Fairtrade @  Ysgol Griffith Jones

What is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade ensures that producers get:

  • a fair price for their goods
  • long term contracts which provide real security
  • support to gain the knowledge and skills they need to develop their businesses and increase sales

Benefits of Fairtrade for the farmer:

  • Regular income
  • Fair pay and working conditions
  • Cleaner environment
  • New housing
  • Improved health and sanitation
  • Increased efficiency

How to become a Fairtrade School

There are three stages to the award:

1. FairAware

2. FairActive

3. FairAchiever

Ysgol Griffith Jones has recently received the final Fairtrade schools award – Fairachiever. At this point, we are confident that the school has fully embedded Fairtrade into its daily life.

What have we been up to?

The Big Switch

Staff have been trying Fairtrade tea  and coffee in the staffroom.

Fairtrade Orange Juice is now used as part of the menu in the school canteen.

Fairtrade assembly

During Fairtrade Fortnight, Mrs Taylor’s  class presented a Fairtrade assembly.

Fairtrade Cooking Club

During the Autumn term we ran a Fairtrade cooking club. Children who attended the club had the opportunity to make two Fairtrade recipes –Banana Flapjacks and Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Fairtrade Workshop

We attended a Fairtrade workshop at Ysgol Dyffryn Taf.
We met a Ugandan coffee farmer, learnt about ‘cocoa farming in Ghana’, had a go at African printing and drumming and completed a ‘floating water garden’ challenge.

Fairtrade Fortnight

To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight, we organised a whole-school ‘Fairtrade Breakfast’ for almost 300 children – which included a portion of FT fruit, FT orange/ apple juice and bread from the local bakery with FT honey.

The breakfast started with a viewing of Pablo the super banana for younger children and My Fairtrade Adventure for older children shown on the main hall screen.  

We sold raffle tickets for a Fairtrade hamper full of FT goodies. Money raised, close to £100, was sent to the Fairtrade Foundation.

Fairtrade Lessons

Learning through Fairtrade opens up a fascinating world, revealing how we are all connected. At Ysgol Griffith Jones, this starts with a simple lesson for nursery and reception aged children where they are introduced to the Fairtrade symbol by making collages, right the way through to Year 6 – by which point we have learnt exactly what Fairtrade means and how it can help food producers across the world. Learning about Fairtrade has developed skills in many different areas of the curriculum including Geographical skills, morals and ethics, language, technology, personal and social, to name but a few.

Fairtrade 2016 / 2017 – Acheived the Fairtrade Flag

Flag presented by Mr Gareth Morgans