Another new award created this year is the Making A Difference Award, sponsored by McCain Foods! And taking home the accolade this year was Calderglen High School Catering Team from South Lanarkshire Council!
Serving both Calderglen High School and Sanderson ASN High School, the catering team serves to a school roll of 1663 pupils daily. Over the years the catering team have built excellent partnerships engaging with the whole school communities within both schools. They have taken part in school activities providing catering events and dealing with parents and carers on complex special dietary requirements. Building on this excellent relationship, when Cook in Charge Marie McKinnon was approached to take part of our catering work placement programme, she jumped at the chance to work with pupils from Sanderson High School!
The process for this bespoke programme begun with a series of meetings involving Joyce Goodwin, Menu Development Officer and Marie to develop a work placement that took into account any specific support needs for the pupils who were going get involved and the school identified 6 pupils from S6 who were interested in a career in catering. The process included identifying key staff who would support and guide the pupils ensuring health & safety was paramount, but they also ensured that it was relevant, practical and hands on.
Joyce started the process by delivering Elementary Food Hygiene to the 6 pupils. She tailored the course to ensure all pupils had a good understanding of the course requirements. The outcome is that pupils gained a pass certification of Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland in Elementary Food Hygiene.
This work placement goes above and beyond the normal daily operation of a large high school kitchen without any additional staffing. The catering team rose to the challenge and embraced the pupils with great enthusiasm and have thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and are already looking forward to welcoming future programmes.
A huge congratulations to the whole team: Joyce Goodwin, Marie McKinnon, Linda Hughes, Gillian Balmer, Lisa Ross, Dolores McShane, Margaret McKelvie, Janice Mc Farlane, Diane Bulloch, Lynsey McLinden and Karen Stewart!