School Dinner Forum
Mrs Skinner is the adult lead on the School Dinner Forum (SDF) and she has invited children from Year 4 to Year 6 to join her as pupil representatives.
In order to be on the SDF, they all have to have school dinner every day and take on various responsibilities.
They hold regular surveys and questionnaires in the school dinner hall to gather opinions, thoughts and feelings of all school dinner children.
These findings are presented at their regular meetings with a member of Harrisons (the catering company) to ensure that the service is of the highest possible quality.
Children’s feedback is always honest and constructive and is always taken seriously by adults. It has led to several improvements in the school dinner hall.
Here, children talk about what it is like to be a member of the SDF:
"The school dinner forum is a very important job. We do special jobs including handing out salad and monitoring behaviour. We also write feedback in the pupil feedback book. This job is very important to me."
Joshua - Year 6
"As a school dinner forum member my job is to get feedback from the children for pupil voice."
Rasak - Year 5
"As a school dinner forum member I participate in duties. I also write feedback in the books about the food. We do workshops and taste tests. I serve fruit to Reception, Year 1 and Year 2."
Kayla - Year 4
"What we do in the school dinner forum is we ask people for their feedback of the food. We also monitor behaviour in the lunch hall. We sometimes have workshops and we taste the new school lunch menu. One person a week serves salad to KS1. We also write about good behaviour."
Demilade - Year 4
"As a school dinner forum member I write in the lunchtime feedback book and I also check on the children to see if they are eating well, if they are enjoying their food and if there is a complaint."
Divine - Year 4
"In the school dinner forum we take feedback from children in the lunch hall. We put feedback about behaviour, if they like their food, and complaints. To be a school dinner forum member is fun."
Esther - Year 4
In the past SDF have had a competition to devise salads to be served on the salad cart and they have been invited to taste and feedback on potential new dishes for future menus.
Some members of SDF were invited to participate in a Bake Off where our cook Kirsty taught them how to make chocolate muffins.
Here, members of the SDF have written about taking part in the Bake Off:
As a member of the School Dinner Forum, I had an opportunity to bake muffins to celebrate the 50th Birthday of the London Borough of Bexley. We had to follow instructions from our school cook. When they were baked we took them home.
Titi, Year 4
As part of the School Dinner Forum, I took part in the Bake-Off with Harrisons Catering. This was to celebrate the 50th Birthday of the London Borough of Bexley. I made six chocolate muffins and our school cook gave us instructions, which I had to follow. After they were baked, they looked very yummy. I really enjoyed the Bake-Off and enjoyed the muffins too!
Paige, Year 5
I was invited to take part in a Bake-Off. I had to bake chocolate muffins to celebrate the 50th Birthday of the London Borough of Bexley. I had to follow instructions to make the muffins. I went home and enjoyed the muffins with my family.
Victoria, Year 3
To celebrate the London Borough of Bexley, I got to make chocolate muffins. I followed the instructions that were given. The muffins looked squishy before they were baked. It was fun, I thought it was great. When they were cooked I took them home to enjoy with my parents.
Dylan, Year 3
I am a member of the School Dinner Forum, and I was invited to the Big Bake-Off. This was to celebrate the 50th Birthday of the London Borough of Bexley. The school cook gave step by step instructions and taught me how to make chocolate muffins. By the time they were finished they looked lip-licking and mouth-watering. When they were baked and cooled down, I got to enjoy them with my family. I enjoyed it and it was great learning how to make something that I had never made before. It was really amazing.
Jennifer, Year 4
I made chocolate muffins as a celebration Bake-Off. We followed our school cook, step by step. I enjoyed making the muffins and I think being a member of the School Dinner Forum is really good.
Shammai, Year 3
As we are part of the Northwood School Dinner Forum, we were asked to be part of the Big Bake-Off. Our school cook showed us how to make chocolate muffins. We followed her instructions and listened to what she said. After they were baked, we took them home and tucked into them with our families.
Sydney, Year 5
To celebrate the London Borough of Bexley’s 50th Birthday, I took part in the Big Bake-Off. The cook showed me what to do and I followed her instructions. After baking, I got my chocolate muffins. I took them home and shared them with my family.
Kesiah, Year 5
To make chocolate muffins, as part of the Big Bake-Off, I followed the instructions that I was given by the cook. When they were baked I was allowed to take them home and enjoy them with my family. I really enjoyed the Bake-Off. It was really good fun!
Daniel, Year 5
I am a member of the School Dinner Forum. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the London Borough of Bexley, we held a Bake-Off. I got to work with my friends. I had to follow all of the cook’s instructions to make chocolate muffins. I thought it was great.
Akorede, Year 4
The SDF also set up a polling station and held an election in the hall where school dinner children voted for their choices on an upcoming celebration meal that Harrisons are planning.
Here members of the SDF have written about the voting:
What we did:
We had a polling station where we gave out voting slips to all the school dinner children. This was to see which choice of food would win, for our celebration lunch for the 50th Birthday of the London Borough of Bexley. When the children had voted we asked them to put their slips into the ballot box. We think all the children enjoyed voting and cannot wait to see what lunch we will receive on the 19th May.
Tommy, Year 6
Voting for the London Borough of Bexley’s celebration lunch:
I really enjoyed the voting. The children were happy and excited, so was I! I love being part of the School Dinner Forum, I really like it. When I was giving out the ballot papers, I was really hoping that the burger would win!
Precious, Year 2
We are celebrating the London Borough of Bexley. The children were good at voting. It was fun! I like what I do for the School Dinner Forum. Some children asked what they had to do, so we had to read to some of the Year 1 and Class R children.
Kenzi, Year 2
I enjoyed helping with voting. The children were good, they asked how to vote. I am hoping that my choice will get the most votes.
Patrick, Year 2
What we had to do:
I was in the KS2 lunch hall to do a survey. This will be to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the L.B.Bexley. Firstly, when the children had finished their lunch, they had to fill in a piece of paper with different main meals, vegetarian and desserts. The children had to put a cross in the box for their favourite meal that would like to eat on the 19th May. My job was to escort everyone to the polling table. I thought it was really enjoyable. I would like to do another workshop.
Coree, Year 6
The winning menu:
Beef Burger in a Bun
Cheese and Tomato Pizza with Chunky Chips
Chocolate Sponge with Chocolate Sauce