St Patrick's and St Joseph's Primary School (Garvagh/Glenullin) - Fairtrade Bake Off
Location: 5 Churchtown Road, Tirkeeran, Garvagh, BT 51 5BA
Entry Date: 20 November 2017
St Patrick's and St Joseph's Primary School wanted to focus their global learning work on one core area and decided exploring fair trade would be the best choice. The children already knew a little about the topic and there would be opportunities for involving parents and the wider community in fair trade activities.
The school’s first step was to further enhance the children’s knowledge of fair trade and start creating community connections. Recycling and Education Officer Declan Donelly from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council was invited to speak to pupils about his experience of travelling to Tanzania in Africa through Oxfam to work directly with people who are supporting themselves by making items to sell from recycled materials, which would otherwise go to waste. Declan brought along examples to show pupils, including toys! The children learned that in the long-term, it is better for people in need to be given the tools and skills they need to make their own money, instead of food and donations, which will eventually run out. Declan also explained what we can do to support fair trade in our own country. This gave the children food for thought and inspired them into action.
After this, the school ran a Fairtrade Logo competition to make the children more aware of the official UK Fairtrade brand. Each class was asked to recreate the logo using a different art medium. The winning entry per class was displayed in the ‘School Art Gallery’, where work from P1-P7 is shown and celebrated.
Next, the school held a delicious ‘Fair Trade Bake Off’. The aim was to make the children more aware of Fairtrade products, while also getting children to bake with family members and have lots of fun in the process! The children were asked to make a cake or cupcakes using as many Fairtrade products as possible. Declan returned to the school to be a judge, taking his place alongside three other judges with an interest in baking. They judged entries on appearance, taste and the number of Fairtrade products used. The quantity and staggering quality of the entries led to three different winners: an overall winner with the highest score, a winner based on exceptional appearance and a junior winner. Parents, grandparents and the wider community were invited into the school to hear the winners announced and sample the delicious creations. The bake off was a great success, showcasing some tremendous bakes and encouraging pupils and their parents to use more fairly traded items at home.