Students mark National Vegetarian Week with delicious meat-free message

Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College has celebrated National Vegetarian Week with a number of events aimed at raising awareness about food choices.

The Sixth Form College’s dedicated Vegan Society kick-started the campaign on Thursday with a meat-free day in the college canteen, which served nothing but vegetarian and vegan choices throughout the day.

Meat and dairy was substituted with a full range of alternative ingredients including vegan cheeses, hummus, tofu, garlic spreads, veggie sausages and more.

Students also baked up a number of delicious treat for a vegan cake sale on Friday, with society members on hand to educate people on the benefits of a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle.

Sara Tonge, president of the SJD Vegan Society, said: “This week has been a fantastic opportunity to spread the word and educate people on what it means to be vegetarian or vegan.

“We’ve had quite a lot of interest from students and staff, which we weren’t expecting but has been fantastic to experience.

“The response we had from the meat-free day was also extremely positive - many students hadn’t even noticed the meat-free alternatives in their food.”

The event was given the full support of Principal and dedicated vegan, Kerry Kirkwood, who praised the students for their efforts during the week.

“The students have done a fantastic job in raising awareness and generating interest amongst their peers.

"Their passion for the cause has been a real inspiration and we hope that in time a meat-free menu can become a regular occurrence here at Sir John Deane’s.”

The SJD Vegan Society will continue to raise awareness in the college for three days next week with an information stand in The Street where students can pick up leaflets and recipes and talk to fellow students about the benefits of a meat-free lifestyle. 

Back (from left): Biana Efremova, Stella Pervis, Ellie Painter Front (from left): Olivia Cranmer-Gordon, Rhiannon Blackshaw, Sara Tonge and Kerry Kirkwood.

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Back row (from left): Biana Efremova, Stella Pervis, Ellie Painter

Front row (from left): Olivia Cranmer-Gordon, Rhiannon Blackshaw, Sara Tonge and Kerry Kirkwood.