Aberdeenshire primaries get a taste for fish during Seafood Week – Fishupdate.com

Aberdeenshire primaries get a taste for fish during Seafood Week Published:  11 October, 2007

Clerkhill primary school

ABERDEENSHIRE has been chosen as one of two Scottish local authorities to be involved in the Seafish Industry Authority’s promotional initiative ‘Superhumans’, which coincides with Seafood Week.

Six primary schools have been selected by Aberdeenshire Council’s school meal service to conduct Seafood Week samplings.

Samplings can include several types of fish such as salmon, mackerel, coley, hoki or pollack.

The primary schools participating are Clerkhill, Meiklemill, Fishermoss, Bervie, Easterfield and Gordon.

Clerkhill will have samplings spread over four days of Seafood Week.

One particular fish dish featuring at each school will be Salmon Pasta Bake, which is new to the upcoming winter 2007/8 Aberdeenshire primary school menus.

In addition to providing Omega 3 to pupil’s diets, Salmon Pasta Bake is one of many included on weekly menus analysed to achieve Scottish Government nutrient requirements.

Cook supervisor at Meiklemill School, Irene Gordon, is pleased to be involved in the activity and said: “Children at our school do like fish and our numbers are always good on a fish day.

“I think a majority of our pupils will be keen to have a taste of a dish I’m confident will be popular.”

Meiklemill School Head Teacher Marlene Johnston added: “This activity is great because it encourages pupils to appreciate the importance of fish in their diet.

“Along with the good food service provided here, we actively promote the school menus by inviting parents in to sample lunch.”

Catering promotion officer for Aberdeenshire Council, Michael Padilla-Lamb, said: “The activity is a good example of partnership working between the school meals service, the schools and the Seafish Authority.

“It’s also good because this is an opportunity for pupils to sample a dish from our recipe book that is now part of the menu cycle.”

The ‘Superhumans’ promotion will also feature at a number of other primary schools after the October break.

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