Salesian School Chertsey is proud to have achieved its goal of being officially designated a Fairtrade School by the Fairtrade Foundation. Over the past few years, pupils, students and staff have worked together to raise awareness of the aims of Fairtrade. Having previously gained both FairAware and FairActive status, Salesian School Chertsey is the first British school in the Salesian Province of St. Thomas of Canterbury to be awarded this accolade. It is notable that Salesian School Chertsey is also part of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, a Fairtrade Diocese.
Salesian School Chertsey has sought to educate pupils and students through embedding Fairtrade in various syllabi and schemes of work across various subjects and Key Stages. Assemblies and guest speakers have provided a personal perspective on the effects and benefits of Fairtrade production.
Fairtrade products, such as CafeDirect coffee in our staffroom, Traidcraft Geobars available for purchase by pupils and staff, Bala Fairtrade footballs and even ethically produced Poterion Altar Wine for both school chapels have both stimulated supply and demand for ethically produced merchandise whilst promoting the goals of Fairtrade: to allow a fairer, guaranteed price for farmers and producers; the provision of a Fairtrade Premium allowing investment in farming techniques; better access to markets, health, education and the formation of social projects, thus enabling a greater sense of independence and self-sufficiency.
Fr Marco Villani SDB, who has coordinated the work, wishes to extend his gratitude all the pupils who have been involved in the process of Fairtrade accreditation from inception until completion, with particular thanks to Calogera Scannella, Orlando Cruz Riquet, Niamh Forbes, Chantelle Oseni who are pupil representatives on the Fairtrade Committee as well as all pupils who baked and sold and promoted the cause in our various Fairtrade Bake Sales.
None of this would have been possible without the tireless enthusiasm, advice and support of the adult members of the Salesian School Fairtrade Committee: Mr. S Curson, Mr. T Corry, Ms. V Barclay, Mrs. A Ricard, Miss O’Carroll, Mr. J Fuller and Ms. V Barclay whose Baking Club afforded pupils the chance to create amazing recipes using Fairtrade ingredients.
As a Christian school in the Catholic tradition, inspired by the life, work and spirituality of the St. John Bosco, we feel that the aims and objectives of Fairtrade fit well within the ethos of our school community.