Rights Respecting Schools Group 2019

NameClass/Role
ArchiePupil P3B
OliwiaPupil P4A
OscarPupil P4B
MayciPupil P4B
EmiliaPupil P5A
NevePupil P5B
VickyPupil P5B
LeandroPupil P6A
MillyPupil P6B
EmaanPupil P7A
EllysePupil P7A
IshaaPupil P7B
ClarePupil P7B
LucaPupil P7B
RuaridhGold & Gray
Miss ColemanTeacher
Mr BurgessDepute Head Teacher

First Meeting for Rights Respecting Schools Steering Group

This morning we held the first meeting of our RRSA steering group. The group is composed of P3-7 pupils, Mr Burgess and Miss Coleman. It was lovely to spend time talking to the children about the importance of Respecting each other and learning about their Rights.

The role of the group is to display evidence of the work carried out in class and to lead class challenges on a rota basis.

Each week in assembly, different articles relating to the childrens UN charter of human rights are highlighted. Last week we were focusing on UNICEF Day of Change and Chinese New Year.

The Steering Group will look to focus on Fairtrade Fortnight in the two weeks after February holidays.

We will keep you updated with our progress!

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

THE JUST WORLD SHOP 1993 – 2018

 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!