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20/09/19

The edible garden club tackled the garden for the first time this year! Great work team! https://t.co/Q56h15Zwk9

20/09/19

Meet us at our open evening on Sept 23 5pm - 8pm and find many reasons to join our family - there is plenty to look forward to and we would love to welcome you https://t.co/ln3aTAD6Um

20/09/19

Today is National Doodle Day a fundraising event and auction with Bid for signed doodles from well known artists, illustrators, cartoonists and celebrities to help people affected by epilepsy. https://t.co/fnNm9Fb2xf

20/09/19

During RSE lessons this week Years 9 & 10 will learn how to stay healthy and safe. Sexuality and relationships advice and support https://t.co/tYAsuZN6Zb

19/09/19

Retweeted From Mrs Singleton 🧬🦠

Super science https://t.co/hVxSzFZjkb

19/09/19

We are proud - students wear our uniform with pride and we are all proud of being a part of the Meridian learning community. Come and see us on Sept 23 5pm - 8pm https://t.co/8nvTUrtv8Q

19/09/19

A year 7 group today loved investigating convection - recording excellent observations! Why? Is the question for next lesson! https://t.co/lgz26Fn3kl

19/09/19

- Years 7 & 8 will be discussing respect and communication in relationships, with a reminder about . https://t.co/ecQH8pvV5R

19/09/19

- Free & accessible advice and resources for all young people. Youth, info & counselling charity for all young people aged 11-25 https://t.co/YraZQ3wZ4x

18/09/19

We care - the dedication and support of our families and community is a beacon of excellence and our children are happy, safe and supported. We all make a difference to their future chances https://t.co/cZ9hG7F67Q

18/09/19

Sexual Health Week - During RSE lessons this week, years 9 & 10 will have the opportunity to explore the dangers of using the internet for dating and how to keep themselves safe online! https://t.co/BPaLWInkA8

17/09/19

We are strong - our leaders gave a clear understanding to enable our students to take the best routes and we support every student in their aspirations. Come and meet us on Sept 23 5pm - 8pm https://t.co/5DGk9qCjyb

17/09/19

Our Year 10's found it very informative and engaging - we look forward to welcoming Kerry back to Year 9 later in the year! https://t.co/9Tk5MgR3iw

17/09/19

Sexual Health Week – Without RSE, young people are denied the skills and knowledge to have healthy and fulfilling friendships and relationships and to understand and explore their own sexuality. , and https://t.co/BmElj7ibwn

16/09/19

We are ambitious - we are going from strength to strength and support our community while enabling our students to achieve. Visit us on Sept 23 5pm - 8pm https://t.co/dP8XrXTTDh https://t.co/mFxBKz3ZPn

16/09/19

It's Sexual Health Week! Students in years 9 & 10 will be discussing sex, relationships and disability during RSE lessons this week. https://t.co/EL1AxLBhsq

13/09/19

Fantastic play about road safety from The Riot Act for Year 7. If you get the opportunity, please talk to the young people about their experience and the messages they have learned. It was a very engaging performance! https://t.co/zusTvxAE9e https://t.co/Ei1phQoZqO

12/09/19

We Challenge - visit our school on Mon Sept 23 and discover how we are striving to achieve our goals as a https://t.co/dP8XrXTTDh https://t.co/FEuUqItYlc

11/09/19

Year 7 and Year 10 are having their pictures taken today! The pictures will be available towards the end of next week for parents to view and purchase copies. https://t.co/4tqPjsh6wi

Food Flagship Status

In 2015, Croydon Council were granted funding to run a two year Food Flagship initiative, in the hope that schools and other organisations in the borough would use food to transform the environment, improve health, tackle obesity and reduce health inequalities. At the time, Meridian High School was one of just three schools in the Borough, and the only secondary school, to be selected and awarded with this status. 

Since becoming a Food Flagship school, we have pioneered different projects to encourage our students and their families to make much healthier food choices. We are also extremely proud of the delicious and much healthier lunch service that we now offer in our school dining hall as a result of the feedback we received from our students, staff, parents and carers over the last two years. Our uptake of Free School Meals for those students who are eligible is better than ever and it is great to see the students making more informed choices about their diets.

One of our biggest and most exciting Food Flagship projects in the school has been the development of our Edible Playground. The Edible Playgrounds project was led by the charity, Trees for Cities, who provide schools in urban areas with the opportunity to grow food in their playgrounds. Since our Edible Playground was built in 2015, we have had a dedicated group of students (our Food Ambassadors) who have been learning how to plant, grow and harvest their own food, which they have then given to the dining hall for use in the lunch service at the school. The students involved in this project are really benefitting from the education that they are receiving about healthy eating as a result of their participation in the Edible Playground work. The aim is to develop this work by involving and educating even more of our students and their families about making informed, healthier eating choices as well as encouraging more students to get involved with the great work that is being done in the Edible Playground.

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Our Headteacher, Mr Martin Giles, gave the following statement about the impact our Edible Playground has had on the school:

“All too often young people are growing up without a good understanding of the benefit of balanced healthy eating and an appropriate knowledge of the danger of eating too many processed foods. The impact of our Edible Playground has been immediate and deeply felt by our Food Ambassadors. We have very quickly seen that the students have a real ownership of, and pride in, what they are doing in the garden. Their minds have been awakened to new possibilities and there is a tangible excitement about how this project can be developed in the future”.

Our Food Ambassadors also made the following comments about how they envision the Edible Playground project moving forwards:

  • “I loved giving the food to the chef in our dining hall. It made me feel proud of what we have done and I can’t wait to carry on giving him more food to cook for us so that the staff and students can eat it”
  • “There is a school food market in Croydon and I would like to be able to sell some our food there and maybe even create a brand for the food that we have grown so that everyone knows it’s from Meridian High School”
  • “I want to go to SLT meetings and present to them what we are doing in the Edible Playground and also explain what we are going to do each term to make the garden even better than it is now”

Recently, the council has been evaluating the impact of the Food Flagship programme overall. In February 2017, a filming team visited the schools and organisations involved in the scheme, including MHS, to see the changes and impact that the programme has had on the schools and wider community. We are very pleased to say that some of our staff and students have featured in one of the films that was made. We have also recently discovered that the Food Flagship scheme was so successful in Croydon that the Council now have funding to support other schools and organisations in gaining Food Flagship status and we are looking forward to building relationships with and supporting the work of other new Food Flagship schools in the future. 

We invite you to come and see for yourself the amazing work that our students have been doing in the Edible Playground, the incredible lunch service that we provide our students with and indeed the great work that is happening in the whole school as part of our rapid improvement journey every day. Please do get in touch with us if you would like to organise a visit to our school. We look forward to welcoming you.