Sarah Teather visits Newman Catholic College

Sarah Teather visits Newman Catholic College

 5 May 2011 – Children’s Minister Sarah Teather is visiting Newman Catholic College in Willesden, London, on Friday 6 May in recognition of the school achieving the Food for Life Partnership Bronze Award and Healthy Schools Mark.

Sarah Teather will be taken on a tour of the school, where she will view the Food Tech room and talk to pupils in Year 7. At Newman Catholic College, all pupils are given plenty of opportunities to prepare and grow their own food. The school council has instigated changes to the school meals, which include organic meat, fruit and vegetables, and, in November last year, Year 7 pupils showed off their cooking skills by serving food to each other. The school also has a greenhouse and a gardening club.

Tim Yates, Business Manager at Newman Catholic College, says: "Our school has been transformed from a school in Special Measures in 2003 to one which is now rated by Ofsted as Good with Outstanding Features. The school has become a great example of a Catholic Multicultural success story in a difficult area (Harlesden). We achieved Outstanding for Community Cohesion in 2009."

Helen Harman, Catering Manager, says: "I am delighted that we have received the Bronze Award in recognition of all the work that has been done. There have been noticeable changes in the students’ development and enjoyment of their food."

Mr R.Kolka, Principal, says: "As a school we are committed to the Healthy Eating agenda and I am very pleased that the continued hard work and commitment to this cause by our catering team has been deservedly recognised by this [Food for Life Partnership] award."

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