St Mary's Standard: Eastern promise

CHILDREN at St Mary s School say they want to see more Chinese food on their school dinner menu. More than 61 per cent of pupils polled said they wanted more oriental options for lunch. The pupils showed a taste for the exotic in their answers for the s

CHILDREN at St Mary's School say they want to see more Chinese food on their school dinner menu.

More than 61 per cent of pupils polled said they wanted more oriental options for lunch.

The pupils showed a taste for the exotic in their answers for the survey, with many also saying they would like to see Italian or Indian cuisine on the menu.

Sixteen of the 26 children polled said they would like more Chinese food for lunch, which works out to 61.538 per cent.


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Daniel, pictured, was one of them, and he added that he would like to see different meat like duck and roast chicken on the school lunch menu.

The survey also looked at pupils' eating habits and the things they prefer, which also turned up some interesting results.

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Cucumbers and sweetcorn were by far the most popular vegetable with just a single vote for broccoli, which this reporter doesn't like either, even if it is very good for you.

Carrots were the second favourite after cucumber and sweetcorn.

One thing that is interesting is that cucumbers are actually classified as a fruit, but many people think of them as vegetables.

The results for fruit showed that apples were by far the most popular, with oranges the second most popular.

Again, there were some rather exotic results; some of the children said their favourite fruit was the mango.

Of all the things on the school menu, roast dinners were the most popular, with the salad and pizza bar coming a close second.

Anna, pictured, said she enjoyed the Mexican flavour of a tortilla wrap.

The vast majority of pupils said they think they eat healthily, with 19 children pointing out that a balanced diet is important for health.

Luke, pictured, gave an honest answer and said he thinks he eats healthily generally, but admitted "sometimes I eat crisps and chocolate".

Although packed lunches were popular, most of the children surveyed said they liked to have packed lunches on some days and school dinners on others.

Issy, pictured, said she sometimes has school dinners and sometimes has packed lunches.

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