Thanksgiving on the menu at Kidderminster school

Holy Trinity School students in Kidderminster enjoyed a celebration feast to mark the American holiday of ‘Thanksgiving’ courtesy of their school chef and catering team from MiQuill Catering. The menu included turkey and stuffing balls, sweet potato casserole and butternut squash as well as a whole host of hot and cold meal choices and deserts. Said Chef, Simon Quill: “We love creating and introducing different foods for the children to try; regularly adapting school menus to celebrate global national celebrations, religious festivals and seasonal and local foods to support classroom learning throughout all sections of the school. It’s great fun and offers children the opportunity to try food they would not usually eat.” Every year Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday of November following the traditions of the first Pilgrims and Puritans at Plymouth (Massachusetts) who, it is said, were thankful for a good harvest in 1621. The celebration has its roots in harvest festivals and days of religious worship, and Canadians celebrate a separate Thanksgiving also drawing upon these origins although a little earlier in the year. Today Thanksgiving has become a traditional time in America to get together with family or friends, with the date now regarded as a secular holiday to celebrate family. Holy Trinity Headteacher, Mrs Pamela Leek-Wright, said: “What a sumptuous feast. We are always extremely grateful to Simon and his catering team for an amazing job creating a menu which celebrates this American holiday which not only nourished but also complements student learning.”