We are a Fairtrade Achiever school. We have celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight by thinking about the issues faced by the producers who supply our food and other goods made from things that don’t grow in this country.
This year we have been thinking about…chocolate!
Form time Thought for the Week as been centred on a series of films showcasing a British school girl’s trip to the Dominican Republic in search of a chocolate adventure. The films are available from the Fairtrade Foundation website. http://schools.fairtrade.org.uk/
Assemblies this week have been delivered by members of the Environment and Community Cabinets whereby they have role-played a news desk report highlighting the tough times that cocoa farmers have to produce our chocolate and yet have never tasted chocolate themselves!
The Parliament cabinets have embarked upon some Fairtrade activities such as the infamous banana speed eating, which was won this year by Sam Boyd in Y8 in 30 seconds. They also took a blind chocolate taste test to see if they could identify the Fairtrade bar and which one they preferred. The Fairtrade bar was successfully identified but 8 / 10 pupils preferred the Tesco’s own milk chocolate (I suppose that Rainforest Alliance is better than nothing “)
There has been a display in reception around which our pupils served Fairtrade Tea, coffee and hot chocolate at parents evening:
Obviously some teachers just came and helped themselves “)
They also asked parents to undertake a short Fairtrade survey and here are some of the results:
- 91% said that they recognised the Fairtrade logo
- 91% agreed that, ‘International trade is mostly undemocratic and controlled by large multinationals. FT spread power and enables more people to have control over their lives.’
- 62% ranked this statement as most important: ‘Fairtrade is one of the most practical actions that consumers can take against exploitation by multinationals.’ (24% of respondents did not rank the statements)
The school canteen got on board with Fairtrade bananas and Ali’s awesome banana cake and the Co-op once again sponsored our staff Fairtrade coffee morning. The helpers this year were Scott, Cam and Nat who did a sterling job and thanks also has to go to Mr Mitchell and Miss Knight for their amazing cakes!
Diolch yn fawr iawn
Miss Richmond and the Community and Environment Cabinets