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Food and Nutrition Round-up November 2023

November 24, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


November 24, 2023
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Premiership Footballer and a Chef in Food and Nutrition 

A professional footballer from the Women’s Premier League who plays for Fulham FC spent a number of lessons with the Year 10’s who are studying GCSE Food and Nutrition.

Footballer Ellie Olds is not only a Forward in the Premiership Team but she also holds a First-Class Honours Degree in Nutrition from Leeds Trinity University in Sport and Exercise Science and also happens to be a diabetic. She spoke about all things health and nutrition explaining Macro and Micro Nutrients and how diet affects performance sports to those studying GCSE Food and Nutrition.

Ellie explained what it takes to get a nutritional edge in football and explained the football nutrition dos and don’ts to pupils.

Then from the sidelines we brought in our Executive Chef, Jordan Bradley from our own premier team of caterers from our dining hall. All the pupils had the chance to prepare their own nutritious plant-based bite-sized protein and carbohydrate-rich energy balls packed with vitamins and fruits under his instruction (the very same healthy, high-protein snacks eaten by Fulham FC players!)

Following these masterclasses, pupils had a question and answer session interviewing both our special guests and learning all about some very different careers in food and nutrition.

“We are committed to providing our pupils with career education, advice and work-related learning as part of our teaching”, said Mr Mann, Head of Faculty of Art, Design, and Food, “it is wonderful to be able to offer valuable opportunities like this where pupils get to gain a greater awareness and understanding about the world of work and the careers and opportunities available to them in the future, helping to broaden horizons and raise aspirations”.

Fast food that’s a bit of a ‘game’ changer

Our pupils have still been enjoying and being educated about lean sustainable game meat at Queen’s College after last week’s Great British Game Week with pupils this week making homemade venison meatball marinara subs after school. These were there own take on a healthier fast food that was a bit of a ‘game’ changer.

“I am so proud of the hard work of all our after-school club pupils having fun with fresh game”, said Mr Mann, Head of Faculty of Art, Design, and Food,  “wild game is a great source of lean protein plus high in beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids and is rich in iron and other healthful nutrients and of course, and very importantly – it tastes delicious”.







Step into Christmas

With ‘Stir Up Sunday’ this weekend, the historical baking tradition of preparing a pudding for Christmas Day on the last Sunday before advent, we have begun our countdown to Christmas.
Mr Mann, Head of Faculty of Art, Design, and Food was joined by budding young Year 7 bakers from St Peters Prep School this week to make beautiful sweet shortcrust pastry and delicious homemade spicy mincemeat for a multitude of fresh fruity festive mince pie bakes.
In Design and Technology, the same group made a selection of stunning animated Christmas trees perfect to decorate any snowy windowsill or mantelpiece alongside the Christmas  stockings. Under the direction of Mr Higgs, Head of Design and Technology, our visiting pupils became young engineers as they put together the different cogs required to make the Christmas trees move.
While in Art our visitors made use of our wonderful space we have at Queen’s to create their own fun festive lino-printed Christmas cards with the wonderful Mrs Spall. It was an activity full of ‘Sparkle and Shine’ as the cards become decorated with a whole array of sparkly glitters!



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