Prior to Fairtrade Fortnight at the end of February we created a new board to share the theme and to create a backdrop for the work we would do.
School had a sample of different Fairtrade drinks to add to the usual Fairtrade teas and coffee in the Staff room during Fairtrade Fortnight.
Members of ETHOS group who were in school during the lockdown decided we should still try and have a stall and sell our Fairtrade goodies. We used Google classrooms to let everyone know what they could order. These were bagged up and delivered by staff to pupil's homes. We made over £200 and the Fairtrade Foundation were delighted with our creativity! We also managed to lead collective worship via zoom during Fairtrade Fortnight with ETHOS in school and ETHOS at home sharing how Fairtrade is helping farmers cope with climate change.
This is the completed board at the end of March 2021 with a selection of baking at home during lockdown, poems, posters, artwork using the symbol in natural materials like Andy Goldsworthy and prayers. It was a fantastic Fairtrade Fortnight and the Fairtrade Foundation picked up on our Twitter feed and asked a member of staff to take part in a webinar to share how St George's supported Fairtrade in lockdown.
Claire Arnott from the Fairtrade Foundation put St George's in touch with KoolSkools - a Fairtrade supplier of cotton garments. We were delighted to buy our hoodies for our Leavers in July knowing that for the first time the hoodies were made using Fairtrade cotton! We hope to welcome Andy from KoolSkools in the Autumn to share a bit more about his business and Fairtrade cotton.
ETHOS group were very excited to have a BBQ as our final meeting for the year in July 2021 and to use Fairtrade charcoal! the CO OP continue to be a great source of Fairtrade products.
Our final day of term and for the INSET, staff were treated to a variety of Fairtrade drinks to enjoy.
We celebrated Harvest outside with parents too and we were so thankful it didn't rain. Our focus was on Climate Change and the COP 26 gathering. We prayed for world leaders and shared our own pledges for the planet and our hopes for what our leaders will do. Our bible reading about Boaz and Ruth reminded us of the need to notice others and be generous. We asked for donations for the Foodbank and that some Fairtrade items might be included and it was wonderful to see how kind everyone has been.
We continue to show our support for Fairtrade by having a stall on the last day before the half term holidays. ETHOS group took orders from each class, bagged them up and then took the orders back to class to enjoy at the end of the day.It was a great success!
FAIRTRADE CHRISTMAS 2019
This year we decided to have a Fairtrade Christmas tree to remind us about Fairtrade
products we can use and to show other people how important Fairtrade is. We had some amazing designs from all the classes in school and the tree looked fantastic!
Fairtrade Fortnight 2020
We are excited that Fairtrade Fortnight is here and we've had a display in the Hall for a few weeks giving clues!
Ethos group have been planning some events and we have thought about our FairAchiever Challenges. We want to work with the CO- OP and also encourage churches in Hyde and the Mosque to begin their own Fairtrade journeys. We've invited them all to our Cake and Coffee afternoon on Thursday 27th February at 2.30pm to taste drinks and baking made with Fairtrade ingredients, kindly provided by the CO-OP.
Our Collective Worship on 24th February encouraged us to look for the Fairtrade mark and to realise this mark promises farmers a fair deal. Our shopping can change the world!
Coffee and Cake - Fairtrade Fortnight
Ethos group have decided to hold this event to encourage parents and church leaders to think more about Fairtrade.
Classes are baking using Fairtrade ingredients which the CO OP have donated. We're using cocoa, bananas, icing sugar, caster sugar, soft brown sugar, chocolate and chocolate chips.
Fairtrade at Harvest 2020
We used the family of cocoa farmers from the Fairtrade Schools resources to support our learning around family this half term and make links with Fairtrade.
Year 3 watched the Fairtrade Schools films and wrote prayers, some of which were read out in our Outdoor Harvest service.
Different classes baked using Fairtrade chocolate and bananas and learned about the people behind the things we eat and enjoy. Year 2 learned and sang a chocolate song! Year 1 enjoyed dipping Fairtrade chocolate in Fairtrade bananas!
Harvest celebrations encouraged us to be thankful for all we have and then be generous with all that God has given to us. We collected tins and packets and gave these to the Foodbank but also gave away baking we'd made using apples from our orchard to family and neighbours.