in them.”
  • “I enjoyed seeing what they do because it gave us some new ideas.”

The children were a credit to the school and their families; they were extremely polite, asked interesting questions and represented the school fantastically! Well done RRS group 🙂



R.R.S Group Meeting

Today the R.R.S group met up to discuss what we want to achieve this term. One of the main focuses was the R.R.S’ upcoming trip to Lochardil School to meet their Rights group. We spoke about what we want to ask them. We would like to find out about what they’re doing to earn their level 1 and see if they could give us some advice. We are going to share the things that we have done in our school too.

After Mrs Matheson’s assembly we thought about how we could help people in Yemen. We thought about having a day where we have games, a bake sale and dress down to raise money for people in Yemen. We will be meeting with the Pupil Council Group to discuss this further. We would also like to try to get in touch with the DEC to see how else we can help.

Here are the minutes from today’s meeting. Our next meeting is on Friday 20th January.

Rights Respecting School Group Meeting Minute 130117


Afternoon Nursery – Anti bullying week

The Rights Respecting Schools Group visited the children in the afternoon nursery to tell us about the importance of being friends.  Mrs Gibb read the story ‘The Name Jar’ to reinforce the idea that although we are all different we can all still be friends.





Anti bullying week

We began the week with an assembly led by the Rights Respecting Schools team. They showed us a video related to bullying behaviours, allowing us to have a better understanding of what it means.
We focused on friendships on Tuesday and read the fable ‘The Lion and the Mouse’. In groups we used a place mat to write down all the qualities we would look for in a friend.
We discussed what strategies we could use to cope with bullying behaviours on Wednesday. Using scenarios and role play, we identified positive strategies to resolve conflict.
On Thursday we watched a PowerPoint about resilience. In class we created a Resilience Tree , writing different emotions and ways we can be resilient on its leaves.
We ended the week thinking about mindfulness, and ways to relax through dance.

“I enjoyed watching the videos about bullying behaviours as they showed different people within the schools supporting them.”

“ I liked making moustaches because we got to use our creative skills.”

“ Acting out the scenarios was interesting because we got to think of ways to solve the problems.”

“ I enjoyed working with other classes as you could share ideas.”

“ The PowerPoint about ‘The Lion and The Mouse’ was good because it was interesting to see how the mouse was treated by the lion.”

Anti – Bullying Week

My favourite experience during Anti – Bullying week was…..

  • When we watched Bunny New Girl at assembly. It was about a girl that was starting in a new school and on her first day she had a bunny mask on.  Someone pulled it off to reveal a moustache drawn on her face, some children laughed but others decided to draw a moustache on their faces so she did not feel left out.
  • Doing the drama role play in groups to show different strategies to overcome bullying behaviour and who to ask for help from.
  • We watched the rap ‘Bars and Melody’. We discussed how bullying behaviours had upset the boys when they wrote the song.
  • When we listened to the fable ‘The Lion and the Mouse’ because I really liked the message in the story – don’t judge other people by their looks or abilities.


Out of ten what would you give Anti-Bullying week and why?

  • I would give it eight out of ten because I would have liked it better if we had done some work with buddies as well.
  • Nine out of ten because I liked doing the drama role play with all the strategies to deal with bullying behaviours. I would like to see any bullying behaviours stopped outside school as well.
  • I would give it a seven because we learnt about some of the types of bullying behaviours that may happen and we also learnt what to do if you saw bullying behaviours happening or if it was happening to you.
  • Ten out of ten because I learnt a lot about bullying behaviours that I did not know about.