Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Heysham High Students Win £250 at County Cook Off

Three Year 8 pupils from Heysham High School have won second place in the whole county with their credible culinary creations at the recent Chairman’s Challenge.

Jessica Cook, Charlotte Greenhow and Kelseigh Ashton (pictured) took part in a project to encourage family involvement in school life.

The students chose to look at comparing takeaway and pre-prepared food to home cooked food. They cooked a popular dish each week then, for the final week, the families were invited to enjoy their dishes.

They were shortlisted to County Hall, in Preston, and had to do a ten minute presentation to council members about their project. The performed so well and came in second, winning £250 to go towards running a cookery club at Heysham High School.

Hosted by the chairman of Lancashire County Council, the competition encourages pupils to think about being healthy and safe. Shortlisted schools have to make a presentation to the judges on their activities.

Pupils had to come up with creative ideas on being healthy and safe. Each school competing in the challenge received £50 to develop their ideas. The activities encouraged other pupils, parents and teachers to make healthier choices.

After completing their activities, they had to write up a case study and send it to the healthy schools team. These are shortlisted with successful schools invited to County Hall for the prestigious final.

The judging panel was led by the chairman, along with senior county councillors, school advisors, NHS representatives and young people.

Charlotte Western, Teacher of Food Technology and Assistant Pupil Progress Leader at Heysham High, said, “I am really proud of the students. They were a credit to the school; they worked really hard and really wowed the judges. Everybody had a wonderful day at County Hall.”

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