Leeds schoolgirl gives MPs food for thought

A former pupil of Harehills Primary school will be guest of honour at the Houses of Parliament after a healthy school meals logo that she designed was selected by an important Parliamentary committee.

Christina Xaviour was a pupil at Harehills Primary school when she designed the logo for the All Party Parliamentary Group on school meals to promote their work in Parliament.

Now, Christina has been invited to the Houses of Parliament to meet the group which includes MPs and experts in school meals from all around the country. Christina and five other Leeds pupils will talk to the group about the School Food Ambassadors programme which is unique to Leeds, and will be given a tour of the Houses of Parliament.

As a celebration of Christina's success, Councillor Judith Blake, deputy leader of Leeds City Council, who also chairs the Leeds Children's Trust Board, will be presenting her with a framed copy of her logo at a celebration event at the school next week.

Media opportunity:

When: Friday 16 November at 11.30am

Where: Harehills Primary school, Darfield Road, LS8 5DQ

Members of the media are invited to attend the celebration event where Christina will be presented with a trophy from Cllr Judith Blake and George Mudie MP. The media will also be able to find out more about, and sample some of the new international menu which is available at Harehills Primary School.

Harehills Primary is one of a number of schools in Leeds which has completely transformed its school food service through the School Food Ambassador programme. This is a student- led scheme which was developed in Leeds, gives children and young people a say in their school meals and helps encourage healthy eating amongst their peers. This programme means students are involved in monitoring their own school meals so they can make sure standards are being met.

Head teacher Margaret Broughton is particularly pleased at the success of her former pupil, she said:

“This is absolutely marvellous. One of the main reasons that we have been able to transform our school food service at Harehills is because of the enthusiasm and hard work of pupils at the school. Along with catering professionals and teaching staff, the changes which we have brought about would not have been possible if pupils had not played such a significant role. Everyone at the school is really proud of what we have done and particularly pleased that Christina has received this accolade".

Cllr Blake will be accompanied at the celebration event by George Mudie MP. They will also be able to speak to pupils and staff at the school about the new meals arrangements which have been brought into the school and sample some of the new food available.

Cllr Blake executive board member responsible for children’s services said,

“What a wonderful achievement. I’m sure Christina will have a fantastic time in London and will be very proud to see her logo design being used by such an important national committee.

“The School Food Ambassador programme has given children and young people across the city the confidence to make their voices heard and has been a huge success. The role of this programme is to put student voices and enthusiasm at the heart of our efforts and to reflect our desire to be a Child Friendly City.”

For more information about the Leeds School Food Ambassador programme visit: www.leeds.gov.uk/schoolmeals


For media enquiries, please contact:

Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk