Miss Smith, Chaplain at Cardinal Allen Catholic High School in Fleetwood writes…….
Students of the CAFOD group at Cardinal Allen Catholic High School in Fleetwood have been very busy indeed in the past few weeks. They have teamed up with the school’s Fairtrade group to deliver a series of powerful and hard- hitting assemblies about the difference buying Fairtrade products can make to people right across the world.
During Fairtrade Fortnight, three teams visited 10 primary schools to spread their message. They challenged the pupils to think about the consequences of their decisions, and went on to show how easy it is to locate and buy Fairtrade products.
The assemblies were highly interactive and very well presented, and the CAFOD team did themselves proud in tackling such an important issue. In each school they visited, the halls exploded with the chorus of our song: “If you want to make a difference, shout Fairtrade!” I’m sure it will be stuck in all our heads for a long time to come!
As a result of our assemblies, we have heard that some of the primary schools are thinking of selling more Fairtrade products in school, and may possibly even consider becoming a Fairtrade school like us!
Back in school, the enthusiasm from our teams has filtered through to our own activities. The students managed to persuade our Headteacher and Deputy head, Mr Mooney and Mr Cafferkey, to compete against each other in a Fairtrade “Ready, Steady, Cook”, at which they were given the challenge of creating a smoothie made with as many Fairtrade products as possible.
Our Fairtrade chocolate stall and raffle raised more money than ever before, and the Fairtrade penalty shoot- out with Fairtrade footballs was a roaring success!
We also held a special lunchtime Mass to pray for trade justice and a fairer food system, which was attended by more than 60 pupils. Our CAFOD team also led a reflection exploring trade justice for women on Women’s World Day of Prayer, inviting people to write a grace on paper plates to be displayed in school. It was a beautiful and powerful prayer service, and the CAFOD team are looking forward to exploring this issue of food poverty and trade justice further throughout the year.