Rupert House Children Support Henley Food Bank

Rupert House School children have been supporting the Henley Food Bank run by Nomad with two great initiatives.

Pupils in Year 6 have been working hard on their entry into this year’s Henley School’s Environmental Science Competition which is focused on food.  They have looked at four aspects – growing their own food, food waste, eating less meat and only eating foods that are in season (therefore reducing the food miles).  The culmination of the project has been a great informative colourful poster showing which fruit and vegetables are available locally in each season.  The whole school was invited to draw their favourite fruit or vegetable and then Year 6 chose the ones to feature on the poster which would look great in any kitchen.  The school are now selling these for £2.50 with the profits going towards to Henley Food Bank.  To order email office@ruperthouse.oxon.sch.uk

Teacher Fleur Wells said, “We started off the project before Easter and then circumstances changed with the school closing but all the pupils have been great at carrying it through at home.  We were going to introduce a meet free Monday in school and monitor the school food waste but the children have come up with recipes and cooked dishes at home and monitored their own family’s food waste.  Everyone helped sow the vegetables seeds in the greenhouse, vegetable patch and even peas in gutters!  Thank you to Toad Hall who gave us some seeds and garden equipment.  I’ve been looking after the seedlings whilst the children have been away but they’ve now taken over and are looking forward to harvesting them.  All the children have been really engaged with this project and have collaborated really well remotely.”

Pupil Molly Crichton said, “I have learnt that we all take food for granted, when there are so many hungry starving people in the world, we all just eat so much food and we waste it too. If we could all eat sustainably grown food, that was in season and didn’t have to travel half-way across the world to get to our table, we would not only be helping pollution but ourselves as well because eating locally sourced food is far better for us.  I’ve really enjoyed learning to grow vegetables.  After learning so much about food and food wastage. We realised that we waste so much more food than we realise and we could help people who don’t have the luxury of being able to go to the supermarket whenever they want, by making sure we eat local food and try not to waste it. More than 1/3 of food produced is wasted and if we didn’t waste that amount there would be enough to feed the people who cannot feed themselves. If we give money to the food bank it will help the people there to try and buy local food, which then also helps fight climate change. So by giving money to a small charity helps the bigger picture too.”

Year 2 children collected items to go in a children’s goodie bag to go out with the food parcels to families which included bubbles, colouring pencils, seeds, cookie-making kits, books, biscuits and sweets plus money that was donated to the cause bought additional reading and phonics books, magic painting books, wipe clean book and activity books and pads.  The items were then organised and put into coloured bags, labelling each one with the age range of the recipient for which it was intended.  24 bags bursting with goodies were dropped off on Tuesday this week.

Sue Prior from Nomad said, “A big thank you to Rupert House for their continued support of the Food Bank.  The school has consistently supported the food bank over many years for which we are very grateful.

We have been able to deliver the children’s goodie bags to families across the town and feedback has been that the children have really liked and enjoyed them.   The creativity and quality of the bags was fantastic, and I know they have been appreciated.”

William from Year 2

 

 

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