The Cooking Curriculum project
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!] Vegetables.co.nz 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.
Vegetables.co.nz education and marketing manager, Pip Duncan, spoke to the group on the Cooking Curriculum project. Vegetables.co.nz 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. Vegetables.co.nz and the Heart Foundation held a seminar on the Cooking Curriculum project with presentations by vegetables.co.nz 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 vegetables.co.nz, 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.
Vegetables.co.nz 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 vegetables.co.nz, 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.