Fairtrade at St Peter's Methodist Primary School
St Peter's was awarded Fairtrade School status by The Fairtrade Foundation. Our award recognised the energy, enthusiasm and commitment to Fairtrade shown by pupils, staff and wider parent and school community.
We had to show evidence of how we have incorporated Fairtrade into daily school life and raise awareness of Fairtrade in the local community.
Our evidence was assessed by an independent assessor. You can see our certificate in the school corridor!
We also have a Fairtrade policy that has been approved by the school Governors. Our Fairtrade contacts are:
If you would like to get involved in helping with Fairtrade activities please contact Mrs Williamson (parent contact) or Mrs Godsell (school contact) via the school office.
We would love to include more home-baked Fairtrade goodies to co-incide with our PTFA Cafe days and with the help of some parent volunteers, we would like to run an after school or lunchtime Fairtrade club in 2015.
Please read on below to find out more about some of the fun and learning we have had around Fairtrade over the past few years:
Every year in March, we build a Fairtrade focus into school activities to join in with this national event. We are particularly keen on collaborating with other local schools.
Multi-Schools Conference (2011)
In 2011 – St Peter’s organised a multi-schools conference with 3 other schools to welcome Kenyan rose grower - Joseph Kibuta – from from Panda Flowers to the school. He talked to the children in an assembly and workshops and they also linked on a live web-link to the children of cocoa farmers in Ghana via the PaPaPaa LIVE education project.
Tom Palmer 'Fair Play' schools conference (2012)
St Peter’s organised and hosted 4 schools to run a ‘Fair Play’ event with children’s author Tom Palmer. It focussed on Fairtrade, football and literacy for years 3-6 and each school was presented with signed books and Fairtrade footballs (funded with thanks to Canterbury Council).
Step into Fairtrade! (2013)
In 2013 – we took up the national theme ‘Step into Fairtrade’ and invited children and parents to create junk modelled giraffes to promote our message ‘Taking Long Strides for Fairtrade’. The giraffes starred at the Canterbury Fairtrade Fair, featured in the Kentish Gazette and won the national prize on the Fairtrade Foundation photo gallery.
International Book Week & Fairtrade (2014)
We themed an International Book Week and ran whole class Fairtrade workshops focussing on bananas and chocolate (thanks to WEDG), ‘Bean to Bar Chocolate Story’ and Book writing and illustrating from parent authors/illustrators. We finished with a Global & Fairtrade Food fayre and book stall on the final day: delicious donated food by parents and children, stupendous costumes, lots of fun and Fairtrade on the agenda!
The School Choir also took part in a joint schools singing event at the Canterbury Fairtrade Fair in March 2014 to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight. It was an amazing achievement – with barely time to rehearse and no prior rehearsals together – children from St Stephens and St Peter’s sang songs to a packed church hall and brought us to a standing ovation!!
Whole World Fair
This fair runs runs in the St Peter’s Church hall in November and we have been involved every year with drumming, singing, t-shirt decorating competitions, running stalls etc. This year we promoted the Cake Baking competition.
Learning about Fairtrade in lessons
As well as curriculum themed learning, we have run workshops with every class from Rainbow – Year 6 incorporating Fairtrade and drawing on our existing school link with Santasi in Ghana to bring this to life. Examples have included; “Getting to know Ghana” using PaPaPaa LIVE webcast workshop (year 4 and year 6) ; “Become a Cocoa Farmer for a day” (Rainbow; year 1; year 2; year 3); Fairtrade baking (selection of children years 1 – 6). You can see some of the pictures on the Pupils/Class Pages/Rainbow/2013-14 section of the website.
School fairs and Fairtrade stalls.
We aim to have a Fairtrade themed stall once a term and will usually co-incide this with a PTFA cafe day. We incorporate Fairtrade themed ideas and products into the regular school fairs especially at Easter and Christmas.
School Council involvement
The School Council is normally introduced to Fairtrade and our Fairtrade commitment at school with an introductory workshop early on and then they are encouraged to help with running as many Fairtrade stalls in the playground as we can manage. They are also involved in promotion of Fairtrade events – designing posters and decorations and manning stalls at school fairs where possible. In February 2014, the School Council were invited to a workshop run by St Edmunds pupils which was an interactive drama session around Fairtrade – our pupils were able to benefit from this session and St Edmunds used it as a useful pilot in their evolving plans to visit schools.
With thanks to:
We are very grateful for the ongoing support of our local Oxfam, Canterbury Wholefoods, Traidcraft, Divine Chocolate Ltd and Siesta Fairtrade shop in our learning and donations to our Fairtrade themed events. We are supported in our activities by WEDG and Canterbury & District Fairtrade Steering Group