Healthy Hipperholme Grammar up for top school dinners award

School shortlisted for healthy eating options

HEALTHY Hipperholme pupils are tucking into some tasty treats.

And Hipperholme Grammar School’s school dinners have just been shortlisted to the final three competing in the national Independent Schools Association (ISA) Awards 2014 for Healthy Eating.

“Give us this day our daily bread” has become a reality for pupils at Hipperholme Grammar School as its caterers Wilson Vale get behind The Real Bread Campaign.

Freshly-baked focaccia, ciabatta, malted wholemeal, semi-sourdough, soda bread and many more now appear on the School’s menus. All cakes, yoghurts and granolas are freshly made on site and the school dinners are made using seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients.

Headmaster Jack Williams says: “In both Junior and Senior Schools, the catering staff know the children and their varying dietary needs very well and take an interest in their preferences.

“They mention to teaching staff if they have concerns over the diet of any of the children and celebrate special occasions by preparing and making a feature of the meals associated with the particular day of celebration, such as David’s Day or Chinese New Year.”

At the Junior School, our chef organises a weekly cookery club with the support of teaching staff.

Head chef Mandy Bland said: “We place great importance on teaching children to make good choices when selecting food at lunch times, but with all our menus having nothing but homemade and fresh produce in them — some even grown by our own children once the harvesting season comes around in our allotment and growing beds — the children are assured of fresh healthy food no matter what their preference.”

 
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