Borders pupils urged to take up Farmhouse Breakfast challenge

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THE closing date is fast approaching for this year’s schools Farmhouse Breakfast Competition in the Borders.

The competition, organised by Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) Scottish Borders Countryside Initiative (SBCI) and sponsored by Scottish Borders Council, aims to highlight the 
importance of starting the day with a healthy breakfast.

This competition will run during Farmhouse Breakfast Week, a national campaign organised by the Home-Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA). The closing date for entries is February 1.

This year the competition 
focuses on a bed and breakfast in Kirk Yetholm run by Clare Edgar. Clare has asked the school pupils to help her come up with a new set of breakfasts that will appeal to all her guests, particularly the children who stay, to encourage them to eat something healthy every morning. The competition is split into two age categories.

Primary 1 to 3 children are being asked to complete a breakfast diary at home. Once they have decided on the most popular breakfast in their class, they have to devise a new breakfast cereal, with a funky name that children will love.

Primary 4 to 7 pupils have been set the challenge of producing recipe cards for seven healthy breakfast options, which can be incorporated into the menu of the bed and breakfast.

Full details of both legs of the competition can be downloaded from the Scottish Borders page of

Three winners from each age group will win a healthy breakfast cooked by RHET for their class. The winning schools will receive £50 in book tokens and the overall winning school will receive an additional £100. These prizes are funded by the Food in Schools Project, (Education Department, Scottish Borders Council), and will be presented at Council Headquarters, Newtown St Boswells at the end of February. Each winning class will be taken on a free farm visit, funded by RHET Scottish Borders CI.

Teachers can use RHET’s resources and services, which are free to schools in Scotland, to deliver Curriculum for Excellence as experiential outcomes. A classroom speaker or a visit to a farm provides opportunities for young people to engage with those who live and work in the countryside and will give the pupils an enhanced and practical understanding of how their food gets from farm to fork. This competition is just one of the many projects RHET organises throughout the year.