Wheelie great lunch for Leeds school pupils

Leeds, Leeds Star
Pupils from a Leeds special school are setting taste buds tingling this month with their winning Tour de Yorkshire-themed school lunch, which is being served at schools across the city.

The competition, organised by Leeds City Council’s catering service ‘Catering Leeds’ was run earlier this year and Sky Blue Class at the West Specialist Inclusive Learning Centre (SILC) Milestone site, produced the winning menu.

The winning pupils, also received vouchers to spend on school equipment and the whole school is taking part in a bespoke active travel day delivered by the council’s Influencing Travel Behaviour team, featuring Bikeability training, scooter skills and roller bikes and has been tailored especially for the winning school.

Media opportunity:

When: Thursday 27 April at either 9.45am or 12 noon

Where: West SILC Milestone, 4 Town Street, Stanningley LS28 6HL

There are two opportunities available – at 9.45am Cllr Lisa Mulherin will be joining pupils taking part in the Active Travel Day, the prize for winning the Catering Leeds competition.

The second opportunity will be at 12 noon where Cllr James Lewis will be joining Class Sky Blue to try out their winning Tour de Yorkshire themed menu. Photo and filming opportunities will be available at both times.

The competition which was open to all primary schools and Specialist Inclusive Learning Centres earlier this year, asked pupils to design the specially themed menu to be served this month to coincide with the start of the Tour de Yorkshire 2017.

The competition was designed not only to encourage more children to enjoy a healthy cooked school lunch but also to help promote physical activity, road safety and active travel within schools and has been supported by the council’s Influencing Travel Behaviour team and Welcome to Yorkshire.

The winning menu was designed by Sky Blue Class at West SILC Milestone and is being served as the April themed menu at all primary schools which are catered for by Catering Leeds, this week.

Their imaginative winning menu consisted of:

  • Winner winner chicken dinner
  • A ‘wheelie’ good cheese pizza
  • Vegetable ‘medal’y
  • Pasta ‘finish line’
  • Apple pie-cycle

Councillor Lisa Mulherin executive member for children and families said:

“Well done to Sky Blue Class for such an innovative and exciting menu. I’m sure children across the city will really enjoy their cycling themed meals, this week. This competition encouraged pupils to work together in class to consider what makes a healthy meal as well as being imaginative and creative.”

Councillor James Lewis executive member for resources and strategy said:

“Competitions like this are a fantastic way of increasing pupils’ interest and awareness in healthy eating and healthy lifestyles. Nutrition plays a vital role in young people’s well-being and how they perform at school. The meals provided by Catering Leeds meet the strict guidelines set out by the government as well as providing variety, enjoyment and value for money.”