We are delighted to announce exciting news of the opening of our new Cookery and Food Technology Room at the beginning of this Summer Term.
Cookery and Food Technology is an incredibly popular part of the curriculum at St George’s. The development of a new bespoke cookery room has, therefore, long been planned to grow on the success and continuing demand for food education and cookery skills provided under the auspices of a Leith's approved cookery programme.
Last term’s period of enforced quiet at St George’s provided the ideal opportunity to get to work! An existing large classroom has been redeveloped to create an exciting, modern space with seven cooking stations and capacity for fourteen pupils to work. There is, in addition, a teacher's work station where pupils will be able to watch demonstrations, supported by televisions and overhead cameras to ensure the girls can observe technique in detail. The school has consciously chosen to use eco-friendly induction hobs within the design of each station both to minimise energy usage and also allow for the use of renewable energy in keeping with St George’s commitment to sustainability and the environment. In terms of aesthetics, St George’s colours have been applied throughout and pupils will see grey cabinets with a splash of red for a very contemporary feel!
The development of this new space has also enabled the School to repurpose the former Cookery room for much needed domestic staff changing rooms and toilets. This will be a welcome addition for our Support Staff behind the scenes, significantly improving their working conditions and alleviating a number of identified 'pinch points' particularly in the context of Covid safety.
During lockdown, many from across the St George’s community have gathered each Friday evening, under the expert tutelage of Mrs Jones, our Leiths trained teacher, to cook supper together online. The huge popularity of ‘Friday Feasts’ showcases the tangible way in which Cookery, as a skill, builds and strengthens community, facilitating that sense of connection with one another that is central to the St George’s ethos. Girls, staff and families alike, are thrilled that the new Cookery and Food Technology Room is ready for action at the start of this Summer Term.