Food for thought in Gapuwiyak
To reinforce the benefits of eating fruit and vegetables, 100 Gapuwiyak School students have created 3D food art and enjoyed the inaugural Healthy Canteen Day.
Principal Clarice O’Leary said the event acknowledged the work of the canteen in supplying wholesome foods, and the importance of a nourishing diet in maintaining physical and mental vigour.
“The community store supplies the canteen with fresh food, which includes potatoes, pumpkins, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, onions and tomatoes,” she said. “There are also apples, oranges, pears, melons, lemons, grapes, strawberries, blueberries and tamarinds.
“Using food to create a wide range of 3D artworks prompted students to think and talk constructively about a balanced diet of healthy foods.
“The school has partnered with the East Arnhem Council to develop a sustainable garden, enriched by canteen biodegradables, and although we have not yet established a bush tucker garden, the students go on local excursions to learn about traditional bush foods.
“We are also developing resources to help families connect traditional foods and cultural practices with a contemporary understanding of nutrition, and cooking methods that preserve the riches of healthy foods.”