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!


Koolskools come to St John’s

Fairtrade Cotton School Uniform

From 1 November 2016, St John’s RC Primary School will be introducing an ethically manufactured/Fairtrade school uniform option made with Fairtrade Cotton that can be ordered online from Koolskools (see below).


  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.


  1. 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. Over the past 5 years Koolskools have built an internationally renowned ethical clothing company, and are 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 all their client schools in 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.



So from 1 November 2016 all parents will be able to order school logo’ed Fairtrade uniform online at:

Go to www.koolskools.co.uk, “Buy Ethical School Uniform”, 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 10 working days to turn around (14 days between May and September), from the date of order placement.

St John’s Fairtrade Big Breakfast 2016


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!