School Nutrition Action Group
Last year, Neatherd was awarded a Food for Life Gold Award. This was a real privilege and this past academic year, staff and pupils have been pushing to maintain this prestigious honour.
This year, the School Nutrition Action Group is hoping to make some visits to local farms which will hopefully help them to further develop our knowledge of where our food comes from. In addition to this, we are focussing mainly on the issue of litter this year, with a number of ideas on how to reduce it already being discussed at our fortnightly meetings. As a group, we aim to continue to encourage as many new members as possible to join our lively bunch. Our aim is to help promote a healthy school in more ways than one.
Cook Club is again proving highly popular, with many keen ‘petits-chefs’ enjoying the challenges of this year’s weekly recipes. Mrs Philippo and Frances continue to provide fantastic support to these budding Jamies & Nigellas. The term’s first FFL Cook-Off, with a Halloween theme, takes place just before half term. Twelve teams will battle it out to ‘wow’ the judges with two different spooky dishes, sweet and savoury. Let’s see which house manages to win the most house points!
The Canteen has continued to entice pupils and staff with a number of delicious, home cooked meals at dinner time. This has meant that the number of students enjoying school meals is increasing, which our school is keen to encourage! After half term, we are hoping to celebrate National Roast Dinner Day with members of the community thanks to Chef Graeme and his enthusiastic team. The school kitchen continues to work towards Gold Food for Life standards, ensuring that its produce is as local and as organic as can be.
Gardening club have also been busy at work! After a fantastic joint effort from staff, pupils and parents, we have finally managed to ‘dig up’ the allotment ready for the new season. Our plan is to get some onions, leeks and carrots growing through the winter. The club is held three times a week and it has been really great to have so many parents get involved. We hope to get some wild flower bulbs planted ready for the spring which will hopefully make the whole area look more attractive.
There is always exciting things happening with our SNAG group and we aim to continue our hard work with the Food for Life Partnership and eventually working towards a more prestigious Eco-School award. Parents are always welcome to help out with our many activities just watch this space!