KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Hundreds of primary schools in England have failed to hit tougher literacy and numeracy targets brought in this year, according to reports in the BBC.
The BBC in a report Thursday said that targets were missed by 767 of more than 15,000 schools in which final-year pupils took national Sats tests.
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Not terribly happy with the increasingly common sight of overweight children, 2012 Jamaica Observer Food Awards Chef on the Rise Brian Lumley and his sister Stephanie Lumley thought they could make make good of a not-so-pleasing trend. "We wanted to put a healthy spin on food and capture young children at an early age to develop heathier eating habits, so we thought, 'why not a kiddies food camp?'" Lumley told Thursday Food, on a return journey to Kingston from a field trip with the under-10 set to Azan's Farms Limited in Bog Walk, St Catherine.
Twenty children, aged four to 10 years, were participants in the two-week long kiddies' camp billed Budding Chefs and hosted at Kids On Campus at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. The camp, which ended last week, ahead of finalising back-to-school prepararations.
Lumley said the budding chefs learned such cooking techniques as grilling and sauteeing, as well as how to make hot dogs, pizza, fruits tarts, and other desserts. The children were also taken on field trips to Sovereign Super market to shop for the ingredients to create their pizzas. They also went on a road trip to Azan's Farm Limited in St Catherine where they were exposed to the workings of a farm, and also got the opportunity to play with chickens.
With the inaugural Budding Chefs camp a certified success, Lumley is looking to host more kiddies food camps the future. "Definitely," he says about more kiddies camps, "we're looking at next summer or whenever kids are on extended breaks from school."
Budding Chefs (from left) Zaine Redwood, Maiya Barbar, Alana Davis,
Jada McPherson, and Kymani Anderson learn how to make fruit tarts.
Five-year-old Zaine Redwood, a participant in the Budding Chefs
kiddies camp told Thursday Food he enjoyed being part of the
camp. “I liked it a lot, and I’ve learnt how to make a lot of things.”
Jamaica Observer Food
Awards guest chef Collin
Brown (left) presents the
2012 Chef on the Rise Award
to Brian Lumley at the
awards presentation at
Devon House last May.
Chef Brian Lumley, assisted
by his sister Stephanie (left),
shows children in the
Budding Chefs Kiddies Camp
(from left to right) Abigail
Barr (partially hidden),
Benjamin Henry, Giana
Ferguson, Maiya Barbar,
Kymani Anderson, Zaine
Redwood, Jada McPherson,
and at back, Austin
Evelyn-Watson how to
make fruit tarts.
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