Sunderland students get a taste of Germany at special themed lunch

Elaine Batey catering manager Sunderland High School and Graham Ogden of Chartwells, who provide food to independant schools, with pupils at the Bavarian food day on Wednesday
Elaine Batey catering manager Sunderland High School and Graham Ogden of Chartwells, who provide food to independant schools, with pupils at the Bavarian food day on Wednesday
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Students at a city school enjoyed a taste of Germany with a festive feast.

The youngsters at Sunderland High School were treated to a special German-themed lunch, with a festive feel.

Sunderland High School pupils queue for their Bavarian Feast dinners on Wednesday

Sunderland High School pupils queue for their Bavarian Feast dinners on Wednesday

The event, which involved pupils from Years 6 to 13, saw the school’s dining hall being decked out as a Christmas market, with festive music in the background.

As an alternative to the normal school lunch, the catering team put together the German-themed food, with the help of a guest chef.

On the menu was a wide range of tasty treats.

They included goulash, roast bacon, sauerkraut, pickles, dill, Frankfurt sauce, celeriac with mustard seeds, gingerbread and Christmas-themed pastries for dessert.

There was a fantastic atmosphere in the dining hall.

Angela Slater

Year 6 pupils walked across from the junior school site, in Ashbrooke Road, to the senior school buildings, in Mowbray Road, a little bit early so they could enjoy a German masterclass prior to lunch. The children watched a short presentation on the history of the German Christmas market, tasted a variety of German food items like Bratwurst and Lebkuchen, and then decorated German gingerbread hearts.

Dr Angela Slater, headteacher at Sunderland High School, said: “There was a fantastic atmosphere in the dining hall.

“After a hearty meal of ham, sauerkraut and other dishes, the pupils were greeted by a huge cart filled with freshly-baked gingerbread and festive cakes.

“We were delighted to welcome pupils from our junior school who really enjoyed their meal, as well as being fascinated by the German Christmas market theme.”

Elliot Maginn (9) of Sunderland High School enjoys his pretzel at the Bavarian Feast at the school on Wednesday.

Elliot Maginn (9) of Sunderland High School enjoys his pretzel at the Bavarian Feast at the school on Wednesday.