Pupils’ Fairtrade flair earns award

Fairtrade Assembly 9.3.12 (68)
Fairtrade Assembly 9.3.12 (68)

BALJAFFRAY Primary School in Bearsden has been awarded the prestigious status of Fairtrade School.

Pupils, parents and staff believe it’s important that producers in developing countries get a fair price for their goods and the entire school community has helped to achieve the status.

A Fairtrade committee was set up to organise various activities including producing a school Christmas card in conjunction with a young people’s co-operative in India.

Headteacher, Lynn Bale, said: “The Fairtrade committee has done a magnificent job in exciting and motivating everyone in Fairtrade activities.

“They have given all the children in the school an opportunity to be truly responsible citizens and to involve their local community in what is a very worthwhile initiative, I’m really proud of them all.”

Depute headteacher, Elaine Paterson, said: “Being part of the Fairtrade committee within the school for the last 18 months has been an absolute joy.

“The enthusiasm of the children, the parents and staff on the committee has carried the Fairtrade message across our whole school, nursery and local community. Everyone on the committee and at Baljaffray Primary should be very proud of what they have achieved.”

Rachel Nonhebel, P7 pupil and member of the Fairtrade committee since it began, said: “I’ve stayed on the committee this year - it’s been great because my dad has come to the meetings too and we have been able to work together on things like our Fairtrade Christmas cards from India.”

Councillor Una Walker, convener of education, said: “The council has a longstanding commitment to Fairtrade and we applaud Baljaffray Primary School for their effort and commitment to promoting products that help make a difference to people throughout the developing world.”

Westerton Primary, Milngavie Primary, Craighead Primary and Douglas Academy have already achieved Fairtrade status. A further 12 East Dunbartonshire schools are currently working towards gaining it.