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Children say cheese after petitioning for pie 19 March 2010

CHILDREN at Victoria Road Primary School are sporting cheesy grins – after their favourite dish reappeared on the menu.

School menus are regularly rotated to ensure pupils get plenty of variety in their midday meal.

But Year 6 children at the Castletown school were so cross when cheese pie was taken off the menu after Christmas that they decided to go right to the top. Cheese pie 1

The cheesed off children gathered fellow pupils’ signatures on a petition and took the opportunity to leave it on the Education Minister’s desk during a tour of the Tynwald buildings.

Minister Anne Craine MHK responded by speaking with the School Meals Service, which has quickly reinstated the lunchtime favourite to the menu, much to pupils’ delight.

The children thanked the Minister and the Schools Catering Manager by inviting them into school at lunchtime on Wednesday to taste the popular pie and by presenting the Minister with a thank you card.

Accompanying them was Jackie Mitchell, Sales and Marketing Co-ordinator for Isle of Man Creamery, who chatted with the children about the nutritional benefits of cheese and handed out some cheesy treats, including specially printed T-shirts bearing the slogan ‘I Love Manx Cheese Pie’.

Year 6 teacher Steve Chapple said:

‘Children arrived back after lunch one day sounding rather aggrieved about something and they said cheese pie had been taken off the menu and they were starting a petition. ‘I realised we could incorporate this into our work this term on civil war and democracy.
‘During our trip to the Tynwald chambers, our guide pointed out the Education Minister’s desk and we left the petition there for her. We were then delighted to receive a phone call from the Minister and then the School Meals Services advised us that cheese pie had been reinstated to the menu earlier than scheduled. We now have 27 very happy Year 6 pupils.’

Minister Craine commented:

‘This really is democracy in action! I was very pleased to hear that the children of Victoria Road School had left a petition on my desk and was even more pleased that we have been able, thanks to Chris Wilson, our Schools Catering Manager, to re-instate cheese pie on the menu as a result.
‘The clean plates of the children say more about the value of school meals than I ever could. They are tasty, nutritious and a guaranteed way of children getting a healthy diet in the middle of the day. Children need to be aware of where their food comes from and we can take a pride in the fact that we use good Manx produce in their school meals. I hope that this early interest in politics and the positive result they received from their lobbying will encourage them to participate in politics in the future.’

Chris Wilson, Schools Catering Manager, explained:

‘At a time when there are record numbers partaking in school dinners in primary schools, it’s great for children to take an interest in food. This is a traditional dish made with award winning Manx Cheddar, which is popular with the children and one of a range of cheese dishes which appears on our nutritionally balanced cyclic menu.’

Findlay Macleod, Chief Executive of Isle of Man Creamery, said:

‘We are delighted that our young consumers have insisted upon the finest local produce. Cheese is a great source of calcium, vitamins and minerals for anyone and especially for children. The cheese pie recipe shows the versatility and popularity of cheese among children. The Creamery is proud to be feeding the next generation of Manx cheese aficionados.’

SAYING CHEESE: Pupils in Year 6 at Victoria Road School in Castletown, left to right, Sophie Fletcher, Joel Watterson and Hannah Clayton, all 11, and Cushlin Kennaugh, 10, thank Education Minister Anne Craine MHK and Jackie Mitchell, from Isle of Man Creamery, for taking an interest in their petition

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