As a Fair Active School, the Fair Trade Ambassadors wanted to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight for the third year running. For two weeks, the children learnt about Fair Trade in their classes and then had a mix-up morning where different year groups had fun doing activities such as creating a huge Fair Trade banner.
The children also got out and about in the community with Year 4 visiting Waitrose and Year 5 visiting Sainsbury’s. Waitrose gave us a bag of Fair Trade goodies which we were able to raffle at our new monthly Fair Trade cafes run by the PTA. The raffle raised nearly £100! The Co-op have also offered to keep us stocked up with Fair Trade tea, coffee and sugar for our monthly cafes so thank you to Waitrose and Co-op.
We had visiting speakers in – Rev David Hinks and Mrs Jo McGregor came and talked to Key Stage 1 about Fair Trade and the impact it has on farmers and their families. Year 6 were treated to a session of playing Gamelan at Amery Hill School. We rounded the fortnight off with a Fair Trade Festival where parents were invited into the classes. They then went to the Fair Trade café where the Year 5s served drinks and cakes and shared their knowledge of Fair Trade.
From now on, we are going to be holding monthly Fair Trade cafes run by the PTA which is an exciting venture for St Lawrence CE Primary School. Our other Fair Trade goal, currently being a Fair Active School, is to achieve the third and final award – being a Fair Achiever School.
St Lawrence School is now a Fair Active School, having received its award this week. Children and staff at St Lawrence have been celebrating Fair Trade Fortnight with a range of exciting activities. They have learnt a lot about Fair Trade using the classroom resources available on the Fair Trade website; they also enjoyed mixing up the classes and taking part in fun games and activities over one afternoon.
Both supermarkets in the town were very welcoming and after a talk, allowed the children to do a Fair Trade ‘Treasure Hunt’. The children left with Fair Trade chocolate and bananas which were very well received!
Our Fair Trade Ambassadors have run a quiz in their classes – with winners receiving a Fair Trade bar of chocolate! We have also seen some fantastic examples of Fair Trade homework this week.
Our celebration of Fair Trade culminated in a Festival at school where parents and governors were invited into school to find out what the children had been learning. They were then welcomed to the Fair Trade Café hosted by our Year 5 class in the hall. Our Fair Trade Ambassadors were very pleased with how the fortnight went with all that they had planned. They are now busy promoting the Fair Trade Real Easter Egg in school ready to get orders in in time for Easter!
FAIR TRADE ADVENT CALENDARS AT ST LAWRENCE SCHOOL!
Following our work on our Fair Trade Aware Award, we now have Fair Trade Ambassadors who meet to discuss how we can do more to promote Fair Trade in our school and community. This Advent, we worked with our Fair Trade Parish of the Resurrection Rep, Jo McGregor, to create a school order of Fair Trade Advent Calendars. Here are some of the children with their advent calendars. The Fair Trade Ambassadors aim to continue to develop the message of Fair Trade and put in an order for Real Easter Eggs at Easter!
In April 2016, we were awarded our first Fair Trade Fair Aware Award. As a school we took part in Fair Trade fortnight, invited parents into a Fair Trade Café and learnt about what Fair Trade means. We also invited parents to purchase the Real Easter Egg at Easter. At the end of the Fair Trade Fortnight we elected Fair Trade Ambassadors who will form part of our RR Council. These Ambassadors will work as that council to gain our next Fair Trade School Award.