In the words of Andy Williams, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Here at Joseph Norton the pupils really have had a wonderful week; enjoying Christmas Dinner complete with all the trimmings each and every day.  Gammon, turkey, pork and beef have adorned the plates on different days accompanied by broccoli, roast parsnips, carrots, peas, pigs in blankets, stuffing, lashings of gravy and either, roast, new or mash potato.  On Thursday we even snuck a cheeky Yorkshire pudding.

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Here at Joseph Norton our pupils have the unique opportunity to help prepare, cook and serve the school dinners. Working alongside the Hospitality & Catering Instructor and group staff, pupils in KS3 & KS4 take turns every day to ensure dinners are served to the best standard and are tasty and nutritious. With all groups showing promise in the kitchen and working hard over the autumn terms it seemed unfair to allow only one group the honour, pleasure and responsibility of preparing the Christmas Dinner. The decision was made early on to allow all groups the opportunity to cook a delicious festive feast.


Pupils worked hard and pulled together to achieve something that I’m sure most of you would agree is astounding. As enjoyable as a Christmas Dinner is, most of us would not wish to make it four days in a row. This has only been possible because of the effort pupils have put in over the last months, learning how to use the kitchen equipment safely.

Today the final group will prepare a festive buffet for pupils to enjoy before breaking for the Christmas Holidays. I look forward to the New Year when pupils return and continue to develop their skills in the school kitchen. We have some new tasty dishes joining the menu in January that I know they are keen to try.

In a week when many things begin to ‘wind down’ the pupils of Joseph Norton have gone against the grain and absolutely smashed it!

Merry Christmas!