Fairtrade Award Given to St Margaret’s Prep Calne

Children at a Calne school are learning they have the power to make a difference to the world by becoming part of the Fairtrade movement.

St Margaret’s Preparatory School, Calne, has just been awarded  FairAware status by carrying out a number of projects including an audit to check if Fairtrade products are being used everywhere from staff room coffee to cotton in uniform.

They also held a Fairtrade cake sale to complete the challenge section of the award scheme. Year 6 teacher Emma Symonds said: “The application was led by Year 6, and involved the whole school. 

“We teach Fairtrade as a topic in Year 6, and in addition to the classroom-based learning, the children led an assembly and held a cake sale with cakes made from Fairtrade ingredients. 

“We are now working towards the next level which is FairActive.”

A spokesman for Fairtrade Schools, which is part of the Fairtrade Foundation, said: “Becoming a Fairtrade School means joining a worldwide movement – a movement where young people learn that, whatever their age, they have the power to make a difference in the world.

“It offers a great opportunity to look at global issues such as where our food comes from and how we are connected to people around the world. Students can also learn a range of skills, from teamwork and co-operation to persuasive writing to running a stall or tuck shop.”