What a busy first half term! It’s been a full half term since our last blog entry and it has definitely been a busy one!
After an indulgent Christmas, we decided January was the time to introduce our healthier meal options into the bistro. This is something that our staff, customers and students embraced. Throughout January we served dishes such as chicken and vegetable kebabs, shepherd’s pie filled potato skins, jacket potatoes, rainbow salads, chilli con carne, homemade soups and oven baked fish and chips. We even kept our sweet toothed customers happy by making a healthier version of their favourite puddings.
January also saw the visit of the Mayor of Bolton for afternoon tea. Students were kept busy in the days leading up to the event by making their own bread and planning menus. Once again our students excelled themselves with their catering and hospitality skills. We served a variety of sweet and savoury dishes which included mini salt beef bagels, cheese triple decker sandwiches, pinwheel wraps, Ploughman’s scones, mini cheese pasties, lemon slices, mini Victoria sandwich cakes and shortbread. The Mayor thoroughly enjoyed her visit to Rummies and has promised to return again soon.
As well as the special visit from the Mayor we have hosted several afternoon tea events, supplied a buffet to the Parent Partnership team and hosted a lunch for the Head teachers of Bolton.
During the first week in February we celebrated National Breakfast Week by hosting our first parent’s morning alongside Magic Breakfast. During the morning our parents took part in discussions, activities and taste tests. The definite highlight for all was the cooking session led by our sixth form students. Our students taught the parents how to make a sugar free banana bread. These sessions allowed us to demonstrate the confidence and skills our students have acquired while working in Rummie’s. We look forward to hosting other events with Magic breakfast in the near future.
The second week in February was equally as busy with Rummies hosting a Networking Breakfast for local businesses. Over twenty local businesses attended and enjoyed breakfast made by our students. Some excellent connections were made throughout the morning.
As well as the meals and special events that have taken place this term, we have been also been developing our students cake decorating skills. Rummies have been commissioned to make two cakes and have also produced and sold Valentines cupcakes to students and staff. Last week we were lucky enough to welcome Steph Sharratt into Rummies to help teach our students cake decorating skills. A huge thank you to Steph for giving up her time to help.
After such a busy half term we show no signs of slowing down. This week we are welcoming Margaret Asquith for Afternoon tea. The following week Jon Jones from the Farmers Arms is coming to eat lunch prepared by our students. Our final task for the term is a breakfast meeting for the Head teachers of Bolton. All this is alongside our weekly lunches that are served to Rumworth staff, Ladybridge High staff, Bolton Music Service and LifeBridge staff and students! To reward our students for their hard work we are taking them for lunch to The Farmers Arms.
The final thing I want to mention is how proud we are of our Rummies students. As well as the hard work above all of our students are well on their way to passing a BTech qualification and eleven students have passed their Food Hygiene qualification!