Category Archives: International Group

Smalls for All – Pants Day

We have been learning more about the work of the charity Smalls for All and how it helps people in some African countries by providing new underwear and funding the education of some children. The Smalls for All group had the opportunity to interview Maria MacNamara MBE, the charity’s founder, recently and they were inspired to hear how her actions have made a difference to the lives of so many others. Classes have also been discussing whether clean pants are a “need” or a “want”, as well as finding out more about the lives of some of the children helped by the charity. This learning has been related to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and The Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

The Smalls for All group would like to thank everyone for making the “Pants Fun Day” such a success. We collected hundreds of pairs of pants – they filled 8 big bags! We have given them all to the charity and they will send them to children in Africa. They hope to give each child 3 pairs of pants for Christmas.

Thank you for all your competition entries in the “Design a Pair of Pants” competition. There were so many wonderful designs and it was really hard to judge the competition. Pam from the charity helped us to pick the winners and runners-up: P1-3 Runner-Up – Ethan Lawson P3/2, P1-3 Winner – Calum Platt P3a, P4-7 Runner-Up – Emily Poskitt P5b, P4-7 Winner – Holly Bisset P6a. Well done to all!

Thank you to all the people that entered the “Guess the Monkey’s Birthday” competition. We asked Maria and Pam from Smalls for All to pick a date. The date they picked was the 10th of August as this was the day that the charity started. Unfortunately no-one picked this actual date but the nearest date to this that was picked was the 8th of August and it was picked by Alannah Charlesworth P3b. Congratulations! We raised £66.75 from the monkey competition and donations. This money will go to the charity to help fund education for children in other countries.

We would like to say a big thank you to all who supported our “Pants Fun Day”. You were PANTASTIC!

Toilet Twinning Success!

Thank you to everyone that supported our Toilet Twinning challenge. There were lots of bright colours worn on the day and lots of change was placed on our “Rainbow Toilet”! Our Target was to raise £60 so that we could twin with one toilet in another country and we are pleased to announce we raised a total of £206.94!!! This will be enough to twin with at least 3 toilets! Many thanks for helping us support this charity that helps to provide toilets, clean water and health education to people in other countries. This  has supported us in working towards some of the Global Goals: Water and Sanitation, Good Health and Well-being and Quality Education.

Fairtrade School

We are delighted to announce that we have once again been awarded the Fairtrade School Award. This award is now called the FairAchiever Award. This award recognises our school community’s support of Fairtrade through our curriculum, policies and special events. Thank you to all pupils, staff and parents who help us support Fairtrade. This year the Fairtrade Group will continue to lead the school in developing this work further.


Fairtrade Fortnight 29th February – 13th March 2016

The Fairtrade Pupil Leadership Group have been very busy getting ready for Fairtrade Fortnight. We have been making posters to let the school know what we have planned, we delivered an assembly to the whole school to launch it and we have been coming up with questions for the Fairtrade and breakfast themed quiz!

The International Pupil Leadership Group have also been busy making information leaflets about where our food comes from.

Please see the attached information about events and activities happening at Williamston Primary School during Fairtrade Fortnight.

We will keep you posted with updates, information and photographs!

International Group News

We loved our recent visit from Kirtida and Suprabha from India and enjoyed taking part in the special assemblies. They attended one of our meetings and we were able to ask them questions about their school and country. They brought lots of Fairtrade work from their pupils, which was wonderful to see, and we showed them some of our Fairtrade work too. They also talked us through the photos of India that their pupils took for the photo competition and we learned a lot about the country.

Thank you to all who entered our photo competition. We are looking forward to judging the photos soon.

We had a stall at the Spring Fayre, where we sold our Fairtrade recipe book and promoted Fairtrade. Thanks to all who ordered a copy.

Zahra and Isabel represented us at the recent Parent Council meeting, where they gave a report on our group’s activities this year. They made a PowerPoint presentation, wrote their script and presented confidently. Well done, girls!

We are busy working on updating our display boards – look out for our new displays soon!

Connecting Classrooms Visit

Just to let you know that on Monday 27th April, our friends from our partner school, The Universal School in Mumbai, India, are coming to visit us. The teachers’ names are Kirtida and Suprabha. We will be having a Welcome assembly on Monday and they will be visiting all our classes during the week. Hopefully they will have a good time at our school and in Scotland!

by the International Group


Fairtrade Prize Winners

The winners of our Fairtrade competitions were announced today. Primary 4b and Primary 5b had the most Fairtrade snacks on the two Fairtrade Fridays. The overall winners of the Fairtrade Mascot competition were Paige from P1a and Ruby from P4b. The overall winners of the Fairtrade Birthday Card/Cake competition were Anya from P2/1 and Iain Haywood from P5b. The winners received Fairtrade purses as their prizes. Congratulations to them and to all the runners-up, who received a sticker and a certificate. Thank you to all who entered the competitions and supported Fairtrade!