home economics notes

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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Good luck today girls


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6th Year Notes on Household Finances and Mortgages

6th years, here are some notes to summarise this section that we have just finished.  You may find it useful to print or rewrite these.


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Culinary Skills Trip to Italy


I had the great pleasure of supervising a wonderful group of 2nd and 3rd years on their Culinary Skills Tour to Sorrento, Italy. The trip was amazing as you can see from the photos. We did so much in four days, including visiting Rome, Pompeii and numerous food producers ( my favourite was probably the Mozzarella farm, the girls’ favourite was definitely making ice cream). The highlight for me was the cookery school, which we attended every night, where we made and ate authentic Italian food with the beautiful Lucia and her family. A huge thank you to Ms. Crowley, for all her hard work organising the tour and also to Stephen from Saffron travel who made everything happen so seamlessly (more photos and links to follow). 20131103-172626.jpg

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