Achieved Fairtrade Status: January 2010
At Stenhouse Primary, pupils at all stages are given a range of opportunities and experiences which enable them to learn about and promote Fair Trade. Since the scheme's introduction in 2002 in the annual Africa Focus Week, learning and teaching about Fair Trade has developed significantly.
With the development of Interdisciplinary Projects, the school has ensured that learning and teaching about Fair Trade is embedded in topics such as Farming (P3), Democracy (P7) and Scotland Malawi (P4). All classes also carry out stage-appropriate activities during the annual Fairtrade Fortnight in February.
Stenhouse Primary also enjoys learning and celebrating as a whole school. As such, the school has organised several whole-school Fair Trade initiatives. These have included a visit and talk by a Brazil nut farmer, the creation of a whole-school Fair Trade display, running a Fair Trade tuck shop and World Food Day and Harvest assemblies at which the Fair Trade Committee has given presentations to peers.
In 2010, the whole school thoroughly enjoyed the theatre performance, Brand New Andrew and Fairtrade Fred, produced by Hopscotch Theatre. This helped teach us about different types of Fair Trade clothing that are available, as well as where Fair Trade cotton comes from. We also invited another producer into school to talk about the impact that Fair Trade has in her life in El Salvador.
The school's Fair Trade Committee was started in December 2007. Here are some of its achievements to date:
- introduced five healthy Fair Trade snacks to our tuck shop
- introduced Fair Trade tea and coffee to the staff room
- held a Fair Trade coffee morning for parents, staff and members of the local Community Centre
- produced awareness-raising posters to be displayed in the Community Centre and around school
- have spoken at whole-school assemblies
- have achieved Fairtrade School Status!
Stenhouse are pleased to have been awarded Fairtrade School status, and are looking ahead to ways in which they can continue to learn about, promote and practice Fair Trade at school, at home, and in their local community.