St John’s celebrated Fairtrade fortnight in style with a hugely successful Big Breakfast on Friday 18th March. After weeks of planning by pupils and staff from P2, 3 and 4 the big day finally came and with the help of dedicated parent helpers, teachers and school support staff the event was a fantastic celebration of all things Fairtrade. The Co-Operative store supported the school with vouchers with which we bought ingredients for baking. Relish Deli, based on Constitution Street, Leith, once again very kindly supported us by donating hamper boxes and items for the raffle, paper cups, lids and napkins.
P2 prepared fresh fruit kebabs and did a great job offering these to visitors in the hall. P3 manned the crossiant stall and collected donations as visitors entered and left the hall. P4 pupils, supported by P7, ran the raffle stall and also handed out Fairtrade fresh orange juice. Children in P2 baked banana muffins which were delicious and P3 pupils made flapjacks in class. Staff filled kettles and poured coffees and teas for our guests and worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help the event run smoothly.
P4 children, who are very busy preparing their Easter play for Thursday 24th March, sang one of their songs for the gathered guests and did a great job. P4 pupils had also written letters to the Co-Operative asking for financial support to purchase ingredients for baking. Near the end of the morning we played a film put together by Miss Purnell which highlighted the importance of Fairtrade and P3 sang a catchy Fairtrade song for the audience.
Finally we drew the raffle prizes just before the bell and the children and parents made their way out of the hall at the end of another busy week in school.
As a school we appreciate the support of all our parents, grandparents, family and friends who came to support our First level children in this important event. We must also acknowledge the time and effort given to make this possible by the St John’s First level staff team.
The children of P2, 3 and 4 did Fairtrade proud!