Fairtrade Message for Primary School
Eight students from Blessed William Howard Catholic High School and their teacher, Mrs Catherine Chell, went to St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Brewood to host a Fairtrade Workshop as part of Fairtrade Fortnight.
The students designed the format of the day to make it both engaging and informative for the primary school children. Beginning with a simple presentation that they had prepared themselves, the BWH students got the younger children to understand the concept of Fairtrade, about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers.
They then put this message into action by playing ‘unfair’ building games and the Banana Split game that looks at the banana chain (what happens to a banana before it reaches the consumer) and to demonstrate the reality of ‘who gets what’ from the sale of bananas.
Following the games, the students also had samples of Fairtrade branded foods for the children to taste. The final part of the day involved supporting the younger students to come up with their own pledges on how they were going to take a step towards fair trade, before setting up a stall of Fairtrade items to sell.
“It really was a super visit - St Mary's staff and children were so welcoming and all the year 5 and 6 pupils were engaged and enthusiastic. Our students were, as ever, outstanding and super ambassadors for our school and I would like to pass on my gratitude to them all.” commented Mrs Chell.
“We thought this was a great event to spread the Fairtrade message in a way that really involved the children. It also a lovely day of collaboration between the two schools who are both part of Holy Trinity Catholic Multi Academy Company.” added Mrs Bernadette Corbett, Executive Headteacher at St Mary’s.