A continental touch has been added to the menu at a Moray secondary school to encourage healthy eating.
Pupils at Speyside High School sat down to a special Italian-themed lunch yesterday, which was devised entirely by the catering staff.
The dinner hall was decked out in flags and bunting to reflect the celebration of European cuisine.
The colourful lunch was organised in an attempt to entice more pupils to have their meals in the school.
A starter of tomato and red pepper soup was served up in the canteen followed by the option of chicken or pepperoni calzones, bolognaise and stuffed peppers.
The Italian experience was rounded off with traditional gelato ice cream and tiramisu.
Catering supervisor Mandy Stuart said: “We just wanted to try and do something to encourage children to stay in the school, something a bit different.
“Obviously, the pupils are in classes all day, so they tend to take the option to go outside of the school to get a bit of fresh air for lunch.
“We’re really keen for them to stay in the school to make the most of the healthy options.”
Pupils began lining up for the taste of Italy as soon as the bell for lunch sounded.
Catering staff were kept busy serving up generous portions of steaming hot pasta and soup to match the demand.
The menu was devised by assistant cook, Fiona Hutton, who has already created themed meals from China and America.
She added: “We always have to be mindful of the health guidelines, so we try and keep cheese to an absolute minimum.”