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Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 Newsletter

Fairtrade Design a Wrapper Competition

 
Congratulations to Amy in year 3, Safari in year 4 and Greta in year 5 on winning our 'Design a Fairtrade Wrapper' competition. They each received lots of lovely Fairtrade goodies!
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Fairtrade Rice  

 

The Eco Committee decided to use funds raised last year to donate bags of rice to our Harvest Festival, with all donations going to Worthing Churches Homeless Project.

 

We are also pleased to announce that we have sold another 90kg of rice, which has enabled a Malawian farmer to send a child to secondary education for one year. 

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Fairtrade Footballs

 

We are pleased to announce that between the P.E department and Fairtrade committee we have been able to purchase some Fairtrade footballs to use within school and clubs. 

Fairtrade Achiever Status August 2016

 

During the Summer term Mrs Mayes and Mrs Cherry applied for a Fairtrade award on behalf of the school, and we are pleased to announce that we have gained our 'Fair Achiever' Status.

 

‘It is clear to see that you have worked hard to ensure that you raise awareness for Fairtrade both in the school and in the wider community. Well done!’

 

We are proud of our continuing work as an Eco School, and thank you for all of your awareness, hard work and dedication that makes this possible.

Fairtrade Quiz Winners

 

The children entered a Fairtrade quiz during the E.Y.E Eco Summit event and we are pleased to announce that we came 1st and won £20.00 for Fairtrade items within school.

5CS receive a reply from the Prime Minister

Sir Peter Bottomley MP has kindly handed our letters regarding ending the era of tax havens for the super-rich to David Cameron.

 

We are pleased to announce the Prime Minister has written back informing us how tremendously well written the letters were and how they show the pupils care about this important issue. He also mentions how much Sir Peter enjoyed judging our Fairtrade Biscuit Bake Off!

 

Sir Peter Bottomley MP discusses Fairtrade Issues with 5CS

Children in 5CS wrote letters to David Cameron in support of ending the era of tax havens for the super-rich. The children were shocked to find out that 62 billionaires have the same wealth as the poorest half of the world combined and that poor countries lose $170 billion every year in taxes due to tax havens, which holds back the fight against poverty. The letters were given to Sir Peter Bottomley when he visited the school who said he would deliver them on the children's behalf. (For more information and an online petition you can sign, visit the Oxfam website).
 
The children also told Sir Peter about the letters they have been writing to various companies for sponsorship of our toilet twinning project where £60 will pay for a toilet in a part of the world where it's needed. GPS co-ordinates will be given to the school so we can see the toilet we have sponsored and we will also receive a photo which will be placed in the corridor near our toilets. (For more information see www.toilettwinning.org)

 

 

Sir Peter Bottomley MP Judges Fairtrade Biscuit Bake-Off

 

The annual Fairtrade Becket Biscuit Bake Off was held today, Friday 11th March 2016. The purpose of this event is to promote Fairtrade Fortnight and to encourage children to bake using Fairtrade ingredients. We had many entries and the best 8 were chosen to compete in the final.

 

Competition was fierce. All teams produced a lovely batch of biscuits using Fairtrade ingredients such as bananas, sugar, chocolate and cocoa powder.

 

Sir Peter Bottomley, MP for Worthing West, visited the school today and met with children in 5CS who had been working on a Fairtrade topic. He then met with ‘Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood’, (alias Nessa and Benjamin) in the Cooking & Nutrition room to judge the biscuit competition. The biscuits were judged on appearance and taste. It was very close. All the biscuits were beautifully presented and tasted delicious.

 

The winners were Javier and William, year 6, with their chocolate, oats and banana biscuits.

 

A huge well done to them and to everyone who took part.

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90kg Rice Challenge

 

We have been working with Worthing Fairtrade Steering Group and Just Trading Scotland in the rice challenge of eating someone out of poverty.

In Malawi only 1 in 3 children attends High School and education is one of the most effective ways to escape poverty. By selling 90kg of rice this amount would enable a Malawian farmer to pay for a year’s basic secondary education for one child.

 

We would like to inform you that we were successful in our quest to sell 90kgs of rice and received a certificate from Just Trading Scotland to thank us for our support.

 

Thank you to everyone who supported and purchased a bag of rice. 

Fairtrade Rice Challenge

 

 

With our kind donation from Sir Peter Bottomley of £30.00 towards our Rice challenge we purchased 12 bags of rice and donated these to Worthing Churches Homeless Project. Abi Harley, Volunteer    Co-ordinator and Community Fundraiser, visited school to collect our donation and thanked us for this kind gesture towards their food banks.

 

During the Year 7 Lion King production we sold our Fairtrade rice and by the end of the last show we had managed to reach our target of 90kg bags sold. This will enable a Malawian farmer to pay for a year’s basic secondary education for one child.

Fairtrade Rice and UN Summit

 

The Year 7 children have been looking at the importance of education and the impact it has on the future of children around the world. 58 million children around the world are still missing out on education and our children have been thinking about how that is not acceptable.  They have been thinking about what they would do if they were leaders and how education would be on their agendas. The children sent their ideas to Sir Peter Bottomley MP who has passed them to David Cameron on our behalf, to support the issue at the UN summit in September.

 

We have been taking part in the Rice challenge, in partnership with Scotland’s Just Trading, whereby if we sell 90kg of rice, this would enable a Malawian farmer to pay for a year’s basic secondary education for one child.  We have also been looking at how the UK could make trade more fairer and  how adopting the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through trade would be a powerful way to boost income and tackle poverty.  The children have raised these issues with the Prime Minister, hoping he will support our ideas of new trade policies which would result in fairer and more sustainable trade.

 

A letter from Sir Peter:

 

Dear Children,

It is good you are concerned about these important issues. I am too.

In Parliament, I served years ago on the Select Committee on Development overseas.

Outside, I served as a Trustee of Christian Aid.

To save time, I have sent your letter to David Cameron, the Prime Minister.

I hope his office or the Department for International Development will respond to you directly, with a copy to me. This may come during the summer.

I would welcome meeting you but most days this term require me to be at Westminster.

Your teachers might be in contact with Sally Myers here with me on 0207 219 1060 to see if an arrangement can be agreed.

Here is a Charities Aid Foundation voucher for £30. Please add it to the sums you are raising. Do write in the name of a charity.

You will know that a previous Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, did much to help set the Development Goals. There has been progress. Before that, in 1980 I sat with Margaret Thatcher in her study. We were discussing the similar points for children around the world that she would be making at the United Nations.

You are right to mention the importance of trade, especially fair trade and fair opportunities for trade.

Let us hope we can discuss these issues together.

Yours sincerely,

Sir Peter Bottomley MP

House of Commons

London

SW1A 0AA

 

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