School dinners with a difference

Ellie Watson and Stephen Allan (both 11) sample some of the nutritious snacks available at Netherlee's health and wellbeing event.
Ellie Watson and Stephen Allan (both 11) sample some of the nutritious snacks available at Netherlee's health and wellbeing event.

CHRISTMAS sweeties may be just around the corner, but pupils at Netherlee primary have been focusing on healthier eating tips.

The school held a health and wellbeing event for the community to show parents and friends what the children have been working on recently, and they showed up in droves to learn all about nutritious food.

Activities included a taste test led by the staff of Muirend Sainbury’s, cooking demonstrations by staff from La Brava and vitamins and supplements advice from the New Life pharmacy.

The school’s staff also led cooking demonstrations, providing ideas for healthy lunch boxes, and the children took part in smoothie making using a pedal bike to power the blender.

Kirsty McNeil, principal teacher, commented: “The support from local businesses and everyone who attended reflects the continuing importance of health and wellbeing as part of the school community and curriculum for excellence.

“In a time when costs are going up it was great to reinforce how to eat well for less”.

Head teacher Sandra Mitchell added: “I would just like to thank all parents, staff and pupils who worked so hard to ensure the success of the evening”.

And from good food to good deeds, Calderwood Lodge primary’s press club were first on the scene again recently to report on Mitzvah Day.

Mitzvah is the Hebrew word for good deed, and this year pupils from the East Ren school were asked by their pupil council to carry out positive acts in secret in the week leading up to the special day.

Everyone adopted this Secret Mitzvanaire idea, trying their best to carry out their good turns without being spotted – some put a chocolate bar in their friend’s schoolbag, others sneakily cleaned mum’s car.

Joel Taylor, a member of the pupil council, told the press club: “Mitzvah week was a great success.

“Everyone participated enthusiastically and we have a great display wall in the hall with all the Mitzvahs carried out during the week”.

Headteacher Vanessa Thomson added: “The pupil council idea of being a Secret Mitzvahnaire was a lovely one.

“It gave an opportunity for everyone to consider the importance of doing Mitzvahs for the sheer pleasure of thinking of others”.