Tuck shop success

11th June 2004 at 01:00
Recently, our small rural school gained the Healthy Schools Award and Sport England's Activemark Gold. One of our greatest successes has been the healthy tuck shop. This began with a selection of pre-packed items - dried fruits, yoghurt, raisins, whole apples - priced up to 25p and supplied by the caterers in the school kitchen. Gradually, new choices were introduced and the children's committee was asked to find new lines that would be popular with all age groups.

The list was then pared down and healthy options are now sold for 10p. The selection is so exciting and varied that we rarely see crisps and other unhealthy options in our playground, although we have never banned them.

Some parents also say their children are demanding more fruit and healthier food at home.

So at playtime we now have mango salad, pineapple, bagels with cream cheese, pitta with tuna, crudites, natural popcorn, or melon with strawberries. We are proud that the achievements reflect our whole school's commitment to living a healthy lifestyle.

Ben Towe and Marion Kemp

Teacher and headteacher, Lewannick Community Primary School, Cornwall

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