Healthy Eating @ School

Food

 
 

Play lunch is eaten under supervision inside the classroom at 11:00 a.m. followed by recess time which runs from 11:05 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Lunch is eaten under supervision inside the classroom between 1:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m.  Students are also offered the opportunity for some brain food (a piece of fruit or veggie they can quickly consume) at 10:00am.

 

Healthy lunches and snacks are important for children and help with concentration and learning. For play lunch: a piece of fruit, healthy muffins and cakes, dry biscuits and cheese, yoghurt, or vegetable sticks and a drink bottle of water. Nude food is encouraged so food wrappers are to be returned home. Foods best left out include processed foods such as muesli and chocolate bars, potato crisps, donuts and cakes, lollies, honey, jams and fatty meats such as salami and Strasbourg.

 

For lunch, a combination of some of the following is suggested:-

Sandwiches, roll, dry biscuits, salad, fruit, yoghurt, vegetables, cheese, dried fruit and a drink.

“Sometimes” foods can be included, but please be aware that these foods may distract some from eating their packed lunch. We must also be aware that some students are diagnosed with Anaphylaxis, which is a generalised allergic reaction commonly triggered by foods with nuts (or sometimes eggs), so we must be cautious with what is in our lunch box.

 

The Student Lunch Box needs to be clearly labelled with your child’s name. Children need to have a separate snack from their lunch and a suitable drink container. (Water please – no flavoured drinks).  Drinking fountains are located outside. It is recommended that students bring a plastic bottle to refill. It is essential that all students remain hydrated during physical activities and particularly in the warmer months.

 

Please note: It is essential that children eat a healthy breakfast to start the day.

 

Prior to coming to school, children should practise using their lunch boxes and drink bottles so that they are able to eat their lunch independently once they begin school.  The children will be asked to take home any uneaten food and wrappers (rubbish) in their lunch box so parents can monitor the amount of food being eaten.  They will also be responsible for cleaning up after themselves.

Celebrations

Schools are bound by strict policy regarding confectionery in schools. This includes canteens services, using food in curriculum and class rewards and also celebrations throughout the year. This policy strictly states that food deemed as confectionery is not allowed at schools.  School Council had adopted a Healthy Eating promotion policy that does allow for Birthday Cakes to be made and shared at school. Consideration should be given to any allergy and dietary needs in your child's class to ensure this is an inclusive celebration for all students involved.