Case Study: Fulham Boys School
The Fulham Boys School collaborated with St Andrews Church and HG Walters the butcher to celebrate British Food Fortnight with a plethora of events including a PSHCE lesson on food assurance, sustainable British food and a blindfolded taste test including vegetables from our own allotment.
There was also a British themed bake off raising money for the annual Macmillan coffee morning. We successfully ate our way through over 50 entries to raise £300 in total, all the cakes were thoroughly delicious and all for a good cause with rosettes for the student and teacher winners. There was a harvest collection for the homeless where Brunel House collected by far the most food products and were able to earn their house a massive 30 house points, four huge boxes of British food were donated to the church! In keeping with our emphasis on literacy we also brought British Food fortnight alive with a British food themed poetry competition, where for art thou sprout!
Our resident chef cooked only locally sourced British food for the entire fortnight including a classic roast, chicken tikka masala and of course fish and chips! The boys who won the bake off were invited to cook locally sourced fresh ingredients provided by HG Walters at the St Andrews Saturday project for the homeless. The menu included butternut squash soup with sourdough croutons, beef stew with mashed potatoes and peas, a fresh vegetable and tomato casserole followed by peach cobbler with cream.
All week the budding chefs prepared the ingredients for our three course menu. Ms Johnson and Mr Roy accompanied five of the boys to St Andrews church at 8.30 on Saturday morning to heat up the food, lay the tables, serve the guests and do all the cleaning up afterwards, there were around 50 guests. Leo and Charles even volunteered to clean to loos and Lukian was a dab hand with the mop!
Having felt quite anxious about the event all the boys found it be incredibly rewarding and were humbled by the gratitude from St Andrews regular guests, in fact we have been asked to go back again soon!
Assistant Head Teacher Sam Johnson said "this is a great opportunity for the boys to show their baking talents and give back to the local community, we are thrilled to be involved".
Bobby in year 7 said "one man called me a gentleman and asked if we could go back and cook every week, next time I want to do sausage and mash".
St Andrew's vicar, the Canon Guy Wilkinson CBE says, "We're delighted to have this opportunity to work together with HG Walters and The Fulham Boys School to provide something really special for our homeless guests, many of whom have huge challenges to face on the streets, and are often badly treated. But as Christians we see each and every person as loved by God and precious to God, and this will be an excellent way to demonstrate that love in action."