This week we had a very special event, formally opening our new Food Technology Room, and we were very lucky to be joined by Trevor and Sally Oliver. Governors and Friends of Clavering representatives also joined us for the occasion.
Trevor Oliver visited year 6 a couple of weeks ago and shared a soup recipe with them and then taught them how to make it. The year 6 pupils were then set the challenge to design and make their own soups for Trevor to judge on the morning of the Opening Ceremony.
Trevor and Sally were able to join us for the whole morning prior to the Opening Ceremony. At 9.30 they tasted the year 6 soups. The soups were very well made and presented. The children went to a great deal of trouble at home and school perfecting their recipe, responding to ideas Trevor had shared with them previously.
Trevor and Sally then had a tour of the school and each class met their guests and talked about their learning.
The whole school and visitors then came together for a Sharing Assembly. All classes shared their learning linked to cooking and food. Reception shared their learning linked to the text The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch and the cheese straws they had made linked to this story. Year 1 made Australian biscuits to share. Year 2 wrote menus that were fit for astronauts to take up into Space. They researched prior to this which foods were suitable for this journey, linked to their Space topic. Year 3 shared food linked to the Hindu festival, Holi. Year 4 wrote their own versions of the Michael Rosen poem ‘Chocolate Cake’, using actions and excellent expression. Year 5 shared their healthy breakfasts. Year 6 shared their research and findings around their soup making.
Trevor talked about his school life and journey to becoming an excellent chef and owner of the Cricketers Pub. He then announced the year 6 soup winners – Ben, Seraphina, Millie, Grace, Jake and Albany and gave them each a Jamie Oliver book. The children were thrilled. The Olivers have also bought the school a set of pans for the new Food Technology Room.
After the assembly we all went outside for the formal part of the morning. The School Council representatives held the ribbon and Trevor Oliver, after a drum roll, cut the ribbon to officially open the Food Technology Room.
The guests then enjoyed tea and refreshments that had been made by the children.
Thank you so much to all our guests that attended, especially Trevor and Sally Oliver. Also to Liz Carter, for taking photographs, and the Friends of Clavering, for organising the refreshments.
It was a fantastic morning, highlighting what a special school we are all part of.