Fairtrade Status renewed

We were delighted to receive the news this week that we have been reaccredited as a Fairtrade school. Every three years we are required to submit evidence in support of our accreditation.

Thanks to all the hard work by teachers and pupils in school we have maintained our Fairtrade Achieving Status.

Mr Burgess has stepped down from Fairtrade after a number of years and Mrs Gillespie has agreed to lead Fairtrade as part of our Sustainability work in St John’s in conjunction with our ECO lead Ms Mitchell.

We will continue to embed Fairtrade learning into our curriculum most notably during Fairtrade fortnight and we will promote ethical consumerism and sustainability throughout the entire school year.

St John’s RC is proud to be a Fairtrade school!

Edinburgh Fair Trade festival

On the 9th March the Edinburgh Fair Trade Festival takes place at Portobello Town Hall. In assembly on Friday the children were shown the poster that accompanies the festival.

On the day, the Lord Provost’s Piper will attract a crowd in from Portobello High Street, after which the event will be formally opened by Edinburgh’s Right Honourable Lord Provost Frank Ross. It is hoped that there will be speakers from a Rwanda coffee co-operative, aswell as having a community choir providing musical interludes. There will be free fair trade coffee, tea and tray bakes, and a range of stalls with fair trade products such as food, clothes and crafts to browse. There will also be free activities for younger children, such as face painting and storytelling. There’ll also be an information stall with a lot of free practical fair trade information to give away. You can find more details here

As this is a local event and we are a Fair Achiever school, and we certainly have a great deal of fair trade activity on the school website, we thought it would be important to share this information with our school community. It certainly sounds like there will be  something for everyone and it is hoped that as many people as possible will come along to support this important event.

Portobello Community Just World Shop Update


 We have been celebrating the shop being open for twenty five years and would like to thank you for your support.

Churches and schools provide over 40% of our income so the shop could not survive without your input.

Our turnover this year was £55k an increase of £2k on last year.  Over the 25 years we have sold £1.3 million of goods which  have helped our producers work their way out of poverty and provide food, shelter, education and health care for their families

Unfortunately our work is not finished.  There is still a great deal more to be done and with your help and support we will continue our work.

We have a great team of volunteers both in the shop and the folk who collect their stalls monthly and sell the goods for us.

With the small profit made this year we have decorated the  shop and hope you will come along and see the beautiful display of crafts we have on offer. We  have also donated £250.00 each to Water Aid, Mary’s Meals, Practical Action and the Vine Trust. 

Thank you once again and for your support. We are truly blessed to have such dedicated people giving their time and energy to fairtrade.

Morag Baird

Our own P7 pupil Isla spent time working with Morag and Jim before Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed the experience too!

Fairtrade stall does roaring trade at Christmas fair

With support of the Parent Council, the Fairtrade stall did a roaring trade on Sunday as part of the St John’s Christmas Fair. Working with the Just World Shop in Portobello the Fairtrade stall sold over £170 worth of sweets, chocolate, tea, scarves, toys and other Fairtrade goods. Thank you to everyone who purchased from the stall, and a special thank you to the parents who gave their time to sell the products.IMG_20181202_140545951

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.
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.
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.

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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