School Nutrition Action Group
The School Nutrition Action Group (SNAG for short) is a group of pupils, teachers, canteen staff and volunteers. We meet in school to discuss how to promote a positive food culture at Neatherd. We are a member of the Soil Association’s “Food for life” scheme (www.foodforlife.org.uk). Below is an update of the initiatives we discussed at our previous meeting.
Breakfast Club – Around 50 pupils are using the service every day. Can form tutors remind all of their pupil premium tutees that breakfast club is available for them with an extra £1 added to their account specifically for a hot drink and snack before school. Can members of staff on the gates increase awareness of the service by encouraging pupils to go to the canteen. We foresee an increase in foot traffic during the winter months!
Cook Club – Last week saw the return of Cook Club with Gnocchi on the menu. There are now spaces available to join Cook Club, if you think any pupils would benefit from attending then get them to tlak to Mr Taylor or Mr Saunders who will add them to the teams group.
Canteen Menu – Three SNAG pupils have been tasked with creating a recipe that is going to be used by the canteen to cook for the entire school. The plan is to take advantage of the crops we will be harvesting in the summer term.
Growing Competition – 27 forms have collected seeds, a fantastic turn out for the inter-form competition and I cannot wait to see all of the sunflowers around school! Water them once a week, place in a sunny spot and use a support cane if needed. 14 pupils have collected potatoes to grow at home in the pupil competition. A great effort from everyone involved, thank you. Sunflowers will be judged on Thursday 13th July. Potatoes need to be returned for the weigh in Monday 11th September. I will email ahead of the judging.
Eco-Schools – 20 Eco-Committee members are attending the twice a month meeting in the library, thank you to all form tutors who are reminding their representative to attend. Miss Straffon-Laurence and Miss Clarke have currently completed 45/100 points for us to achieve our Green Flag status. They have lots of initiatives and plans in place and are hoping to meet the 31st of July deadline.
Return of the food stand – All the excess food the garden produces will be placed inside the main red doors, above the time capsule. With the current cost of living rise we have decided to stop ‘selling’ our food and just ask for donations. Please take what you need and don’t let not having coins in your wallet or purse be a barrier. We want our crops to be eaten, not go to waste. There should be lots of rhubarb sticks available next week!
Activities Week – Mr Taylor is going to be taking 15 pupils to Holkham Hall during activities week. Pupils will be on a farm to form tour of the grounds as well as a demonstration from the head chef at the Queen Victoria on how to butcher a muntjac deer! This will be followed up by a technical challenge in the DT rooms, dishes will be judged by the owner of Benedict’s celebrity chef Richard Bainbridge.
Mr Anderson and the SNAG team