Watford Rotary Club – Young Chef Awards

Sophie Wilcher 9 Campion entered Watford Rotary young chef award of the year –  the very first time St Joan’s has entered. She was one of 11 students from 9 local schools and was the youngest participant by quite a long way. Sophie competed against  Yr10 and 11 students and showed a great commitment, courage and tenacity. The comments from the Head chef at The Grove included, “She was calm and collected, her chicken dish was extremely tasty, and she was to be commended as the youngest competitor”

She even met the Mayor to collect her certificate. Well done Sophie!!

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Borough Market Reward Trip

17 Year 9 students who gained a merit in their Year 8 Food Technology lessons were rewarded with a fantastic trip to Borough Market to sample lots of different foods and learn a bit more about the great market and its traders.
The weather was glorious and the students had a great time.
Here are some of the reactions and photos

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 Quotes from the day :
“The food was really tasty and i like the atmosphere of the market. I would definitely return!”
“We watched chocolate being made!”
 “There was so many different types of food.
“Not one stall was the same it was so colourful.”
 ” I would go to Borough Market again for a school trip because it was really fun”
“I would go again with some friends, my family would like it too”
“The food was really nice.”
  ” I enjoyed the day out seeing different types of food that I hadn’t seen before”

The Great JOA bake off

I was very impressed by the high standard of cakes in the competition and wanted to mention the pupils who participated

The winners were:

1st prize : Kyle Pearson – Yr 7

2nd prize : Giselle St Ledger – Yr 7

3rd Prize : Grace Cummings and Chloe Padgeham – Yr 8

Well done to all the entries!






The Final week of Christmas cake Club

We had such a busy and productive week – with some absolutely amazing results!

I couldn’t be prouder of your imaginative and individual ideas. The families of Homestart will be overjoyed at the present of a homemade cake in their hamper!

A huge thanks to Miss Morton and Mrs Locke for helping during the club and Mrs Scarlett for all her organizing prior to the club. Robin and his team in the canteen also need a huge thanks for providing some stunning decorations to add a professional touch.

The winners of the competition  judged by Robin, Mr Sweeney and myself are:

1st Prize – Aoife Gallagher – 8 Theresa
2nd Prize – Lily Carroll – 8 Ward
3rd Prize – Katie Weir – 8 More
Well done!
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Smoothie mania

Todays Year 7s enjoyed making their own smoothies and even did some ‘Selfies with their smoothies!’ for a homework prior to the lesson

The smoothie voted the best today was Mollie Walker’s with her smoothie called ‘Mollie’s smoothie surprise’

The runners up were:

Anna E  with Strawbana

Molly B with Molly tastic

Maria C with Moos


hHayley Leah Morgan smoothie 2 smoothie 3 smoothie


Lessons for Life!

As Food becomes part of the National Curriculum again, it is time to celebrate and recognise the reasons why it is so important for our pupils. I have quoted from an article in Waitrose Kitchen, which sums it up nicely:
‘Food brings people together – literally. Just as families benefit from sitting down to break bread every day, so do schools.
Teaching children about food – how to grow, harvest and cook it – doesn’t just set them up with healthy eating habits, it also gives them practical insights into many traditional academic subjects.
There are also broader social benefits. The problems caused by bad diet and the loss of cooking skills are finally being recognised in government. Obesity, asthma, sleep apnoea, hypertension and type 2 diabetics cost the NHS £6bn a year. One in ten children are obese when they start primary school.
So from this month, all pupils will – in the words of the new curriculum – ‘be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating’. By the age of 14 they should be able to ‘cook a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes so that they are able to feed themselves and others a healthy and varied diet’.
If we, as a country, can succeed in making this happen, we will not only reduce the burden on the NHS, but we will create a generation of children who are healthier, achieve more and experience the great pleasure that can come from cooking’.

I am looking forward to being a key part of your food education (I hope you show off your new skills at home!)
See you in Food and Nutrition.

Mrs Walker