NISCA NEELB and NI School Kitchen of the Year
The Best Primary School In Northern Irleand
St. Mary’s P.S. Draperstown has won the Best Overall Primary School at the Northern Ireland School Catering Awards (NISCA) following on from our success of being voted Best Primary School in the NEELB. Education Minister John O Dowd was guest of honour at the Awards Ceremony in W5 in Belfast.
NISCA Chairperson, Irene Clarke spoke about the whole school approach to healthy living and healthy eating at St. Mary’s and commended the excellent practice in the school. The assembled audience was treated to a viewing of their Healthy Living video which can be viewed on our website. Congratulations to everyone especially Karen, Trea, Eileen, Dolores and Marie. This is a huge achievement. We are delighted that our good practice has been acknowledged at this level.
We have an outstanding kitchen staff. Our school was chosen as an example of good practice, to represent primary education at the launch of the Food in Schools Policy in Stranmillis College in February 2014. Check out our film on the best practice page.
There are a number of theme days throughout the year to encourage the children and make dinner time enjoyable.
Fresh Meals are served daily in the dining hall at a cost of £2.30. Our kitchen staff also provide healthy break options for all of the children. They prepare a variety of food including fresh fruit, toast, bread, scones, cereals, fruit juice and milk.
Our Foundation Stage Break Initiative is very popular, with the majority of children in P.1 and P.2 paying 50p per day to receive a healthy snack in their classroom before breaktime.