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Global Neighbours

Who are the Global Neighbours?


We are the Global Neighbours from Years 3-6!


We will continue to support our Fairtrade School status as well as becoming advocates for many global issues which we feel our school community can impact in some way.


We look forward to sharing our research and awareness by identifying opportunities and campaigns to make a real difference. We embrace the school ethos of supporting our neighbours both near and far.




We are a Fairtrade School!

Book Fair 2024

Enjoy a Fairtrade chocolate bar with your new book at the Book Fair! Why not buy some new stationery too! Thank you for supporting the Book Fair and Fairtrade! 

Easter 2024

Happy Fairtrade Easter from the Global Neighbours Group! 🌏🍫🐣🥚💐🐰💚

March 2024

💚🌏 Recycling Art Competition! 🌏💚


To mark Global Recycling Day on 18th March, the Global Neighbours held a recycling themed art competition! 


Children decorated the recycling symbol with their own different pictures linked to recycling. They included plastics, glass, clothing and garden waste! Winners received prizes and their designs will be displayed around school! These symbols will help to encourage others to learn about recycling too! 



Big Garden Birdwatch 2024

The Big Garden Birdwatch is the UK’s largest garden wildlife survey. It’s been running since 1979, and every year, around 700,000 people take part. It takes place over the last weekend in January each year. In 2024, The Big Garden Birdwatch will be on the 26th to 28th January.


The Global Neighbours spent a sunny but cold lunch hour on Friday spotting the visiting birds that came to land in the school grounds and recorded numbers for the RSPB National Survey. Some of the children even brought bird guide books and binoculars! Well done everyone! 



January 2024

Christmas 2023

National Tree Week got us thinking about the trees all over the world that grow the foods we love like bananas and cocoa! The Fairtrade Foundation supports farmers and their families who work so hard to ensure that these trees and crops thrive! A fair deal for all!


The Global Neighbours decorated Christmas tree decorations to sell with Fairtrade chocolate bars!


Miss Tait baked gingerbread at home using Fairtrade ingredients!

Merry Christmas and Thank You for all of your support!

National Tree Week 2023

The Global Neighbours have been marking National Tree week!


National Tree Week is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration. Each year, the country’s conservation sector, volunteer groups and tree-lovers come together to plant thousands of trees to mark the start of the tree planting season.


We appreciate the beautiful variety of trees in and around our school environment. 🌳💚🌏

Autumn 2023

Harvest is a time when we are reminded to be thankful for all of the people around the world who help to produce the foods we love.


The Global Neighbours group created a display in the library to support the Fairtrade Foundation’s mission to ensure that farmers get a fair deal for their hard work. The children decided to find a donation with the Fairtrade mark to take to the Harvest Worship assembly. 

Summer Fayre 2023

Together with farmers and businesses, Fairtrade is working for a fairer future in chocolate.

Most cocoa farmers do not earn enough to cover their basic needs. This is in part due to unreliable market prices and an unfair supply chain.

In recent years, the price of cocoa beans has slumped. Disease and age are damaging cocoa trees, while climate change is making crops harder to grow.

When you choose Fairtrade chocolate, you know that farmers in places like Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana are getting a fairer price for their cocoa.

Farmers and workers are guaranteed the Fairtrade Minimum Price for their crop. It means they are more likely to be able to cover household costs like education, food and healthcare.

They also receive an additional Fairtrade Premium, which they can choose to invest in their communities and to fight the effects of climate change.

The Great Big Green Week 2023

Spring 2023

Are you getting into the swing of spring?


What better way of doing this than with flowers!


The presence of vibrant and fragant flowers in school can make us happier and improve our mood. Scientific research suggests that having flowers around can also help reduce stress and anxiety.


The global cut flower trade is estimated to be worth more than £88 million a year!  But the industry’s largely female workforce often face limited access to education, low wages and repression of trade unions. Find out more here:

Flower farmers and workers - Fairtrade Foundation


The children in 2Lion’s Reading Cafe enjoyed the sweet and calming aroma of Fairtrade roses as they read!




Spring 2023

Well done and thank you to our wonderful Fairtrade steering group! We are so lucky to have such committed and inspiring members! 

Easter 2023

Book Fair 2023

Fairtrade Fortnight 2023

Christmas 2022

Autumn 2022

Fairtrade Fortnight 2022

Fairtrade Fortnight 2021

Fairtrade Fortnight 2020

Home Learning 2020

Christmas 2019

Summer Fayre 2019

Fairtrade Fortnight 2019

Fairtrade Fortnight 2019

                                               Plastic Free Lunches at Oldswinford!


We have some good news to share with you! A number of children raised their concerns about the disposable plastic packaging used at lunchtime and in Grab-a-Bags. The Global Neighbours shared their views and acted on them. They wrote to our school Cook to try to find a solution to the problem of unnecessary waste and recycling. We are pleased to report that the kitchen will now no longer use disposable plastic containers for drinks and boxing and that reusable beakers have been ordered in replacement.


We are sure you will agree that this small change will have a huge impact on the environment, cost, sustainability and learning.


We have the power to make real change!


Plastic Free!

Christmas 2018

Christmas 2018

Christmas 2018

Believe, achieve and shine brighter together.