Canteen staff at Calderhead High
THE new £21 million Calderhead High isn’t just giving pupils a better learning experience – it’s also encouraging youngsters to adopt healthier eating habits.
Staff at the Shotts secondary school are delighted that more pupils are deciding to use the excellent new canteen facilities rather than nip out for takeaway grub that is laden with salt and fat.
Head teacher Linda Park enthused: “I’ve been amazed by the number of students who are remaining within the school during lunchtimes and taking advantage of the excellent new dining area.
“It must be as high as 80 per cent, which is really encouraging.
“In the past there’s been a lot of pupils leaving the school grounds to visit burger vans, but that’s reduced considerably.”
Just last week the Wishaw Press featured a tour of the new school in our pages after it opened for the new term, but it now seems that the new building is a hit not only in the classroom but in the canteen.
The dining staff are delighted with their gleaming new kitchen and take pleasure in providing an array of delicious, healthy dishes for pupils.
The days of stodgy mash and lumpy custard are consigned to the waste bin of history. Baked potatoes, pasta, curry, soup, sandwiches and salads now feature in a mouthwatering menu which is proving extremely popular with youngsters.
The canteen operates a system where each student is given their own individual pin number, which they then top up with cash and use to purchase food.
With so many pupils remaining in school at breaks it’s fortunate for staff that the system is proving efficient. It’s also very secure, as when a pupil’s pin number is entered their picture is displayed on a screen, allowing the members of dining staff to confirm the purchase.
Calderhead High also operate a breakfast club for youngsters. It starts at 8.15am and ensures kids aren’t hungry entering lessons.
A number of lunchtime clubs have also cropped up since the school opened last month.
Mrs Park continued: “We have a creative writing class for first-year students and a table tennis club at lunchtimes too.
“It’s fantastic the way everyone is taking full advantage of all our wonderful facilities. Long may it continue.”
l Calderhead High are having open days on Wednesday and Thursday, September 26 and 27, for members of the public. Tours are either at 11.30am, 2pm or 7pm.
Head teacher Mrs Park said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming our neighbours, former pupils, parents and the wider community to come along and see round our wonderful new school building.”