Celebration at Carlogie School

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CARLOGIE Primary School is celebrating after discovering their Fairtrade business plan had not only been named best in Britain but also best in Europe.

A team of 10 primary six pupils were chosen to create a new business plan for the ‘Fairlogie Enterprise Initiative’ and to encourage the growth of Fairtrade among their peers.

The completed business plan was submitted to the Schools’ Enterprise Challenge run by social enterprise group Teach A Man To Fish.

After having their entry declared best in Britain the team was invited to Westminster Abbey for the Commonwealth Observance Service on March 11, along with teachers Morag Oldham and Janis Jackson.

The group was given a private tour of both the House of Parliament and attended the service. Her Majesty The Queen was due to appear, but given her ill health at the time The Duke of Edinburgh appeared on her behalf.

While in London the pupils met with Lindsay Crouch from Teach A Man To Fish who informed them that their business plan had also been named best in Europe and presented them with $1,000 for the Carlogie Co-operative Venture.

Carlogie Primary School head teacher Mr Jim Hammond said: “All at Carlogie and beyond are so proud of the children’s fantastic achievement.

“This coupled with the school being awarded the title of Scotland’s first School of Co-operation has raised the profile of the school both locally and nationally. The Fairlogie Initiative has become a central part of the school’s activities and has engaged the school with local business in the community and to that end we are grateful for the assistance of Accounting Solutions (Scotland) Ltd for providing guidance to the children with this venture over the last year or two.

“The Fairlogie Initiative commenced a few years ago within the school but in the last couple of years it has grown significantly with a Fairtrade café held in Newton Panbride Church Hall on the third Wednesday of every month from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and run entirely by the pupils. All are welcome to attend and we would encourage everyone to come along and support the children’s initiative and enthusiasm.”

Society apologises

MONIFIETH Local History Society has extended apologies to members of the public for their failure to open the House of Memories on all the stipulated days and times as scheduled over the past few weeks.

A spokesperson explained that this had been due to several factors which includes inclement weather and illness affecting the dedicated volunteer members who manage the community project.

She added that, hopefully, these problems will be overcome and normal service will resume shortly.

Society work is still on going, with a fund-raising coffee morning arranged for tomorrow (Saturday) between 10 a.m. and 12 noon in the Community Cabin, South Union Street.

There will be the usual stalls, raffles and a rummage sale taking place. Tickets, can be purchased at the door for £2.

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday (March 27) David Henry will talk on ‘The Hill Fort at Nechtansmere’ in the Community Cabin. There will also be an opportunity, for the first time, at this event to view the replica Monifieth Pictish Cross, sculpted by David McGovern and on long term loan by Monikie Rock Craft for display in House of Memories.

Tea and coffee will be available. Entry for non-members is £3 and for members is £2.