The winner of the 2015 Coffs Coast Healthy Canteen Awards, Mary
Help of Christians Primary School Sawtell, was announced at a special assembly
at the school on Friday. The school received $1000 thanks to The Good Guys and
$500 from Coffs Coast Growers Market to support their efforts to implement the NSW
Fresh Tastes @ School Healthy Canteen Strategy.
The Healthy Canteen Awards are a partnership between
Coffs Coast Growers Market, Mid North Coast Local Health District and
The Good Guys and have been running for three years to encourage healthy eating
in local schools.
Mary Help of Christians won the award for their efforts in taking
a whole of school approach to promoting the Fresh Tastes @ School Strategy. The
introduction of a student Parliament with a dedicated Health Minister, involved
year six students in taking an active role to improve students health by supplying
fresh fruit and vegetables to other classes for their Crunch & Sip break
and helping to create other healthy treats. This was seen as an innovative
approach, encouraging positive role modelling and children learning healthy
habits from each other.
“The employment of a new canteen manager, a new menu,
along with the introduction of online ordering, the development of a school
vegetable garden and chook pen and the involvement of our school health
ministers and parent committee have resulted in a canteen that is
profitable and thriving,” Said Elizabeth Watts, Principal of Mary Help of
Christians Primary School.
“Prior to implementing these changes our canteen had
been running at a loss for a number of years and many of our menu items sat
clearly in the red zone. Jo Gardner from Healthy Kids Association really
helped us to refocus our goal to embrace the Live Life Well @ School strategy.”
Other notable entries were received from Mullaway
Public School, Casuarina Stenier School and Woolgoolga Public School.
All the schools who entered are to be congratulated on the hard
work that they are doing inspiring the kids of the Coffs Coast to lead
healthier lives and enjoy fresh healthy produce.