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Never Seconds!

This is the final post on a 9 year old girl’s personal blog:

Thursday, 14 June 2012
This morning in maths I got taken out of class by my head teacher and taken to her office. I was told that I could not take any more photos of my school dinners because of a headline in a newspaper today.

I only write my blog not newspapers and I am sad I am no longer allowed to take photos. I will miss sharing and rating my school dinners and I’ll miss seeing the dinners you send me too. I don’t think I will be able to finish raising enough money for a kitchen for Mary’s Meals either.


A poor schoolmealOn 14th June, Argyll and Bute Council banned her from taking photos of her meals.

Martha has been blogging about her school meals since April this year. She takes a photo, gives each meal a healthy eating rating and tells everyone how many mouthfuls she gets. Brilliant stuff! Jamie Oliver sent her a personal “well done” message.

Martha with Jamie OliverShe did it mainly to try to raise money for charity, and because she thought it would be fun. She has raised money for charity, and she says she misses doing her blog.

Martha’s blog is a real example of how she is having a say in her school life. She tells it as she sees it (and, I have no doubt, how the rest of her school sees it). She is brave enough to put her name to it.

Well done Martha.

A better mealYou can read her blog by clicking on this link

You can support her by emailing a message to

Quite clearly, children and young people are entitled to a greater say over things that affect their school and wider lives – our mission statement.


As many of you will be aware, this story caught the interest of the public and the media. On Friday 15 June, it went viral. When we checked Martha’s Justgiving site on Friday morning at about 10am her donation total stood at about £7,000. By the time we went home at 5pm, this had increased to over £30,000. As I write this postcript at 12 noon on Monday, Martha has donations of £82,975. Argyll and Bute Council have rescinded the ban.

What conclusion can we draw from this?

That if you believe in something, stand up for it. Shout the truth loudly and people will support you. That children and young people have a strong voice and should be heard. Well done Martha.