Crafty collage of healthy lunch sees Romford schoolgirl, six, visit Downing Street

16:04 30 January 2014

Headteacher Sharon Nacmias with pupil Roberta Collier and her real lunchbox

Headteacher Sharon Nacmias with pupil Roberta Collier and her real lunchbox


A healthy lunchbox design earned one youngster a ticket to Downing Street after she won a school competition.

Samantha Cameron with the winning children, including Roberta Collier (in the green jumper]. [Picture: National Obesity Awareness Week website]Samantha Cameron with the winning children, including Roberta Collier (in the green jumper]. [Picture: National Obesity Awareness Week website]

Roberta Collier, six, was invited to a reception with her mother Maria, 41, after her collage of the perfect lunch was chosen as one of the nine best entries in the National Obesity Forum contest.

The event was helmed by Samantha Cameron, wife of the Prime Minister, who posed for a picture with the children.

Roberta said: “I was a bit scared but I was really excited when I got to the gates. It was really, really big [inside] and I liked when they took the picture of everyone on the stairs.”

A pupil of Crownfield Infant School in Collier Row, Roberta’s winning entry consisted of a tissue paper apple, a model of an orange juice can, a triangle for a sandwich which opened and closed, a paper banana and a paper bowl which had real pasta in.

She created the collage as she likes “to make stuff a lot”.

Her efforts earned her school a cheque for £1,000 for sports equipment, and she received a goody bag from sponsors Disney, which contained Tigger and Cinderella toys, a book and a DVD.

Maria, of Mawney Road, Romford, said: “It was lovely and a nice experience for her.”

She added Roberta was delighted to be given a picture of Larry the Downing Street cat.

The school’s headteacher, Sharon Nacmias, said: “We had been doing a lot on school dinners, so started looking at packed lunches because they are not as healthy as they perhaps should be.

“We were delighted when we received the cheque and it [the reception] is something Roberta will remember and treasure for years to come.”


Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 16:49
Police were called after reports of an incident at the Thomson travel agency in Upminster on Friday morning

A man has been charged in relation to an armed robbery at a travel agents.

Yesterday, 15:53
Hornchurch Country Park

A man has been arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure and sexual activity towards a child after an incident in Hornchurch Country Park.

Yesterday, 14:00
Sergo Park Rainham's enterprise quarter

The developer behind a multi-million pound scheme to regenerate run-down industrial sites is to hold an official groundbreaking ceremony and launch.

Yesterday, 13:17
Perry Hayden joins mum Suzanne Hedges, Kieran Dunne, Perry Watling, April Hayden and Paul Hayden

A grieving mum says “overwhelming” community support helped her family cope after her son was stabbed to death outside his home.

Yesterday, 11:13
The Brewery Centre. Peppa Pig and brother George visiting for storytime with Peppa activities. Livia Bartlett (21mths) and mum Nicci meet Peppa and George.

Peppa Pig and her little brother George paid a visit to the Brewery in Romford for half-term fun on Saturday.

Yesterday, 10:23
Simona Boycheva has won Photography for Little People's photographer of the year award twice in a row.

A baby photographer has received an award for the second time just three years after buying a franchise.

Yesterday, 07:00
Bridge Close could be redeveloped with up to 840 homes.

Residents said they are “heartbroken” to have to leave their homes, which will be bulldozed to make way for a new housing development.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

A look back at the biggest local stories from this week 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news


Show Job Lists

News from your area


Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.


£3,000 goes a long way at Boots

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now