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Active Kids Get Cooking Awards

12 February 2016

We use the Active Kids Get Cooking award scheme to recognise the variety of skills our students learn in Food & Nutrition during Years 7-9. It assesses: researching the given topic, planning the practical work, carrying out the cooking using practised culinary techniques and finally evaluating their work.

By Year 9 this is quite a demanding assessment and used to measure progress at the end of the half- year course. The focus is School lunches and we involve our catering manager Mr Wootton.  He gives each Year 9 class a talk about the demands of cooking for 1,000 students and teachers every day as well as all the school functions!  The Government demands certain standards of nutrition and which foods are allowed to be included, these are clearly set out on the website:

During the practical assessments (each girl had to carry out two sessions) teachers were looking for originality and creativity, whilst still being a suitable dish for the School lunch menu.  The shortlist of 12 was whittled down to the four winners:

Nisha Ark – Low calorie lemon and blueberry traybake

Anya Avasthy – Vegetable, bean and pasta bake

Hannah Foy – Chickpea and spinach curry

Amani Jaigirdir – Korean sticky rice

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the girls in the first half of Year 9 on some delicious and adventurous dishes; it was very difficult to choose the winners!

Mrs Lampard, Mrs Mooney and Mrs Saddington
Food & Nutrition and Textiles Department

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