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Celebrating Sutton's School Catering Staff - 16.11.09

A special event to thank Sutton's longest serving school catering staff took place on Friday 13 November at St Elphege's School, as part of National School Meals Week. The Mayor of Sutton and other guests joined pupils and school staff for a roast chicken lunch.

The theme of the day was 'Get Thanking your School Caterer' and we honoured our longest serving catering staff – some of whom have been doing the job since the 1980s – with lunch followed by a thank you ceremony. The Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Margaret Court was there to present the catering staff their certificates.

One of those honoured was Christine Mitchell from St Elphege's. She said: "I've served thousands of school dinners in my 24 years working in Sutton. I've enjoyed watching the children grow up."

Other catering staff honoured for their long dedication to Sutton's school catering were Chris Fiest and Gladys Kemp, both also from St Elphege's, Irene Harris from Abbey Primary and Alexandra Hawkins from Sherwood Park school. Linda Airs who is part of the Head Office Team was honoured too for her long service to Sutton Catering.

We also asked pupils from around the borough to make thank you cards to thank the catering staff for all their hard work over the years which were on display on the day.

Thousands of primary school children in Sutton were also asked to vote for their favourite school meal as part of National School Meals Week.  Over 3700 votes were cast, with just over 1700 children voting for roast chicken and seasonal vegetables as their top school meal. The winning meal was served in most of Sutton's primary schools on Monday 9 November.

Cllr Tony Brett Young, Executive Member for Young People who attended the event said: "Sutton's school catering staff do such a fantastic job all year round and I want to thank them all. In particular, we are honouring our longest serving staff – some of whom have been with us for 20 years - for all their hard work over the years."

Last updated: Tuesday, 17 November 2009

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