We were very pleased and proud when our cookbook Feed was published and hope to build from there.
We have two main tasks:
- developing the Marlborough food policy to make a set of rules for the parley groups to decide together and agree with the cabinet in order to strengthen our lunchtimes and make sure packed lunches are healthy
- improving our dining hall to reduce noise as it can be slightly chaotic – this will be included in our policy
Written by Lauren and Ruby on behalf of the Healthy Living Committee.
Pupils who have chosen to be members of the Food Committee work to help all pupils at Marlborough School live happy and full lives by learning to make healthy food choices.
Much of the focus of this group has developed through links with the local community, getting involved in Falmouth Oyster Festival. This has seen leading local restaurant chefs come into school and work with the children to demonstrate and sample some delicious seafood dishes. Last year, Dave Trewin, the chef at Samphire Restaurant presented his design for a school meal using haddock. Other events like Apple Day have allowed the pupils to get involved with the planning and delivery of the event celebrating local produce.
We have strong ties with our Let’s Get Cooking Club, which has been funded by the National Lottery for the last three years, allowing children to develop their cooking skills in a real hands-on way. The club has developed so that it is now reflected in Wonderful Wednesday sessions where all pupils from year 1 to year 6 get at least six food study and cooking lessons a year. These skills can then be developed in class cooking activities and also at home.
The healthy eating group was instrumental in exploring at the provision of school lunches. As a group with the rest of the school parliament, they came up with some ways to improve the dining experience in school. We developed the idea of bringing a napkin in your lunch box so a packed lunch can be enjoyed at a table alongside hot meal diners, keeping the table clean and clutter free for all who use the table over the lunch time. The healthy eating group has also run a school tuck shop using the Cornish food market as our main supplier delivering local sustainable food straight to our door.
Most recently the Food parliament group asked parents to bring in food contributions just before Christmas. All donations were taken to the local Food Bank. Please see the thank you letter below ...