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As a result of the survey, it was decided that our main action for the project would be to have a healthy packed lunch competition.
Surprise, surprise, the EkoSkola Committee did not much like the idea of a bread maker or a pasta machine as prizes, when this was suggested by an EkoSkola teacher! (What’s exciting for a teacher does not seem to be so for a student.)
Therefore the students got researching and decided to go for three winners, winning a Dessert Bullet each. Apparently, Dessert Bullets are all the rage at the moment and so would make very good prizes. Two teachers would get a Grassy Hopper voucher.
It was also decided that we would invite an employee of the Grassy Hopper and the We Eat Responsibly! national coordinator to judge the entries. This would free up all staff to compete too. The ethos of the Grassy Hopper is very much on the lines of the We Eat Responsibly! Project, so we very much thought it would be a good idea to develop links.
We were overjoyed to see so many entries, and of such good quality. We feel that both students and staff did the project proud.
This is the valuable feedback we were given by the two judges, Ms Emmeline Schembri, and Ms Cynthia Caruana:
,Well done to the EkoSkola committee for organizing this wonderful initiative. Here are some ideas that we'd like to share.
We will use this feedback and the results of the survey to plan our next steps.
A big thank you goes to:
Here’s to learning more about responsible eating!
The EkoSkola Committee decided to adapt the survey in the We Eat Responsibly materials to our particular situation.
As the catchment area of our school is all over Malta, we felt that we needed to see what the situation was with our students regarding breakfast.
Some students have to leave their homes very early in the morning to get on the school transport so this would mean that they may very likely miss breakfast.
Also, our school has no canteen. We wanted to look at the situation with regard to packed lunches. Who prepares the packed lunches? What criteria are used to prepare the packed lunch?
This survey contains some fascinating information. We were totally unaware that there was quite a large percentage of households growing their own food. The list of foods grown is varied. We were quite heartened that the traditional Maltese fruits and vegetables are being cultivated, with the next generation learning from their parents how to continue with this important tradition.
It was also encouraging to see that many students are capable of preparing meals for themselves and for their families. Again, a very varied range of recipes are listed.
We chose to concentrate on healthy and responsible packed lunches for our main action this year. However, this survey will provide essential information to inform our next steps , next year and beyond.
Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey. It has been extremely useful. Below is a link to the survey.
The EkoSkola Committee
St Joseph School, Sliema - Senior Section