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FFLS PLC in Ayrshire off to a great start

by Food for Life Scotland

The Food for Life Scotland Learning Community in Ayrshire had the first twilight session at Nether Robertland Primary School in Stewarton on 30 November.  There was a full house with staff from East & North Ayrshire schools, as well as Doreen - the school catering manager, a ‘growing granny,’ a parent/farmer/Royal Highland Education Trust volunteer, the janitor, and food education providers from Dumfries House.

Joyce, teacher from Nether Robertland, started the evening with a tour of their fantastic school grounds before the end of the daylight.  Joyce had some advice for teachers starting out: “The key to getting ownership of the grounds is to involve pupils in the development of the grounds. Don’t just have parents or a company come in & do all the work – involve the pupils in all aspects of it.”  Her other key piece of advice? “Get your grannies on board!”

Doreen also shared her tips for getting pupils to try new foods.  Catering staff actively encourage pupils to try new dishes as they appear on the menu.  They also wheel around a trolley in the morning with examples of the menu options for the day so that pupils know what the dishes look like before lunchtime. 

We had a chat, drank some tea & coffee, and exchanged contact details – an excellent start to the FFLS Learning Community in Ayrshire. Many thanks to all who attended & we look forward to seeing you at the next one! Please get in touch with us at ffls@soilassociation.org if you’d like more information.

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