Pupils were astonished to see a hot air balloon firing up its burners on the cricket pitch.The balloon’s arrival waspart of a themed Phileas Fogg style ‘Around the World in 80 minutes’ lunch to celebrate food from different continents; the balloon visit had been organised by the school’s caterers, Palmer and Howells.

Over the previousfew weeks thechildrenhad been eagerly creating their very
own hot air balloon designs to enter a balloon colouring competition,the
winningartistswere allowed to explore the balloon basket, so they were all very
excited.One of the winning pupils said, “I have always wanted to go in a hot air
balloon, the basket was much bigger than I imagined. I was really hoping it would
accidently take off and we could fly away.”
At lunchtime pupils were treated to an international menu including dishes such as steak pie, mash and peas from England, tandoori chicken and lamb rogan josh from India and ‘mac and cheese’ from America.

Palmer & Howells provide exceptional school meals at Dean Close School. Using locally grown produce and meat that has also been reared locally. They encourage healthy eating, offering freshly prepared fruit and salads every lunchtime, adding ‘hidden’ vegetables to savoury dishes wherever possible to increase pupils’ vegetable intake and reducing sugar in all deserts and custards.