FOOD FOR LIFE (FFL) NEWS....
This academic year all the various FFL components are already working really hard to push the school (currently a FFL Flagship & Silver Award school) towards the highly prestigious FFL Gold Award. This year we are definitely going for gold!
Cook Club is again proving highly popular, with many keen ‘petits-chefs’ enjoying the challenges of this year’s weekly recipes. Ms Bosomworth, Frances and Miss Martin continue to provide fantastic support to these budding Jamies & Nigellas. The term’s first FFL Cook-Off, with a Halloween Squahs & Pumpkin theme takes place just before half-term. Ten Staff/Pupil teams will battle it out to wow the judges with two different spooky dishes!
The Canteen has welcomed the exciting talents of new Head Chef Graham, who has previously cooked for VIPs such as Tony Blair & Princess Margaret. His 25 years’ experience of cooking for the British Forces has been appreciated by many of our hungry mouths! The quality of food and cooking in our kitchens has never been so good and all we hear are huge compliments for Graham and his trusty team. It’s no mean feat keeping 1000 hungry people happy every day. We have been working with the Canteen team to try to include even more organic produce in their recipes and to work towards all the Gold menu and provenance standards.
Gardening Club and Enviro Club have got off to a real cracker of a start this year, 18 pupils turning up nearly every day to work on Mr Clennell’s pride and joy – the school allotment - and to creatework on various green projects. With all these skilled hands, the overgrown jungle that we returned to after the holidays is now looking like an award winning horticultural haven. New beds have been dug, old beds have been given a new lease of life and we have already planted red and white onions, elephant garlic, shallots and broad beans. The wild flower bed is flourishing and we have installed a load of bird feeders, which are getting feasted upon by a whole range of birds. Perhaps most exciting has been the discovery of the highly rare and protected Great Crested Newt, breeding in the pond by the allotment! This has been reported to the National Amphibian & Reptile Group and has been logged on their map, meaning the land is now protected and Tescos can’t build on it!
This term’s growing competition is the Cabbage King and all around the school mini-brassicas are sprouting and bidding to become the world’s biggest cabbage in a pot. As usual, competition is fierce between forms and staff alike. Who will be crowned the Cabbage King? Watch this space!