Fairtrade Cotton School Uniform

We should like to remind parents that our school last year introduced an ethically manufactured school uniform option, made with Fairtrade Cotton by Koolskools (see below). Feedback from parents so far has been very positive about the quality of the new Fairtrade uniform.
WHY FAIRTRADE COTTON SCHOOL UNIFORM?
1. There is no difference in quality between Fairtrade cotton and normal cotton. Fairtrade cotton means that we can be sure that the farmers who grow the cotton receive a fair and sustainable payment for their crop. Their communities also receive a premium for projects such as building schools, hospitals, access to clean water and so on.

2. Being “Fairtrade Cotton Certified” means that all parts of the manufacturing process of the Fairtrade cotton garments have been inspected and audited. The factories are signed up to Fairtrade Minimum Standards, designed to ensure that practices such as child labour and enforced overtime/long working hours don’t exist.
WHY KOOLSKOOLS
1. Based in Southampton, over the past 5 years Koolskools have built an internationally renowned ethical clothing company, and are now working with schools all over the UK.

2. Koolskools is the only school uniform provider in the UK offering a complete range of garments made with Fairtrade cotton. Our research has proved that they offer quality and value-for-money garments which are all double stitched, easy iron, and durable 50% cotton/50% polyester mix.
3. Koolskools also work with schools all over the UK offering presentations to children of all ages about ethical and fair trading. The idea is that if the school embraces school uniform made with Fairtrade cotton, then our students are given the opportunity to learn all about the ethical trading story behind it.

HOW TO ORDER
Go to the St John’s school page in the “Buy Fairtrade Uniform” section of the Koolskools website on the following link – https://www.koolskools.co.uk/product-category/st-johns-primary-school-edinburgh/ – and place your order.
There will be a flat delivery charge of £3.50, whether you order just one or multiple garments.
Orders will take a maximum of 7 working days (15 days during the busy June to September period) to turn around, from the date of order placement.

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Fair Trade Tuck Shop Sells out

Last week’s Fair Trade tuck shop was a roaring success with queues of patient children waiting to buy their favourite Fair Trade snack. P6 pupils managed the stall during their breaktimes and worked well particuarly with the younger pupils.

By the end of Wednesday there was very little left for children to buy and in total the Fairtrade stall sold more than £410 of produce. A percentage of the total goes to SCIAF as part of the school Lenten fundraising campaign and the remainder goes to the Just World Shop who provided the Fair trade products for us to sell.

Well done everyone, a fantastic effort from boys and girls from P1 to P7!

Fair Trade Stall does a roaring trade

On the first of our Fair trade break time tuck shops this week children from P1-7 bought Geobars, jellybeans, juice, trinket boxes, friendship bracelets, chocolate and biscuits.

Queues of children waited patiently to buy a Fair trade product for their snack and P6’s manned the stall expertly.

Thank you to all the children who supported Fair trade this morning and of course parents who funded the pupils!

The stall will run each day this week during small break time.

P6 pupil in Fair Trade appeal to sports company

Danny Lewis, P6A had a welcome surprise in response to a heartfelt letter he wrote to Mitre Sports International asking them to support Fair Trade and improve the lives of football stitchers.

Whilst some of his class colleagues wrote to Adidas, Nike, FIFA and the SFA, Danny wrote to Mitre Sports Headquarters and received a letter from the brand activation Executive along with a personalised football. Danny’s concern for the rights of workers was genuine and heartfelt and Mitre included a copy of their standards which highlighted ways in which they ensure workers are well treated and paid fairly.

The delivery highlighted to all P6 pupils how writing a letter and writing for a purpose can sometimes provide pleasantly surprising results.

Well done Danny!

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