Friday 27 January 2023
All Year 3 students in Guernsey have had the opportunity visit a restaurant and eat an authentic meal linked to a specific culture as part of the Cultural Enrichment Programme.
School leaders were able to choose between four different menus: Egyptian, Chinese, Indian or Guernsey.
The team at Les Cotils have cooked more than 600 authentic meals for the children during the initiative, with staff at the Guille-Alles library also providing the students with an exciting presentation detailing amazing facts and figures about the different places linked to their meal. The students also enjoyed a quiz before finally all being presented with a small gift such as an Egyptian papyrus bookmark.
Education's cultural enrichment programme uses funding generated through changes to family allowance to deliver meaningful experiences for children outside of normal curriculum-based activities. The funding ensures cultural enrichment activities are provided to all learners during the school day as part of their educational development.
Kim Hutchison, Head of Primary Leadership and Development, said:
'This initiative is a further great example of the benefit of our Cultural Enrichment Programme, which seeks to ensure all primary-age children receive experiences outside the normal classroom-based education that are hugely important to their development. Learning about the world around them helps students develop into well-rounded young people. One of the commitments of Our Education Strategy is to ensure that our education system equips students with the knowledge and skills to succeed wherever they are, either in the Bailiwick or elsewhere in the world, now and in the future. Learning about other cultures, in this case partly through authentic meals, support those aims.'