FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Eliana Brown enjoying some watermelon as volunteer cook Kelly Martorana helps student Brayden Gow prepare a meal at Teven/Tintenbar Public School.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Eliana Brown enjoying some watermelon as volunteer cook Kelly Martorana helps student Brayden Gow prepare a meal at Teven/Tintenbar Public School. Jay Cronan

Students delight in cooking class

STUDENTS at Teven/Tintenbar Public School had their lesson and then ate it, thanks to the Growing Healthy Schools grant, promoting fresh produce and healthy eating.

The project is part of the Live Life Well at School initiative, jointly co-ordinated by the Department of Education and Training and the Department of Health.

Under the gentle direction of Bangalow Cooking School manager Leah Roland, Tintenbar students yesterday started the first of a three-day cooking course.

Ms Roland said the classes were aimed at enhancing the procedural thinking and creative thinking of students. In one cooking class children get to read a recipe, develop their literacy and numeracy skills, and interact with others.

“It's tactile and at the end of the lesson the reward is the eating,” she said. “Students get to explore a world of tastebuds. We incorporate the school's garden and help students to make the connection between food and the land.”

Kindergarten student Eliana Brown jumped up and down - quite literally- about the cooking class.

“Watermelon is my favourite food,” she said.

For classmate Brayden Gow his favourite part of the lesson was 'the blender'. “I love the pizza at the canteen,” he said, which unknown to Brandon, was made partly from the school's veggie garden and endorsed by the NSW Healthy Canteen Strategy.

Ms Roland said the classes got the healthy eating message 'out through the back door'.

This year the Growing Healthy Schools cooking program will roll out in 10 other local schools, modelled on its initial success at Bangalow.

Teacher Bert Berghuis said 25 parents had been trained to teach cooking classes.

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