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Archive for May, 2015

Hunter Hall pupils join Food Revolution Day

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Pupils at Hunter Hall School took part in an international cooking lesson hosted by Jamie Oliver to celebrate “Food Revolution Day” on 15th May.

Food Revolution Day is Jamie Oliver’s global day of action to fight for food education and get children excited about cooking. It’s about celebrating the importance of cooking good food from scratch and raising awareness of how it impacts our health and wellbeing.

This is the second year the pupils of Hunter Hall School have taken part in the live cooking event.  This year, the children made Jamie’s ‘Squash it Sandwich’ joining in an online, live cooking video from Jamie himself.

The event was organised by Mrs Judith Wilson, a parent of one of the children at the school, and experienced cookery teacher. Mrs Wilson also runs a weekly Cookery Club, which is one of the most popular after school clubs at Hunter Hall.

Mrs Wilson comments,

“Food Revolution Day is such a popular event at Hunter Hall and all the children love getting involved and making something really unusual.  Most importantly it gives the children new skills in cooking and also teaches them the importance of healthy eating.  The children were introduced to several foods they hadn’t tried before, such as houmous, sunflower seeds and radishes and thoroughly enjoyed the finished product!”

In 2014, Food Revolution Day saw more than 10,000 events occur across 121 countries. Worldwide, more than 250,000 children tuned in to watch and join in with Jamie’s live cooking lesson; during which they made delicious rainbow salad wraps.

How social media played its part in the general election

Friday, May 8th, 2015

I don’t know about you, but I’ll be glad when all this election talk is over and things are back to normal.  Whatever your views of who is in power, one thing is for sure is that social media has had a huge part to play in this general election.

Many of my followers and friends have taken to social media to air their views.  I tend to refrain from sharing my political views, but there have been some really interesting debates to read and have often raised questions that I’ve not known the answers to.

For the political parties, social media has also been hugely influential more than ever before.  According to the drum.com

Figures have shown that the Conservatives benefitted from the most engagement on their Facebook page with 467,000 likes with supporters generating more than 50,000 comments.

It seems that people have been attracted to taking to social media to be able to engage with politicians on a human level, have discussions and ask questions which we’ve not really been able to do before.

There was also a bit of comedy thrown in there with Nicola Sturgeon’s #dollgate story which started trending on Twitter.  A story revealed in the Sun newspaper that she once hacked the hair off her Barbie doll when she was younger.   Some members of the SNP were worried this could be detrimental to their campaign, but Ms Sturgeon herself took to Twitter and said

For the record, I think my sister is misremembering. I’m sure it was a Sindy doll. #DollGate

And

I’m not proud of it, Linda, but I’ve changed. My niece’s dolls have never come to any harm. #DollGate

With the outcome of the General Election perhaps this social media story showed the human side of the leader and gained her a few extra votes?

Even as we all took to the polls, Facebook encouraged people to share that they’d voted and on twitter the hashtag #IVoted trended throughout the day.  There are many lessons that can be learned from how social media has been used in this election – it’ll be interesting to see how things change for the next election and perhaps how politicians can use social media in an even more engaging way in the future.