Convenor: Amanda McLardy
Region: Central Queensland
School Type: State PrimarySchool
No. of students: 285
Days open: 2
Queensland Convenor of the Year 2016
Top Ten Tuckshops 2016
Smart Choices Menu Special Commendation 2016
Fruit and Vegetable Promotion Award 2016
Pictured: Amanda McLardy (right) with Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young (left).
The aim of our tuckshop is to provide fun, fresh and healthy food for our whole school community, that always adheres to the Smart Choices guidelines.
We only use the freshest of ingredients and by local when possible.
2016 a year of change…
The Farnborough State School tuckshop thrives on change; each term, Amanda, our convenor, changes the menu to keep in line with seasonal produce and climate. The students love the changes and they cannot wait to hear what she has in store for them for the coming term. Amanda tests the waters before putting a new item on the menu by doing meal deals and offering taste testings to students, parents and staff. The students are not shy in offering constructive criticism and the tastings gauge if the dish will be a success or not. Social media has played a great role in keeping parents informed on menu changes and day to day specials.
Having a green menu is still the most important part of our tuckshop. Our mission statement is Our aim is to provide fun, fresh and healthy food for our whole school community. Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption will always be Farnboroughs main focus. Amanda does this by including fruit and/or vegetables in all her dishes. The same mince is used for the UFOs, Spaghetti Bol and the Mexican Meal. Grated carrot, zucchini, onion, tomatoes and fresh picked herbs are used in this recipe creating a beautiful rich flavour that the kids love. One of the most popular dishes is Amandas Mexican Meal. She adds red kidney beans, paprika and cumin to the base recipe. This meal is served with a tomato and lettuce salad and pita bread. Freshly baked muffins always include banana or apple.
Snack items on the menu include the yummy platter (carrot sticks, fruit, cheese, crackers and homemade cheesy herb dip), seasonal fruit salad bowls, homemade custard with fresh banana and apple slinkies. The apple slinky is incredibly popular with many students now bringing their own apple to be slinkied. The prices for these items are kept to a minimum so more children can enjoy them. This year Amanda introduced FREE FRUIT FRIDAY. This gives all the children the opportunity to receive tuckshop and to try fruits they may not have otherwise tried. Watching the children swarm Amanda with the fruit platters is fantastic. You would think she has a tray full of lollies!
Taking photos of the beautifully presented food is also an important part of the process. Amanda has made a dedicated face book page (The Tuckshop @ Farnborough) which showcases the foods she supplies. These photos show the quality of the delicious fresh meals she produces and we believe it is essential for parents and caregivers to have the opportunity to see what is being served to their children.