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Cooking classes, picnics and dining out on lunch curriculum

Some of the 200 schools that order lunchboxes from major supplier Luncheon Star are looking for alternative suppliers after at least four students fell sick after having lunches last week.
The development as 11 food and 25 environmental samples collected from the supplier's factories were all cleared by the authorities.

Luncheon Star, a subsidiary of fast-food restaurant giant Cafe de Coral, suspended delivering lunchboxes to 100,000 students at 200 schools on Monday and yesterday to disinfect the facilities.

Yesterday, some schools continued to host cooking classes whereas others allowed students to "picnic" or eat out on the second day.

At Holy Cross Lutheran School in Tsuen Wan, students "picnicked" in the campus - a day after they went to Inspiration Lake next to Disneyland for an impromptu outdoor trip on Monday.

The school said students were encouraged to "picnic" in classrooms for a break from the stereotype that school was only a place for classes.

It said children could also have fun at campus facilities including the library, visual art room and laboratories.

At Yan Chai Hospital Chiu Tsang Hok Wan Primary School in Tsing Yi, mothers and students cooperated for another day to cook lunches for 200 students and teachers. The school said its contract with Luncheon Star would end in July and it is inviting tenders from other suppliers.

Meanwhile, Fung Kai No 1 Primary School in Sheung Shui asked students to design their own lunchboxes with their parents for the two days. It also prepared hundreds of bread for students.

Principal Chu Wai-lam said the Fung Kai school is inviting tenders for a new supplier and may deduct the score of Luncheon Star if the company submits too.

Wong Ka-leung, vice principal of SKH St Clement Primary School in Cheung Sha Wan, said they ordered McDonald's Chicken McNuggets and Sausage McMuffin for students on Monday and yesterday.

The school has not considered changing the lunchbox supplier, but will check the quality of lunchboxes regularly and meet representatives from Luncheon Star.

Wong said Luncheon Star should have offered the school more support rather than letting it deal with the lunch need of more than 760 students alone.

Wong said working parents had difficulties in sending lunchboxes to their children.

Luncheon Star said in a Monday statement that it would end the contract with several secondary schools due to manpower and capacity concerns.

One of the affected secondary schools, Kowloon Tong School (Secondary Section), said it would buy lunchboxes from Danny Catering Service Limited with each box costing HK$27.

"The school has been informed by Luncheon Star that it will end the contract early and stop providing lunch for the school starting March 1," the school said in a letter to parents on February 13.

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