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Issue:- Sunday, 10 January 2016

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Dishing up the best School meals

THE Council Catering Staff, at 2 Liverpool Schools, are celebrating after scooping national awards for their initiative, skill and dedication.

Kitchen staff at St Cecilia's Catholic Infant and Nursery School in Tuebrook scooped the gong for best customer service in the public sector at the Blakemore Foodservice Awards.

They serve 150 freshly prepared meals a day and the School even has its own allotment which grows food for the kitchen.

Veteran Head Cook Ellen Hives; who has now served 3 generations of pupils in the City; works closely with children, asking what they like and don't like and making changes if necessary.

The Catering Team and School Staff organise many theme days and at a Bonfire Party, they were met with a red 'firework' carpet, streamers and a light show which mimicked fireworks going off around the Dining Hall.

Headteacher Elizabeth van de Waal said:- "Children are at the centre of what Ellen does, she bends over backwards and is very enthusiastic in all that she does for the School. She has a great work ethic and her team follow suit."

On Friday, 8 January 2015, Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for education, Councillor Nick Small went back to School and visiting St Cecilia's Infants to congratulate staff and sample their award winning service.

Meanwhile, staff at St Anne Stanley C of E Primary School in Old Swan were double winners at the awards ceremony; picking up prizes for best catering team and best overall in the public sector.

Around 300 of its pupils have a School lunch and it has developed new menus which have proved hugely popular.

The School now offers a breakfast club and also has a deli bar serving sandwiches, wraps and jackets.  Cllr. Small said:- "Good quality School meals are really important, and in some cases it is the one hot meal a day that children receive. Our School catering service does a fantastic job providing excellent food to many of our children and young people and it is great to see staff at 2 of the Schools recognised. I am very much looking forward to finding out how the food has improved since I was a lad, when it was all soggy semolina and grey cabbage!"

World's biggest School wildlife survey celebrates 15 years, with children on Merseyside

TENS of thousands of Schoolchildren across the UK, including Merseyside, will be peering out of their classroom windows, for the RSPB's 'Big Schools' Birdwatch 2016', that started on 4 January 2016 and runs until 12 February 2016. Now in its 15th year, the RSPB's Big Schools' Birdwatch will become the 'World's Biggest School Wildlife Survey.' it is hoped that it will help to track numbers of birds that use School grounds, giving the charity an insight into the wildlife which is doing well or not so well, and providing Schoolchildren with a great learning experience.

The survey encourages Schoolchildren of all ages, and their teachers, to count the birds in their School grounds for 1 hour of 1 day. Each School's findings help the RSPB's experts to build a picture of bird populations and monitor any changes, while carrying out the survey helps children to improve their observation skills.

Last year, a record breaking 90,000 pupils and teachers across the UK took part in the Big Schools' Birdwatch, which revealed the blackbird as the most commonly seen bird in School grounds, with 85% of Schools seeing an average of 5.

Now the RSPB is looking forward to receiving this year's School wildlife sightings, which also contribute to the results of the RSPB's annual Big Garden Birdwatch; which has the title of the 'Biggest Wildlife Survey In The World', that will take place over 30 January 2016 to 31 January 2016.

James Harding Morris, RSPB Big Schools' Birdwatch Co-ordinator said:- "This fun and educational activity is suitable for all ages and abilities and, best of all, it takes just 1 lesson or lunchtime. Research has shown that children are increasingly disconnected from nature, which is linked to poorer physical and mental health, so this event is a great way to get young people excited about the world around them. It also provides us with valuable information on how some of our familiar birds are doing and encourages the children to help give nature a home."

There is still time for Schools to sign up to take part in the Birdwatch. Teachers, helpers or children don't need to be experts to take part in the survey. Everything a teacher would need to plan a fantastic Birdwatch, and develop their children's knowledge and interest in the birds they see every day, is available to download, including guidance notes, things to make and counting charts. To register a School to take part please click on here.

The Big Schools' Birdwatch and Big Garden Birdwatch are part of the RSPB's Giving Nature a Home campaign, aimed at tackling the problems facing the UK's threatened wildlife. For more information on how to give nature a home, visit:- RSPB.Org.UK/Homes

Also, if your School is taking part in this Birdwatch, please do let us know via emailing us at:- News24@southportReporter.Com.

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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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