Porridge a winner for pupils

PUPILS from seven local primary schools, which excelled in a food competition, will receive their prizes today.

The youngsters were successful in an initiative run by the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) in conjunction with Scottish Borders Council.

“The competition attracted interest from many local schools and judges had their work cut out to pick a winner from the high standard of entries,” said Lesley Mason, co-ordinator of the RHET Scottish Borders Countryside Project.

Children were asked, during last month’s Farmhouse Breakfast Week, to come up with ideas of how to make porridge tastier or to become detectives and trace the route of oats from seed to bowl of porridge.

Although the overall winner will not be announced until today, age-group winners, who will each receive a £50 book token for their schools at a ceremony at Newtown have been confirmed.

The results are :- P1 – Edenside, Kelso; P2 – Philiphaugh, Selkirk; P3 – Priorsford, Peebles; P4 – Melrose; P5 – Earlston; P6 – Stirches, Hawick; and P7 – Ednam.

The following schools will receive a Highly Commended certificate: P1 – Newlands, Peeblesshire; P1 – Stirches; P2 – Parkside, Jedburgh; P4 – Burgh, Galashiels; and P5 – Broughton.

In addition, the successful classes will have a healthy farmhouse breakfast cooked for them by RHET volunteers and staff.