Long Sutton pupils get a taste of the Olympics for lunch

Long Sutton Primary School masterchef Harry Oakes (front), winner of a competition to design an Olympic-themed dish, with (back) Leo Bunn, Luke Crawshaw, Emma Zakaraite, Gemma Chekh, (front) Lucy Bourne, Aleena Bell and Sandro Ruddam.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Long Sutton Primary School masterchef Harry Oakes (front), winner of a competition to design an Olympic-themed dish, with (back) Leo Bunn, Luke Crawshaw, Emma Zakaraite, Gemma Chekh, (front) Lucy Bourne, Aleena Bell and Sandro Ruddam. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Long Sutton Primary School Olympic Day

In fact, the school put on its own version of the Olympic Games when Year 6 pupils organised a day of events for the whole school, including relay races, crossbar challenge, and target practice by throwing a ball into a basket.

Long Sutton Primary School pupils Jade Sheldon-Morris, Laker Spelman and Nikoden Brodea collect their dinners from the school's new kitchen.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Long Sutton Primary School pupils Jade Sheldon-Morris, Laker Spelman and Nikoden Brodea collect their dinners from the school's new kitchen. Photo by Tim Wilson.

School business manager Tracey Rosher said: “The events were based on the original Olympic sports, but updated in a way that our Year 6 pupils felt people would enjoy.

“One of our pupils said ‘it was hard work on a hot day’, but another pupil said ‘it was a very good experience and it filled your boots with confidence’.

It went very well and they really got a lot out of it.”

Before the games got under way, youngsters tucked into an Olympic-themed lunch designed by themselves and served from the school’s new kitchen which opened in March.

It went very well and they really got a lot out of it

Tracey Rosher, business manager, Long Sutton Primary School

Children wore a variety of sportswear, T-shirts and shorts for the official opening of the kitchen, provided through a £1.2 million grant to Lincolnshire County Council from the Department for Education.

Coun Patricia Bradwell, the council’s executive member for children’s services, said: “We have made giant strides to implement the Government’s universal free school meals initiative for all children to have access to hot school meals.

“It has been extremely challenging but our Food in Schools team have worked tirelessly and innovatively with schools and catering providers to hit the target.”

Mrs Rosher added: “The kitchen has had an amazing impact in terms of more children having meals now that they are prepared on site.

Design an Olympic menu winner Harry Oakes at Long Sutton Primary School.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Design an Olympic menu winner Harry Oakes at Long Sutton Primary School. Photo by Tim Wilson.

“Our kitchen staff are providing good school meals and educating the children about where food comes from.”

Garden prize for Long Sutton Primary School

New kitchen at primary school

Kenneth McCombe, Jessica Russell, Channelle Adderley and Joseph Keatley at lunch time.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Kenneth McCombe, Jessica Russell, Channelle Adderley and Joseph Keatley at lunch time. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Year 1 pupils give their meals the thumbs-up.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Year 1 pupils give their meals the thumbs-up. Photo by Tim Wilson.