PUPILS at a Houston school have been rewarded for their efforts to support the Fairtrade movement.

Gryffe High scooped the secondary schools award from the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group for a third successive year.

The school hosted a visit from a Fairtrade producer, introduced Fairtrade footballs to the PE department and staged fundraising events such as a bake-off.

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The idea that a fair day’s work by producers in developing countries deserves a fair day’s pay is also embedded into Gryffe High’s curriculum.

Heather Rowan, the school’s head of citizenship, said: “We are delighted to win this trophy for the third time. “Our pupils are thrilled that their efforts to promote Fairtrade have been recognised and this will continue to motivate them to raise awareness both in school and in our wider community.”

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Meanwhile, the John McDowell Trophy for the primary school that has done the most to support Fairtrade was again won by Todholm Primary.

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It is the second year in a row that the Paisley school has won the award, which is named after former Provost John McDowell.