Players from Swindon Wildcats hockey team visited Haydonleigh Primary School on 7 November to launch a week-long programme of food focused activities for National School Meals Week.
Britain’s Biggest School Lunch took place at the beginning of the week, when 190 children enjoyed a hot meal and got the chance to meet Willie the Wildcat as well as the Swindon Town Football mascot Funky Fledgeling.
Ice hockey player Jonas Hoog said: “I always used to have a hot dinner at school – it’s very important to eat well. I have really enjoyed my lunch here at Haydonleigh and have got to chat to a lot of the children. It’s been fun.”
Haydonleigh is a flagship school for healthy meals, having achieved the SILVER Food for Life award, and provided its own school dinners since 2006.
“Our catering team are all employed by the school, which means the kitchen staff can help put context round the children’s learning by cooking food from around the world to complement lessons,” said headteacher Frances Billinge. “School dinners provide an opportunity for children to try a variety of foods they might not otherwise try. It’s likely that they will eat food here that they won’t eat at home!”
School council member and year 5 pupil Mason Lipsey said: “School dinners are nice. There’s different main course and dessert every day. I eat them three times a week and my favourite is roast beef.”
Deputy head Sharon Peapell said: “We have our own veg garden and often use ingredients we have grown ourselves.”
Year 4 pupil Cameron Clements added: “School tomato sauce made from the ones we’ve grown are much nicer than sauce out of a bottle.”
Pictured top, ready to enjoy lunch, Mason Lipsey with Wildcats Ryan Aldridge, Jonas Hoog and Thomas Murdy.
Bottom, Willie Wildcat getting stuck into lunch with Year 4 pupils Katie Elliott, Kaitlyn Fairley and Cameron Clements