Big Day Out a culinary triumph for school kids
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!”
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.