The Cook­ing Cur­ricu­lum project

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In 2016, Massey Univer­sity Di­etetic stu­dents car­ried out a project on what is be­ing taught in schools in food classes. Most of the re­sults showed kids were be­ing taught how to cook sweet items, with 13% of teach­ers re­port­ing their stu­dents were be­ing taught how to plan, pre­pare, cook, eat a healthy meal, [and clean up!] Veg­eta­ and the Heart Foun­da­tion have part­nered to carry out the rec­om­men­da­tions from the Massey study. Please see The Blue pa­per show­ing the progress in the last two years. We are reg­u­larly tak­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to pro­mote progress on this work which con­tin­ues to in­clude many con­sul­ta­tions with teach­ers.

He Tan­gata, He Tan­gata, He Tan­gata, peo­ple mat­ter

The New Zealand As­so­ci­a­tion of In­ter­me­di­ate and Mid­dle Schools held their na­tional con­fer­ence in May 2018. More than 100 prin­ci­pals and deputy prin­ci­pals trav­elled to Auck­land to at­tend the event.

The theme, ‘peo­ple mat­ter’, was sup­ported by a range of speak­ers fo­cus­ing on young ado­les­cents and their spe­cific de­vel­op­ment needs. Th­ese in­cluded; Prin­ci­pal Steve Fran­cis, au­thor of four books for teach­ers; Al­li­son Mooney, a four-time Speaker of the Year with a pre­sen­ta­tion Un­der­stand­ing peo­ple like fish­er­men know their fish; Aus­tralian clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist, An­drew Fuller, who is an am­bas­sador for Mind Mat­ters and a mem­ber of the Na­tional Coali­tion against Bul­ly­ing; John Shack­le­ton, the pow­er­ful mo­ti­va­tional speaker; Raniera Rewiri who is work­ing along­side Ran­gatahi Māori through­out the coun­try to help max­imise and ful­fil their po­ten­tial; and Nathan Wal­lis who spoke on his work as a pri­vate train­ing con­sul­tant.

Veg­eta­ ed­u­ca­tion and mar­ket­ing man­ager, Pip Dun­can, spoke to the group on the Cook­ing Cur­ricu­lum project. Veg­eta­ and the Heart Foun­da­tion had a stand to show­case and pro­mote the Cook­ing Cur­ricu­lum project and to dis­trib­ute re­sources to prin­ci­pals to take back to their schools. There was out­stand­ing sup­port of the re­sources which have been de­vel­oped by ‘teach­ers for teach­ers’.

The HETTANZ con­fer­ence in Hawke’s Bay

The Home Eco­nom­ics and Tech­nol­ogy Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand held their con­fer­ence in Have­lock North in May. Teach­ers from through­out the coun­try at­tended the an­nual meet­ing sem­i­nar day. Veg­eta­ and the Heart Foun­da­tion held a sem­i­nar on the Cook­ing Cur­ricu­lum project with pre­sen­ta­tions by veg­eta­ ad­vo­cate, Bruce Robert­son, and also by An­drea Bi­dois and Jeanette Rap­son from the Heart Foun­da­tion. Teach­ers had the op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide feed­back on re­sources as part of the ‘by teach­ers – for teach­ers’ ap­proach be­ing taken in this project.

Glenn Fulcher, rep­re­sent­ing the Na­tional Sec­ondary School Culi­nary Chal­lenge, and Pip Dun­can from veg­eta­, pre­sented a work­shop to en­cour­age in­creased num­bers of stu­dents to en­ter com­pe­ti­tions. They il­lus­trated how com­pe­ti­tions can be in­cor­po­rated into the cur­ricu­lum and how com­pet­ing stu­dents are able to gain unit stan­dards.

Veg­eta­ and the Heart Foun­da­tion also had a dis­play ta­ble with re­sources. The re­cently re­leased Easy meals with veg­eta­bles recipe cards and as­so­ci­ated recipe videos, were a huge hit. Th­ese recipes cards are pro­duced by a part­ner­ship with veg­eta­, the Heart Foun­da­tion and the Health Pro­mo­tion Agency. The cards and videos are de­signed for those with lim­ited skills, equip­ment and bud­get. Teach­ers con­tin­u­ally give feed­back on th­ese cards and re­port how good they are for class­room use and in­ves­tiga­tive learn­ing in lessons.

Teach­ers at the New Zealand As­so­ci­a­tion of In­ter­me­di­ate and Mid­dle Schools con­fer­ence.

Bruce Robin­son, An­drea Bi­dois and Jeanette Rap­son.

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