Pupils make their mark at market
Worm wees and sweet william, calendula, cos lettuce, radishes and rainbow beet are hardly traditional breakfast fare. But that’s exactly what a group of senior pupils at Somerset Crescent School have been serving up at breakfast time during a couple of recent Sunday morning markets.
A student-driven healthy eating campaign at the school has seen students selling school-grown products at the Cloverlea Market.
Worm wees, or more politely, worm tea, is brilliant for increasing the numbers of beneficial soil microbes which in turn, promote garden growth. Teacher Robyn Clarke says the bottled liquid from the worm-farms behind the caretaker’s shed, is one of the byproducts of a holistic food programme that is part of the school’s involvement in a national 5+ A Day challenge.
So are the fresh vegetable and flower seedlings from the school’s raised gardens.
During this term, the 83 members of Somerset’s Team Kahikatea have been involved in a project which has seen a group of ‘nutritional ninjas’ responsible for changing the school’s nutritional policies. This has involved liaising with local shops over the contents of school lunches, as well as running fundraising ventures from their healthy living spinoffs.
‘‘It’s a year-long venture. We’ve been getting the children to think about healthy living and healthy lifestyles and about the food choices they make,’’ Robyn says. ‘‘Hopefully they then take that message back home to their whanau.’’
The project has focused on out-of-the-classroom learning. This has not just been confined to school garden activity, where flower seedlings have been produced with Mothers Day, May 8, in mind; or to the morning market expeditions where along with selling their produce, the children were also raffling off a donated planter box.
‘‘They’ve had two visits from a nutritionist and a practical label-reading session at Pioneer New World supermarket.’’
Peter Aiiloilo (9), Alavi Makatia (9), Kobe Sullivan (9) and Harlem Graham (10), year 5-6 pupils from Somerset Crescent School preparing their 5+ A Day market stall for the Sunday morning Cloverlea Market.