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20/11/19

Magic Breakfast - free breakfast available to students. Ensuring that no child is too hungry to learn https://t.co/fXs9PItlEv

19/11/19

- According to in 2016, there were 4,287 male suicides in the UK, accounting for 76% of all suicide. https://t.co/LheVtNsA1M

18/11/19

. According to 5 people are killed on UK roads everyday and more than 60 seriously injured. https://t.co/2ICdllMaTo

17/11/19

Final update! The students have returned school safe and sound albeit a little tired! Plenty of rest needed ready for school tomorrow! A huge thank you to Miss Ledingham and Mr Kett

17/11/19

update: The students and staff are on their way home! ETA 1pm depending on traffic!

17/11/19

update: Students are up, mini bus loaded and we are squeezing in some more maths revision before returning to school. Students will text ETA to parents.

16/11/19

update: Everything about this photo shows the resilience and determination of our wonderful students. at its very best! Overcoming fears, pushing themselves mentally and physically well done Year 11! https://t.co/8WDKu9to0m

16/11/19

update well done Jack, Joe and Bobby winners of this evening’s quiz!

16/11/19

update! The students have had a great action packed day and are resting before dinner

16/11/19

Go Jack! First one on the zip wire!! https://t.co/oPuIGT0LrB

16/11/19

update! The students are helping each other get ready to zip wire!! They are being so brave! https://t.co/lEhNuI6T8F

16/11/19

update problem solving activities last night with an element of competition! https://t.co/8dv5bufnNa

16/11/19

update the students are busy in their workshop the level of concentration is impressive! https://t.co/83DbIlInUW

16/11/19

update! A sunny start to the morning and the students are looking forward to the zip wire later! https://t.co/OQFfvV6e2Y

16/11/19

update! Good morning from the Year 11s! Early start for a Saturday..breakfast done now into their first maths workshop of the day https://t.co/NSbs9w15MM

15/11/19

update.... after an evening of fun filled team building activities and pizza delivered by all students are in their rooms and ready for a good sleep before their day of maths and exciting activities!

15/11/19

Year 11 and their echo! The students are straight into activities! https://t.co/39RWEoOy3d

15/11/19

Year 11 update: The students have arrived safe and sound. Phone signal is limited however they are all singing along to Shania Twain so in good spirits!

15/11/19

And away they go! Year 11 are safely on route! https://t.co/eVy7JgMQqC

15/11/19

According to children who are bullied are more likely to experience depression and anxiety, health complaints and decreased academic achievement. https://t.co/d8bulWoQZO

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.