St John's Primary

Achieved Fairtrade Status: August 2011

St. John's Primary School in Portobello received approval for reaccreditation this year, 2012, and maintained its Fairtrade status for a second year. Congratulations to all involved - a great achievement!

They achieved this by running school Fair Trade stalls and raffling off Fair Trade hampers. They also held a Fairtrade Shrove Tuesday pancake stall as well as a smoothie bar and have held a parents' assembly as part of Fairtrade Fortnight.

St. John's Primary was awarded Fairtrade status in 2011 after submitting 2 years' worth of evidence at the end of the last academic year. This is how they did it:

The Fair Trade group sold Fair Trade and Traidcraft products at school fairs (with support from the Just World Shop), sold Fair Trade smoothies (with sponsorship from Scotmid), created a film which highlighted the difference Fair Trade makes to the lives of farmers and their families and started a group page using the GLOW education intranet. Classes studied Fair Trade as part of the curriculum in P5 and during Fairtrade Fortnight in February many more classes took part in a range of class lessons. Staff and visitors were also encouraged to use Fair Trade products in the school staffroom.

Mr Burgess and Mrs McMorris who led the Fair Trade group were delighted with the news and in particular the efforts of the children who gave up lunchtimes to be part of the steering group. The challenge for the staff and pupils now is to continue spreading the Fair Trade message in the school, in the home and in the wider community. It's certainly great to be Fairtrade!