Tom Blenkinsop, MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, last week (27th April 2012) showed his support for ‘Rights, Responsibilities and Respect Week’ at Handale Primary School in Loftus when he was the guest at their special assembly to mark the end of events.
Handale Primary School has had visitors throughout the week and year groups have each had specific themes to focus on, such as anti-bullying in Year 5; respect in Year 6; and friendship in nursery. The end of the week was marked with the formation of a rainbow signifying the coming together of all the themes.
“I was very pleased when the school invited me to take part in their ‘Rights, Responsibilities and Respect Week’ and I’ve had the opportunity to speak with some of the children who have been taking part in the different events.
“It is good to see a local school organising a week that provides encouragement and support for the children as they develop. The different themes provides a better understanding of what it means to have rights and responsibilities that can help form better relationships with their classmates, teachers and parents.
“I would encourage all local primary schools to get involved in organising a week like Handale Primary School have done.”
Mrs Helen Blakeley, Head teacher at Handale Primary School, added:
“I’m glad Tom was able to come along and see just what our school was doing to help children develop their understanding of rights, respect and responsibility. School performs a crucial role in the development of a child, but just as vital is what the parent or carer does. I echo Tom’s calls for other schools to get involved, but I would also add that parents take the opportunity to talk with their children about the scheme.”