Throughout this session, children at different stages have been participating in activities related to Fairtrade and developing a better understanding of what it means to be Fairtrade.
At the beginning of the session, 4.13 presented a Fairtrade assembly. This was a continuation of work which the class had started in P3 with Mrs Gordon. The children created a PowerPoint and also sang a song about Fairtrade. They made a huge Fairtrade sign and decorated it with Fairtrade logos.
As part of Eco Week, some classes participated in the Fairtrade Challenge. This was a different challenge for each stage and delivered an important message about helping people in poorer countries to be treated fairer. Primary 6 took part in The Paper Bag Game challenge. Primary 4 participated in the Banana Split challenge and Primary 5 completed the Tower challenge.
Also during Eco Week there were Fairtrade Stalls in each of the playgrounds. These were very popular and feedback from the Steering Group reps has shown that the children thoroughly enjoyed these stalls and would like to have them again. The chocolate bars and whistles seemed to be the most popular products. These stalls were set up at lunchtimes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of Eco Week and a total of £882.25 was made.
As part of ongoing class work, children at different stages have watched the video clips on the Fairtrade website and have also covered Fairtrade and looked at Fairtrade products as part of their Nutrition work in Health and Wellbeing.
Recently, the Fairtrade Steering Group have presented at each stage assembly about the importance of Fairtrade. They shared information about what Fairtrade means, looked at countries where workers are not being treated fairly and introduced the school to Moli, who is a smallholder farmer in Bangladesh, who has received help from Fairtrade and Traidcraft to help her with growing her vegetables. Please click on the link to view our PowerPoint Fairtrade Assembly PP
Some members from the Fairtrade Steering Group will be attending a Fairtrade event at Rainbow Turtle in Paisley where they will participate in ‘A Day in Malawi’. There are various visitors who will speak about Fairtrade and the children will take part in workshops to learn more about being Fairtrade.
In session 2014/2015 Mearns Primary have been successful in achieving the 1st and 2nd part of the Fairtrade award and when we return after the summer holidays, we will be working towards achieving the Fairachiever Award which will update our status as a Fairtrade School.
Some classes have also been watching the video clips on the Fairtrade website Please click on the link to view these: http://schools.fairtrade.org.uk/resources
Thanks to Mrs Watt and the Fairtrade Steering group for all their hard work.