By Benedict Kershaw, Head Boy
Being part of the Fairtrade group has been a very positive experience for me throughout my time at St. Mary’s. I have been given the opportunity to learn about the organisation and what they stand for, and with this knowledge I can then try to make a difference. Last year we achieved the great accolade of making our school Fairtrade registered. However we haven’t rested on our laurels, we have continued to put in the same amount of effort as we have every year. From each termly meeting for the Fairtrade group we continue to strive to inform others about the difference that we can make together for someone so far away.
This year we have done a wide variety of things for the Fairtrade Organisation, we have held assemblies about the effects of Fairtrade and how we as individuals can help as well as a community. We also held Fairtrade bun sales which went down very nicely, using as many Fairtrade ingredients as possible and handing out Fairtrade stickers which displayed the variety of Fairtrade products available to people such as oil, nuts and clothes. This increased the awareness of the products available to people that can make such a difference for someone less fortunate than us.
One of our values at St. Mary’s is Service and I think that the Fairtrade group’s work displays how this value is being lived out within the school. The Fairtrade group consists of students who are passionate about working for those that don’t have a voice. When you look in a dictionary for the definition of Service you will find “the action of helping or doing work for someone” and this is exactly what the Fairtrade Group do. We work to promote the Fairtrade products which give unprivileged people the opportunity to have a fair and stable job which can help them break out of the poverty cycle.
Our work in this school follows Christ’s teachings. We are even called to action in Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.”
Personally, I feel that the Fairtrade group is a fantastic example of how our values and teachings are being put into practice.
This article was written for our International Newsletter, September 2015