School Lunchtime and Healthy Eating

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As a school we are ‘committed to excellence’ in every aspect, including school dinners, which is why we invest in a quality catering company for our pupils and staff meals.

Hobbs have been working with our school now for the past 3 years and we take pride in working with their team to provide a variety of delicious meals, all through the year. Hobbs management team regularly present to the schools pupil council to understand their ideas and gage insight into favourite meal choices. The have also supported the PlatterFruitschool with setting competitions and special meals to encourage our pupils to try new and exciting dishes and flavours, as well as creating national and international cuisine in line with curriculum activities across our nursery and school setting.

Menus are carefully selected, providing a beautifully balance choice of nutritional foods on offer. Daily our pupils have the choice of soup, grab-a-bags, jacket potatoes, fruit platters, desserts and at least 2 main meal options. Please ask at the school reception for this terms current menu choices, they will then provide you with information on how to arrange for your child to take up school dinners and any dietary requirement your child may have.

 

Packed Lunches

Nutrition is essential for our children’s success. Healthy, active, and well-nourished children are more likely to attend school and are more prepared and motivated to learn. Although the primary responsibility of schools is to foster academic achievement, we also have an exceptional opportunity to guide children toward healthier lifestyles by creating a healthy nutrition environment.

a55f36b115ce182b635a357dd798ed2aSt George’s encourages its pupils to make healthy eating choices and be physically active throughout the school day, ensuring that our pupils learn, understand, develop the knowledge and demonstrate the skills needed to make their own healthy decisions. Now the media is focused on so called ‘hidden sugars’, we have growing concerns over some of our pupils packed lunches, especially carton drinks. We understand that it can be a minefield; many of us believe we are providing our children with the right elements towards a healthy balanced meal but this is not always the case. To help develop a better understanding we have included a smart phone app link, which identifies ‘hidden sugars’ in many of the supermarket foods, which in the past may have been considered suitable.

 

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Our pupils packed lunches will be monitored and checked daily by our lunchtime staff. We ask that children with packed lunches bring in bottled water ONLY or drink the water on offer to everyone in the dining/class room. Going forward, if we consider an element of a child’s packed lunch to be too high in ‘bad’ sugars or fat then a sticker will appear on the item explaining why it is unopened and has been sent back home.

By law are school meals and grab-a-bags have to meet the governments nutritional standards, however if you decide a packed lunch is the way forward, the two big challenges ahead are a) not to give in to pressure from your child to include ‘bad’ elements such as sugary drinks and sweets and b) to avoid boring, repetitive ingredients.

Here’s how you can do it:

  • Make packed lunch rules – e.g. NO SWEETS – and stick to them. No deviations or little treats! • Don’t replace fresh foods with processed or dried snack foods
  • Have a healthy lunch formula. A good one is that every lunch must include a sandwich or savoury, a piece of fresh fruit or vegetables and a yoghurt or milk-based, low-fat dessert.
  • Give your child water. Water will be much more appealing if you can make sure it stays cold – it might be worth investing in a good lunchbox-sized flask.

We have created a ‘Healthy choice’ Dojo award, which supports our initiative and includes the choices that children make for both packed lunches and school dinners. Our aim is to encourage our children to make ‘healthy choices’ using policies and practices that create a school environment that supports clear expectations for healthy behaviours, attitudes and decisions towards a healthier lifestyle.

We also award school dojo points for children who eat ALL of their lunch.  The award is given in our weekly assemblies to the winning house.

Here are some links to help you:

NHS advice

Children’s Food Trust

BBC

How much sugar?

You will be amazed at how much sugar is in certain things.  Here is a leaflet to help you with your choices of healthy food, produced by the Community Dental Services.

How much sugar?

The British Orthodontic Society offers advice on dummy and thumb sucking habits.