Amherst Year 4 pupils turn ‘veg champions’

STUDENTS at Amherst Primary School are sampling different vegetables each week as part of a campaign to encourage more healthy eating among youngsters.

Amherst Primary Year 4 students with free vegetables as part of a campaign to encourage students to eat healthily. Left to right, back, Caitlin Ward and Zachary Gill, both 9, Amari Zekavica, 8, and Archie Stone, 9, and in front, Jake Blampied, 8, and Chloe Fallaize, 9. (Picture by Cassidy Jones, 29641065)
Amherst Primary Year 4 students with free vegetables as part of a campaign to encourage students to eat healthily. Left to right, back, Caitlin Ward and Zachary Gill, both 9, Amari Zekavica, 8, and Archie Stone, 9, and in front, Jake Blampied, 8, and Chloe Fallaize, 9. (Picture by Cassidy Jones, 29641065)

Guernsey’s Health Improvement Commission is promoting the UK Veg Power campaign, whereby students will try a different vegetable each week and learn about the goodness they contain.

So that every child in the school has a chance to sample the veg, Les Cotils is donating punnets of food each week.

Vegetable tasting kicked off this week with the rather controversial tomato.

PSHE lead Lucie Le Prevost was impressed with how all of the students got involved.

‘Some of the students who had tried tomatoes before and didn’t like them gave it another go, often finding they weren’t as bad as they remembered,’ she said.

Year 4 students have been ‘veg champions’, sampling a whole host of colourful veggies and encouraging the other students to make healthier choices.

Nine-year-old Zachary Gill has discovered a new love of peppers, particularly the yellow ones.

‘You can definitely taste a difference in the colours – the green ones seem to taste strong and the yellow ones are really sweet,’ he said.

‘I told my mum I like them and now she puts them in my lunch box.’

Eight-year-old Amari Zekavica said the raw broccoli was amazing and was looking forward to broccoli week when they will be able to try it cooked by the chef at Les Cotils.

As the weeks go on, the students will learn more about which vegetables are full of vitamins, which are packed with fibre and how this helps keep people fit and healthy.

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