Fairtrade Fortnight at Currie Primary School

Currie Primary School has been working hard for the past 2 years to gain the highest award given to schools by the Fairtrade Foundation – The FairAchiever Award. After the events of the past fortnight (3 weeks thanks to the snow days!) we are well on the way to making that happen.

The pupils are Currie Primary are all aware of the Fairtrade logo and what it stands for. This year we spent the Fairtrade Fortnight trying to raise awareness in the wider community as well as holding an event that the whole school could become involved in.

The Fairtrade Pupil Council met in January and came up with many ideas. As well as an assembly and various lessons in individual classes, the Fairtrade Council held a Coffee Morning on 9th March which was enjoyed by many members of the community.

However, the idea which was the firm favourite was to hold a Currie Primary Fairtrade Bake-Off to find the best Fairtrade recipe and baker in the school. We were inundated with over 50 entries and the Fairtrade Council chose the 17 yummiest sounding recipes to taste. What a difficult job that was – 17 delicious recipes ranging from brownies to banana bread, cookies to coconut loaf!

We managed to choose our 4 favourite recipes and the 5 finalists, Poppy from P3, Alex from P3, Anna and Toby from P5 and P6 and Morgan from P7 had a week to prepare their winning recipes. They spent the morning of Friday 16th March baking under the watchful eyes of Mrs Reid and Mrs Geddes. In time for a whole school assembly, the judging panel arrived – Gordon Macdonald MSP, Councillor Susan Webber, Allister McKillop and Allan from the Currie Community Council, Lisa Syme and Caroline Brown from the Parent Council and of course, Ms Hourston.  During the assembly, the judges tasted the 4 final bakes and after a lot of deliberation (and eating) they were happy to announce the winners – Anna and Toby Ryce with their delicious chocolate dipped oat cookies. They were truly delicious!  Huge well done to the runners up – the judges found it very difficult to choose between such talented Fairtrade bakers!

We are committed at Currie Primary to further embed Fairtrade values into the curriculum and we really appreciate all of the help and support we have been given from parents, the community, from Scotmid, who funded the coffee morning, and from our panel of judges.

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