A Class Act - P3 Bo'ness Public support Johari Foundation and Fairtrade

Bo'ness Public School have been involved with Johari Foundation since 2010 and have been helping raise funds to support the Miale Programmes in Kenya.

In 2010 the school also became a Fairtrade School. To maintain Fairtrade status the school need to achieve 5 goals each academic year. These goals include -

  • Have a Fairtrade Committee of staff, pupil and parents and hold at least 3 meetings per year.
  • Promote Fairtrade through learning and teaching in at least 3 subject areas
  • Promote the use of Fairtrade products in school
  • Promote the use of Fairtrade products in the community
  • Organise an event during Fairtrade Fortnight
  • Mr Potters and his Primary 3 class are currently responsible for achieveing these targets.

    In early September 2012 Primary 3 nominated Johari Foundation as their class charity. Having already participated in some fundraising events for Johari Foundation they were aware of how their fundraising efforts could help make a difference to vulnerable children in Kenya. They had also heard about Johari Foundation's social enterprise; Johari Designs which works to fair trade practices and Mr Potters had suggested that working with Johari could help the school achieve it's Fairtrade targets in a fun, entertaining and educational way.

    Here is Primary 3's journey so far in working towards their targets.

    Meeting Goal 1

    Ruth, Laura and Charity from Johari Foundation visited our class to tell us about Johari Foundation, the Miale Programmes and Johari Designs. We enjoyed hearing about the children and wanted to do more to help and also liked the things Johari Designs make. We also saw Zoe one of the P4 pupils in our school get her Seedlings t-shirt as she was one of the winners of the Johari Seedlings Design Competition in 2012. We thought that we would be able to help Johari Foundation. So, at one of our meetings we planned to have a Fairtrade event to tie in with Fairtrade Fortnight and decided to organise a Johari Fashion Show modelling the Johari Seedlings clothing. That way we could promote Johari whilst helping raise funds for the Miale Programmes.

    Meeting Goal 2

    As part of our Social Studies we were able to learn the features of a map and find both Scotland and Kenya on a World Map. We explored features of the Scottish landscape and compared these to the landscape of Kenya. We also looked at the differences in food, compared housing, the weather and impact on the climate.

    As part of our Expressive Art programme we have been learning short dance routines which we will use when modelling the Seedlings range during the Fashion Show.

    During Rehersal

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    To help with our Language skills we have been learning to read scripts and describe the clothing we are going to model.This is difficult as we have to think about reading pace, emphasis on words and making sure that we speak clearly so the audience will be able to understand us. We are also working on note taking so that we can do a write up after the event and hold a press conference about what we have done and how much we have raised.


    Meeting Goals 3-5


    It's only a few days now until our Johari Fashion Show. We are all very excited but a bit nervous too. As it's Fairtrade Fortnight we are pleased that we are able to hold the Johari Fashion during this time. We will not only be promoting Johari we will also be selling Fairtrade tea, coffee and biscuits on the night. As the event in open to the community we are able to meet lots of goals at once.


    We have had great fun working with Johari Foundation and can't wait to model the Johari Seedlings range on Friday 1st March, we have even got some of our teachers to model the Johari ladieswear collection and it will be fun seeing them. Later on in March we will hold a coffee morning to raise more funds for Johari Foundation. We hope to have a big cheque to hand over to Johari Foundation for the Miale Programmes at the end March and look forward to hearing how the children on the Miale programmes in Kibera and Kandara are benefitting from our fundraising efforts.


    Comments (21)

    Ethan (P3) says...

    I like doing the Fashion Show because I like wearing the Jabari T-Shirt. I hope my mum buys me one, at the Fashion Show on Friday night!

    February 26, 2013 9:30 AM

    Holly (P3) says...

    I like doing the Fashion Show because it helps people in other countries buy food and get new clothes. I have learnt to speak clearly when talking through a microphone for our show. I can now use a loud voice at Rainbows when I have to say my promise.

    February 26, 2013 9:34 AM

    Nicole (P3) says...

