Two new Food for Life schools awarded Gold!
Now the end of the summer term is here we are ending on a high by celebrating two fantastic schools that have been awarded the Food for Life Gold award! Congratulations to Holy Trinity Primary School and Leicestershire Westfield Infants School, you have all worked extremely hard and this recognition is very well deserved!
Holy Trinity Primary School is only the third school in Calderdale to be recognized with this auspicious award. The achievement of the award demonstrates the excellent work the school has done to improve their food, cooking and growing education and the amazing work the school has done with the local community. Holy Trinity pupils grow and harvest their own produce, much of which used for the excellent lunches that the school serves and pupils and staff regularly enjoy lessons in their state of the art kitchen classroom. Pupils also take an active role in shaping their school menus, all of which are healthy, ethical and use lots of local ingredients. The food is animal and climate friendly, including a minimum of 15% organic and 5% free range ingredients.
Liz Whetham, Head Teacher at Holy Trinity, said:
“We are delighted to have achieved this award, it is testament to the vision of all associated with Holy Trinity to ensure that by being healthy (both through food education and physical activity) children are in the best possible position to achieve their best. In a society ever reliant on convenience food I am proud that all of our children are learning to cook healthily and growing their own vegetables – a great foundation for the rest of their lives.”
Sian Creagh Osborne, Food for Life Programme Manager said:
“They have been working hard over the winter months making their final steps to Gold and we are over the moon to confirm they have got there. A really fantastic school with pupils’ health and wellbeing at the heart of what they do.”
Westfield Infants Primary School in Hinckley is the first school to receive the Food for Life Gold award in Leicestershire! The award recognizes their commitment to healthy school dinners, which are locally, environmentally and ethically sourced.
During a visit from Food for Life inspectors on 20th June, the school was assessed on an array of criteria relating to food, from school dinners being served in a relaxed atmosphere as a part of their daily routine to getting pupils passionate about fruit and vegetables through organic growing.
Jill MacLauchlan, Westfield infant School’s Head teacher said:
“Staff, Governors, Parents/Carers and most importantly the pupils of Westfield Infant School are very proud that the school has been awarded the Food for Life Gold Award. This has been achieved as the result of a great deal of hard work by the whole school community.”
This called for a celebration, and of course it had to be food themed! The school sang songs about fruit and vegetables, recalled all the cooking, growing and farm-related activities they had appreciated in the last year and then enjoyed an outdoor picnic together in the sunshine!