12 June 2009>
Abertysswg Primary School are the overall winners of £1000 from the Money for Meals Competition organised by Caerphilly Schools Catering. Abertysswg was amongst several schools in the county borough to enter the challenge to increase school meals uptake and win the 'Appetite for Life' prize money.
Headteacher Mr Garry Wells, the School Cook in charge, Mrs Carol Evans and several pupils paid a special visit to Caerphilly County Borough Council's offices to meet the Mayor, Cllr John Evans and be presented with their cheque. The visitors had an additional treat as 14-year-old Olympic Diver, Tom Daley had dropped buy to congratulate them. Tom was in the county borough to give a diving master class to students at Heolddu Leisure Centre, and happily talked about his Beijing Olympics experience to the pupils before participating in a question and answer session.
Caerphilly school meals mascot, Cati the Croc created a fun atmosphere for the visitors and the Mayor concluded the visit with an official tour of the council chamber, where the pupils learned about council protocol. All the children thoroughly enjoyed their visit and received a scroll and pens to mark the occasion.
School cook, Mrs Carol Evans played an important part in helping the Primary School to win the borough wide competition. Mrs Evans made daily visits to the pupil's classrooms to explain the menu and tell the children about the healthy meal options available. She also provided taster sessions for the children. An additional part of the prize is that the Abertysswg pupils will broadcast their winning ideas to the local community and the rest of the world on local radio station Voice FM.
On hearing Abertysswg Primary were the overall winners, Headteacher, Mr Garry Wells said, "I am delighted that the efforts of the school cook, her staff and the children has resulted in winning this competition. We entered because we felt more children should take up the option of a healthy, balanced lunchtime meal. We didn't think that we would be lucky enough to scoop first prize. We will gather ideas from the children as to how they would like the money spent, although we plan to spend some of it on continuing to encourage the children to try a school lunch."
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