Pump­kin cen­tre stage

School gar­den bounty shared by all stu­dents

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By EMMA DAWE

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.

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