19 Jul Stirling
Pupils at Stirling High have created a new catering sub-brand in the school cafeteria, to encourage healthy eating.
In 2015 Stirling Council’s Facilities Team held a ‘Dragon’s Den’-style competition for pupils from all the secondary schools in the area, which asked them to come up with ideas to tell staff what they wanted to see on offer at lunchtime.
A lot of great ideas came from every school, but Stirling High were the winners with their sub-brand, ‘Fresco,’ which has now been launched across all the secondary schools that Stirling Council provides meals for.
The menu for Fresco consists of four different themes – Italiano (offering pizza, pasta and gelato), Mexicano (offering tacos, enchiladas and fajitas), Americano (offering pulled pork, burgers and hotdogs) and World, which offers a mix of noodles, curry and salad dishes.
The team of pupils who devised the brand wanted to create something trendy, good value, quick and simple that would encourage the 66% of Stirling pupils who eat elsewhere at lunchtime to stay on school premises, thus promoting healthier eating habits.
Fresco was officially launched on 18th April, and staff are already seeing a difference in pupils’ lunchtime habits.
Alan Hamilton, Principal Teacher of Business and Technologies at Stirling High, said: “The team of 6 fourth years led the project throughout by researching, organising and presenting their own ideas to the panel of judges. Since winning the competition they have worked with the Stirling Council Catering team and Totalize Media Marketing to design the new brand for the catering service. We are very proud of their efforts and achievements.”
Margaret Gilmour, Facilities Service Manager for Stirling Council, said: “The idea behind the project was to ask pupils what they wanted and have this reflected in the schools’ food offering. By taking a ‘customer involvement’ approach and listening to feedback our catering service can provide the kind of meals pupils want while ensuring that these are healthy and nutritious.”