Jenny saw several initiatives at work in the Dining Hall. Two of the initiatives that the school now include, both described in one of Jenny’s latest books “How to Create Calm Dining Halls” having a focus for the week in the dining hall – displayed on a big board.
The school has also appointed pupils to fulfil the role of ‘Dining Hall Helper’. Jenny is pleased to see more and more schools adopting this system. These dynamic teams, once trained, are a huge asset to the Midday Supervisors and they can take responsibility for any safe areas of help.
It’s lovely to see healthy salad being served and the team of Dining Hall Helpers are doing a really great job! The teams are on rotation so that people are fresh and motivated in their roles! It’s a great system once it gets going and the Dining Hall Helper hats and tops are a great way of getting your Helpers noticed and giving them the status they deserve. It is also amazing how a little bit of responsibility is great for the children’s morale and self-esteem. They love to wear the ‘uniform’ too and really get into role when it is their turn! When another team is helping, they can sit and enjoy their lunch with their friends.
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1. To see “How to Create Calm Dining Halls’ – click here. This book has many initiatives, audits, photographs and ideas for the dining hall such as those mentioned in the article.
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