A Fairtrade Report

Bilston C of E Primary School were one of the first schools in the City of Wolverhampton to be awarded Fairtrade status in 2008. In March 2018 the school was awarded the Lord Bilston Award for its Fairtrade work. Becoming a Fairtrade School means joining a worldwide movement, where young people learn that, they have the power to make a difference in the world.

It offers a great opportunity to look at global issues such as where our food comes from and how we are connected to people around the world. Children can also learn a range of skills, from teamwork and co-operation to persuasive writing to running a stall or tuck shop.

Teaching about Fairtrade fits different curriculum areas, especially Geography, Citizenship and PSHE.  Each year our school strives to think of new and engaging ways to spread the Fairtrade message within our City and closer school community.  As a Church of England School we have strong links with the local church and the Fairtrade movement strengthens this link.

Testimonials

“The past nine years have seen a greater awareness from our children and families in promoting and purchasing FairTrade products which impacts upon the lives of workers and farmers across the World. Our school link with Masaba DEB School in Western Kenya has further raised children’s understanding of the need to recognise the importance of ensuring that people receive a fair price for their crops. Kenyan Teachers from our exchange program have spoken about how Bilston families are directly helping families from the Kimilili district by supporting their farmers.”

Mr G Gentle

Head Teacher

“Fairtrade brings us together as a community it helps to develop our understanding and highlights our moral responsibilities as British Citizens to support the ethical growth of our neighbours in developing countries.  It also helps to build strong bonds with parents and provides an opportunity for them to become involved in their child’s learning”

Mrs D Robinson

Fairtrade Co-ordinator

“For reception children it creates a strong sense of independence, they enjoy learning about money and choosing their own products”

A Boneham

Reception Staff

“Fairtrade give children an understanding of global issues and allows them to learn about other cultures and how our actions affect them”

K Rogers

EAL Co-ordinator

“I know when I support Fairtrade events or buy Fairtrade products it makes me feel good because I know I am helping a good cause and supporting people less fortunate than ourselves”

Aaliyah and Abbie

Year 6 Pupils

“Through Fairtrade we celebrate, share and showcase our musical qualities at special events across the City of Wolverhampton”.

Mrs Banyard

Music Co-ordinator

“We have learned to sing in Swahili and performed in front of lots of people at special events such as the Fairtrade Church Service.  Here we told everyone about our link school in Kenya where lots of Fairtrade products come from.”

Summer and Casey

Year 3 Pupils

“We have lot’s of special days in school that allow us to learn about other countries and we have tried and tested many Fairtrade products in school.  Our favourite was the Banana Splits made with Fairtrade Banana’s”

Rhianna and Topanga

Year 4 Pupils

“I won a special competition and a really good prize for a Fairtrade poster I created as part on an Easter project and I had to go to a special place to collect it called the Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton”

Rohit

Year 3 pupil

“Every year we do lots of special things to celebrate Fairtrade and to help the farmers in poor countries, we love Fairtrade because we do lots of exciting things with Mrs Ash and Mrs Robinson.”

David

Year 3 pupil

“We have special assemblies about Fairtrade and Mrs Bickley sometimes comes in to talk to us, we meet lots of new people that tell us about Fairtrade”

Gabrielle

Year 2 pupil

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