An important feature of good health is a healthy diet and our school cooks, work hard to offer suitable menus incorporating vegetables, fruit and healthy carbo-hydrate options such as bread, pasta and baked potatoes. We operate a cafeteria system at lunchtime, by which the children are able to choose from a balanced selection of meals on offer. Older pupils sit with the younger children, help them as necessary and clear the table when they have finished.
Dinner monies should be paid on the first school day of each week/term. Payments are to be made online via SchoolMoney where you have the option to part pay or pay in full. Bills are calculated for the half-term and adjustments for any dinners not taken due to trips or illness will be made the following half-term. The cost for a school meal is FREE for children in Foundation-Year 2 and is £2.45 for all other children (Years 3 to 6).
We encourage all children new to school to take a school meal and this will be entered onto our database accordingly. Should this not be required for your child or after trying school meals you feel they are not happy, please speak to the office so that we can update their records and change them to having a packed lunch option. In addition if we see that your child is unhappy, we will speak to you to discuss options.
Changes to your child’s meal pattern should be done at the beginning of a new term and advised to the school office in advance. Please do not hesitate to speak to our Dinner Administrator; Miss Stubbs who will be more than happy to advise.
FREE SCHOOL MEALS
If you are not in receipt of Free School Meals and you feel you are entitled, perhaps because of temporary difficulties, or on a more permanent basis, please contact the school office. All enquiries will be treated in confidence.
Provision is made for children who bring packed lunches. Water will be supplied to all children at dinnertime, so children eating a packed lunch do not need to bring drinks bottles into the Hall. Packed lunch containers must be clearly named.
At all times we expect a high standard of manners at the dining table from all children, whether eating a school dinner or a packed lunch. Likewise behaviour on the playground during lunchtime is expected to be good.
SWEETS & SNACKS
Following our healthy eating strategy, the school has joined a national scheme which provides a piece of fresh fruit/vegetable to every Key Stage 1 child. In Key Stage 2, children can bring a piece of fresh fruit/vegetable to eat as a snack at playtimes.
Parents whose children bring their own packed lunch/snacks are asked to support the Healthy School initiative when putting these together. We also request that packed lunches/snacks DO NOT CONTAIN EGGS, NUTS or KIWIS due to the risk they cause to children currently in school with severe allergies to these foods.
DRINKING WATER IN SCHOOL
Awareness of the need for children to have access to drinking water has been growing over the last few years. A sufficient liquid intake is important to maintain health and mental activity. The school has a drinking fountain, which children may use during playtime and lunchtime. Each child is also encouraged to bring in their own clear water container, which they can keep on their desk and drink from as the need arises.
Managing this system in class raises a number of issues and the children are expected to keep to the following code:
- Take your water bottle home every night to wash out and refill with tap water – plain water without flavourings or additives.
- Carry your bottle in your school bag, not in your book bag.
- Refill your bottle at break times or lunch times, not during lessons.
- Have a drink whenever you need one, but not while the teacher is talking to the class or while you are walking about or standing up.
- Be careful not to drip water on to your own or somebody else’s work or books.
- Only use water for drinking!
- Keep your bottle in the classroom. They must not be taken out during break or in lunchtime.
- Make sure that your name is always clearly visible on your bottle.