At St Michael’s Catholic High School in Watford, school meals come with a secret ingredient: a smile.
Every day the cheery team of canteen staff set about feeding more than a thousand peckish children and the adults watching over them. This they do with love and a laugh, whatever the weather.
Schools’ catering specialist Herts Catering Limited organised a slick “Oscars” style presentation evening on 17 May, with various categories of excellence.
With a slick stand-up comedian, accomplished band and the classy food of Shendish Manor, Hemel Hempstead, a good evening’s entertainment was guaranteed.
To have been shortlisted to three finalists for Hertfordshire Secondary School Catering Team of the Year from ninety original worthy nominations was itself a prize, but to hear “winner” called from the golden envelope was the icing on the proverbial canteen cake.
The following morning, the canteen angels were back at work making Hertfordshire’s best nurtured bacon rolls.
As the award stated: “The service and dedication to the school has been fantastic. We have seen a massive take up in meals and the team has worked incredibly hard to keep up with demand. There is an innovative, fresh and continually changing menu providing variety and interest to students and staff alike. The canteen is a pleasant, welcoming environment in keeping with the ethos and culture of the school.”
Headteacher Edward Conway commented ‘We are delighted that our wonderful catering team have won this award. They make a significant contribution to St Michael’s not only in the quality of food that they produce on a daily basis but also due to their infectious smiles, bubbly personalities and genuine care for all of the students in our community. They are a very special group and we value them greatly.’