For students of a generation ago, the canteen of our school would have sounded
strange and for parents atrocious. But any school today without a canteen has
something curious about it. The school canteen serves students and members of
the staff, with light refreshment in hygienic condition. Somehow children want
to eat and when there is no provision in school, they buy things from street
vendors and that way spoil their health. But they can get clean things from the
school canteen now. The members of the staff also can have their cup of coffee
or soft drinks. Yet there is objection from the parents that the school canteen
encourages boys to spend a lot on eating. This should not be a very serious
objection, when the overall advantages are considered.
Our principal is a forward looking gentleman. He always welcomes new and good
ideas. So when somebody suggested that there could be an improvement in the
facilities available at the school canteen, he jumped at the idea. The result
has been our present improved canteen. There the food is always fresh and clean,
and served in disposable containers. The prices and quality are reasonable and
there are sufficient types of food to cater for the needs of the pupils. Pupils'
suggestion for more variety in the food is always welcome.
The canteen is run by different stall-holders. The food is cooked under strict
supervision. Every effort is made to ensure that students get the best food at
the cheapest rate. Fruits like
bananas, oranges, and dry fruits are also sold. During the interval, there is a
great rush but boys behave themselves and the service is not a problem. The
prefects have worked out an excellent system for supervising pupils and for
maintaining good discipline. The class prefects deserve to be complimented for
planning the method which is working smoothly.
The canteen is also a place for gossip. When there is leisure time, members of
the staff would be seen in the canteen sipping tea and talking over that.
Students stay in the school almost every day for five or six hours continuously,
with little break during the time. Hence to have something to fill their hungry
stomach in between is not a luxury but a necessity.