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Lewisham schools sculpture a ‘London Landmark’ to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight.

To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight which ran from 25th Feb to 10th March, schools in Lewisham who are on the Clean & Green programme were asked to take part in a competition to make a sculpture out of Fairtrade packaging of a famous landmark in London.

Fairtrade fortnight is an annual campaign event, run to raise awareness of Fairtrade products. Choosing to buy Fairtrade products ensures that producers get a guaranteed price which covers the cost of production. This means farmers have more control over their lives and are able to plan for their future knowing that they are bringing in a certain level of income.

Cllr Susan Wise with first prize winner Lottie.

Cllr Susan Wise with first prize winner Lottie.

Amongst the entrants, St Winifreds Infant School submitted entries of Tower Bridge, a London bus and the winning entry to the competition- Canary Wharf produced by Lottie pictured above with Cllr Susan Wise who presented her with a prize of a book token

Cllr Susan Wise with St Winifreds Infant School teacher Miss Hampson & winners Lottie, Leona & Frasier.

Cllr Susan Wise with St Winifreds Infant School teacher Miss Hampson & winners Lottie, Leona & Frasier.

Children from St Winifreds Infant School who showed their enthusiasm for Fairtrade with their entries. Also pictured Cllr Susan Wise and St Winifreds infant school teacher Miss Hampson who encouraged the children to explore the difference Fairtrade can make. The sculptures are now on displayed in the foyer of Lewisham Library.

The Clean & Green programme offers schools the opportunity to take part in events and activities, including competitions throughout the academic year. Running Fairtrade competitions is one element of the programme. Other events took place in Lewisham to celebrate Fairtrade fortnight- for more information visit: http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/news/Pages/Get-involved-in-Fairtrade-fortnight-2013.aspx . If you are school and would like more information about entering the Clean & Green schools programme next September- please visit: http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/getinvolved/environment/Pages/Clean-and-Green-Schools.aspx or email Kate.parkinson@lewisham.gov.uk


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Lewisham schools awarded in the 12th Annual Clean & Green awards

During the last twelve months, 25 schools from across Lewisham have been taking part in the Clean and Greens schools programme. Throughout the school year, the programme offers support to schools to address topics which make a difference to not only the school but the wider community and environment.

Cllr Susan Wise presenting the first prize award winners of this year C&G programme- St Winifred’s Infant School

At the start of each school year, we encourage schools to participate. Children and teachers come up with innovative ways to explore topics such as; waste and recycling, local environmental quality, love food, energy and climate change, transport , biodiversity, fair trade, water and animal welfare. Members from the Environment and Community Development team visit the schools and support activities which include group work, surveys and presentations.

This years entrants have maintained the very high standard received in previous years and a selection of topics were tackled in a creative way. This included; All Saints schools setting up a Fair trade tuck shop run by parents, Kelvin Grove school creating a growing area for crops which is maintained by a weekly gardening club and parents, John Stainer school setting up a ‘stride and ride’ scheme to encourage children and parents to at least travel some part of the journey without using the car.

Sade Christian- Imoreh from Adamsrill Primary School receiving her runners up award for her entry to the poetry section

At the end of the year, all the work undertaken by the school is presented to the judging panel who include Cllr Susan Wise- Executive Member for Customer Services. The overall winners this year were chosen for their high quality submissions, with the highly commended award going to Stillness Infant School whose activities included; reusing items found around the school to create a scarecrow ‘cyclist from team GB’ which was then entered into an RHS Scarecrow competition and also started up a scheme to reuse elastic bands which had been found around the school and started up a series of lunchtime activities to create alternative play equipment.

This years overall winners were St Winifred’s Infants school who submitted an exemplary entry. The school chose Transport as one of their topics, recruiting their own junior road safety officers who carried out road travels surveys. For their second topic of Waste and Recycling, the children successfully engaged with local businesses to arrange collection of their tin cans which they then sold for recycling. Other initiatives included a ‘big pedal’ to school and mobile phone collection box at school.

The Awards ceremony took place on July 4th at the Council Chambers where Stillness Infants School were presented with a £350 cheque and St Winifred’s Infants received £500. Prizes of book tokens were also given to entrants of poetry and poster competitions.

We will be sending information to all schools about how they can register to take part in the coming weeks. If you work in a school in the borough and do want more information about the Clean & Green programme you can visit the website at

http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/getinvolved/environment/Pages/Clean-and-Green-Schools.aspx or contact Kate Parkinson or Beth Sowden on 020 8314 2245 or email Kate.parkinson@lewisham.gov.uk