    I have enjoyed putting together the Fashion Show because we have made alot of money and sold alot of tickets. I am looking forward to modelling at the Fashion Show because my mum, dad and my little brother are coming to see me.

    February 26, 2013 9:36 AM

    Muskan (P3) says...

    We like the Fashion Show because we are learning how to dance and model.

    February 26, 2013 9:38 AM

    Teigan (P3) says...

    I have really enjoyed getting ready for our Fashion Show, as it has been alot of fun and we have been learning how to dance.

    February 26, 2013 9:42 AM

    Claire (P3) says...

    I like doing the Fashion Show, as its really fun being a model and I am learning lots of new dance moves.

    February 26, 2013 9:43 AM

    Kirsty (P3) says...

    I have enjoyed getting ready for the fashion show because it is fun and I like modelling the clothes. I like learning the dance moves too. I'm really excited about doing the fashion show on Friday.

    February 26, 2013 5:29 PM

    Kyle Denton says...

    I am very excited about the Fashion Show, because I am going to be helping the JOHARRI foundation.

    February 26, 2013 7:08 PM

    Robyn (P3) says...

    On Friday night P3 put on a Johari Fashion Show. We raised £520 for the Johari Foundation. I was sooooo happy going on stage as a model. I would love to put on another Fashion Show. I was wearing the Harbi T-shirt.

    March 4, 2013 2:22 PM

    Robyn (P3) says...

    On Friday night P3 put on a Johari Fashion Show. We raised £520 for the Johari Foundation. I was sooooo happy going on stage as a model. I would love to put on another Fashion Show. I was wearing the Harbi T-shirt.

    March 4, 2013 2:23 PM

    Steven (P3) says...

    On Friday night P3 were doing a Fashion Show. It was at Bo'ness Public Primary School. Some people were models, some people were readers and some people were working behind the scenes. I felt really, really scared putting on the show but I loved it on the night and would really, really like to do it over and over again. Next time I would like to be a model. It was amazing! I loved it!

    March 4, 2013 2:25 PM

    Demi (P3) says...

    On Friday night P3 at Bo'ness Public Primary School had a Fashion Show. I felt a little bit excited and I would love to do it again. Nicole and I were models and we were modelling the Jabari Range. We were dancing to Lady Gaga and the song was called Just Dance. Our group had 4 people in it. When it was nearly time to go on stage it was a bit scary. I liked it so much. It was so much fun. My mum and gran came to see me. When it was over I got to buy the top I was wearing. I bought the top Robyn was wearing too. My new top is purple and white and it has a picture of a lion on it. It was the best night ever!

    March 4, 2013 2:28 PM

    Chloe (P3) says...

    On Friday night P3 had their Johari Fashion Show. We raised £520. Some of us were models, readers and helpers. I was a model. It was really exciting and I would love to do it again because I would like to be a model again.

    March 4, 2013 2:30 PM

    Chloe (P3) says...

    On Friday night P3 had their Johari Fashion Show. We raised £520. Some of us were models, readers and helpers. I was a model. It was really exciting and I would love to do it again because I would like to be a model again.

    March 4, 2013 2:31 PM

    Ruaridh (P3) says...

    On Friday night P3 was doing a Fashion Show. Everyone was working hard to get ready and we all had jobs to do. I was making the tea and I felt very happy. I really want to do it again. It was great fun and everyone had a laugh. It was really funny. I liked it because we raised £520 for Johari.

    March 4, 2013 2:33 PM

    Logan S (P3) says...

    On Friday night my class had a Fashion Show. I was really nervous. I would like to do it all again. I can't believe we raised £520! Some people were models and readers. My favourite model was Mrs Thomson. She was really funny. I also liked Mrs Rose. She was funny as well. Well done to Primary 3 and me. When I got home I got a toy for doing such a great job.

    March 4, 2013 2:35 PM

    Niamh (P3) says...

