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Kenton Pupils’ Passion for Pumpkins Feeds the Homeless

Pupils from St Gregory’s Catholic Science College in Kenton turned pumpkins, grown in the school’s eco-garden, into a hearty soup for the homeless.

The green-fingered pupils – who, earlier this year, won the Royal Horticultural Society’s School Gardening Team of the Year award - grew the pumpkins from seed during the summer term.  The pumpkins were fed and watered over the summer holidays and harvested by pupils in early October. 

As part of the RHS Big Soup Share – a campaign to get school children growing and cooking edible plants - the pupils added thyme (also picked from the school eco-garden) to the pumpkins and created pumpkin and thyme soup.  The school’s cookery teacher, Damian Cullen, took the soup to Ealing Abbey Soup Kitchen, where over 150 nutritious portions were served up to the charity’s grateful customers.

Andrew Mcleay, who coordinates the volunteers for Ealing Soup Kitchen, commented, “It was really special that the soup was home-grown, homemade and served with love from those at the Soup Kitchen.”

St Gregory’s Headteacher, Andrew Prindiville, said, “I’m really proud of our pupils for sharing the fruits of their labours with those in our community who will benefit the most.”

Ealing Soup Kitchen is made up of different church teams from across the Ealing borough, of which Ealing Abbey is one. Ealing Soup Kitchen has been helping the homeless and those in need for over 40 years.


St Gregory’s green fingered pupils are crowned National School Gardening Team of the Year 2018 by the Royal Horticultural Society. 

Pupils made a video of their many achievements:  



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Young People’s Plastics Challenge

In March 2018, pupils from 7M and the Y9 Eco Committee took part in the Young People’s Plastics Challenge, organised by Keep Britain Tidy and Brita UK, to look at ways in which they could use less single-use plastic and to develop ideas for encouraging others to do the same.   Pupils went on to present their ideas to MPs and NGOs at the Houses of Parliament.  Keep Britain Tidy made this video to showcase the work carried out by pupils:



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