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Sixth formers’ winning kitchen idea is a chop above the rest
Sixth formers from Sydenham High School, London, have served up
a top kitchen idea that’s a chop above the rest for their entry
in this year’s Young Enterprise scheme.
They have developed an innovative chopping board that solves the perennial kitchen problem of separating prepared food from waste.
Made from anti-bacterial plastic, the ChopAway board has a detachable bowl to catch food waste for easy disposal. It  ts neatly over the edge of any worktop and has non-slip feet to prevent movement.
The innovative board has already helped the team become Central London  nalists in the national Young Enterprise competition.
It has also won the approval of Sydenham High’s catering team, who have ordered four of the chopping boards to help them prepare the school’s meals.
The team came up with the idea
of a chopping board with extra
functionality after experiencing
food preparation issues in their
home kitchens. Having tried
various different solutions, they
hit on the concept of a detachable
section. Prototypes were commissioned and market research conducted with friends and family plus Christmas fairs where the team tested product appeal and price points before a deal was struck with a supplier. The team raised the initial funds to pay
for their stock by face painting
at events and selling decorated T-shirts and sweets.
“I’m incredibly proud of the team and what they have achieved,” said Sydenham High’s new
Headmistress Mrs Katharine Woodcock. “Not only have they come up with an exciting and marketable business idea, they have been learning key skills which will prepare them for future employment.”
ChopAway has used social media – Twitter and Instagram – as well as a website to promote their clever product. They have also taken stands at trade fairs, shopping centres and markets such as Spital elds.
The ChopAway board comes in a choice of four bright colours: blue, green, pink or yellow. Priced at £11.99, it is available to order online from Follow them on Twitter: @Chopaway_
The ChopAway board
Fulneck pupils visited their peers
in southern England, Nice and Naples to develop low cost, reliable seismometers to be used by schools in Kenya.
Fulneck School Principal Deborah Newman said: “Being awarded foundation level status is wonderful news, and a ringing endorsement of the fantastic work our physics department is doing locally and internationally.
“The seismology projects have
well and truly set us apart from other schools. Our students have bene tted by working with peers at schools in Nice and Naples, and by hosting them at Fulneck.”
ChopAway gets the thumbs up from Sydenham High’s catering team. Left to right: Lauren Hare, Ella Traynor, chef Susan
McMahon, Biba Coulter-Young, Melissa Policane, Catering and Hospitality Manager John Pearson, and Lola Cookman
Seismology studies recognised
A Yorkshire school has been awarded foundation level of
the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.
The International School Award
– presented to Fulneck School - celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education.
Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that
young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life and work in today’s world.
In Fulneck’s case, its award
was in recognition for the work
of its highly-regarded physics department’s earthquake measuring project - which, over the last three years - has received major European Union funding via the Erasmus + programme.
During this time it worked closely with three other schools in the UK, France and Italy, and
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