RNAA sponsor winner of Best School Food Project at EDP Food & Drink Awards 2015

RNAA sponsor winner of Best School Food Project at EDP Food & Drink Awards 2015

The Best School Food Project – sponsored by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association – finalists gathered at the Royal Norfolk Showground for the EDP Food & Drink Awards ceremony 2015 on Monday 14 September.

The RNAA’s chief executive Greg Smith announced the winner, Rollesby Primary School at the event and presented head teacher Louise Hinton and Annette Cooper with the prestigious award and certificate.

Fellow judge, food education specialist, Sally Church, said: “We were very impressed with the way the whole school has embraced food and farming throughout the curriculum and the wider community. There has been a solid commitment to improving the food education and experience for all pupils and the project has grown quickly and has made strong links that are sustainable for the future.”

Congratulating all the finalists and praising the team at Rollesby Primary School and Nursery, Greg Smith said: “Food is not only at the heart of Norfolk but it’s at the centre of civilization. So learning about food – where it comes from, how it is produced and what you can do with it – is fundamental. At the RNAA education is really important to us and in our entrants this year we have yet again seen tremendous examples of this being done so well and really making an impact on children’s lives”.

The finalists were Heather Avenue Infants School in Hellesdon, Parkside School in Norwich and Rollesby Primary School and Nursery.

Head teacher Louise Hinton accepted the prize on behalf of everyone at Rollesby Primary School and said: “We are delighted to be the winner of the Best School Food Project, and this award is for every child, parent, member of staff and governor, as everyone played their part.

“We are very grateful for the support we received from food heroes in the local community, Emma Tacon, Hirst Farm as well as the Norfolk Garden Trust. This project sums up the importance of teaching children about where food comes from and healthy eating and was led by our teacher Annette Cooper at Rollesby School.”

For details of all the winners of the EDP Food and Drink Awards 2015 see http://www.edp24.co.uk/features/norfolk_food_and_drink_awards_full_list_of_winners_1_4233234