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On the curriculum at Fairhall School this term is "What's on your Plate".
Each curriculum unit starts with a "wow" factor, which is a series of activities to hook the students into the learning area, says deputy principal Denyse Healy. "Our first wow was a whole school al fresco lunch on the first day of term.
"All the students were involved in the cooking and preparation, with the focus being to try something new to their taste buds," Ms Healy said. Blenheim chef Chris Fortune was invited to cook for the pupils and share with them his knowledge of food and locally grown produce. He took the opportunity to cook some seasonal potatoes and make potato gnocchi with the pupils, saying he had just as much fun as the kids.
"I had heaps of fun at the school with the kids this morning.
"They all got a taste and we talked about Mother Nature and what grows in our community at what time of the year."
Fairhall School is part of the edible gardens scheme and is expanding and replanting its garden, Ms Healy said. "In addition to our school gardens, every student has been given a seedling potato to plant and cultivate at home. "It is our intention that we will be able to harvest them before the end of term and celebrate by cooking a number of healthy potato dishes; for example the potato gnocchi demonstrated by Chris Fortune."