We have given much of the produce away as prizes for Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 activities.
Students and staff at St. Mary’s have recently been involved in Fairtrade Fortnight – Monday 29 February to Friday 11 March. Various activities took place during this time to raise awareness of Fairtrade issues and products. St. Mary’s gained Fairtrade Schools Status in February 2013 and actively campaign for Fairtrade.
A cake and bun sale was held for staff with all produce on sale made from Fairtrade ingredients. The event was a great success and £74 was raised. This money will go towards funding South African student Simphiwe Ndlovu through university where he is studying to become a teacher. The school met Simphiwe via their partnership with Mnyakanya High School in South Africa, the Bambisanani Partnership.
Fairtrade Fortnight has been greatly supported by Kamran Khan and Mark Hill from Menston Co-op who provided the school with a number of items to help promote Fairtrade Fortnight. They supplied boxes of bananas for students and staff, giving them a healthy start to the day. PE students were also given bananas to encourage the importance of healthy eating. The Co-op also kindly donated Easter eggs which will be awarded to students who have made a special commitment to Fair Trade this term.
The Co-op also donated prizes for the first ever Bambisanani Quiz Night which was held on 11 March. St. Mary’s Teacher, Mr Tunnecliff, was quiz master on the evening to a packed hall of staff, parents and students. All who attended had a most enjoyable evening and over £500 was raised which will also go towards the Bambisanani Partnership.
Further Fair Trade events are planned within the school over the coming months and it is hoped that the link with Menston Co-op, along with other local businesses, will be strengthened.