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Hall Orchard Primary School:

Hall Orchard’s PTFA are focusing their fundraising efforts on a bold new project. Anyone walking near the school recently will have noticed that the school building is undergoing some dramatic changes. The new school hall should be ready for Easter but the plans don’t end there. The National Curriculum requires that primary school children prepare and cook a variety of savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques. However, the current cooking area isn’t ideal. The space is limited and the work surfaces too high for some of the smaller children.

So, the school set to work and made a plan. The plans have the potential to turn the old clay area and link corridor into a purpose-built teaching kitchen that can hold between 8 and 12 children at a time. Once complete, the kitchen will have 3 two ring, cold-touch hobs along with sinks and preparation areas. These will be at different heights so even the smallest reception class children can get involved. The disused kiln will make way for two commercial ovens.

However, putting the plan into action will involve a lot of work. The whole area will need restructuring, particularly as the doors currently face the wrong way for a working kitchen. We certainly don’t want any children coming a cropper carrying hot food! The windows also need replacing to provide proper ventilation.

All of these changes don’t come cheap, and the potential bill will be in the region of £24,000. That’s when the PTFA got involved and decided to adopt the new kitchen as their fundraising focus. The committee are already busy planning a ‘Pamper and Prosecco’ evening for the end of March plus a ‘Food and Craft Festival’ at the end of April. Of course, the calendar wouldn’t be complete without the ‘Summer Fayre’, which will have a ‘Family Fun-Day’ theme this year.

There are lots of exciting plans in the pipeline which should have Hall Orchard children cooking up a storm in no time! If you would like to get involved or find out more about this year’s events, please get in touch via the PTFA Facebook page:

Kirsty France