Healthy lessons at Brancaster

BRANCASTER SCHOOL HEALTHY EATING PROJECT
From left - Jack Hazelwood, Billy Taylor, Joseph Vandepeer (Vandepeer) and Hagen (Hagen) Groom, watched over by head chef, Fran Hartshorne, and deputy head, Keith Twaites, make their own lunchtime kebabs
BRANCASTER SCHOOL HEALTHY EATING PROJECT From left - Jack Hazelwood, Billy Taylor, Joseph Vandepeer (Vandepeer) and Hagen (Hagen) Groom, watched over by head chef, Fran Hartshorne, and deputy head, Keith Twaites, make their own lunchtime kebabs

Pupils at Brancaster Primary School have been introduced to tasty foods that are also healthy - thanks to an initiative by the White Horse at Brancaster Staithe.

Instead of lessons in the classroom, the school spent Thursday morning at the pub, where head chef, Fran Hartshorne, emphasised the benefits of healthy eating.

BRANCASTER SCHOOL HEALTHY EATING PROJECT
Pupils gather on the edge of the marshes after making their own lunch

BRANCASTER SCHOOL HEALTHY EATING PROJECT Pupils gather on the edge of the marshes after making their own lunch

She warned against lots of fatty foods and pointed them towards more wholesome meals made of ingredients such a lean meat like chicken, plus fish and lots of vegetables.

She watched over her army of school-age trainee cooks and was pleased with what she saw. She said: “I’m so delighted they are enjoying the food they made themselves.”

The youngsters began the day by making flatbreads to use as wraps, before preparing their own kebabs.

Class teacher Karen Tidd said: “It’s wonderful to see them all engaged with healthy food which lots of children wouldn’t choose.

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Mia Lucy Brooks-Lynn who designed the winning Kids Menu which will soon appear on the White Horse's restaurant tables

BRANCASTER SCHOOL HEALTHY EATING PROJECT Mia Lucy Brooks-Lynn who designed the winning Kids Menu which will soon appear on the White Horse's restaurant tables

“But here they have the opportunity to try it and hopefully get a taste for it.”

Mia Lucy Brooks-Lynn was named as the winner of a special competition, set as a school project, to design a new kids menu for the restaurant.

Her prize was a set of kitchen utensils and a free meal for her and her family.

Headteacher Sarah Bocking thanked the pub for arranging the session and said she was delighted the children were being offered the opportunity to explore more about where their food comes from.

BRANCASTER SCHOOL HEALTHY EATING PROJECT
From left - Lacey-Jo Groom, Charlie Hazelwood, Jenson Groom and Connor Broomfield

BRANCASTER SCHOOL HEALTHY EATING PROJECT From left - Lacey-Jo Groom, Charlie Hazelwood, Jenson Groom and Connor Broomfield

She said: “When children have had hands-on experience with food, they are more likely to eat food that they wouldn’t otherwise try.

“It is obviously important they learn about healthy eating and how to cook to prepare them for later life.”

White Horse general manager Christina Harding added: “The team all loved this morning of creative and foodie fun.

“It’s great that we can impart some our food knowledge to the children.”