At St. Joseph’s Juniors we are committed and enthusiastic supporters of Fairtrade.

Last term we invited the children to apply for various jobs involved in the running of a Fairtrade Tuck Shop here at St. Joseph‟s. As we expected from our very enthusiastic and well-motivated children, we were inundated with lots of excellent applications.

However after short listing and interviews, the following children were appointed: Ella and Lydia  (Shop Managers) and Emily B, Molly E, Mollie C & Samuel J (Assistant Managers) as well as lots of  very able shop assistants from each year group.

The shop will open on Friday mornings and will sell a range of Fairtrade drinks and snacks, including healthy snack choices. Last year Olivia H came up with the idea of a loyalty card for the shop – a special school stamp is awarded with the purchase of a healthy item (e.g. fresh fruit juice, pineapple pot, apricots or raisins) and when the loyalty card is full it entitles the holder to a 50% discount off any of our Fairtrade products.

The Fairtrade group also regularly champion Fairtrade initiatives in school including Fairtrade Fortnight(a national event in Spring term ) and have established links with our local Co-operative store in Birtley who support us in this.

The Co-operative also supplied us, free of charge, with all of the  indgredients we needed to run our Healthy Cookery after school Club, making sure that these were Fairtrade where possible.

The children decide how any profits made are spent – usually dividing any  monies between charitable projects and school equipment.


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