Pupils from Staniland Academy in Boston presented the fruits of their labour during a Dragons’ Den-style challenge set by chilled food producer Freshtime on the final day of this year’s Freshtime Fun Club.
On Wednesday (13th July), 64 Year 6 children assembled in the school hall to present their ideas for their healthy salads following a challenge set by Freshtime’s Managing Director Mark Newton.
Mark appeared via video link following a salad taste test session during the previous fun club session on Tuesday 28th June. He asked the 10 and 11-year-olds to create a balanced salad using a variety of ingredients and to consider how it should be packaged and marketed.
During Wednesday’s session, the pupils delivered a presentation of these concepts to the judges, who
included Mark Newton, Zoe Lamb from Shooting Star and the pupils’ teachers, Suzie Pell and Paula Clegg.
“Choosing the winning group was such a difficult decision, especially as we could see just how hard all of the children had worked,” said Suzie.
“Standing up to present in front of not only visitors, but also your peers can be daunting for anyone, at any age, so we’re extremely proud of each and every one of them.”
The teams were given scores out of ten for how healthy their salads were, as well as how they looked and how well thought out and creative their marketing campaigns were. The pupils were also marked for the
quality of their overall presentations.
It was a tough competition but the champions, who were awarded a children’s cookbook, were the Healthy Bite team for their Sweet and Spicy Salad Fantasy.
Mark added: “We were blown away by the level of effort and confidence among the pupils. The teams had put so much thought into the level of detail, right down to designing a logo and slogan to go with their campaigns.
“Two of the groups had even recorded their own TV adverts, which we’ve never had before. The Staniland Academy pupils have certainly set the bar high for next year’s fun club.
“The Dragons’ Den-style challenge is always a great way to round off the fun club activities, which we’ve very much enjoyed delivering again this year. The pupils and staff at Staniland have really got stuck in and we look forward to hearing how their growing space develops over the summer.”