home economics notes

Step Challenge

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This week the Health Promoting School Team proudly launched our Step Challenge during school at lunch time.  Students are encouraged to go to the hockey pitch at lunch-time and walk around it 3 time (1000 steps, takes approximately 10 Minutes) For this they will receive a stamp. The students with the most steps at the end of the year will receive a prize. Step challenge sheets can be obtained from library.

Getting out of school each day improves mental health and physical health and is great fun. Hopefully the weather improves soon and it will be even better.


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Healthy Drinks Policy


Manor House School are currently drafting a healthy drinks policy.  We are promoting milk and water as the only healthy drinks to be consumed by students in school. This decision is based on recommendations from the HSE and feedback from parents in the Health Promoting School Questionnaire.

What’s wrong with other drinks? 

Excess sugar causes tooth decay and can lead to obesity.  Drinking sugary drinks in school can cause a massive spike in blood sugars and then a sudden drop in blood sugars, making it difficult to concentrate and learn.  Diet or low calorie drinks often have sweetener added to replace sugar, however this is not  a healthy option either as carbonated drinks and sweetener also damage the teeth.

How much sugar should we have?

Many drinks have more than the total Recommended Daily Amount (RDA)  of sugar in one bottle. For teenagers the RDA is no more than 20 mg of sugar or 4 teaspoons.  Look at the following examples:


Drink Amount of Sugar
200ml carton of Capri Sun 4 teaspoons
500 ml bottle  Lucozade Original 4 ½  teaspoons
500 ml bottle Coca Cola 13 teaspoons
500ml bottle Club Orange 16 teaspoons
500ml 7Up 13 teaspoons
250 ml bottle pure orange juice 4 ½ teaspoons
250 ml bottle Innocent Strawberry & Banana Smoothie 7 teaspoons
500ml Ribena Blackcurrant 6 teaspoons
400ml Yazoo Chocolate Milk 9 teaspoons

This article on sugary drinks is also quite informative.




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1st Year Sewing

First years produced lovely neat cross stitch on their bookmarks.


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Health Promoting School

All parents have been texted a link to the Health Promoting School parents’ questionnaire.  Students have been emailed a questionnaire via their school email.  It is really important that everyone takes the time to complete these questionnaires, as your views can help us improve wellbeing and promote health in Manor house School.  Thank you to those who have already taken the time to do so.


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Practical Cookery Exams

3rd year mock practical cookery exams got off to a great start this week. Remember, the practical exam is worth 35% of your marks at Higher level and 45% at Ordinary level. Excellent resources for your practical exam, including, tips, videos and recipes can be found here

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Nutritional Standards for School Meals

I am delighted to see the Nutritional Standards for School Meals  published by Safefood and the HSE.  These standards apply to the School Meals Programme  to ensure that children and young people are offered healthy,
nutritious and balanced meals and snacks.  Hopefully it will also be adopted by other school cafeteria services in the near future.  This is an excellent guide for planning meals for post primary children for parents also.3.0.64_blogphoto_ecofriendlylunchbox



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Health Promoting School

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Recently, Manor House School signed up to become a Health Promoting School.  This is a fantastic opportunity to recognise the amazing work that is already in place in Manor House to promote health, such as the SMILE committee, the LGBT and Allies group, our Wellbeing programme, Health Week and wide range of sporting activities to name but a few.

Teachers have already completed a questionnaire and students and staff will be surveyed shortly to find out which areas of health the Health Promoting School team should focus on. If students have any further suggestions they can bring ideas to the student council.  We will be looking for parents and students to join the Health Promoting School team very soon.

More information on Health Promoting Schools can be found here





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Third Year Breakfast


My second class of third years also thoroughly enjoyed cooking and eating breakfast on Friday.  This will be our last practical class before the mock practical exams in November.  Remember the practical exam is worth 35% of your marks at higher level and 45% at ordinary level, so enjoy practicing over mid term girls.



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3rd Year Breakfast

Third years enjoyed cooking and eating breakfast today, they made French Toast with bacon and Overnight Oats with fresh fruit, the recipe can be found here Breakfast recipes

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Open Evening


Looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday from 6 pm to 8pm at the Manor House School Open Evening.  Come to the Home Economics kitchen to see our excellent facilities and to the sewing room to see the fantastic craft projects completed by Junior Certificate students.



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