Pupils at Hillpark Secondary have done themselves, their parents and their school proud after working hard for success during Fairtrade Fortnight.
The pupils hosted many events during the two weeks, under the auspices of their steering group — Hillpark Young Co-operative — and included diverse activities such as a Fairtrade breakfast and a colourful Day of Celebration which saw pupils sampling delicious Fairtrade goodies.
They even had a hip-hop crew rapping and dancing to everyone’s delight.
For the first week of Fairtrade Fortnight, the young folk attended an awards ceremony which was organised by the Scottish Fair Traded Forum and visited by Humza Yousaf — the Scottish Minister for International Development — and he presented two pupils, Bryce Edgar and Alex MacMillan, with Fairtrade hoodies by Koolskools, made to their own prizewinning designs.
Later on in the week, Mary’s Meals fundraisers were invited to meet the charity’s founder, Magnus MacFarlane Barrow, and the UK Minister for International Development, Justine Greening, celebrating the grand total of £10,000,000 raised for Mary’s Meals — with UK Aid match funding.
But perhaps the most exciting time for the young people was a meeting with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon invited along by the Scottish Women’s Convention as part of an International Women’s Day Convention.
Also there on the day was the Cuban Ambassador, Teresa Vicente, also speaking on women’s issues.
Three of the school’s pupils — Nkosiphile Bhule, Yvanna Nininahazwe and Alysha Smilie — performed a song and rap they wrote and recorded with classmate Amy Peoples for the STUC’s Songs for Social Justice Festival in January.
The song describes how marginalised some people feel in their community and is a plea for fairness and understanding — it took the convention by storm.
All the pupils were delighted that Ms Sturgeon took some time to chat with them about their work and aspirations.