BSB has not only been awarded the UK Fairtrade Foundation's ‘FairActive’ award this year, but has now become ‘FairTrade @ School laureate of the province’: best fair trade school in Flemish Brabant 2014.
On Friday, 9 May, 65 schools across Belgium put fair trade in the spotlight following the Oxfam World Fairtrade Day. The action ‘FairTrade @ School’ urged Oxfam World, Oxfam-Magasins du Monde and Miel Maya Honing schools to raise awareness of fair trade. Together the schools reached out to nearly 29,000 students, teachers and parents. In each province, one school won the 'Fair Trade @ School’ Award for the most original or striking activity.
“I can't wait to tell the student group at our next meeting”, said Charlotte Lemaitre, Geography teacher at the school who has spearheaded this initiative. “I think you will agree that being awarded both a UK and a Belgian award in our first year of work is pretty impressive”. The school will be awarded an enamel plaque and a gift from Oxfam.
BSB's creative activities were numerous, including the production of several small booklets for Primary School children incorporating a fair trade specific quiz and word search activity. Promotional videos were made by BSB students too, and they held a Fairtrade photo competition, cake sale and even had an inflatable banana race across the pitch – all in aid of promoting fair trade awareness!
So impressed with BSB’s fair trade activities, the Tervuren commune invited students including BSB singers and bands to join them at the Oxfam store to support their ‘Wereldcafe’ event in Tervuren town centre on the following weekend.
About The British School of Brussels
The British School of Brussels (BSB), founded in 1969 in Brussels and established in 1970 in Tervuren, is an all-through international school for students aged one to 18 years. There are 1,300 students on roll, representing approximately 70 nationalities. The School offers a British Curriculum up to age 16 years, (I)GCSE, GCE A Levels, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and BTEC. Extensive provision for learning support and English as an Additional Language (EAL) is available, as well as a wide range of extra-curricular activities. There is also a French-English bilingual programme across eight Year Groups (ages 4-13 years). School accreditations include the IB World School, COBIS (Council of British International Schools), IAPS (Independent Association of Prep Schools) and the Principal is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC). BSB recently received an outstanding report from the Council of International Schools (CIS).