Food for Life & Eco-Schools Celebration 2017

FFL & Eco Schools Celebration

Food for Life & Eco-Schools Celebration 2017

On June 28th 2017 we celebrated the hard work of schools in Leicester at our joint Eco-Schools and Food for Life Celebration in City Hall. We warmly welcomed 15 schools along with over 30 guest judges including 6 City Councillor and representatives from many local and national environmental organisations. The event was an opportunity for schools to showcase projects which have taken place over the last 12 months.

Activities came from a wide selection of project ideas including recycling, food in school, food growing, biodiversity and where food comes from. Judges commented again how difficult it was to pick winners with such enthusiastic students and staff.  Following the more formal judging, students were given the opportunity to judge the other schools’ stalls and pick their Eco-Factor. Schools that had achieved the Bronze Food for Life award were presented their certificates from Cllr Rory Palmer, Deputy City Mayor and Prizes were kindly announced and awarded by both Cllr Palmer and  & Cllr Adam Clarke, Assistant Mayor for Energy and Sustainability.  

The judges were impressed with a number of fantastic projects that have been carried out over the last year. Of Bridge Junior School they said:

“The children were well informed and passionate about their activity across the school. There lots of evidence that food growing by the children is being used in the school kitchen and to sell to the wider community. Farm visits and links with a supermarket underpin the whole school approach. Fantastic recycling and reaching out to other countries as part of this and seeing the impact of recycling book donations on children in different countries.”

The judges commended the level of enthusiasm that schools had instilled in their pupils. Of Christ King Primary they said:

“They have done so much in such a short space of time and great to see so much enthusiasm. Like how the children have got involved with grandparents and made it such a success.”

Equally, judges were impressed by the growing and cooking skills pupils had used over the past year. Of Overdale Infant school they said:

“I like the fact Overdale are selling to the farmers market and they grow food every Monday and also cooking. I was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and passion shown by the students today. Very impressed with all the work schools have put into their projects. Great to see everyone so interested in food and where it’s come from!”

Judges also praised creativity, of Willowbank Children’s Hospital School they said:

“They have thought creatively about the food for life can help them with supporting their students who are facing particular challenges. A great project to involve children who are ill.”

 The winners were:

  • Registered Eco-Schools award winner – Humberstone Junior Academy
  • Bronze Eco-Schools award winner – Hazel Primary Community School
  • Silver Eco-Schools award winner - Bridge Junior School
  • Green Flag Eco-Schools award winner – Mayflower Primary School
  • Food for Life award winner – Bridge Junior School
  • Judges’ special award – Humberstone Junior Academy
  • Eco-factor winner – Bridge Junior School

The schools who attended and those who received their Bronze Food for Life award were:

  • Avenue Primary School (Bronze award)
  • Hazel Community Primary School
  • Bridge Junior School (Bronze award)
  • Mayflower Primary (Bronze award)
  • Sandfield Close Primary School (Bronze award)
  • Humberstone Junior Academy
  • Alderman Richard Hallam Primary School (Bronze award)
  • Willowbank Children's Hospital School (Bronze award)
  • Rushey Mead Academy (Bronze award)
  • Kestrels' Fields Primary (Bronze award)
  • Overdale Infant School (Bronze award)
  • Christ the King Catholic Primary School
  • Sparkenhoe Community Primary School
  • Rolleston Primary School (Bronze award)
  • Overdale Junior School (Bronze award)