DINING has gone retro for pupils at Gainsborough’s Queen Elizabeth’s High School which celebrated the official opening of its brand new 1950s themed canteen this week.
The school council put forward the idea after it was asked to come up with a new theme as part of major improvements to the existing dining room.
Year 12 student and council member Katrina Wilson developed students’ wishes for a 50s style diner and worked closely with site manager Chris Williams for the £100,000 project.
“I am really proud of it – it’s turned how exactly how I imagined it,” she said.
“The students really love it too – it’s something new and exciting for the school.”
Mealtimes are now a much more colourful affair in the newly-revamped dining room which boasts black and white checked floor tiles, red seating and a special breakfast bar area.
Katrina and her fellow pupils started research on the new canteen in May this year, and work was completed over the summer holidays ready for the brand-new term.
The project was funded by a £30,000 grant for school kitchen improvements, with the rest coming from school funding.
Headteacher David Allsop said he was delighted with the new look, adding the existing dining room equipment had greatly improved.
“The kitchen really needed improving and the new-style look is just fantastic and great for the pupils to enjoy,” he said.
“We will soon be launching a competition for pupils to name the new venue, which will be exciting.”
Added Katrina: “My thanks go to everyone at the school who worked on the project, particularly Mr Williamson who did a tremendous job.