St Cecilia’s Catholic Junior School in Tuebrook now has its very own state-of-the-art kitchens and four chefs to prepare healthy meals for pupils who previously had to be escorted to a nearby infant school or to St Cecilia’s Catholic Church because the school did not have any facilities to prepare meals.
Headteacher Philippa Agate said: ‘We have an extra fifty children signed up for school dinners this term, and the opening of the kitchen also means the school can offer practical cookery lessons, which became part of the national curriculum in September. As well as teaching healthy eating, it cuts down on the time spent taking the pupils to the infant school. We had to take seventy children every day and sometimes in awful conditions with torrential rain, hail or snow and that has been going on for years.’
The school kitchen is creating a ‘much better experience’ for children, with school dinners and pupils with packed lunches no longer separated at lunchtimes. ‘They can eat together at the same time. We also have our own allotment and a food tech club and we can use the kitchen for school events for parents and the whole community. The children absolutely love being able to eat school dinners here,’ said Philippa.
Pictured: St Cecilia's head girl Carissa Gonzaga opens the new school kitchen with local MP Stephen Twigg and headteacher Philippa Agate