Pupils scoop awards for focus on healthy eating

Castle Hill Primary School, Todmorden, Chinese banquet.'From the left, Jennie Lumb, 10, George Wilson, 10, Sam Gee, 11, and Daisy Hardman, 11.
Castle Hill Primary School, Todmorden, Chinese banquet.'From the left, Jennie Lumb, 10, George Wilson, 10, Sam Gee, 11, and Daisy Hardman, 11.

CHILDREN have picked up several awards in recognition of their school’s healthy eating ethos.

Following on from winning Todmorden Agricultural Society’s Malcolm Sevile Trophy for best produce of the year, Castle Hill School has received the Food for Life Partnership bronze award.

The school, in Todmorden, has received the award for the work it has carried out promoting healthy eating and improving school meals.

Children grow produce in the school allotment and then cook some of the vegetables in lessons.

The school holds regular events for parents and the community, such as its annual “bring your grandparents to lunch” day. Last week the children in year six took part in a Chinese banquet, preparing and cooking traditional oriental dishes.

Taster sessions are held for pupils at break times and families are also invited to taster sessions. Parents are encouraged to get involved by helping with the family vegetable beds.

The school is also an active supporter of Incredible Edible Todmorden.

Children tuck into seasonal school meals, at least 75 per cent of which are freshly prepared by the school cook.

Pupils and parents are involved in planning improvements to school menus and the dining experience via a school nutrition action group, boosting take up of school meals.

Vegetables and fruit grown by the children on the school’s Halifax Road site were praised by the agricultural society.