Around the world in 80 dishes - in compostable containers
STUDENTS at Fairfield High School had a pleasant surprise when they arrived one day to find their dining hall had been given a fresh new look.
The space has been renamed World Canteen to reflect the different cultures and ethnicities that represent ‘Team Fairfield’; this is also reflected in the variety of food on offer, created as healthily as possible.
Principal Nick Lewis said: “This re-branding exercise has come just at the right time, with so many fantastic things happening in our canteen.
"The students were astonished to come in on a dreary Monday morning to find new branding, new wood-effect panelling and new tables/benches. It’s certainly turned their dining experience around!
"The next student-led design project is an outside pod to serve sandwiches, snacks and salads, so we look forward to revealing this creativity soon.”
FHS doesn’t just focus on breaks and lunches - it has recently joined the government’s National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP), which is being delivered by the charities Family Action and Magic Breakfast.
This enables Fairfield to offer hundreds of staff and students a free healthy school breakfast (bagels and cereals), so that students are settled and ready to learn at the start of the school day.
In keeping with its values-driven ethos, FHS is mindful of the environment and strives to minimalise plastic in its canteen, along with its drive to use locally sourced food.
A spokesman said: "Fairfield is proud of these efforts and will continue to seek ways in which to source products to reduce environmental impact. Here are some of the school’s efforts:
"Our salad, fruit and cheese pots are all made from Vegware – plant based disposables made from renewable, lower carbon or recycled materials, and all can be composted with food waste where accepted.
"Where possible FHS tries to support farmers using locally sourced food.
"Our eggs are free range and RSPCA Assured.
"All our fish is MSC Certified.
"Our milk is from Welsh cows, produced and bottled in Wales."
The icing on the cake, so to speak, for the school's caterers came following an unannounced food inspection, when it received the top, five-star rating.