Blackwood Primary School is a Fairtrade School. The Fairtrade/Outdoor Committee is made up of learner representatives from Primary 1-7 who were elected by their class. The staff representatives are Mrs Kellie and Mrs Brownlee.
The Fairtrade Committee encourage the school community to purchase Fairtrade products as this ensures that farmers in developing countries are given a fair price for their produce enabling them to provide for their families, make their own decisions, control their futures and live the dignified life everyone deserves.
The Fairtrade Committee run a tuckshop full of Fairtrade snacks in school on Monday and Friday morning playtime. Everything costs 50p. When refreshments are served at school events we use Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar.
Fairtrade Fortnight takes place during the month of February and the children are involved in planning and presenting a whole school assembly, competitions are held throughout the school and activities are completed in class to highlight the importance of Fairtrade for families around the world. Parents and friends are encouraged through their children to try to purchase a Fairtrade product when doing the weekly shopping and raffle tickets are sold to win a hamper of Fairtrade goodies.
Our aim in school is to be global citizens and learning about Fairtrade and the benefits for farmers and producers around the world is an excellent way towards achieving this.