Big Day Out a culi­nary tri­umph for school kids

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THERE was no way Ann Faulkner ex­pected the gourmet dining she en­joyed on a two-week cruise to con­tinue when she got home to Monto.

But as she judged the Masterchef-style cook­ing com­pe­ti­tion dur­ing the Monto pri­mary schools’ Big Day Out on Fri­day, she said the dishes were just as good, if not bet­ter, than on her fancy cruise ship trip.

More than 130 chil­dren from Aber­corn, Mulgildie, Monto and St Therese’s Pri­mary Schools en­joyed a day jam-packed full of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing su­per­mar­ket tours, danc­ing lessons, body image talks, cook­ing, CPR and po­lice talks.

Anita Sal­is­bury has or­gan­ised the event for the past six years and said she tried to high­light the big is­sues in kids’ health ev­ery year.

“(A) su­per­mar­ket tour through IGA was de­signed to try and help the kids be­come more aware of what they are eat­ing. Child­hood obe­sity is a real prob­lem at the mo­ment,” she said.

“Then they have the Masterchef cook­ing com­pe­ti­tion, and have to make bal­anced meals with ev­ery­thing from the food pyra­mid on the plate.” it’s a great op­por­tu­nity for them to make new friends from other schools and learn some new skills to help them in life,” she said.

The day ended with a 137-pupil strong danc­ing les­son, led by lo­cal teacher Melissa Hill.

“Danc­ing re­ally helps kids with co-or­di­na­tion, es­pe­cially when I’m

Mrs Sal­is­bury said she first got the idea for the event be­cause she wanted to bring all the chil­dren in the com­mu­nity to­gether.

“It’s all about the kids, teach­ing them be­cause I’m left-handed,” she said.

“They seem to love it ev­ery year, but I prob­a­bly have more fun than they do!”

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

READ THE LA­BEL: Mulgildie State School's Jay­den Cowan and Melissa Birch learned about nu­tri­tion on a su­per­mar­ket tour of Monto IGA dur­ing the Big Day Out on Fri­day.

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