Pupils and staff at Alaw Primary made sure they gave Children’s Commissioner for Wales a warm welcome, when he visited the school during his final year as children’s champion. Enjoy the picture special.
As well as enjoying a tour of the school, meeting pupils and staff and holding a special assembly, Mr Keith Towler also got the chance to find out more about the groundbreaking work the school is doing to secure as Unicef Rights Respecting Award, ensuring the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights (UNCRC) of the Child are at the heart of what the school does.
Mr Towler also invited the Alaw Primary pupils to join the Commissioners’ Super Ambassador Scheme, which sees two children elected by their peers to take a lead role in promoting the UNCRC and the role of the Children’s Commissioner to others within the school.Speaking after his visit, Children’s Commissioner Keith Towler said: “Meeting children and young people across Wales is not only one of the most enjoyable aspects of my role, it is also one of the most important.
“I had a wonderful time at Alaw Primary, meeting the pupils and the staff and finding out about life in their small, friendly school.
“I was particularly pleased to learn about their work to instil the rights of children at the heart of all that the school does.
“I would like to thank them for their warm welcome and for sharing with me their experiences.”
Headteacher Mrs Sharon Evans added: “Our work on the Rights Respecting School Award is something we are very proud of and we are delighted Mr Towler accepted our invitation to find out about life at Alaw Primary.
“It is his role to stand up and speak out for children, to ensure they know and can access their rights. The children were thrilled to be able to tell Mr Towler directly about their lives and also their work.”
Cllr Eudine Hanagan, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: The Children’s Commissioner has such an important role and it is fantastic that the children at Alaw Primary School were able to learn more about it during his visit. “The school played excellent hosts for Mr Towler and it is clear that pupils and staff thoroughly enjoyed welcoming him to the school.”
Alaw Primary Head girl, Tirion Maggs, added: “I feel really honoured that the Children’s Commissioner visited our school as he has a really important job. He has to make sure that every child has their rights.”
Head Boy, Callum Dempsey said “Mr. Towler needs to check that every child has a good quality education, right to clean water, health care and healthy food. I feel that Alaw is more special because of his visit”.