    On Friday P3 had a Fashion Show. I felt really nervous. I would really like to have another one. I had to ask people to guess the baby's birthday. I thought my job was hard. Teghan in my class won. There was 100 people there. We raised £520 for Johari. Johari Foundation was the place that gave us all the T-Shirts, dresses and jewllery.

    March 4, 2013 2:38 PM

    Hollie (P3) says...

    I felt really really nervous. I felt really nervous that I was almost sweating in front of 100 people. I would love to the Fashion Show all over again.

    March 4, 2013 2:39 PM

    Teigan G (P3) says...

    On Friday night P3 at BPS had a Fashion Show. I was a model. When we were going on, I felt really, really, nervous. Some of us were excited. Most people were funny. All the mums, dads, granny's and aunties were laughing. Not only did children model but also some staff and mums were models too. After the Fashion Show my mum said "I was a star". When I got home I was really tired so I fell asleep.

    March 4, 2013 2:41 PM

    Alan Potters (Class Teacher) says...

    The idea of having a Fashion Show came around after a visit from Ruth and Laura to our school. Ruth and Laura came to our class and told us all about the work Johari Foundation does in Kenya. After their visit, we found out the 2013 theme for Fairtrade Fortnight was "how far would you go?" As a Fairtrade School, we decided we would go that little bit further and not only support Fairtrade this year, but also Johari Foundation, who were also trying to make positive changes for people in other countries too.

    The planning and getting ready for our Fashion Show started to take place after our Christmas Holidays. I wanted every child in P3 to be involved. The children had the choice of 3 jobs they could do. They could either be models, readers or work behind the scenes. All the children were keen to get involved and everyone put 100% effort into their job making this a real team effort.

    Those who choose to be models then went onto the Johari website and choose the outfit they would like to model. Being able to choose their outfit made the children more confident and even more egar to put on this show. Soon Ruth arrived at the school with our order and the children were delighted to get to wear these outfits for their practice sessions.

    The readers read the great descriptions available about each of the clothes on the Johari website and wrote their own scripts. These were then read out during the show, when the models were modelling the outfit.

    The children who didn't want to be in the lime light worked behind the scenes. Some helped on the night collecting tickets at the door, selling raffle tickets and making/serving the tea and biscuits.

    Not only did the children get involved in this project, but also our staff and parents got involved too. The staff and parents helped behind the scences and some even became models! It was a great delight to the parents and children to see their teachers on the cat walk showing their talents outwith the classroom! There was a real sense of community, having all parties involved in this event.

    Reherals took place once a week and increased to 3 times a week a few weeks before the event. The models learnt some simple dance rountines to dance to, while they modelled their clothes, while the readers learned how to express themselves, pace their reading and speak clearly.

    Tickets went on sale and were sold very quickly. We sold over 100 tickets. This was really good considering we only sent letters to the parents of pupils in P3, to let them know about this event. If we had informed the whole school community and beyond, we would have had many more people attend, but our venue would not have been big enough.

    The evening was a huge success. The children, staff and parents put their heart and soul into putting this show together and it all went down a treat with our audience. The children left that evening on a high, very very excited about the whole experience, while the parents left being very proud of their children and the achievements they had many. Many parents spoke very positively about the event. They commented on how it was a great night and how great it was to see children so young (7 years old) not only performing but also running the whole show! Other parents were delighted to see staff being up on stage with their children willing to take part and do their bit too for Johari.

    This event from start to finish was a huge success. It has been so successful we have children in P2 who have already been practising their modelling moves in the playground, in case they are in for a chance to be models next year! After the success of this event, I think its fair to say, this event will be an annual event at our school.

    Any teacher who is thinking of doing something with their class for charity I would highly recommend them considering this project. The kids and parents will love it! just like they have done here at Bo'ness Public Primary School

    March 4, 2013 3:02 PM

    SJ says...

    Thank you very much P3 for the fashion show, all of our family really enjoyed it, and Ethan enjoyed taking part in it - hope you have another one soon.

    April 12, 2013 1:06 PM

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