St. Mary’s have had their Fairtrade Schools Award renewed after a considerable amount of hard work from both staff and pupils.
Fairtrade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalised producers and workers.
The school was awarded Fairtrade School status in December 2013. To qualify for the renewal of the award, the school had to meet five goals; to establish a Fairtrade pupil group, to adopt a Fairtrade policy, to teach Fairtrade lessons, to sell Fairtrade products and to actively campaign to raise the awareness of Fairtrade.
The school planned a series of activities to help promote Fairtrade. There have been assemblies, pupil tuck shops, raffles and the staff now have a permanent Fairtrade tuck shop in the Staff Room.
The Fairtrade assessor said of the application:
“It's really wonderful to see how well thought out the learning about Fairtrade is within your school. It seems well embedded across a range of subjects with the consequence that pupils have good awareness of Fairtrade issues. Your engagement with Fairtrade Fortnight looks very comprehensive - it's fantastic to see that the Global Warriors (part of the Fairtrade student group) were heavily involved and shared their knowledge of Fairtrade with the wider school. The raffles also sound like a good way of engaging people with Fairtrade, especially as it introduced Fairtrade footballs as a more unusual product! It all sounds like it was quite an undertaking and thank you for committing so much time and energy to raising awareness of Fairtrade!”
Renewal of the Fairtrade School Status is important to St. Mary’s as it forms part of the school’s ongoing commitment to global justice and is fully supportive of our Catholic ethos