Hillpark hailed as co-op school

Joan Donnelly, head teacher pictured with students proudly displaying their award
Joan Donnelly, head teacher pictured with students proudly displaying their award

Hillpark Secondary has gained the prestigious award of ‘Scottish School of Co-operation’ from the Co-operative Education Trust Scotland.

It is the first secondary school in Glasgow to have been given this award for adopting co-operative values and principles and striving to develop young people as enterprising and active citizens.

It is also a fitting accolade as it is ten years since Hillpark established a Young Co-operative in the school in response to pupils then who wanted to promote Fair Trade.

The principles which are the foundation of the group engender mutual respect and every member is of equal value including teachers. Former members said being in the co-operative changed their thinking and helped them make ethical choices.

In recent years, the Young Co-operative has supported Mary’s Meals, as Hillpark sponsors a feeding programme in a school, Kasupe, in Malawi.

To top Hillpark’s success this year , it is the first school in Glasgow to commission Fair Trade clothing, with pupils on an annual trip to Paris wearing Fair Trade hoodies with the school crest embroidered on them.

Hillpark’s inspiring young people show what can be achieved through adopting co-operative values and principles and how this can empower young people to make positive differences in the local and global community.