Pumpkin centre stage
School garden bounty shared by all students
Pumpkin, and lots of it, was on the menu at Goldfields Primary School on Friday. To celebrate Matariki, and, as part of the school’s Enviro Schools programme, each classroom prepared a pumpkininspired dish using pumpkins harvested from the school’s garden. The dishes were then shared by all of the pupils and teachers. Enviro Schools co-ordinator Edith Buxton said the initiative worked in with the school’s 5+ a day programme and showed pupils different dishes using pumpkins. ‘‘When we were talking about it in class, a lot of the children said they didn’t like pumpkins or pumpkin soup, but there were very few children who didn’t try the soup.’’ Other dishes on offer included pumpkin bread, muffins, wedges and pumpkin loaf, she said. Most of the school’s garden was harvested a few months ago but several pumpkins were kept for Friday’s celebration.
Selection: Showing off their pumpkin-inspired food as part of a shared food day at Goldfields Primary School on Friday were Jack Spriggs, left, Marnie Crichton, and Milan Secker, all aged 10.