The International group have launched their Scottish photography competition! The competition is open to all pupils from Nursery to P7 and runs from now until 15th May 2015. Children are invited to enter a photograph that represents Scotland in some way, for example a landscape, a landmark, an animal or food. More details are available from the International Group reps. This competition is run in partnership with the Universal School in Mumbai, and the winning entries will be included in exhibitions in both schools. Good luck and have fun!
The International Group have been busy judging the Fairtrade Mascot and Fairtrade Birthday card/cake competitions. Mr Mount from Livingston’s Fairtrade Town Group came in to help with the judging process too. It was really hard to pick the winners as the standard was so high! Thank you to all who participated in the competitions. We will announce the winners soon.
To celebrate Commonwealth Day ( 9th March 2015) there was a celebratory occasion arranged involving young people from local schools at the Civic Centre. The event was opened by the Provost, Councillor Tom Kerr.
Shirees (P7) and Kaylah (P2) were chosen to represent Williamston Primary School .
They saw the raising of the Commonwealth Flag, listened to a fantastic performance from Howden St Andrew’s Primary School Choir and met lots of other children representing their own schools and Commonwealth Countries. The morning was finished off with a drink and a bite to eat as well as a photo shoot for the local news.
Williamston Primary School was represented at the National Fair Trade Schools Conference by some of our International Group reps and our Head Boy and Head Girl. The conference took place on Monday 23rd February in the Glasgow City Chambers. Speakers included Martin Rhodes, the Director of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, Humza Yasouf MSP, the Minister for International Development and External Affairs, and Andy Ashcroft from the Kool Skools company. The star guest was Pamela L’Intelligent, a machinist from the Craft Aid company who had travelled all the way from Mauritius. She gave a first-hand account of the impact Fair Trade has had on her, her family and her community. Children participated in a Fair Trade song and quiz and the school was gifted a Fair Trade football. It was a very interesting and informative morning!
Fairtrade Fortnight has begun! The International Group held a special Fairtrade assembly last Friday to get everyone in the Fairtrade mood. The theme this year is to look at how Fairtrade helps farmers and their families and the focus is on Fairtrade tea, sugar and cocoa. There are two main competitions: design a Fairtrade mascot and design a Fairtrade birthday card or cake (as Fairtrade Fortnight is celebrating 20 years this year) – see your teacher or International Group Rep. for more details. Each class will also design a Fairtrade patch for our quilt picture. And don’t forget about Fairtrade Fridays when you are encouraged to bring in a Fairtrade snack – the winning class each week will get a certificate. Enjoy the Fairtrade fun!
Fairtrade Fortnight is coming up soon! The International Group is working hard planning their assembly, which will be on Friday 20th February, and organising activities and competitions for the whole school. More details to follow soon…..
Thanks to all who bought our Fairtrade recipe book and supported Fairtrade and Action Aid. Thank you also to all who contributed to the production of the book. We have sold lots of copies and raised £152 for Action Aid’s Child Sponsorship programme. Don’t worry if you forgot to order a copy – we will continue to take orders for the book after the holidays. Just bring in an envelope containing payment (£3 per copy) and a note with how many copies are required. Our partner school, The Universal School in Mumbai, will also be selling the book in their school.
The International Group are taking orders for their fantastic Fairtrade Recipe Book! The book contains recipes from Williamston pupils and also from pupils in our partner school, The Universal School in Mumbai. All recipes recommend using Fairtrade products. It costs £3 and all money raised will go to Action Aid’s Child Sponsorship Programme. You can order a copy by sending in a note to school along with payment. Orders must be received by Wednesday 10th December. So be quick, order a copy today and support Fairtrade and Action Aid!