12 July 2011

Children from Whitecliffe Primary School, a Rights Respecting School in Redcar and Cleveland, have created signs to let people in local villages know about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

The children chose the ten articles which they felt were most relevant to them and designed the 1m tall signs themselves. Their Head Teacher Chris Shannon, was successful in securing funding to make the signs. Accompanied by their head teacher the children then consulted with community groups about where the signs should be located. Local MP Tom Blenkinsop was proud to be asked by the children to unveil the signs in July.

Finley, a pupil at the school, wrote a special report about the event for us.

On Friday 1st July, seven children from Whitecliffe Primary school were taken down to Skinningrove along with Tom Blenkinsop MP. There were a lot of people in Skinningrove, including Councillor Briggs and Councillor Hunt. Everyone was there to see our CRC signs unveiled.

Ten signs have been put up in the village of Carlin How and ten in Skinnigrove. Each sign is shaped like a child and has one of the CRC articles written on them. Children at Whitecliffe Primary wanted to let their parents and people in the villages know about the rights of children. 

Our MP unveiled the signs and Jodie Found made a short speech to tell everyone about them. Next we all went to Carlin How and Mr Blenkinsop unveiled the signs there. Alex Ayre made a short speech. All the children from our school came out to watch. After the unveiling everyone was given a drink of fruit punch and a delicious biscuit made by our cookery club. The biscuits were shaped like the signs and had one of the children’s rights on their chest.

Child Rights Sign © Whitecliffe Primary School
Children from Whitecliffe Primary School with one of the signs they designed.© Whitecliffe Primary School