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Double award for Mearns Primary

Mearns Primary School has received two prestigious awards recently for their outstanding commitment to promoting children's rights and supporting Fairtrade.

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The school has been awarded a Level 2 Rights Respecting School Award by Unicef UK and a FairAchiever Award from the Fairtrade Foundation.

Unicef is the world's leading organisation working for children and their rights. The Rights Respecting Schools Award is granted to schools that show commitment to promoting and realising children's rights and encouraging adults, children and young people to respect the rights of others in school. The Level 2 Award is the highest accolade given by Unicef UK and shows a deep and thorough commitment to children's rights at all levels of school life. There are over 300 schools across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales that have received the Level 2 Award.

The Mearns Global Citizens Committee organised a community event with the Avenue Shopping Centre to raise awareness of children's rights. The pupils created children's rights posters which were hidden around the Avenue Shopping Centre. Participants in the treasure hunt found the hidden posters by solving a series of clues.

People who completed the treasure hunt received their very own Newton or Fearne mascot and a copy of the Convention of the Rights of the Child. The event was well attended with over 200 participants from Mearns Primary and the local community.

We are very proud that the school has received the Level 2 Award from Unicef UK. Mearns Primary has always endeavoured to put children's rights at the heart of all that they do. I would like to thank all our pupils, parents and staff for their continued support.
- Sharon Hunter - Head Teacher 

Mearns Primary has been committed to supporting Fairtrade for a number of years. This year many pupils brought Fairtrade snacks to school during Fairtrade Fortnight and the positive impact of buying Fairtrade products has on farmers and workers across the world was discussed in classes.

The Fairtrade Steering Group also organised a Fairtrade tuck-shop for pupils and a Fairtrade cafĂ© for parents which ran during parents' evening. A stall selling Rainbow Turtle products at school events was a very successful way of promoting Fairtrade within the school and Mearns Community. 

We first received our international School Award back in 2011 and are delighted to receive re-accreditation again this year. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of our school, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as global citizens.  Our Fairtrade Award and our Level 2 Rights Respecting Awards will be proudly displayed alongside our International Schools Award and our 5th Green flag award from Keep Scotland Beautiful.- Mrs McGregor - Co-ordinator of the global citizenship activities within the school


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