The ‘H Factor’ is an annual event held in the Junior Girls’ and Junior Boys’ School and run by the Catering Department to promote healthy eating to Year 3 pupils.
Catering Manager Karen Riley and Catering Coordinator Andrew Scialpi-Sullivan bring a variety of fruit and vegetables into each School for the girls and boys to try, including different types of melon, blueberries, figs, kiwi fruit, starfruit, dragonfruit, black radishes, Chinese pears that looked like potatoes, and even some edible flower petals! They explain that all of these different fruits and vegetables, along with many more, can be delivered quite easily by the School’s suppliers, opening their eyes to the rich variety of healthy foods available, as well as encouraging them to try new things.
Perhaps the most exciting part of the ‘H Factor’ experience is the opportunity for pupils to make their own pedal-powered smoothies on the smoothie bike! The children choose their own ingredients, including different types of fruit and juice, before hopping onto the bike and pedalling as hard as they can to turn the mixture into a real smoothie.
Boys and girls alike always have a lot of fun throughout the afternoon, as well as learning more about the importance of ‘The H Factor’. One Year 6 girl recently said that one of her favourite memories from the Junior Girls’ School was this event.