Comment posted Lochgilphead primary pupil’s internet exposure of poor school meals goes viral by Integrity? Not in the CondemAll.
Does anyone else remember being told that having hot food prepared within the school was an educational benefit?
In all seriousness though this is a very important issue however we should be wary of making any assumptions about the quality (and quantity) of school dinners across A&B based on this one story (not saying anyone is). Fingers crossed this is an issue that is not widespread and largely isolated to LJC and maybe a small number of other schools.
This will make finding a solution far easier as lessons can be learned from other schools who are delivering a much better school meal ‘experience’ and they can be applied to those who are seemingly failing.
Talk of kids being encouraged to rush their dinner is not great surprise when you see the size of the canteen and then the size of the school roll. It is symptomatic of ill thought strategy and poor planning. Just like in the proposal to merge Garelochhead, Rosneath an Kilcreggan primary schools where the Garelochhead canteen was painfully too small and there was talk of having as many as three staggered lunch hours plus an additional room being used for packed lunch kids.
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- I believe what FA said was that they very rarely remove posts, not ‘never remove’ and the experience of most on here would support that statement.
No idea what the removed post said but if it was removed I would wager there was good reason.
- OK found it and listened to it. Fair to say that there is little room for interpretation. Malcolm McFadyen is pretty clear that he blames the child for making that choice and that he is happy with the quality of the meals provided by the Council, that they meet standards and that they encourage discussions about meal choices in classrooms.
Early on when he first puts the blame on Martha for making that choice Kaye Adams bluntly states ‘She is 9 years old’
Pretty pathetic really. I guess if the school library was equally stacked with good quality books designed to help kids develop reading and English but also Japanese manga comics and all the kids ever read was the manga comics then the Council would wash its hands of any responsibility for that as well.
- I am clearly being a muppet as I can only find the chat between Kaye Adams and Nick Nairn which kicks off off 3.54 mins in
- I am actually delighted that Malcolm McFadyen made remarks along those lines (I didn’t hear the broadcast so am wary of putting too many words in his mouth – would be very interested in hearing exactly what he said to avoid any accusations of paraphrasing o taking things out of context).
The reason I am delighted is because if he has pretty much said ‘It’s the child’s fault for choosing that option’ then it blows this issue up into something that is far more significant than what could have been an issue isolated to one school. This delights me because it highlights a fundamental lack of understanding and intelligence at Head of Service level which really pinpoints the root cause of the problem (rather than there being a risk that people far lower down the food chain get scapegoated).
It also highlights that the problem lies at a level where there is potential impact across Argyll rather than at unit level and this makes it far more important that it is tackled firmly, transparently and quickly.
Finally it again shows that within the top branches of A&B there is a culture of ‘everyone’s fault but ours’
Recent comments by Integrity? Not in the CondemAll
- Scottish National Party selects candidate for by-election in Oban North and Lorn
We have secrecy over voting for a good reason. Councillors are entitled to it just as much as anyone
- Jim Murphy hit by eggs in Kirkcaldy
Jim Murphy said this
The spontaneous audiences also produce some characters. My favourite so far was a man claiming to be ‘the Oban Seagull Whisperer”. He turned up in the West Highland capital with the sole aim of persuading the call of nature of said seagulls to disrupt our session. I think the bag of chips in his hand were a bigger calling signal than any of his silent sounds.
If people can’t see that is a joke then heaven help us!
- Jim Murphy hit by eggs in Kirkcaldy
‘Neither campaign’s reputations should be tarnished by the odd imbecilic act or tirade’
Wholeheartedly agree. Overall I believe the campaign on the streets in villages, towns and cities has been good natured and carried out in a good spirit without excessive incident.
Of course there are morons who neither have the brain cells or the common decency to allow a democratic process be carried out without resorting to physical or verbal abuse but then again there are some people who can barely let a day go by without resorting to physical and verbal abuse.
Unless there is evidence that such unsavoury incidents are being deliberately orchestrated by official groups (and I am yet to see any) the then this sort of behaviour by supporters of both sides should be treated as what they are – the actions of idiots, not the actions of the majority.
- Have state guardians been consulted on contraceptive administration to minors?
Just as a matter of slight correction those aren’t local authorities, they are health boards.
- BBC indy debate: incoherent uncontrolled unedifying bear pit
Oops – thanks JnrTick – hell what’s a thousand or so billion between friends!!
It would be interesting to get some sort of breakdown or how the debt has been accumulated. i.e. how much for roads, how much for public buildings, how much for weaponry etc etc and see how that is approximately split across the members of the UK.
Clearly it wouldn’t be to the penny but a ballpark would be interesting for all parties. Not sure how readily available that information is.
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