Welcome back to all after the Christmas break as we begin a brand new term, leading towards the end of year exams. The 8th until the 12th of January is Obesity Awareness Week, so we have been working on our students knowledge of the causes and preventions of obesity and what they can do to have a healthier lifestyle. In our December newsletter, we covered a good school food culture and what we have been doing to improve our efforts:
‘A whole-school approach goes beyond teaching in the classroom. A good school food culture helps children develop healthy eating habits so they can live healthier, longer lives.’ Said Change For Life in regards to how a school can improve the school meal options on offer. From setting up a breakfast club to providing lessons on healthy eating, we are continuously looking to add content relating to this topic into our curriculum.
Progress students have begun working towards a number of BTEC subjects so far this year, all of which have been introduced to provide essential skills to be used outside of the classroom. Home Skills is just one example of the vocational qualifications now taught here, where learners have the opportunity to learn how to bake, cook meals and produce healthy snacks.
During National School Meals week, Wigan students were lucky enough to meet with the youth zones chef, Suzi, who guided them through the weekly menus on offer to create a balanced diet. Our High Wycombe learners have also begun cooking lessons on making basic but essential homemade meals such as sausages and mash.
Across all sites, Health and Social Care is a popular subject choice that is an ideal route into several careers our students are interested in pursuing upon leaving us in year 11, from childcare to midwifery to nursing. Not only this, but the subject has been a great addition to support what Change for Life is encouraging within all forms of education. Just recently, Northampton students created some healthy fruit snacks towards their qualification, as well as designed an eat well plate for different groups of people.
A fantastic introduction across the company this term has massively impacted our efforts with new lunches now provided by Tiffin Sandwiches. This new service offers a brilliant range of sandwiches, snacks and a bottle of water for all, on top of our existing breakfast club with cereal, toast and fruit before the day begins. We love witnessing the progress made in vocational subjects where personal interests and passions come through and Obesity Awareness Week is a great time to continue the work we are doing for a healthier lifestyle.