The words “Food Glorious Food” are on many lips at Queen Margaret’s in Escrick as the Michaelmas Term draws to a close. They come most tunefully from the cast of Oliver! – more than 70 girls who are performing Lionel Bart’s classic musical to packed houses in the school’s Chapman Theatre.
In keeping with the show, “Food Glorious Food” is the theme of the prizes in the Grand Charity Raffle which is also taking place this week. There are many delicacies and vouchers for meals in splendid restaurants to be won. The proceeds from this raffle will combine with donations given at the end of the performances of Oliver! and at a Dickensian Christmas Reception (where there will be more glorious food…) before the final show. All funds raised will support York Playspace – a local charity which aims to provide quality play opportunities to children around the City.
Food is important in a boarding school. Mealtimes are a great time for students of different ages to mix and chat, for pupils to socialise more informally with staff. At Queen Margaret’s our dedicated in-house catering team take time to gain girls’ feedback on what they enjoy and they organise themed evenings for special events and introduce new and exciting dishes. Senior girls may join the international gourmet society which visits restaurants in York to sample different cuisines and writes reviews afterwards. The International Evening is an opportunity for boarders from around the world to cook and share their favourite dishes from home. Thanks to one of our students from China bringing a rice cooker from home, we now know how it should be done.
As Christmas approaches, QM girls are looking forward to their House Christmas dinners. These are another opportunity for girls from all year groups to join with staff to enjoy some glorious food and time together. For many of the international boarders who joined in September it will be their first traditional Christmas meal. We hope they will enjoy it and have a Happy Christmas here in school and then have a great time with their families over the Christmas break.