Fun for Fairtrade at Clavering Primary School

The youngsters and staff at Clavering Primary School during Fairtrade Fortnight
The youngsters and staff at Clavering Primary School during Fairtrade Fortnight

A TOWN primary school was awash with bananas as staff and youngsters celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight.

Clavering Primary School recently gained FairAchiever School status - the highest level of the Fairtrade Foundation’s schools programme, as reported in the Mail.

As part of its commitment to the subject, staff and teachers take part in a variety of activities every year to mark Fairtrade Fortnight.

And this year the school is behind the campaign’s Make Bananas Fair initiative, to help transform the banana industry.

Youngsters have been taking part in a number of themed lessons and assembles and showed their support for Fairtrade Fortnight by all taking a banana into school last Friday, February 28.

Neil McAvoy, deputy headteacher who leads on Fairtrade in the school, said: “Our Fairtrade Friday banana event was organised by the children who make up our Fairtrade Steering Group.

“Once again, the Clavering families, children and staff members have blown me away with their support for Fairtrade. I have never seen so many bananas in one place.

Mr McAvoy added: “The school has been praised by the Fairtrade Foundation for the outstanding ways that it incorporates Fairtrade into the life of the local community and anyone who could see the hundreds of children and adults waving their Fairtrade bananas in the air on the Clavering school field would be mad not to agree.”

As well as taking a photograph of all of the pupils and staff members together, individual photographs were taken of every pupil and adult with their Fairtrade banana. Members of the school’s Fairtrade Steering Group are now going to transform the photos into a giant banana collage which will be on display in the school.

Mr McAvoy added: “The response from our pupils every year during Fairtrade Fortnight is fantastic and this year is no different. All of the youngsters and staff are keen to show their support for Fairtrade.”