Friday, 5 June 2015

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School set to reap rewards of healthy living idea

Mondelēz International volunteers dig deep at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School

Volunteers from Mondelēz International have spent an afternoon digging deep at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School in Harborne to make room for a mini orchard and vegetable patch to encourage healthy eating.

Supporting the organisation’s Health for Life initiative, the team of nine spent the day digging holes to make space for 14 fruit trees, clearing a large area of weeds and nettles, and preparing areas for vegetable and herb growing.

As part of the creative curriculum, 210 pupils along with staff will be planting trees and seeds to grow a range of produce including potatoes, carrots, rosemary, coriander and thyme. Children will also be planting and maintaining the kitchen herb garden in connection with the catering staff who work at the school.

Currently supporting 23 primary schools across South Birmingham, Health for Life is a £3million, five year initiative funded by the Mondelēz International Foundation and delivered in partnership with the Health Education Service and The Conservation Volunteers.

Nuala Levack, class teacher at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School, said: “We are very grateful to the volunteers who gave up their time to support the children. The programme will provide a great opportunity for all the pupils to observe the stages of seed to harvesting and the care needed to produce healthy crops. The children are really excited to grow their own fruit and vegetables.”

Stacey Prince, customer demand analyst from the customer services and logistics team at Mondelēz International, added: “We had a lovely afternoon helping the school to prepare the ground for the vegetable and herb patches. The aim of the day was to develop the children’s awareness of healthy eating and involve them in the process.

“It was a great opportunity for the team to spend time together outside of work, and a bonus that the sun was shining!”

The Health for Life programme currently runs in primary and secondary schools, and across the community, promoting food growing, healthy cooking, eating and active lifestyles. For more information please visit

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