Culinary efforts of Canning Town school result in bronze award
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St Luke’s CEVA Primary School has received the Food for Life Partnership Bronze award for its healthy and climate-friendly food culture.
The school is working with the Food for Life Partnership to transform its food culture and that of its local community, by connecting the children with climate-friendly and healthy food.
As part of the Bronze award scheme, St Luke’s CEVA Primary School serves seasonal school meals, 75 per cent of which are freshly prepared by experienced school cook, Mel Smith.
The school also gives every pupil the opportunity to visit a farm, cook and participate in food growing activities during their time at school, and pupils and parents are involved in making improvements to the school’s menu and dining experience.
Theresa Aanonson, head teacher at the Canning Town school said: “The school has a Health and Wellbeing Group in which the pupils make decisions upon the food that they eat, how they are eating, and what the themes of our Community Meals are that occur three times a year. Community Meals are big dates on our calendar as it is an opportunity for pupils to eat with their parents and for parents to share the experience that the children in the school get as well as get an insight into the healthy diets that are promoted across the school.
“Gaining the award validates the high standards of food and food education that we have across the school as well as promoting the importance of healthy diets and regular meals.”
Independent research, summarised in a new report ‘Good food for all’ reveals the success of five years of the Food for Life Partnership. The evidence from three independent research studies focuses in particular on four main areas of impact: children’s health, tackling inequalities, improving education, and local enterprise and sustainability.