Hill House Bursar, Mrs Kidney, was delighted to get the opportunity to dine with two of our Senior School parents in our wonderful Dining Hall.
Having enquired as to what their boys were eating at lunchtime, and how much, Mrs Kidney invited them to experience a Hill House lunch for themselves.
Enjoying a roast beef dinner followed by apple crumble, Mrs Drohan and Mrs Blanchard were able to observe the lunchtime service and speak to Head Chef, Matthew Hewitt.
Discussing menu development, lunchtime logistics and pupil expectations with Mrs Kidney, both parties came away with a deeper understanding of what parents and pupils want, and what the school is trying to achieve.
Balancing healthy eating and food education with providing hearty meal options that all children will enjoy is a fine art and one that Mrs Kidney and the catering company, Wilson Vale, work hard on a daily basis to get right. Already engaging with pupils through Food Committee and questionnaires, in order to gauge pupil opinions and ideas, Mrs Kidney thought the time was right to involve parents and to demonstrate the wide variety of options available to our children.
Both parents agreed that the food was delicious, with the apple crumble a particular hit. Mrs Blanchard, parent of Simon in Year 7, said, “I cannot fault the food, it was lovely.”
Mrs Kidney said, “Listening to parents is so important for us to ensure that we are working towards a common goal. For both ladies to get the chance to see the incredible work that the kitchen staff put in to feeding over 700 children in two hours is fantastic and it was great to listen to their feedback and ideas.”
As part of the school’s ongoing commitment to providing a healthy, varied and interesting menu, we are introducing our “Taste Buddies” to lunchtimes. These “Buddies” will learn about and taste some of the more unfamiliar ingredients or elements of our dishes before sharing this with their peers and encouraging them to try something new.